CELLTR’s vision, mission, and goals aim to align with the university’s values and strategic vision as well as those of the Faculty of Education. To that end, we are focused on responsiveness to the needs of students and the educational community across the disciplines, and those responses are guided by research and inquiry.
As a relatively new unit on campus, we have made considerable progress in developing relationships with certain faculties and support units across the university over the last three years. As this report will show, CELLTR has aimed to coordinate support for EAL/multilingual students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It has also aimed to provide support at the curricular core through co-teaching and other instructional support strategies (i.e. language TAs; graduate facilitators) in content courses.
Our pilot interventions are guided by recent research in the field of applied linguistics/language and literacy education, and we also conduct research on the various programs and interventions that CELLTR implements. To enhance the EAL student learning experience, we are also engaging in instructional and scholarly development activities with faculty/instructors/TAs in other faculties by offering professional learning workshops and resources, and promoting inquiry-oriented professional learning, which encourages those in instructional roles to develop and define their own questions of practice in a linguistically and culturally diverse environment. Moving forward, the Centre will continue to build capacity, develop relationships, and engage in student-focused projects with faculties and units across the university at the curricular and co-curricular levels.
One specific goal in the year ahead will be to develop credit-bearing ‘English for Academic Purposes' or theme-based language and communication courses, as well as content-based ‘linked’ or 'adjunct' language/communication courses/tutorials alongside key undergraduate courses across the disciplines. We hope to offer them to students in various faculties as electives and/or a sequence of courses leading to a certificate or diploma. We will continue to conduct research on our various programs and interventions, as well as broaden our research aims and scope to include faculty-led inquiry projects, interdisciplinary research, impact assessment research, policy research and developmental evaluation as a fundamental part of the CELLTR mandate.
Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos, PhD
Director, Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Faculty of Education