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: Stigmatized ESL Teacher Talk!

ESL teachers, have you ever been told that you are speaking too much in class? What did you do about it? How did it make you feel?

Perhaps it would surprise you that ESL teacher talk should not be about the quantity of that talk. A new program, Quality Teacher Talk Training (QTTT) has been developed to focus on the real problem: A lack of discourse based training in most TESL training programs.

The researcher is seeking a minimum of 4 ESL post secondary teachers to participate in her thesis research to assess the effectiveness her discourse-based QTTT program. Data gathered from participants will gauge their feedback regarding their perception of the effectiveness of the program and its impact upon their classroom teacher talk. Selected participants will have a $20.00 donation, in their name, made to the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation.

What can you expect to get out of participating?

  • A new perspective regarding this problem of excessive ESL teacher talk.
  • Skills to have excellent co-constructed conversation with your students, and to teach your students.
  • An understanding of the basic parts of a conversation.
  • Conversation based classroom management skills training, allowing you to quietly steer classroom activities while your students develop their conversation skills.

What can you expect to do if you want to participate?

  • Your involvement is a total of 80-90 minutes over 4 days, including an initial question and answer session.
  • The question and answer Zoom session of 20 minutes will discuss the research with participants and answer questions.
  • For 2 of the 3 days, you will keep a diary that takes take approximately 20 minutes per day to complete at the end of your class.
  • In the middle of the research, you will be introduced to QTTT by watching a video of a technique that you will use on the next teaching day, and then rate with the teacher thought diary.

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please contact the researcher, Jennifer Byers, at Jennifer.Lee.Byers@USherbrooke.ca , jenniferteacher@nym.hush.com , or at 514-377-3271.

 

Research Project: English Language Teacher (ELT) Self-Directed Teacher Learning (SDTL) in Online Spaces: Case Studies of Teacher Explorers

I am a PhD Candidate at York University, who is looking for participants for my dissertation research project English Language Teacher (ELT) Self-Directed Teacher Learning (SDTL) in Online Spaces: Case Studies of Teacher Explorers. Briefly, I am looking for experienced English language teachers (5 years+) who engage in professional development activities online because of their own interest (i.e., not due to their employer’s requirement, or to fulfill re-certification requirements). I am hoping to learn more about your motivations, learning experiences, and reflections on teaching. Participants will be asked to track their activities over a 3-month period, keep a journal, take part in two 60-minute interviews and one 45-minute webinar. If you are interested, please see a fuller description and consent form on the Call for Participants and contact me at cfretz@yorku.ca

Please download and review the consent letters here.

 

Research Project: English Language Instructor's/Teacher's approaches to teaching Confucian students

My name is Jessica Portelance and I am a master’s student working under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Falzone in the Department of Education at Niagara University. As part of my master’s degree, I am conducting a research study on current English Language Instructor's/Teacher's approaches to teaching students who come from Confucian heritage cultures in an online setting. If you have experience as an English language instructor/teacher/professor/professional with students in this demographic, I would like to invite you to participate in this study and offer your insights.

For the purpose of this study, “Confucian heritage culture” will refer to cultures originating in countries categorized as “Confucian Asia'' in the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) project (2020), which categorizes countries based on societal values and behaviours deemed desirable in general. These countries include China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Also included in this definition will be Vietnam, as Vietnam is frequently associated with Confucian heritage culture (Weiming, 2019), despite that it is notably missing from GLOBE’s data. This study will not address the debate on whether Taiwan and Hong Kong are truly individual countries separate from China, and will follow GLOBE’s lead in establishing them as separate entities for cultural consideration.

If you decide to volunteer for this study, your participation will consist of a 1-hour focus group consisting of 3-5 participants, which will take place via videoconference (Zoom and/or GoogleMeet). After participating in a focus group, you may be asked to take part in a one-on-one follow-up interview via video conference (Zoom and/or GoogleMeet), and/or submit a previously used lesson plan and/or sample assignment/task given to students as artifacts for review and analysis. During the focus group interview you will be asked questions about your current practices when working in an online learning environment with students who come from Confucian heritage cultures, as well as your views and opinions around the needs of students from Confucian heritage cultures. With your permission, I would like to record these interviews to ensure accurate transcription and analysis. Any information made public will remain anonymous and only my professor and I will have access to the data collected containing any individually identifiable data. All individually identifiable data will be destroyed upon completion of the study.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Institutional Review Board, Niagara University's research ethics board.

If you would like to participate, or you require additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please do not hesitate to contact me at jportelance@mail.niagara.edu. You may also contact my supervisor at eay@niagara.edu.

