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2014 Lower Mainland Regional Conference at Vancouver English Centre

Thank you for attending the BC TEAL Lower Mainland Conference held this year at Vancouver English Centre. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey regarding the conference. Your feedback will help us to make continual improvements to future BC TEAL Conferences.


The 2014 Lower Mainland Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at Vancouver English Center (VEC).  The conference will be centered on “Celebrating Learner Success”, and we are honored to be hosting a panel plenary presentation in which EAL learners from a variety of sectors will be sharing their success stories with us.

Online Registration for the conference is now closed. Registration fees are $40 for BC TEAL discounted members, $50 for BC TEAL regular members, and $60 for non-members. (Early bird pricing ended on November 1st.) Lunch is not included. On-site registration will be available the day of the conference from 8:00 to 10:00 am.

Proposal submission for the conference is now closed. 

We look forward to welcoming all of you to this exciting event!
Sheila Mattila and Don Bury, PD Committee Co-chairs


November 22, 2014

Block Timeframe Room Event
Registration 8.00-10.00 TBD Registration

Visit the registration desk to check in and receive your conference program. You can also register on site.

Exhibitors' Display 8.00-16.00 TBD Exhibitors' Display

Visit the exhibitors and other publishers to see the latest offerings for EAL instructors.

Welcoming Address 8.45-9.00 TBD Welcoming Address

Join VEC and the BC TEAL president as they open the conference.

Session A Workshops 9.00-10.30 TBD Portfolio Based Language Assessment: Making a Difference for Students

Ryan Drew, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.,
Lisa Herrera, ISSofBC, &
Colleen Rogan, Industry Training Authority

Drama Techniques in the ESL Classroom

John Keith, Vancouver Community College

9.30-10.15 Addressing Issues Related to Education Technology in ELT

Nathan Hall, Douglas College

Current directions in L2 motivation: Implications for EAL teaching

Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan, Vancouver English Center

Coffee Break 10.30-11.00 TBD Coffee Break

Enjoy coffee while perusing the publishers’ tables.

Panel Plenary Presentations 11.00-12.00 TBD Panel Plenary Presentations

Join in “Celebrating Learner Success” as several EAL learners share their remarkable success stories:
Baraa Al-Mohammed | Megumi Udagawa | Mamadouba Yansane | Vasiliy Baryshnikov | Derek Cheng

Lunch 12.00-13.00 TBD Lunch

Lunch is not provided. Please see the conference book for a list of suggested restaurants or bring your bagged lunch.

Session B Workshops 13.00-13.45 TBD Using Google Tools in the Classroom

Dave Henderson, Vancouver English Centre &
Phil Skipper, BCIT

Exploring Student Perceptions of Teacher Feedback

Kerry Johnson, University of the Fraser Valley &
Dr. Khaled Karim, University of Victoria

Righting Rubrics: Creating Efficient Writing Rubrics with Transparent Expectations

James Stevenson, BCIT

Stressing and de-stressing unstressed vowels: the haptic "thumb-flick" technique

William Acton, Trinity Western University,
Aihua Liu, Trinity Western University &
Jean Jeon, Trinity Western University

Coffee Break 13.45-14.15 TBD Coffee Break

Enjoy a coffee while perusing the publishers’ tables

Session C Workshops 14.15-15.00 TBD Retaining Heritage Language and Culture: Immigrant Students' Success Stories

Naghmeh Babaee, Art Institute of Vancouver

Training language teachers in materials development using Problem-Based Learning

Kay McAllister, Trinity Western University

Action-Oriented Feedback

Shawna Williams, LISTN

3 Strategies for Fostering Excellence and Risk-Taking in Writing

John-Paul Baker, Corpus Academics

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