Canada Official languages Training Project (COLTP) helps people living in Canada improve, for free, their second language (English or French) by conversing with volunteers who are native speakers of English or French (the two official languages of Canada).
COLTP accepts two kinds of participants:
1) Volunteers: to help people who need to improve their English or French
2) Trainees: who need to improve their English or French and to speak like native speakers of these languages
It is a free, One-to-one, female-to-female and male-to-male language training project.
The project will match a female trainee who likes to improve her English or French with a female volunteer (mostly a university student) who is a native speaker of English or French and the same applies to males. A male trainee will be matched with a male volunteer.
It is a very effective way of language training for two reasons:
1- One-to-one means having an expert (dedicated only to you) whose job is to catch and correct your mistakes in English or French and this is the main difference between this project and any other language training programs.
2- Female-to-female or male-to-male means having a person who speaks, thinks and feels in the same way like you. It is clear that women and men use languages differently. Science says that women are more advanced linguistically than men and progress faster in learning languages.
COLTP was created originally to help immigrants improve their English or French to help them get jobs easily and integrate in the society faster. Then the project started to accept almost any person to allow a bigger number of people to benefit from its services. At the same time, COLTP helps volunteers by making volunteering too easy. Almost any native speaker of English or French can be accepted. No experience needed. Volunteers can freely choose the time and place that suit them most and can volunteer only one hour a week. Thus volunteers will enrich their CVs and help other people without bearing any real burden.
COLTP can be considered, at the same time, a linguistic experiment to prove that there are other effective ways to teach or learn the two official languages of Canada. In fact, COLTP provides the missing stage in all programs and methods of teaching languages. It provides the logical method needed to perfect one’s second language in the shortest period of time.
If you like to help others and, at the same time, improve your CV by volunteering with very light commitment then this project is for you. Canada Official languages Training Project (COLTP) is a very easy way to get volunteering experience. Volunteers need mainly to listen (for at least one hour a week) to trainees to correct them if they make mistakes related to grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation…etc. Thus volunteers do not need to prepare anything for these one-to-one sessions or to have any special training or experience. The sessions will be arranged by volunteers and trainees. The sessions can be done also online or by phone and can be divided into smaller sessions. Volunteers who have free time can get many trainees if they like to volunteer more. With this project, volunteers can volunteer for years without any problems or burdens. Many of us waste many hours a week doing almost nothing so dedicating one hour to help other people is something really easy to do!
Trainees need to use this free opportunity cleverly to improve their English or French and learn how to speak like native speakers of these languages. Thus they need to plan before meeting volunteers for every session and focus on the areas where they find themselves weak with regard to conversation or any aspects of the concerned language. In fact, this project is very effective for people with an intermediate level and up of a language since after reaching such a level, attending language schools or joining conversation groups is unproductive. Having a special native speaker of a language to correct one’s linguistic mistakes in this language is more effective. Trainees, who go to language schools, can also add this very light training to their language training so they go to language schools in the morning and meet with the volunteers of this project to improve their language individually in the afternoon.
Many trainees of this project were doctors, public servants or graduate students. Helping these people improve their English or French means helping Canada.
The main goals of this project are:
- To improve people’s employability, social life or networking by enhancing their communication skills
- To help volunteers enrich their CVs with a very easy volunteering opportunity
- To provide people, who need to improve their conversation in English or French, with free effective language training
- To save public funds wasted on ineffective language training
- To give goodhearted people a chance to help others with a new way
Finally, Canada Official languages Training Project (COLTP) is a promising project that has a lot of potentials and, at the same time, it is very easy to involve in and benefit from with dedicating the least amount of time and effort
The Director of the project:
A support letter the project received from the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie the Honourable Mélanie Joly (formely the Minister of Canadian Heritage)