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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.

 

 

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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

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