Upcoming Webinars

November 5

Using Google Drive to Foster Independent Learning

November 22

Data-Driven Learning Lite with WordSift

November 29

Endless Engagement for All Four Skills Through Dictation Triptychs

December 10

Slow = Fast: Back-to-the-Well for Learner Success

December 17

Improving Summarizing Skills to Foster Reading Comprehension

 


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Using Google Drive to Foster Independent Learning

google driveWhen: November 5, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Nicole Horsley, OCELT

Webinar Description:
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:

  1. How to build an interactive learning plan using a simple chart in Google Docs
  2. How to insert hyperlinks to online videos, games, grammar exercises, and other web-based resources
  3. How to share your learning plan with your students so they can access it anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection
  4. 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.

Presenter's bio: 
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.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-horsley-ocelt-5214b677/

 

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Data-Driven Learning Lite with WordSift

WordSiftWhen: November 22, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Presenter: John Allan

Webinar Description:

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.

Presenter's bio: 
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.

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

Twitter: @mrpottz

 

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Endless Engagement for All Four Skills Through Dictation Triptychs

DictationWhen: November 29, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Joseph Ng, OCELT

Webinar Description:

The latest focus on Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) rightly brings the focus back to where it should be; real-world tasks in all four skills. Yet the challenge always is to bring it all together in an activity that simulates authentic conversation, chunks, and functions, but with pedagogical opportunity to:

  • acquire
  • correct
  • drill, and
  • create

But given the harried schedules many teachers have, something relatively prep-free, self-running, effective, artefact-friendly, and feedback-positive would be ideal. Could such an activity even exist?

Enter Dictation Triptychs, developed and tested in a number of GTA LINC programs, which marries the interactive power of E. Aronson's jigsaw classroom with the all-party, all-skill exploitation of dictation activities.

The concluding question is, can these Dictation Triptychs ever be adapted for the online platform? This webinar offers a glimpse into what a Dictation Triptych-driven day could be like.

Although Triptychs is a product developed by the presenter, this webinar will focus on practical ideas for teachers to draw from.

Presenter's bio: 
Joseph Ng’s chequered career has allowed him to work with folks from all walks of life and approach each client with respect and love as Imago Dei and holistically, which includes an all-inclusive view of language and communication.

He has worked the last decade in the LINC/settlement sector but has had stints in EAP both in Toronto and overseas as well as worn a few hats in other sectors. Besides Dictation Triptychs and pedagogy, his additional TESL interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), corpus linguistics, e-PBLA and EPIC (pre-immigration), and bang-for-the-buck field trips.

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

Blog: http://canadianpedagogy.blogspot.ca

 

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Slow = Fast: Back-to-the-Well for Learner Success

LearnerSuccessWhen: December 10, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenters: Kelly Morrissey, OCELT & Dr. John Sivell, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you looking for ways to improve attendance and motivation in your classes? Do you believe that classroom practice should be evidence-based and grounded on a solid theoretical foundation?

What would you say if we said that slowing down and taking students back into the same vocabulary and grammar multiple times actually empowers them to reach their language goals sooner? To top it all off, what if we made it easy for you to try this approach by offering all the materials you will need for a lesson?

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

  • Recognize the evidence supporting repeated linguistic encounters as a way to enhance learners’ experience of control and success
  • Understand why repeated encounters with language points are essential to effective learning
  • Become familiar with branching and recursive models of learning to update the linear ones that many participants may have encountered during their teacher training
  • Easily take a test spin with Back-to-the-Well in the classroom by way of free PBLA-compatible activity packs

 

Presenter bios: 
Kelly Morrissey teaches CLB Levels 1L-2L and a multi-level class of seniors at the YMCA of Western Ontario (Windsor). She served on the TESL Windsor Executive Board from 2010 - 2016 and was one of two TESL Ontario Sparks of Excellence Award recipients for 2016.

Twitter:@JoyOfESL

Website: www.kellymorrissey.com, full of free classroom materials

Blog: joyofesl.blogspot.ca

John Sivell, now retired, was a professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University, St. Catharines, where he taught courses in linguistics, language-teaching methodology, and international studies. Concerned with practice as well as theory, he ‘kept his hand in’ by serving as a substitute teacher or classroom volunteer alongside his day job.

 

 

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Improving Summarizing Skills to Foster Reading Comprehension

SummaryskillsWhen: December 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Linda Hargreaves, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you interested in teaching your students how to easily summarize paragraphs and long academic documents? Would you like your students to actively be able to read for comprehension as well as use these skills to accurately take notes from lecturers and videos/TED Talks? If so, then this webinar can give you a sample curriculum for future success in these skills.

The presenter will show you how to use the skill of summarizing to help not only encourage students to ensure reading comprehension for short passages, but also ensure a lasting understanding and usable transferable skill for taking notes on academic articles, lectures, and TED Talks, as well as PowerPoint presentations. It is also an excellent skill for outlining for essays.

Presenter bio: 
For over ten years, Linda Hargreaves has been teaching ESL in-class with online components in universities, colleges, and private schools. Her enthusiasm for teaching ESL stems from the joy she gets from seeing her students succeed. She is currently a course director at York University, teaching first-year students for-credit courses in ESL, and a career services specialist for international professionals at Skills for Change in Toronto.

 

 

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