Distinguished Contribution Award

Judith Bond

Toronto, ON

Judith has been an adult ESL educator for over 30 years in a variety of sectors and organizations; teaching and training, managing and developing projects, supervising teaching staff and writing several workplace specific and occupational specific curriculums. During the last 13 years Judith has focused on enhanced language training for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) as well as consulting on several projects: Writer/Developer of the All CLB document, Researcher and Project Lead for the Directory of Best Practices, and Project Manager/Researcher for the CCPLAR and TESL Ontario Competency Framework for Adult ESL Teachers projects. She has gained extensive knowledge and experience of the scope of ESL in Ontario and experience in developing and leading projects in several different ESL training models; workplace/workforce, ESL, ELT, Bridging, Job Specific, OSLT and LINC and on-line.

She has written a number of resources including: Co-writer, TESL Ontario Competency Framework for Adult ESL Teachers, Co-writer, ALL: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (CCLB), Chapters for Unregulated Professions and Mature Workers in WorkReady (CCLB), Canada Works, a resource book for LINC 4/5 classes, two of the Steps to Employment workbooks, PracticalWHMIS.com, an on-line training program written to CLB 3, e-learning course on Accessibility (based on the AODA) for small business owners, writing team, and on-line content for the Hospitality sector.

As a consultant, Judith facilitated the Federal Settlement Renewal Consultations and the Provincial discussions regarding professional certification for adult ESL teachers in Ontario. For the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, she has been involved in several occupation benchmarking projects and researched and wrote several Occupational Language Analysis (OLAs). Judith also represented Ontario on the team that developed a Dacum for Workplace Educators.

Judith’s passion has always been about newcomers being successful in the Canadian workplace. Her early career, teaching night school and supervising ESL programs led to working in workplace programs within companies. Developing workplace curriculum specific to a company helped employed workers communicate better and look to opportunities to advance in their company. Other areas of teaching interest include Ontario Human Rights, WHMIS and Health and Safety. Judith has developed specific modules for ESL and ELT students to ensure new and experienced workers understand their rights and responsibilities in a workplace. Judith was very excited when approached to develop ELT curriculum for the college sector. Working with newcomer professionals before they enter the workforce is rewarding. Individuals return to their occupation or a similar occupation with an understanding of the intersection of culture and language, a satisfying outcome.


Nominations for the Distinguished Contribution Award are accepted in the spring/summer each year and winners will be presented with their awards at the TESL Ontario Annual Conference each fall.