Call For Research Participants

TESL Ontario is pleased to support research initiatives by giving members a chance to participate. All research initiatives posted here are submitted to an ethics review before they are made available. The final reports will also be made available on this site.

Research Project: Teacher perspectives on the affective dimensions of immigrant language classes: pedagogical and social implications.

We are seeking volunteers to participate in an online questionnaire as part of this study. Its objectives are to describe educational responses of second language teachers with respect to affective/emotional situations that occur in the classroom and to explore the potential of an arts-based affective pedagogy which focuses on the issue of integration among adult immigrants.

We invite full- and part-time teachers who work government-funded, English/French second language programs for adult newcomers in Ontario/Quebec to complete the questionnaire. Teachers who work with classes at any proficiency level are invited to participate.

Teachers’ responses will help us to understand the unique challenges they face as they foster the integration of newcomers through second language learning. The results of the study will provide recommendations about how to better support teachers in this important work.

The questionnaire takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete and includes 11 background questions about your teaching context and experience, and 5 questions about your reactions to fictional vignettes inspired by affective and emotional situations arising in the context of immigrant language classrooms. All responses will be confidential and anonymous.

If you are interested in participating, we invite you to click one of the following links, according to your language preference, to access the questionnaire. Please note that the questionnaire will be closed once there have been 100 respondents.

This research is funded by les Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). The prinicipal researcher is Monica Waterhouse, assistant professor in the département de langues, linguistique et traduction, Université Laval. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact her at monica.waterhouse@lli.ulaval.ca.

This research project was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of Université Laval.
Approval number: 2016-174/31-01-2017.

 

Research Project: Teaching Pragmatics to Newcomers to Canada

I am a Master's student at Brock University and I am looking for teachers to participate in a research project about teaching pragmatics. The participants should have recent experience (in the last 3 years) teaching in ELT, OSLT, or LINC at level 6 or above. The purpose of this research project is to investigate what supports teachers need to teach the socio-cultural aspects of meaning in language that are not conveyed by the grammatical forms alone, so that newcomers will have more opportunity to obtain and retain employment. We would like to learn more about what resources are available and lacking to support teachers’ practices. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to take part in an email interview requiring approximately 45 minutes to complete.

If you are interested, please see the consent form for more information and email: Gwen Zeldenrust gs04vm@brocku.ca  or gwenzeldenrust@gmail.com