**POSTPONED** BC TEAL 2020 Annual Conference & The Image Conference

**POSTPONED** BC TEAL 2020 Annual Conference & The Image Conference

This event is past

Start: Thursday, April 23, 2020
End: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Due to concerns over COVID-19 the BC TEAL & The Image Conference has been postponed. Please read our official statement here.

BC TEAL is honored to host an event with The Image Conference at Douglas College’s New Westminster campus.  We will explore the theme of 20/20 Vision. Participate in this opportunity to enhance your perspective and practice.

The Image Conference is the only conference in the world exclusively focused on the use of image in ELT. The two key aims of the conference are to put media and images at the centre of the language learning agenda, and to offer guidance on using media and images critically and creatively in language teaching in the age of the Internet.

The conference schedule and important updates can be found at bctealimage2020.sched.com.

For inquiries about sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact admin@bcteal.org.

Call for Proposals – BC TEAL & The Image Conference

The Call for Proposals for BC TEAL’s 2020 Annual Conference closed on Monday, January 27th 2020.

The Call for Papers for the Image Conference closed on Monday, January 27th 2020.


Early bird registration is now open! Register by March 20th at midnight to access early bird rates.  Be sure to log in to your BC TEAL account to access member rates.  To renew your membership or register as a new member, please visit the registration page.

Lunch is included with registration.

For inquiries about bulk registration please contact the BC TEAL office at admin@bcteal.org.

Conference Bursaries

BC TEAL is awarding ten conference bursaries in the form of five 2-day and five 1-day registrations to attend the 2020 BC TEAL conference at Douglas College, April 24-25, 2019. The purpose of these bursaries is to support current BC TEAL members* who wish to attend the conference, but are unable due to financial constraints.

Applications are due Friday, March 6, 2020 at midnight. Applicants will be informed prior to the Early Bird deadline (March 20th).

*All current members, including BC TEAL and TCF board members are eligible to apply.

Please apply via the online form.

Travel Grants

BC TEAL is awarding five travel grants of $100 each for out-of-town members* to attend the annual conference. Applicants must live 100km or more outside of Metro Vancouver. 

*All current members, including BC TEAL and TCF board members are eligible to apply.

Applications are due Friday, March 6, 2020 at midnight. Applicants will be informed prior to the Early Bird deadline (March 20).
Cheques will be available for pick up at the conference (not before).

Please apply via the online form.

Plenary Speakers

Sylvia Karastathi is an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Ionian University and the academic director at the Department of English Language and Language Teaching at New York College, Athens, Greece. She holds a PhD in contemporary literature and visual culture from the University of Cambridge, UK, and an MA in Modern Literature and Culture from the University of York, UK and a DELTA. She has previously published in the field of word and image studies in The Museal Turn (2012) and The Handbook of Intermediality (2015). Her research interests include museum education, and visual literacy in language education.

Kieran Donaghy is an award-winning writer, international conference speaker and teacher trainer. He is the author of books for students and teachers of English as a foreign language. His publications include Film in Action (Delta Publishing), Writing Activities for Film (ELT Teacher2Writer) and Video, and The Image in ELT (ELT Council). His website Film English http://film-english.com/ has won a British Council ELTons award and an English Speaking Union award. He trains teachers at The School for Training, his specialist teacher training institute in Barcelona. Kieran is the founder of The Image Conference and co-founder of the Visual Arts Circle.

Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and Mongolia to Peru, India, and Australia. His global research is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Linguists, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Science. David is both a professor of linguistics and associate provost for academic programs at Swarthmore College.



BC TEAL is grateful to our sponsors for their generous support. Thank you to National Geographic ELT (Plenary); Douglas College (Host), Paragon Testing Entreprises (Platinum); New Language Solutions, British Council IELTS and Trinity Western University’s MATESOL Department (Gold); UBC English Language Institute (Silver); SFU English Language & Culture, Douglas College English Language Learning & Acquisition,  Kwantlen Polytechnic University and UBC Vantage College (Refreshments).

Support the Third World Eye Care Society!

In the spirit of our 20/20 Vision theme, we want to look out beyond ourselves. 

  • Douglas College’s Optician program will be collecting used glasses for Third World Eye Care Society (TWECS)
  • The first 20 people to donate on Friday & Saturday will receive a gift.
  • Bring your used glasses to the Publisher room.
  • Sorry, TWECS cannot repurpose progressive lenses or prescription sunglasses.
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