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Victoria Surtees

Victoria Surtees

Teaching and Learning Specialist, Internationalization

, G104e

Phone: 604-847-5522

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Biography

As a Teaching and Learning Specialist in internationalization, my role is to support faculty seeking to enhance the intercultural, international, and global dimensions to their courses and programs. I hold a PhD in Teaching English as a Second Language from UBC and have taught undergraduate courses at five different universities in Canada and Europe.

My interest in internationalization stems from my own university experiences – as an undergraduate I studied abroad myself twice, once in England and once in France. For me, learning to understand the world through the medium of a new language, French, was an incredibly enriching experience that challenged many of my preconceptions about daily life as well as academic practice. Since that time more than a decade ago, I have dedicated my career to supporting others who are seeking out or delivering similar enriching experiences: I taught English language classes and study abroad preparation at universities in France, test preparation and academic literacy courses in Montreal, and inclusive and language-focused teaching methods for teachers at UBC. I am especially interested in discourses related to internationalization and international students, institutional support for academic literacy, and teaching approaches that foster meaningful exchanges between students with different cultural backgrounds. I am also passionate about developing interactive online resources for students and faculty.

For me, working at UFV is an incredible opportunity to get back to my roots – I grew up here in the lower mainland and have seen it change and grow. I am very much looking forward to learning more about the questions, ideas, and needs of faculty, staff and students at UFV.

 

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