Re Imagining LINC


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Re-Imagining Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) presented at TESL Ontario's 37th Annual Conference
"Language for a Changing World"
December 10th, 11th and 12th, 2009 Toronto, Canada

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  • Good morning: my name is Khaled Islaih. This a visual representation of me. I am working with LINC team at Muslim Community Services. I am originally from Palestine and now living in Canada I also lived in USA, Jordan and France. I am originally trained as an economist and worked with UN for seven years. Upon arrival in Canada, I worked with Google as web rater for one year. I am also freelance writer and speaker. I wrote for publications, in Canada, Europe, Middle East. For Example, I wrote for AMOI, Canadian Newcomer Magazine and Canadian Immigrant Magazine. As speaker, I am part of passages to Canada. I go to schools in Mississauga to speaks to students around immigration and cultural diversity issues. I also did presentations at various conferences around immigrant settlement language training and career development. All in all, I am an advocate of social justice and economic equity. In my work, I try to use different strategies to promote these values in our communities.
  • Our organization is a leading immigrant serving agency in Peel region. It was established 1987. We have two sites in Mississauga and Brampton. We have clients coming form all over the world. From China, india Pakistan, middle east and latin America. In total, we have more than 300 LINC learners. Our staff are multicultural and multilingual teams.
  • It is my assumption that you are here to know why do we need to redefine LINC. How we can enhance our linguistic awareness to meet the challenges and opportunities of living in today’s multilingual world. How we can maximize the benefits of this language shift for LINC learners, teachers and Canada at large. The presentation. Is divided into three sections why and how the world is changing, how does this worldwide change impact LINC and Re-imagining LINC.
  • The analysis are based on my experiences as a newcomer, LINC professional and researcher. I share my thoughts by writing for magazines, doing presentation at conferences sharing on Facebook and other discussion groups.
  • Here is a new literature that supports the findings of this presentation. Globish, Language and power, global linguistics, Web 2.0 and Second language learning.
  • Globalization is very controversial word. It has many meanings. For our purposes globalization means the intensification of human communications and interactions. For me globalization, reconnecting ourselves with the world around us in new ways. Traditional globalization was facilitated by governments and corporations. The created economic globalization. In contract, new globalization is facilitated by immigrants, social network users bloggers. They are creating cultural globalization. As an example of the economics globalization companies are opening branches in different countries. As an example for cultural globalization, Kentucky Fried Chicken is offering halal fried chicken in various location in Mississauga to meet the rising demand for halal friend chiken in these locations. T Globalization is very controversial word. It has Traditional globalization mainly facilitated by governments and corporations. They created economic globalization. New globalizer include immigrants, social network users and blogger. They are creating cultural globalization
  • In addition to globalization, information technology is creating new modes of communication. We can communicate , interact with anyone around the world. Today’s world is driven by screens. In contrast, the old world was driven by documents and papers.
  • Information technology is changing our communication landscapes. On my FB I have more than 1200 FBF. This includes my family, friends and colleagues all over the world and many people I don’t know but we certainly have things in common. Social networks is important for immigrants. It helps them reconnect and build their social networks and rebrand their knowledge and skills. On Facebook, communication is open, interconnected and fluid. There are no linguistic people can write in the language of their choice.
  • This unprecedented access to information is creating diverse understanding, perception, expectation, opinions and experiences. It is very overwhelming! How ever, it encourages creative thinking by exploring new connections and relationships.
  • In the old standard reality was like this no innovation, no fun, no creativity and no change!
  • Open access to information is creating new opportunities and challenges. We now have the whole new virtual world to learn, work and innovate. It is enabling us to rethink ourselves. Access to virtual is transforming us from citizens with certain geographic location into citizens of the world. Change is becoming a necessity for survival and success. People are Challengs: We are overloaded with information. Information is invading our lives through home phones, mail, e-mail, mobile, the internet and it all requires action and follow up. the rules and models we used to know are changing and in certain cases is not relevant anymore. It is creating emotional and mental stress on for all of us. In certain cases it is hard to cope. Communication breakdown is the new normal.
