Land Acknowledgment: “I acknowledge that I am on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, and other Indigenous peoples. I am grateful for the opportunity to live, learn, and share here.” Raj
As an EAP/ESL instructor, I have always enjoyed, for over 20 years now, facilitating both adult and K-12 classes that include international and immigrant students and students with refugee backgrounds in a variety of settings across North America and Asia. In addition, I have engaged in mentoring pre-service ESL/EFL instructors for several years. 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 through application of inclusive practices in a communicative language teaching environment and learning from and sharing with colleagues and building expertise in my capacity as Professor of ESL-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, and Seneca College in Toronto in the past.
Awarded the University of Victoria Fellowship and the Geoffrey & Alix O’Grady Scholarship in Linguistics for Academic Excellence, I have also been 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 was 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 contexts, and have been enjoying working with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. My voluntary services extend from supporting schools in Nepal, working with Plan International Canada in their ‘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 WoodGreen Community Services (Toronto), 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 L2 reading, reading strategies, adult ELLs with disabilities and universal design for learning (UDL) among EAP students.
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