Hello, everyone. I am a recent addition to the CASLL listserv and would
like to submit a proposal for the Inkshed conference. Since the context
in which I teach communication skills is likely very different from
anyone in an academic setting, I'm wondering if my context would be of
interest to you.
For the last eight years, I have been teaching adult high school
upgrading in a college in Edmonton. The students bring with them
personal contexts which include backgrounds characterized by low
self-esteem, poverty, abuse, learning difficulties and health issues.
They are then expected to establish a career goal to be eligible for
Student Finance Board educational grants and to take only those courses
which will advance them quickly towards that goal. We then slot them
into the appropriate English course, which is based on the Alberta high
school curriculum, which is literature-based and written for 15-17 year
olds. You can probably already see how some of this impacts the context
in which I teach reading, writing, listening and speaking. Interested in
hearing more at the conference?
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