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2016 BC TEAL Interior Regional Conference

The 2016 BC TEAL Interior Regional Conference will take place on Friday, September 30 ­- Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. The conference theme is “Teaching in Techno­colours: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire”, and we are honoured to have Dr. Ken Beatty from Anaheim University as the plenary speaker.

Online registration for the conference is closed. Please register on-site on Friday and Saturday. See the schedule for registration times.

Click on LATEST UPDATES for more information about the location of the conference, optional events (Friday workshops and Saturday dinner), recommended hotels, and plenary bio.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!

Sincerely,

Karen Densky and Catherine Waddell
Conference Committee Co-chairs

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September 30, 2016

Block Timeframe Room Event
Registration 12.30-1.30 Campus Activity Centre (CAC) Registration

NOTE: This schedule is subject to revisions.

On-site registration and to pick up registration packages.

For the most part, the conference will take place in the Campus Activity Centre (CAC). The nearest public parking lot is Parking Lot N.

Extended Workshops 13.00-16.00 Campus Activity Centre & Arts and Education Building Friday Workshops

These workshops are optional and are being provided at an additional cost of $30. Please click the LATEST UPDATES tab to view detailed descriptions and location of the workshops available. Choose only one when registering.

Welcome Event 16.00-18.00 TBD Welcome Event

Join us for refreshments and appetizers, and catch up with colleagues. Music by Crossbow.

October 1, 2016

Block Timeframe Room Event
Registration 8.30-11.00 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Registration & Coffee

NOTE: This schedule is subject to revisions.

For on-site registration and to pick up registration packages. Enjoy a cup of coffee to start the day. Mountain Room, Third Floor
For the most part, the conference will take place in the Campus Activities Centre (CAC). The nearest public parking lot is Parking Lot N.

Exhibitors' Display 8.30-17.00 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Exhibitors' Displays

Visit the publishers and exhibitors to learn about new publications, resources, and programs. Mountain Room, Third Floor

Session A Workshops 9.00-10.00 Campus Activity Centre (CAC) Session A Workshops

English is Served! Catering to Lower-Level Students’ Academic English Needs: Ken Beatty

Chin, Cheeks, Lips, and Vowels: Tanya Ploquin

Piloting a Business-Focused Writing Course: Lessons Learned: Jason Brown

Networking and Coffee Break 10.00-10.30 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Networking and Coffee Break

Enjoy a snack, visit exhibitors’ displays, and catch up with colleagues.

Session B Workshops 10.30-11.30 Campus Activity Centre (CAC) Session B Workshops

From Black and White to Technicolour: Inspiring Teacher Development: Cindi Jones

Learning through Community: Dian Henderson and Alex Church

Innovating to Help EAL Students Succeed in Work Search: Heather Williams

Session C Workshops 11.30-12.30 Campus Activity Centre & Arts and Education Building Session C Workshops

Feedback on Feedback: Students’ Preferences for Writing Response: Jim Hu and Linda Westberg

Not Another Presentation! How to Spice Things Up: Kelly Warnock and Ronda Olds

English Grammar: Behind the Screen: William Moore

Promoting Active Online Learning in Lower Level Classes: Qing Monica Zhang* (20-minute session)

Lunch and Poster Session 12.30-13.30 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Lunch and Poster Sessions

Lunch is included in your registration. Please note dietary restrictions in your registration form.

**We ask that everyone be on time for lunch as the Conference Plenary begins in this room at 13:30.

Keynote Speaker 13.30-14.30 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Dr. Ken Beatty

Clay Tablets to Computer Tablets: Embracing Change in the Language Classroom

Session D Workshops 14.30-15.30 Campus Activity Centre & Arts and Education Building Session D Workshops

Educational Technology Tools Case Study: Teacher Training in China: Kelly Warnock and James Gjaltema

TOEFL with The Ramones, Harvard Business, and Huffington Post: Ken Watt

Pecha Kucha: Painless Powerpoint Presentations: Pamela den Ouden

From Surviving to Thriving: Teaching with Syrian Refugee Students: Lian Clark and Karen Densky

Networking and Coffee Break 15.30-16.00 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Networking and Coffee Break

Enjoy a snack, visit exhibitors’ displays, and catch up with colleagues.

