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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 .

 

 

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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.

 

 

SUBTLE – A Suggestion for Reflection

Michael, Oct 12

A desire to teach can be motivated by many factors; compassion, a desire to serve,  to share, or to dispense knowledge, as well as to achieve status, power over others, a safe job, great holidays or good pay. All the reasons in this panoply of factors, may appear to go from positive to negative, however, in my view they are all the antithesis of the way a teacher should be motivated.

When teachers are “doing teaching” with these attitudes, they are attached to the students emotionally, not professionally. Students come to learn what they need to take them forward, not to connect emotionally with the teacher. Any connection that is emotional should come naturally as a consequence of the learning. Creating a learning environment is a teacher’s job; the only job.

In order to illustrate my point, I will share an anecdote from my student teacher internship: My supervisor, a master of cornering students on the truth, asked me, after a week of my teaching a Grade 4/5 class, how I was experiencing the work. I waxed enthusiastic, declaring how amazing it was, and satisfying, that I felt better and had more energy at the end of the day than I did at the beginning! Looking at me carefully he said, “So, you are a parasite?” Shocked and hurt, I replied,”Why did you say that?” He answered me with, Well, you are sucking the energy out of the students aren’t you? As he walked away, the epiphany occurred wherein I understood the message he had been drilling in to us all year: Give the students what they need, not what you want to give them. It’s not about you; it’s about the learning that is occurring.

Have some fun reflecting on that.

How is your learning environment?

How are you attached to the students?

How can you avoid attachment?

Next week – How do you know what the students need?

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.

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