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General information

The BCTF invites six (6) teachers to participate in a new international solidarity project with our Cuban partner, SNTECD (the Union of Education, Science, and Sports Workers).  The project, focused on English Language Learning (ELL), will take place between May 2022 and June 2023.

The project

SNTECD has requested the BCTF’s assistance in creating short videos for English teaching for students in Cuba. The final videos will be used in professional development workshops for teachers, broadcast through Cuban national public television and/or be included in multimedia materials for English teaching as part of the new English language policy in higher education. The Cuba Language Learning Project aims to benefit:

  • students of Cuban universities, who will need to demonstrate an intermediate English level as a requisite to receiving their graduation certificate.
  • Cuban residents who follow the “University for Everyone” TV program that has been broadcast in Cuba since 2000 (this program received BCTF support with teaching materials made in Vancouver, BC and donated to Cuba).
  • university teachers and students of teaching programs within faculties of education of Cuba.

The project team

The project team, made up of teachers from both BC and Cuba, is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively and in solidarity across the two countries. This opportunity includes professional exchange on language learning methodologies as well as production of a series of videos in BC and in Cuba. The six BC teachers on the team will be joined by teachers and a coordinator from the Faculty of Education in Foreign Languages of the University of Pedagogical Sciences Enrique José Varona (UCPEJV), as well as one union representative from SNTECD.

Selection criteria

This opportunity may be of particular interest for BCTF members who teach languages, video production, and/or social justice courses. Proficiency in Spanish will be helpful but is not required (simultaneous interpretation can be arranged for all meetings). 

Scope and timeline

The Cuba Language Learning Project will run from 2022–2023 and be divided into two phases.  

Date

Key activities

Time commitment

Phase 1

(May–June 2022)

 

Development of the project framework by language level.

2 days of release time will be provided for BC teachers (for virtual project team meetings to take place between May 15 and June 15, 2022).

Phase 2

(September 2022–May 2023)

Video production for beginner and intermediate level English language learning (with groups of BC students, e.g., a video production class).

It is anticipated that video production will complement BC’s curricular competencies, and as such can be integrated into one or more secondary level courses, with students participating in producing and acting in the videos.

5 days of release time will be provided over the course of the school year for participating BC teachers (to be reviewed as necessary).

Additional opportunities for exchange and professional development

In January 2023, BC teachers who are a part of the Cuba Language Exchange Project will have the opportunity to travel to Cuba to participate in the bi-annual International Pedagogía conference, an event jointly organized by the Cuban teachers’ union and the Cuban education ministry. Following the conference, BC and Cuban teachers on the Cuban Language Learning Project team will meet to exchange experiences, review the videos produced in Fall 2022 and refine the remainder of the project.  The BCTF will cover all costs for participating in the delegation, and release time will be provided for participants (tentatively January 29 – Feb 6, 2023). 

 

Deadline: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

To apply, please send the following to researchassistants@bctf.ca

  • A BCTF Curriculum Vitae Form 
  • A letter indicating why you want to participate in the project and what knowledge, skills and interests you will bring to the project team.

Because the BCTF has an affirmative action policy, applicants may wish to provide, on a voluntary basis, information as to whether they self-identify as a member of one or more equity-seeking groups. This includes women; racialized persons; Aboriginal persons; persons who are trans, gender diverse, or Two Spirit; persons with a disability; and persons who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual.