When: August 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Stephanie Leutner, OCELT
Do you teach a multi-level class that includes literacy learners? Is incorporating PBLA into that class a struggle, or just too time consuming? Multi-level can sometimes feel like an uphill road for any ESL teacher. Incorporating PBLA can feel like hauling a trailer while navigating those speed bumps.
In this webinar, our presenter hopes to share some of the tools and techniques she has learned over the years in her stage 1 class, including how to:
- build real world tasks, modules and assessments, from the ground up, using the CLB to help, not hinder
- support the literacy learners in the class so they are included and progressing
- support the other learners, so that everyone progresses!
These ‘driving’ techniques are transferable, and can be used for higher levels.
Stephanie Leutner’s teaching career began 17 years ago, spanning Canada and Eastern Europe. She took on the challenge of PBLA the only way she knew how: with determination, and a little humour and sarcasm thrown in.
Her personal wrestling match with PBLA has led to work as a consultant with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, focusing on developing and revising the QUARTZ application, due to be released in September 2017.
She also acted as a contributing writer for the upcoming MCI-funded LMS for adult non-credit ESL. Her recent writing credits also include the “Guide to Using QUARTZ for PBLA”, which was developed for TESL Ontario’s Directory of Best Practices.
Best Practices Webinar Series
When: August 27, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Jennifer Artan, OCELT
Google Forms is a multi-functional tool within the G-Suite that can be used to collect data related to learner demographics and needs assessments. Google Forms can also be a simple quiz template. Furthermore, Google Forms can be developed into a “choose your own adventure” experience through the creative manipulation of its form features.
In this presentation, members will explore how Google Forms can be incorporated into their classroom. Functions and affordances of the Google Forms tool will be outlined and demonstrated. The presentation will include a demonstration of live Google Forms.
This presentation will be divided into three components:
- Forms example #1: Forms used for data collection (demographics, needs, course evaluations)
- Forms example #2: Forms used for formative & summative evaluation
- Forms example #3: Forms used for creative reading task (choose your own adventure)
Prior knowledge or experience with the Google Suite is not required for this presentation.
Jen Artan is an experienced Continuing Education instructor with the Thames Valley District School Board. A certified Google Educator (Level 2), TESL Ontario Webinar Manager and Video Editor, TESL London Communications Chair, and a current Masters of Education student at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, she likes to keep current on educational technology for adult learners. She has presented webinars on educational technology topics such as Google Docs, Microsoft OneNote for creating digital portfolios, Smartboards, Blogging, and PowToon.
For more about Jen, go to: https://about.me/jenartan
The Best Practices webinar series is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and will be supporting a directory of best practices documents that are currently under development.
When: September 17, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Marlon Valencia & Dr. James Corcoran, OCELT
What kind of assignment can ESL teachers use to get to know more about their diverse learners (their dreams, hopes, needs, and struggles), as well as their various multiliterate (including their engagement with new technologies) practices beyond the traditional print-based text essay?
This webinar will present a novel pedagogy which allows learners to invest in their identities and multiliterate practices as an alternative to the traditional essay.
Digital autobiographical identity texts (AITs) will be described and modelled, leading to a discussion of how they can be used in various language teaching contexts.
The presenters will use actual examples from their classroom practice with both first-year university students and pre/in-service teachers to demonstrate the potential of these texts in increasing the critical language awareness in identity construction of students and teachers.
The session will conclude with the presenters providing pedagogical suggestions for attendees, followed by Q & A.
Marlon Valencia is a lecturer at Ryerson University. His recently completed dissertation investigated the construction of future language teachers' imaginaries and identities in teacher education programs in Canada, Chile, and Colombia. His research interests include language learners' and teachers' identities, critical multiliteracies, and language policy. He has taught ESL/EFL and Spanish as a foreign language in Colombia, Canada, and the United States.
James Corcoran is a research officer at the University of Toronto and a lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto, Glendon College/York University, and the University of Western Ontario. His recently completed dissertation investigated plurilingual English as an additional language (EAL) scientists' experiences with scholarly writing for publication. He is currently interested in (critical) language teacher education, (critical) English for specific/academic purposes, and relations of power in global academic knowledge production. James has been an EAL teacher and teacher educator in Brazil, Mexico and Canada over the past two decades. He also acts as a guest blogger for TESL Ontario.
When: September 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Nicole Horsley, OCELT
Are you interested in encouraging independent learning outside of your classroom? Would you like your students to interact with your lesson plan for homework, for missed classes and worksheets, for a chance to integrate technology and the web into their learning? If so, this webinar is for you.
This webinar will show you how to use Google Drive to help create not only a lasting and accessible resource but also an engaging learning experience for students. It can be a useful tool for managing continuous intake, shift workers, and PBLA objectives.
You will learn:
- How to build an interactive learning plan using a simple chart in Google Docs
- How to insert hyperlinks to online videos, games, grammar exercises, and other web-based resources
- How to share your learning plan with your students so they can access it anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection
- How to incorporate other apps from Google Drive into your teaching
This webinar is suitable for those who are comfortable with using technology in the classroom.
Nicole Horsley has been teaching in virtual and traditional classrooms since 2009. She is a distance educator and new teacher mentor with LINC Home Study Canada, as well as a multi-level LINC instructor at the St. George's Centre for Adult ESL. She is TESL certified and enjoys learning new ways to engage students in the learning process.