Monday, 13 July 2015

YouAlberta Spotlight: Learn a New Language with the SVCC

Hello. Bonjour. Hola. Kamusta. こんにちは (Konnichiwa).

I am multilingual. I can speak, read, and write in Tagalog, Kapampangan (a Filipino provincial language), and English. Recently, I studied Japanese/Nihonggo to fulfill a requirement for my BA degree. Having the ability to speak different languages has helped me greatly in life (especially since moving here to Canada). My multilingualism has allowed me to more profoundly appreciate cultural differences, it’s improved my communications with others, and most importantly, it’s helped me make new friends.

While I would strongly recommend learning a new language (or two, or three, or even more), I also recognize that learning a new language is a daunting and expensive task. (After all self-help books, e-learning programs, and formal classes are quite pricey). So, when I stumbled upon a Student Volunteer Campus Community (SVCC) poster in the Tory Building, a student group that offer free (yes, FREE!) language sessions to the university community, I knew that I had to learn more about them. Luckily, I was able to spend one Saturday with the group - and although I did not learn a new language (because a day just isn’t long enough) - I did learn about their outstanding community service and I think that you might just appreciate their story. 

So, meet some of the SVCC crew - Eevannis, Seo-Whi, Magdalena, Lincoln, Seth, Chantelle, and Amy - and pick up a tip or two about learning a new language. (You might even be tempted to sign up for their language sessions – which are FREE!)

Who Are They?

Tips for Learning a New Language

Languages (Currently) Offered




FREE Language Sessions

Saturdays, 10am-12pm
Education Building
University of Alberta

*Editor's note: An earlier version of this post listed "French" twice under "Languages (Currently) Offered" and missed "Spanish." We've corrected our error.

About the Author


Kevin Chavez Laxamana is a 4th year Anthropology Honors student. He hails from the Philippines and has been living as a proud Edmontonian for half a decade. When he is not busy, which is a rare occurrence, Kevin enjoys long walks, volunteering, and binge-watching past seasons of Survivor. He aspires to become a ‘cool’ social scientist while trying to get his Twitter account verified (though he doesn’t tweet much). His most prized possession (for now) is a signed copy of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.


  1. Where on campus on Saturdays are the language lesson? Do you need to sign up ahead of time?

    1. Language lessons are held in the Education Building, and it looks like registration is preferred. For the most up to date information about SVCC registration and locations, it's probably best to check their website:

  2. There are two "French" under "Languages (Currently) Offered". I'm just wondering if you guys will start to offer Spanish sessions anytime soon.

    1. Hi Sherry - it looks like they already do offer Spanish. We mistakenly typed "French" twice. You can learn more about SVCC's Spanish offerings here:


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