TESL Dialogue Sessions

TESL Dialogue Sessions

The TESL Dialogue series is an open forum where participants are free to turn on their microphones and cameras to fully immerse in a discussion about a relevant topic in ELT. A subject-matter-expert joins participants in this session to help guide the conversation and offer helpful insight when needed.

Format: Throughout the session the moderator will provide the audience with a thought-provoking question to encourage conversation. After the subject matter expert responds to the question, participants are invited to answer the questions themselves, provide a comment or example, or ask a related question to the subject matter expert and their peers. The goal of this session is to develop a community of practice which allows for as many narratives to be heard and shared as possible. The session will conclude with a breakout room reflection activity where participants are encouraged to discuss what they have learned, any remaining questions they have, and their next steps in respect to the session topic.

Upcoming TESL Dialogue Sessions

April 27

Cheating in Online Environments

May 29

Teaching Language Through Literature

 

Access to TESL Dialogue Sessions

  • TESL Dialogue Sessions are open to TESL Ontario members only, as a FREE benefit of membership.
  • TESL Dialogue sessions are hosted on Zoom meeting.
  • TESL Dialogue sessions are limited to 60 registrants. Once the limit is reached, registration will close. Please be considerate of others; before registering, be sure you can attend.
  • PD certificates for 1.5 hours will be emailed within 5 business days of the event.


Please note that these sessions are not hosted within Tutela.ca, and registration is different from webinar registration.

 

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TESL Dialogue: Cheating in Online Environments

When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmCheating in Online Environments

Subject-Matter Experts: Livia Pataki, OCELT & Mitra Rabiee, OCELT

Session Description:

This TESL Dialogue will explore reasons for cheating and strategies to reduce cheating in online learning environments. By the end of this webinar participants will be able to distinguish types of cheating and various strategies to prevent it. We will analyze various strategies to design effective assessments that focus on application of knowledge. Participants will be invited to participate in a practical demonstration activity that draws attention to the importance of transparency when assessing learners. We will outline ways to change formative/summative assessments to better suit online learning environments & propose alternative assessment types. Participants will generate strategies to implement in their own teaching collaboratively and with the help of the panel.

Our facilitators, Livia & Mitra, will guide this discussion by encouraging audience members to voice their triumphs and frustrations. As a community of practice, attendees and the subject-matter expert will discuss ways to overcome or cope with the difficulties of cheating in online environments and the importance of transparency during COVID 19. As always, attendees are invited to turn on their webcam and microphone to fully immerse themselves into this interactive session.

About the subject-matter experts:

Livia F. Pataki is an EAP Instructor at York University English Language Institute & a Post Graduate Professor at Centennial College at the Center for Part-Time & Online Learning. She has worked as an EAP/ESP lecturer in Higher Education for 8 years in Canada, and as a ESOL Lecturer and Coordinator in Further Education for 9 years in London, United Kingdom. She is a certified Online Learning Course developer by TESOL International Association since 2018.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liviapataki

Mitra Rabiee holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (TEFL/TESL) with over 28 years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level. She is TESL Canada and TESL Ontario certified English instructor with 10 publications and 20 presentations. Currently, she is teaching in YUELI at York University and SELS in Seneca College.

Please Note: Session is limited to 80 participants. This is not a presentation, it is a guided discussion and as such will not contain presentation materials such as PowerPoint visuals. Please come to the session ready and willing to participate. If you are not comfortable speaking with peers in breakout rooms, this may not be the session for you.

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TESL Dialogue: Teaching Language Through Literature

When: Saturday, May 29, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmTeaching Language Through Literature

Subject-Matter Expert: Alice Pivniceru

Session Description:

This TESL Dialogue session will explore teaching language through literature and various strategies for using literary text to teach specific aspects of language such as sentence structure, vocabulary expansion, seamless integration of all 4 skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in language learning as well as the use of literary text in L1 to facilitate natural transfer of knowledge in L2. By the end of this TESL Dialogue session, participants will be able to conceptualize language learning as a natural and relevant process as it is framed within a literary context. We will analyze the overall purpose of connecting literary text with language structures. We will discuss the relevance of teaching varied skills and strategies for language learning within a literary, socially connected narrative context. Participants will be invited to join a practical activity and conversation on the choice of specific literary texts, the designing of tasks, and the ensuring of accurate and effective assessment and evaluation of learning.

Our facilitator will guide the discussion by encouraging participants to ask questions, contribute comments, and share educational experiences. Attendees and the subject-matter expert will discuss the merits and drawbacks of language learning through literature as an attempt to disrupt the canon of grammar rules and to place language learning within a more natural context of social and personal relevance. As always, attendees are invited to turn on their webcam and microphone to fully immerse themselves into this interactive session.

About the subject-matter expert:

Alice Pivniceru holds a combined BA and BEd in English Language and Literature, an MA in English with a focus on Canadian literature, and a TESOL Canada Advanced Standard Two certificate. She has been teaching ESL and EFL for over 30 years in Romania, the US, and Canada. She has experience teaching at the secondary level, and currently teaches COMM, ESL, and EAP courses at Mohawk college. In her classroom students learn to use the various registers of the English language confidently, as a tool for success rather than a barrier. She is a firm believer and practitioner of the principles of UDL because they empower students to be intrinsically motivated thus making learning authentic, anchored in reality. Her teaching philosophy gravitates around the idea that true learning only happens when the process empowers students to understand and enjoy the connection between knowledge and life.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alice-pivniceru-a5a86821/

Please Note: Session is limited to 80 participants. This is not a presentation, it is a guided discussion and as such will not contain presentation materials such as PowerPoint visuals. Please come to the session ready and willing to participate. If you are not comfortable speaking with peers in breakout rooms, this may not be the session for you.

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Want to Lead a Discussion?

TESL Ontario continuously accepts proposals for TESL Dialogue subject-matter experts throughout the year. Proposals will be reviewed by the Dialogue team, and if approved the subject-matter expert will be contacted to make arrangements for scheduling the TESL Dialogue session.

Visit our Become a Presenter webpage for more information.


TESL DIALOGUE VIDEO LIBRARY

TESL Dialogue Session Title Subject-Matter Expert Air Date
Online Student Engagement Grazzia Maria Mendoza Chirinos 24-Oct-2020
Best Practices for Teaching Intermediate/Advanced ELLs Jacqueline Seijo, OCELT 28-Nov-2020
Professional Development in Unusual Times James Papple, OCELT 19-Jan-2021
Best Practice for Teaching Literacy/Low Level ELLs Sheila Nicholas, OCELT 23-Feb-2021