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Join us for BC TEAL’s 2017 Annual Conference and Anniversary Celebration at Vancouver Community College’s Broadway Campus, May 4th to 6th. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 50th anniversary, and look forward to having you join us for three days of professional development and celebration.
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Thursday, May 4
 

9:00am

Lesson Planning for Portfolio-based Language Assessment
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.
To date, PBLA training has focused primarily on developing instructor skills and awareness around using the CLB document to plan modules and develop assessment tasks and tools. These are important components to utilize when incorporating PBLA practices into your classroom and for developing your daily lesson plans. This session will focus on how to fully utilize these tools to map out all of your PBLA activities for the month as well as delving into mining your module plan for your skill-building activities to support learners to complete their assessment tasks successfully. At the end of the session you will have a practical steps you can follow to simplify your PBLA classroom implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Drew

Ryan Drew

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Ryan taught Literacy to ELSA 5 for 8 years at SUCCESS, and was part of the Language Services management team for 7 years. As Program Manager – Resource & Curriculum Development at SUCCESS, she was responsible for implementing PBLA, incorporating blended learning and new technolog... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Teaching Mixed-Ability Classes
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.
Teaching mixed-ability classes can be very challenging. Some writers have recommended the use of ‘differential teaching’ techniques involving extensive preparation of varied-level tasks; but who has the time for this? In this session we’ll be looking at and trying out a series of practical teaching principles, illustrated by actual activities, that involve very little (or no) extra preparation, but that can make our job teaching mixed-ability classes easier, and that go some way towards bringing about more effective learning and better learner motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Ur

Penny Ur

Cambridge University Press
Penny Ur has many years of experience as an English teacher in schools in Israel at all levels, and has taught ELT methodology at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University.  She is primarily interested in practical aspects of effective English language teaching. Her books include Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2012), Discussions and more (2014), Penny... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Using Film to Connect Languages and Cultures
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.

“Little has been done in the utilization of moving pictures in the teaching of foreign languages, but the moving-picture industry in this country has made our students so familiar with films for entertainment that the adaptation
of their use to another field would be simple”. As it turns out, it was not so simple, but those were the assumptions and expectations expressed by W.S. Hendrix, in 1939, in his article entitled ‘Films in the Learning of Foreign Languages’ in The Journal of Higher Education. In this PCI, we will, then, look at where we are nearly 80 years after Hendrix’s claim, and see how film cans be used to make more explicit the links between Language and Culture, in ways that print-media, such as traditional textbooks, cannot.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Curtis

Andy Curtis

Professor, Graduate School of Education, Anaheim University
Andy Curtis received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a professor in the Faculty of Education there. Prior to 2007, he was the Executive Director of the School of English at... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Creativity in the Language Classroom
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.

This workshop will focus on different ways teachers can use creativity in the language classroom. A short theoretical introduction will show why creativity is important and how it can enhance learning. Thereafter  it will offer teachers a range of instantly useable practical activities showing how creativity can be used in different ways for different purposes: creative activities for their own sake, creative activities for practising genre writing, creative activities  for practising grammar, creative activities for practising vocabulary and the interesting question of how far creativity can be used with beginners.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield

Associate Professor, Unitec, New Zealand
Jill Hadfield has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in Britain, France, China, Tibet, Madagascar and New Zealand, run short courses and seminars for teachers in many other parts of the world and worked as consultant for the UK’s British Council and Department of Internation... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Enhancing Intercultural Communicative Competence
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.
Participants will learn about ATESL’s new online resource and increase their capacity to integrate intercultural communicative competence (ICC) into their practice through interactive activities.
ATESL’s research revealed that ICC was not fully integrated into ESL instruction in Alberta. ESL instructors reported needing materials and that they are too busy to develop their own. It also revealed that some instructors do not value ICC and that some instructors perceived that learners did not value ICC. The discussions at national conferences suggest these findings might be applicable to BC as well.
To address the need, ATESL partnered with Bow Valley College and NorQuest College and created a resource which includes lesson plans and activities that address ICC as detailed in the ATESL Adult ESL Curriculum Framework. PD workshops (similar to this session) were also designed and facilitated to help ESL instructors gain confidence in integrating ICC into their practice.

Speakers
avatar for Yuji Abe

Yuji Abe

NorQuest College
Yuji Abe is a LINC instructor at NorQuest College in Edmonton. Yuji has also done applied research and facilitated intercultural workshops during his 5 years with the Centre for Intercultural Education at NorQuest. Last year, he published two articles on pragmatics for TESOL Inte... Read More →



Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Technology Enhanced Teaching: Build Your Digital Toolbox
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.
Participants in this workshop will explore the use of a number of easily accessible technologies for the language classroom. For educators, these technologies are increasingly diverse and interactive, and they provide powerful ways we can extend learning beyond traditional boundaries. The focus will be on providing a solid pedagogical foundation through demonstration and guided hands-on practice. Topics covered will include: collaborative writing tools, multimedia tools for listening, and speaking and feedback.  Please bring your laptop or tablet to this interactive workshop to explore, experience, curate and learn ways to tap into technology in a way that serves your curriculum and student needs. 

Speakers
avatar for Joe Dobson

Joe Dobson

EAL/TESL Instructor/Educational Technology Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University
Joe Dobson is the current president of BC TEAL and has been a language instructor since 1991. He has presented widely on integrating technology in the language classroom. At Thompson Rivers University, he has had varied positions including EAP instructor, teacher educator, and... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall

Contract Faculty / Community Coordinator / Board Member, Douglas College / Tutela / BC TEAL
Nathan Hall is an EAP instructor and teacher trainer for Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.


Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

5:30pm

50th Anniversary Carnival with our Main Attraction, Jill Hadfield! Plus Carnival Games, Food & Drink!
Note: This is a ticketed event. Please see the conference website for registration information.

Join us to celebrate our 50 years as Canada's first professional association for EAL instructors! The evening will kick off with a PD session led by the renowned Jill Hadfield, then will be followed by entertainment, carnival games, and refreshments. This event is $10 for members and non-members, pre-registration is required. Details to follow.

The Main Attraction - Jill Hadfield! The Carnival Band! BBQ Burgers & Sausages! Popcorn! Candy Floss! Craft Beer - Jongleur beer from Strange Fellows Brewing! Ha-Ha-Ha Yoga - Come for a belly laugh and leave with sore abs. Feel re-energized and get some fun ideas for your class! The Carnivalizer - to help you cast off the cloudy skies get you into the Carnival spirit! Twitter Twinsies Extravaganza! Fishing Game & Prizes! Balloon Dart Game & Prizes! TCF Ring Toss Game & Prizes - by donation! Circus Performers! Retro Room! Future Tense Fortune Teller! Castle of English Horrors!

Our Main Attraction of the evening is a Professional Development session by Jill Hadfield, Motivation, Imagination and L2 Identity. Recent motivation research has shifted the focus to the relationship between motivation and the learner’s identity. Within this approach, the L2 Motivational Self System (Dornyei 2005) is an important new theory, backed by considerable research.
The Motivational Self System is a tripartite construct of L2 motivation, consisting of the Ideal L2 Self (the internal desires and vision of the learner), the Ought-To Self (external pressures and incentives) and the L2 Learning Experience (the actual experience of engaging in the learning process). This new approach has very direct practical implications as it opens up a whole new avenue for promoting student motivation through the use of the imagination to envision identity. However the approach as yet lacks any direct practical applications which could be used by L2 teachers.  In this talk I will outline the theory, explain how a motivational programme can mediate language learning and suggest some practical activities.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield

Associate Professor, Unitec, New Zealand
Jill Hadfield has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in Britain, France, China, Tibet, Madagascar and New Zealand, run short courses and seminars for teachers in many other parts of the world and worked as consultant for the UK’s British Council and Department of Internation... Read More →



Thursday May 4, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Auditorium (Bldg A) & Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway
 
Friday, May 5
 

8:00am

8:30am

"You had (a) company?" Articles Revisited
Article usage is a persistent problem in ELT. Learn two metaphors and several techniques to draw students’ attention to the deeper discourse-level notion that determines the use of articles and determiners.

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Kay McAllister

Trinity Western University
Kay teaches in the MA TESOL and TESOL Certificate programs at TWU.  Her research interests are the intersection of reading and writing, TESOL teacher training, and, of course, grammar!


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
1212 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

Digital Citizenship for Adult Newcomers: More than just Computer Skills
Digital citizenship goes beyond technology skills and digital literacy, encompassing digital interactions and digital well-being. Following Ribble’s model with its principles of respect, educate, and protect, this session will focus on ways to incorporate the nine elements of digital citizenship into thematic LINC modules. Suggested multi-media resources will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Nicholas

Bonnie Nicholas

Instructor, Norquest College
Bonnie Nicholas works at NorQuest College where she has taught face-to-face, blended and fully online LINC classes. She is especially interested in integrating language teaching and learning with digital technology.


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
2205 (Blgd B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

Do What You Love: New EAP Curriculum at Douglas College
The Douglas College EAP department has recently developed a new outcomes-based curriculum. This session will provide the background which set the stage for the curriculum change, outline guiding theoretical principles, and explain the steps in the process, as related to the current post-secondary context.

