May 27, 2009: Internationally-acclaimed literacy newspaper gets a new editor

      Wednesday, May 27, 2009
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)— English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, Nila Gopaul, has been named the new editor of Capilano University’s award-winning literacy newspaper, TheWestcoast Reader.

      Effective August 1, Gopaul will follow in the footsteps of longtime editor, Joan Acosta, whose ground-breaking work with the WCR has supported ESL and literacy efforts worldwide. Acosta retires this July after 30 years of service with Capilano University.

      “I’m absolutely delighted that Nila has accepted this position and will be bringing her expertise to this popular newspaper for adult literacy learners and new immigrants,” said Dr. Patrick Donahoe, Capilano University’s vice-president of student and institutional support. “Her significant international teaching experience will be of enormous benefit in continuing the great work that Joan has accomplished over the years.”

      A graduate in communications from Simon Fraser University, Gopaul completed her master of education in imagination (curriculum and instruction) while managing her own tutoring service and language school in British Columbia. Her professional expertise in teaching English to students from all backgrounds has been enriched by developing curriculum to accommodate broad age and demographic ranges in the classroom. She was recently a valued instructor in the intensive integrated skills program in the Institute for English Language programs at Harvard University.

      With her background in communications, business and education, and her skills in educational media and curriculum design, Gopaul intends to bring to The Westcoast Reader the same passion, creativity, commitment and ethical stance evidenced in all her work.

      Capilano University serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.