VWBPE 2022

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to host these distinguished individuals in the field of education.
Please join us in the VWBPE Auditorium on the days and times listed below to hear the messages of this year’s VWBPE keynote speakers.

Oksana Levytska

Oksana Levytska
Thursday 31 March
VWBPE Auditorium

Oksana Levytska

Oksana has 10+ years’ experience teaching secondary level subjects/credit courses in the International languages program with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. At present, Oksana acts as a principal of the Ukrainian Saturday School Ridna Shkola in the GTA (Toronto Greater Area).

Oksana has been a Chair of the Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) Canada Ukrainian School Initiatives Committee since 2010. The Committee activity is aimed to revive, start and support UNF heritage schools in Canada. She is an active member of Ukrainian Canadian School Board UNF in Toronto. Recently she chaired the Ukrainian Canadian Council (UCC) National Ukrainian Education Council.

She is an organizer of teachers’ conferences, workshops, and webinars across Canada and internationally. Oksana co-works with educators in the diaspora and Ukraine, willingly sharing novice techniques and her best practices of teaching Ukrainian as a Second Language. She writes articles for the periodicals in Canada and Ukraine.

Currently, Oksana is chairing the International Educational Coordinating Council of the Ukrainian World Congress (since 2019).

Dr. Randall Sadler

Dr. Randall Sadler (SL: Randall Renoir)
Friday 01 April
VWBPE Auditorium

Dr. Randall Sadler

SL: Randall Renoir

Dr. Randall Sadler is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Illinois English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Programs, where he teaches courses on telecollaboration and language learning, virtual worlds and language learning and the teaching of L2 reading and writing.

His main research area is on the role of technology in language learning, with a particular focus on how Telecollaboration, CMC, and VirtualWorlds may be used to enhance that process. He has published in these areas in journals including the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, CALICOJournal, ReCALL, Language Learning & Technology, Computers & Education, ELT, and in numerous edited volumes. His latest book, Virtual Worlds, Telecollaboration, and Language Learning: From Theory to Practice is published by Peter Lang.

He is also the co-owner of the EduNation Islands, which are located in the Virtual World of Second Life, where he may often be found in the guise of his avatar Randall Renoir.