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Academic Writing About Us

Writing Support Faculty

Suzanne Schiller has enjoyed over 20 years of experience teaching writing & communication skills at the college level. Engaging with students as a writing tutor has been one of the most meaningful experiences of her career.

Her personal reading mainly focuses on natural healing, spirituality, and the politics of food & farming, but some of her favourite books are the ones she read with her kids as they were growing up:

  • Old Mali and the Boy by D. R. Sherman
  • The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney​

Writing Support Faculty

Ben Hecht grew up in a bilingual (English, German) household in Germany before moving to Canada as a teenager. Having completed his undergraduate Economics (1998) and History in Art (2000) degrees at the University of Victoria, Ben began his ESL teaching career in Taiwan. That’s where he caught the “language-teaching bug”, which led him to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (2003).

Since then, he lived and worked as an English instructor in Spain and Mexico, where he acquired Spanish at the advanced level. He then taught in Oman and Libya before returning to Canada and obtaining his MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham in 2010.  Ben joined the English Language Program at North Island College as an instructor in 2012.


In terms of his reading preferences, Ben gravitates towards non-fiction and follows current events in English, German, and Spanish-language media. He also likes cooking and eating…

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