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

  May 10

  Music in the ESL Classroom

  June 18


  November 8



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 80 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: Music in the ESL Classroom   dialogue image

Subject-Matter Expert:  Rachel Fourny, OCELT, OCT

When: Tuesday, May 10  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Teaching Sectors: All teaching sectors

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

Category: Classroom management, lesson planning / ideas, health / mental health, instructional design

Dialogue Description
Can you name one thing that all cultures have in common? Have you considered how important music is to your life and the lives of your students? Music is an integral part of our lives and touches many cultures and peoples around the world. Often it is neglected in the classroom, especially in the ESL/LINC classroom.

In this session, we’ll discuss how music can:
•    serve as a conversation starter,
•    serve as a bridge between various cultures,
•    be a text for reading practice and grammar lessons,
•    can set the mood for learning or enhance learning and the learning environment, and
•    can be used in grammar classes.

You can expect to learn how to use music:
•    to enhance your learning environment,
•    in conversation and grammar classes, and
•    for a variety of possible lesson ideas.

The presenter will share a list of songs and pieces that can be used in the ESL/LINC classrooms for a range of different levels.

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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.


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