OSE Bilash

Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept
Email
olenka.bilash@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5101
Address
249 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

About

Dr. Olenka Bilash has been on the frontier of several new fields of practice in education: immersion bilingual pedagogy, Aboriginal language education, and Heritage/International languages. Through her publishing career she has helped to develop the foundation needed to sustain these fields. More recently, Dr. Bilash has taken to more frontier work by exploring the impact of study abroad teacher professional development programs. By designing, instructing and managing programs for teachers of English from Japan, Korea and China and maintaining relationships with their school jurisdictions she has been able to trace change and transformation in individuals, classrooms, resources, leadership and policy. Influences of cross cultural work on Canadian facilitators is also being explored. References to Bhabba, Bourdieu, Freire, Maturana and Varela, and Vygotsky are central.

Selected Honours and Awards

2010 Canada's 3M Teaching fellow
2010 International and Heritage Languages Association created an award entitled the Dr. Olenka Bilash Leadership award
2009 Appointed to 16-person advisory board for UNESCO's Linguapax
2009 Julia Cardinal Memorial Award for contribution to Cree Language Education, Keheewin Reserve, Alberta
2008 Designer and Consultant for ASCD Collaborative Practice award, Southern Alberta
2005 Alberta Government Centennial Medal for contribution to Ukraine-Alberta International relations
2005 Designer of Hokkaido’s ESL Teacher Professional Development program – awarded best professional development program in Japan
2003 Acknowledgement for contribution to Cree Bilingual Program in Northern Lights School Division
1999 Stephen A. Freeman Award for best published article in a second language journal in 1998 on "Planning for Writing Instruction in a Middle-years Immersion/ Partial Immersion Setting"

Grants

Individual and team grants have been awarded from SSHRC, CIDA, Alberta Learning, Hokkaido Board of Education, Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Consulate of Japan, Kangwon Board of Education (Korea), as well as University funding sources. I currently am a co-PI on a SSHRC-funded project ($50,000) with Drs. Bischof, Cheng and BAsu from Computing Sciences. The four of us have also applied for another SSHRC and an NSERC this year.


Research

Primary Research Interests:

Second language education, teacher education, alternative education, professional development, qualitative research methodology, change


Teaching

Courses Taught

EDSE 401  Developing Oral Language competency
EDSE 451  Integrating Theory and Classroom Practice in the Advanced Professional Term
EDSE 468  Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language Majors II
EDSE 469  Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary School Second Language II

EDSE 501  Developing Oral Language
EDSE 501  Conference Seminar, Innovative Practices in the Secondary Classroom
EDSE 502  Second Language Teacher Thinking
EDSE 502  Innovative Approaches to teaching Spanish as a Second Language
EDSE 502  Cross cultural Explorations on SL teacher preparation programs
EDSE 511  Research Design in Secondary Education
EDSE 512  Research Project in Secondary Education
EDSE 569  Issues and Approaches in Second and Foreign Language Literacy Development

EDSE 602  Factors that influence successful first year Second Language Teaching
EDSE 602  Factors that influence good second language teaching
EDSE 602  Advanced Level Guided Individual Study in Secondary Education
EDSE 607  Action Research Practicum
EDSE 669  Curriculum and Resource Development in Second Languages


Courses

EDSE 368 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language Majors I

Prerequisites: *9 in the Major subject area, EDPY 304, EDU 100/300, 210, and 211. Corequisite: Courses in the Introductory Professional Term (IPT) for the Secondary Education Route. Successful completion of the on-campus portion of the IPT is expected prior to being granted permission to continue into EDFX 350. Note: Not open to first year students.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 370 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language Minors

Prerequisite: *9 in the Minor subject area; pre/corequisites: EDU 100 or 300, EDU 210, and EDU 211. Note: EDSE 370 is not open to first year students or students whose Major is also a Second Language.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 401 - Conference Seminar

May require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 451 - Integrating Theory and Classroom Practice in the Advanced Professional Term

Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the Major subject area. Corequisite: Courses in the Advanced Professional Term for the Secondary Education Route including EDFX 450. Students may not receive credit for both EDFX 451 and EDSE 451.

Winter Term 2021
EDSE 468 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language Majors II

Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the Major subject area. Corequisite: EDSE 451. Successful completion is expected prior to being granted permission to commence EDFX 450.

