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Upgrading and University Preparation


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Julia Dodge

Julia Dodge, BA AdEd, NAID

Associate Professor

Upgrading and University Preparation

Chilliwack campus at CEP, A1417

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 2553

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  • Bachelor of Arts, Adult Education (UFV)
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (UVIC)
  • Native Adult Instructor's Diploma (MAETT)


  • Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education
  • Adult Basic Education Association of BC

Teaching Philosophy

Be it conscious or unconscious, adult learning is an intrinsic condition; we are meaning-making machines. As a teacher, therefore, my role is one of guide more than task master. Our feelings of self-worth, and ability to positively contribute to society, require time, space and the right conditions in order to reflect upon and synthesize new information into adult life. The amount and quality of self-discipline, empathy and social action of an adult learner is concomitant with that of the support and external validation provided by teachers for students’ self-reflection and autonomous action.

Teaching Interests

  • Fundamental, Intermediate, and Advanced English
  • Fundamental Maths
  • Fundamental and Intermediate Computers

Research Interests

  • Intergenerational learning (Family Literacy)
  • Embedding literacy supports and services into adult correctional centres 

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Upgrading through UFV was absolutely the right decision for me. I could get my foot in the door at a wonderful university, and despite having not yet completed high school, I feel like a real university student! The upgrading courses are fun and have a relaxed environment — allowing you to thrive and flourish academically.

  • – Hayley Westwood
  •    Upgrading and University Preparation
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