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Spring/Summer Semester 2016

May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

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SVCC is Back!

You all have been waiting for this! SVCC Language Sessions will be back on Saturday, May 28!
Our volunteers are very excited to meet all of you!

Spring/Summer Sessions
Sessions will run every Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, from May 28, 2016 – August 6, 2016.Sessions offered: 

Cantonese
– Beginner 1
– Beginner 2
– Intermediate

English
– Beginner
– Intermediate
– Advanced

French
– Beginner 1
– Beginner 2
– Intermediate

Korean
– Beginner
– Intermediate 1
– Intermediate 2

Mandarin
– Beginner
– Intermediate
– Advanced

Spanish
– Beginner 1
– Beginner 2
– Intermediate

*the sessions are subjected to change depending on the number and the level of participants

Registration is done in-person.
Date: May 28, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Where: University of Alberta, Education Centre Cafeteria **
Form: To help speed up the process, please print, fill out the registration form, and bring it to registration. 

Deadline to register: June 4, 2016
Keep in mind that we will not go over material you have missed from previous sessions if you choose to register after May 28, 2016.

** For more details on the location, please refer to the map below. The Cafeteria is located between Education North and South (on the first floor), as indicated by the bright yellow rectangle.

After completing registration, you will be given the classroom information.

If you have any questions please e-mail us at svcc@ualberta.ca or visit us in the Education Cafeteria at 9:45am – 12:00pm every Saturday morning while sessions are running. Also, more information can be found on our website at www.svcclanguages.org. Visit our Facebook or Twitter for quick updates and information!

Hope to see all of you at the language sessions!

SVCC 2016 – 2017 Election Results

March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

CCongratulations (2)ongratulations! Let’s give a round of applause to all the newly elected executive members!

 

 

President : Eevannis Ma
VP External : Oscar Choy
VP Financial : Nan Liu
VP Contonese : Fernando
VP Mandarin : Cynthia Zhao
VP English : Linda Zheng
VP French: Marc Seince
VP Japanese : Nanami Shimizu
VP Korean : Silvia Choe
VP Spanish : Lina Yañez
VP German : Jenna Geldart

We are still looking for potential candidate for VP internal. Please contact us at svcc@ualberta.ca if you are interested 🙂

SVCC 2016-2017 Elections

February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time of the year again! The 2015-2016 school year is ending and we’ll be electing a new group of Executives for the 2016-2017 term.

If you are looking to get involved with SVCC, why not apply to be one of our VPs?

Take a look at the role descriptions and the candidates below.

President

As the President, you will stay in contact with the University’s Students Union, make overall plans  for the group, hold meetings and write reference letters for the volunteers. You will be required to commit to at least 2 hours per week during sessions. 

Candidate(s)
Hello, my name is Eevannis Ma and I am the president for 2015-2016. I hope to run for president in this upcoming year again. I have been a part of SVCC for three and a half years. As an executive team member for almost three years, I have a very good understanding of our organization, know the amount of time and work needed to run SVCC, and particularly, enjoy working with our amazing volunteers! I want to be able to continue helping our community to grow bigger and providing great services to our participants as a president! Thank you all for your support!


Vice President – Financial

VPs will need to commit at least 2 hours on Saturdays, while sessions are running. 

Candidate(s)

Hello, my name is Nan Liu (Sharon). I am writing to run to be the next Finance VP of SVCC. This session will be my second time to do financial work for SVCC. I am very happy to work with all the volunteers. Having achieved a solid foundation of knowledge in my study of accounting and finance, I have the ability to be the Finance VP. I got the experience from last term, I will improve my ability to make finance working become much better than now.


Vice President – External

The VP External is in charge of promoting SVCC through print, social, and interactive media, to assist with participant and volunteer recruitment. Other tasks include responding to public inquiries, updating the website, and obtaining sponsorships. VPs will need to commit at least 2 hours on Saturdays, while sessions are running. 

