Rural Routes Initiative (2012)

This presentation offers an introduction to the Rural Routes initiative, developed by Alberta’s NorQuest College.

Operating in Alberta since 2002, the program was designed to help rural communities incorporate English as a Second Language (ESL) and ESL literacy services. It targets community adult learning councils, volunteer tutor adult literacy programs, and rural programs supporting language learners, offering mentorship and professional development.

Mentorship can take the form of phone, calls, emails, face-to-face meetings, or conversations via Skype. Professional development can include workshops for coordinators, volunteers, instructors, community members, and board members.

The author touches on adaptation to the new community by immigrants, noting that it can be affected by age; the degree of similarity or difference between the host culture and the culture of origin; education; gender; the support network; and experiences of discrimination.

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Sue Oguchi. Rural Routes Initiative 2012. Web. 5 Oct. 2022 <>
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