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Meet our English Language Institute (ELI) Team

 

  

 

MARTINE ALLARD

Director, English Language Institute (ELI)

In her role as Director, ELI, Martine is responsible for a large Intensive English Program that prepares international students for postsecondary studies (400 – 700 students per semester).The institute also has an extensive TESL Canada and TESL Ontario certified teacher-training program for ESL teachers. In addition, the ELI has become known for its innovation and expertise in developing technology-enhanced language learning programs. Martine provides academic leadership, oversight, strategic and financial planning, and program development both at Seneca and in projects abroad.

Prior to joining Seneca, Martine was the Head of English Studies at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where she also worked with the European Parliament and the European Community. She was also an Adult Literacy Staff Development Instructor for the Georgia State Board of Technical and Adult Education in the United States, and taught ESL at the University of Georgia. Martine has written articles and books focusing on the use of authentic literature and film in the ESL classroom. She holds her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Translation from Queen’s University and her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

KIM STEWART

Program Manager, Students and Technology

Kim has been working at the English Language Institute (ELI) since it opened more than 20 years ago. She manages a team of technical staff responsible for the operation of the ELI's world-famous language labs. Kim also oversees the ELI advising team who ensures that ELI students are successful in obtaining their English and post-secondary goals.

Kim is a Seneca graduate herself. She studied Computer Programming at Seneca and followed it up with a Bachelor of Education and a Masters ABT in Education from Brock University

JESSE BLACK-ALLEN

Program Manager, Academic

Jesse has been working as Program Manager, Academic, in the ELI and TESL programs since August 2014. He manages a team of innovative, passionate, and experienced faculty. He oversees curriculum development, organizes exams, and creates professional development opportunities.

Jesse has extensive experience in English Language teaching and teacher training in Canada and abroad. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University and a Master of Arts in Second Language Education from the University of Toronto. Jesse completed his TESL certificate at York University. Jesse’s international interests include learning French, Spanish and Korean. He is also a student of Taekwondo and a chess player. 

RAFMIR MATUTE

ELI Scheduler / Advisor

Profile coming soon.

ROB BEMISTER

Testing Technician

Rod is the Testing Technician for the English Language Institute. He is probably one of the first people ELI students see when they come for their placement testing. Rod also helps out at the ELI orientation and assists students to complete their homework.

Rod completed a diploma in Law and Security at Seneca in 1988, and has worked at the College for more than 28 years, first as a Security Officer before joining ELI in 1999. Rod believes that students’ time in the lab isn't just about learning English; it's about interacting with the lab staff, making friends and becoming accustomed to the Seneca and Canadian community.

 
   

YUPENG (PENG) ZHANG

ELI Lab Monitor

Peng has been working in the ELI lab since July 2011. His responsibilities include overseeing the multi-media labs and the Can 8 learning system, demonstrating the capabilities of the lab to the students, updating ELI student Blackboard pages, invigilating ELI placement tests, as well as assisting the ELI program manager and technologist.

Peng graduated from Seneca’s Accounting program in 2011. Before that, Peng was an ELI student himself (in 2009). Before Peng came to Canada, he had graduated from a Marketing degree program at Beijing Union University. Peng’s first language is Mandarin, and he is also fluent in English.

 

JUNG HWANG

ELI Lab Monitor

Jung is the first point-of-contact for visitors, students, faculty and staff members. She coordinates the daily operations of the ELI and provides front-end administrative and clerical support. She is also responsible for organizing major ELI events such as the summer picnic, the Christmas party, convocation, etc.

Jung graduated with a diploma in Business from Seneca. She started working for Seneca International as a volunteer, and then became a Student Ambassador for International Student Services. She is originally from Korea and speaks fluent English and Korean. She is happy to be part of Seneca's ELI and International teams where she can contribute her extensive language, business and cross-cultural skills.

 

EDWARD WANG

PROFILE COMING SOON.  
 

MARK FORDER

Database Administrator

Mark started his Seneca career as a student in the Computer Engineering Technology program before working part-time in Seneca’s Admissions office. After graduating with honours, he worked in the ELI and Continuing Education. Currently, Mark is the Database Administrator and ELI Tech in the ELI labs. Mark programs, creates reports, maintains databases, helps faculty and students with general tech and non-tech issues, invigilates tests and exams and monitors the ELI Lab.  

Mark was born in Canada and lived in the United States before returning to Canada. He has visited China many times, and knows basic Mandarin and American Sign Language. Mark loves programming, but his favorite aspect of his job is talking and helping the students. 

  

 

MATTHEW SESE

Lab Monitor

Matthew is a member of the ELI lab team. He is also a full time student in the Business Administration Management program at Seneca. Matthew helps with the ELI Orientation, invigilates ELI placement tests, and assists students with their work in the ELI labs.

JIN RO

Office Assistant

 Profile coming soon.