Candidate(s)
Hello everyone, my name is Oscar Choy. I am hoping to run for VP External in this upcoming term. I am a third year Mechanical engineering student. This is my second semester volunteering with SVCC. Last term, I was a facilitator in the Cantonese group. It was a great experience to be able to teach my students my first language! I had a blast volunteering with SVCC so far as this group offers many different language lessons and I had a chance to become friends with people of different backgrounds. I would like to contribute more this upcoming semester by becoming a part of the executive teams, to be able to share my thoughts and ideas into making this group even more astonishing. I would be thrilled to be given an opportunity to work in this harmonious environment. Thank you!


Vice President – Internal
VP Internal duties primarily consist of bringing supplies to the cafeteria before sessions start and help organize the setup and flow of the first weeks of registration. The Internal position prints waivers before orientation and registration forms before registration. VP Internal organizes the log in book before the first day of sessions and ensures there are enough markers. The VP Internal directs the volunteer evaluations and visits rooms on holidays to bring treats for participants. Internal organizes the Volunteer Appreciation Party and completes other duties as required. VPs will need to commit at least 2 hours on Saturdays, while sessions are running. 

Run for VP Internal!

For each language, a VP Administration is in charge of ensuring the language sessions are running smoothly. As a language VP, you will oversee your Language Group’s Sessions. You will manage your current facilitators and recruit new ones. You’ll also conduct evaluations throughout the term and act as the main contact point for all of your language session volunteers. You will make sure the sessions offered are involving participants in an dynamic class where everybody has a role in it. It is your task to improve our sessions. We are always looking for improvements 🙂

Knowledge of the language is required.  VPs will need to commit at least 2 hours on Saturdays, while sessions are running.


Vice President – English
Candidate(s)
Hello, my name is Linda Zheng and I am running for VP English. Being a sociology student, I have a keen interest in people, cultures, and communities. I enjoy learning and trying new things, and have been active in a variety of extracurricular such as Chinese dance and Latin dance, in addition to volunteer work such as being a Peer Mentor and Transitions Leader for the University of Alberta International Centre.I have been a part of SVCC as an English Language Facilitator for about three years now. I love my position and have learned a great deal. For the next term I would like to take on a more administrative position and further my opportunities as the role of VP English. I hope to collaborate well with everyone at SVCC and to bring an inclusive, fun, and welcoming environment for my department!

Vice President – Cantonese

Candidate(s)
A Versatile Daydreamer I am Huachao or Fernando, a second-year student in chemical engineering. Here follows my fortes: First, I can speak English, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese and Hokkien with native fluency. Learning these languages not only gives me better scope to deal with different people, but also enhance my cultural sensitivity and endurance. Second, I enjoy socializing. Doing volunteers and travelling to different countries satisfy my desire for a broader interpersonal network, enabling me to do something bold. Third, I am a dreamer. I may appear impractical at times but I always map up long-term plans to realize the dreams. Fourth, I have many hobbies, especially some sports like dodgeball, taekwondo and basketball. I enjoy teamwork involved in these activities, where I can obtain lots of fun. Fifth, I have quite outstanding academic performances, such as an overall GPA of 3.9 and some lab experience. Just as Moon waxes and wanes, I do have many foibles, which I have to work on. I daydream a lot. Sometimes I wonder how I can make a million dollars in the first year I get into the workforce. Having been deeply influenced by Confucius’ philosophy, I tend to avoid conflicts to somewhat maintain harmony, which might be bad in case that innovation is highly required. I don’t like arguing when conflicts occur. Usually I tend to compromise to request my opponent to change his or her position. Although my strategy of dealing with people might have proved to be somewhat effective, I am definitely not suitable for a diplomat or some big potatoes in an organization.


Vice President – Mandarin
Candidate(s)

大家好, my name is Cynthia Zhao and I am running for VP Mandarin.
I am from China and I am currently a third year Civil Engineering student at University of Alberta. I became part of SVCC since my first year and I was really enjoy all the time with SVCC. From past three years, I learned and gained a lot from being a facilitator. And I will try my best to run my position in the following term.


