One of CELLTR’s primary goals is supporting faculty members in their pursuit of better understanding the needs of students for whom English is an additional language. In spring of 2018, CELLTR collaborated with the Institute for Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines on Inquiring into Your Multilingual Classroom: An Integrated Seminar Series and Grants Program to offer $24,000 of grant funding for faculty inquiry projects. Dr. Roumi Ilieva, Associate Professor of Education has led this initiative on behalf of CELLTR.

The following faculty members were recipients of the CELLTR-ISTLD grant with the following theme title: Inquiring into Your Multilingual Classroom: An Integrated Seminar Series and Grants Program:

Michael Sjoerdsma, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Applied Sciences

CELLTR Faculty Liaison, Amanda Wallace is collaborating with Senior Lecturer, Mike Sjoersdma from the School of Engineering Science on the project “Designing a Post-Entry Language Assessment (PELA) in a 1st year engineering course at a Canadian University”.  They are designing an instrument that will assess ENSC 105W students’ reading and listening comprehension skills. The data from this research will help students better understand their strengths and weaknesses related to academic language and literacy skills while at the same time informing the instructional teams’ development of language and writing support. The data will also be used for accreditation purposes.  

Dr. Tun Myint, Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences

CELLTR’s Dr. Ismaeil Fazel has been working with Dr. Tun Myint from the Faculty of Health Sciences to design and implement a post-admission writing assessment specifically tailored to FHS newly-admitted undergraduates. A pilot project has been developed to identify and respond to the language and communication needs for EAL students in HSCI 130. Ismaeil and course instructor, Tun,  are collaborating to conduct both direct and indirect assessment of students’ writing performance.

Dr. Sonja Luehrmann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Andrew Hawryshkewich, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Communication, Arts, and Technology