May 12, 2017
The BC Association of Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and at their conference recognized 50 language educators who have been key to the development of BC TEAL over its history. A number of LLED faculty were acknowledged in this group, including former colleague Dr. Mary Ashworth and current colleagues Drs. Patricia Duff, Margaret Early, Lee Gunderson, Sylvia Helmer, Bonny Norton, and Sandra Zappa-Holman.
Congratulations to BC TEAL and to our LLED colleagues who received this well-deserved tribute.
From the BC TEAL’s 50 at 50 website:
BC TEAL congratulates 50 outstanding EAL professionals on its 50th anniversary (1967-2017). Each of these 50 individuals has made a significant contribution to our profession over the past 50 years. Through their leadership, dedication, and achievements English language teaching has become a highly respected profession in British Columbia.
The following individuals were recognized from the Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED):
Dr. Mary Ashworth was a founding member of BC TEAL and was Vice President in the 1980s. She developed UBC’s first TESOL courses, was widely published and recognized nationally as an expert on K-12 English language learners. Mary is a BC TEAL Honourary Lifetime Contributor, has a TCF Award named in her honour, and is Professor Emeritus at UBC.
Dr. Patsy Duff is Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Co-director of the Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education (CRCLLE) and Deputy Head of Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Patsy is a sought after speaker provincially and internationally.
Dr. Margaret Early is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Department, Faculty of Education at UBC. Her extensive research and publishing focuses on immigrant students’ identity and language learning and has also done research projects in this area in collaboration with Jim Cummins and Bonnie Norton.
Dr. Lee Gunderson is internationally recognized for his research in language and literacy and his commitment to fostering greater public dialogue and understanding of immigrant students’ long-term academic achievement. Lee is a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC and is a long time supporter of BC TEAL. He is a BC TEAL Honourary Lifetime Contributor.
Dr. Sylvia Helmer has had a long and distinguished career in our profession: the highly respected ESL Consultant for the Vancouver School District, a teacher of K-12 and adult learners, a UBC professor, an author, a longtime supporter of BC TEAL, ESL PSA, and TESOL, and a passionate advocate for English language learners. Sylvia is a BC TEAL Honourary Lifetime Contributor.
Dr. Bonny Norton is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC. Her extensive publications and research focus on identity and language learning and critical literacy. Bonnie is internationally recognized and has been a plenary speaker at BC TEAL, TESOL and IATEFL conferences.
Dr. Sandra Zappa Hollman is a tireless educator and academic as well as a talented and effective administrator. She is currently the Academic English Language Program Director at UBC Vantage College. Sandra also worked for many years in UBC’s teacher education program training future modern language high school teachers.