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2012 Vancouver Island Regional Conference at Vancouver Island University

What kinds of tests tell us the most about students’ ability and knowledge? How can I make pronunciation easier? Does the teacher need to correct every error? How can we help ESL students who may have mental health concerns? How did one ESL teacher help his classes to raise over $20 000 for charity in only 8 years?

Learn the answers at the TEAL 2012 Island Conference on Saturday, February 11 at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC.

Check out the “Latest Updates” tab for information on workshops, presenters, the venue, transportation, hotels and more.


There is no schedule for this conference now.

Here are the workshops you can attend at the conference:

  • Naghmeh Babaee – An Investigation into Potential Challenges of Immigrant/Refugee Students in Canadian Mainstream Classrooms
  • Corinne Hamel-Taylor – Using Newspapers in the Classroom
  • Amea Wilbur and Sandra Slind – Working with multi barriered students
  • Robert (Rob) McCormick – Undertanding ESL Reach For Higher Thought Through Writing
  • Rita Mizuno – Good tests: balancing the ideal and reality
  • Emma Hatfield – Plain English Lesson Objectives: Showing students the value of activities
  • Emma Hatfield – Help for Teaching Pronunciation: The Sounds of English Poster
  • Gerry Luton – 20 Ways to Recycle and Reinforce Vocabulary
  • Gerry Luton – Saving the World While Learning ESL
  • Jacqueline Foster, Stephanie Parker, Dana Pynn – Challenging Myths in ESL Education: Restoring Balance in the Classroom
  • Mary Wendling and Joy McWhirter – Bubbles and Boxes: two multi-level zero-prep activities for speaking practice.
  • Maxine Macgillivray – Challenges in Setting Up a Learning Centre
  • Janice GT Penner – Activities for understanding World Religions
  • Janice GT Penner – Integrated Skills Original Research Project Template


BC Ferries -

·         Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay Route

·         Tsawwassen – Duke Point Route (changed to Tsawwassen – Departure Bay due recent terminal damage at Duke Point)

Harbour Air Seaplanes


Accommodation Options


Best Western Dorchester Hotel

Coast Bastion Inn

Painted Turtle Guesthouse


Near Downtown

Ramada Hotel


North Nanaimo

Grand Hotel

Inn on Long Lake


VIU Information

Event locations

Registration, Breaks, Sessions, Book Displays – Building 255

Plenary Speaker – Building 250 Room 125

Lunch – Upper Cafeteria – Building 300

Campus Map

Campus Virtual Tours


Parking - Please click on the following link to check parking fees and lot locations.


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Library Services - The VIU library has limited hours on Saturdays.

Building 255, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC

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