Vice President – French

Candidate(s)
Hello, Bonjour! My name is Marc Seince, I am currently a Political Science student and I am a candidate for the position of VP French. Although being quite new to the SVCC, I hope to establish a dynamic community and be able to build strong bonds through confidence among students and volunteers.  My main goal is to provide everyone with a positive experience not only in the French department but in SVCC organization as a whole.


Vice President – Spanish

Candidate(s)
I am Lina Yañez and  I am from Medellin, Colombia. I am Chemical Engineer and I am taking my PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Alberta. I also play violin and I am member of the University Symphony Orchestra. I became volunteer at SVCC in Fall 2014 because I see this as a great opportunity to learn and also to teach my native language. I see it also as a cultural exchange which I think it is very valuable.
After almost two years, I feel very glad to say that the amount of people who want to learn Spanish have grown and I have seen many of the participants that I met in Beginner I, just moving to higher levels!
Being part of SVCC, it has been really enriching and I think more people should volunteer for this program.
Hi, my name is Denise Valdivieso, I am an Ecuadorian student currently enrolled in my third year at the University with a major in Psychology and a minor in International Studies. Being that Spanish is my native language, I helped open the Spanish program at SVCC in 2013 and from then helped organized it and helped it grow. Serving as a facilitator for 2 years now, and helping run the program this semester has been a great experience as a student. I hope to continue in this role helping the Spanish program to continue and develop so that others can learn and immerse themselves in the beautiful Spanish language and culture.


Vice President – Korean

Candidate(s)
Hi, 안녕하세요.  I am Silvia Choe.
I’m willing to run as a korean vp in the following term. I’m currently enrolled in elementary education at u of a. I have volunteered as a ta for korean class for 2 years and also worked as a facilitator last year in svcc. And I stated to take a part of svcc as a korean vp from this term. Hopefully, i can run the position in following term as well.
Thanks.


Vice President – Japan

Candidate(s)

Nanami Shimizu
Hello.こんにちは!I am from Japan , Kyoto and I am an exchange one year program student . I am an third undergraduate student and studying education  here. I have committed this volunteer from last fall term. The reason why I am doing this volunteer is that this is really good opportunity to meet with new friends and enjoy language. Both volunteers and participants can learn the language and culture. I would like you guys how learn other language is good chance to expand our vision and fun. I hope more people come to SVCC and have great time!


Vice President – German

Run for VP German!

 

All volunteers will be able to vote for the executive team candidates on Saturday, February 27th during sessions.

If you are interested in applying, please email us at svcc@ualberta.ca. Please include a short biography of why you will be suitable for this position, and describe the relevant experiences you have that will help you carry the role effectively.

Winter 2016 Semester – session #107

January 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

SVCC Language Sessions will be back on Saturday, January 23!

We are very excited to announce that we will now be providing German Language Sessions in addition to all our existing languages. Full list of offerings are below.

Which level should you attend?
During registration, you can speak to the Vice President in charge of the language you are interested in.

FAQ
Q: Who can attend the language sessions?
A: All individuals 16 years of age or older.

Q: Can I take more than one language per term?
A: Unfortunately, that is not possible as all language sessions are offered during the same time slot.

 

Winter Sessions
Winter sessions will run every Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, from January 23, 2016 – April 2, 2016.

So you might be asking, how do I register?

Registration is done in-person:
Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Where: University of Alberta, Education Centre Cafeteria **
Form: To help speed up the process, please print, fill out the registration form, and bring it to registration (https://goo.gl/ZOAE4C). 

** For more details on the location, please refer to the map below. The Cafeteria is located between Education North and South (on the first floor), as indicated by the bright yellow rectangle.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES: 
Beginner sessions – February 6, 2016
All other levels – February 20, 2016
Keep in mind that we will not go over material you have missed from previous sessions if you choose to register after January 23, 2015.

You will be given classroom information after registration.

Sessions Offered

Cantonese
Beginner 1
Beginner 2
Beginner 3
Intermediate

English
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

French
Beginner 1
Beginner 2
Intermediate

German
Beginner

Japanese
Beginner
Intermediate

Korean
Beginner
Intermediate

Mandarin
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Spanish
Beginner 1
Beginner 2
Beginner 3
Intermediate

If you have any questions please e-mail us at svcc@ualberta.ca or visit us in the Education Cafeteria at 10:00am – 12:00pm every Saturday morning while sessions are running. Also, more information can be found on our website at www.svcclanguages.org. Visit our Facebook or Twitter for quick updates and information!

Hope to see all of you at the language sessions!

Volunteer with SVCC!

October 24, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized

Want to gain valuable volunteer experience that allows you to demonstrate your leadership & communication skills?

Volunteer with us!

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to fill the following positions:

1) Vice President Cantonese
2) Cantonese Group Facilitators
3) Cantonese Facilitator Assistant
4) Vice President French
5) Vice President Japanese

As the VP, you’ll oversee your Language Group Sessions. You’ll recruit and manage Group Facilitators. You’ll also conduct evaluations throughout the term and act as the main contact point for all of your language session volunteers. Knowledge of the language is required. VPs are required to commit approximately 2 hours during the SVCC semester on Saturdays.

Group Facilitators are responsible for preparing and facilitating the language sessions. Facilitator Assistants are required to support the Group Facilitators during language sessions. For these positions, knowledge of the language is required. Language Facilitators are required to commit approximately 2 hours during the SVCC semester on Saturdays.

Please fill out our Application Form here, or copy and paste this link into your address bar: http://goo.gl/forms/TppqQaIKFc. Once we have received your email, we will schedule an interview with you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!

Fall 2015 – Session #106

September 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello!

Good news! SVCC Language Sessions will be back on Saturday, September 26!
Our volunteers are very excited to meet all of you!

Fall Sessions
Fall sessions will run every Saturday at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, from September 26, 2015 – December 5, 2015.
Sessions offered:

Cantonese
– Beginner 1
– Beginner 2
– Intermediate

English
– Beginner
– Intermediate
– Advanced

French
– Beginner 1
– Beginner 2
– Intermediate

Japanese
– Beginner
– Intermediate

Korean
– Beginner
– Intermediate 1
– Intermediate 2

Mandarin
– Beginner
– Intermediate
– Advanced

Spanish
– Beginner 1
– Beginner 2
– Intermediate

So you might be asking, how do I register?Registration is done in-person:
Date: September 26, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Where: University of Alberta, Education Centre Cafeteria **
Form: To help speed up the process, please print, fill out the registration form, and bring it to registration. 

Deadline to register: October 24, 2015
Keep in mind that we will not go over material you have missed from previous sessions if you choose to register after September 26, 2015.

** For more details on the location, please refer to the map below. The Cafeteria is located between Education North and South (on the first floor), as indicated by the bright yellow rectangle.

After completing registration, you will be given the classroom information.

If you have any questions please e-mail us at svcc@ualberta.ca or visit us in the Education Cafeteria at 9:45am – 12:00pm every Saturday morning while sessions are running. Also, more information can be found on our website at www.svcclanguages.org. Visit our Facebook or Twitter for quick updates and information!

Hope to see all of you at the language sessions!

What language would you like to learn?

June 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

After hearing some feedback from participants, we have decided to add additional languages. Now, we would like to ask for your help to pick a language! Arabic, German, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, or Ukrainian?

Join our mailing list!

May 22, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized

An SVCC newsletter will be sent out before the beginning of each semester to keep you updated on the sessions that will be offered! All you have to do is enter your name and email address, it is as simple as that 🙂

Spring 2015 – Session #105

May 9, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized

Hello everyone!

Spring sessions will begin on Saturday, May 23 and will run every Saturday (10 am – 12 pm) until August 1, 2015! To register, please arrive at the Education Building Cafeteria by 9:30 am on May 23. If you cannot make it that day, you can come by to register on any other Saturday up until June 20!

If you are planning on attending the Spring sessions, please print and fill out this form to help speed up the registration process.

This term we are offering the following sessions:

Cantonese:
Beginner

Korean:
Beginner
Intermediate I
Intermediate II

Spanish:
Beginner I
Beginner II/Intermediate

English:
Beginner/Intermediate

French:
Beginner

Mandarin:
Beginner
Intermediate

Hope to see you there!

SVCC 2015-2016 Elections

March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello Everyone!

As our 2014-2015 operating year is coming to a close, it is time to vote in our next executive team for the upcoming 2015-2016 year!  If you are interested in running for any of the following positions, please submit your candidate bio to svcc@ualberta.ca.

 

The following are the currently submitted candidate bios:

President

Hello, everyone! My name is Eevannis Ma and I am hoping to run for the position of president in this upcoming year. I have been a part of SVCC for two and a half years and I am currently the Vice President Internal. As an executive team member with lots of experience, I have a very good understanding of our organization, know the amount of time and work needed to run SVCC, and particularly, enjoy working with our amazing volunteers! I want to be able to continue helping our community to grow bigger and providing great services to our participants as a president! Thank you all for your support and encouragement!

Vice President – Financial

My name is Shan Zhang. I am writing to run to be the next Finance VP of SVCC. After two years of volunteering with SVCC, I am good at SVCC’s financial works and get along with other volunteers. Having achieved a solid foundation of knowledge in my study of accounting and finance, I have the ability to be the Finance VP. To be specific, my valuable working experiences, excellent ability to work both independently and in a team environment as well as my strong analytical skills can make considerable contributions to SVCC.

Vice President – External

Hello! My name is Chantelle Lam, I am currently running for the position as VP External. As a student who was previously enrolled in the French sessions, I had a chance to experience what SVCC was like from a student’s perspective. This year, I would like to give back and contribute to this group by becoming a part of the Executive Team. I truly believe that SVCC is a great group, and I would love to help spread the word about the excellent opportunity it provides for others that are interested in learning a new language. I am someone who has a passion for learning about different cultures, and this is one of the reasons why I see so much value in SVCC. In the past, I have taken part in developing and implementing marketing strategies as an Event Coordinator and as a Graphic Designer. Volunteering as an Event Coordinator has allowed me to employ my strong communication and organizational skills; in this role, I helped to promote the event by speaking to other organizations and by using social media. As a Graphic Designer*, I was able to utilize my creativity to design marketing materials such as promotional posters for events and elections, newsletters, business cards, banners, as well as brochures. I feel that these experiences will allow me to effectively carry on the role as the VP External. I would be thrilled to be given an opportunity to work with such a dedicated team of student volunteers. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio!

* If you would like to see a small collection of my work, please visit: http://pixoi.tumblr.com.

Vice President – Internal

Hi, my name is Mark and I have volunteered with SVCC for just over two years. I took a short break from SVCC this semester but previously was Interim VP External, Interim VP Spanish, and a Co-Facilitator for the first Spanish Language group.

As a Spanish Facilitator, I received the chance to develop my skills developing fun activities and guiding participants in their learning. If it were not for SVCC Languages, I likely would never have had this opportunity. I collaborated with a variety of amazing Co-Facilitators and we planned trips to restaurants or coffee shops once per semester.

As VP Spanish, I recruited and interviewed several volunteers to facilitate Spanish classes and helped expand the Spanish Language Group from one session to three. I organized the groupings of volunteers so that all interests were met and so that there would be a balance of skills and experiences with each team of facilitators. Through the volunteers, I learned from their perspectives and tried to implement as many of their suggestions as possible.

As VP External, I learned how much work is needed in order to ensure that many participants join lessons. I created the first SVCC Meetup on meetup.com which has been a stable source of participants. I printed and helped post up posters on a weekly basis in order to create a general flow of participants and answered questions about the program on Facebook and Meetup.com. I also had the opportunity to direct two promotional videos for SVCC Languages which were a tremendously fun to do.

