It has been a coming home of sorts for Stephen Hill, Renison ELI’s new Short-term Programs Manager, at the English Language Centre (ELC). After spending more than 10 years living in London, England, few would have known that Stephen originally hails from Woodstock, Ontario.
“I was actually born and brought up close to here, and my brother and his family live in Waterloo, so making the move here was a very easy decision,” says Stephen.
With a Master of Arts in TESOL from the Institute of Education, University of London, and CELTA and DELTA professional qualifications in English Language teaching, Stephen aims to showcase Renison ELI’s international reputation as one of the top English Language Institutes in Canada.
“I am looking forward to identifying opportunities for collaboration between Renison ELI and my colleagues abroad,” says Stephen, “Whether it is in regards to special research projects in teaching and learning English, curriculum evaluation and design, or engaging in meaningful debate on best practices; there are many areas where Renison ELI can leverage its academic profile globally”.
One of Stephen’s biggest tasks will be the management and administration of Renison ELI’s flagship summer English program, English for Success (EFS), a 4-week program offered 3 times per year in June, July and August, specifically designed for students age 17 and above. As the Short-term Programs Manager, Stephen will be assessing the existing EFS curriculum and ensuring all instructors will be able to create engaging and meaningful classes for incoming students placed within one of the program’s 5 levels (beginner English to advanced English). What does Stephen think about a summer language program being held at a university better known for ground-breaking research, high academic standards, and innovations in technology and entrepreneurship?
“I think it is fascinating that for the past 20 years, university students from around the world have been getting an opportunity to study English in the summer and experience such a prestigious university. The EFS program really makes the University of Waterloo and Canada accessible to the world”.
When asked about his first impressions of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, Stephen’s response was all too familiar; “It’s a true social community experience within a large university. There are not many places in Canada where a student who wants to improve their English skills can have the best of both worlds. A place with small classes, numerous events and activities, and even a residence is a terrific way to immerse yourself in an all English environment, while still getting a chance to be part of the larger student population at Waterloo.”
In addition to transitioning to his new role at Renison ELI, Stephen is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Semiotics and Multimodality from the Institute of Education at the University of London. His research focuses on how learning to mean through the lens of social semiotic and multimodal principals. With more than several years of experience as an English language instructor and curriculum designer in Japan, Spain, and most recently at the University of Birmingham and the University of London, Stephen will be an exciting addition to the Renison ELI family.
About the Renison English Language Institute
The Renison English Language Institute (Renison ELI) has offered high quality English as a second language (ESL) programs and courses since 1970. We welcome more than 1000 students each year to Renison University College.
Housed within Renison ELI are the English Language Centre (ELC) and English Language Studies (ELS). We invite you to explore our programs and courses, and look forward to welcoming you to the Renison community.