Thank you to Our 2018 Sponsors!
Paragon Testing Enterprises is a private subsidiary of The University of British Columbia (UBC) that was incorporated in 2009 to commercialize the University’s English language proficiency tests. Paragon develops, delivers, and licenses English proficiency tests, including: the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Test, the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test, and the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Test. It also develops, delivers, and licenses online and print self-study materials, test preparation programs, and test delivery and registration software.
Since its founding, the company has rapidly expanded its test centres across Canada, with CAEL and CELPIP test centres open in every major city in each province. Paragon is currently expanding its international test centres, with the first international CELPIP test centres now open in UAE, USA, and the Philippines. Visit www.paragontesting.ca/ for more information.
Wi-Fi for attendees:
British Council has been teaching English for more than 85 years and has been evaluating it through IELTS for over 25 years. British Council IELTS gives you access to a network of test centres, in over 20 cities across Canada, sharing the same high standards, unrivalled availability of IELTS test days, first class preparation courses and expert advice as well as a wide range of preparation materials online with Road to IELTS. Visit www.ielts.ca for more information.
The University of Saskatchewan CERTESL program is a university-based program that prepares people to teach the English language professionally. It is aimed at meeting the needs of current and prospective instructors of English-language learners. CERTESL is an award-winning program that is accepted by all three of the TESL accrediting bodies in Canada: TESL Canada, TESL Ontario, and TESL Saskatchewan.
The CERTESL program offers three intakes per year. It CERTESL courses address the largest possible range of second/additional language learning needs: immigrants, refugees, international students, overseas students, Indigenous Canadians, and K to 12.
Our instructors are highly qualified. Their knowledge comes from both solid training and years of classroom experience.
CERTESL provides more than double the academic hours of the most widely-known programs for overseas teaching and does so at a degree-credit level of depth and rigor. Most of the courses have formal degree-credit status at the third- or fourth-year level.
Visit certesl.usask.ca for more information.
Thursday morning refreshment break:
Ontario Road Safety Resource
It’s never too early to start teaching road safety.
With car crashes representing a leading cause of death for children in Ontario, teaching kids the rules of the road has never been more important.
The Ontario Road Safety Resource is a bilingual curriculum based website with integrated lesson plans, tools and activities to help teach road safety in a fun and engaging way. Developed by Ontario teachers, the site’s easy-to-follow material is age-appropriate for children from kindergarten to grade 12.
Find a complete toolkit of teaching resources at www.ontarioroadsafety.ca . Thank you for doing your part to teach Ontario’s kids road safety.
Friday morning refreshment break:
RTO/ERO is a bilingual trusted voice on healthy, active living in the retirement journey for the broader education community. With 78,000 members across Canada, we are the largest national provider of non-profit group health insurance for the retired education community. We welcome members from the early years, school board or post-secondary sectors and those who worked in any other capacity in education. We offer a wide range of world-class programs, social networks and assistance throughout retirement. Visit https://www.rto-ero.org/ for more information.
Conference Communique Newsletter:
FAST provides two free antiracism educational programs – Choose Your Voice and Voices into Action developed by OISE-UT. The goal of both online resources: to teach students to speak out against racism and all intolerance. In a wealth of information and original videos, topics include: the experiences of Indigenous People, Racism against Black Canadians, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, the Chinese Head Tax, Japanese Internment Camps, the Holocaust and other genocides, Canadian values and identity, and more.
Since 2005, Choose Your Voice has reached over 2.4 million students throughout Canada. Developed to meet curriculum requirements for grades 6, 7 and 8 for Social Studies, English, French and the Arts, it is also used by ESL secondary and adult students. Educators register for 29 fact sheets, lesson plans, rubrics and videos. www.chooseyourvoice.ca
Voices into Action, is online to teach high school and post-secondary students about human rights and hatred in six units with 35 videos (can be watched on YouTube with cc). Launched in October 2014, it has already been taught to over 740,000 students. Educators register for a personal Dashboard with teaching plans, hand-outs and curriculum links. www.voicesintoaction.ca
Educators register for both resources to pick and choose units suitable for their level of learners.
Blockchain technology has taken the world by storm, revolutionizing industries from real estate to health care. ESL Coin is the first to apply this groundbreaking innovation to teaching English as a second language, with a variety of benefits for both teachers and students.
- Faster and cheaper payments to and from anywhere in the world
- Automatic fraud and abuse prevention using smart contracts and blockchain-based identification
- Access to a free global database of potential students, clients, employees and partners, which you can also advertise to at little cost
Like many blockchain start-ups, we are launching an ICO to fund our first integrated app. Unlike others, however, we will use a substantial fraction to give back to the ESL community in the form of grants and giveaways. Go to eslcoin.org to learn how ESL Coin can help you, too!