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2016 Island Regional Conference at ICA Victoria

The 2016 Vancouver Island Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, February 20th at the Inter-Cultural Association (ICA) of Greater Victoria. The conference will focus on Real World Learning: Building Transformative Communities. We are honoured to have Carolyn Kristjánsson, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Trinity Western University, as the plenary speaker.

Online Registration for the conference is open until Wednesday, February 17th at 9:00 am. Prices are $60 for BC TEAL members, $50 for discounted members, and $75 for non-members. Coffee break refreshments are included, lunch is not. On-site registration will be available Saturday morning.

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February 20, 2016

Block Timeframe Room Event
Registration 8.30-11.00 TBD Registration

NOTE: This schedule is subject to revisions. Check back often to see latest updates.

We encourage you to register in advance, but we will have on-site registration.

Exhibitors' Display 8.30-16.00 TBD Exhibitors' Display

Visit the publishers and exhibitors to learn about new publications, resources, and programs.

Opening Address 9.15-9.30 TBD Opening Address

A welcome to conference participants from BC TEAL and ICA.

Plenary Speaker 9.30-10.30 TBD Carolyn Kristjánsson

Join Carolyn Kristjánsson for an engaging talk addressing the topic of “collegial coaching”.

Networking Break 10.30-11.00 TBD Networking Break

Grab a snack and a coffee or tea while catching up with colleagues.

Session A Workshops 11.00-11.45 TBD Session A Workshops

Integrated Test-taking Strategies of English-as-a-First-Language and EAL Speakers (C. Chao)
Feedback that Feeds Forward (S. Williams)
Teachable Pronunciation Moments (T. Ploquin)
Immigrant Language Instruction and Employment: Canada vs. Australia (Y. Zhang)

Lunch 11.45-13.00 TBD Lunch

Lunch is not provided in registration. There are many restaurants nearby to grab lunch and some fresh air.

Session B Workshops 13.00-13.45 TBD Session B Workshops

Learning Plans: Providing Customized, Outcomes-Based Support for All Students (G. Saunders, K. Tagharobi)
A Task-Based Business English Course on Pronunciation and Gestures (M. Sadler)
Promoting Student Interaction and Autonomy during Textbook Practice Activities (K. Watt)
Doing your Homework (W. Acton)

Session C Workshops 14.00-14.45 TBD Session C Workshops

Real World PD: Considerations for Ongoing Teacher Development (S. Williams)
Dynamic Pronunciation Activities for the EAL Classroom (M. Greenberg)
The Efficacy of Video-Simulated-Recall Reflection vis-a-vis EAL Strategy Use (A. Alhemaid)
Identifying Humour in Academic Reading (M. Geddert)

Networking Break 14.45-15.15 TBD Networking Break

Grab a snack and a coffee or tea while catching up with colleagues.

Round Table Discussions 15.15-16.00 TBD Round Table Discussions

Find a topic that interests you, sit down at that table with other conference participants, and engage in an informal, but moderated, discussion.
Collegial Coaching: Plenary Follow-Up (C. Kristjansson)
The Impact of the Current Refugee Situation on Newcomer Language Training for Vancouver Island (T. Kitzler)
English Language Teaching Publications: Professional, Scholarly, and Pedagogical Opportunities (S.R. Douglas)
The Work of the BC TEAL Island Regional Group: How you can get Involved (J. Peachey)
Curriculum Development in Tandem with Teacher Support (C. Aquart, C. Ebert)

Poster Sessions 15.15-16.00 TBD Poster Sessions

The Growing Community of The Centre for Academic Communication (G. Sauders, K. Taharobi)
Opportunities for Professional and Scholarly Writing: BC TEAL’s Publications (S.R. Douglas))
Promoting Student Awareness of Context through Drama and Scriptwriting (M. Michaud)


Click to download the 2016 Island Regional Conference Booklet.


For out-of-town conference attendees, consider staying at the Hotel Rialto in downtown Victoria, and in close proximity to ICA.

The Hotel Rialto, a 105-year boutique hotel, is located in the heart of downtown. We have 51-rooms all have their own character. Each room is equipped with a small fridge, microwave, coffee maker and I-home stereo.

Every guest will enjoy a complimentary welcome cheese plate from Victoria’s favorite restolounge – Veneto. Daily pastry and beverage from Café Veneto, 10% off at Vintage Spirits, Beer and Wine and FREE WIFI.

  • Superior Single Queen – $109
  • Superior King Room – $129
  • Superior Double Queen – $129
  • Superior Junior Suite – $149

*All rooms are based on double occupancy
** Check-in 3pm & Check-out 11am

To book at the above rates, add the access code “BCTEAL” to the “Promo” field of the booking widget at

Hotel Rialto – 653 Pandora Ave., Victoria


930 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1A8

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