When: October 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Katina Deichsel, OCELT
We all know that small talk counts; after all, we only have those few precious moments at the beginning of each new interaction to chat up our co-worker, client, mentor, interviewer, and/or instructor. However, many of us miss out on this crucial opportunity to use small talk as a way to get exactly what we want, whether that’s a new job or a new business relationship, an engaged classroom of students, or a big sale. So, how do we use small talk to our personal and professional advantage?
How many of you have walked into a classroom and began the class by getting down to the nitty gritty of course outlines and program objectives, without taking those first 10 or 15 minutes to engage your students in small talk? And... how many of you have walked into an interview room and immediately sat down, going straight into interview mode, without capitalizing on those precious first moments to small talk the interviewer? Finally, how many of you are tired of the usual, everyday, water cooler conversations about bad weather and terrible transportation?
We can move our small talk way beyond the mediocre into a realm of true, meaningful, and memorable conversation by employing the FORD technique – a guaranteed technique to get others talking and interested.
In this webinar, you will learn the fine art of how to small talk any person in any environment in three simple steps:
- Small talk then versus small talk now: the shift and purpose of the new small talk
- What is the FORD Method?
- How to utilize the FORD Method in most professional and personal situations to get the conversation started and keep it going
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 its executive, and she was 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.
When: November 5, 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.
When: November 22, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Presenter: John Allan
Are you looking for a way to put your students in charge of a few learning activities? These activities would not take a lot of preparation time.
In this webinar, the session facilitator will provide an overview of data-driven learning and the WordSift tool. Participants will try a few of these activities during the webinar if they choose.
The instructor will provide "How to" quick guides that can be accessed through links provided at the session.
John Allan is an EFL instructor and learning materials designer at the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar campus. He has been developing learning objects and dabbling with education technology for a few years now.