TESL Ontario

TESL Ontario, established in 1972, is a non-profit organization serving the needs of teachers of English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development. In its commitment to professional development and advocacy, TESL Ontario addresses the range of competencies, experiences, and issues which influence the success of immigrants, refugees, visa students, and others who are learning English.

Research Project: Hiring Criteria and Employability of ESL/EFL Teachers in the TESOL Job Market in Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

You are being invited to participate in a study conducted by Dr. Shelley Taylor, Principal Investigator, and Shaden Attia, co-investigator, about the Hiring Criteria and Employability of ESL/EFL Instructors in the TESOL Job Market in Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Your participation in this study will help us to better understand the main hiring criteria expected from ESL/EFL teachers, the employability of teachers in today’s global market, and the effect of globalization on the TESOL field.

We are recruiting participants from three different groups:

  • ESL/EFL instructors who speak English as a second or additional language, with experience in a higher education institute (university or college) in Canada and/or the UAE.
  • Recruiters with experience hiring ESL/EFL instructors in a higher education institute in Canada and/or the UAE
  • Program administrators with experience managing an ESL/EFL program in a higher education institute in Canada and/or the UAE

For instructors, if you volunteer to participate in the study, you will first fill out a questionnaire, which takes approximately 10 minutes. Then, you will complete a journal reflection, which should take approximately 15-20 minutes, and finally you will be invited to attend an online interview session. The interview will be one-on-one, approximately 30 minutes, and conducted via Zoom.

For Recruiters, if you volunteer to participate in the study, you will first fill out a questionnaire, which takes approximately 10 minutes. Then, you will be invited to attend an online interview session. The interview will be one-on-one, approximately 30 minutes, and conducted via Zoom.

For program administrators, if you volunteer to participate in the study, you will be invited to attend an online interview session. The interview will be one-on-one, approximately 30 minutes, and conducted via Zoom.

Compensation: If you participate in the questionnaire, you will be offered the opportunity to enter a draw to win a 15-dollar e-gift card (Amazon or Tim Hortons). Also, each interview and journal reflection participant will receive a 15-dollar e-gift card each (Amazon or Tim Hortons).

Study Details for ESL/EFL instructor participants: ESLEFL Instructor Participants' Invitation.pdf
Study Details for Recruiter participants: Recruiter Participants' Invitation.pdf
Study Details for Program Administrator participants: Program Administrators' Invitation.pdf

If you would like more information on this study and if you are interested in participating, please contact the co-investigator, Shaden Attia, at sattia2@uwo.ca, or the principal investigator, Shelley Taylor, at taylor@uwo.ca.

Research Project: Technology-mediated language teaching: A study investigating language teacher knowledge and competencies

Many of us now agree that technology is an integral aspect of language teaching. Yet we may not always be confident about our use of technology in ways that increase student learning and engagement. This study examines teachers’ technological knowledge and skills to help us understand how technology is being used in the language classroom, and what types of support and training would benefit language teachers.

In this study, you will be asked to complete a 20-minute online questionnaire asking about your knowledge and abilities teaching and using technology, and you will be invited for a follow-up interview if you would like to share more information. All data collected are confidential and no personal information will be shared. In appreciation of your time, we offer a draw for a $50 gift card after completing the survey and an individual $25 gift card in thanks for participating in a follow up interview.

Please begin the survey at this link: https://tinyurl.com/2022TPACKsurvey

If you’d like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at antvaleo@yorku.ca .

Dr. Antonella Valeo
Associate Professor, ESL & Applied Linguistics
York University

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Today, TESL Ontario joins with friends, partners and individuals across Turtle Island to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day.

This is a day for all of us to recognize and celebrate the heritage, diversity and valuable contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples throughout history.

We honour the resilience and strength of the Indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with this land for thousands of years and, at the same time, we reflect on the systemic racism and discrimination that have caused generations of trauma. We recognize that this trauma continues to this day and we recommit ourselves to education and action to stand as supportive allies.

Together with organizations and educators across the country, TESL Ontario will continue to work and strive to create a more equal, equitable and inclusive community for this and future generations.

 

Happy Pride Month!

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This week marks the beginning of Pride Month 2022, a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the 2SLGBTQ+ community here in Ontario and around the world.

While we are excited for a return to in-person celebrations this year, we also take time to reflect on the ongoing challenges still faced by so many members of this vibrant community, particularly those who are in the Trans and racialized communities.

Invitation to Participate in a Study


This is an invitation to participate in a study about ESOL instructors’ beliefs, assumptions, and practices in the synchronous online classroom. The study is intended for English instructors that have been teaching ESOL for adult novice learners in synchronous (fully online and/or blended/hybrid) mode before and/or during the COVID-19 pandemic, in Canada. I am seeking ESOL instructors who would like to share their experiences and expertise and engage in reflections to inform their practice, contribute to the ELT research and online pedagogy and benefit colleagues around the globe. Please visit the research page for more information and to participate.