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: Instructor Needs Assessment

We are a group of five ESL Literacy instructors that are conducting a provincially-funded research project on adult ESL Literacy. We are all passionate about Literacy and realize the need for work done in this field to help existing and future instructors meet the needs of their unique learners.

Our Literacy Research Team is looking for fellow colleagues to complete this short anonymous survey about what your thoughts and needs are about adult ESL Literacy. Whether you are a present Literacy instructor, past instructor or just have an interest in Literacy, we would appreciate if you complete this survey as honestly as possible. No answer is incorrect! The results will help us create a curriculum based on the ESL for ALL document and also create some teacher training for adult ESL Literacy. Thank you for taking the time to do it!

Please click here to access the survey.


Research Project: Teacher perspectives on the affective dimensions of immigrant language classes: pedagogical and social implications

A researcher at Université Laval, Monica Waterhouse,  is exploring the role of affect in teaching in newcomer classes. For Phase 2 of this project, Monica is looking for instructors to share their perspectives and experiences about teaching existing lessons that use arts-based teaching materials (a graphic novel and a song).

If this sounds interesting to you, click here for more information.


Research Project: Examining Language Teaching Technology Use in Post-Secondary English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Programs

The study, Examining Language Teaching Technology Use in Post-Secondary English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Programs, is examining the rapidly evolving technologies being used in Canadian and U.S. post-secondary EAP programs. As there has been very little research in this area, we are looking for EAP instructors and/or administrators currently working in Canada to share your views on EAP technology successes, limitations and emerging areas in need of further research.  

If you are currently working in EAP and interested in participating, please complete this survey here: and many thanks for contributing to this much needed research!


Research Project: English language teacher self-efficacy beliefs

My name is Michael Karas and I am a PhD student at Western University. Under the supervision of Dr. Farahnaz Faez, I am investigating ESL teachers’ confidence in their abilities to complete various English teaching tasks (i.e. self-efficacy). We would like to invite you to participate in our study and complete an online survey. The survey portion of the study is completely anonymous and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you can also volunteer to be interviewed, but this is completely optional. All ESL teachers who teach students over the age of 16 are invited to participate. Taking part in this study will allow teachers an opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and abilities in the classroom. Thank you very much for considering this request. We appreciate your help with our study!

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Research Project: English Language Teacher Required Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Beliefs about Pronunciation Instruction

My name is Bei Zhang, an MA student at Western University. I’m currently doing my MA research under the supervision of Dr. Farahnaz Faez focusing on ESL teachers’ self-beliefs regarding pronunciation teaching in Canadian classrooms. We would like to invite you to participate in our study and complete an online survey. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s OK if you don’t have pronunciation teaching experience, your opinions are still extremely valuable. Completing the survey could help in raising your awareness of your strengths and/or weaknesses related to teaching pronunciation. I would really appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.

Please click the link below to access the survey