Speakers
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Cyndy Reimer

Douglas College
Cyndy Reimer teaches EAP at Douglas College in the ELLA Department (English Language Learning and Acquisition). She has been involved in the creation of a new curriculum for her department.
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Gordana Sokic

Douglas College
Gordana Sokic is an instructor in the English for academic preparation program at Douglas College. She has been involved in ESL teaching and curriculum development in various contexts. 


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

ESL-Pathways, a Student Experience
ESL Pathways at VCC has been up and running for over 2 years. What has been the students' experience? We will look at the curriculum, Activities, Tasks PBLAs, and classroom culture from a student perspective

Speakers
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Tanya Cowie

Vancouver Community College
Tanya has taught at VCC for over 20 years.She is currently teaching in the Pathways program at VCC, and taking the intercultural certificate program at UBC
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Carrie Leggatt

Vancouver Community College
Carrie has been involved in adult EAL for over 25 years in a variety of settings at Vancouver Community College. She is currently the Department Head of EAL.
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Ken McMorris

Vancouver Community College
Ken has been at VCC since 2005, after working abroad and in public schools for 13 years.  He has been involved in ESL Pathways since the first field test.


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

Language Supports and Making the Most of AMSSA's Resources
Learn about the resources that AMSSA has to offer, including Language Supports, accessing the latest research related to LINC, as well as Webinars, E-Symposia and other events.

Speakers
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Lucy Buchanan-Parker

AMSSA
As Research and Information Coordinator, Lucy supports Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada funded organizations in BC through knowledge mobilization initiatives that translate academic research and policy documents into products that can be used effectively by staff in... Read More →
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Julie Ship

Language Coordinator, AMSSA
As AMSSA Language Coordinator, Julie supports language programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in British Columbia. These supports include arranging in-person events, providing online training opportunities, and representing the interests of federally fund... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
2215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

Supporting PBLA with Blended Learning/Edulinc.org
Portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) and LearnIt2teach are two projects funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for settlement language training. This session provides a brief overview of these initiatives and look at specific ways that Moodle and the LINC courseware at edulinc.org can support PBLA.

Speakers
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Paul Carter

LearnIT2Teach/EduLINC
Paul has been working to find new ways to enhance the teacher and learner experience with blended learning, focussing on PBLA and using an LMS to compliment the classroom.
avatar for Jennifer Chow

Jennifer Chow

LINC Teacher, LearnIT2Teach
Jennifer is currently a LINC teacher. She is interested in supporting digital citizenship education for all learners.


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
2227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

Celebrating Canada's 150th - Teaching Culture with the 5 Ps
How many times have you been asked “What is Canadian Culture?” In this workshop, we will breakdown culture into the 5 Ps, Products, Practices, People, Perspectives, and Participation in Communities. We will examine how to develop a deep cultural understanding of culture and how to create a sense of belonging.

Speakers
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Annette Aarts

College of the Rockies
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Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
1213 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:30am

Rhythm Fight Club: Empowering Learners for Confident, Fluent Speaking!
This workshop introduces a simple but “hard hitting” technique for helping students in the transition from accuracy to fluency, the Rhythm Fight Club--using controlled, boxing-like gesture. It is applicable for learners and teachers of all proficiency levels, designed to integrate speaking and vocabulary instruction—with increased energy and confidence.

Speakers
avatar for William Acton

William Acton

Director, MATESOL, Trinity Western University
Bill Acton is Director of the MATESOL program at Trinity Western University. His research is in the areas of teacher training and haptic pronunciation teaching


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:45am

Open Space
Come talk about topics hottest to your professional practice. In an informal small-group setting, participants propose their most current issues of interest or concern, big or small. These are narrowed down to the hottest few and the conversation continues to evolve.

Speakers
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Tanya Tervit

Langara College
Tanya Tervit is an ESP curriculum developer and instructor at Langara College. She has a MA in TESOL (TWU) and a BA in Political Science which continues to reinforce her belief in the power of words.


Friday May 5, 2017 8:45am - 10:15am
2231 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

8:45am

Creating Safe Spaces for Dialogue in Challenging Times
This workshop is an opportunity for instructors and managers to explore how to engage in meaningful dialogue about social justice and create inclusive, supportive classrooms. We will share activities and lessons that encourage reflection and inspire growth. Participants will gain tools to help create supportive and empowering learning and teaching environments.

Speakers
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Marcela Mancilla Fuller

Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Marcela Mancilla-Fuller manages settlement services for immigrants and refugees at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The focus of her work is to facilitate initiatives for integration of immigrants.
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Diana Jeffries

PIRS
Diana Jeffries worked for ISS of BC (LINC) and was an instructor for other settlement programs where she specialized in working with refugees and multi-barrier learners. She presently works at Pacific Immigrant Resource Society in the women’s refugee program, and she is the Liter... Read More →
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Andrea Solnes

Andrea Solnes has worked in settlement as instructor, curriculum developer and manager (ISSofBC). She works to broaden support for integration of immigrants, and co-create  new narratives of inclusive communities.
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Amea Wilbur

PIRS
Amea Wilbur currently works as the Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. She has taught in a variety of different settings and  positions including Vancouver Coastal Health's Access Community through English and in Capilano University Community Outreach and... Read More →
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Sara Yuen

Vancouver Community College, Spark Language Coaching
Sara Yuen has extensive experience as an EAL/TESOL instructor and program coordinator (VCC, Langara College and Collingwood Neighbourhood House), and is also an English language coach (Spark Language Coaching).


Friday May 5, 2017 8:45am - 10:15am
2206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Retro Room!
Travel back in time by visiting the EAL Retro Room! Come see a hilarious collection of what teachers used in the classroom back in the. day VCC instructors have collected quite the array of old school memorabilia! Read memory stories about teachers' experiences ... and enjoy the walk through memory lane!

Friday May 5, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

9:30am

My Top 30 Tips for Language Teachers
In this workshop I’ll be talking about or demonstrating some practical teaching tips. Some examples: ideas about organizing group work, teaching a text, or giving and correcting homework. Participants will be invited to share their own tips, or variations on the ones shown.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Ur

Penny Ur

Cambridge University Press
Penny Ur has many years of experience as an English teacher in schools in Israel at all levels, and has taught ELT methodology at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University.  She is primarily interested in practical aspects of effective English language teaching. Her books include Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2012), Discussions and more (2014), Penny... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Keeping Students Engaged in Online and Blended LINC Classes
How can LINC teachers adapt to blended and online learning? ISSofBC has developed a solid and successful approach, both in content and for teacher facilitation. This panel presents components necessary for successful online or blended courses, including PBLA, regardless of the platform, and practical advice from an experienced online teacher.

Speakers
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Frances Clarke

ISSofBC
Frances Clarke, MA works with new immigrants and refugees in Vancouver. Frances focuses on supporting newcomers and host populations in finding pathways to meaningful connection in an increasingly diverse world.
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Janis Fair

Online Learning Coordinator, ISSofBC
As the Online and Technology Coordinator for the ISSofBC LINC Program, Janis Fair oversees online and blended learning classes and creates online lessons on the ISSofBC student website and Moodle.
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Olga Kanapelka

ISSofBC
Olga Kanapelka is an experienced online instructor and Moodle lesson developer with ISSofBC. She teaches regular, blended and online-only LINC classes.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
2229 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Reflecting Back & Looking Forward: Presidents' Perspectives on BC TEAL
BC TEAL has seen many changes over the past half-century and ha and grown and evolved with those changes. This panel of BC TEAL past presidents who served BC TEAL over the past few decades will explore BC TEAL’s past with an eye to understanding how to best position TEAL to serve members in the coming years.

Speakers
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Nick Collins

BC TEAL
Nick served as BC TEAL president 1981-1985.  He first taught in Spain in 1964, and over his career, his service to the profession were wide including serving as TESL Canada President and TESOL 2nd Vice-President.
avatar for Joe Dobson

Joe Dobson

EAL/TESL Instructor/Educational Technology Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University
Joe Dobson is the current president of BC TEAL and has been a language instructor since 1991. He has presented widely on integrating technology in the language classroom. At Thompson Rivers University, he has had varied positions including EAP instructor, teacher educator, and... Read More →
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Michael Galli

BC TEAL
Michael served as BC TEAL president from 1997-2012 steering BC TEAL through a period of significant renewal and growth.  He currently is the Manager, International Recruitment and Admissions at BCIT.
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Maureen Sawkins

BC TEAL
Maureen's first venture into teaching ESL, was Ed. 478 with Mary Ashworth in the summer of 1970. She got her first teaching position in VSB Night Schools, where Pat Wakefield recommended that she join TEAL. After working on Conferences and teaching in the Japanese Summer Program... Read More →
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Jennifer Pearson Terell

Jennifer Pearson Terell is an English language teacher, teacher trainer, BC TEAL Board member and  TCF Chair - currently 'consumed' by all things to do with the BC TEAL Refugee Project!
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Shawna Williams

Past-President, BC TEAL
Shawna Williams is an instructor in VCC’s TESOL Department. As past-president of BC TEAL, she is a passionate advocate for continuous professional development for novice to experienced EAL educators.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Choosing Activities that Actually Support Learning and Skill Development
EAL is primarily about skill development rather than knowledge expansion. This workshop explores the importance of selecting activities that clearly address students’ learning needs while fostering increasing skill development. Attendees will identify the learning value of a range of activities and where they most appropriately support the language learning process.

