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 Winter 2017 issue of TEAL News has just been published with the theme “BC TEAL’s Community of Practice: Reflecting on 50 Years.” In this issue you can read about using headlines in the classroom, community English language classes, teaching newcomers with refugee experiences in small communities, self-care for EAL teachers, neuromyths, extending perspectives, employment conditions for EAL instructors, ethnography, English language testing, the ATESL conference, Australia, and TESOL 2017. You will also hear from BC TEAL’s president, executive director, and publication chair.
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
April 4, 2017 - Refugee Rights Day: Take Act!on
April 7 & 8, 2017 – Okanagan Regional Events
May 4, 2017 – BC TEAL 50th Anniversary Carnival at Vancouver Community College
May 4 – 6, 2017 - BC TEAL Annual Conference at Vancouver Community College
May 28, 2017 - TCF Climb for the Cause