Upcoming Webinars

April 22

Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Communication

April 29

Google's Blogspot for e-Portfolios and Classroom e-cosystem

May 27

Simplifying Literacy Assessment Tasks

May 30

Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part One

June 17

The Forgotten Skill: Building Vocabulary for Spoken Production

June 20

Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Two

July 18

Academic Skills Development through Content-Based Learning in an EAP Program

July 25

Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Three

September 26

Instruction Delivery and Reception in ESL


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Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Communication

Intercultural AwarenessWhen: April 22, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Yecid Ortega

Webinar Description:

This webinar aims to encourage ESL teachers to understand what intercultural competence and cultural awareness are and how to use various activities in the classroom to foster understanding of other cultures and languages.

Cultural awareness is the sensitivity that individuals have towards the impact of culturally induced-behaviour on language use and communication (Tomalin & Stempleski, 1993). It is the ability to understand life, values, beliefs, attitudes and feelings from other cultures while intercultural competence is “the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in intercultural situations based on one’s intercultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes” (Deardorff, 2004, p. 194). In other words, individuals are first sensitive to other cultural differences and then learn the necessary skills to communicate and behave according to specific contexts (Deardorff, 2009).

As English language educators who work with diverse students, we learn and understand the various nuances of cultures, our work is to translate that cultural knowledge into the classroom pedagogy. This webinar will discuss possibilities for classroom practices and experiences on how to set up the groundwork for meaningful hands-on lessons that raises students’ cultural awareness in such topics as cultural stereotypes, values, attitudes and behaviours.

The four objectives of the webinar are to:

  1. present the audience with definitions of cultural awareness and intercultural competence as well as their importance for the language classroom,
  2. provide the benefits of infusing lessons with intercultural components
  3. showcase possible lessons that can be implemented in any ESL classroom context; and
  4. highlight some resources for educators.


References
Deardorff, D. K. (2004). The identification and assessment of intercultural competence as a student outcome of international education at institutions of higher education in the United States. Unpublished dissertation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
 
Deardorff, D. K. (2009). The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence. SAGE Publications.

Tomalin, B., & Stempleski, S. (1993). Cultural Awareness. OUP Oxford.

 

Webinar Type: General

Categories:  Culture, cultural awareness, diversity

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenter:

Yecid is a Ph.D. student (he will be a candidate by the time the webinar takes place)  in the program of Languages and Literacies & Comparative, International, Development Education at OISE/University of Toronto with a vast international teacher training experience. He is interested in language teacher education and how social justice juxtaposes with concepts of plurilingualism in different TESOL national and international contexts.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/yecidortega
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ortegayecid
Web: https://www.andjustice4all.ca/

 

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This webinar is part of the Best Practices webinar series. This series is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and will be supporting a directory of best practices that are currently under development.

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Google's Blogspot for e-Portfolios and Classroom e-cosystem

When: April 29, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmBlogspot
Presenter: Joseph Ng, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Consider this: How real of a real world task (RWT) is pulling hefty Language Companion binders out of a cardboard box in class and then snapping in a 3-hole-punched proxy assessment of a speaking task? Or lugging that same binder between home and school? Instead, how about a student leaving a voicemail directly onto her e-portfolio on the way to class using her own mobile phone? Then bragging about the experience thereafter.

This webinar explains how to set it all up for PBLA-compliant e-portfolios using Google's free and easy-to-use Blogger/Blogspot platform. But there's more. With a few nifty gadgets, that class blog becomes an ecosystem for lifelong learning and friendships. Join us to see how easily this can be accomplished.

The webinar content will encompass classroom technology, classroom management, and work/life balance. Although PBLA is specifically addressed, the overall concept can also be applied to many other areas of ESL learning.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories:  Classroom technology, classroom management, work / life balance, PBLA

Participant Level: Moderate

 

About the presenter:

Joseph Ng, OCELT, MA (English), has been an author and instructor in Canada and Asia. A PBLA Lead Instructor, he has over 10 years' experience in the settlement ESL program, college English, and TEFL. Joseph's interests encompass SFL, corpus linguistics, jigsaw pedagogy (Dictation Triptychs), and mobile location apps.

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Simplifying Literacy Assessment Tasks

When: May 27, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmLiteracyAssessment
Presenters: Adrienne Horvath Cortes, OCELT; Alison Wilson, OCELT & Serena Reis, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Do you teach in a LINC program? Do you teach Literacy learners? Are you looking for a better way to complete assessments and comply with PBLA guidelines? If so, this webinar will be of interest to you.

This webinar will showcase a new PBLA-aligned Literacy assessment generating toolkit that was created to support Literacy teachers in programs following the PBLA curriculum/guidelines. It complements the Conestoga College LINC Assessment Generating Toolkit.