Speakers
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Emma Hadfield

Hatfield ELT Curriculum Services
An ELT veteran, Emma supports academic processes at EAL institutions. She writes teacher materials and textbooks, provides masterclasses and workshops, and designs programs and curricula for young and adult learners.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
1211 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Language Learning: Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking
Language is a problem-solving tool. Our first language impulses are about getting what we want. Much language education extends this simple function but, increasingly, language education involves thinking critically about the world and engaging with it in creative ways. In the ecosystem of language teaching and learning, there remain traditional connections among teachers, students, books, and assessments, but there are also new digital resources and paradigms to exploit them. This presentation explores how teachers can engage students in critical and creative thinking, fueling motivation and making learning more efficient and effective.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Beatty

Ken Beatty

Anaheim University
Dr. Ken Beatty is a teacher trainer, TESOL Professor, and author of Pearson’s LEAP series and 130 other textbooks. He’s given 300+ training sessions and 100+ conference presentations in 31 countries.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Teachers Supporting Student Learning through Assessment
The presentation focuses on the integration of teaching and assessment in supporting student learning, with the notion of alignment as a guiding principle for high quality assessment, that is, the degree of agreement amongst standards, curriculum, assessment (including tests) and instruction.

Speakers
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Liying Cheng

Queen's University
Liying Cheng (Ph.D.) is Professor and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG) at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Her primary research interests are the impact of large-scale testing on instruction and the relationships between assessment and instructio... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
2205 (Blgd B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Zen and the Art of Culturally Appropriate Essay Writing
In this session, international student-teachers will share with you hidden dimensions of their own international approaches to academic writing. As you'll discover in this session, there are techniques that instructors can use to leverage the cultural diversity found in their classrooms, turning potential writing 'problems' into academic solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Brown

Jason Brown

Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University
Jason Brown is a lecturer in the ESL Department at Thompson Rivers University. He has been teaching ESL/EFL since 1994 including eight years overseas teaching experience in Japan and India. 
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Ivy Pan

Thompson Rivers University
Ivy is currently teaching Manadarin while completing her TESL Practicum at Thompson Rivers University.  She has recently completed her M.Ed. degree in Canada and her bachelor's degree in New Zealand.
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Vera Wu

Thompson Rivers University
Vera currently works in the Writing Centre at Thompson Rivers University.  She has recently completed her M.Ed. and her TESL Certificate program including a teaching practicum at Thompson Rivers University.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Literature as Language Teaching: The Troubling Tradition
Literature continues to dominate many K-12 and post-secondary language-learning pathways for ELLs in Canada. In this session, we will explore together some of the troubling historical roots, limitations, and implications of this focus on literature in language teaching, with implications for the adoption and expansion of CLB vs. CEFR.

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Seonaigh MacPherson

University of the Fraser Valley
Seonaigh MacPherson is Head of Adult Education and TESL at the University of the Fraser Valley. She recently completed a Government of Canada report on the CLB vs. CEFR. Seonaigh was the Lead Curriculum Designer of the ESL Pathways project at VCC.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
2227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Enhancing Formative Feedback through Critical Exchanges
Formative assessment is standard procedure in ESL classrooms. Formative feedback is a key strategy, particularly in writing and other EAP courses. This workshop will focus on how peer or teacher feedback that promotes a critical exchange can enhance learners’ higher-level critical thinking skills.

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Gordon Moulden

MA TESOL Program, Trinity Western University
Gordon Moulden teaches in the MA TESOL Program at Trinity Western University. He has taught English in Canada and Asia. His research interests include assessment and course evaluation.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
2215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:30am

Langara's Academic Integrity Framework: An Experiential Intercultural Orientation
In this quick-paced interactive session Langara College’s innovative Academic Integrity Framework will be shared through an experiential intercultural approach that participants can apply to their own classrooms and institutions. Participants will learn how to use the “Something’s Up” four-stage intercultural method to support effective uptake of the Framework.

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Todd Odgers

NorQuest College
Todd Odgers is a former EWP instructor and the current Principal of the NorQuest College Centre for Intercultural Education, an applied research and training center, in Edmonton Alberta.
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Vicki Vogel

Langara College
Vicki Vogel is the Director and designer of the Langara English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) Program.  Her team of 48 instructors prepare over 500 students each semester for post-secondary education.


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
1212 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:15am

Refreshments and Networking Break
Friday May 5, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:45am

11:00am

Plenary Presentation: 50/50: Looking Forward - To An Uncertain Future
In September 2014, Statistics Canada published a document titled ‘Population projections: Canada, the provinces and territories, 2013 to 2063’. One of the most important findings was that: “In all scenarios, migratory increase would remain the key driver of population growth over the next 50 years, as has been the case since the early 1990s”. That was, however, before the results of the 2016 US Presidential Elections, and the subsequent Executive Orders focused on preventing people from certain countries from entering the US. Such moves have made the future of international education in North America more uncertain than it has been for many years, even for many decades. In this keynote presentation we will, then, look at some of the significant developments in ELT in Canada in the last 50 years, to see if they can help us understand what we may be facing in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Curtis

Andy Curtis

Professor, Graduate School of Education, Anaheim University
Andy Curtis received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a professor in the Faculty of Education there. Prior to 2007, he was the Executive Director of the School of English at... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium (2010 Bldg A) VCC Broadway

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday May 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

Online Interaction
This talk outlines ten principles for successful interaction online and introduce and give examples of five different kinds of online interaction: Critical, involving an exchange of opinions, Personal, involving an exchange of personal information, Factual, involving sharing information, Fanciful, involving entering into an imaginary scenario and Creative, involving the creation of a ‘product’.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield

Associate Professor, Unitec, New Zealand
Jill Hadfield has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in Britain, France, China, Tibet, Madagascar and New Zealand, run short courses and seminars for teachers in many other parts of the world and worked as consultant for the UK’s British Council and Department of Internation... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

Empowered! Taking an Active Role in your Teaching Feedback
What kind of teaching feedback do you get? Is it telling you what you want and need to know? This session will empower instructors to take an active approach to teaching feedback to improve student engagement, gather evidence of a thoughtful practice and become agents in their own teaching assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw

Site Coordinator (LINC), Douglas College
 Fiona Shaw is a seasoned EAL instructor and program administrator, passionate about Adult Education.  She holds a MA (TEAL) from SFU and coordinates the LINC program (SLC) for Douglas College.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
1211 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

Incorporating Intercultural Communication Strategies in Employment-Focused LINC
Because LINC is the first place many newcomers learn soft skills, ISSofBC integrated intercultural communication strategies into LINC and employment-focused-LINC curricula to better equip newcomers for success in the Canadian workplace. This workshop presents key curriculum components and practical intercultural communication activities building toward PBLA assessment. Participants share activity ideas.

Speakers
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Frances Clarke

ISSofBC
Frances Clarke, MA works with new immigrants and refugees in Vancouver. Frances focuses on supporting newcomers and host populations in finding pathways to meaningful connection in an increasingly diverse world.
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Claire Pinkett

Instructional Coordinator, ISSofBC
Claire Pinkett is an ISSofBC LINC Instructional Coordinator and PBLA Lead Teacher with 30+ years of experience in LINC/ELSA, EAL & TEFL. Responsibilities include curriculum/materials development and PD planning/delivery.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

The All-Canadian Test of Academic English: CAEL Assessment
CAEL is an integrated test that measures English language proficiency for admission to university. Developed in Canada, CAEL measures how successful students are likely to be in first-year Canadian college or university classes. Learn about the structure of the test. Understand how responses are assessed. Get insights into test preparation.

Speakers
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Marcy Laufer

Paragon Testing Enterprises
Marcy is the Instructor/Trainer at Paragon. She has first-hand knowledge of Paragon's English language tests and has worked in rater training, scores management, and instructional products and programs development.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
2229 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

The Linguistic Capital of New Canadians and Social Inequality
Framing of language as a form of ‘capital’ discloses the unique disadvantages experienced by non-English-speakers. This shift from material to non-material forms of capital highlights the other causes of inequality in society. Disparities in linguistic capital form the basis of a non-economic form of hierarchy. I will employ Bourdieu’s theory of capital as a foundation to explore the interconnection between language, identity, and inequality.

Speakers
avatar for Dilsora Komil-Burley

Dilsora Komil-Burley

Ph.D. student, UBC Okanagan
I am a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. I got my bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Alberta. I taught IELTS and CELPIP preparation courses at the New Hope ESL school in Edmonton in 2015 – 2016.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
2227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

Writing-about-Writing with Second Language Writers
This presentation discusses the development of a writing-about-writing approach to a first-year writing course - in which the students are mainly L2 writers - at a Canadian university, and the ways in which this approach can enhance second language writers' knowledge about academic writing practices.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Heng Hartse

Joel Heng Hartse

Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
I'm a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University! My work on sociolinguistics, education, and writing has appeared in the Journal of Second Language Writing, Asian Englishes, Composition Studies, and English Today.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
2215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

Celebrating Diversity in the EAL Classroom
Inclusion and diversity are words we hear almost daily. But what do these words really mean and how do we experience them in the classroom? This interactive workshop explores 'Canadian-ness'. Participants will be invited to reflect on identity and try out intercultural classroom activities to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Taslim Damji

Taslim Damji

Intercultural Practitioner/Manager, MOSAIC Works, MOSAIC
Taslim Damji has an MA from King’s College, London and 20 years of international teaching and settlement, teacher training and research experience. She is a certified Intercultural Practitioner.



Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
2205 (Blgd B) VCC Broadway

1:00pm

Unscripted: Releasing the Potential of Authentic Listening in ELT
This session focuses on the creation of more 'meaning-focused' activities using authentic listening material (Nation & Newton, 2009). Participants will be given guidance on using authentic listening tasks in their own classroom along with tips on using technology tools to create and edit their own recordings.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall

Contract Faculty / Community Coordinator / Board Member, Douglas College / Tutela / BC TEAL
Nathan Hall is an EAP instructor and teacher trainer for Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
1213 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:15pm

Expectations and Realities: EAL University Student Voices
What skills do English as an Additional Language (EAL) university students need to succeed? A panel of students and language coaches from the UBC Academic English Language Support Program will discuss expectations and realities, and will share ideas on how we can all work towards creating an inclusive and supportive teaching and learning environment.

Speakers
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Naomi Sawai

UBC English Language Institute
Naomi Sawai is a language coach in the Academic English Support Program at UBC. She has taught EAP in Japan and the UAE, and she holds an MA in Linguistics.
avatar for Eilidh Singh

Eilidh Singh

Head Instructor: Academic English Support Program, The University of British Columbia English Language Institute
Eilidh Singh works at the UBC English Language Institute. Her current interests include the language coaching approach, and the integration of technology in language teaching. She is the current BC TEAL PD Co-Chair.
avatar for Joyce White

Joyce White

Instructor, UBC English Language Institute
Joyce White is an instructor at the UBC English Language Institute, presently working as a language coach. She is interested in academic writing skills, assessment and in student advocacy.



Friday May 5, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
2206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:15pm

Everybody Loves Group Presentations?
Group presentations can be difficult! Not everyone has the same ideas on how to work together. Help your students negotiate and build a strong group presentation. We will discuss the importance of setting group meeting times, making meetings effective, setting group norms, and respecting different learning styles and cultures.

Speakers
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Jane Forward

Vancouver Community College
Jane Forward has been teaching for 25 years at VCC. She has worked as a teacher and administrator. She has created many materials and videos on successful communication techniques.


Friday May 5, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Ten Common Beliefs about Language Teaching: Critical Examinations for Pedagogical Transformation
The ideological and political facets of English language teaching have been scrutinized and debated in our field for almost 30 years. However, little has changed toward a more just and equitable direction in policies and practices reflected in curricula, instruction, materials, and teacher education. Focusing on ten common beliefs related to language teaching and learning, I will review insights generated by previous research and discuss how we can think differently and critically for change.

Speakers
avatar for Ryuko Kubota

Ryuko Kubota

Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
Ryuko Kubota is a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, critical multiculturalism, critical race theory, and language ideologies. She is a co... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Assessment as a Motivator: The Global Scale of English Learning
This presentation reports on recent research to provide insight into the CEFR. Participants will explore challenges created by uneven distribution of skill descriptors in the CEFR and understand how granular insight into skills surfaced in the CEFR can inform curriculum development, content development and learner progress in the language studies.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Land

Katie Land

Pearson
Language Consultant, Pearson



Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
2227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Baby Steps: An Indigenous Strategy in the ESL Classroom
What are ESL instructors doing to respond to Truth and Reconciliation in the language training classroom? Come share in our journey of how we are exploring ways of including Indigenous ways of knowing in TESL practices, including changes to curriculum, content, teaching, and connecting with the local Indigenous community.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Abe

Amy Abe

NorQuest College
Amy Abe is an ESL instructor and curriculum developer with NorQuest College.


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Encouraging Autonomy in Low Level learners
In lower level language classrooms it is often hard to avoid the trap of facilitating lessons in a teacher-centric manner. This workshop seeks to provide teachers with practical advice on strategies and activities that will encourage self-directed and independent learning in your beginner level students.

Speakers
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Matthew Levan

MOSAIC
LINC instructor with 6 years experience facilitating class in both LINC 1 and Literacy levels.


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
1212 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Privacy in the EAL Classroom
Attendees will learn about teachers' and students' privacy rights and responsibilities within a teaching environment. This session will consider both private and public sector settings in BC, and provide attendees with helpful guidelines and tips to avoid privacy pitfalls in the classroom.

Speakers
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Greg Kozak

University of British Columbia
Greg Kozak has over 10 years experience in records and information management. He teaches courses on freedom of information and protection of privacy at UBC as an adjunct professor.


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Trauma Informed Curriculum for Refugee Women
This presentation will focus on Pacific Immigrant Resource Society's trauma informed curriculum. We will share strategies, lesson plans, and resources.

Speakers
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Diana Jeffries

PIRS
Diana Jeffries worked for ISS of BC (LINC) and was an instructor for other settlement programs where she specialized in working with refugees and multi-barrier learners. She presently works at Pacific Immigrant Resource Society in the women’s refugee program, and she is the Liter... Read More →
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Amea Wilbur

PIRS
Amea Wilbur currently works as the Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. She has taught in a variety of different settings and  positions including Vancouver Coastal Health's Access Community through English and in Capilano University Community Outreach and... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
1213 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Vocabulary Acquisition through a TV Viewing Club
This presentation will explore the use of a subtitled television program (Community) as a rich context for vocabulary acquisition. The presentation will conclude with a brief discussion of the potential benefits of using a repeated program with captions in a second language context.

Speakers
JP

James Papple

Brock University
James Papple, Speaking Coordinator in ESL Services, Brock University.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Linguistics and Psychology and a Master’s degree in TESL.  He was a contributing author to the Culture Link Series from Oxford University Press.  His research interests incl... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
2205 (Blgd B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Transnational Families: Lone Parenting in a New Country
Inspired by my many immigrant female students’ anecdotal stories of lone parenting in Canada, I researched transnational migration and how mothers in “flexible families” build social connections in their new communities. What unique adaptive experiences do they face? How can language and settlement services better support their needs?

Speakers
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Frances Clarke

ISSofBC
Frances Clarke, MA works with new immigrants and refugees in Vancouver. Frances focuses on supporting newcomers and host populations in finding pathways to meaningful connection in an increasingly diverse world.


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
2215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

The Wait is Over: Exploring Tutela 3.0
This session will introduce new and experienced Tutela users to the many improvements and features brought about with the launch of Tutela 3.0 in January. Features covered in this session include Resources, Groups, and Collections along with ways to make Tutela become an online home for those in language education.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall

Contract Faculty / Community Coordinator / Board Member, Douglas College / Tutela / BC TEAL
Nathan Hall is an EAP instructor and teacher trainer for Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.


Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
2231 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:45pm

3:15pm

My Top 30 Tips for Language Teachers
In this workshop I’ll be talking about or demonstrating some practical teaching tips. Some examples: ideas about organizing group work, teaching a text, or giving and correcting homework. Participants will be invited to share their own tips, or variations on the ones shown.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Ur

Penny Ur

Cambridge University Press
Penny Ur has many years of experience as an English teacher in schools in Israel at all levels, and has taught ELT methodology at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University.  She is primarily interested in practical aspects of effective English language teaching. Her books include Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2012), Discussions and more (2014), Penny... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

BC TEAL Annual General Meeting
Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Auditorium (2010 Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

A Celebration of BC TEAL's Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal
The BC TEAL Journal exists to promote scholarship related to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language in British Columbia for all sectors and experience levels in the province. Explore the articles published so far, and learn more about the journal’s peer-reviewed publication process.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Roy Douglas

Scott Roy Douglas

scott.douglas@ubc.ca, University of British Columbia
Scott Douglas is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education on UBC’s Okanagan campus. He is also the editor of the BC TEAL Journal.


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Correlations between Reading Aloud and Scores in TOEIC
An experiment was conducted in an experimental and a control group in four classes at a college to determine whether a difference in achievement in English, especially in listening ability, can be found between those who do and those who do not read aloud.

Speakers
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Mikako Nobuhara

Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology
M.A. in Language Society from Hitotsubashi University, JAPAN  Assistant professor in Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industorial Technology


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Developing Japanese Medical Students' Self-Efficacy Through Academic Writing
The presenters demonstrate how EFL university students improve self-efficacy and writing performance through their academic writing program, which is team-taught by Japanese and native English teachers. They also show the results of four- year data analyses on relationships among self-efficacy, willingness to write, writing performance, and English proficiency testing scores.

Speakers
CF

Chihiro Fujimori

Saitama Medical University
Research field: second language acquisition, educational psychology
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Chad Godfrey

Saitama Medical University
Research field: ESL/EFL teacher training, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)
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Yoshihito Izawa

Saitama Medical University
Research field: discourse analysis, corpus linguistics
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Yoshiki Oida

Saitama Medical University
Research field: political philosophy, applied ethics


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Helping Newcomers Navigate Public Transportation in Metro Vancouver
Newcomers gravitate toward transit. However, for those with limited or no understanding of English, language barriers can be an obstacle in navigating the transit system and understanding the fare structure. The session will provide information newcomers need to navigate the system, and how TransLink can support you and your students.

Speakers
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Christopher Chan

TDM Officer, Seniors & Newcomers, TransLink
Chris is a TDM Officer at TransLink, Seniors and Newcomers.  He served as the Chair of the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee and the Transportation Committee of Richmond Seniors Network.


