Selkirk College TESOL Program brings international experience home

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Selkirk College’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program has brought a world of cultural experiences to one alumna who’s chosen to build a career at home in the West Kootenay.

Emily Kandborg teaches English to speakers of other languages with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, a non-profit organization providing literacy programs for children, families, adults and seniors in the region. She currently teaches four classes – one in Trail, Rossland and two in Nelson – to students from around the world.

“Learning and teaching culture is my passion,” says Kandborg. “And while my students are here learning English and what becoming Canadian is about, I get the opportunity to learn everything about them as well. Being able to give them the language tools to express themselves and share their culture is the most gratifying thing.”

For Kandborg, the path to Selkirk College’s TESOL Program started with a childhood connection to other cultures. Growing up in Genelle, her family hosted Selkirk International students – many became friends who she stays in touch with today.

After graduating from Rossland Secondary School in 2008, Kandborg explored her passion for other cultures while studying Media & Cultural Studies at Okanagan College in Kelowna. She then went on to the Critical & Analytical Studies Program at University of British Columbia Okanagan and achieved her degree in Cultural Studies.

Read more about Emily here.