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2017 Annual Conference - Registration

We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary, so this year’s BC TEAL Annual Conference will be extra special. Plan to attend and to also take part in the PCI and Carnival celebration. Online registration closes today! Read More

Join Us! 2017 Climb for the Cause

Calling all climbers! The annual Climb for the Cause will take place on Sunday, May 28th at 10am. Register as an individual or as a team. Teams need at least four members. Team members can be teachers, students or a mix of both. Read More

Congratulations TCF Award Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 TCF Refugee Award (Nathalie Kaspar and Claude Kihoza) and to the winner of the 2017 David C. Lam Scholarship (Christo Vutev). Read more to learn about this year's recipients. 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 – Winter 2017 Issue

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.

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

April 4, 2017 - Refugee Rights Day: Take Act!on

April 7 & 8, 2017Okanagan 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

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