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Making Magic Happen in the Classroom - Stories, Comments, Sharing
A followup to the EAL WEEK 2016 contest,'Making Magic in the Classrroom', This session is a way to continue and expand the topic. Come and read the contestant's contributions, record your own stories and discuss factors that you consider essential to creating magic with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Brian Wicks

Michael Brian Wicks

Outreach Chair - BC TEAL board, Retired
Michael, a BC TEAL board member, initiated the contest, ‘Making Magic in the Classroom’ for EAL WEEK 2016. He promised a followup event. Excited about your involvement he is!


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Mathematics Critical Thinking in Sino-Canadian High Schools
This poster explores the perceptions of teachers in Sino-Canadian high schools teaching mathematics in English. It appears that content and language integrated learning has positive and negative influences on student learning and critical thinking. These influences relate to factors such as motivation, English language proficiency, and teaching methods

Speakers
avatar for Scott Roy Douglas

Scott Roy Douglas

scott.douglas@ubc.ca, University of British Columbia
Scott Douglas is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education on UBC’s Okanagan campus. He is also the editor of the BC TEAL Journal.
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Tian Li

University of British Columbia
Tian Li is a graduate student in UBC Okanagan. Her research interest includes content and language based learning, second language acquisition, and mathematics education


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Understanding Mental Health and English Language Learning
This poster presentation is focused on newcomers to countries such as Canada. It attempts to understand cross-cultural perspectives on mental health through the examination of scholarly literature related to mental health issues and EAL learning. Implications are explored and key supports are identified to foster wellbeing in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Roy Douglas

Scott Roy Douglas

scott.douglas@ubc.ca, University of British Columbia
Scott Douglas is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education on UBC’s Okanagan campus. He is also the editor of the BC TEAL Journal.
avatar for Mark Rosvold

Mark Rosvold

Research Assistant, UBC
Mark is an MA student doing an interdisciplinary degree. His research combines Anthropology and Education to investigate language acquisition and mental health in Canadian newcomers.


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

3:15pm

Writing from Sources in a Community of Practice: Teachers' Perspectives
This presentation outlines teachers’ views vis-à-vis their students’ writing from sources in a community of practice. Analyses of teachers' experiences with the source use practices of their students at two academic levels and from two language backgrounds will be illustrated.

Speakers
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Nasrin Kowkabi

University of British Columbia
Nasrin Kowkabi is a doctoral candidate majoring in TESL and a sessional lecturer in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada.


Friday May 5, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

4:30pm

Pecha Kucha and Networking Break

Join us for our 4th Annual PechaKucha Presentations and a tribute to our 50 at 50 award winners.

This Year's Line-Up!

Dr. Scott Douglas – MC (reprising his role- lucky for us!)
PechaKucha-jins:
"The Hidden Messages of Multilingual Linguistic Landscapes" by Natalia Balyasnikova

"TEAL Charitable Foundation: BC TEAL and Refugees" by Jennifer Pearson Terell, Joan Acosta & Yalda Ahmadvand

 "Turtles all the Way Down" by Brian Wilson

"Toques, Twoonies, and TEAL" by Nathan Hall

 

The Networking Lounge will be held across the hall from the Auditorium in the Faculty Lounge. Enjoy music from VCC's music department while you graze on complimentary light refreshments. A cash bar is available: $6 for beer/wine and $3 for soft drinks. Tickets can be purchased at the VCC cafeteria and in the lounge.


Speakers
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Joan Acosta

Joan Acosta is a clear language writer and editor with a special interest in developing materials for adult English language learners. She is a member of the BC TEAL Charitable Foundation and the BC TEAL Refugee Project.
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Yalda Ahmadvand

Yalda Ahmadvand is one of the TCF directors and past committee member of BCTEAL. She is the director of DEA Education Centre and she is passionate about educational technology.
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Natalia Balyasnikova

Natalia is a doctoral candidate in language and literacy education at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Originally from Russia, Natalia moved to Canada in 2013 to pursue her degree in TESL with a focus on intercultural communication, community-based research, and a... Read More →
avatar for Scott Roy Douglas

Scott Roy Douglas

scott.douglas@ubc.ca, University of British Columbia
Scott Douglas is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education on UBC’s Okanagan campus. He is also the editor of the BC TEAL Journal.
avatar for Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall

Contract Faculty / Community Coordinator / Board Member, Douglas College / Tutela / BC TEAL
Nathan Hall is an EAP instructor and teacher trainer for Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.
JP

Jennifer Pearson Terell

Jennifer Pearson Terell is an English language teacher, teacher trainer, BC TEAL Board member and  TCF Chair - currently 'consumed' by all things to do with the BC TEAL Refugee Project!
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Brian Wilson

Curriculum Manager, UBC Vantage College
Brian Wilson is the Curriculum Manager at UBC Vantage College. His current interests include online instructional methodology and emerging media.


Friday May 5, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Auditorium (2010 Bldg A) VCC Broadway

6:15pm

 
Saturday, May 6
 

8:00am

9:00am

Peace Linguistics: A Positive Response to a World at War
According to Gomes de Matos (2014), an important step toward the birth of Peace Linguistics took place when with the publication of an entry by David Crystal (1999), in which he stated that that Peace Linguistics was ‘an approach which emerged in the 1990s among many linguists and language teachers in which linguistic principles, methods, findings and applications were seen as a means of promoting peace and human rights at a global level. It emphasized the value of linguistic diversity and multilingualism’ (p. 415). However, something happened to the promise of Peace Linguistics, and interest appeared to have faded away. Now -- after a year of some of the most fearful, hateful and angry politics, in the UK, the USA and elsewhere – seemed to be an important time to resurrect Peace Linguistics. So, in Winter 2017, a new, 50-hour credit-bearing, degree-level Peace Linguistics course was piloted at a university in Hawaii.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Curtis

Andy Curtis

Professor, Graduate School of Education, Anaheim University
Andy Curtis received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a professor in the Faculty of Education there. Prior to 2007, he was the Executive Director of the School of English at... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Conditionals in Context: When the Grammar Texts don’t Align with Authentic Texts
EAL, particularly discipline-specific EAP instructors, need to take a more critical stance towards what structures they teach and texts students encounter. In this workshop we focus on examples of conditional language well beyond “if clauses” in Political Science and Physics texts. We demonstrate lesson development for our first year students, building on familiar structures and extending to unpacking the underlying conditional aspect in atypical structures manifest in their course readings.

Speakers
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Fatimah Mahmood

UBC Vantage College
Fatimah Mahmood is an Academic English lecturer in the Applied Science faculty at UBC Vantage College. With her MA in English Language Teaching (Pakistan) and MA in TESOL (TWU), she is destined to teach for life.
avatar for Jennifer Walsh Marr

Jennifer Walsh Marr

AEP Lecturer, UBC Vantage College
Jennifer Walsh Marr is an Academic English lecturer in the Arts faculty at UBC Vantage College.  She has a BA in Applied Linguistics (UVic) and MA in Curriculum & Instruction (SFU), 20 years teaching experience and a soft spot for those who use “whom” correctly... Read More →



Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1213 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Digital Autobiographical Identity Texts: Recognizing Multicompetence and Developing Academic Literacies
This presentation outlines how to incorporate digital autobiographical identity texts (AIT) into your teaching practice. During the session you will be provided with instructions on how to produce a digital AIT, followed by discussion of how such innovative pedagogy could be employed with multilingual students in varying contexts.

Speakers
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James Corcoran

University of Toronto
James is a Research Officer at the International Foundation Program, University of Toronto and a sessional lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1211 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Envisaging the Future: Directions from the TESOL Global Summit
Participants in this mini summit will explore the future of our TESOL profession through the themes of the recent TESOL Summit held in Athens, Greece. As well as learning about current trends from a global perspective, the meaning and implications of these issues within local contexts will be discussed.

Speakers
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Karen Densky

Thompson Rivers University
Karen Densky is currently the Coordinator for Teaching & Learning at Thompson Rivers University.  She has been an EAL and TESOL instructor for the past 26 years.   
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Cari-Ann Roberts Gotta

Selkirk College
Cari-Ann Roberts Gotta is currently the International School Chair for Selkirk College. Her experience includes teaching international students, teaching newcomers, training TESOL instructors, and providing rural program delivery.
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James Papple

Brock University
James Papple, Speaking Coordinator in ESL Services, Brock University.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Linguistics and Psychology and a Master’s degree in TESL.  He was a contributing author to the Culture Link Series from Oxford University Press.  His research interests incl... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Strategies and Tools for Teaching Differently-abled Adult ELLs
Presenter will share various strategies and procedures for inclusion in classrooms with differently-abled adult ELLs. Instructional strategies for adult ELLs who have not been identified with disabilities but require special attention will also be discussed. Participants will identify, discuss, and take away strategies for use in their classes.

Speakers
avatar for Raj Khatri

Raj Khatri

Practicum Student Supervisor/ PhD Student, University of Victoria
TESL Practicum supervisor and doctoral student at UVic, Raj has taught EAP in various settings. A member of BC TEAL and TESOL, Raj keeps interest in L2 reading and writing.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1209 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Supporting Chinese International Students' Learning in Canadian Higher Education
In this talk, two EAP teaching practitioners will specifically address the dilemma that university faculty members have faced when teaching Chinese international students, and share the views on the instructional ways to support these students overall academic learning in higher education.