  • How can we understand and retain our control: In such overwhelming situations and experiences, we need to look at situation from different directions to find positive meaning and store in our mind. This mindset will enable us to always focus on positive elements and patterns in any situation. For example, this mindset enabled me to the cultural shock Canada into a transformative learning experience. It fostered my psychological resilience to succeed in bigger challenges. It made positive thinking as my way of being. Life long learning it doesn’t mean that we have to go to school or college. In contrast, it includes reflect on our practices and routine, learn new skills, join online discussion groups, subscribe to a newsletter or a magazine in certain field. Technology use lows us to experience in a new ways. It enables to communicate more, learn more,, share more, It helps us be more effective
  • Our understanding of the world around us is changing and we are discovering new meaning for everything. However, this presentation will focus : Immigration, learning, language and English.
  • In today’s interconnected world immigrants are now seen as new globalizers. The are doing cultural globalization. Further, new technologies is transforming the meaning of mobility. It creating new forms of mobility such as digital / virtual mobility.
  • The use of learning technologies is creating classrooms without walls. Now we have the opportunity to join universities through e-leanring. Curriculum material is now open and free. The relevance of print literacy (reading/writing) is declining in today’s digital world. Teaching reading and writing from print literacy is not enough anymore.
  • Traditionally, language is seen as words and phrases with limited impact on our personal and social wellbeing. It was used mainly by centralized power (like mainstream media) to maintain power relationships and structures. It is used was used to exchange information and justify the status-quo. Language used to traveled through structures and documentsw. Languages were used within specific rules and boundaries. In today’s changing world, language is quantum consciousness. It has an impact on everything around us because its shapes our understanding of reality. It helps us reshape reality by communicating our understanding and feelings. Language is now used to challenge power, authority and structure. We are here challenging the credibility of traditional LINC.
  • DL is liberates us from old assumption about ourselves and the world around us. For example, it allows us to strengthen the power of our ideas by connecting us with people. Our virtual presence is active on our behalf 24/ 7.This reality changes our sense of time and place. Traditionally power was a form centralized authority with one person or a group. The best example, is the election of Barack obama who used digital language in an extraordinary way and he managed to transform power structure in US. DL open access to new ideas and prespective and therefore, it enables creativity and collective innovation.
  • Hypertext dominates media, business and education spaces to facilitate better learning and business experiences. Therefore, traditional print literacy is not enough anymore Traditional linguistic fluency is sufficient anymore
  • Globish is a simplified version of english to facilitate communication at global level. I t has many advantages. Non-judmental, inclusive and reflect the realities of the new century.
  • Books in different language promoting Globish
  • LINC uses the old esl assumption and defination (native and non-native speakers). LINC uses old literacy definitions. It doesn’t have focus on digital literacy.
  • The traditional discourse doesn’t support healthy identity and inter-group awareness. For example, the current discourse divides people communities into citizens and immigrants, minorities, newcomers. These kind of categorizations have unhealthy implications on our communal evolution. LINC professionals including teachers and instructors to be provided with innovative training opportunities to upgrade their skills and meet the challenges of language teaching in the 21 century.
  • Today’s world is multicultural. Newcomer learner should learns strategies to leaverage their multicultural advantages. They need to learn intercultural communications, how to raise bicultural kids. Use new technologies to reconstruct their bicultural identities. The traditional focus on teaching Canadian is limiting and meet the realities of this multicultural century.
  • The use of new technologies will turn language learner into independent learners, life-long learners. encouraged to be engaged in their communities. They Be ble to find better meanings for their life experiences. They be better parents and better citizens. They will understand the world better because the world is mad fof blended reality.
  • Teachers now are seen as networkers and access facilitators. Knowledge is already everywhere. Teachers job to enable learners to find their pathway to access knowledge. Build new linguistic awarness to reflect the drastic changes in the 21 century (this include demographic and geopolitical changes. Learn new skills (cultural awareness, communication and technology skills) Reflection enhances the effectiveness of your practices and your impact. The use of technology is expanding day after day within our homes, workplaces, school. It is very important to build technology to design effective and meaningful learning experiences for your students.
