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Winter 2015 – Session #104

January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Welcome back everyone! Our Winter sessions have started!

Session Dates

Every Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm beginning January 24th to April 4th.

Location

Various classrooms throughout the Education buildings on the University of Alberta campus (we will direct participants to classrooms after they have registered in the Education cafeteria).

Registration

If you have missed out on Registering, don’t worry! Participants will still be able to register during sessions, in the Education cafeteria, until February 21st.

Languages offered

Korean– Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced

Japanese– Beginner, Intermediate

Spanish– Beginner I, Beginner II, Intermediate

Cantonese– Beginner I, Beginner II, Intermediate I & II

Mandarin– Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

French– Beginner I, Beginner II

English– Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Cost

All sessions are completely free!

Thank you!

SVCC thanks all their participants and volunteers for making this into such a fun community. Make sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news updates! Any additional questions can be sent to svcc@ualberta.ca.

Fall 2014 – Session #103

August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Welcome back everyone!! Our Fall Sessions will start on Saturday, September 27th.

Session dates
Every Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm beginning September 27th to December 6th, 2014

Location of sessions
Various classrooms throughout the Education buildings on the University of Alberta campus (we will direct participants to the appropriate classroom after registration which takes place in the cafeteria).

Languages offered
Korean – Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced
Japanese – Beginner I, Beginner II
Spanish – Beginner I, Beginner II
English – Beginner, Intermediate/Advanced
Mandarin – Beginner, Intermediate
French – Beginner I, Beginner II
Cantonese – Beginner I, Beginner II, Intermediate

Registration
Registration will continue up until the midway point of the semester, every Saturday, from 9:50am to 12:00pm, and may also depend on availability.

Cost
There are no associated fees. Sessions are completely free!

Thank you!
We have amazing participants and volunteers and hope to continue to build a positive community! Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest news! Additional questions can be directed to svcc@ualberta.ca.

Spring 2014 – Session #102

May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Welcome back everyone!! Our Spring sessions have just started!

Session dates
Every Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm beginning May 24th to August 11th, 2014

Location of sessions
Various classrooms throughout the Education buildings on the University of Alberta campus (we will direct participants to the appropriate classroom after registration which takes place in the cafeteria).

Languages offered
Korean – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Japanese – Beginner I, Beginner II
Spanish – Beginner
English – Beginner, Intermediate/Advanced
Mandarin – Beginner, Intermediate
French – Beginner I, Beginner II

Registration
Registration will continue up until the midway point of the semester, every Saturday, from 9:50am to 12:00pm, and may also depend on availability.

Cost
There are no associated fees. Sessions are completely free!

Thank you!
SVCC thanks EVERYONE for their continuous support. We have now reached our 102nd session with work of our amazing volunteers and participant attendance. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest news! Additional questions can be directed to svcc@ualberta.ca. We hope to see you all soon and enjoy this Spring Session (:

2014-2015 Executive Election: Candidate Bios

March 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Everyone!

It’s time! As our Winter semester comes to a close (last session April 5th), we are ready to vote in a new executive team for the upcoming 2014-2015 year!

Find out more about our candidates below! 

President
Hello everyone! My name is Kathy Le and I am the current president of SVCC. I am hoping to run for the position of president once again for the upcoming year. SVCC is an amazing organization full of passionate people and I have seen the positive impact that we have left in the lives of others. I want to be able to help guide the executive team to provide not only amazing service to our participants, but to also give volunteers a reason to be proud of the organization that they lend their time to. As current president I know the amount of work and determination it will take to run SVCC and I am willing to dedicate another year to ensure our success as a team. Please do not hesitate to contact me at kle4@ualberta.ca for any further questions. Thank you!