Speakers
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Daniel Chang

Simon Fraser University
Daniel Chang is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education.
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Minxian Feng

Guangdong Industry Polytechnic
Minxian Feng is an EFL lecturer in China.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Why Some Students Cheat: ESL Students & Academic Dishonesty
With new technology and increased popularity of international education, schools must take steps to ensure the integrity of their course and test procedures. This presentation will discuss such steps, based on an assessment of peer-reviewed articles published over the last 20 years.

Speakers
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Dave Henderson

Dave Henderson received his MA in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads in 2016. Since 2005, he has taught English, business, and Vancouver life to international students.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Demystifying Business English
How can we define, let alone explain, the differences between emergency and contingency? This interactive workshop aims to clarify how we can approach Business English in a way that is accessible and entertaining while still being useful. The workshop will include an input session followed by attendee participation and feedback.

Speakers
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Noelle Peach

EC Vancouver Language Centre LTD
Noelle is an enthusiastic consumer of professional development, information seeker, and overall geek. She has taught EAP, ESP, and many general ESL classes since gaining her CELTA in 2015.
avatar for Sarah Finlayson Spalinger

Sarah Finlayson Spalinger

Teacher/CPD, EC Vancouver Language Centre LTD
Sarah has taught general English, Business English and Cambridge and been involved in teacher training and professional development. She enjoys travel, costume dramas, and colourful sneakers.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

The Wait is Over: Exploring Tutela 3.0
This session will introduce new and experienced Tutela users to the many improvements and features brought about with the launch of Tutela 3.0 in January. Features covered in this session include Resources, Groups, and Collections along with ways to make Tutela become an online home for those in language education.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall

Contract Faculty / Community Coordinator / Board Member, Douglas College / Tutela / BC TEAL
Nathan Hall is an EAP instructor and teacher trainer for Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
1214 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

9:00am

Retro Room!
Travel back in time by visiting the EAL Retro Room! Come see a hilarious collection of what teachers used in the classroom back in the. day VCC instructors have collected quite the array of old school memorabilia! Read memory stories about teachers' experiences ... and enjoy the walk through memory lane!

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
2008 (Bldg A) VCC Broadway

9:15am

Canadian Research Perspectives on EAL Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Bringing together topics related to EAL in Canadian contexts, panellists will consider questions associated with language challenges for newcomers in non-professionally regulated workplaces, the additional language socialization of doctoral students from China, embedded EAP instruction in undergraduate programs, and EAP practitioner assessment practices.

Speakers
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Tim Anderson

University of Victoria
Tim Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Additional Language Learning at the University of Victoria. His research addresses L2 writing and socialization, the internationalization of higher education, and transnationalism.
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Scott Roy Douglas

scott.douglas@ubc.ca, University of British Columbia
Scott Douglas is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education on UBC’s Okanagan campus. He is also the editor of the BC TEAL Journal.
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Li-Shih Huang

University of Victoria
Li-Shih Huang is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Learning and Teaching Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Victoria.
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Sandra Zappa-Hollman

University of British Columbia
Sandra Zappa-Hollman is an Assistant Professor (LLED) and Academic English Program director (UBC Vantage College). Her scholarship focuses on academic language socialization, program evaluation, and CBI in higher education.


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
1223 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

Indigenous Language Revitalization as Second Language Acquisition
I will discuss the efforts that are being made in the field of Indigenous language revitalization here in B.C. While language revitalization has an obvious Second Language Acquisition component, several factors that make it a unique form of SLA: learning in a (post)colonial society, limited numbers of speakers, limited contexts for natural language use, limited learning materials diverse languages. Many adult learners are learning their language through the Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) - a learner centred program where a learner and speaker are paired together. I discuss language revitalizaiton in this context.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Jacobs

Peter Jacobs

Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Victoria
I am both Skwxwu7mesh (a.k.a. Squamish) and Kwagulh (a.k.a. Kwakiutl). I taught the Skwxwu7mesh language in high school and college. I was the editor-in-chief for the Squamish-English dictionary. At UVic now, I am part of a project examining the Mentor-Apprentice Program - an adu... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

BC's EAL Field: Contributions and Trends
Where has the evolution of EAL in BC led us in 50 years? Often who we are and what we do as EAL educators is too narrowly defined. Representatives from BC TESL and BC TESOL will highlight data and discuss trends from BC’s multifaceted English as an Additional Language sector.

Speakers
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Chris Brown

Shawnigan Lake Prep
Chris is on BC TESOL’s executive. He is lead EAL teacher at Shawnigan Prep, Vancouver Island and has taught in the BC public school system and overseas in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Brenda Lohrenz

BC TEAL
Brenda is the Executive Director of BC TEAL. She has coordinated many provincial/national forums related to EAL programming/policy and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Community Development.


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1212 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

Introduction to Assessment for Learning Strategies in the Language Classroom
This workshop is an introduction to Portfolio-Based Language Assessment— a type of formative assessment. It discusses assessment for learning strategies, and these PBLA features: autobiography, needs assessment, goal setting, assessments and learning reflections. The workshop demonstrates how the features relate to Canadian Language Benchmarks’ principles, and assessments align to CLBs.

Speakers
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Ryan Drew

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Ryan taught Literacy to ELSA 5 for 8 years at SUCCESS, and was part of the Language Services management team for 7 years. As Program Manager – Resource & Curriculum Development at SUCCESS, she was responsible for implementing PBLA, incorporating blended learning and new technolog... Read More →
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Calisto Mudzingwa

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Calisto Mudzingwa is an ESL Instructor and Adult Educator. He is interested in doing inter-disciplinary research between ESL and adult education. He is currently doing an MA in Adult Education. 


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1209 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

The Patterns and Possibilities of EAP Instructors’ Assessment Literacy
Instructors’ assessment knowledge and practices are critical to the efficacy of EAP programs. How do instructors acquire EAP assessment literacy? And, what options do they have to effectively implement assessment tools? This session analyses the patterns EAP instructors’ assessment literacy and the possibilities for its development in post-secondary settings.

Speakers
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Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan

University of British Columbia
Shahid is an EAP practitioner, researcher, and teacher development facilitator. He earned an MA TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
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Margo DelliCarpini

University of Texas
Margo DelliCarpini is a professor and Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is a former editor of TESOL Journal.


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

Trauma Informed Curriculum for Refugee Women
This presentation will focus on Pacific Immigrant Resource Society's trauma informed curriculum. We will share strategies, lesson plans, and resources.

Speakers
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Diana Jeffries

PIRS
Diana Jeffries worked for ISS of BC (LINC) and was an instructor for other settlement programs where she specialized in working with refugees and multi-barrier learners. She presently works at Pacific Immigrant Resource Society in the women’s refugee program, and she is the Liter... Read More →
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Amea Wilbur

PIRS
Amea Wilbur currently works as the Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. She has taught in a variety of different settings and  positions including Vancouver Coastal Health's Access Community through English and in Capilano University Community Outreach and... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1214 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

Facilitating Active Learning for Remembering Vocabulary
Based on the presenter’s experience integrating non-traditional approaches into a traditional language classroom instruction, the session introduces practical tips on engaging students in activities for remembering vocabulary. During the workshop, participants will play a game, watch a video and PPT Presentation to complete the tasks/activities facilitating active learning of vocabulary.

Speakers
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Susanna Fawkes

FHSED ESL instructor, Thompson Rivers University
Susanna Fawkes (MA Applied Linguistics, UMASS, Boston) is an ESL instructor at TRU. She has taught language for over 20 years overseas and in Canada. Research Interests: Second language acquisition.


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

How are Interactiveness, Cognitive Load, and Test Difficulty related?
Test interactiveness concerns the extent to which learners completing a test must apply their language ability, topical knowledge, and other personal attributes in the course of answering questions. In this workshop, participants compare reading subtests to examine the relationships among interactiveness, cognitive load, and test difficulty.

Speakers
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Gordon Moulden

MA TESOL Program, Trinity Western University
Gordon Moulden teaches in the MA TESOL Program at Trinity Western University. He has taught English in Canada and Asia. His research interests include assessment and course evaluation.


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:00am

How Not to TEACH Grammar
Why not to grammar? Grammar makes both teachers and students feel safe when it comes to second language teaching and learning. Besides, there are tons of grammar teaching resources available. But here is the question--How do learners actually use grammar both inside and outside the classroom? In this workshop, we will explore how grammar functions in the ELT classroom and how teachers can help learners Grammar up!

Speakers
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Bing Zhang

International House Vancouver
M.Ed graduate from SFU. CELTA and DELTA certified (Pass with Merit). I have been teaching ESL since 2012 to students from various cultural backgrounds and age groups.


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
1211 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

10:45am

Refreshments and Networking Break
Saturday May 6, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

11:15am

11:30am

Plenary Presentation: Two Sources of Professional Knowledge in Language Teaching
Some claim that the main source of professional knowledge should be insights from empirical research; but for most of us, it is the actual hands-on experience that is the major contributor. In this talk I shall be looking at both of these sources, with some practical examples of what each can contribute, and draw some conclusions as to the place of each in language teacher education programs.