Winter Term 2021
EDSE 501 - Conference Seminar

Prerequisites: consent of Instructor and Department. May include alternate delivery sections; may require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 620 - Advanced Research Seminar in Secondary Education II

A doctoral-level research seminar that deals with selected topics and addresses all stages of the research process. Prerequisites: A 500/600 level Advanced Research Methods course and consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021

Scholarly Activities

Research - Publications

Selected Research Studies and Publications

Refereed Articles

Bilash, O. and Shi, W. (under review) Immigrant Graduate Students Compete for Academic Opportunities

Bilash, O. and Brookes, M. (under review) The emergence of a learning community - what it took in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Bilash, O. (under review) Increasing use of the Target language in FL classrooms: Lessons from Japanese Teachers of English TBLT

Bilash, O. and Kobel, I. (2011) The influence of 15 years of Canadian Professional Development Seminars on Teachers’ Thinking and Practice in Ukraine.

Ojok-Acii, W., Bilash, O. and Fournier, B. (2010). Child Soldiering: A Call to Western Curricular Thinkers and Practitioners. Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 9 (1), 64-79.

Bilash, O. and McKay-Carrier, L. (2010). Messengers of Hope in Reversing the Language Shift.  Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 9 (1), 107-124.

Cho, H., Bilash, O., & , D. Gulas-Bomok (2010, Spring 2010). Homestays in second Language Learning: Find me a match. Notos, 10 (1), 39-45. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Teachers' Association.

Cho, H., & Bilash, O. (2010, Spring 2010). Homestays in an age of glocalization. Notos, 10 (1), 46-53. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Teachers' Association.

Harries, K., & Bilash, O. (2010, Spring 2010). Student teachers' perceptions of the support and challenge received during second language practica. Notos, 10 (1), 3-12. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Teachers' Association.

Kastelan-Sikora, K., & Bilash, O. (2010, Spring 2010). Beginning Second Language Teachers - What are their needs and how can we help them? Notos, 10 (1), 19-29. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Teachers' Association.

Mckay-Carriere, L., & Bilash, O. (2010, Spring 2010). Bringing elders back into teaching Cree. Notos, 10 (1), 30-38. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Teachers' Association.

Bilash, O., & Bedrij, R. (2009). Navchann'a chytann'a v Kanadi: potreby zakhidnoi diaspory v navchal'nykh resursakh ta rol' Ukrainy (Ukrainian language literacy in Canada: needs of western diaspora in learning resources and the role of Ukriane). Teoria i praktyka vykladann'a ukrains'koi movy iak inozemnoi, Vypusk 4, 212-225. Lviv, Ukraine: Lviv, Vydavnychyi, LNU imeni Ivana Franka.

Bilash, O. and Xu, I. (2009) What makes a good second language textbook? Notos, 9 (2) 4-20.

Breckenridge, Y. & Bilash, O (2009). Selection skills and authentic texts: Results of a questionnaire and think-aloud protocol. Notos, 9 (1), 4-20. Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Teachers Association.

Bilash, O. and Noerenberg, H. (2008) Does a good teacher automatically a good teacher educator make? – a dialogue about transitions. Notos, 8 (1) 7579 words.

Bilash, O. & Kang, J. (2007). Living well in a changing world: What Korean teachers say about a study abroad. In Journal of Educational Thought, 41(3), p.295-309.

Bilash, O. (2007) Scaffolding activities to develop the four skills Notos, 7 (2), 12-23.

Bilash, O. (2007). Rozrobka navchal'nykh resursiv ukrayins'koyu movoyu dlia uchniv 4-6 klasiv: trudnoshchi ta uspikhiv (Developing Ukrainian language resources for grades 4-6 - lessons from Canada). Teorija i praktyka vykladanna ukrajinskoji movy jak inozemnoji. Zbirnyk naukovyh prac', 2 (2), 239-257. Lviv, Ukraine: Ivan Franko University of Lviv.

Bilash, O. (2007) Scaffolding activities to develop the four skills Notos, vol.7 (2), 12-23.

Bilash, O. (2006) "What teachers do with what they have learned in language and pedagogy study abroad progams: A case study of Hokkaido, Japan." Canadian Review of East Asian Studies, vol. 2 (1), 84-93.

Books/Book Chapters/Monographs/Proceedings

Bilash, O. (2010). Identifying and Motivating Stakeholders for the next decade of English education in Hokkaido.. Proceedings: Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary of HTEP (p. pages). Sapporo, Japan: Hokkaido Board of Education.. (62,400 words)

Bilash, O., & Kobel, I. (2010). The influence of 15 years of Canadian Professional Development Seminars on Teachers’ Thinking and Practice in Ukraine.. Proceedings: Proceedings of the First Bi-Annual Conference on Canadian Studies. (p. pages). Chernivtsi, Ukraine: University of Chernivtsi.

Bilash, O. (2006). RLS in a Cree community in Canada. In Empowerment Through Language And Education : Cases And Case Studies from North America, Europe, Africa And Japan edited by A. Wiedeman and B. Smieja.  Peter Lang: Frankfurt

Reports

Bilash, O. (2011) Coaching for oral competency in second language programs. Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. Edmonton. 

