English Language Support Program (in-person)

Helping newcomer children practice English in a fun and creative atmosphere. 

English Language Support (formerly CommuniCreate) is a free and inclusive after-school program through which children in grades 4-7 who are new to Canada from Ukraine can get involved in their communities, feel a sense of belonging and improve their English through a fun and engaging child-centered curriculum.

Each week, participants will work in small groups with a volunteer mentor from Simon Fraser University who will support them through fun activities focusing on language acquisition. Each session will be centered around a theme and set of vocabulary related to the theme. Volunteers will work with their groups to learn the new vocabulary, engage in interactive games, and practice reading and writing. Activities will be both team-based an individual, which will encourage social connection and develop interpersonal skills along with English proficiency. Over the 8 sessions, participants will improve their English language and communication skills in a safe and enjoyable environment where they will be encouraged and supported to connect with others, express their creativity, and build confidence.

This program will be delivered over three 8-week iterations, after-school from:

  • May 9 - June 27, 2023 (ended)
  • October 21 - December 16, 2023 (no session on Nov 11th) 
  • January 27 - March 16, 2024 (registration is open)

When? Sessions will run every Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Where? In-person at the Surrey City Centre Library, located at 10350 University Dr, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8

Who is this program for? This program is open to children ages 9 to 12 who are new to Canada from Ukraine, displaced by the war.

How to Register: 

To join our January-March iteration of this program, please click the 'Register Here' button below. 

Please note: 

1) Registration priority is given to Surrey residents, however, children from other cities may also apply. These students will be placed on the waitlist and invited to join the program if there is space available.

2) Students who previously participated in this program can register again, however, they will be placed on the waitlist and invited to join the program if there is space available.

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  • For partnership, please contact Rachel Nelson or call 778.782.8082