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: Post-secondary English language teachers’ beliefs, experiences, policies and practices
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:
- An online survey, which will take about 20 minutes of your time
Based on survey responses, certain teachers will be selected for follow-up:
- Online interviews
- 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.
If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Research Project: PBLA Impact Research – Phase 2
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 email@example.com
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: 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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: