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Maggie Warbey

Dr. Maggie Warbey retired from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria after 34 years. She was largely responsible for the development of the University’s Applied Linguistics program and taught the core courses for that program as well as Cross Cultural Communication, Language and Gender, and Issues in Minority Language Maintenance.  She also worked with the Faculty of Education in the development and delivery of courses to prepare speakers of Vancouver Island First Nations languages to teach their languages.  Dr. Warbey has also developed specialized language teaching curricula for a number of institutions including Camosun College, Vancouver Community College, Canada Pacific College International and other private ESL schools, and the United Nations.  Her publications include: So You Want to Teach English Overseas, a set of audio tapes and handbook to prepare teachers of English and other languages; The Write Way, a text for academic ESL students; and Noriko’s Homestay; as well as a number of journal articles, newsletter columns and so on.

Dr. Warbey has been a member of TEAL since 1972. For some time, she represented Vancouver Island interests as a Member at Large on the TESL Board of Directors.  As well as being a regular presenter at conferences and workshops, Dr. Warbey organized and chaired conferences for Vancouver Island TEAL, BCTEAL and TESL Canada.  She is a recipient of the Pat Wakefield Scholarship and the Association of BC TEAL Scholarship.  For three years she served on the editorial review board for TESL Quarterly.

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