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Upcoming Workshop - September 29th

Learn how to support and respond to EAL learners facing multiple barriers. We’ll highlight useful resources and discuss ways of creating inclusive learning environments through supportive and practical approaches. Read More

BC TEAL Refugee Project – Call for Volunteers

Share your expertise by volunteering to provide free English language lessons to refugees new to Canada. A 12-week commitment (3 hrs/wk) can make a real difference in the life of a refugee. Apply by Thursday September 28th. Read More

Save the Date! 50th Annual Conference

Mark your calendars and plan to attend BC TEAL's 50th Annual Conference at UBC Vantage College in Vancouver  May 3-5, 2018. This year features a Pre-Conference Symposium hosted by TESOL International! Read More

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.

BC EAL Directory

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

Newsletter – Summer 2017 Issue

The Summer 2017 issue of TEAL News has just been published with the theme of “Celebration! BC TEAL’s 50th Anniversary.” In this issue you can read about trends in English language teaching, the promising practices of an English conversation program, a reflection on Refugee Rights Day materials, a look at curriculum in a BC Curriculum off-shore high school, an interview with Michael Galli, EAL week contest entries, an update on LearnIT2teach, and the BC TEAL/TESOL bursary winner’s experiences at TESOL 2017.

2016 Refugee Award Winner

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

Upcoming Events

September 14, 2017 - Webinar: Embarking on Adventure: Planning, Proposing and Executing Your Conference Presentation

September 29, 2017 – Workshop: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

October 21, 2017 - Educational Technology Summit at ATESL Conference

November 17, 2017 – TEAL Charitable Foundation “Tears to Smiles 2017″ at Creekside Community Centre

November 18, 2017 - BC TEAL Lower Mainland Regional Conference at Columbia College

May 3-5, 2018 - BC TEAL’s 50th Annual Conference at UBC Vantage College

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