Our Emerging Era: The View from Planet ESL

Ms. Carol Tulpar
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Over the past thirty years, teaching English as a second language to students from well over a hundred countries, I have had a unique opportunity from which to observe the fascinating changes that have taken place in the world of ESL.

At a macro level, I now see how the society that defined our generation, the post-war baby boom, so influential in its time, is unequivocally over. Vast in numbers, we formed the youth culture of the sixties, embracing new values and making dramatic changes in the society around us. Now, as we move en masse toward retirement, a new era is already taking root around us. At a micro level, I am grateful to my profession for giving me a front-row seat from which to watch how diversity has changed the face of the city, the nation and the world. I plan to argue that humanity is unmistakeably moving in the direction of learning the essential lesson for our century: that we are one.

Keywords: Emerging Era
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Our Emerging Era

Ms. Carol Tulpar

instructor, College Preparatory English Department, English as a Second Language Division, Vancouver Community College
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

For many years at Vancouver Community College, Carol has served in various capacities, including assessing language students at intake, chairing the College Preparatory English Department, and serving for a number of years on the Provincial ESL Articulation committee, where she chaired the English for Academic Purposes group as well as editing the Provincial Articulation Guide. In 2004, Carol completed her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. While studying part-time in this program, which is designed especially for mid-career professionals, Carol continued her work at the college. Her students are university-bound adult immigrants from all over the world, and her task is to prepare these knowledgeable and ambitious people for post-secondary, including post-graduate studies at a variety of Canadian academic institutions. Carol's Bachelor's degree was in English (University of British Columbia, 1974, following which she earned a Professional Basic teaching certificate, with a specialty in ESL methodology. (1975) Last year in Cambridge, to celebrate completing her Master's degree, Carol presented a paper entitled "What Lies behind the Roadside Shrines?" This work has now been accepted for publication in the International Journal for the Humanities.

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