About Raj

In addition to providing mentoring services to pre-service ESL/EFL instructors, I have always enjoyed, for over 20 years now, facilitating both adult and K-12 ESL and EAP classes that include international and immigrant students and students with refugee backgrounds in a variety of settings across North America and Asia. I appreciate George Brown College’s providing me with the opportunity that allow me to continue to engage in supporting students in their academic pursuits and learning from and sharing with colleagues and building expertise in my capacity as Professor of SoTL at the School of ESL within the Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies (CPLS) of the College. As well, I am grateful to the Department of Linguistics of the University of Victoria for the opportunity to serve as TESL Practicum Supervisor and share with and learn from pre-service TESL instructor colleagues and enhance my knowledge and expertise in the field for about five years in the past. In addition, my learning as ESL Instructor III at the University of Regina for two years and a half before joining Camosun College in Victoria as ELD Instructor in the fall of 2014 was crucial to further advancing in the field. I always appreciate the opportunity I was provided with in the process of facilitating EAP, ESL, LBS and LINC classes in various capacities, including Professor at Centennial College and Instructor at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Seneca College, and Centennial College in Toronto in the past.

Awarded the University of Victoria Fellowship (2014) and the Geoffrey & Alix O’Grady Scholarship in Linguistics for Academic Excellence, I have also been having the pleasure of working with Dr. Huang on my doctoral studies in linguistics, with a major focus of research in applied linguistics, at the same time. 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 TESL Ontario accredited instructor in 2009, I worked with Dr. Haulman during 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 in professional and community-related areas and have been enjoying working with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. My voluntary services extend from providing support to schools and school libraries as well as working with Plan International Canada’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ initiative 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 that include the Regina Food Bank, the Salvation Army (Regina), the Regina Green Patch, and Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society in various capacities.

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 International since 2007. My areas of research interests are second language reading strategies, second language writing, intercultural communication and classroom practices, and adult ELLs with disabilities.

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2 Responses to About Raj

  1. Humaira Shoaib says:

    Wow your achievements are amazing. It is clear that your have worked hard on your life and achieved quite a lot. As a new immigrant I was wondering about career prospects after getting Tesl Canada certificate. I am living in Ontario and am 34 years old. I have 10 years of esl teaching experience back home. If I do tesl Canada is there any future for me in this field?

    • Raj Khatri says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Humaira Shoaib! Since you are based in Ontario, you may want to contact TESL Ontario as well, in addition to TESL Canada, for your certification as an adult ESL Instructor. However, if your interest includes working with students from K-12, you may want to contact Ontario College of Teachers. By the way, I am in good standing with all of the three until now! Once you attend a TESL Canada, TESL Ontario, or OCT conference, I can say that you will have an amazing opportunity to connect with a great number of supportive colleagues in the field. As a colleague, I would be happy to share my experiences. Wish you all the best!

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