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2017 BC TEAL Lower Mainland Regional Conference

The 2017 BC TEAL Lower Mainland Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at Columbia College. The conference theme is “Rethinking Communication: Trends, Tools and Strategies”, and we are honoured to have Dr. Maite Taboada, Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, as the plenary speaker.

See ‘Latest Updates’ for more information about the workshops that will be on offer and details about Dr. Taboada’s talk.

Where:  Columbia College | 438 Terminal Avenue | Vancouver, BC
When: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Standard Rates: $70 for BC TEAL Members, $60 for Discounted Members, and $85 for Non-members. Lunch is included.

Online registration will close on Tuesday November 14, 2017. Onsite registration will be available at Columbia College.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!

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November 18, 2017

Block Timeframe Room Event
Lower Mainland Regional Conference 8.30-11.00 4th Floor Hallway Registration

NOTE: This schedule is subject to revisions.

Arrive early for on-site registration and to pick up registration packages.

8.30-4.00 4th Floor Student Lounge Exhibitor/Publisher Displays

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

9.15-10.00 TBD Session A Workshops

Are Teachers “Healers?”: Combating PTSD in the Language Classroom – Olivia Kanna

Unscripted: Releasing the potential of authentic listening in ELT – Nathan Hall

Different: Can You Walk in My Shoes? – Sofya Bagryantseva

BC’s EAL Field: Contributions and Trends – Brenda Lohrenz and Chris Brown

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break

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

10.30-10.45 Opening Address & Video Launch

BC TEAL Video Series – Recognizing the Diversity of the EAL Sector in BC

10.45-11.45 Keynote

Language and social media: Opportunities for the EAL classroom – Dr. Maite Taboada

11.45-13.00 Lunch

Lunch is included in your registration.

13.00-13.45 Session B Workshops

PBLA online-one step at a time. – Jason Green

Rethinking Classroom Practice Strategies: Applying the QACR Communication Flow – Ken Watt

Teachable Pronunciation Moments – Tanya Ploquin

Colossal Failures, Amazing Successes: Mobile Devices in the ESL Classroom – Cindi Jones

14.00-14.45 Session C Workshops

Fostering Inclusion: Building empathy and connection amongst diverse learners – Taslim Damji, Sara Yuen, and Andrea Solnes

7x7x7 Paraphrasing Method – Janice GT Penner

Graphic Organizers: Creative Classroom Ideas – Laura Hadwin

Being an effective practicum sponsor teacher – Nathan Hall and Laura Blumenthall

14.45-15.15 Coffee Break

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

15.15-16.00 Session D Workshops

The Education of Immigrant Students in Canada: Intercultural Challenges – Dr. Naghmeh Babaee

Using Online Tools to Improve ESL Students’ Written Communication – Deogratias Nizonkiza

Teaching beginners: Tactics and survival tips – Michael Shuster

Using the UNs Global Goals in the ESL Classroom – Cindi Jones

16.00-16.15 Publishers Draw and EAL Week ‘Tablet Giveaway’

Make sure to hand in your tickets for a chance to win a prize! All winners must be present to win.

Download the Conference Poster.

Hotel Option – Best Western PLUS Uptown Hotel

BC TEAL has booked a block of rooms at the Best Western PLUS Uptown Hotel on Kingway Avenue. Please quote group #1154 when calling the hotel to make reservations. The group rate is $105 per night plus tax.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Uptown Hotel
205 Kingsway | Vancouver | 1(800) 780-7234

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Maite Taboada, Simon Fraser University

Maite Taboada  is Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University (Canada). She works in the areas of discourse analysis and computational linguistics. Ongoing research includes opinion and sentiment in text, with a special focus on opinion and evaluative language in social media.

Language and social media: Opportunities for the EAL classroom

This talk will try to answer some frequent questions about language use in social media:

• Why are people so nice on Facebook, so nasty on Twitter, and so ‘braggy’ on Instagram?
• Do we use different forms of language across those social media sites?
• Why is it so hard to be sarcastic online, and so easy to be misunderstood?

I will describe the language of social media, but also of online communication in general, and explore how we have adapted our language to the online medium, developing a new form of communication, with characteristics from both oral and written language. This requires a new level of communicative competence, both for fluent speakers of English and for those learning English as an Additional Language.

Taking as point of departure the notion of register, the idea that language varies according to situation and social purpose, I will examine how linguistic characteristics change across online registers. Special attention will be given to the opinionated nature of much online interaction, and the role that figurative language (metaphor, irony, sarcasm) plays in conveying opinion.

The talk will include suggestions for how to use natural language data from social media in the classroom, and how to engage students through social media to increase their awareness of online language.

Workshop Sessions & Presenters

  • Unscripted: Releasing the Potential of Authentic Listening in ELT - Nathan Hall
  • Being an Effective Practicum Sponsor Teacher - Nathan Hall & Laura Blumenthal
  • Different: Can You Walk in My Shoes? - Sofya Bagryantseva
  • Teachable Pronunciation Moments - Tanya Ploquin
  • BC’s EAL Field: Contributions and Trends - Brenda Lohrenz & Chris Brown
  • Rethinking Classroom Practice Strategies: Applying the QACR Communication Flow - Ken Watt
  • PBLA Online–One Step at a Time - Jason Green
  • Colossal Failures, Amazing Successes: Mobile Devices in the ESL Classroom - Cindi Jones
  • Graphic Organizers: Creative Classroom Ideas - Laura Hadwin
  • 7 x 7 x 7 Paraphrasing Method - Janice GT Penner
  • Teaching Beginners: Tactics and Survival Tips - Michael Shuster
  • Using the UNs Global Goals in the ESL Classroom - Cindi Jones
  • Are Teachers “Healers?”: Combating PTSD in the Language Classroom - Olivia Kanna
  • Fostering Inclusion: Building Empathy and Connection amongst Diverse Learners - Taslim Damji, Sara Yuen & Andrea Solnes
  • Using Online Tools to Improve ESL Students’ Written Communication - Deogratias Nizonkiza
  • The Education of Immigrant Students in Canada: Intercultural Challenges – Naghmeh  Babaee
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