Upcoming Webinars

Feb 19

Teaching English with Blockchain Technology

Feb 24

Migration, Trauma, and Mental Illness: Implications for Language Learning

Mar 17

Techy Writing Tasks for PBLA

Mar 24

Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway Learning: Blend-Sync ESL Classes

Apr 24

Dealing With Multi-Level ESL/EFL Classes

Apr 30

What’s New in the Best Practices Directory in 2019

May 15

Timely Talk About Tobacco

 

 


 

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Teaching English with Blockchain Technology

When: TUESDAY, February 19, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmleadership
Presenter: Andrew Wagner

Webinar Description:

You've probably heard of Bitcoin, the world's first cryptocurrency. But do you know about the blockchain technology that makes it work? It has a wide variety of applications to the English teaching industry; learn them all from a blockchain expert with experience in the ESL industry.

This webinar is a product/service presentation about blockchains, the technology on which cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin run. It will explain what they are, how they work, and their applications to the ESL industry.

The applications go far beyond using cryptocurrency as payment. Here are just a few examples:

  • Register the information of students and teachers on the blockchain. This allows extremely inexpensive and fast transfer and verification of test scores and certifications.
  • Match students with teachers automatically, without the need for an intermediary. Also match students and teachers with schools, homestays, and other services.
  • Distribute learning materials peer-to-peer, which is much more efficient than centralized publishers. Registering the author on the blockchain ensures they don't lose ownership over or compensation from their work.

This is done in a decentralized way, meaning nobody owns or controls the process and network.

Our webinar presenter will reference a product and/or service, and has plans to launch a simplified application for teachers and students at a later date. However, during this webinar the presenter’s focus will be theoretical and will only mention ESL Coin as an illustrative example, when necessary.

Webinar Type: TechKnow

TechKnow webinars will cover a one-hour timeframe, split into two segments:

  • 40-45 minutes for the presentation, supported by slides
  • 15-20 minutes for questions from attendees Priority will be given to questions submitted in advance. Members can email topical questions for the presenter, up to one day before the live webinar.

Send your questions to webinar@teslontario.org, showing the webinar title in the subject line.

Categories: Technology

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Andrew is an experienced writer, public speaker, and entrepreneur in the blockchain industry, founder of ESL Coin, Blockchain Gaming and CoinFest, and adviser at Autonio and NewsBTC. He has roots in the ESL industry, where he was a tutor and event host and still helps manage a community with over 21,500 Facebook followers and 8,500 on Meetup.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-wagner-479a816a/

Website: www.eslcoin.org

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Migration, Trauma, and Mental Illness: Implications for Language Learning

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmleadership
Presenter: Allyson Eamer

Webinar Description:

Do you have learners in your class who you know have experienced traumatic events? Do you wonder why some learners exhibit unusual behaviour, sporadic attendance, or lack of commitment in class? Are you questioning how to recognize signs of trauma and mental health challenges? If so, please join us for this webinar.

Our presenter will provide an overview of the research related to the stresses associated with migration, and introduce current research that demonstrates the need for innovative programming to accommodate language learners living with mental health challenges, such as refugees and psychiatric patients.

Our presenter will:

  • Identify and discuss the ways in which mental health challenges may impact learning capacity
  • Discuss how trauma and mental health issues might be manifested in your students
  • Explain how to help create a safe and comfortable environment for your students
  • Offer ways to best accommodate trauma and mental health challenges in today’s learning environments

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Research, health/mental health

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Dr. Allyson Eamer teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. She is a sociolinguist who studies the relationship between identity and language. Her work has included language teaching and learning in Indigenous communities, as well as language use within multiple generations of immigrant families.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Language_Gal

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allyson-eamer-99034918/

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Techy Writing Tasks for PBLA

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmpblawriting
Presenter: Thura Aljubury, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you implementing PBLA in your classes and looking for some techy tasks? If so, this webinar will be of interest to you.

The presenter will demonstrate examples of using some techy methods and strategies to either assign tasks or assess writing in PBLA.

By the end of this webinar, you will have:

  • obtained information on using several virtual platforms for assessing writing
  • collected a list of platforms and apps to use in your classes for writing
  • been introduced to the presenter's authentic rubrics and tasks
  • had an opportunity to consider how to adapt these to your own levels and programs

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, lesson planning/ideas, writing, assessment

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Thura holds a Master of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE). She is a professor at Sheridan College, and an ESL/TESL instructor at the Peel District School Board and Toronto District School Board. With more than ten years of teaching experience in a variety of fields, mainly in ESL, she has constantly been developing teaching methods, strategies, and techniques incorporating technology in her classes.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TAljubury

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thura-aljubury-654ab5a8

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Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway Learning: Blend-Sync ESL Classes

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmblendsync
Presenters: Dmitri Priven, OCELT & Donald Moen

Webinar Description:

Have you ever considered the possibility of your students telecommuting to class? How can integrating on-site and remote (online) students affect your class environment? What tools would you need to be able to do everything you do in a face-to-face class through a web conference?

This hands-on demonstration of a blended synchronous approach to online delivery of ESL classes will be of interest to those teachers who would like to provide an immersive, participatory classroom experience to their online students.