References
Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness. (2020). Confucian Asia. Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Project. https://globeproject.com/results/clusters/confucian-asia?menu=cluster#cluster
Weiming, T. (2019). Confucianism. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Confucianism

 

Research Project: Teaching of grammar in ESL classrooms - Now closed, with thanks to the participants

I am faculty at York University conducting research exploring the teaching of grammar in ESL classrooms.   Specifically, I am carrying out a study that examines how ESL teachers are prepared and supported in developing the skills and expertise need to effectively teach grammar to adults in the ESL classroom. The goal is to inform TESOL Programs, employers and professional associations in creating more effective teacher education and professional development for classroom teachers.

In this study, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes, and you will be invited for a follow up interview if you would like to share more information. All data collected in this study 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.

If you would like to participate, please review the consent form and complete the survey. 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

 

Research Project: Post-secondary English language teachers’ beliefs, experiences, policies and practices (second call) - Now closed, with thanks to the participants

My name is Michael Koslowski and I am a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. This is a second (and final call) to participate in my dissertation research on college and university English language teachers’ beliefs, experiences, policies and practices as they relate to English-only/immersion and/or using other languages in the classroom, in both Japan and Canada. Many thanks to all those who responded to the first call!

The study involves two components:

  1. An online survey, which will take about 20 minutes of your time
  2. Based on survey responses, certain teachers will be selected for follow-up:
    1. Online interviews
    2. Classroom observations

Please note that this call for participation is for the initial survey phase. If selected for the interview/observation portion of this study, I will contact you via email, although you are under no obligation to participate in this phase. In-class observations are dependent on in-person classes resuming, but observations may also be carried out online. Full consent will be sought from your school administration and students for any observations, and this second phase comes with an honorarium of $50.

The findings in this study will be used for research purposes only and your responses will be kept in absolute confidentiality, as will your identity through the use of pseudonyms in the final report. Upon completion of the study, I will send you a summary of the results so you might apply the findings to your own teaching practice.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the link below to review the consent form and begin the survey.

https://redcap.utoronto.ca/surveys/?s=WMC7AXP8DR

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics by email at ethics.review@utoronto.ca, or by telephone at 416-946-3273. You can also contact me with any questions at m.koslowski@mail.utoronto.ca.

I hope that by working together with you, this study will contribute to more effective and equitable English language teaching and learning. Thank you very much for your time and help!

Michael Koslowski, OISE/UofT
m.koslowski@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Research Project: Post-secondary English language teachers’ beliefs, experiences, policies and practices - Now closed, with thanks to the participants

Hello, my name is Michael Koslowski and I am a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I am writing to ask if you would be interested in participating in my dissertation research. This study aims to understand a diverse group of post-secondary English language teachers’ beliefs, experiences, policies and practices as they relate to English-only/immersion and/or using other languages in the classroom, in both Japan and Canada. The study involves two components:

  1. An online survey, which will take about 20 minutes of your time
  2. Based on survey responses, certain teachers will be selected for follow-up:
    1. Online interviews
    2. Classroom observations (if in-person classes resume)

If selected for the interview/observation portion of this study, you will be compensated with $50. The findings in this study will be used for research purposes only and your responses will be kept in absolute confidentiality, as will your identity through the use of pseudonyms in the final report. Upon completion of the study, I will send you a summary of the results so you might apply the findings to your own teaching practice.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the link below to review the consent form and begin the survey.

https://redcap.utoronto.ca/surveys/?s=WMC7AXP8DR

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics by email at ethics.review@utoronto.ca, or by telephone at 416-946-3273.

I hope that by working together with you, this study will contribute to more effective and equitable English language teaching and learning. Thank you very much for your time and help!

Michael Koslowski, OISE/UofT
m.koslowski@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Research Project: PBLA Impact Research – Phase 2 - Now closed, with thanks to the participants

You are invited to contribute to Phase 2 of the research project on PBLA impact. This research is conducted by Yuliya Desyatova, a PhD Candidate from OISE, University of Toronto. The goal of Phase 2 is to compare whether and how PBLA experiences of teachers, PBLA Leads, and administrators have changed over the last few years. Interested participants will be invited to complete a detailed survey.

Thank you in advance for your time. For further information about this study, you are welcome to contact the researcher Yuliya Desyatova PhD Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto yuliya.desyatova@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Research Project: A portfolio- based language assessment (PBLA) research project - Now closed, with thanks to the participants

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RFYQNXZ

Thank you in advance for your time. For further information about this study, you are welcome to contact the researcher Dr. Marilyn Abott, University of Alberta, Marilyn.abbott@ualberta.ca

 

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:

https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xjealgmDvEUMLz

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