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Languages Canada Announces Chia Suan Chong as Opening Speaker for 17th Annual Conference Academic Leadership and Program Innovation Stream

The Languages Canada 17th Annual Conference, taking place in Vancouver, February 28–March 2, 2024, will feature international presenters in four engaging program streams:

  • Academic Leadership and Program Innovation
  • Management and Sector Issues
  • Marketing and Recruitment
  • Student Experience and Welfare

We are excited to announce that renowned author Chia Suan Chong will open the Academic Leadership and Program Innovation stream with her presentation, Helping Students Become Successful International Communicators, sponsored by National Geographic Learning.

Participants in this session will learn about the skills students need to communicate successfully with people who are different from themselves, and the ways we can prepare them for the increasingly international environments that they will need to thrive in when they leave the classroom. Chia will use storytelling, reflection and discussion activities to help instructors and administrators examine key global competencies.

Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, where she presented her ADAPT model as a framework for dealing with intercultural conflict. Delivering both online and face-to-face training to teachers and learners around the globe, Chia specializes in interactive workshops that encourage reflection for more effective international communication and improved collaboration. Currently based in York, Chia was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019. She has contributed extensively to the British Council Learn English website and holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT. Chia is a co-author for VOICES, an integrated skills series by National Geographic Learning for adult learners of English.

The full conference program is in development and we’ll have more exciting presentation news to share with you in the coming weeks!

Registrations are now open for the Languages Canada 17th Annual Conference

Save $100 and be entered into a draw to win a free registration and a draw to win an Air Canada flight to Vancouver by registering (full conference registration) before December 31, 2023.*

One-Day Academic Workshop for Academic Leaders and Teaching Staff

The Languages Canada 2024 Conference will feature a one-day Academic Workshop, offering an affordable, quality professional development opportunity for both academic leaders and language-teaching staff.

The workshop includes 6 hours of sessions on Friday, March 1 (including Chia Suan Chong’s) plus lunch and networking opportunities. A special one-day member registration rate of $175 + GST is available for those not attending the full conference as long as there is a full registration from the same institution.

* To be eligible for both draws, simply register (full conference registration) by December 31, 2023. You’ll also receive the early bird conference rate, saving $100 per delegate! Both draws will take place on January 5, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Delegates who have already registered for the conference will be included. The winner of the conference draw will have their registration reimbursed and the winner of the flight will receive an Air Canada booking code for a free ticket (valid for flights within Canada to/from Vancouver for the conference dates only; BC residents are not eligible for the flight draw). To attend the live draw on Zoom, click here. The draw will be recorded and winners will be announced to members by email. Good luck to everyone!