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 BC EAL Directory of Courses and Employment Programs is now available on the BC TEAL website! Please feel free to share this resource with your colleagues, students, and network. READ MORE
The Fall 2016 issue of the BC TEAL Newsletter has just been published with the theme of “Welcoming.” In this issue you can read about BC TEAL’s new executive director, strategies for inclusive learning, a lesson plan to promote quick thinking, content and language integrated learning with an Indigenous focus, a volunteer program in the Kootenay regions, metanoia and learning English for academic purposes, bridging research and teaching communities, the TESOL 2016 convention, and reflections from an EAL cultural liaison. As well, you will hear from the president of BC TEAL and the newsletter editor.
Buela Say is this year’s winner of the 2016 TCF Refugee Award. Buela was born in Mae Ra Moe Refugee Camp on the northern Thai/Burma border. In 2008, Buela’s family arrived in Canada as Government Assisted Refugees and spoke no English. As refugees, Buela’s family faced huge challenges: ongoing medical issues, housing problems and difficulties adjusting to life in Canada. Buela’s family is very large – she is the sixth oldest of twelve children. Four of her siblings have a genetic blood disease called Thalassemia. In 2011, one of her sisters passed away after spending eight months in BC Children’s Hospital. She was just eleven years old. Buela hopes to become a model for her little sisters by being the first person in her family to go to university. She writes about going to university, “It will be very challenging. I worry about tuition payments, transportation, working, taking difficult classes and balancing university with my family responsibility.” READ MORE
January 30, 2017 - BC TEAL Wellness Workshop at Kaplan International English
February 25, 2017 - BC TEAL Island Regional Conference at Camosun College
May 4 – 6, 2017 - BC TEAL Annual Conference at Vancouver Community College