WELCOME TO ETEA COMMUNITY
Hi, I am Marina Sokolova, an ESL Teacher from ILSC, the International Language Schools of Canada, Vancouver Branch. I am the Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Local 1 of ETEA, which has now embraced the whole ETEA. I am passionate about the work we are doing trying to connect the teachers at the ETEA with the ESL profession.
Over the years, we have been advocating for increasing teachers’ participation in the institutionally-sponsored professional development through various channels such as Institutional Membership in BCTEAL and bargaining for the paid release –time for professional development. As a result of our successful efforts, we have been enjoying our entitlement of 10 paid PD- days per year for the whole collective of regular teachers (over 100). However, in spite of the fact that our teachers are dedicated, talented, and inspiring, we feel that it gives us only very few opportunities to support our need for life-long learning and fulfill our mission to be role models for our students. We need more support to continue to grow professionally and personally in a consistent and dignified way. Our PD Committee is working to create opportunities for all of us to be among the primary echelons of our profession and be a valued part of the larger professional community.
This site is designated as a blog for all our teachers and interested parties to discuss hot issues in our profession and at our workplace, to share ideas and resources, including the presentations at BCTEAL conferences, to invite guest speakers and writers to share their expertise, and to help our teachers understand and apply some innovative techniques using technology.
In the “Committees” section of the new ETEA website you can see the mission statement of the PD Committee and updates on our activities. Check this site, ETEA Community page, for information on ETEA Professional Development Events. Check these “Categories” for the updates on the BCTEAL/TESOL events, and references to a multitude of resources for ESL teachers.
We welcome your contributions and looking forward to connecting with you!