Upcoming Webinars

August 22

Using Visuals to Support Language Learning

Sept 12

Padlet: More Practice & Fewer Headaches

Sept 26

Instruction Delivery and Reception in ESL


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Using Visuals to Support Language Learning

When: August 22, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:00 pmvisualLearning
Presenter: Meredith McGregor, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you noticing that many of your students respond well to visual cues in the language classroom? Many learners find that they are better able to understand concepts with the support of visual aids.

This webinar will feature dynamic activities, suitable for any level of language proficiency, to promote language learning through the use of visuals. Participants will be presented with innovative ways of incorporating visuals, and will be invited to share their own ideas and experiences.

Participants will leave this webinar with:

  • knowledge about the impact visuals can have on the brain and on retaining information
  • several ideas for incorporating visuals into in-class/online activities
  • awareness of a variety of digital tools that can be used for in-class/online activities

 

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Classroom technology, lesson planning, lesson ideas

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the presenter:

Meredith McGregor has been an EAP instructor with CultureWorks, a private ESL school, for more than seven years. She also works on the school’s curriculum development and design. She is in the final stages of her PhD in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) at Western University, with a research focus on digital technologies and second language acquisition. She presented on this webinar topic at TESL London’s 2018 spring conference.

Twitter: @langolingo

Website: www.meredithmcgregor.weebly.com

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Padlet: More Practice & Fewer Headaches

When: September 12, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmpadlet
Presenters: Aga Wolczuk, OCELT & Maria Pop, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you curious to learn more about apps being used to energize classes and learners? Are you looking for a free app that’s accessible to all, regardless of the devices used by your learners? If so, join us to learn more about Padlet.

In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to Padlet, a free interactive online tool—that can help instructors not only handle some challenges of awkward teaching/learning spaces, but also create an effective blended learning environment.

Our presenters will:

  • demonstrate how to use Padlet to create new, or repurpose existing classroom activities and simultaneously increase time for meaningful practice
  • demonstrate an engaging sample Padlet activity
  • encourage participants to consider possible uses of Padlet in their classes

By participating in this webinar, whether you’re new to Padlet, or already familiar with it, you’re likely to learn some tech ideas to encourage creativity in your learners.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Classroom technology, classroom management, lesson planning, lesson ideas

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenters:

Both presenters work in the Culture and Language Studies department of Renison University College, University of Waterloo.

Aga Wolczuk is a lecturer at Renison. She is an active volunteer with TESL Ontario, including seven years on the executive of her local affiliate. In recent years, she has presented at various conferences on the topic of using Padlet as a teaching/learning tool.

Maria Pop is a lecturer and online course coordinator at Renison. Her current projects involve exploring and developing electronic tools for providing student feedback and integration of technology in the classroom. She has presented on using Padlet as a teaching tool to facilitate student practice.

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Instruction Delivery and Reception in ESL

When: September 26, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pminstructions
Presenters: Tatiana Young & Ben Burleigh

Webinar Description:

Have students in your ESL classes sometimes failed to follow instructions? Have you ever noticed a pattern regarding students not following instructions? Have you ever specifically studied how to compose instructions? This webinar aims to give you insight into how to construct more effective instructions.

The presenters will explore the reasons why ESL students may not accurately follow instructions given on assignments and tests. During this webinar, the presenters will have participants:

  • Consider and discuss a number of factors associated with instruction writing, delivery, and reception, such as a student’s background and language learning experience
  • Identify useful strategies and structures in instructional design to improve the clarity and function of their instructions
  • Reflect on recommendations concerning better instruction writing for instructors
  • Take away student strategies to better process and follow instructions

This webinar will be of particular interest to teachers who compose tests and assessments at all levels in both ESL and LINC. If your students have ever misunderstood your instructions, then this is a webinar for you.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning & ideas, assessment, instructional design

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenters:

Tatiana Young has been an ESL instructor at Niagara College for nine years. She has taught ESL and arts in Canada and Belarus for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Teaching, TESL certification, and a Master of Science of Management.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/tatiana-young-8559b18b

Ben Burleigh has been an ESL instructor with Niagara College for 11 years. He has taught in various areas of education for over 20 years. He holds a Master in Adult Education with a focus in ESL, an Intermediate Language Arts certification, TESL certification, and a Bachelor of Arts in Primary/Junior divisions. He established, co-managed, and taught in a conversational language school in Japan.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/ben-burleigh-b6883127

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