The Centre for Learning, Training, and Development (CLTD) is a partnership founded in 2017 and owned and managed by a husband and wife team Ron and Laila Hawker.
Laila has a B.A. in Asian and Pacific Studies with a minor in TEAL (Teaching English as Another Language) from the University of Victoria, an M.Ed in Adult, Administrative and Higher Education from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in Adult Education (ABD) from the University of Southern Queensland. Laila has over 25 years’ experience working in higher education and corporate training in Canada and abroad, with certification in CELTA/DELTA, Train the Trainer, and in teaching people with learning disorders as well as extensive experience in a wide range of EAL, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and academic preparation and bridging methodologies. Laila speaks English, French, Farsi, Japanese, Italian and some Spanish, Arabic, and German.
Ron has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria in History in Art, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of British Columbia. He was the Associate Chair of the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. Ron has written and published three books, has lectured and consulted on art and culture, digital humanities, and archaeology and anthropology around the world, and has 25+ years of experience teaching in higher education in Canada and abroad, much of it in EAL contexts. Ron speaks English, French, Farsi, Spanish and some Arabic and Japanese.
Between us, we have over 50 years of experience in adult education, including Adult Basic Education and post-secondary education at the college and university levels. We have additional experience in instructional design, curriculum and program development, assessment, corporate training and project management. We have taught English as an Additional Language (EAL) in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar and in both public and private sectors in three different provinces in Canada. We are familiar with a number of EAL methodologies, including the Canadian Language Benchmarks, LINC, EEEL, EAL, IELTS, TOEFL, TESOL, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA).