Upcoming Webinars

May 17

Discussing Healthy Living Topics with ESL Learners

May 24

Language Learning - Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking

June 25

Perfecting Your Pitch! Captivate Your Next Potential Employer in Thirty Seconds (Part 1 of 3-part employment series)

July 26

Get Connected, Get LinkedIn (Part 2 of 3-part employment series)

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Critical Thinking in a Business English Environment

Hot Potatoes

When: May 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This webinar has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 7 at 7 pm. We apologize for this change but circumstances made it unavoidable.

Presenter: Atif Malik, OCELT

Webinar Description:
Are you preparing students for the business world in an ESL academic environment? Are you looking for ways to vary delivery of content? If so, join us for this webinar.

Business English students are technology savvy and have access to various applications that can help them with vocabulary and grammar. As teachers, we must go beyond that and create lessons that foster the use of critical thinking.

In this webinar, participants will discuss some practical activities that integrate critical thinking skills into a task-based Business English curriculum.

This webinar will explore the following:

  • what is critical thinking?
  • the different levels of critical thinking and how to engage students at all levels
  • task-based language teaching
  • practical examples of activities/lessons that can be implemented in a business context; for example, fallacies and persuasive appeals

Presenter's bio: 
Atif Malik
has been teaching for over 10 years in both Canada and the Middle East. He is a TESL Ontario certified and accredited member with a CELTA and TESL diploma. He is currently finishing his Masters in TESL and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program.


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Discussing Healthy Living Topics with ESL Learners


When: May 17, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jodie Brant, Shannon Carney

Webinar Description:
Earlier this year, two public health nurses from Toronto Public Health presented a webinar on promoting health information. They listened to the feedback of webinar participants and are now ready to address some of the health issues that many of your learners or their families may be facing.

Their previous webinar (February 22, 2017) addressed the role of Toronto Public Health and public health units in the community. In this webinar, they will highlight key health messages and resources available to promote healthy living.

They will review the following topics:

  • healthy eating
  • diabetes prevention
  • mental health promotion
  • physical activity promotion
  • smoking cessation
  • cancer prevention and screening
  • pedestrian safety

Our presenters will provide a link to free ESL health resources that have been used effectively to promote health and safety with adult English language learners.

Presenter bios: 
Jodie Brant
is a public health nurse for Toronto Public Health. She has a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and has worked for Toronto Public Health's Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention program for 11 years. Prior to this, Jodie worked on a general medicine floor at Mount Sinai hospital and as a home visiting nurse in Etobicoke.

Shannon Carney is a health promotion specialist for the City of Toronto. She has a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Arts. She has worked for Toronto Public Health for more than 8 years in chronic disease prevention. Prior to this, Shannon worked for more than three years at Duke University Medical Centre as a staff and charge nurse in general medicine.

Follow Toronto Public Health on social media:
Toronto Public Health website:
Twitter: @TOPublicHealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torontopublichealth


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Language Learning - Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking


When: May 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Ken Beatty

Webinar Description:
What’s your view of language? One perspective is that language is a problem-solving tool. Our first language impulses are about getting what we want. Much language education extends this simple function but, increasingly, language education involves thinking critically about the world and engaging with it in creative ways.

Our personal steps in learning are often built on insights, intuitive leaps of understanding that change how we see the world.

This webinar will explore the following:

  • definitions of critical and creative thinking
  • the relationship between everyday insights and learning
  • new digital resources and paradigms for teaching and learning
  • using learner motivation to create a teaching and learning ecosystem

Presenter's bio: 
Dr. Ken Beatty,
Anaheim University TESOL professor, has worked in schools and universities in Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America, lecturing on language teaching and computer-assisted language learning from the primary through university levels. Author of 130+ textbooks, he has given conference and teacher-training presentations in 31 countries. His most recent book is Learning English for Academic Purposes for Pearson Canada.

Website: kenbeatty.ca

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/ken-beatty-88657035 



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Perfecting Your Pitch! Captivate Your Next Potential Employer in Thirty Seconds

Part 1 of a 3-part employment serieselevator pitch

When: June 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Katina Deichsel, OCELT

Webinar Description:
We all know that first impressions count; after all, we never get a second chance to make a first impression but ...

How many of you have gone to a networking event or job interview and, after being asked the infamous “so tell me about yourself” question, your mind went blank and you could barely remember your name? How many times have you gone to a workshop or conference and quickly took a seat without taking advantage of that precious time before the presentation to pitch yourself to whomever would listen? Why? The answer is simple.

Selling ourselves to others is often an uncomfortable and daunting task; however, it is a necessary evil of finding your perfect job. The trick to crafting the perfect pitch revolves around learning how to make yourself memorable to your audience.

In this webinar, you will learn the fine art of selling your best product, YOU, in three simple steps:

  • The Words: incorporating the elevator pitch formula + those feel-good words that intrigue and inspire our audience.
  • The Delivery: playing with your vocal toolbox to create dramatic effect when telling your story + saying your story with confidence.
  • The Entrance: meeting and greeting with a confident handshake, natural eye contact, and a friendly smile.

Presenter's bio: 
Katina Deichsel
has had the great pleasure of contributing to the language and culture training field for the past 14 years, working in a variety of public and private institutions in Canada and abroad as a facilitator and curriculum developer of several employment focused language programs. With a BA, MA, and TESL diploma, Katina decided the next step in her career was to join TESL Toronto as part of their executive, and she has been actively involved in co-chairing the April 2017 employment event, as well as TOSCON 2017.

One of her proudest achievements to date is supporting over 260 internationally trained professionals in their transition into the Canadian workplace through the Language for Workplace Connections program held at ACCES Employment. Through this experience, Katina has developed a keen awareness of the issues faced by newcomers who are in the process of attempting to obtain meaningful, sustainable employment in their fields of expertise.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katinadeichsel/



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Get Connected, Get LinkedIn

Part 2 of a 3-part employment seriesLinkedin

When: July 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jessica Webster, OCELT

Webinar Description:
Come and "get" LinkedIn. Looking for work? Heard about LinkedIn? Are you wondering if you should bother making another social media account? Do you have a LinkedIn account that is best described as internet driftwood? Attend this webinar to get the answers to the big questions about the number one career management tool.

Find out why LinkedIn is more important than Facebook, and more powerful than job boards. Understand the networking, professional development, career management, and learning possibilities!

Learn how to craft your profile, follow companies, join groups, connect, share, and job hunt. Finally, we'll share some tips on optimizing your professional digital footprint.

This webinar is suitable for those with a high-beginner level of comfort with the internet and social media. To best benefit from the session, attendees should have prepared a recent resume.

This webinar will explore the following:

  • How and why employers and colleagues use LinkedIn
  • When you are ready to use LinkedIn
  • Why you should use LinkedIn to shape your professional reputation
  • Tips for crafting a portfolio
  • How LinkedIn can help you find work

Presenter's bio: 
Jessica connects with people in both language and employment services and helps them communicate and put their best selves forward. With more than 10 years of experience teaching around the globe, Jessica has coached everyone from executives to community service providers and language teachers. Jessica has taught in private ELT, LINC, and virtual classrooms, and has designed and facilitated job-search related workshops for the Centre for Education & Training. While she currently works from home for LINC Home Study – Canada, you can always say hello online or at the next TESL Toronto PD event.

Jessica has chaired the annual employment event for TESL Toronto for the past three years. A founding member of the TESL Ontario social content committee, Jessica believes in the importance of building and strengthening relationships for career building, life-long learning, and the enjoyment of life.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jessicakwebster/

Twitter: @JessicaKWebster



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