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BCTEAL 2014 Lower Mainland Conference

2014 BC TEAL Lower Mainland Regional Conference – Online Registration Deadline – November 19th

 The 2014 Lower Mainland Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, at Vancouver English Centre (VEC). The Conference’s theme is “Celebrating Learner’s Success.” It will feature the panel plenary presentation in which the EAL learners from various sectors will be sharing their success stories.

For more information on the conference, visit BCTEAL website at:

http://www.bcteal.org/conferences/2014-lm-regional-conference

Any member of the ETEA wishing to attend the Regional Conference, should contact the ETEA PD Committee Chair, Marina Sokolova, at eteapd.newsletter@gmail.com to obtain a promotional code to receive an additional discount.

 

For more information on ETEA PD events and registration for BCTEAL/TESL Canada Conferences, visit this site ETEA PD Committee .

 

 

New ETEA PD Committee

“Our mandate is to foster professionalism and collegiality at all workplaces. We are working to create a community whose members are involved in designing their own professional development according to their needs.”

       The Mission Statement of ETEA PD Committee

 

The ETEA PD Committee is committed to raising the professionalism and connecting our members to the profession. Over the past 6 years we have strengthened our connection with the larger professional organizations, such as BCTEAL (The Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language) and TESL Canada by becoming an Institutional Member of BCTEAL.

Benefits available to regular BCTEAL members:

  • attending conferences
  • networking with other EAL professionals
  • funding for group research projects
  • access to grants, bursaries, scholarships
  •  job postings on BCTEAL website

More information can be found at

http://www.bcteal.org/membership/

BCTEAL  offers awards, scholarships, and bursaries through TEAL Charitable Foundation (TCF) to support individuals and groups wishing to make a contribution to the profession:

http://www.bcteal.org/tcf/awards-scholarships-bursaries/

In addition, as members of  a Supporting Institution, ETEA members can enjoy further discounts on BCTEAL conferences’ rates and one complimentary 1-year membership.

For more information, check:

http://www.bcteal.org/membership/supporting-institutions/

The ETEA PD Committee members: Marina Sokolova (Chair Local 1), Eric Lescarbeau (Local 1), Tristan Dreyer (Local 1), and Angie Reamer (Local 6) are working on a new program. Michael Wicks, a retired member and former ETEA President, is serving on the Board of BCTEAL, as an Outreach Chair. He is working on further strengthening the ties between ETEA and BCTEAL through improving the policies, liaison and education.

For further updates on this Committee, check this blog, ETEA ESL Connection Newsletter, or ETEA website.

Members wishing to attend a BCTEAL Conference should contact Chair of the ETEA PD Committee, Marina Sokolova, to receive a promotional code for registering at the Conference in one of the following ways:

  • Fill in the Contact Form (at the bottom of About Page) and leave an e-mail address;
  • Reply to a Newsletter  at eteapd.newsletter@gmail.com;
  • Leave a comment next to this post.

 

 

Your comments on March 15 PD Event

Thank you all who attended the March 15 PD event!
Please tell us how you felt about the event by completing the survey.
If you were not able to attend, you can still participate in the survey and let us know what topics you are interested in discussing at our next events. Click on the link below.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JXK5STZ

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

March 15, 2013 PD Event : Efficient Use of Preparation Time

March 15, 2013   3:15p.m. – 4:45p.m. The Vancouver Public Library, Peter Kaye Room (downstairs in the concourse)

Our new all ETEA Professional Development event is coming!

Dan Reilander from ILSC and Matt from KGIC will present their ideas on how to use the teacher’s precious preparation time more efficiently.

First, Matt will speak about how to create fast and  efficient worksheets.

Next, Dan will present on Integrating Skills in Lesson Planning.

The presentations will focus on getting the teachers to think about how they can use an activity or a worksheet for several discreet skills: reading, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, writing, and speaking.

While the target audience is the teachers teaching Academic Preparation, the techniques could be applied to various programs and levels or even to teaching a multilevel class.

The presentations will be followed by discussions in small groups and the attendees are strongly encouraged to bring and share their own ideas on efficient planning and integrating skills.

Jean, Anita, and Marina are going to facilitate the event.

Marina will also demonstrate the current blog and invite the participants to subscribe and make their comments and contributions on paper or on-line.

Refreshments will be provided.

We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Here is some homework:

Please bring your own idea or materials in which you have successfully integrated several skills for teaching ESL.

POINT OF VIEW

THINKING ABOUT CURRICULUM
ILSC has always been known as a highly creative and innovative cohort of teachers who strive to make their classes relevant and student-centered.
However, recently, with the changes in the Corporate Management and the Administration, there have been sweeping changes in several programs, particularly, Academic Preparation, towards formal, top-down managerial style, which focuses on standardized testing and testing in general as nearly the solely way of assessment of students’ work. The Administration has been trying to defend these changes by claiming that the new Assessment Tool provides more consistency for the teachers and ensures more uniformity among the students’ “levels,” especially for the students wishing to transfer to the University Pathway program. Although some teachers agree that, in theory, using one Standardized Test gives them more consistency, the majority believe that, in practice, this way of assessment is irrelevant and causes them to “teach to the test.” This move continues to cause the teachers’ indignation because it stifles their creativity and forbids much of the flexibility with the content and approach for the sake of one test. In the system like this, students are expected to absorb various facts about the language like sponges, and, within a little over three weeks, regurgitate them on one uniform test while demonstrating uniform improvement in their skills, akin robots. The students’ existing needs and abilities, their increasingly varying learning styles, the connections between teachers and students, and any other human factor are completely ignored, while the teachers are still expected to inspire and motivate, to instill the love of the language in the students, and to prepare the students for the real world. What kinds of Standardized Tests await them in the future?

STANDARDIZED VS STUDENT CENTRED CURRICULUM : SURVEY

I have prepared the survey concerning the above issues and have already sent it to eight teachers. Five teachers, mostly from ILSC, have responded with very poignant comments and useful suggestions. Some results are seen in the following screenshots:
Want to participate? You are strongly encouraged!
Click on the link to access the survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JDGXTB2

The new results will be published here.

NEXT:  MORE THINKING ABOUT CURRICULUM

ABOUT ETEA AND THIS BLOG

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.

In the other sections of the new ETEA website  you can see the mission statement of the PD Committee, reports and updates on our activities, updates on the BCTEAL/TESOL events, and references to a multitude of resources for ESL teachers.

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.

We welcome your contributions and looking forward to connecting with you!

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