Alana Hoare, M.Ed, TESL
Having completed my Bachelor of Education and Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate at Thompson Rivers University, I was inspired to further pursue a graduate degree. In 2013, I successfully defended my Master of Education (Leadership) thesis titled:
FACULTY AND ESL STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF ACADEMIC LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS: EXPLORING EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES FOR ACADEMIC ESL STUDENTS
This knowledge and experience has helped guide my practice in teaching elementary students, adult ESL learners, and providing career education for adults with special needs.
Currently, I am the Academic Planning and Review Coordinator in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at Thompson Rivers University. In this position, I work primarily on TRU’s application for accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), assisting with the fluidity of the internal and external academic approval process including quality assurance, and supporting the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee (APPC) of Senate.
Some of my academic interests include faculty perceptions of ESL students’ academic, linguistic, and cultural preparedness and effective teaching practices; language problems in ESL writing; and ESL student preparedness for transitioning into academics and academic faculty response.
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.Charles Bukowski
Ever since I was little, I have always been the rational yet free-thinker. Not to be confused with the pie-in-the-sky dreamer.
Some of the things I hold dear include: structure, a good argument, the ability and knowledge to act on an idea, a sense of urgency, patience, education, and the confidence to think for oneself while appreciating the diversity of this ever-evolving world.
The quote “walk through the fire” and subsequent title for this blog is a constant reminder that life is a work-in-progress.
You don’t simply wake up one day and become happy doing one thing forever and ever. Like death, it’s a constant work-in-progress. You must try something, pay attention to how it feels, adjust and then try again. Nobody gets it right on the first try, or the tenth or sometimes even the two-hundredth.
I was raised to hold education as the dearest commodity. Life taught me that, combined with skepticism, curiosity, and pit-bull tenacity, education is the strongest liberator.
This is how I find myself in education today…
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