Anna Wauthy and Rona Arab

Anna Wauthy (left), with supervisor Ronda Arab, assistant professor of English, is one of the first graduates of Canada’s only graduate program for teachers of English.

First MATE grads: Canada’s first

May 28, 2009

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Eleven graduates from Canada’s first and only graduate program for teachers of English will cross the SFU convocation dais on June 4.

The Master of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE) is a two-year program. Students take professional development seminars and six graduate courses covering a broad spectrum of traditional and modern areas of English studies. They must also complete a graduating essay.

For Anna Wauthy, an English instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley, MATE represented an opportunity to clear up some unfinished business. Thirty years ago, she earned an honours English BA but shelved her dream of a master’s in favour of marriage and children. MATE, at the SFU Surrey campus, represented an opportunity for the Abbotsford resident to finally achieve her goal.

"It was an excellent experience and intellectually stimulating," she says. "I highly recommend the program."



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