Vice President – Internal
My name is Eevannis Ma (Jinjin). I’m a candidate of VP – Internal next year. I have joined SVCC for four semesters as an internal member. During the two years, I have done a serious of works include evaluating instructors, preparing the supplies for classes and activities, helping recruiting and taking class photos. So I have a lot of experience and understand the responsibilities of being the internal portion of SVCC. If elected, I will continue to performed my duties and do my best to manage the services to our participants and volunteers.

Vice President – Finance 
Hi everyone, my name is Aidi Feng. I have been volunteering with SVCC finance group for almost a year. Over the last year I had been assisted Mei who is the vice president of Finance with various accounting work. I am familiar and able to perform day to day job with other members of finance groups. Routine jobs of the finance group includes issuing check after verifying the receipts, updating journal entries with paper and also simply accounting system, as well as budgeting and managing the SVCC’s bank account. I am confident and hard-working. Further, as an accounting major student, my background will assist me with various accounting work. Therefore, I am looking forward to join the election for the position of VP finance. I wish I could represent and lead the SVCC finance team to perform a better job in the next year. For the upcoming year, first, I plan to make a better schedule and ensure at least one person in our group will be shown up every week. Second, since we have a separate locker already, our working papers and laptop will be stored securely. Third, I will strive to be more organized and work more efficiently to ensure everyone could get their check faster. Fourth, I am planning to send every vice president the budget for their group next year so that they are free to check any time. Please also feel free to text or email me anytime if you have any concerns. Finally, I am looking forward to have a great time volunteering with SVCC!

Vice President – Korean
My name is Seo-Whi Kwon, and I am a third year education student at the University of Alberta. I love to work with others and be involved. I am very enthusiastic and have solid work ethics when working with others, and I will commit my time to assure that all levels of Korean language sessions are running smoothly. My main goal is to promote a organized, cooperative, and a multicultural learning environment to which all participants have a positive experience with all Korean language sessions. I will always be open to opinions and be willing to communicate with facilitators, facilitator assistants, and committee members at all times.

Vice President – English
We are Magdalena Koziak and Valerie Ho! We’re running for co-VP English. We were co-VPs for English in the previous year, and hope to continue working together with SVCC to provide English sessions to University of Alberta students and community members. We will continue working to improve English sessions to ensure they are helpful, relevant, and interesting. Thank you!

Vice President – French

From left to right: Huong, Laura

From left to right: Huong, Laura


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonjour! Laura and Huong re-started the French language group in Winter 2013, and have been Co-VPs since. During the four semesters that they’ve been Co-VPs, Laura and Huong have created curriculums for Beginner 1, 2 and Intermediate. Both Co-VPs also have facilitating experience, in order to better guide their group facilitators and volunteers. For 2014, they would like to further contribute to the SVCC Executive team, and expand the language group by re-opening the Intermediate level

Vice President – Japanese
Bio coming soon!

Vice President – Spanish
Bio coming soon!

Vice President – Cantonese
Bio coming soon!

Vice President – Mandarin
My name is Shijian Bao and I am running for SVCC VP Mandarin. I joined SVCC earlier this year as a group facilitator and fell in love with the group and the wonder people that I have met here. My interest and passion in Chinese language and culture does not diminish as I study far abroad. I believe SVCC offers an mutually-beneficial and most community-friendly opportunity to me and whoever participates to learn from each other’s culture and languages. This is specially important in modern society as people from different backgrounds are communicating in a ever faster and diversified fashion. Here, as one active member of the society, I would like to utilize my dedication and strong communications skills to ensure my participants get the most enjoyable experience at SVCC.

The goal for this coming year includes Improving the quality of Mandarin sessions and maintain high rate of retention whenever possible. More importantly, recruit qualified volunteers and assist them so that we can grow together. I believe I can be a part of the executive team that makes next year even better! Thank you for your reading and support!

Thanks Everyone!!!

Winter 2014 – Session #101!

January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Welcome back everyone!! Our Winter sessions are just around the corner!