This approach allows teachers to integrate on-site and off-site students in one physical/virtual synchronous space, with opportunities for real-time communication and student collaboration.

By the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:

  • situate this blended synchronous approach within the general framework of Anywhere Anytime Anyway Learning
  • obtain a greater awareness of a pedagogy for blended synchronous delivery of their ESL classes
  • identify the main features and affordances of a web-conferencing tool used for blended synchronous delivery of ESL classes
  • assess the needs of their students vis-à-vis blended synchronous delivery
  • assess their own level of readiness for implementing blended synchronous delivery
  • establish the limitations of this approach for ESL teaching purposes and ways to mitigate them

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, classroom management, blending learning, online teaching

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenters:

Dmitri Priven and Donald Moen are professors at Algonquin College. Dmitri is the coordinator of the TESL program, and Donald is the coordinator of the EAP program. Both have extensive background in all aspects of teaching adult ESL in Canada and internationally.

Dmitri’s current research interests are teacher training in blended synchronous environments, and form-focused instruction in EAP. Donald’s current research interests include intercultural communication, educational technology, online education, and educational leadership.

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Dealing With Multi-Level ESL/EFL Classes

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmmultilevel
Presenter: Maria Glass, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Do you find teaching multi-level classes challenging? Do you struggle with adapting lesson plans to fit a wide range of abilities? Do you find it difficult to keep students engaged and enthusiastic because of this? If so, then join us for this webinar, as we consider options to address this topic.

This webinar will focus on a pervasive issue in any ESL/EFL classroom: learners presenting different proficiency levels across the language skills. Language teachers inevitably face this issue because language is fluid and multi-dimensional.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • the difficulties and challenges faced in addressing the issue
  • the implications from not addressing the issue
  • various strategies to help mitigate the issue

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Classroom management, organization, lesson planning/ideas, multi-level classes

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Maria has more than 30 years of experience as a language teacher. For the past nine years she has been a professor with the School of English as a Second Language at George Brown College. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics degree, and a PhD in Linguistics (Pragmatics) from São Paulo, Brazil.

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What’s New in the Best Practices Directory in 2019

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmbestpractices
Presenter: Julianne Burgess, OCELT

Webinar Description:

As a busy instructor, would you like to cut down on preparation time while using quality materials with your learners? Where can you easily access practical, high-quality resources? One year ago, we held a webinar to introduce members to the TESL Ontario Directory of Best Practices resources. Now, one year later, the program manager for this project will update us on what’s new in the site’s content. Come and learn about the full range of what’s available for your teaching practice and professional learning.

The directory is an online collection of hundreds of ready-to-use materials that have been carefully selected by practicing teachers to meet the needs of busy professionals. The resources are from across Canada, and elsewhere, and have been vetted to meet best-practice criteria, including usefulness for PBLA classrooms. We hope you’ll make the directory an invaluable go-to resource for your students.

What can you expect to learn at this webinar?

  • A review of the 24 topic areas available, including citizenship, PBLA, special needs, literacy, as well as an emergency toolkit for last-minute supply teachers
  • Highlights of the new materials
  • A focus on must-have resources in our legal toolkit, and to lighten the mood, fun to use resources in the media toolkit
  • How you can give input as to what you’d like to see on this site

To access the Directory of Best Practices, go to: http://bestpractices.teslontario.org

Webinar Type: Best Practices

Categories: Technology, organization, lesson planning/ideas, materials & resources

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Julianne Burgess is the program manager for the TESL Ontario Directory of Best Practice Resources. She is also a LINC instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Julianne has a Master of Education from Brock University, and is also a PhD student in the Educational Studies program there.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianne-burgess-b1aa57112/?originalSubdomai...

 

MCI Logo 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 a resource in the directory of best practices.

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Timely Talk About Tobacco

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmmultilevel
Presenters: Annie Levitan & Aliya Desai

Webinar Description:

Is quitting smoking something you should talk about with students? Is it part of your role as an instructor to discuss the negative health effects of smoking? Nurses from Toronto Public Health have shared their knowledge with TESL Ontario in past webinars and have been well received by our members. We’re pleased to have them join us again, discussing a topic that is relevant to your students, their families, and their communities.

This webinar will explore the health implications of tobacco use, and the benefits, strategies, and resources to support your community in a quit journey.

During this webinar, the presenters will address:

  • Current smoke-free laws in place in Ontario
  • Key facts of the health issues of tobacco use
  • Vaping and e-cigarettes
  • Implications of the introduction of the Cannabis Act, 2018
  • Resources available to quit smokings

More information on Toronto Public Health and its ESL lesson plan resources can be found under “Event Information”.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning, lesson ideas, health, mental health

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenters:

Annie Levitan and Aliya Desai are public health nurses in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention program at Toronto Public Health. They are passionate about promoting health and wellbeing for all. They supported the development of the new health curriculum, "Promoting Health Information with Adult Language Learners". They are thrilled to share their passion and knowledge with you.

Event Information:

Toronto Public Health website: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-prog...

Lesson plans to promote healthy living with ESL/LINC students – tobacco use can be found at pages 177 to 196: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8f47-18-00083-ESL-Curr...

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