BC TEAL: Newsletter for June 2020

In this issue: BC TEAL news, free webinars, and a call for research participates regarding foreign languages.
A Message from BC TEAL

In our email last week, we stated that our organization was in the process of developing a response to recent events. We want to continue our conversation with you with the following update: 

BC TEAL plays a critical role in fostering dialogue on important social issues including the current discussions regarding racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. As stated in our 2017, statement on racism in response to the racist attack at a Quebec mosque: 

"The values of diversity, inclusion, tolerance, compassion and respect are central to BC TEAL and our profession." 

Our position remains the same and it is reinforced in our Respectful Interactions Guidelines. At this critical point in time, we recognize that it is important to go beyond words. The committed volunteers of BC TEAL are working hard to implement real and sustainable change to move our profession forward in the fight against racism. We are eager to share the details with you as soon as we are confident they can be successfully implemented.

Upcoming Events

BC TEAL Coffee Time
Welcome to the third installment of BC TEAL Coffee Time
Join the BC TEAL President, Cindi Jones, for an EAL-focused chat with other practitioners. Bring an activity, strategy, wellness technique, or questions to share virtually with others. So, brew your favourite beverage and join us for coffee.
BC TEAL is hosting a series of informal virtual (45 minute) coffee times to give us a chance to "get coffee" and connect with each other. Each Coffee Time will have a focus to guide the discussion and will be limited to 20 participants so that everyone has an opportunity to contribute. The June event sold-out, so register early.
Date: Thursday July 9, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm PDT
Online: Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm to receive login information
Cost: FREE but spaces are limited!

Coffee Time Registration
Webinar Reminder: What's Working with Remote Language Training in BC

Wednesday June 17, 2020  -  10:00 - 11:15am
The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday June 16, 2020

This webinar by AMSSA brings together BC LINC instructors, LINC teams and other settlement staff that are using technology to connect with newcomers. In a fast-paced series of teaching vignettes, presenters from four BC regions will share their experiences of transitioning to remote language delivery, what's currently working well for them, and discuss remaining challenges. Q&A will be interspersed throughout the 60-75 minutes.

A stellar roster of LINC instructors will share what's working for them as they continue supporting newcomers through these challenging times. Approaches to PBLA assessment will be touched on by at least two of the presenters. More information about this event can be found here
Webinar Registration
Webinar: Humans Understanding Humans - A community-engaged research and co-design project at Options 
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 1:00-2:00 pm

In this SIETAR BC webinar, we’ll discuss: using design prompts in ethnographic community research Co-designing reciprocal intercultural exchanges through https://wearehuh.com/ehuh and ways we’ve adapted both of those during a pandemic.

Alysha is the Impact Producer for Options Community Services in Surrey. She has worked with immigrants and refugees in various capacities for the past 10 years, earning a Master’s degree in Geography. She’s run community-engaged research with newcomers to the U.S. and Canada and has designed and coordinated programs to showcase the talents and knowledge that newcomers bring. Alysha is certified in TESOL and has taught English in Chile, Brazil, the Czech Republic, and France – and picked up on new languages and perspectives along the way. Join her on June 17 to hear about the community-engaged research and co-design project she’s led at Options.
Webinar Registration

Invitation to Participate in Research: Reminder
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.

An email was sent to you two weeks ago inviting you to participate in a study being conducted by Dr. Farahnaz Faez and Juliane Martini — researchers at Western University.
If you have already completed the questionnaire, we would like to thank you for your participation. For those who have not completed the questionnaire, below is a quick reminder about our study.

Dear BC TEAL members,

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 improve 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 below to start the survey:


Thank you in advance for your time. For further information about this study, you are welcome to contact Dr. Farahnaz Faez (Principal Investigator) at [email protected].

Best regards,
Dr. Farahnaz Faez         and      Juliane Martini
(Principal Investigator)             [email protected]
[email protected]

June 21, 2020 | Communications Chair

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