Upcoming Webinars

June 17

The Forgotten Skill: Building Vocabulary for Spoken Production

June 20

Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Two

July 18

Academic Skills Development through Content-Based Learning in an EAP Program

July 25

Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Three

August 22

Using Visuals to Support Language Learning

Sept 16

Navigating Cultural Differences in the Classroom: Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities

Sept 26

Instruction Delivery and Reception in ESL


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The Forgotten Skill: Building Vocabulary for Spoken Production

When: June 17, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmVocabulary
Presenters:
Kerstin Okubo

Webinar Description:

Are your students sometimes concerned about their perceived inability to keep up with and/or master the new vocabulary they encounter? If so, this webinar may be of interest to you. Although the presenter will address English for Academic Purposes (EAP), the concepts being presented can be applied to a variety of levels and programs.

EAP students often remark that their speaking vocabularies remain undeveloped, regardless of other progress they have made. Time constraints and tight curricula in EAP classrooms often prohibit the instructors from paying much attention to vocabulary development beyond preparatory vocabulary for listening or reading, or strategy building such as guessing vocabulary from context. Much of this preparatory vocabulary exists just beyond students’ level of comprehension; however, it usually remains inaccessible to the students for their own spoken production.

In order to assist students with expanding their spoken productive vocabularies without relying on extra source materials, textbooks, or academic word lists, existing source texts can be exploited by examining a different set of vocabulary than that for reading or listening: a set that exists just within students’ level of comprehension, but not yet utilizable in their speaking. This vocabulary is much more accessible to students because they are often familiar with one or more of the aspects of this vocabulary.

This webinar will invite participants to move beyond studying only the unknown vocabulary in source material, and explore ways to exploit authentic sources for productive vocabulary development. In particular, we will move through the following objectives:

  • an analysis of the problem
  • engagement with a sample text
  • introduction of 4 levels of vocabulary
  • exploiting salient vocabulary for production
  • building productive vocabulary
  • learner outcomes


There will be several references to research from the following industry leaders: Michael McCarthy, Penny Ur, and James McCrostie.

 

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Academic reading, academic writing

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the Presenters:

Kerstin Okubo has been an ESL professional for more than 20 years. She began her focus on EAP in 2008 and has been teaching at the University of Toronto for the past six years. Kerstin is currently the lead instructor for academic listening and speaking with the University of Toronto’s International Foundation Program.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerstin-okubo-199ab86/

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Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Two

When: June 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDigitalLearning
Presenter: Sylvia Buchanan

Webinar Description:

This is a 3-part series, with each session building upon the previous one(s). It will therefore be important to be at each one, or watch the video of any earlier one(s) prior to attending a live session in the series. There will be some interactive activities built into each section. Participants can also look forward to having templates and other resources to help them with their planning.

Series Part Two:

This session builds on the first by introducing participants to the SAMR Model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to support instructors in determining the level of technology integration in the learning environment. Using this model teachers can decide if the chosen technology is enhancing or transforming learning.

The primary goal of the SAMR model is to introduce technology tools that redefine the learning space. To assist teachers in achieving this goal, Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy will also be presented to illustrate how different technologies can be implemented to facilitate learning and improve student performance.

Resources: a 44-page PDF written by Andrew Churches on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, a Handout on using the SAMR model, a Quick Guide to Writing Learning Objectives, a Handout on Bloom’s Taxonomy, a poster (pdf) of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs, produced by Global Digital Citizenship Foundation and an ebook on Transforming Lessons through the SAMR Model, and PDF’s on Guiding Development by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.

Activities: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to write learning objectives or goals, choose from a list of technologies to integrate into the lesson plan using both the taxonomy and the SAMR model. As in the 1st session, participants will be invited to interact with the presentation by taking polls, writing notes on the slides and asking questions, all through their digital devices.

Access a video of part one here.

Series Part 3: July 25, 2018 at 7 pm

 

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories:Classroom technology, curriculum design, instructional design, lesson planning, assessment

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenter:

Sylvia has taught ESL in various parts of the world for over 16 years. She holds TESL Canada certification, a Master of Education in Digital Technology, a Fine Arts degree in Visual Art, and a diploma in graphic design. She is the founder and CEO of SYLVIA’S IT, a digital tech training company. As a tech training specialist, her primary mandate is to help people discover the digital tools and the confidence needed to succeed.

Twitter: @sylviabuchanan

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sylviabuchanan

Website: www.sylviasit.com

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Academic Skills Development through Content-Based Learning in an EAP Program

When: July 18, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmContent
Presenters:
Tetyana Vdovina, OCELT & Kiki Ernikoglou, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Can the integration of content and skills fully prepare students to succeed in post-secondary education? How can content specific materials be used to improve reading and writing skills?

These important questions will be addressed in this webinar.

One of the main concerns of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students when preparing to attend a Canadian post-secondary institution is whether they are well equipped with English language skills, disciplinary-specific knowledge, and academic skills to succeed in higher education. One of the approaches that has successfully been implemented at the International Centre for EAP is content-based instruction (CBI), which has resulted in students’ increased motivation and in higher academic achievement through students’ engagement in meaningful and authentic tasks.

This presentation will focus on: • the integration of reading and writing skills through content-specific materials • how the implementation of CBI in an EAP university preparation program better prepared and equipped students with the necessary skills and the disciplinary knowledge to succeed in higher education programs • student success stories.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Academic reading, academic writing

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the Presenters:

Tetyana Vdovina has been Academic Lead at the International Center for EAP in Toronto since 2014. She holds a PhD in education, specializing in theory and methods of teaching English, M.A. in English and German education, and a TESL diploma. She is TESL Ontario accredited theory and methodology instructor, on the TESL Ontario Registry of Experts in Research, and a TOSCON17 presenter.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tetyana-vdovina-phd-94241324/

Kiki Ernikoglou has been a University Pathways instructor at ICEAP since 2016. She currently teaches in the Pre-Master’s of Education Pathways program. Kiki holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. She has taught both university and high school students, as well as language instructors.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiki-ernikoglou-6b17b3b2/

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Pedagogy, Frameworks & Technology: Learning in the Digital Age - Part Three

When: July 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDigitalLearning
Presenter: Sylvia Buchanan

Webinar Description:

This is a 3-part series, with each session building upon the previous one(s). It will therefore be important to be at each one, or watch the video of any earlier one(s) prior to attending a live session in the series. There will be some interactive activities built into each section. Participants can also look forward to having templates and other resources to help them with their planning.

Series Part Three:

The final session continues to build upon the work completed in the previous two webinars. Referencing the UbD lesson plan, the SAMR template, and Bloom’s digital taxonomy, specific technologies are then integrated into the teaching plan to align with learning activities and the level of performance selected.

Participants are introduced to a range of educational and creative technologies to facilitate assessment, presentations, and the development of learning materials.

Resources: There’s a Tech Tool for That Handout, Web Tools to Use with Bloom (PDF), 20-Point Checklist for Practicing Effective Lesson Planning, The Pocket Assessment Guide, and The Ultimate Cheat sheet and Workbook for Critical Thinking by the Global Digital Citizenship Foundation

Activities: In this session the activities will revolve around the technologies themselves. Participants will have an opportunity to see the tech in action by interacting with the presentation and some of the tech tools previously chosen via their digital devices.

Videos of series part one and part two will be posted here following each installment.

 

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories:Classroom technology, curriculum design, instructional design, lesson planning, assessment

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenter:

Sylvia has taught ESL in various parts of the world for over 16 years. She holds TESL Canada certification, a Master of Education in Digital Technology, a Fine Arts degree in Visual Art, and a diploma in graphic design. She is the founder and CEO of SYLVIA’S IT, a digital tech training company. As a tech training specialist, her primary mandate is to help people discover the digital tools and the confidence needed to succeed.

