Pramod Sah has won this year’s Mary Ashworth Scholarship, valued at $1000. Pramod will use the scholarship to travel to the 2019 TESOL International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia where he will present a paper related to his graduate studies titled Translanguaging in English-Medium Instruction (EMI) Classrooms in Nepal as well as Neoliberal Language Policy as Cultural Reproduction. Pramod will share his research at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference and/or write an article for the BC TEAL Journal.
The 2019 BC TEAL Conference Committee has been awarded a Project Funding Award, valued at $2500, to support the cost of providing three internationally recognized keynote speakers for the 2019 BC TEAL Conference. This annual conference attracts over 350 English language professionals and features two full days of professional development featuring presentations, workshops, panel discussions, networking events, and publishers’ displays, as well as three outstanding international plenary speakers.
Daniel Marc Jones has been awarded the Nan Poliakoff Memorial Award, valued at $750. Daniel Marc will use his award to develop innovative English language learning materials and to conduct research related to game-based language teaching (GBLT). His goal is to examine the challenges of implementing game-based learning and to find new and innovative ways to use GBLT in English language classrooms. Daniel Marc will present a workshop at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference.
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society [PIRS] has been awarded a Project Funding Award, valued at $2500, for their project, EAL for Newcomer Parents. PIRS will use the award to further develop their EAL for Newcomer Parents curriculum. They will also offer the curriculum and guide to settlement service agencies, neighbourhood houses, and community-based EAL programs that teach parenting in a Canadian context. The curriculum will focus on English language and intercultural competencies for parents and caregivers at a language level of CLB 3-4 or higher. The goal is to enable parents and caregivers to feel more engaged and to have better access to their children’s schools and community. The curriculum, guide, and teaching/learning resources will be available on the BC TEAL and PIRS websites. A workshop providing an overview of the project will be presented at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference.
Andrea Solnes and Diana Jeffries have been awarded this year’s Health Education Award, valued at $4000, for their project, Refugee Men’s Health: Guided Pilot and Workshops for EAL Instructors and Facilitators. The project will address the needs of refugee men and their barriers to physical and mental wellness. The pair will also prepare and present workshops to support EAL instructors and facilitators to help and support refugee men to achieve better physical and mental health and improve their overall sense of well-being. The results of this project will be shared at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference and in the BC TEAL Journal.
Julie Schiller-Birch has won the BC TEAL/TESOL Award, valued at $1000. Julie is an instructor and teacher trainer in the English Language Department at Okanagan College, and recently co-chaired the BC TEAL Regional Conference in Kelowna. Julie will use her award to attend the 2019 BC TEAL Conference in an effort to enhance her personal professional development and growth as an EAL and TESL educator. Julie will share her professional development experience with her colleagues at Okanagan College and write an article for the BC TEAL Newsletter.
Calisto Mudzingwa has been awarded this year’s Pat Wakefield Scholarship, valued at $3000. Calisto will use his award to conduct research that compares the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program with the Australian Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). He has posed two research questions: What are the similarities and differences between the LINC program in Canada and the AMEP in Australia? and What can those involved with the LINC and the AMEP programs, such as government departments, service providers, and researchers learn from each other? It is hoped that this research will inspire cross-pollination of ideas between the relevant government departments in Canada and Australia. Calisto will share his research findings at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference and submit an article to the BC TEAL Journal.
Kue K’nyawmupoe has won the 2018 TCF Education Grant valued at $1500. Kue came to Canada from a refugee camp in Thailand in 2007. She was the first receipt of the TCF Refugee Award in 2012. For the past five years, She has worked full time and studied part time at Douglas College to achieve her dream of completing her Diploma in Community Social Service Work. Kue writes, “after completing my diploma program this year, I plan to work with refugees, new immigrant families and aboriginal people. If opportunity permits, my future goal is to complete a degree program in Social Work.”
Lava Mohamad has won this years Taiga Galli Refugee Award valued at $2500. Lava was born in a small city called Qamishli in Syria in 1999. Lava and her family escaped from Syria by travelling to Kurdistan in Iraq. On April 13, 2017 with the help of the North Lonsdale United Church, Lava’s family arrived in Canada. Lava’s dream is to become a doctor and she will use her award to begin post-secondary studies in science. Lava writes, “the main reason for choosing medicine is that I care about others and I want to help every single person especially if their lives are in danger.”
Boshra Moheq has won this year’s Taiga Galli Refugee Award valued at $2500. Boshra was born in Afganistan in 2000. After escaping from Afganistan, Boshra spent the first eleven years of her life living as a refugee in Peshawar in Pakistan, Mashhad in Iran, Cairo in Egypt and finally arriving in Vancouver in 2011. Boshra plans to study Social Sciences next year. Boshra feels that a university degree will “allow me to have the skills necessary to support [refugees] emotionally, mentally socially or economically.”
Maaden Tela has won this years TCF Refugee Award valued at $2500. Tela was born in Sudan in 1998. Her journey as a refugee took her from Sudan to Eritrea, Egypt, and finally to Israel. She and her little sister spent four years separated from her father before coming to Canada in 2015. Tela has excelled academically and is currently on the Principal’s Honour Roll and has received an Outstanding Work Ethic Award at Bryne Creek Community School in Burnaby. She plans to use her award to study nursing. In this way, Tela writes that she will be able to “join [her] two passions: science and helping others”
Jessica Soomin has been awarded the 2018 David Lam/BC TEAL ELL Scholarship valued at $2500. Jessica is an outstanding grade twelve student at Centennial Secondary in Coquitlam. Not only has Jessica achieved outstanding academic results but has also been an important contributor to her school’s Model U.N and valued volunteer at Places des Arts where she assists teachers, staff and young students. Jessica will use her scholarship to attend university and pursue her dream of becoming a bioengineer.