ESL Teen Talk (Youth Opportunity Grades 7-12)


Create a fun environment where newcomers can become more comfortable with English and the culture of Calgary! Meet students in Grades 5 to 9 and take part in enjoyable group activities such as board games and Wii, to encourage conversational skills.

Program Goals

ESL Teen Talk is designed:

  • To provide a safe and friendly environment for teens to practice their conversational English
  • To provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring skills
  • To increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs

Length of Program

  • 1.5 hours a week for five weekly sessions throughout the year.

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Volunteers will be junior or high school students (grade 7 – grade 12)
  • Volunteers will be reliable, have a positive attitude, good literacy and facilitation skills and enjoy working with peers who have English as a Second Language
  • Volunteers will be good role models

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend volunteer orientation session
  • Be a good role model for the participants
  • Follow the guidelines set out by the program coordinators
  • Ensure that the participants have an enjoyable learning experience


  • One and a half hour training session covering program materials, as well as roles and responsibilities of being a Calgary Public Library Volunteer

Volunteer Benefits

  • Introduce yourself to new people and opportunities
  • Have fun and contribute to your community
  • Develop new skills: inter-personal skills, leadership, problem solving, communication, and time management

ESL Teen Talk Contact:

Email: Phone: 403-221-2036


If you are interested in volunteering for the ESL Teen Talk program, please apply here.