  • Canada 3.0 is a new initiative to redefine Canada’s digital future. It include universities, gov. and private corporations. The realization of LINC potential in today’s changing requires passion and action of all us to provide our learners with meaningful learning experiences to help them understand today's radical changes and use these changes for their benefit. I just want to finish, that our role as front line is huge. Our responsibilities will be expanding significantly. Therefore, new career consciousness is needed to help meet growing challenges and enjoy our community work better. I hope this presentation provided you with some guiding points.
  • Here are my contacts for further questions and comments.
  • Thank you every one
  • Re Imagining LINC

    1. 1. Re-imagining Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) TESL Ontario's 37th Annual Conference "Language for a Changing World" December 10th, 11th and 12th, 2009 Toronto, Canada Khaled A. Islaih Muslim Community Services
    2. 2. Who is talking?
    3. 3. Muslims Community Services: Cultural Diversity everywhere
    4. 4. <ul><li>Objective / Assumptions: </li></ul><ul><li>. Why do we need to redefine LINC? </li></ul><ul><li>. What is wrong with our current English awareness ? </li></ul><ul><li>. What are the outcomes of re-thinking LINC (for learners, teachers and Canada at large)? </li></ul><ul><li>Outline: </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s changing world: why? how? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this worldwide change affect LINC. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-imagining LINC </li></ul>Today’s Conversation
    5. 5. Methodology: Experiential Learning Observe patterns and trends Reflect critically and appreciatively Google thoughts, feelings, keywords and ideas Share information, new meanings and create awareness
    6. 6. Methodology: New Literature “ The only way to change is to change your understanding”
    7. 7. Changing World: Intensive globalization - Governments and corporations - Economic Globalization Traditional Globalizers New Globalizers <ul><li>Immigrants, social network users, activists and bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural globalization </li></ul>
    8. 8. Changing World: Information Technologies <ul><li>Anyone can communicate, </li></ul><ul><li>interact and work from </li></ul><ul><li>anywhere at anytime. </li></ul><ul><li>New communication Landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Screen-based world </li></ul>
    9. 9. Changing World: New Communication Landscapes <ul><li>1200 FBF includes friends, colleagues, family members thought leaders and unknowns. </li></ul><ul><li>Global access </li></ul><ul><li>Open, interconnected and fluid conversations, anyone can join /leave ! </li></ul><ul><li>Play with work. </li></ul><ul><li>No linguistic rules. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Changing World: New Diverse Realities
    11. 11. Changing World: Old Standard Reality
    12. 12. Changing World: Opportunities and Challenges <ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>New spaces to learn, work and create value </li></ul><ul><li>Space for new ideas, values and beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>(Global citizenship, social change, economic transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionary potential for individuals and groups </li></ul><ul><li>Space for innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Pervasive change </li></ul><ul><li>Changing rules and models </li></ul><ul><li>Global uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional stress </li></ul><ul><li>Communication breakdown </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Flexible and positive mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Critical literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Life-long learning </li></ul><ul><li>Use of technology </li></ul>Changing World: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
    14. 14. <ul><li>Immigration Change </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Change </li></ul><ul><li>Language Change </li></ul><ul><li>English Change </li></ul>How does this worldwide change affect LINC?
