Upcoming Webinars

May 24

Language Learning - Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking

June 21

Activities to Enhance Vocabulary Learning

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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Language Learning - Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking

language

When: May 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter:
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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Activities to Enhance Vocabulary Learning

Best Practices Webinar Series

Vocabulary

When: June 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Cecilia Aponte-de-Hanna, OCELT, OCT

Webinar Description:
What does the literature say about vocabulary acquisition? What words do we teach, why, and how? What should the focus be? Well, it all depends.

In this webinar, participants will explore activities and strategies to help students gain vocabulary skills:

  • Online tools
  • In-class activities
  • Vocabulary learning strategies
  • Vocabulary according to language levels

At the end, participants will be able to determine what tools and strategies to use depending on the objectives of the lesson, students' needs, and expected outcomes.

Presenter's bio: 
Cecilia Aponte-de-Hanna
, OCELT, OCT holds a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from York University and is a college professor of English and ESL at Centennial College, School of Advancement. She has held positions as ESL adult instructor and as language assessor and is a certified TESL teacher trainer. She explains that teaching and sharing her expertise are two of the most rewarding aspects of being a TESL practitioner.

She has been a TESL Ontario webinar team member since its inception and is also an executive affiliate member of TESL Toronto. In addition, she has published articles in College Quarterly and has been a regular guest blogger for TESL Ontario since 2014.

Twitter: @capontedehanna

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/capontedehanna 

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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.

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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
Presenter: 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
Presenter: 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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