Session dates
Every Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm beginning January 25th – April 5, 2014

Location of sessions
Various classrooms throughout the Education buildings on the University of Alberta campus (we will direct participants to the appropriate classroom after registration)

Languages offered
Korean – Beginner, Intermediate I, intermediate II, Advanced
Japanese – Beginner I, Beginner II
Cantonese – Beginner I, Beginner II, Intermediate
Spanish – Beginner
English – Beginner, Intermediate, Advance
Mandarin – Beginner, Intermediate
French – Beginner I, Beginner II, Intermediate

Registration
There will be no PRE-registraion this semester. Regular registration will occur on the day of the first session, January 25th, beginning at 9:30 am in the Education cafeteria. Sessions will begin promptly after at 10 am. (We will be accepting new registration every Saturday afterward depending on availability)

Cost
There are no associated fees. Sessions are completely free!

SVCC would like to thank EVERYONE for their continuous support. We wouldn’t be able to have our 101st session without the amazing work of our volunteers and participant attendance. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest news! Additional questions can be directed to svcc@ualberta.ca. We hope to see you all soon! (:

Happy 100th Session!

November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

100th session

In popular culture, the number ‘one hundred’ can evoke many different things. If you’re a singer, you may have memories of singing One Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall. For new parents, they could be celebrating their newborn’s hundredth day. This tradition originated from old times when mortality rates were high and the fact that their newborn could survive the mythical one hundred days, meant that the child escaped the danger zone that many parents feared. For students, perhaps it’s in their wildest dreams that they would score one hundred percent on their exam. And for new lovers, many celebrate their hundredth day together.

For SVCC, the current fall semester marks our hundredth session anniversary. Originally found by Rita Chow and Father Firth, we began small as an English as a Second Language program back in 1980. We’re proud to say that we’ve expanded into a total of seven language offerings this semester. They include English, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Japanese, French, and newly added Spanish.

 We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our dedicated volunteers throughout the years. This may sound cliché, but none of the sessions would have been possible without the commitment of our volunteers. To our participants (past, present or future!), thank you for coming out to our sessions week after week. We hope to have helped you on your journey towards experiencing a new language and culture.

 It is our hopes that by learning a new language, people are able to experience new cultures, music, food, and friends, so Bonne Fête SVCC! Happy 100th session birthday. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate our 200th session.

Cheers to another great semester!

¡hola~ Spanish is here!

September 26, 2013 in Spanish

SVCC has added Spanish Beginner to our free language sessions for Fall 2013!

Photo courtesy of: Mark Spindler

Photo courtesy of: Mark Spindler

Why learn Spanish? Check out these nine facts about the Spanish language that you may not have known:

1. There are over 329 million natives speakers of Spanish, ranking the language second for the number of people who speak it as their first language.

2. Spanish is spoken in 44 different countries and is the official language of 21 different countries.

3. There are more people who are native speakers of Spanish than English.

4. The demand for Spanish courses has doubled worldwide in ten years and has become the second most studied language in the world.

5.  Spanish is the most popular foreign language to learn in the United States of America and Europe.

6. Spanish is an official language of the United Nations and its institutions, together with Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Russian.

7. Spanish is the third most used language on the Internet and the second most used language on Facebook.

8. Spanish is a phonetic language – meaning that if you know how to spell a word, you can easily pronounce the word (with a few exceptions).

If you would like to register please join us Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the Education Cafeteria. The Fall 2013 term begins on September 28!

 

Bonjour à tous!

August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0). Author: Bob Hall

Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0). Author: Bob Hall

French is a Romance language spoken all across the world. The French language obviously has its roots in Europe, but there also exists multiple dialects in Asia, Africa, Australia, the United States and Canada. Each of these dialects possesses a unique set of vocabulary and phonology, which reflect the rich culture present in each region.

