After waiting several long months for this to happen, our funding partner, the Future Skills Centre, finally announced the projects they’re funding across Canada. We’re proud to be one of 64 projects (selected from over 400 applications) to receive federal funding for our project “Language Learning for Young Newcomers.” Check out this interactive map of projects on the Future Skills Centre website.
Working on the application over the summer, I really hoped that we would get the boost we needed to push the project to the next level. I’d been working with other Communication instructors over the past years, but I knew that we had started to grow so big in terms of our testing capacities, number of recommendations, and how we thought we could best support our EAL students. We were essentially bursting at the seams. For example, the number of students we had screened in September 2020 had tripled since 2018, from about 400 to 1,200 students. We also recommended 300 students to Language Support and helped over 150 throughout the Fall 2020 term, so this federal funding was timely and needed. Now, we can’t wait to grow and support more students in different ways.
Since the official announcement, we’ve received so much support for this project from across BCIT; check out the great, positive comments on LinkedIn.
Link to BCIT News Release: https://commons.bcit.ca/news/2021/04/researchers-receive-funding-shock-proofing-future-of-work/
Today I got to hang out with some great student life advocates and talk about my favourite topics: Second Language Learning and Language Support.
Second language learning is a journey that has an impact on us emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and socially. In this video, I share about my own personal journey of studying in Germany for 5 years (in German), even though I didn’t know any German before I went.
I also talk about the benefits of attending language support, and that a small investment of time can go a long way in improving your grades.
Click on the link below to watch the full video: