Director, English Language Institute
Andrew Scales is the Director of the English Language Institute at UBC Extended Learning. He has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Wales, a Master's in Applied Linguistics from the University of London, and the University of Cambridge diploma in English language teaching to adults. After teaching and administrative roles in Saudi Arabia, France, Spain and England, he moved to UBC in 1997.
He has published over thirty articles on English language teaching and is co-author of a Heinemann textbook on information communication technology. He presents regularly at national and international conferences, and as an invited speaker at sister university English language education programs. He co-chairs Language Canada's Quality Assurance Committee and earlier chaired the committee that established Languages Canada's Standards. At UBC Andrew is a member of the Centre for Intercultural Language Study’s advisory board and the ad hoc Senate sub-committee on English language admission standards, as well as various UBC Extended Learning committees.
Andrew oversees the development of all ELI programs and is responsible for the initiation of new programs. In recent years these have included the UBC Certificate in Advanced English Language Teaching, the English for English Teachers program and, in partnership with UBC Learning Exchange, the ESL Facilitators program which won the CAUCE 2007 Award for Excellence.
His current focus is on further developing and implementing the UBC Conditional Admission Program for undergraduate and graduate studies. His current research interests include language assessment, particularly international proficiency measures, and ESL in university - community engagement initiatives.