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Invitation to Participate in Research

BC TEAL does not endorse the following research projects and encourages participants to always read the consent form thoroughly before participating in any research project.

Researchers from Western University, Faculty of Education are conducting a study to explore teacher perceptions of word difficulty in a second or foreign language context. If you are a second language teacher or student-teacher, you are invited to participate.
The questions in this survey may help you reflect on possible reasons why foreign language words are difficult to learn. We hope our findings will contribute to improving the field of second language teaching and learning.

The online questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to be completed. Your responses will be kept completely confidential. Please click on the link to start the survey:

Thank you in advance for your time. For further information about this study, you are welcome to contact the researchers.

Dr. Farahnaz Faez         and      Juliane Martini
(Principal Investigator)   

If you are currently teaching or have recently taught a Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Literacy class, I would like to invite you to participate in a portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) research project. The main objectives of this study are to explore LINC Literacy instructors’ perceptions of the purpose of PBLA and the assessment processes involved in PBLA.

If you consent to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey questions will ask about your education and teaching experience, and your perceptions of PBLA. It is my hope that the study results will lead to recommendations for improving PBLA processes and outcomes.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the following link:

Thank you for your consideration!


Marilyn Abbott, PhD
Associate Professor
Teaching English as a Second Language Program
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T: 780-492-9090