After this session, PBLA instructors will be familiar with and have access to an efficient and easy-to-use electronic Literacy assessment task creating tool. The Conestoga College LINC Literacy Assessment Generating Toolkit is a collection of CLB-aligned reading and writing assessment planning e-files from Foundation Literacy to 4L. This toolkit is structured by skill, CLB levels, materials, question level information, and real-world task ideas.

At Conestoga College, this tool has significantly reduced teachers’ preparation time while improving consistency across skills and levels.

Webinar Type: General

Categories:  Literacy, PBLA, assessment

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the presenters:

Adrienne Horvath Cortes has been teaching in LINC programs for 11 years. She is a LINC professor, PBLA Lead teacher and program coordinator at Conestoga College. She has been specializing in LINC to Work, an employment-focused language class. She currently teaches CLB 3 and 4 in that program.

Alison Wilson has been teaching in LINC programs for 10 years. She is a LINC professor, PBLA Lead teacher and site coordinator at Conestoga College. She has experience teaching at all LINC levels, both in-class and online, and currently teaches Literacy and LINC to Work.

Serena Reis has been involved in LINC programs for 20 years. She is a LINC professor, PBLA Lead teacher and site coordinator at Conestoga College, currently teaching level CLB 7/8. She has also taught EAP and English in the Workplace (EWP).

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Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part One

When: May 30, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDigitalLearning
Presenter: Sylvia Buchanan

Webinar Description:

This is a 3-part series, with each session building upon the previous one(s). It will therefore be important to be at each one, or watch the video of any earlier one(s) prior to attending a live session in the series. There will be some interactive activities built into each section. Participants can also look forward to having templates and other resources to help them with their planning.

Series Part One:

This session begins with an introduction to the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe (1998). This framework is used to help guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

The three stages of Understanding by Design are: Desired Results Evidence Learning Plan

“The UbD framework promotes not only acquisition, but also the student’s ability to know why the knowledge and skills are important, and how to apply or transfer them in meaningful, professional, and socially important ways” (McTighe, 2012).

The primary purpose of this planning framework is to improve student performance. Utilizing the UbD Framework and a Guide for Understanding & Creating Essential Questions, teachers will learn how to use backward design to develop lesson plans that focus on student understanding and the transfer of knowledge.

Along with the theory behind UbD, technologies will be introduced to help with different stages of the planning phase.

 

Series Part 2: June 20, 2018 at 7 pm

Series Part 3: July 25, 2018 at 7 pm

 

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories:Classroom technology, curriculum design, instructional design, lesson planning, assessment

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenter:

Sylvia has taught ESL in various parts of the world for over 16 years. She holds TESL Canada certification, a Master of Education in Digital Technology, a Fine Arts degree in Visual Art, and a diploma in graphic design. She is the founder and CEO of SYLVIA’S IT, a digital tech training company. As a tech training specialist, her primary mandate is to help people discover the digital tools and the confidence needed to succeed.

Twitter: @sylviabuchanan

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sylviabuchanan

Website: www.sylviasit.com

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The Forgotten Skill: Building Vocabulary for Spoken Production

When: June 17, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmVocabulary
Presenters:
Kerstin Okubo

Webinar Description:

Are your students sometimes concerned about their perceived inability to keep up with and/or master the new vocabulary they encounter? If so, this webinar may be of interest to you. Although the presenter will address English for Academic Purposes (EAP), the concepts being presented can be applied to a variety of levels and programs.

EAP students often remark that their speaking vocabularies remain undeveloped, regardless of other progress they have made. Time constraints and tight curricula in EAP classrooms often prohibit the instructors from paying much attention to vocabulary development beyond preparatory vocabulary for listening or reading, or strategy building such as guessing vocabulary from context. Much of this preparatory vocabulary exists just beyond students’ level of comprehension; however, it usually remains inaccessible to the students for their own spoken production.

In order to assist students with expanding their spoken productive vocabularies without relying on extra source materials, textbooks, or academic word lists, existing source texts can be exploited by examining a different set of vocabulary than that for reading or listening: a set that exists just within students’ level of comprehension, but not yet utilizable in their speaking. This vocabulary is much more accessible to students because they are often familiar with one or more of the aspects of this vocabulary.

This webinar will invite participants to move beyond studying only the unknown vocabulary in source material, and explore ways to exploit authentic sources for productive vocabulary development. In particular, we will move through the following objectives:

  • an analysis of the problem
  • engagement with a sample text
  • introduction of 4 levels of vocabulary
  • exploiting salient vocabulary for production
  • building productive vocabulary
  • learner outcomes


There will be several references to research from the following industry leaders: Michael McCarthy, Penny Ur, and James McCrostie.

