BA (Hons), MA (TESOL)

Coord., English for Academic Purposes
English for Academic Purposes
School of Access & Academic Preparation
Faculty of Education
Health & Human Development

604.986.1911 ext. 3445
Birch Building, room BR363
mreagh@capilanou.ca

Education

MA (TESOL), Applied Linguistics, School for International Training, Brattleboro, 1996.

BA (Honours), Classics and Philosophy, University of King's College/Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1991.

"Teaching is learning and learning is teaching. As a teacher, I facilitate learning experiences through a dialectic process."

Bio

Maggie Reagh (MA, School for International Training, 1996) has been teaching and coordinating English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs for over 25 years, 22 of them at Capilano University. She is currently involved in program design and management as an EAP Program Coordinator, a position she has held since 2010, after 11 years of serving as EAP Summer Coordinator and 1 year as EAP Operations Manager/Coordinator for CapU in Harbin, China.

Reagh thrives when given the opportunity to create and implement new program ideas for the benefit of faculty and students alike. Moving through a process of having an idea that turns into a proposal, that then develops into a program, that is finally implemented, requires patience, but is so worthwhile when you see your efforts benefiting those around you in numerous ways.

Throughout her career, Reagh has regularly presented her innovative programming ideas with colleagues at conferences including BC TEAL, TESL Canada and BCCIE. In 2005-06, she took an Educational Leave to study Counseling and Cognitive Psychology at UBC as a way of developing her skills as both an EAP Program Coordinator and Instructor.

Her EAP teaching passion is writing as a way of helping students clarify their ideas through the writing process.

In her free time, she enjoys many outdoor sports including cycling and skiing, but her biggest passion is delivering and researching how yoga therapy can be a vehicle for creating mindfulness and wellness in her life and in the lives of those she trains and serves.

As an Applied Linguist, my professional life has allowed me to travel, learn new languages and engage in many life-changing, cross-cultural experiences since 1991. I have lived and worked in both India and China at different times during my career, speaking a bit of Chinese, but even better French from my early teaching career at CEGEPs and universities in Quebec in 1991-93.

As a teacher, I see myself more as a facilitator of learning, rather than as a disseminator of information. The learning process is fascinating to me. I have a passion for creating lesson plans that allow students to have an experience with an outcome called Learning. I try to create a safe, fun and experiential learning environment for everyone.

Throughout my career, I have regularly presented on innovative programming and teaching ideas at conferences including BCTEAL, TESL Canada and BCCIE. In 2005-06, I took an Educational Leave to study Counseling/Cognitive Psychology at the University of British Columbia as a way of developing my skills as both an EAP Program Coordinator and Instructor.

I also regularly research, present and write on how yoga therapy impacts us physically, psychologically and physiologically. This includes regularly presenting for CapU's Teaching & Learning Symposiums as well as more recently the BC Post-Secondary Counselors' Association Conference hosted by Capilano University in May 2018.

Publications

Reagh, M., Moving Parts: Interactive Grammar Games (CD-ROM), Capilano University, 1999.

Presentations

2018: Reagh, M., Principles of Practice in Yoga Therapy: How to Balance the Nervous System, BC Post-Secondary Counselors' Association Conference, Pinnacle Hotel, North Vancouver, BC.

2017: Reagh, M., A Mindfulness & Breath-Based Approach to Yoga for Stress Management & Resilience, Learning and Teaching Symposium, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC.

2017: Reagh, M., Johanson, R., Jorgenson, R., King, S. and Towill, T., How can we Take a Developmental Approach with International Students when Dealing with Plagiarism?, Learning and Teaching Symposium, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC.

2015: Reagh, M., Royal, W. and West, E., EAP for Undergraduate Credit: A Paradigm Shift, BCCIE Conference.

2013: Reagh, M. and Ostler, C., Academic Credit for EAP courses: Success at Capilano U, BC TEAL Conference.

2008: Reagh, M. and Williams, Z., Working with Cognition: Lessons learned for EAP from Cognitive Psychology, BC TEAL Conference.

2003: Reagh, M. and Acosta, J., Life in the Family: Parenting Issues in Canada - How to Use ESL Video Series in Classroom Teaching, TESL Canada Conference.

Capilano Spirit Award, Employee Recognition Awards, Capilano University, 2013.

Dean's List, Counseling and Cognitive Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2005-06.