Working GROUPS

With so much happening in the sector on a range of issues, it helps to connect with others to exchange information and ideas as part of a peer-sharing platform. ARAISA regional groups identify gaps and current issues, and work on concrete solutions as well as on advocacy. They also are a great opportunity for participants in Atlantic Canada to share knowledge and promising practices in their area of expertise.

Who can participate?

Working groups are open to both ARAISA member and non-member organizations’ staff.

ARAISA currently leads two working groups (PBLA and EAL Literacy) but other groups are being considered and will be announced as they are established.

If you would like to join a working group, get more information or suggest a working group, contact Solange Mudahogora, our Member Outreach and Event Coordinator, at smudahogora@araisa.ca or 1-902-431-3206

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PBLA

The Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) working group is a place where lead instructors and other language staff from agencies and institutions implementing PBLA in the Atlantic region can come together in an online format to share and learn from each other. The group meets monthly between September and June and covers topics such as placement policies, reporting, portfolio management, and accountability.

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EAL LITERACY

This working group brings together literacy instructors and program administrators from organizations in Atlantic Canada providing programming to English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners. Working with EAL literacy learners, those with 6 years or fewer of formal education can be a daunting task and one that requires a lot of patience, dedication, and skill. Through monthly on-line meetings, group members will identify issues and exchange good practices, explore approaches for working with multiple levels of learners and sub-groups with specific needs, consider strategies for in-class support for instructors, and discuss multiple other topics related to programming.

A few online groups also exist on SettleNet.org. Check them out, one of them might interest you! (Please note that you will need to log in to access the resources)

“I hoped this group would provide those of us overseeing PBLA programs (whether as PBLA Lead or administrator) a chance to compare best practices and learn from each other. I think we have done this!”

“I find that the sharing of information between programs has been beneficial in terms of support, realizing common challenges and learning how other programs operate within PBLA. There is always something to be learned and, maybe, some ideas can be applied to the benefit of our own centre.”