SAHLA 2016 Languages Symposium

SAHLA 2016 Languages Symposium

SAHLA 2016 Languages Education Symposium:

“Languages for Life.”

Saturday October 22, 2016, 9am – 3pm

Executive Royal Inn, 2828- 23 St. NE

Keynote Speaker:

Hon. David Eggen, Minister of Alberta Education

Acknowledgements: Alberta Education, Alberta Lottery Fund


AGENDA (Subject to change).

9:00 am – Registration / Breakfast

9:30 am Symposium Opens. Host: Michael Gretton, Coordinator, SAHLA

Welcome from SAHLA – Michael Embaie, President, SAHLA

9:40 am Session I.  

Calgary Board of Education Facility Rentals Partnership with SAHLA & Language Schools.

Presenters: Catherine Fradgley, Director, Facility Operations, Calgary Board of Education.

Corinne Sandhurst, Facility Rentals Coordinator, Calgary Board of Education

Host: Georgia Paschalis, Director, SAHLA

As Director of Facility Operations at Calgary Board of Education (CBE) Catherine Fradgley has been working with SAHLA for over 20 years.   During that time there has been major expansion in the use of CBE schools by SAHLA.   During that time she has been active in the continued development of the partnership between CBE and SAHLA.  Catherine has served on several Boards associated with child and youth development and acts as a volunteer consultant to non-profit agencies.

Corinne Sandhurst is the Facility Rentals Coordinator at the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) which includes the direct support of Southern Heritage Language Association (SAHLA) and its members.  Corinne has been in her current role since September 2014 and with the Calgary Board of Education for over 11 years.  

10:20 am Session II.  

University of Calgary Continuing Education: Teaching Second Languages (TSL) Professional Development Program.

Presenter: Ana-Marija Petrunic, Manager Teaching & Learning ESL, U of C Continuing Education

Host: Aurora Dacanay, Director, SAHLA

In this presentation, we will review the Teaching Second Languages program at the University of Calgary through a review of the courses offered as well as through the voices of past and present course participants.  Learn how taking professional development courses in teaching second languages will enhance the skills you already have as a language educator and how these courses will help inform your own teaching practice. Discover how taking TSL courses can broaden the art and the science of teaching languages.

Ana-Marija Petrunic is the Manager of Teaching and Learning, English Language Program, Continuing Education at the University of Calgary. In addition to leading the instructional team in curriculum design, teacher professional development, and best practices, her role also includes supervising practicum students and teacher training. Her academic research focuses on the intersection of identity formation and education.


11:00 am Session III (a)

Workshop 1 – “Coordinating Communication Tasks”

Presenter: Constantine Ioannou, International Languages Educators’ Association (ILEA).

-Host: Ingrid Smith, Director, SAHLA
Constantine will provide strategies that promote communication in the classroom and that engage students in interacting with each other to complete learning tasks.

This session will provide numerous easy initiatives for teachers to implement into their classrooms that are aimed at increasing communication and cooperation in language classrooms. Ideas presented can be modified to various contexts, age groups and classrooms and bring a sense of purpose back to communicative lessons.  


11:40 am Session III (b)

Workshop 2 International Languages in Ontario – Past Excellence & Future Opportunity

Presenter: Constantine Ioannou, International Languages Educators’ Association (ILEA).

Constantine will provide an outline of the Ministry-mandated program of International Languages (IL) in the province of Ontario and how this mandate  of several decades ago has helped to create a society that is more cohesive, inclusive and linguistically and culturally aware. Constantine will provide an overview of recent initiatives to both IL-E and IL-S programs in the province of Ontario and how ILEA (the association) works to provide support to both teachers and school administrators in the implementation of Ministry directions in IL programs.


Constantine Ioannou works as a program director for international projects and exchanges for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Constantine is a former teacher, curriculum supervisor and materials writer for English and International Languages and serves as Director of ILEA (international languages educators’ association) Ontario.   He is an active teacher trainer for Canadian ESL and international language teachers and international teachers of English. 


12:00 pm lunch

12:15 keynote address: Introduction: Michael Embaie, President, SAHLA

Michael was born in Eritrea (East Africa or Horn of Africa) and came to Canada as a Government of Canada sponsored refugee in 1983.  Michael has a Bachelor and a Master of Social Work Degree with specialization in Policy and International Social work from the University of Calgary.


Michael is currently finishing the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law program. (Michael will be able to practice as a licensed Immigration Consultant at the end of the program).

Michael completed a graduate course (Diploma) in International Law and Protection of Refugees at York University, Toronto, Ontario.  


Michael worked for the federal Government of Canada, Department of Immigration and Refugee Board for 25 years as Chief of Research Documentation Centre, Prairie Region (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba); and as a Tribunal Officer and Dispute Resolution Officer for Western Canada.


Michael has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social work and Department of Sociology for almost 16 years.

Michael also worked for the United Nations on and off  for seven years as a Resettlement Consultant and Training Expert.  

Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Alberta Education.

Thanks: Vinay Dey, Treasurer, SAHLA

David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education and as the Minister of Culture and Tourism on May 24, 2015. Mr. Eggen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on April 23, 2012 and again on May 5, 2015. He previously represented the constituency from 2004 to 2008 and served as the ND’s critic for energy, education, environment and sustainable resource development.

Mr. Eggen has served as a member of the following committees:

  • Standing Committee on Families and Communities
  • Standing Committee on Legislative Offices
  • Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future
  • Select Special Chief Electoral Officer Search Committee
  • Select Special Ethics Commissioner Search Committee
  • Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund

Mr. Eggen was educated at the University of Alberta, where he received a bachelor of education degree in 1984. He then went to Zimbabwe, where he taught for three years. Upon his return to Edmonton he taught at a number of local schools from 1990 to 2004.

In addition to his contributions to education and health care, Mr. Eggen is a trustee with the Forum for Young Albertans and a chair leader of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

The Eggen family has lived and worked in northwest Edmonton for more than 20 years.

1:00 pm Session IV.

Community Language School Panel Session

& Discussion around Common School Issues

Principals from a variety of schools will share some highlights about their school programs including brief history, purpose of school, number of students/teacher/volunteers, curriculum, activities, challenges and successes.

Host: Susan Eng, Director, SAHLA

Elaine Chan, Principal, Chinese Academy

Luigi De Somma, Principal, Calgary Italian School

Yvea Zaels, President/Principal, Czech Language School

Hau Chung, Principal, Vietnamese Language School

Bunmi Latilo, Principal, Yoruba Language School


1:45 pm Community Language School Discussion around common school issues:

-School Management and Operations

-Curriculum Development and Assessment

-Collaboration with Country of Origin

-Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers/Students/Parents/Volunteers

2:30 pm – Closing remarks

2:45pm – Symposium Close