Welcome to BC TEAL. We hope this website provides a central meeting place and on-line community for EAL professionals throughout BC. Our goal is to advance the profession of teaching English as an additional language by facilitating professional development for all of our members.
The spring/summer issue of the BC TEAL Newsletter has just been published with the theme of “Building Community.” In this issue, you can read about our past president, sponsoring practicum students, teaching pronunciation, keeping classroom conversations active, the benefits of a community of contact, the annual BC TEAL conference, British Columbians teaching abroad in South Korea, Oman, China, and Kazakhstan, the Farashah communication cards project, and experiences volunteering to help Syrian refugees.
Laura Kynaw, winner of the 2015 TCF Refugee Award, arrived in Canada as refugee in April of 1999. In Laura’s words, “I was born in the UNHCR Refugee Camp at Mae La Oon, Thailand. My parents fled to the refugee camp because of the war going on in Myanmar. All of their lives they had to flee from village to village when the Burmese Army attacked, and eventually they found a shelter in the refugee camp. My parents spent ten years of their lives with their four children inside the refugee camp. After ten years we were blessed with the opportunity of coming to Canada. READ MORE
September 30 – October 1, 2016 - BC TEAL Interior Regional Conference at Thompson Rivers University
November 20 – 26, 2016 - EAL Week
November 25, 2016 – TCF ‘Tears to Smiles’ Fundraiser at Creekside Community Centre
May 4 – 6, 2017 - BC TEAL Annual Conference at Vancouver Community College