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Hear from the Experts

Throughout the year, we interview the experts about hot topics in the Literacy field! Tune in to hear tips, tricks, relatable experiences and maybe learn a helpful teaching strategy or two… 

Posted February 24, 2021

Andrea Echelberger is the ESL Training Coordinator at Literacy Minnesota  where she conducts professional development trainings and develops resources for teachers and ESL volunteer tutors throughout Minnesota and surrounding states.

Before she became a professional trainer, Andrea spent ten years working with refugees and immigrants from around the world in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also served as an English Language Fellow for two years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Andrea holds a MA in ESL from Hamline University and an ABE Teaching License from the University of Minnesota.

Throughout her time as an English language teacher and educator, Andrea has researched and written about pronunciation with a focus on literacy level learners, and led extensive professional development on the topic, including the development of the Pronunciation Study Circle Facilitator’s Guide in partnership with ATLAS and Hamline University in 2017, leading sessions on pronunciation instruction at TESOL, COABE, LINCS, and a variety of state conferences.

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Music Credits: “Storybook” by Scott Holmes Music (Creative Commons Licence CC-A-NC) 

Posted December 10, 2020

Celestina Akinkunmi holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the University of London and currently works as the Settlement and Integration Manager at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.  She has over 8 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and her work speaks to community engagement and development related to Canada’s diversified newcomer population.

Celestina manages a large portfolio with 13 ongoing programs and several short term (2 year) projects at CIWA. She recently finished the Health Literacy Partnership Project and is currently working on The Pursuit of Happiness for Immigrant Senior Retirees project.

Celestina regularly shares her work with multiple audiences including students, government officials and community members. She is a humanitarian at heart and her passion and determination to help people is what informs her work in the non-profit sector.  She holds her Christian faith very dearly and enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband. She enjoys reading and has a passion for cooking and decorating.

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Music Credits: “Storybook” by Scott Holmes Music (Creative Commons Licence CC-A-NC) 

Posted September 29, 2020

Vanessa Lent holds an MEd in Curriculum Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has worked at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) for over five years as an instructor and curriculum developer. Current research interests include applications of Universal Design for Learning to literacy curriculum design; increasing EAL learner autonomy through life-writing; and constructions of citizenship in Canadian textual production.

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Music Credits: “Storybook” by Scott Holmes Music (Creative Commons Licence CC-A-NC) 

Posted September 9, 2020

Lauren Hebert holds a Master’s degree in TESL from the University of Alberta. She has a background in linguistics, having worked in a research lab studying psycholinguistics and language development.  She is also an instructor of a TESL diploma course with ACE education, and recently began teaching a specialized reading course for literacy learners. Lauren is currently a CLB 1L teacher with ECSD LINC in Edmonton.

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Music Credits: “Storybook” by Scott Holmes Music (Creative Commons Licence CC-A-NC) 

Posted June 3, 2020
 

This is the first episode of the TIES Literacy Centre of Expertise Podcast. Your host Jeremy Wilson (Literacy Centre of Expertise Assistant) is joined by Donna Clarke (Literacy Centre of Expertise Lead), Jana Ciobanu (TIES LINC Program Manager) and Richard LeBlanc (TIES Director of Language and Childcare Programs) to discuss the Literacy Centre of Expertise and its mission, goals and initiatives for the future.

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Music Credits: “Storybook” by Scott Holmes Music (Creative Commons Licence CC-A-NC)