Upcoming Plenary for Interior Conference – October 27, 2018

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Developing Intercultural Capacity: What are Students Learning in Class? 

The demographics of our classrooms and campuses are rapidly changing. In the last decade, there has been a 119% increase in international student enrolment nationally. For 84% of institutions surveyed, “preparing internationally and interculturally competent students” is a top reason for internationalization efforts (UNIVCAN, 2014); yet, there does not appear to be much formal assessment or evidence of such outcomes beyond assumptions that structural diversity will simply result in intercultural learning. Kyra will share research findings from a BC study that explored students’ intercultural development and their perceptions of pedagogy and curriculum as influencers of their inter-cultural learning (Garson, 2017). The results demonstrate that merely inviting cultural diversity to our campuses may not result in substantive intercultural learning without intentional pedagogical and curricular considerations. Based on her research, Kyra will share strategies for planning and facilitating multi-cultural group work in ways that prepare students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively and reflectively with culturally diverse peers (Reid & Garson, 2016).

Dr Garson

Dr. Kyra Garson is a member of the Faculty of Student Development at Thompson Rivers University. She is also an inter-cultural trainer and researcher who has developed and delivered professional development programs to educational institutions across the Canada and internationally. Her research interests include intercultural and global learning in higher education; her study “Are We Graduating Global Citizens?” received the Canadian Association for the Study of Higher Education’s dissertation of the year award in 2014. In 2011 she received the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s Internationalization Award for her work supporting faculty in interculturalizing the curriculum and in 2017 was awarded the British Columbia Council for International Education’s Distinguished Leadership Award. 

Haven’t registered yet? You still can! Click here: https://www.bcteal.org/bcteal_event/2018-interior-conference-at-okanagan-college/

September 25 #CdnELTchat: New Ideas for a New Term

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Thank-you to everyone who joined moderators, Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL) and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALStories) for the first #CdnELTchat of the fall term.

Thank-you so much to our moderators and the enthusiastic participants who chatted about the following questions and more:

Q1: How do you prepare for a new term? How much planning do you do (or can you do) before the term starts?

Q2: What would your ideal classroom look/ feel/ like?

Q3. What’s on the top of your reading list for this fall?

Q4: KISS is a framework for thinking about teaching: Keep (What will you keep doing?) Improve (What can you improve?) Start (What are you going to start doing?) Stop (What will you stop doing?)

Q5: What is something that you did in your first year of teaching that you still do every term? 

Q6: What is one thing you are going to do this term to take care of yourself?

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat , please send @StanzaSL or @EALStories. Please join us for the next #CdnELTchat in October. Add your ideas HERE.

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Jennifer is passionate about learning how technology can empower her students. After experiencing how technology enabled her to stay connected as an educator, a parent and an active citizen, she is motivated to find the same opportunities for her students.  

Twitter: @jennifermchow

June 12 #CdnELTChat Summary: Indigenous Education in #ELT

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On June 12th, we were very fortunate to have Sharon Jarvis (@romans1v17 ) join #CdnELTchat as a special guest moderator to discuss Indigenous Education in #ELT.  Thank-you so much to Sharon and the many participants who chatted about the following questions and more:

Q1: Why is awareness of Canada’s Indigenous peoples important for those learning to speak English in Canada? 

Q2: What does it mean to add an Indigenous perspective to our classes? 

Q3. June is Indigenous book month. What books by Indigenous authors have you read? What books by Indigenous authors have you used with your students? 

Q4: What are some resources that we can use as teachers to educate ourselves in our own path to reconciliation? 

Q5: How can Indigenous issues and perspectives be taught by non-indigenous people who don’t have the lived experience of indigenous people? 

Q6: How can we introduce, honour, and follow the recommendations of the TRC in our language classes? #CdnELTchat

Q7: What is one action you will take as a result of your participation in this chat?

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

We have also collated the invaluable resources that were shared during the chat in a Google Doc below. This is meant to be an OER (Open Educational Resource), so please click HERE to contribute.

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALStories#CdnELTchat is on hiatus for the summer. What topics would you like to see discussed next year, September to June? Add your ideas HERE. Have a wonderful summer!

 

Jen Bio Pic

Jennifer is passionate about learning how technology can empower her students. After experiencing how technology enabled her to stay connected as an educator, a parent and an active citizen, she is motivated to find the same opportunities for her students.  

Twitter: @jennifermchow

BC TEAL Webinars – Applying an Indigenous Approach to Language and Intercultural Learning

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Two wonderful co-presenters: Taslim Damji and Mish Elle

Michelle Paquette-Smith was born and raised on the West Coast. She lives, works and is raising her children on the unceeded and traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. Michelle is Cree and French from her father’s family and of mixed English/ Irish and Scottish ancestry from her mother’s family. Currently, Michelle works and volunteers on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side supporting other women and mothers. She is enrolled at Langara College and is a student of the Aboriginal Studies department

Thanks to Aaron Nelson-Moody for being a part of this project.

Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RLHTRNY

Applying an Indigenous Approach to Language and Intercultural Learning BC TEAL Webinar Series

May 15 #CdnELTChat Summary: Learning Language Through Reading Fiction

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Nathan Hall (@nathanghall) tweeted that when he and Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL) started #LINCchat in 2015, their goal was “to help connect and support LINC instructors from across Canada.” They did that and more. Over the years, #LINCchat has connected English Language instructors across Canada and beyond, so it was time to be more inclusive. 

On May 15th, #LINCchat became #CdnELTchat so that we could include everyone in the #CdnELT landscape. Thank-you to all those who participated in our first #CdnELTChat  about “Language learning through Reading Fiction”: @seburnt, @robshpprd, @AliceSKim, @Fain75, and @capontedehannaModerators, @EALStories and @jennifermchow kept the conversation moving.

Please find a summary of this chat below. To read it, hover over the Twitter bird under the questions in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink, using images from Open Clipart.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #CdnELTchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.

 

Jen Bio Pic

Jennifer is passionate about learning how technology can empower her students. After experiencing how technology enabled her to stay connected as an educator, a parent and an active citizen, she is motivated to find the same opportunities for her students.  

Twitter: @jennifermchow