English Language instructors

Vivian Albrecht

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 233
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4362
English Language instructor Vivian Albrecht

I was born and raised in Toronto and spent the first part of my career working with international students at the University of Western Ontario. I started teaching at OC in 2001 in the ESL Department. It has been a privilege working with students from such diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Outside of work, my family and I have enjoyed travelling to areas in South East Asia and West Africa volunteering in different capacities. In Kelowna, I enjoy the many things that the region has to offer such as hiking, camping, paddling boarding, and skiing.

Credentials:
MA, Applied Linguistics, University in Springfield Central, Australia

Helen Dixon-Kenley

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 272C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

Zsuzsanna Kiss

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 269
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4743
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Credentials:
MA, English Language and Literature, University of Debrecen

Thomas Lampi

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 165
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
English Language instructor Thomas Lampi

I joined Okanagan College as an ESL instructor at the Kelowna campus in 2015 after teaching overseas for 17 years. During those 17 years, aside from teaching EFL classes, I instructed and mentored MA students in material development for EFL instruction, trained EFL teachers with a focus on technology in the classroom. Much of my interest has focused on young learners of English and the development of emersion type instruction in EFL environments.

Credentials:
M.Ed, Computing Education (TESOL), University of South Africa
B.Ed, West Kootenay Teacher Education Program, University of British Columbia
BA, History, Okanagan University College
TESOL Diploma, Vancouver Community College

Michael Landry

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 272C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

Jolaine Longeway

Department of English Language
Office: Business Building 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4383
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Madjid Mohammadzadeh

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 161
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
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I have been teaching English for about two decades. My interest and passion to know more about other cultures and countries pushed me towards learning other languages at an early age. Before I knew it, I graduated from university with a degree in English language and started teaching. I knows three languages and am still interested in both teaching and learning languages.

Credentials:
M.Ed, TESL, University of British Columbia

Julie Schiller-Birch

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 272C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4995
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I first joined Okanagan College at the Kelowna campus in 2009, but was seconded to teach in Vernon English language program from 2010 to 2012 before returning to Kelowna. I currently teach English as an additional language for international and domestic students who need to improve their English language skills (both more general and academic English language skills) within Arts and Foundational programming. I additionally teach on the TESL certificate in Continuing Studies to those who want to teach English as an additional language. My work related interests include fostering cross-cultural communication, student engagement and creative thinking.

Credentials:
M.Ed, TESOL and Educational Technology, Manchester, UK
Cert/Dip, TEFLA Cambridge, UK

Ronan Scott

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 272C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

Ryan Vatkin

Department of English Language
Office: Lab Building 272C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
English Language instructor Ryan Vatkin

Credentials:
MA, ELT, University of Technology - Sydney
BA, Education, U of A