The BCATML provides professional development opportunities as well as teaching resources for Modern Language Teachers across BC.
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Registration is now open for all vendors and exhibitors!
BCATML is now accepting registrations for all interested vendors and exhibitors for this year's conference. To learn more about rates for one or two tables, inserting promotional material into delegate's bags, or to advertise in our conference newsletter and program, visit our Exhibitors' Information page.
To register now as a vendor or exhibitor, visit https://bcatml.ourconference.ca.
Gurpreet Kaur Bains is this year's conference keynote!
Vancouver Island's Claremont Secondary School will host this year's BCATML Celebrating Languages Conference on Friday, October 25th. This year's conference will be special as it coincides with Diwali weekend. It is for this reason that we are proud to announce Surrey LA Matheson Secondary Punjabi teacher Gurpreet Bains as this year's conference keynote!
Gurpreet Kaur Bains is an award winning teacher with 20 years teaching experience. She is the Modern Languages Department Head of Surrey's LA Matheson Secondary School. Gurpreet embodies her beliefs in empowering students, engaging community, and thinking critically around culture, all through Punjabi Language instruction. She has worked with the Next Hundred Years Mentorship Program, Kaur Project, VISAFF, Shakti Society, Dhahan Youth Prize, Surrey School District Film and Speech festival, the Punjabi Language Education Association, and the Indus Media Foundation. All of this falls under the umbrella of Punjabi Mustang; a program dedicated to taking ownership of language and connecting to one’s roots.
Gurpreet strongly believes that collaboration between teachers, languages, and subjects are key. This is highlighted with her partnerships with a diverse group of community partners to include Mustang Justice. She believes that a language is not just words.
Infusion of culture is not just dine, dance and dress. What can we do as language educators to promote stronger connections to identity, language, and culture in a language program? Gurpreet will cover these themes and questions by reflecting on her 15 years of instruction. Gurpreet will challenge you to discover the iceberg of culture and how this produces a more in depth discovery of language and thereby create more empowered and connected students.
Visit our Conference Info page for more details. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
BCATML Conference Committee