Learning a language, learning the land: Newcomers, parks, and language learning – Dr. Elizabeth Lange (St. Francis Xavier University), Dr. Peter Vogels (Grant MacEwan University), Zenobia Jamal (Zenev Educational Consultants)

Health and Community Wellness, Research

‘Learning a Language, Learning the Land’ was the pilot of an educational process with immigrant newcomers that combined language learning and environmental literacy in an outdoor park setting. This report is an evaluation of the joint project between the primary partners – Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN),  and the City of Edmonton. The goals of the project partners were to assist newcomers in accessing municipal and provincial parks; fostering a familiarity with parks leading to ongoing use; and identifying best practices for parks and language educators in an outdoor context.