As VP Internal, I hope to ensure that every participant receives their resources ahead of time before each session and that the sign-up sheets be there ready for them to fill out. I would run the registration days and ensure that all participants have provided their personal information and are guided to the correct class. I hope to help all VPs in conducting evaluations of participants in any way possible. Best of all, I look forward to distributing candies or treats to each class during the cultural holidays! I would ensure that VPs are collecting information from their volunteers and in this way I would be able to provide the name tags/lanyards. I would ensure that VPs are uploading their participant information onto google docs and take pictures of participants and volunteers during sessions.
I greatly appreciate this opportunity and hope to make SVCC a great experience for everyone involved!

Vice President – English

My name is Magdalena Koziak and I am running for VP English. Three years ago, I started out as an English facilitator and from there continued on to become the English VP. In the upcoming year my goal is to work on participant retention, improve the quality of our sessions, and continue to make sessions more interactive and discussion-based to promote confidence in our participants English speaking abilities.

Vice President – Cantonese

Hello, my name is Joanne Yu and I’m running for VP – Cantonese. I started volunteering as a facilitator two years ago and then as the VP for the past year. My goal for next year is to sustain and improve our quality of classes held by our amazing facilitators and continuing on promoting the culture of the canto-district to our participants. Encouraging and leading the Cantonese team to take on different leadership roles in the team would be important to keep the program running, as well.

Vice President – Mandarin

Cynthia Zhao is running for this position. Bio coming soon!

Vice President – French

Bonjour! Amy Hua and Laura Hamonic are candidates for co-VPs for French. Laura joined SVCC 2 years ago. In that time she has helped to restart the French Language Group sessions and develop the curriculums. She has also been involved with SVCC working on the External team. Amy began volunteering with SVCC as a group facilitator this past semester but has also had experience as a participant with SVCC. Together for the coming semester, they are hoping to recruit more volunteers and open more sessions.

Vice President – Spanish

My name is Ian Regnier and I am an After Degree student in the Faculty of Education completing a Spanish major and Social Studies minor. Currently I am completing my 9 week AFX at a junior high in Edmonton.  I am also in my second session as a SVCC language facilitator with the Intermediate Spanish class. I love the Spanish language and being able to share it with learners of all ages and levels so that they can improve and gain confidence in the language.

I would like to run for SVCC VP because I believe I am responsible and a good team member. I have shown this through my preparation and efforts as a language facilitator by collaborating with fellow facilitators and aiding the learners who come to our classes.  Through this I believe I should be considered for VP.

Hi, my name is Denise Valdivieso, I am an Ecuadorian student currently enrolled in my third year at the University with a major in Psychology and a minor in International Studies. Being that Spanish is my native language, I helped open the Spanish program at SVCC in 2013 and from then helped organized it and helped it grow. Serving as a facilitator for 2 years now, and helping run the program this semester has been a great experience as a student. I hope to continue in this role helping the Spanish program to continue and develop so that others can learn and immerse themselves in the beautiful Spanish language and culture.

I am Lina Yañez and  I am from Medellin, Colombia. I am Chemical Engineer and I am taking my M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at University of Alberta. I also play violin and I am member of the University Symphony Orchestra. I started to be volunteer in SVCC last year (Fall 2014) because I see this as a great opportunity to learn and also to teach my native language. I love reading and swimming; last year, I took zumba and I love it! I think if people want to learn some Spanish songs, they should go to zumba.
Being part of SVCC, it has been really enriching and I think more people should volunteer for this program.

 

Vice President – Korean

Hi, my name is Silvia Choe and I am hoping to run for the VP Korean position in this upcoming term. I am currently enrolled in elementary education at U of Alberta. It is my first time joining SVCC but I have volunteered as a KOR202 TA. I found it to be a really enjoyable experience therefore, I would like to get more involved in programs that help people who want to learn new languages. My goals are to ensure all the participants get the most enjoyable experience at SVCC and more importantly to ensure all sessions are helpful and relevant. Also, I will be ready and willing to listen to the insight and ideas of others, in hopes of making this coming term the best. Hopefully, I can be a part of this great opportunity. Thank you!

All volunteers will be able to vote for the executive team candidates on April 4th during sessions.