We can see this is in right here in Québec, Canada! Every year Québec hosts le Carnaval d’hiver, a Quebec Winter Festival celebrated in February. Races, banquets, winter sports, ice palaces and ice sculpture competitions are just some of the activities people can enjoy. Children can also visit le bonhomme, the cheerful mascot of the carnival. But, a sure favorite is the cabane à sucre. Hot maple syrup is poured onto ice and snow until it cools, then it is rolled onto a stick and eaten.

There exists numerous English words that derived from French roots. À la carte, à la mode, bon appétit, au contraire, faux pas are just a few obvious expressions borrowed from French.  Although the alphabet is very similar in both languages, key differences such as pronunciation, spelling, gender agreement and verb conjugation make French fun and interesting to learn!

If you would like to learn French, we would love for you to join us every Saturday morning at SVCC! We hope to see you there!

À plus!

Spring 2013 Registration

April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone!

The executives of SVCC would like to welcome you to our Spring 2013 Language Session! Regular registration opens May 25th, 2013 at 9:00 AM in Education Cafeteria with sessions beginning at 10:00 AM that very day. Registration will be open every Saturday afterwards as well.

As usual, English, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and French are offered. For any inquiries please contact us at svcc@ualberta.ca. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Let’s Learn Nihongo! (日本語)

March 13, 2013 in Japanese

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of posts by our volunteers that aims to inform and excite you about some of our many diverse language sessions! We hope you enjoy reading them!!

Did you know there are studies that show that those who learn or know another language are not only happier but are also found to be more attractive and sexier? Aside from the benefits of being able to overcome a language barrier, adding a new language to your repertoire opens a vast window of opportunities for you, ranging from making new friends to working abroad. With these compelling facts, who wouldn’t want to learn a new language? The question is, which one should you take?

If you want to experience a new culture that has a variety of unique festivals, an exciting history and bizarre sub-cultures or if you just want to be able to communicate in another language for business purposes, we strongly suggest Japanese for you.

Culture

There will always be something new and exciting to see, learn, and experience in Japan. With a diverse number of cultural activities ranging from participating in a tea ceremony and visiting Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples, to trying the trendy and modern subculture fashions and shopping in the busy, crowded Akihabara, these are a few things that makes Japan so unique. By being able to communicate in Japanese, it will allow you to step out of the box and open opportunities for you to explore new areas and participate in new things beyond the usual tourist attractions.

Business

Japan has one of the largest economies in the world and it’s still growing! As the world advances towards more new and innovative technology, Japan’s international recognition for research and development in the fields of science and technology will further promote the influence of Japan on a global scale. With a Japanese language skill, your career options will expand with the possibility of working for some of the most influential companies in the world, as well as being able to significantly expand your network to a wider horizon. The ability to effectively communicate with potential employers, co-workers, and clienteles in their own language will give you an advantage in helping you succeed in the business world.

Entertainment

These days it’s not unusual to find someone who has heard of anime or manga, if anything, Japan is probably most famous for these two means of media and entertainment. With Japan’s influence in the media and entertainment industry on an international scale, you may have already learned a few Japanese words or phrases so why not go the extra mile and refine this language skill? You’ll not only be able to watch the raw episodes of your favorite anime and read the latest manga chapter, but you’ll also gain the satisfaction of being able to apply your newly acquired Japanese language skills to sing along with the latest J-Pop song or reading the latest Japanese novel.

History

History is always an important subject to learn in order to truly understand a culture and their references in stories, idioms and art. Japan has one of the longest and most intriguing history in the world, and because of that there are many cultural references that stem from the past. Samurai, the Meiji Restoration, bushido, ukiyo-e, and so on, all these are examples of what influenced and shaped Japan to what it is now. Learning Japanese will give you a bit of the cultural perspective of Japan and look into historical texts and documents only available in Japanese.

With Japan’s growing influence in business, successfully introducing their culture on a global scale, and being one of the world’s most spoken languages, you can see the benefits and advantages you may have by learning Japanese.

Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). Author: Marc Veraart

Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). Author: Marc Veraart