    15. 15. Immigration Change: Living here and there <ul><li>New Globalizers </li></ul><ul><li>New forms of mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging opportunities in a global networked economy. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Learning Change: Information everywhere <ul><li>. Worldwide Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>. Living Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>. Learning by doing </li></ul><ul><li>. Digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>. Print literacy is not enough anymore. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Language Change: Quantum Linguistics <ul><li>Traditional linguistics: </li></ul><ul><li>Language is words and phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Language is used to exchange information, justify status-quo </li></ul><ul><li>Language travels through structures and documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Language used to justify power, authority and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Linguistic rules and boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Quantum linguistics: </li></ul><ul><li>Language is consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Language is used to find new patterns, reshape reality </li></ul><ul><li>Language travels through wireless systems, screens and spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Language is used to challenge and transform power, authority and structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Linguistic flexibility and fluidity. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Language Change: Optimizing Quantum Consciousness <ul><li>Digital language is the key for personal liberation, social change and economic transformation. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital language facilitates multicultural consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Digital language reshapes our sense of identity, time, place and community. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital language redefines power, authority and economic value. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital language enables personal creativity and collective innovation. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Language Change: Speaking with Digital Tongues <ul><li>Hypertext dominate media, education and business spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiliteracies (media, cultural, critical ..etc) </li></ul><ul><li>New fluencies (traditional linguistic fluency is not enough) </li></ul>
    20. 20. English Change: ESL Critique <ul><li>ESL ideology is originally based on imperial English </li></ul><ul><li>ESL intellectual representation promotes linguistic categorization and separation. </li></ul><ul><li>ESL is mostly based on Westernized cultural, linguistic and educational icons, values, metaphors and worldviews </li></ul><ul><li>ESL encourages media, cultural and linguistic colonization. </li></ul><ul><li>ESL ideology fosters sense of linguistic and intellectual inferiority among non-native speakers. </li></ul>
    21. 21. English Change: Turning Accents into Assets <ul><li>Global English (Globish) </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive, human and non-judgmental </li></ul><ul><li>Simple and accessible to all users </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect the demographic, political and cultural realities of the 21 st century. </li></ul><ul><li>Goes beyond nationalistic and geographic boundaries </li></ul>
    22. 22. English Change: Don’t Speak English! Speak GLOBISH!
    23. 23. <ul><li>LINC uses ESL linguistic assumptions and definitions </li></ul><ul><li>LINC professionals use old immigration and geographic theories while working with Canadian newcomers. </li></ul><ul><li>LINC still uses old literacy definitions and expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Old assumptions enforces social isolation and community disengagement among Canadian Immigrants. </li></ul><ul><li>Old theories limits the potential of Canadian immigrants and communities. </li></ul><ul><li>LINC is not helping newcomers to come out of precarious employment conditions. </li></ul>English Change: LINC Critique
    24. 24. Re-Imagining LINC: Maximizing Linguistic Turn <ul><li>Upgrade settlement, immigration and integration discourse and narrative. </li></ul><ul><li>Retrain teachers and administrators to develop new linguistic consciousness among themselves, newcomer learners and the community at large. </li></ul><ul><li>Use LINC to re-brand immigrants as global citizens and multilingual speakers. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide non-judgmental spaces for English learners to practice their multilingual rights. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Re-Imagining LINC : Maximizing Cultural Turn <ul><li>Use social media to LINC learners build their own Transcultural spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Design learning experiences to mix newcomers with citizens to facilitate intercultural learning and social networking within communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Use cultural turn to brand LINC classrooms as spaces for multicultural consciousness and social innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Use cultural turn to enable LINC learners to raise bilingual / bicultural kids </li></ul>
    26. 26. Re-Imagining LINC : Maximizing Technological Turn <ul><li>Re-design LINC curriculum to incorporate new media and digital skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Use learning technologies to enable newcomer learners to learn, work and create socioeconomic value globally. </li></ul><ul><li>Use learning technologies facilitate community networking and empowerment. </li></ul><ul><li>Use new technologies and open access models to language learners into life-long learners. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Re-Imaging LINC: Maximizing Opportunities for LINC Professionals <ul><li>Re-think your professional identity (teachers are not source of knowledge). </li></ul><ul><li>Build your brand as a community organizer and multicultural innovator. </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade your linguistic consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Learn new skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on your practices </li></ul><ul><li>Try new strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology to expand your professional role and community impact. </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Creative space for human transformation and multicultural innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged citizens, innovative workforce and sustainable communities </li></ul><ul><li>Foster Canada 3.0 initiative </li></ul>Re-imaging LINC: Re-spacing Canada
    29. 29. Contacts Khaled Islaih 905-828-2001 [email_address] Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: Google Khaled Islaih
    30. 30. Thank you