Author Archives: Raj Khatri

About Raj Khatri

I have always enjoyed facilitating both adult and K-12 English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL or EFL) classes that include international, immigrant and refugee students and 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 helped me share with and learn from colleagues 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 ESL/EFL, EAP, LBS and LINC classes in various capacities, including Professor at Centennial College, Instructor at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Seneca College, and Centennial 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 (2015/016) for Academic Excellence, 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 ESL classes and supervising TESL practicum students. 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 had worked with Dr. Haulman and earned my second Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Central Oklahoma, where I had 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 other community-related areas, and enjoying working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. My voluntary services extend from donating books to school libraries and financially supporting schools in Nepal to facilitating ESL classrooms at various settings, including at Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Regina Public Schools and supporting voluntary organizations, such as the Regina Food Bank, the Salvation Army (Regina) and the Regina Green Patch in Canada. 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 a member, I have been with TESOL since 2007, and I am also a member of AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics), IATEFL, and BC TEAL. My areas of research interests are second language reading strategies, second language writing, intercultural communication and classroom practices, and adult ELLs with disabilities. Thank you for visiting! Happy Exploring!

Subtractive bilingualism? It’s not!

I acquired, learned and even forgot how to speak languages but fortunately, I had retained the ability to re-learn these (forgotten) languages! I speak Nepali, which is my native language. During my early childhood, I learned to speak Hindi when … Continue reading

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A Fact to Think Over in an ESL-ized Way

He was about to cry when he shared this with me, but he later collected his feelings and gradually grew confident of his ability to speak English and go back to work, as he realized during our conversation that it … Continue reading

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Using Task-based Instruction in Canada: Can Sheltered Instruction Complement? (For presentation at JALT PanSIG 2017)

I would like to invite you to my presentation titled “Using TBI in Canada: Can Sheltered Instruction Complement?”, which is taking place at 11:00 AM on Sunday, May 21 in B101 at Akita International University in Japan. I will start … Continue reading

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Working with differently-abled learners in ESL/EAL classrooms

Do you teach an adult EAL class with exceptional students? Or, do you feel that some of your adult EAL students who are yet to be diagnosed with disabilities might benefit from differentiating instructions? Then you may find this article (pp. 6-9) … Continue reading

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Reaching Differently-abled Adult ELLs: Drawing from Canadian Experiences

I will be presenting on “Reaching differently-abled adult ELLs: Drawing from Canadian Experiences” on Thursday, March 23 at the TESOL 2017 International Convention in Seattle, Washington!    

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Using SQP2RS to develop reading comprehension

Follow this link to an article on developing reading comprehension through the use of SQP2RS published in March 2016 in TESOL Connections: Developing ELL Reading Comprehension Skills: SQP2RS

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Reading Strategy Use among adult EFL Learners in Nepal

Research interest in L2 reading strategy use has been growing considerably among second language practitioners and researchers. Reading strategies are the comprehension processes employed by readers to make sense of what they read (Brantmeier, 2002). As there is a wide … Continue reading

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