VanWest College hosts the 2009 BC TEAL Sessions

On Saturday November 14, VanWest College had the pleasure of hosting the 2009 annual BC TEAL Fall Sessions. BC TEAL (British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language) provides professional development and support to educators in the ESL industry across the province.

Approximately 60 teachers from various institutions gathered at VanWest College to learn more about cultural literacy, academic success, field trips, ESL assessment processes, international standardized testing, visual and verbal learning, pronunciation and much more. VanWest was pleased to have one of our own teachers, Jennifer Peachey from VanWest Kelowna, present on Field Trips: So Much More Than Just Getting Out of the Classroom. As promised, Jen’s session notes are available on her blog, Peachey TESL Blog. Sarah Fleming from Simon Fraser University delivered the plenary talk titled What Were You Thinking? Theory and Practice Meet in Language Classrooms; an informative and practical session on linking theory and practice.

Thanks to BC TEAL and to all who attended, participated, volunteered and shared ideas and concepts.

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese proverb

For more photos, please visit VanWest College on Flickr!

Michael Galli, President of BC TEAL and a helpful volunteer at VanWest College last Saturday.Michael Galli, President of BC TEAL, and Luiza Levy, a helpful volunteer, at VanWest College on November 14, 2009.

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