Speakers
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Penny Ur

Cambridge University Press
Penny Ur has many years of experience as an English teacher in schools in Israel at all levels, and has taught ELT methodology at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University.  She is primarily interested in practical aspects of effective English language teaching. Her books include Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2012), Discussions and more (2014), Penny... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Auditorium (2010 Bldg A) VCC Broadway

12:30pm

Lunch
Saturday May 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

TCF Awards Ceremony
Sponsors
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TEAL Charitable Foundation

TEAL Chartiable Foundation
The BC TEAL Conference is the proud reciepient of the TCF's Project Funding Award, used to help fund the excellent plenary speakers we invite to our conference.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Auditorium (2010 Bldg A) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Can I Use this Song? Copyright and Ed Tech
In this session, participants will learn about copyright issues related to creating content using educational technology. Information and links to copyright-free resources such as Creative Commons-licensed images and videos will also be shared.

Speakers
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Sara Yuen

Vancouver Community College, Spark Language Coaching
Sara Yuen has extensive experience as an EAL/TESOL instructor and program coordinator (VCC, Langara College and Collingwood Neighbourhood House), and is also an English language coach (Spark Language Coaching).


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Can PBLA and Edulinc Happily Coexist?
Are you interested in using a blended learning approach in your LINC classes? If you are, we invite you to come join us and learn about our journey of PBLA and Edulinc integration. Engaging students in meaningful and varied ways, while still fulfilling the PBLA requirements, is possible.

Speakers
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Augusta Avram

Educator-Blended Instruction, Burnaby School District 41
Augusta is an educator interested in the impact technology has on the way we learn, connect, and share our voice. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors.
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Maria Kenward

Burnaby School District 41
Maria Kenward is a graduate of the Queen's University Artists in Community Education program and a certified ESL Specialist. She currently teaches blended learning LINC classes and Foundations English for Burnaby School District.
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Anne Viitanenszefer

Burnaby School District 41
Anne finds that Edulinc not only strengthens learners’ digital literacy skills, but also expands the learners’ connection with classmates and the community. RWT abound in a blended format.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Co-constructing Meaning Using Wiki-based Timeline Project
In this session participants will create a collaborative, wiki-based timeline project illustrating the historical progression of a concept relating to a field of study such as physics. Participants will then use this process to envision how this project supports English for Academic Purposes and facilitates process writing, group work and peer evaluation.

Speakers
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Aubrey Neil Leveridge

Lecturer, UBC Vantage College
Dr. Leveridge is an AEP lecturer at UBC Vantage College with a background in Educational Technology for Language Learning. His current interests include classroom integration of technology.
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Brian Wilson

Curriculum Manager, UBC Vantage College
Brian Wilson is the Curriculum Manager at UBC Vantage College. His current interests include online instructional methodology and emerging media.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Co-construction of Knowledge Through Collaborative Applications
This session will briefly demonstrate three applications: padlet.com, spiral.ac and hypothes.is, each of which has intriguing collaborative capabilities across a range of media. The presenter will briefly introduce these applications and then work to brainstorm possible uses in participants’ specific contexts.

Speakers
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Joe Dobson

EAL/TESL Instructor/Educational Technology Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University
Joe Dobson is the current president of BC TEAL and has been a language instructor since 1991. He has presented widely on integrating technology in the language classroom. At Thompson Rivers University, he has had varied positions including EAP instructor, teacher educator, and... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Corpora and Collocations: Helping Students Discover Word Pairings
There are a number of tools for locating collocations along with sample sentences using online corpora. While many of these sites are difficult to navigate, there are a few options for ELLs to use. This session will demonstrate one such tool and give examples of how it could be used.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall

Contract Faculty / Community Coordinator / Board Member, Douglas College / Tutela / BC TEAL
Nathan Hall is an EAP instructor and teacher trainer for Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

How Can I Use Plickers In My Classroom?
Plickers is a quick and easy tool for gathering real time data from your learners. This session will give hands on experience with how simple it is to use Plickers for a variety of purposes in any classroom, from formative assessment to classroom engagement.

Speakers
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Brianne Fung

Brianne has taught ESL and EAP in Vancouver for 8 years. She has also coordinated non profit settlement programs for immigrants and refugees. She is interested in multimodality, learning strategies, self regulation and making technology easy for teachers.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Really? There's Online Practice for that LINC Course Book?
This session compares the online components of Ventures (from Cambridge) and Project Success (from Pearson) to discover what affordances are available for LINC classes. Would the use of either of these resources be easy for the teacher? For the students? Would these resources assist with extending out-of-class learning?

Speakers
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Kay McAllister

Trinity Western University
Kay teaches in the MA TESOL and TESOL Certificate programs at TWU.  Her research interests are the intersection of reading and writing, TESOL teacher training, and, of course, grammar!
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Andrea Piruzza

Andrea Piruzza has taught EAP to international students from around the world, including China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and India. Currently, she loves being a student again TWU’s MA TESOL program.
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Ange Quapp

Ange Quapp is a teacher in an EAP program and an MA TESOL student. Her experience includes various programs in Asia and Mexico and her specialty is standardized testing.
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Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas is a student at Trinity Western University in the MA TESOL program. She has taught overseas in Asia, specifically with beginners, and is most interested in the area of pronunciation.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Using Dedicated Social Networks to Enhance Classroom Experience
In this session, the creator of ESL Place, a free online community service dedicated to ESL students and teachers, will demonstrate its main features. Prospective users will be introduced to ways in which social networks such as ESL Place can aid them in facilitating better communication with their students and enhance their conventional teaching methods with an online component.

Speakers
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Jack Massalski

Thompson Rivers University
Jack earned his MA in Applied Language Studies at Carleton. He teaches EAP at Thompson Rivers University where he applies his passion for technology to developing online learning tools.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Using EdPuzzle to Create Interactive Videos
In this session, participants will learn how to create interactive and engaging videos by using EdPuzzle (an online tool) to flip, support, reteach , enrich and inform their instruction.

Speakers
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Jennifer Chow

LINC Teacher, LearnIT2Teach
Jennifer is currently a LINC teacher. She is interested in supporting digital citizenship education for all learners.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

1:30pm

Using Kahoot to Create Interactive Quizzes
Instructors will be introduced to an online tool called 'Kahoot'. Kahoot is an engaging, free, web-based tool that allows teachers to create interactive question and answer quizzes using student cellphones, tablets or other devices. Quizzes can be created to introduce and reinforce material or assess students at any time during the class or term.

Speakers
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Michelle Kotko

Vancouver Community College
Michelle has been working in the field of EAL for the past 25 years and at VCC for the past 15. She is currently working as both an instructor and resource coordinator in the LINC Program.
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Vesna Radivojevic

LINC Instructor, Vancouver Community College
Vesna has been teaching EAL in Greater Vancouver for 18 years. Her experience includes teaching both settlement and academic English. For the past 10 years, she has been a LINC instructor at VCC.


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:00pm

Training Trainers to Teach IELTS Classes Effectively
NOTE: Participants at this session are asked to commit to attend, free of charge, follow-up sessions on May 27th and 28th at Kaplan International Vancouver. Details to be confirmed at the session. Those who attend all four modules will be issued a British Council Certificate.

This 2.5 hour IELTS Teacher-Training is the first of four workshops for teachers who already teach IELTS classes, and instructors who wish to teach IELTS classes in the future. The workshop’s aim is to prepare trainees to teach IELTS (speaking) classes effectively. The workshop is designed with practical ideas and materials, and provides top tips and classroom activities participants can use in their classrooms. (Follow-up sessions will focus on Listening, Reading, and Writing.)

Speakers
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Sabiha Khuram

British Council
Dr. Sabiha Khuram is a Hubert Humphrey (Fulbright Programme) fellow with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Currently she is a Global Consultant for IELTS Teacher Training Workshops at British Council.
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Kristjan Seferaj

British Council
Kristjan Seferaj, PhD TESOL, is a DELTA-qualified teacher, has taught IELTS preparation classes for over 15 years in Canada/Europe, and is currently an IELTS teacher trainer for British Council Canada.  


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 4:30pm
1208 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

'Post-Truth' and Pedagogy in English Language Education
The power of language to shape, sway, and dominate everyday thoughts through emotional and ideological appeals is not a new concept. The recent upswing in use of the term “post-truth”, however, has brought the notion of power, generally, and linguistic power, more specifically, to a new height of societal consciousness and has spurred wide-spread (re-)action at levels unprecedented. If BC TEAL is our name, and language is our game, what, then, are our roles and responsibilities in a time of “post-truth”, and what are the implications for critically engaged praxis in our EAL classrooms?

Speakers
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Ena Lee

Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
Ena Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, identity theory, and teacher education. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1206 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

Form Follows Function: Situating the Why in the How
Students know grammar but can’t apply it? Dread explaining grammar from authentic texts? This practitioner-focused presentation explores the supplementary use of functional grammar, its uses and limitations, and implementation in EAP and EAL settings. Shared resources seek to expand instructional toolkits for more integration between form and function.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Walsh Marr

Jennifer Walsh Marr

AEP Lecturer, UBC Vantage College
Jennifer Walsh Marr is an Academic English lecturer in the Arts faculty at UBC Vantage College.  She has a BA in Applied Linguistics (UVic) and MA in Curriculum & Instruction (SFU), 20 years teaching experience and a soft spot for those who use “whom” correctly... Read More →
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Tanya Tervit

Langara College
Tanya Tervit is an ESP curriculum developer and instructor at Langara College. She has a MA in TESOL (TWU) and a BA in Political Science which continues to reinforce her belief in the power of words.



Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1215 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

PD in your PJs: Personalizing your Professional Development
Engaging in Professional Development (PD) is a must for EAL instructors, but attending traditional PD events can be challenging. In this session, we’ll discuss some options for PD using online modalities which are customizable to individual contexts and time constraints while allowing for ongoing engagement within the profession—even while wearing PJs!

Speakers
avatar for Eilidh Singh

Eilidh Singh

Head Instructor: Academic English Support Program, The University of British Columbia English Language Institute
Eilidh Singh works at the UBC English Language Institute. Her current interests include the language coaching approach, and the integration of technology in language teaching. She is the current BC TEAL PD Co-Chair.
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Shawna Williams

Past-President, BC TEAL
Shawna Williams is an instructor in VCC’s TESOL Department. As past-president of BC TEAL, she is a passionate advocate for continuous professional development for novice to experienced EAL educators.



Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1205 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

Promoting Academic Literacies across a Bridging Program Curriculum
Following description of a content and language integrated learning bridging program curriculum, this presentation will discuss lessons learned from a recent program evaluation alongside an emergent research agenda aimed at better understanding how to support plurilingual users of English as an additional language. Implications for EAL instructors will be discussed.

Speakers
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James Corcoran

University of Toronto
James is a Research Officer at the International Foundation Program, University of Toronto and a sessional lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto.
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Bruce Russell

University of Toronto
Bruce Russell is the Director of the International Foundation Program, University of Toronto.


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

Writing Accuracy for the Workplace: Views of EAL Employees
This session presents study results on workplace writing accuracy from EAL employees’ perspectives. Qualitative interviews conducted with nine EAL employees in Canada indicate the participants valued writing accuracy and clarity but were not well prepared at university. They suggested universities offer more writing-related courses and services and incorporate real-life scenarios.

Speakers
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Jim Hu

Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Jim Hu is an Associate Professor at Thomson Rivers University, where he teaches courses in teaching English as a second language (TESL) and English for academic purposes (EAP). His research interests include ESL academic writing, academic discourse, grammar, and writing probl... Read More →



Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1212 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

'Please Elaborate': Improving Fluency through Film
This session is to share the experiences of co-creating a course to improve higher-intermediate and advanced level EAL learners' speaking, by using themes and topics from media sources (i.e., film) to enhance learners' critical thinking skills.

Speakers
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Zlatko Stipić

Currently an ESL teacher (and the Academic Film Studies instructor) at IH Vancouver; Taught in Japan for 3 years; Graduate of University of Toronto.
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Carol M Suhr

International House Vancouver
Currently a Teacher Trainer for IH Certificate in TESL and YL; Worked in Korea for 10 years as EFL teacher and middle management for VYL to adults; M.A. in Education (Curriculum Instructions in Foundations) and M.Ed. (TESL/TEFL) in Education at SFU


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1223 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

Active Ideas to Form Pairs or Groups in Classes
This workshop will offer practical solutions to pairing/grouping students. These active and interactive ideas will enable teachers to have more dynamic classes by having all students interact with each other and develop confidence and rapport. These simple tricks will be immediately applicable to your classes!

Speakers
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Tom Jensen

ELS Language Centers
Having taught in just about every situation, pre-school to university, Tom shares his ideas with others through professional development seminars and conference presentations while maintaining relevance by continuing to teach.


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1211 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

Celebrating Diversity in the EAL Classroom
Inclusion and diversity are words we hear almost daily. But what do these words really mean and how do we experience them in the classroom? This interactive workshop explores 'Canadian-ness'. Participants will be invited to reflect on identity and try out intercultural classroom activities to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

Speakers
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Taslim Damji

Intercultural Practitioner/Manager, MOSAIC Works, MOSAIC
Taslim Damji has an MA from King’s College, London and 20 years of international teaching and settlement, teacher training and research experience. She is a certified Intercultural Practitioner.



Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1214 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

2:15pm

Let's Change Behaviour by Changing Language and Perception
Participants will examine and test 3 exercises, useful both in classrooms and personal communication. These enhance rapport building by changing perspective and developing more effective and intentional expression by clarifying emotional reaction to modals and other words. Behavioural dynamics are changed as a result of these two processes.

Speakers
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Michael Brian Wicks

Outreach Chair - BC TEAL board, Retired
Michael, a BC TEAL board member, initiated the contest, ‘Making Magic in the Classroom’ for EAL WEEK 2016. He promised a followup event. Excited about your involvement he is!


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1213 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:00pm

Anniversary Cake!
Saturday May 6, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

Administrators' Forum - Roundtable Discussion on Language Issues in BC
This session will be an opportunity for all language providers in BC to come together to discuss the challenges, successes and promising best practices of their programs.

Speakers
avatar for Farah Kotadia

Farah Kotadia

Program Director, AMSSA
As the Acting Program Director, Farah is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of AMSSA’s settlement program. She provides support for the BC Settlement Sector and promotes AMSSA’s activities with a diverse range of stakeholders.
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Julie Ship

Language Coordinator, AMSSA
As AMSSA Language Coordinator, Julie supports language programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in British Columbia. These supports include arranging in-person events, providing online training opportunities, and representing the interests of federally fund... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1227 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

All Things Pronunciation
Participants are encouraged to bring questions, concerns, frustrations regarding anything pronuncaiton. Learn about quick , effective, user-friendly, and engaging techniques that focus on learning outcomes. Share your expertise, experience, and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Ploquin

Tanya Ploquin

Instructor, Teacher Mentor and Pronunciation Specialist, Instructor, Teacher Mentor, Pronunciation Specialist at VanWest Collge Vancouver
Tanya Ploquin is a pronunciation specialist, teacher, Teacher Mentor, and Teacher Trainer. She is Treasurer for BC TEAL. Tanya has a TESOL Diploma from VCC and has been teaching for over 14 years.


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1210 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

EAL Support for Non-EAL Programming
Many non-EAL programs and courses across BC have a high number of EAL students. Despite having met the language requirements, EAL students and program instructors are facing challenges.  In this round-table Carrie Leggatt, Department Leader, EAL VCC, will describe the VCC experience with International Students in Hospitality Management. Questions to consider are: 1. What challenges are students and instructors experiencing? 2. How are institutions supporting students and instructors? 3. What is needed?

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Carrie Leggatt

Vancouver Community College
Carrie has been involved in adult EAL for over 25 years in a variety of settings at Vancouver Community College. She is currently the Department Head of EAL.


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

Grammar Tip Sharing
Do you have a grammar tip worth sharing with others?  This roundtable discussion will be about grammar shortcuts and new ways of thinking about grammar points that you have found helpful and that will be useful to others.  Please come armed with any visuals that you'd like to share.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Blumenthal

Laura Blumenthal

Coordinator/Instructor, Douglas College
Laura Blumenthal has been teaching ELLs since 1988, in the U.S., Turkey, & Canada. A teacher educator since 2000, she now coordinates the TESL Certificate Program at Douglas College.


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1212 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

Is PBLA your Bane or your Boon?
Since most LINC programs have now implemented PBLA, we’d like to hear about people’s unique experiences. What issues have arisen? What have been your challenges or successes? Join us in sharing your thoughts about the process of PBLA implementation. Sharing enhances and builds a strong foundation for our community as LINC teachers and learners.

Speakers
avatar for Elke Galter

Elke Galter

Language Lead/ PBLA Lead Teacher/ Refugee Settlement Coordinator, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
I am currently a Language Lead and Refugee Settlement Coordinator for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in Surrey. I have been working as a LINC language instructor for the past 4 years and as the PBLA Lead Teacher for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in the Tri-Cities for approx. 2 years.
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Sundeep Lail

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
I have been working at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as a LINC language instructor for the past 7 years and as the PBLA Lead Teacher for the Surrey region for approx. 2 years.


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1228 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

Looking at PD from Different Perspectives
How can administrators, senior teachers, and mentors motivate and direct teaching staff to pursue professional development?  How can we structure PD as an ongoing journey throughout the year? Share your ideas at a roundtable discussion on making professional development exciting, collaborative, and teacher-driven.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Finlayson Spalinger

Sarah Finlayson Spalinger

Teacher/CPD, EC Vancouver Language Centre LTD
Sarah has taught general English, Business English and Cambridge and been involved in teacher training and professional development. She enjoys travel, costume dramas, and colourful sneakers.


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1213 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

3:30pm

Working with Refugee Learners
LINC teachers, EAL teachers, tutors, volunteers, and community partners: you serve as bridges and culture brokers who bring together thoughts and practices and promote understanding across cultures. Come and share your successes and challenges with fellow TESL professionals. Let’s continue our task to assist our refugee students to adapt to their new language and society so that they are able to create a confident new self.

Speakers
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Lian Clark

Lian Clark is teaching community EAL in BC Interior. Having a background of supporting immigrants, she is interested in language learning, cultural transition, teaching students of refugee and trauma backgrounds.


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
1209 (Bldg B) VCC Broadway

4:15pm

Publishers' Draw
Saturday May 6, 2017 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Event Space (Bldg B) VCC Broadway