2019 BCATML Conference

Celebrating Languages Conference 2019

 October 25, 2019
  Claremont Secondary School

Welcome to the BCATML Celebrating Languages Fall Conference 2019! 

Keynote - Beyond the alphabet: Identity, Language, and Culture in the Language Program

With this year's fall conference occurring on Diwali weekend, BCATML is proud to announce Gurpreet Bains as this year's keynote speaker for our Celebrating Languages Conference

Infusion of culture is not just dine, dance and dress. What can we do as language educators to promote stronger connections to identity, language, and culture in a language program? Gurpreet will cover these themes and questions by reflecting on her 15 years of instruction. Gurpreet will challenge you to discover the iceberg of culture and how this produces a more in depth discovery of language and thereby create more empowered and connected students.


  • Gurpreet Bains

    Gurpreet Kaur Bains is an award winning teacher with 20 years teaching experience. She is the Modern Languages Department Head of Surrey's LA Matheson Secondary School.  Gurpreet embodies her beliefs in empowering students, engaging community, and thinking critically around culture, all through Punjabi Language instruction. She has worked with the Next Hundred Years Mentorship Program, Kaur Project, VISAFF, Shakti Society, Dhahan Youth Prize, Surrey School District Film and Speech festival, the Punjabi Language Education Association, and the Indus Media Foundation. All of this falls under the umbrella of Punjabi Mustang; a program dedicated to taking ownership of language and connecting to one’s roots.

    ​Gurpreet strongly believes that collaboration between teachers, languages, and subjects are key. This is highlighted with her partnerships with a diverse group of community partners to include Mustang Justice. She believes that a language is not just words. ​