Realize Advisory Committee

The National Advisory Committee was created by English Online Inc. in May 2013 to provide assistance in planning, organizing and delivering REALIZE! Events for EAL/ESL Practitioners in Canada.

For more information about the project and Advisory Committee membership and commitment, please review Terms of Reference document.

REALIZE! 2015 National Forum Advisory Committee

The National Forum Advisory Committee functions in an advisory capacity to support the organization of REALIZE! 2015 – The National Forum for EAL/ESL Practitioners (January 23&24, 2015) – and provides online moderation to ensure that the National Forum event is planned and conducted successfully.


REALIZE! 2015 Advisory Committee Members

Briar Jamieson

Briar Jamieson

Briar Jamieson is the Executive Director of English Online Inc, based in Winnipeg Manitoba. Her interests include technology enhanced learning, self-directed learning, the power of open access resources and personal learning networks. In her spare time Briar sits on the boards of Mosaic Family Resource Network and Manitoba EAL Organizations Inc. She was also invited to join the National Language Advisory Body in November 2012. Briar graduated from OISE in Toronto, and is currently enrolled in the Educational Technology MA program at UBC.

Contact:
Twitter – @mbjamieson

Natalia Sears

Natalia Aleko

Natalia Aleko, Lead of Teacher Services at English Online Inc., coordinates REALIZE! Forum  and continues to grow English Online’s Teacher Services by building online professional networks through Tutela (www.tutela.ca) – Canada’s national online learning community for ESL/FSL professionals. Natalia previously taught EFL and ESP for over a decade in Latvia, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy (specialization in TESOL/TEFL) from Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy and a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy from Daugavpils University. Her interests include teacher training, web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning and PLNs.

Contact:
Twitter – @countmein2805
Email – naleko@myenglishonline.ca

Carol Derby

Carol Derby

Carol Derby is the manager of Labour Market Language programs at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). With a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and over 15 years experience in the EAL field, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute to the National Online ForumAdvisory Committee.

Carol began teaching EAL in 1995 in South Korea. She went on to spend four years overseas in Korea, the Czech Republic, the UK and France. Upon her return to Canada, she worked with a private language school, the YMCA Newcomer Centre, and then in 2002 she was hired at the Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (now ISIS).

With ISIS, Carol has worked as a LINC instructor, ELT instructor, a curriculum developer, an online developer, a team lead and currently is a manager.

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Lorraine Hudson

Lorraine Hudson has taught English as a second/foreign language in several contexts. She has worked with high school and college students in France and international students, immigrants and refugees in Canada. She has a special interest in settlement language training with experience in administration, assessment and instruction.

Lorraine currently works in capacity building, primarily online, at OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. A member of the TESL Ontario Social Content Committee, Lorraine contributes to the organization’s social media strategy and presence. She holds TESL Ontario certification and an M.Ed. in Second Language Education from the University of Toronto (OISE).

Contact:
Twitter – @hudsonlorraine
LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lorraine-hudson/2a/463/55b

Elena Maggio

Elena Maggio

As a language instructor Elena Maggio has worked broadly in LINC, ELT, ESL and EFL classrooms in Ontario and abroad, facilitating both face-to-face and distance education classes. She has extensive experience working with ESL instructors, as well as in organizing and delivering online training and professional development.

As Coordinator with LINC Home Study, an online LINC program offered through The Centre for Education and Training in Ontario, Elena has been able to explore the use of Web 2.0 technology in language instruction. She is a regular contributor to Tutela.ca, and has shared numerous guides and teacher training resources for technology enhanced teaching, learning and professional development.

Contact:
Email – emaggio@tcet.com

Kathryn Rockwell

Kathryn Rockwell

Instructional Resource Coordinator
LISTN (Language Instruction Support and Training Network) formerly ELSA Net

Kathryn Rockwell has almost 20 years’ experience teaching abroad and locally. A well-practiced instructional coordinator, she has mostly worked with adults in settlement language (ELSA) and English for the Workplace (EFW) classes. In addition to being a lead trainer for the revised Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and a certified CLB 7-10 assessor, Kathryn is currently Instructional Resource Coordinator at LISTN (formerly ELSA Net). Knowing the demands that teachers sometimes face, Kathryn is passionate about equipping teachers with practical tips, tools and resources.

Contact:
Email – krockwell@elsanet.org

Diane Ramanathan

Diane Ramanathan

Tutela Community Coordinator/LINC Home Study Instructor

Passionate about: new challenges and experiences including REALIZE! 2015!

Currently working on: Developing a green thumb and improving my French

Contact:
Twitter – @Ram_Diane

Sara Yuen

Sara Yuen

Sara Yuen is a BC-based ESL/TESOL instructor and has worked in a variety of adult education contexts since 1992. Currently, she is an ESL/TESOL instructor at Vancouver Community College. Her areas of interest include integrating technology and language learning through project-based learning such as digital storytelling. She holds a graduate degree in TESL from the University of Calgary.

Contact:
Twitter – @TESOLTech

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Michael Landry

Michael Landry is an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instructor at Dalhousie University.  He has thirteen years of combined EFL/ESL teaching and academic management experience in East Asia and Canada.  Although interested in many areas of teaching, Michael has spent significant time on the use of online collaborative tools in language learning, as well as, the use of technology to ensure academic integrity.   Michael serves as Treasurer on the Board of TESL Nova Scotia and is a Connector for the Greater Halifax Partnership Connector Program.

Contact:

Email – mlandry@dal.ca
Twitter – @michaelhlandry

Oksana Shkurska

Oksana Shkurska

Oksana Shkurska is an ESL instructor for Dalhousie’s English for Academic Purposes program. Holding a Ph.D. in Linguistics, she has been working in multicultural classrooms in Canada and abroad for over 12 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate students the English Language as well as lecturing on Culture Studies of English-speaking countries and supervising graduate students writing research papers and theses. She has been engaged in conducting research on the problems of intercultural communication and barriers of communication in particular for the last few years.

Contact:

Twitter – @OksanaShkurska

Lisa Rochman

Yuliana Bagan


REALIZE! 2014 Advisory Committee Members:

Briar Jamieson
Natalia Aleko
Glen Cochrane
Yuliana Bagan
Karen Berg
Carol Derby
Lorraine Hudson
Colleen Rogan
Elena Maggio
Luella Jonk
Rita Zuba Prokopetz

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