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BC TEAL Activities, Facts and Benefits

BC TEAL was established in 1967 making it one of the oldest EAL professional associations in the world and the oldest in Canada.  We’re celebrating our 50th year in 2017!

The Association works to advance the profession of teaching English as an additional language in B.C. through professional development and research, organisational development, promotion of standards, advocacy and representation.  We are guided through our mission statement.  We invite you to join BC TEAL.

Activities

This page highlights many of the activities, initiatives, resources, and member benefits that BC TEAL offers:

Conferences, Professional Development and Events

  • Annual Conference held each spring
  • Regional Conferences (Metro Vancouver, Interior, Northern BC, and Vancouver Island)
  • Regular Series of Professional Development Workshops, Webinars, and Sessions
  • Volunteer appreciation and sponsor teacher appreciation events

Resources

Initiatives

Advocacy

  • Policy and Action Advisory Committee – advancing the profession through advocacy such as meeting with MLAs, elected officials relevant ministries, and periodic press releases
  • Position Statements passed by the membership at the AGM reflecting BC TEAL’s positions on issues of importance to the profession

Publications

Regional Representatives Program

  • BC TEAL Regional Representatives initiative with professional development meetings in 6 regions in the province: Fraser Valley, Kootenays, Northern BC, Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola and Vancouver Island

Social Media

Collaborations

  • Partnered with WAESOL and ORTESOL (Washington State and Oregon State EAL professional associations) to host the Tri-TESOL Conference, most recently in 2011 and 2015
  • Emerging Partnerships – for example, the upcoming ATESL and BC TEAL summit focused on Educational Technology in Language Education

Funding and the TEAL Charitable Foundation

  • Climb for the Cause – fundraising event for the TEAL Charitable Foundation to raise funds for a refugee award
  • Tears to Smiles – fundraiser for the TEAL Charitable Foundation to raise funds for a refugee award
  • Access to apply for TEAL Charitable Foundation (TCF) Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards for teachers and students (the TCF awards up to $15,000 each year)

Member Benefits

Members support the work of BC TEAL in advancing the profession and have numerous benefits including:

  • Discounted rates for the BC TEAL Annual Conference
  • Discounted rates for BC TEAL Regional Conferences & Professional Development Sessions
  • Discounted rates for BC TEAL Regional Representative events
  • Access to apply for TEAL Charitable Foundation (TCF) Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards for teachers and students (the TCF awards up to $15,000 each year)
  • Access to apply for Bursaries for conference attendance (separate from the TEAL Charitable Foundation)
  • Opportunities to network with other EAL professionals from around BC through our online Community Area
  • Access to EAL job postings sent by email to members and posted in our online Community Area
  • Access to IATEFL Associate Member benefits and a TESOL International Affiliate benefits (BC TEAL is an Associate Member of IATEFL and an Affiliate member of TESOL International) – For example, BC TEAL members who have not been members of TESOL in the past 3 years receive a 25% discount on TESOL membership.

There are clearly plenty of reasons to join BC TEAL and to support the EAL teaching profession in British Columbia, and we invite you to join our community of professionals, and we welcome suggestions for new programs, initiatives and ways that BC TEAL can serve the EAL teaching profession in the province.

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