Twitter: @sylviabuchanan

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sylviabuchanan

Website: www.sylviasit.com

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Using Visuals to Support Language Learning

When: August 22, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:00 pmvisualLearning
Presenter: Meredith McGregor, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you noticing that many of your students respond well to visual cues in the language classroom? Many learners find that they are better able to understand concepts with the support of visual aids.

This webinar will feature dynamic activities, suitable for any level of language proficiency, to promote language learning through the use of visuals. Participants will be presented with innovative ways of incorporating visuals, and will be invited to share their own ideas and experiences.

Participants will leave this webinar with:

  • knowledge about the impact visuals can have on the brain and on retaining information
  • several ideas for incorporating visuals into in-class/online activities
  • awareness of a variety of digital tools that can be used for in-class/online activities

 

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Classroom technology, lesson planning, lesson ideas

Participant Level: All levels

 

About the presenter:

Meredith McGregor has been an EAP instructor with CultureWorks, a private ESL school, for more than seven years. She also works on the school’s curriculum development and design. She is in the final stages of her PhD in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) at Western University, with a research focus on digital technologies and second language acquisition. She presented on this webinar topic at TESL London’s 2018 spring conference.

Twitter: @langolingo

Website: www.meredithmcgregor.weebly.com

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Navigating Cultural Differences in the Classroom: Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities

When: September 16, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pminstructions
Presenter: Katina Deichsel, OCELT

Webinar Description:

How many teachers have walked into their new classroom full of new faces and thought, "How am I going to translate all these differences - culture, age, gender, education level, professional history, and personal temperament - into an engaging learning environment that achieves course objectives?"

How many more instructors have struggled with preparing their internationally trained professionals to survive and thrive in their new Canadian working environments?

This webinar will harness students' unique differences and blend this with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to navigate our students' new social and professional landscape. This webinar will leave with three key takeaways:

 

  1. Understanding why difference poses such a challenge for many teachers, students, and programs.
  2. Recognizing the 5 key differences that cause most cultural confusions.
  3. Integrating the 5 expectations that are central to Canadian culture into planning and delivery to equip students speak the language and live in the environment.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Classroom management, employment / self employment, culture

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Katina is an EAP lecturer at George Brown College, and a curriculum design consultant and business & communication coach for ACCES Employment and COSTI. She has worked in the language and culture training field for the past 15 years, both in Canada and internationally. She has extensive experience working with employment integration for newcomers to Canada. She holds a BA, an MA, and a TESL diploma, and is an active volunteer with TESL Toronto.

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

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Instruction Delivery and Reception in ESL

When: September 26, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pminstructions
Presenters: Tatiana Young & Ben Burleigh

Webinar Description:

Have students in your ESL classes sometimes failed to follow instructions? Have you ever noticed a pattern regarding students not following instructions? Have you ever specifically studied how to compose instructions? This webinar aims to give you insight into how to construct more effective instructions.

The presenters will explore the reasons why ESL students may not accurately follow instructions given on assignments and tests. During this webinar, the presenters will have participants:

  • Consider and discuss a number of factors associated with instruction writing, delivery, and reception, such as a student’s background and language learning experience
  • Identify useful strategies and structures in instructional design to improve the clarity and function of their instructions
  • Reflect on recommendations concerning better instruction writing for instructors
  • Take away student strategies to better process and follow instructions

This webinar will be of particular interest to teachers who compose tests and assessments at all levels in both ESL and LINC. If your students have ever misunderstood your instructions, then this is a webinar for you.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning & ideas, assessment, instructional design

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

 

About the presenters:

Tatiana Young has been an ESL instructor at Niagara College for nine years. She has taught ESL and arts in Canada and Belarus for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Teaching, TESL certification, and a Master of Science of Management.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/tatiana-young-8559b18b

Ben Burleigh has been an ESL instructor with Niagara College for 11 years. He has taught in various areas of education for over 20 years. He holds a Master in Adult Education with a focus in ESL, an Intermediate Language Arts certification, TESL certification, and a Bachelor of Arts in Primary/Junior divisions. He established, co-managed, and taught in a conversational language school in Japan.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/ben-burleigh-b6883127

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