Local Literacy - Advanced Communication

Workplace Communication Group Description:

When we go on holidays many of us like to try the local cuisine, learn about the customs and local way of life, check out the non-touristy attractions and spend time with the locals.  As you become more settled in Calgary you might be feeling that you haven’t had a chance to fully integrate into life in your new home.

We are excited to launch our new Local Literacy - Advanced Communication group!

This group will be of value to you if you if you have an intermediate to high-level of English fluency but still find you may struggle to keep up with local conversation and chit-chat, especially in groups of native Canadian English speakers.

Be prepared for activities that include following local podcasts and news, discussing controversial issues, exercising idioms and collocations, and giving presentations. There will be homework! But to compensate there will also be a guest speaker, a pizza party and an off-site, group exploration. 
* Dates and delivery mode of the workplace communication group may be subject to change. Registered participants will be notified, and updates will be posted on our webpage.

Topics include:
  • Issues and topics of local interest
  • Trending language and cultural references
  • Idioms and collocations 
  • Presentations

Facilitated by a career coach


No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be an internationally educated professional 
  • Complete a study group assessment
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Delivery Method:


Required Textbooks:

Not applicable


October 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)*


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Number of Sessions:


What are the steps to find out if you can join the Local Literacy - Advanced Communication group?
  1. Call Directions for Immigrants at 403-770-5155 to make an appointment to meet with a career coach
  2. Complete your online registration form
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility
  4. Complete an assessment with your career coach
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach if applicable and accepted to the group