Call For Research Participants

TESL Ontario is pleased to support research initiatives by giving members a chance to participate. All research initiatives posted here are submitted to an ethics review before they are made available. The final reports will also be made available on this site.


Research Project: A portfolio- based language assessment (PBLA) research project

If you are currently teaching or have recently taught a Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Literacy class, I invite you to participate in a portfolio - based language assessment (PBLA) research project. The purpose of the survey is to explore LINC Literacy instructors’ perceptions of the purpose of PBLA, its impact on teaching and learning, and the assessment processes involved in PBLA. This survey is part of a larger research project that has been funded by a Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Grant from the University of Alberta, a Pathways to Prosperity Grant from Western University, and an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

If you consent to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey questions will ask about your education and teaching experience, and your perceptions of PBLA. It is my hope that the study results will lead to recommendations for improving PBLA processes and outcomes.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the following link:


Research Project: What makes a word difficult to learn? Teacher perceptions of word learnability.

Researchers from Western University, Faculty of Education are conducting a study to explore teacher perceptions of word difficulty in a second or foreign language context. If you are a second language teacher or student teacher, you are invited to participate. The questions in this survey may help you reflect on possible reasons why foreign language vocabulary is difficult to learn. The information gathered may help us comprehend how teachers shape their theoretical knowledge, pedagogical decisions, and teaching approaches. We hope our findings will contribute to improve the field of second language teaching and learning.

The online questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to be completed. Your responses will be kept completely confidential. Please click on the link below to start the survey:

Thank you in advance for your time. For further information about this study, you are welcome to contact the researchers Dr. Farahnaz Faez ( or Juliane Martini (