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:
Any member of the ETEA wishing to attend the Regional Conference, should contact the ETEA PD Committee Chair, Marina Sokolova, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
“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
BCTEAL offers awards, scholarships, and bursaries through TEAL Charitable Foundation (TCF) to support individuals and groups wishing to make a contribution to the profession:
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:
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 email@example.com;
- Leave a comment next to this post.
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:
The new results will be published here.
NEXT: MORE THINKING ABOUT CURRICULUM
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!