Session E Workshops 16.00-17.00 Campus Activity Centre & Arts and Education Building Session E Workshops

ESL Employees’ Voices on Writing Accuracy for the Workplace: Jim Hu and Lachlan Gonzales

‘Say it Effectively’ Assertive Communication Clinic: Michael Brian Wicks

Collocations: Loose Links in LINC Learners’ Cover Letters: Terri Everest

Understanding the Language Learning Process of an Inspired Polyglot: Mark Rosvold* (20-minute session)

Conflict and Struggle: Chinese Students’ Experiences with English: Yaying Zhang* (20-minute session)

Publishers' Raffle 16.50-17.10 CAC - Mountain Room, Third Floor Publishers' Raffle

Hand in your name tag for a chance to win!

Pub Dinner & Dance 18.30-23.00 CAC - The Den, 2nd Floor Pub Dinner & Dance

Wrap up the conference with dinner (choice of 6 pub-style meals), a drink, and dancing with the music of The Jeremy Kneeshaw Trio. This event is optional and is being provided at an additional cost of $40 (includes dinner, 1 drink, dance).

Conference Location at TRU

For the most part, the conference will take place in the Campus Activity Centre (CAC). The nearest public parking lot is Parking Lot N. Click here for a campus map. Click here for driving directions. You can also find the information at: http://www.tru.ca/campus/visit/maps.html.

Click here to download the 2016 Interior Regional Poster.

Friday Workshops – Four Options

Workshop #1: Practical and Accessible Technology for Interaction & Collaboration in the Post Language Lab Era | Presenters: Joe Dobson & Nathan Hall - Arts & Education Building

Workshop #2: Experiencing the Complexities of Cultural Identity | Presenters: Heather Barnes & Heather Tobe - Campus Activities Centre

Workshop #3: Basics of Haptic Pronunciation Teaching | Presenter: Bill Acton - Campus Activities Centre 

Workshop #4: Writing for Scholarly Publication in the BC TEAL Journal | Presenter: Scott Douglas - Campus Activities Centre

Click here to view detailed workshop information.

Saturday Evening Dinner & Pub Night

Wrap up the conference with dinner (choice of 6 pub-style meals), a drink, and dancing with the music of The Jeremy Kneeshaw Trio from 6:30-11:00 at Heroes Pub on the TRU campus.

You can check out Jeremy Kneeshaw, an up-and-coming local musician at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7GdoA-boRQ

 Cost: $40. (includes dinner, 1 drink, dance)


Recommended Hotels

The Best Western Kamloops, at 660 Columbia St West, is about three blocks from the conference location.

Rates range from $125 for a single to $155 for a quad.  The cut off date for the preferred rates is September 16th.

Attendees can phone the hotel, at 250 374-7878, mentioning the BC TEAL Interior Conference, or can book online at http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/groupSearch.do?groupId=8L4TS8Q0

The Sandman Signature, in downtown Kamloops, at 225 Lorne St.

Rates are $110 for a King room, and $130 for a King suite, both for single and double occupancy. The cut off date for securing these rates is September 23rd.

The phone number for booking at the Sandman is 250 377-7263, and the booking reference number is 61172.


Saturday Plenary Speaker

Dr. Ken Beatty

Clay Tablets to Computer Tablets: Embracing Change in the Language Classroom

Dr. Ken Beatty is an expert in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Dr. Beatty is the author/co-author of more than 100 textbooks for Pearson, Longman, Oxford University Press, Thomson, Heinle & Heinle and Hong Kong Educational Press including English as a Second Language textbooks and readers from the primary through university levels. Although most of these focus on various aspects of English as a Second Language, he also writes and reviews on the topic of CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). He is involved in electronic media and was Academic Advisor to Hong Kong’s Educational Television from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Beatty taught the last 15 years at universities in the UAE, the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong. He holds a PhD in Curriculum Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

Thompson Rivers University, 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8

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