Initiatives & Resources


BC TEAL is pleased to work with our members on initiatives that are of relevance to the EAL profession and that support our English language learners. In keeping with our mission, we continue to look for opportunities to raise awareness, provide professional development, and share expertise.

Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th. BC TEAL is pleased to offer an EAL Act!on Campaign that starts with you and... read more


TESL/TESOL Teacher Education Programs in BC
The TESL/TESOL teacher education programs are located in BC and for the most part focus on teaching English to adult speakers of other languages.

See our complete list of TESL/TESOL Teacher Education Programs

Teaching Materials

Talking to Everyone in Canada: LGBTQ+ Fundamentals in EAL

LGBTQ+ content can often be a contentious topic in EAL classes. In this presentation, we talk about ways of introducing and including LGBTQ+ people in the EAL classroom as part of a broader initiative to respectful communication with everyone in Canada.

LGBTQ+ Canadians Teachers Manual.pdf(Emily)

LGBTQ+ Canadians Small Talk Slide Show.pdf(Emily)

LGBTQ+ Canadians Small Talk Worksheet.pdf(Emily)

LGBTQ+ Canadians Talk to Everyone in Canada Worksheet.pdf (Emily)


Indigenous Peoples and Canada: Language, History, Survival, and Resilience

The Indigenous Peoples and Canada resource is a guide with CLB/PBLA activities and assessments for teachers to use in the LINC classroom.  The resource is geared to a CLB 5+ student but can be adjusted for lower levels also.

Through the use of new language skills, learning about the Indigenous experiences in Canada, and promoting awareness of some Indigenous cultural practices, immigrants and refugees will gain a deeper understanding of the Indigenous life.   This resource is intended to help newcomers avoid falling into deep-seated settler culture stereotypes and it is my hope that through this resource, teachers can facilitate a greater understanding and respect for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Literacy Resources

The written form of English is based on letter-sound relationships. In order for us to read and write we must be able to hear and say the sounds of English (phonemic awareness), we must be able to instantly recognize the letters, words, spaces and punctuation of written English (orthographic awareness), and we must learn the relationships between the two (phonics). These letter-sound linking charts will help instructors to teach phonemic awareness, orthographic awareness, and phonics.

Teacher Notes
24” x 36” colour letter-sound linking chart poster (with bleed edges for professional printing)
24” x 36” colour letter-sound linking chart poster (no bleed edges)
11” x 17”   colour letter-sound linking chart for student binders (with bleed edges for professional printing)
11” x 17”   colour letter-sound linking chart for student binders (no bleed edges)
11” x 17”   black & white letter-sound linking chart for student binders
11” x 17”   black & white letter-sound linking chart for student binders with blanks for date and name

EAL Parent and Caregiver Resource for School Age and Adult Children

The EAL Parent and Caregiver Resource for School Age and Adult Children is designed to support English language students who have young adult and children. This resource will provide lessons to support language acquisition with a focus on the education system, internet safety and protection for children, along with child and young adult culture in Canada. While helping parents and caregivers navigate through the social and educational systems for children, the resource will help teachers create an inclusive and trauma informed practice while working with newcomer families.

Promoting Civic Engagement through Intercultural Education and Skilled Volunteering

Promoting Civic Engagement through Intercultural Education and Skilled  Volunteering is designed for LINC/EAL classrooms, volunteer support and employment programs. It prepares newcomers for volunteering and employment opportunities by introducing commonly encountered intercultural challenges in the workplace, providing a framework to support understanding different behaviors and strategizing to respond effectively. There are ten lesson plans in this resource and some simple assessment templates to support PBLA requirements in LINC programs.

Refugee Men’s Health and Well-being:  A Resource for Language Instructors

Refugee Men’s Health and Well-being: Strategies for Language Instructors has been researched and designed to help EAL instructors and male students engage in topics around men’s physical, sexual and emotional health and well-being in a safe, supported way. It offers 8 lessons at approximately CLB 3, including activities and handouts, and a resource list of information, services and EAL resources related to refugee health and well-being.

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource – New Strategies for Women Learning English for Better Health

The Newcomer Women’s Health Resource is designed to provide strategies and activities for teachers working with immigrant and refugee women-only classes in the settlement EAL sector. There are three parts to the resource with topics covering overall women’s health, gynaecological health needs, and healthy friendships and relationships. There are seven lesson plans and some simple assessment tools that can be used as part of PBLA requirements in a LINC program.

Helping Children Learn – Fun activities to do with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers

This set of three booklets in easy-to-read English is intended for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone working with young children. Organized by age level, the booklets have simple, everyday activities to help children become successful learners.

English Language Lesson: Climb for the Cause – CLB 3

English Language Lesson: Climb for the Cause – CLB 6

These two lessons were developed to promote the annual TCF fundraising event, ‘Climb for the Cause’ and to explain the importance of fundraising for refugees in need. The lessons are at CLB 3 and CLB 6, and include reading passages and interactive learning activities.

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