I have always enjoyed facilitating both adult and K-12 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes that include international, immigrant, and refugee students as well as mentoring ESL/EFL pre-service teachers for over fifteen years in a variety of settings across North America and South Asia. The opportunity to work as a TESL Practicum Supervisor at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Victoria has further supported me in sharing with and learning from colleagues and in developing my knowledge and expertise in the field. I had served as an ESL Instructor III at the University of Regina for two years and a half before joining Camosun College as an ELD Instructor in the fall of 2014. I always appreciate the opportunity I was provided with to facilitate EAP, ESL, LBS and LINC classes in various capacities, including Professor at Centennial College, and Instructor at the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Seneca College in Toronto, and Lecturer at Padma Kanya Multiple Campus (Tribhuvan University affiliated) in Kathmandu.
Awarded the University of Victoria Fellowship (2014) and the Geoffrey & Alix O’Grady Scholarship in Linguistics (2015) for Academic Excellence at the Department of Linguistics, I am currently working with Dr. Huang on my doctoral studies in linguistics, with a major focus of research in applied linguistics, while still continuing to facilitate EAP classes and supervise TESL practicum students in BC. Before I completed my Special Education program with Honors at Queen’s University in Ontario and got certified to teach in the K-12 public education system as an Ontario College teacher (OCT), as well as to teach adult ESL classes as a TESL Ontario accredited instructor in 2009, I worked with Dr. Haulman and earned my second Master’s degree in TESL at the University of Central Oklahoma, where I received the President’s Honor Roll for four consecutive semesters and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I was deeply honored when Brad Henry, then Governor of the State of Oklahoma in the United States, recognized my public input about college safety and public education in 2007 and 2008.
Holding the belief that it is important to give back to the community, I have always been engaged in voluntary activities, both at profession- and community- related organizations, and have been enjoying working with people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. My voluntary services extend from providing books to school libraries and financially supporting schools in Nepal to facilitating ESL/EAP classrooms at various settings, including at the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Regina Public Schools and supporting voluntary organizations, such as the Regina Food Bank, the Salvation Army (Regina), the Regina Green Patch, and Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society.
I have been an accredited member of TESL Canada (Professional Standard III Permanent, since 2009), and Ontario College of Teachers (OCT; since 2010), and I hold Saskatchewan Professional ‘A’ Certificate. As well, as a member, I have been participating in professional development activities at TESOL and BC TEAL since 2007 and 2013 respectively. My areas of research interest include L2 reading and reading strategies, L2 writing, task-based language learning, and adult ELLs with disabilities.
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