The Language Learning Centre was birthed in 2015. Unique in its character, it is a fitness centre for both language and cultural learning. Volunteers from the community, read, listen, and speak with language learners. Although not grammar focused, grammar and writing skill-improvement are components of learning.
Four rooms, well insulated for sound, are used. Room 1, is used for reading books, magazines and newspaper articles. Pronunciation is corrected in a respectful and sensitive way. Room 2 is the room for learning through the playing of table games involving language. Room 3 is where video learning takes place and where a short segment of a movie is watched, then discussed. Room 4 is used for private study for learners who wish to be away from the library, yet still be in a learning environment.
A monthly membership fee ($80) gives the clients access to 12 hours a week of ESL learning. These are within the hours of 6-9pm, Monday through Thursday. Outdoor recreational activities and visits to community events, including Toronto, are a component. This past year, a rodeo in Minden, the Canadian National Exhibition, as well as the Royal Winter Fair and skating at Toronto City Hall have been enjoyed by the students.
A committee of 8 individuals, some of whom are current Trent students and community professionals and educators, are both administrating and planning your program.
Cynthia Hucks, Manager, is both a graduate of a Trent TESL Program and has been a participant in the University of Wisconsin Grammar program. She has a Masters Degree in Adult Education with a focus on Non formal Learning and Diversity from St.Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia.