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TCF Awards for 2017

Nathalie Kaspar and Claude Kihoza Win the 2017 TCF Refugee Awards

Nathalie Kaspar arrived in Canada from Aleppo, Syria, in 2016. Her dream is to study Biomedical Engineering; a field where Nathalie hopes to use her abilities to develop artificial organs and medical instruments. In her words. it’s “a field where I can finally give hope back to my people, not only who are affected by the Syrian war but everyone who is born with a physical disability”.

Claude Kihoza came to Canada first as a refugee from the Congo and later from a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. Claude plans to use his TCF Refugee Award to study nursing. In Claude’s words, “I am very aware of the stress and pain, physical and psychological, that refugees arriving in Canada bring with them… I want to be the person who gives others hope by addressing their medical problems in an compassionate way and then inspire them to follow their dreams in this country.”

Christo Vutev Wins the 2017 David Lam ESL Scholarship

Christo Vutec has won this year’s David Lam ESL Scholarship. Christo arrived in Canada in 2005 from Bulgaria. Christo will graduate with First Class Honours from the Kamloops School of Arts in June. In September, he will register at Thompson Rivers University in the faculty of Business Administration to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration.

The 2017 Pat Wakefield Scholarship Awarded to Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson has won this year’s Pat Wakefield Scholarship. Brian is currently Curriculum Manager at UBC Vantage College, a Lifetime Member of BC TEAL and is well respected for his contributions and conference presentations both provincially and nationally. Brian will use the 2017 Pat Wakefield Scholarship to attend the 2017 IATEFL Conference in Glasgow Scotland. His focus will be on educational technology and specifically, how it is used in language learning and how others are integrating it into their programs in a pedagogically principled manner. Brian will also attend the Technology SIG events and all other workshops in his area of interest.

Pacific Immigrant Resource Society [PIRS] Wins the 2017 AIDS and Health Education Award

The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society has won this year’s Aids and Health Education Award. PIRS will use the AHEF Award to develop a health curriculum that will provide appropriate English language and information for women who are newcomers to Canada. The project will utilize a framework that is informed by a cultural humility approach which recognizes the values, beliefs and practices that women bring to their health. The curriculum developer will work with PIRS outreach workers, healthcare providers and a cultural consultant to ensure that the topics and activities are appropriate.

TALK [Tutors of Adult ESL Literacy Kelowna] Wins a Project Funding Award

The TALK Project in Kelowna developed by Tara Stewart has won a 2017 Project Funding Award. The purpose of TALK is to provide volunteer tutors with specific literacy teaching strategies through a series of educational workshops as well as support and mentorship for its volunteer tutors who will be working with non-literate refugees. The TALK tutors will also facilitate the successful transition into a classroom-based English language program.

Jim Hu Wins the 2017 Nan Poliakoff Memorial Award

Jim Hu, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University has won the 2017 Nan Poliakoff Memorial Award. Jim has done extensive research and development in writing problem analysis and treatment, as well as teacher response to student writing. Jim will use the award to make a presentation at the 2017 TESOL International Convention based on his teacher writing response approach called ‘Simultaneous Oral-Written Feedback [SOWF]’.

Raj Khatri Wins the 2017 Mary Ashworth Scholarship

Raj Khatri, a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria and a respected English language educator in Canada, USA and Nepal, has won the 2017 Mary Ashworth Scholarship. Raj will use the scholarship to share his research on working with differently abled English language learners at the 2017 TESOL International Convention in Seattle, Washington.

Mark Rosvold Wins the 2017 BC TEAL/TESOL Bursary

Mark Rosvold is a full time MA student at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. Mark will use the bursary to attend the 2017 TESOL International Convention in Seattle, Washington. He will present his thesis project which is titled, ‘Mental Health in the English Language Classroom’ at the TESOL’s Master’s Student Forum.

BC TEAL Conference Receives a 2017 Project Funding Award

The BC TEAL Conference has been awarded a Project Funding Award to support the cost of providing three well-recognized and accomplished keynote/plenary speakers at the 2017 BC TEAL Conference. This year’s BC TEAL Conference will be celebrating BC TEAL’s 50th anniversary. Each year, the BC TEAL Conference brings together the English language professional community for two full days of professional development featuring presentations, workshops, panel discussions, networking events, a publishers’ display and outstanding international keynote/plenary speakers.

The Translink Phone Service Project Receives the 2017 LISTN Settlement Language Resource Award

Monica Zhang’s Translink Phone Service Project has won the 2017 LISTN Settlement Language Resource Award. Monica will use the award to create authentic CLB aligned task-based e-learning materials for newcomers to BC. Monica will focus on accessing Translink’s automated phone service for listening practice by creating audio files and providing scorms (e-learning content) on vocabulary and relevant assessment tools.

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