Who We Are
The Language Success Team is a new initiative at BCIT to help students who need English language support. Watch the video below to learn more:
To find out more about Language Support, please contact:
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Building SW2, Room 239
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, B.C. V5G 3H2
Or contact a specific member of the team through their contact info below.
Thank you for your interest!
Nathan Devos, MEd, PhD
Project Lead, Industry Partner Liaison
Nathan has experience in EAL in Germany and Canada. He spent 12 years in Germany where he did his PhD in Applied Linguistics. He’s been faculty at BCIT since 2015 and, for the past four years, has been researching post-admission assessment and support for diploma students. He is also Program Head of the Professional English Language Development Program.
Nathan loves the things that make BC great, including camping, hiking, and skiing. He’s also a suffering Canucks fan.
Sarah Lynch, MA (PhD Student)
Sarah has worked as an English language test examiner and content developer for over 10 years. She has a background in applied linguistics and has taught EAL in Canada and South Korea. Her interest in language testing and assessment has inspired her to pursue a PhD in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology at UBC. Originally from the Maritimes, Sarah enjoys spending her free time exploring BC.
Cristina Peralejo, MEd, TESL
Instructional Designer & Curriculum Development Specialist
Cristina has 20 years experience teaching in the field of EAL in a variety of environments such as Japan, Canada and the Philippines. She enjoys working with diverse student populations and has taught young learners, undergraduate and graduate students as well as English teachers in a range of different roles from academic language coaching to teacher training. In her spare time, Cristina enjoys salsa dancing, hiking and baking bread.
David Brooks, MA, MEd
David has taught EAL in Canada, Japan, and Qatar. An increasing passion for instructional design led him to completing an MEd in Distance Education with Athabasca University. In addition to his work with the Language Success Team, David is also developing MOOC courses for BCIT’s Free Online Learning initiative. When not working, he can probably be found reading, walking, obsessing about vinyl records, or having coffee with a good friend.
Ella Ho, RSW
Ella has over 20 years of experience working in post-secondary institutions as a program assistant, administrative assistant to the deans, associate deans, Board of Governors, and curriculum committees. Her interest in advocating for others who face adversity and challenging situations inspired her to recently earn a degree in social work at UVic. In her spare time, Ella enjoys live music, gardening and swimming.