What to expect at our OLi Language Workshops

Simple Format

The facilitator(s) and attendees*:

  Introduce themselves (eg. where they live, or have lived, work, interests, etc.). Their exact introduction could change, week by week.

❖ Discuss the weather in their locales, thoughts on climate change and other phenomena in their communities

  Present or watch the short presentations of others, ask questions and discuss.

If there is further time, we will chose one or more of the following:

  Discuss movies and books accessible on the Internet in the chosen language.

  Share information about language resources on the Internet for learning, reading and listening.

*Some attendees may wish to stay silent for the first few workshops. That is fine.

Cancellation and refund policies

Cancellation policy  

Should one of our facilitators be unavailable for a language workshop, one of our back-up facilitators will act as a substitute. In the event of a last-minute problem and no facilitator is available, a compensatory workshop will be provided by OLi-works at a later date.

Payment and refund policy 

Prospective participants can drop in for free to one OLI-works conversational language workshop.  After that, if a participant wishes to join the OLI-works language workshops, they are expected to pay for a series of three workshops, CAD $45.00. If a workshop is missed the participant can make it up at a later date. Refunds are not provided for missed workshops.

Different people

For any given session the mix of attendees can be different, so learners potentially benefit from amplified networking and insights into the routes that others are taking to gain language mastery.

Expert speakers

August 17th, 2021 – Ms. Liz Romo of Ciclomanias in Calgary gave an expert talk to participants at our Spanish workshop. She spoke about community-level waste reduction and management, specifically their Zero Waste Ambassador at Home Program. She also discussed her company’s twinned approach between clients in Canada and Mexico. See a description on our blog, here.

To view video recordings of our expert talks, please contact us for the password.   We welcome more experts so if you wish to address a group in any of French, Spanish or Swedish (or some other language), let us know.  We will discuss your ideas and objectives to see if we can help.

March 9th, 2023 – Mr. Louis Sovi of Espoir de la famille in Porto-Novo, Benin, provided a presentation to participants at our French workshop. He discussed the not-for-profit organization where he works. Details are in our blog here.

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