Bilash, O. (2010) Hope: Aboriginal Language Use in Canada. Linguapax, Unescocat. Barcelona.

Bilash, O.  (2010) Identifying and Motivating Stakeholders for the next decade of English education in Hokkaido. Proceedings: Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary of HTEP (p. pages). Sapporo, Japan: Hokkaido Board of Education (62,400 words)

Bilash, O.  (2010) Report of the Hokkaido Teachers of English Program 2010

Bilash, O.  (2009) Report of the Kangwon Teacher Education Project 2009. Alberta Learning.

Bilash, O.  (2008) Report of the Kangwon Teacher Education Project 2008. Alberta Learning.

Bilash, O.  (2008) Report of the Hokkaido Teachers of English Program 2008.

Bilash, O.  (2008) Report of the Guangxi-NAIT Mission 2008. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Bilash, O.  (2008) Report of the China TESL Project 2008.

Bilash, O.  (2007) Report of the Kangwon Teacher Education Project 2007.

Bilash, O.  (2007) Report of the Hokkaido Teachers of English Program 2007.

Bilash, O.  (2006) Report of the Kangwon Teacher Education Project 2006.

Bilash, O.  (2006) Report of the Hokkaido Teachers of English Program 2006.

Bilash, O. and Wood, M. (2005) Preparing for Languages Initiative – what stakeholders need to know.  Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (multi-media)

Bilash, O.  (2005) Report of the Hokkaido Teachers of English Program 2005.

Bilash, O. (2005) Characteristics of High School Students Registered in Ukrainian Language Arts.  Canada-Ukraine Foundation-Alberta Education

Non-refereed articles

Bilash, O (2007, Winter 2007). Are you a good heritage Language Teacher? How would you know?. IHLA Newsletter, 5 (2), 6-17. Edmonton, Alberta: IHLA.

Bilash, O (2007, September 6, 2007). IHLA Newsletter. Using Stories in Heritage Language Class, 5 (1), 6-7. Edmonton, Alberta: IHLA.

Bilash, O (2008, Winter). How much English is used in your HL community?. IHLA Newsletter, 6 (2), 6-12. Edmonton, Canada: International and Heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O (2008, Spring 2008). IHLA Newsletter. On Leadership, 5 (3), 2-5. Edmonton, Alberta: IHLA Newsletter.

Bilash, O (2008, Fall). Self Introductions. IHLA Newsletter, 6 (1), 5-12. Edmonton, Canada: International and Heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O (2008, Spring). The Value of reading Aloud in Heritage Language Development. IHLA Newsletter, 5 (3), 9-12. Edmonton, Alberta: IHLA.

Bilash, O (2009, Spring). Improve your classroom practice through action research - Become a researcher of your own instruction. IHLA Newsletter, 6 (3), 8-22. Edmonton, Canada: International and Heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O. (2009, Fall 2009). Reflection - a key to professional growth. IHLA Newsletter, V11 (1), 5-13. Edmonton, Alberta: International and Heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O. (2010, Spring). IHLA Newsletter. International Mother Tongue Day - 2010, VII (3), 6-21. Edmonton, Alberta: International and heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O. (2010, Winter 2010). Leadership means Action. IHLA Newsletter, VII (2), 5-15. Edmonton, Alberta: International Heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O. (2010, Winter). Developing Heritage Language Literacy: Cracking the code vs reading with understanding. IHLA Newsletter, 8 (2), 11. Edmonton, Alberta: International and Heritage Languages Association.

Bilash, O. (2010, Fall). Internet Homework assignments for Heritage Language Speakers and Learners.. IHLA Newsletter, 8 (1), 8-18. Edmonton, Alberta: International and Heritage Languages Association..

Selected Presentations

National

Bilash, O. (2010) Intersection of language, culture and identity. Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Congress. November, 2010

Bilash, O. (2010). Identifying and Motivating Stakeholders for the next decade of English education in Hokkaido. Conference celebrating the 10th Anniversary of HTEP.  Sapporo, Japan: Hokkaido Board of Education.

Bilash, O. and Ojok, A. (2009). Child Soldiering.  National Global Youth Forum. Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash O.  & Bedrij, R. (2009) Second Language Literacy and Resources in Ukrainian. Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers Conference. Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash O.  & Kang, J. (2009) Cross-cultural Connection through an intercultural professional development experience of foreign language teachers. Canadian Society for the Studies of Education. Ottawa, Ontario.

Bilash O.  (2009) Site-based Professional Development: successes and challenges, drivers and barriers. Canadian Association of School Superintendents. Calgary, Alberta.