 

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Academic reading, academic writing

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the Presenters:

Kerstin Okubo has been an ESL professional for more than 20 years. She began her focus on EAP in 2008 and has been teaching at the University of Toronto for the past six years. Kerstin is currently the lead instructor for academic listening and speaking with the University of Toronto’s International Foundation Program.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerstin-okubo-199ab86/

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Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Two

When: June 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDigitalLearning
Presenter: Sylvia Buchanan

Webinar Description:

This is a 3-part series, with each session building upon the previous one(s). It will therefore be important to be at each one, or watch the video of any earlier one(s) prior to attending a live session in the series. There will be some interactive activities built into each section. Participants can also look forward to having templates and other resources to help them with their planning.

Series Part Two:

This session builds on the first by introducing participants to the SAMR Model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to support instructors in determining the level of technology integration in the learning environment. Using this model teachers can decide if the chosen technology is enhancing or transforming learning.

The primary goal of the SAMR model is to introduce technology tools that redefine the learning space. To assist teachers in achieving this goal, Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy will also be presented to illustrate how different technologies can be implemented to facilitate learning and improve student performance.

A video of series part one will be posted here following the part one webinar.

Series Part 3: July 25, 2018 at 7 pm

 

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories:Classroom technology, curriculum design, instructional design, lesson planning, assessment

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenter:

Sylvia has taught ESL in various parts of the world for over 16 years. She holds TESL Canada certification, a Master of Education in Digital Technology, a Fine Arts degree in Visual Art, and a diploma in graphic design. She is the founder and CEO of SYLVIA’S IT, a digital tech training company. As a tech training specialist, her primary mandate is to help people discover the digital tools and the confidence needed to succeed.

Twitter: @sylviabuchanan

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sylviabuchanan

Website: www.sylviasit.com

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Academic Skills Development through Content-Based Learning in an EAP Program

When: July 18, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmContent
Presenters:
Tetyana Vdovina, OCELT & Kiki Ernikoglou, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Can the integration of content and skills fully prepare students to succeed in post-secondary education? How can content specific materials be used to improve reading and writing skills?

These important questions will be addressed in this webinar.

One of the main concerns of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students when preparing to attend a Canadian post-secondary institution is whether they are well equipped with English language skills, disciplinary-specific knowledge, and academic skills to succeed in higher education. One of the approaches that has successfully been implemented at the International Centre for EAP is content-based instruction (CBI), which has resulted in students’ increased motivation and in higher academic achievement through students’ engagement in meaningful and authentic tasks.

This presentation will focus on: • the integration of reading and writing skills through content-specific materials • how the implementation of CBI in an EAP university preparation program better prepared and equipped students with the necessary skills and the disciplinary knowledge to succeed in higher education programs • student success stories.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Academic reading, academic writing

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the Presenters:

Tetyana Vdovina has been Academic Lead at the International Center for EAP in Toronto since 2014. She holds a PhD in education, specializing in theory and methods of teaching English, M.A. in English and German education, and a TESL diploma. She is TESL Ontario accredited theory and methodology instructor, on the TESL Ontario Registry of Experts in Research, and a TOSCON17 presenter.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tetyana-vdovina-phd-94241324/

Kiki Ernikoglou has been a University Pathways instructor at ICEAP since 2016. She currently teaches in the Pre-Master’s of Education Pathways program. Kiki holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. She has taught both university and high school students, as well as language instructors.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiki-ernikoglou-6b17b3b2/

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Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Three

When: July 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDigitalLearning
Presenter: Sylvia Buchanan

Webinar Description:

This is a 3-part series, with each session building upon the previous one(s). It will therefore be important to be at each one, or watch the video of any earlier one(s) prior to attending a live session in the series. There will be some interactive activities built into each section. Participants can also look forward to having templates and other resources to help them with their planning.

Series Part Three:

The final session continues to build upon the work completed in the previous two webinars. Referencing the UbD lesson plan, the SAMR template, and Bloom’s digital taxonomy, specific technologies are then integrated into the teaching plan to align with learning activities and the level of performance selected.

Participants are introduced to a range of educational and creative technologies to facilitate assessment, presentations, and the development of learning materials.

Videos of series part one and part two will be posted here following each installment.

 

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories:Classroom technology, curriculum design, instructional design, lesson planning, assessment

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenter:

Sylvia has taught ESL in various parts of the world for over 16 years. She holds TESL Canada certification, a Master of Education in Digital Technology, a Fine Arts degree in Visual Art, and a diploma in graphic design. She is the founder and CEO of SYLVIA’S IT, a digital tech training company. As a tech training specialist, her primary mandate is to help people discover the digital tools and the confidence needed to succeed.

Twitter: @sylviabuchanan

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sylviabuchanan

Website: www.sylviasit.com

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Instruction Delivery and Reception in ESL

When: September 26, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pminstructions
Presenter: 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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