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2017 Island Regional Conference

The 2017 BC TEAL Vancouver Island Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Camosun College. The conference will focus on practical approaches for teachers, and we are honoured to have Dr. Ryuko Kubota, Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC, as the plenary speaker. See ‘Latest Updates‘ for more information.

Where:  Camosun College | 3100 Foul Bay Road | Victoria, BC | Wilna Thomas Building
When: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Early Bird Pricing:  $50 for BC TEAL Members, $40 for Discounted Members, and $65 for Non-members. Lunch is not included.

Please note that there are no facilities nearby where you can buy lunch. We are offering a lunch option for $12 which can be added to your conference registration.

Proposal submission is now closed.

Early bird registration ended January 31st. Regular rates are in effect. Register online until 9:30 am on Wednesday, February 22nd. On-site registration will be available at 8:30 am Saturday morning.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!

Eilidh Singh and Cathy Ebert, PD Committee Co-chairs


February 25, 2017

Block Timeframe Room Event
Registration 8.30-11.00 WT 1st floor foyer 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 2nd Floor Study Area Exhibitors' Display

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

Opening Address 9.15-9.30 WT 234 Opening Address

A welcome to conference participants from BC TEAL and Camosun College.

Plenary Speaker 9.30-10.30 WT 234 Ryuko Kubota

Join Ryuko Kubota for an engaging talk addressing the topic of “Common Beliefs About Language Teaching”.

Networking Break 10.30-11.00 WT 234 Networking Break

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

Session A Workshops 11.00-11.45 WT 1st & 2nd floor Session A Workshops

Empowered! Taking an Active Role in Teaching Feedback
FIONA SHAW | 45 min.

Exit Slips: Impactful Classroom Assessment Tools
NANCY AMI | 45 min.

Putting PBLA into Practice

Why Do They Cheat? ESL Students & Academic Dishonesty

Lunch 11.45-13.00 WT 234 Lunch

Check the program book for suggestions where to grab a bite to eat and some fresh air.

Session B Workshops 13.00-13.45 WT 1st & 2nd floor Session B Workshops

Process to Product: Navigating a Project-Based Learning Approach

Haptic Phonetics: L1 Phonetics to L2 Pronunciation

Hidden Bias and the LINC classroom
TASLIM DAMJI | 90 min.

Employment-purposed Language Training: What Materials Do the Australians Use?
YIRAN ZHANG | 45 min.

Student Peer Review: Teaching, Coaching, Facilitating, and Assessing

Session C Workshops 14.00-14.45 WT 2nd floor Session C Workshops

Active Ideas to Form Pairs or Groups in Classes
TOM JENSEN | 45 min.

The Efficacy of Corrective Feedback in Improving Writing Accuracy

Networking Break 14.45-15.15 WT 234 Networking Break

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

Round Table Discussions 15.15-16.00 WT 1st & 2nd floor 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.

Dr. Kubota’s Plenary Follow-Up
Moderated by Dr. Ryuko Kubota

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment
Moderated by Chris Friesen & Fiona Shaw

Everything Pronunciation
Moderated by Tanya Ploquin

BC TEAL and You!
Moderated by Eilidh Singh & Shawna Williams

Open Discussion
Moderated by Angie Reamer

Poster Sessions 15.15-16.00 WT 2nd floor Poster Sessions

Growing Intercultural Competence in the Language Classroom (poster/discussion)
Moderated by Taslim Damji

Click here to view the 2017 Island Conference Program Book.

Campus Information

Hotel Option – Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites

A block of ten rooms has been set aside at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites for February 24th and 25th. BC TEAL conference attendees are being offered a special rate of $99 per night for rooms with one king bed or two queen beds.

Call toll free 1-800-663- 5891 or email Ask for the BC TEAL booking or quote confirmation #164453.

Book today! Rooms are only being held until January 31st.

Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
740 Burdett Avenue
Victoria BC V8W 1B2

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Ryuko Kubota, University of British Columbia

Ryuko Kubota is a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, critical multiculturalism, critical race theory, and language ideologies. She is a co-editor of Race, culture, and identities in second language education: Exploring critically engaged practice (2009) and Demystifying career paths after graduate school: A guide for second language professionals in higher education (2012).

Ten Common Beliefs about Language Teaching:
Critical Examinations for Pedagogical Transformation

Language education is situated in a political and ideological space, in which certain beliefs about language, language speakers, cultures, and language teaching and learning are produced and reproduced. These beliefs constitute language ideology. The ideological and political facets of English language teaching have been scrutinized and debated in our field for almost 30 years. However, little has changed toward a more just and equitable direction in policies and practices reflected in curricula, instruction, materials, and teacher education. Focusing on ten common beliefs related to language teaching and learning, I will review insights generated by previous research and discuss how we can think differently and critically for change. Questioning language ideology requires a worldview that is anti-racist, anti-essentialist, anti-Eurocentric, and anti-reductionist as well as a perspective that affirms multiplicity, fluidity, and intellectual ways of understanding. These critical views are developed through constantly questioning assumptions, reflecting on one’s own biases, and making informed judgments.

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