Bilash, O. and Shi, W. (2007) Levelling the Playing Field: providing an infrastructure of support to help immigrant graduate students compete for academic opportunities, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash, O. and Kang, J. (2007) Experiential learning in a study abroad program, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash, O. (2007) Creating a Professional Learning Community in an undergraduate Class - the key ingredients from the students' perspective, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash, O. and Kang, J. (2007) Living well in a changing world: what Korean teachers of English say about a study abroad program in Canada, International Teacher Education Conference. Calgary, Alberta.

Bilash, O. (2005) Get your students to talk – in Aboriginal Language Classes.  Northern Lights School Division.  La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

International

Bilash, O. ALTs-JTEs and Team Teaching - Toward Cross Cultural Understanding, Hokkaido Board of Education, Obihir, Japan. September, 2010

Bilash, O. ALTs-JTEs and Team Teaching - Toward Cross Cultural Understanding, Hokkaido Board of Education, Takikawa, Japan. October, 2010

Bilash, O. ALTs-JTEs and Team Teaching - Toward Cross Cultural Understanding, Hokkaido Board of Education, Shapporo, Japan. October, 2010

Bilash O.  & Kobel, I.. (2010) The influence of 15 Years of Canadian Professional Development Seminars on Teachers’ Thinking and Practice in Ukraine . First Bi-Annual Conference on Canadian Studies. Chernivtsi, Ukraine. February, 2010

Bilash O.  & Kang, J. (2008) Belief Change through a Study Abroad teacher Education Program. International Society for the Study of Teaching and Learning. Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash O.  & Shi, C. (2008) Challenges Faced by International PhD Students in transitioning to becoming western academics. International Society for the Study of Teaching and Learning. Edmonton, Alberta.

Bilash O.  & Pallard, J. & Palladino, V. (2008) Bridging the Gap between Community and post-secondary Institutions: Successes, Challenges and Solutions. International Society for the Study of Teaching and Learning. Edmonton, Alberta

Bilash O. (2008) Transformation Staircase in adult education. Chung ang University.  Seoul, Korea.

Bilash O. 2008 Encouraging student interaction in EFL classes. Kangwon Board of Education, Chunchon, Korea.

Bilash O.  (2008) Developing a TALK Curriculum. Keynote address for PolySchool, Seoul, Korea.

Bilash O.  (2007) Integrating more student Talk into your ESL lessons. Workshop for PolySchool, Seoul, Korea.

Bilash O. 2007 Applications of KTEP in EFL classrooms. Kangwon Board of Education, Chunchon, Korea.

Bilash O.  (2008) ESL teacher education curriculum and BSLIM. Qinzhou teachers college. Qinzhou, China.

Bilash O.  (2008) Teaching large sized classes. Guangxi International Business Vocational College. Nanning, China.

Bilash O.  (2007) Inclusive education in all walks of life. For parents, consultants and teachers of School #4, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O.  (2007) A Framework for assessing professional development of teachers. Lviv Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O.  (2006) Communicative Competency. Ivan Franko University, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O.  (2006) Issues in Teacher Education. Ivan Franko University, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O.  (2006) Developing Oral Communication. Ivan Franko University, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O.  (2006) Understanding the Ukrainian Diaspora. Lviv Polytechnic University, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O.  (2006) Ukrainian Studies in Canada. Ivan Franko University, Lviv, Ukraine

Bilash O. (2006) Language Revival in a Cree Community in Western Canada. Miyazaki International College, Miyazaki, Japan. (co-sponsored by the Canadian Embassy)

Bilash O. (2006) Grants and research - Faculty Development seminar, Miyazaki International College, Miyazaki, Japan.

Bilash O. (2006) Who owns language, and who cares for it? What happens when language is lost? Linguapax Asia, University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan.

Kang, J. and Bilash, O. (2006) Living well in a changing world: What Korean teachers of English say about a study abroad program in Canada. International Conference on Teacher Education, Calgary, Alberta.

Bilash O. and Brookes M.  (2006) The emergence of a learning community - what it took in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  Australian Learning Communities, Brisbane, Australia

 

Publications

The influence of 15 years of Canadian Professional Development Seminars on Teachers’ Thinking and Practice in Ukraine
Author(s): Bilash, O. and Kobel, I.
Publication Date: 2011

Child Soldiering: A Call to Western Curricular Thinkers and Practitioners
Author(s): Ojok-Acii, W., Bilash, O. and Fournier, B.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Journal of Interdisciplinary Education
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 64-79

Immigrant Graduate Students Compete for Academic Opportunities
Author(s): Bilash, O. and Shi, W.

Increasing use of the Target language in FL classrooms: Lessons from Japanese Teachers of English
Author(s): Bilash, O.

The emergence of a learning community - what it took in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Author(s): Bilash, O. and Brookes, M.