Canadian Bar Association events in support of Law Week 2008

Each April, the Canadian Bar Association holds events to celebrate Law Week. This year, the CBA events include an essay contest and a public speaking competition.

The CBA events celebrate the signing of the Canadian Chart of Rights and Freedoms. This year’s theme for Law Week is “The Law: Past, Present and Future.” (more…)

English 12 First Peoples Update

BCTELA wants to keep English language arts teachers “in the loop” during the development of this exciting new course. Keep posted for lists of recommended resources and opportunities to get involved with piloting units of study by checking out the BCTELA web site ( and the First Nations Education Steering Committee web site ( (more…)

English Language Arts 8-12 Curriculum Review Update

As many of you are aware, the Ministry has been involved for some time now in a wholesale revision to the English language arts curriculum for grades 8-12.

The Ministry ignored long-established protocols whereby the BCTF was involved in the selection of curriculum writing team members, and only after a draft curriculum was available was BCTF input requested. (more…)

Barry Sullivan Public Speaking Contest

Each April, the Canadian Bar Association holds events to celebrate Law Week. In past years, these have included short story, essay, photo, video and public speaking competitions.

The CBA events celebrate the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year’s theme for Law Week is “Access to Justice.” (more…)

Catalogue Offers Recommended Novel Titles for Classroom Use

The Ministry of Education has reminded school districts that novels used in classrooms must be evaluated and selected through policies and procedures established by the district and approved by the local school board. The Ministry of Education used to carry out these evaluation but stopped running them in 1998. (more…)

Presidents Message

This President’s Bulletin is a bit of a smorgasbord—with an assortment of opportunities for you and your students. For teachers, there is info on the Surrey English Teachers’ Inspiration Day: “You are a reader too, you are a writer too” on Friday, February 16, 2007. This conference is open to out-of-district teachers and will be sure to beat back the winter blahs. (more…)

English 12 First Peoples Update


The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE) is in the final stages of the development of the English 12 First Peoples (EFP12) curriculum and examination. (more…)

Letter: English Language Arts IRP 8-12

December 20, 2007
Gail Hughes-Adams, English Language Arts Co-ordinator, Content and Achievement Standards Unit, Ministry of Education
P.O. Box 9183 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9H9

Dear Ms. Hughes-Adams,

The new English Language Arts 8-12 IRP represents a dramatic departure from the previous 1995 IRP. The extent of the change is no doubt a reflection that concepts of literacy have evolved significantly over the intervening dozen years. While there is much to admire and applaud with this draft IRP in terms of promoting concepts such as an “apprenticeship model of instruction” and an “expanded definition of text,” the practical measures needed to translate the many innovative instructional practices into everyday classroom reality are nowhere in sight. (more…)

Writing Ourselves Reading the World

Conference Report

Thanks to all 384 paid registrants who attended this conference! We had a great mix of teachers from public and independent schools, representatives from the Ministry of Education, university faculty, and student teachers. (more…)


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