Upcoming Webinars

 

Nov 20

Intercultural Fluency in LINC Classrooms: Teacher Training and PBLA

Nov 24

Action Research: Foundations of Qualitative Research, Part 2

Dec 12

Teacher Development Workshop for Technology-Enhanced Learning

Dec 19

All of the Above? Examining Multiple-Choice Questions


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Intercultural Fluency in LINC Classrooms: Teacher Training and PBLA

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmintercultural fluency
Presenter: Sandhya Ghai

Webinar Description:

TESL programs help teachers gain understanding in areas such as second language acquisition, assessment, applied linguistics and research methods. They provide grounded second language methodologies in theory and practice. Nonetheless, teachers repeatedly find themselves in classroom situations where they feel ill-equipped to respond effectively, with cultural sensitivity to classroom realities.

Moreover, do they know how to respond to and integrate students who are refugees or immigrants who have experienced trauma, and/or those who belong to the LGBTQ2+ community? Are they confident in their ability to raise intercultural awareness and understanding among students? Often, not.

Teachers often need to respond to challenging intercultural interactions in their classrooms. How can they respond to, or minimize culture clash, and foster diversity and inclusion in LINC classrooms? This webinar will provide tools and strategies to enhance intercultural fluency among learners by integrating cultural awareness into PBLA teaching practice.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning, lesson ideas, PBLA, intercultural fluency

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Sandhya Ghai has an MA in English, and in Adult Education. She is a LINC instructor, PBLA Lead Teacher, Instructional Developer, and Intercultural Competency Facilitator in English Language Learning Centres at MOSAIC. In her different roles, she enjoys interacting with and learning about people from various cultures. Her passion is to be interculturally informed to nurture positive relationships and respect in culturally diverse groups.

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Action Research: Foundations of Qualitative Research, Part 2

When: Sunday, November 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmactionresearch2
Presenter: Mostafa Hasrati, OCELT

Webinar Description:

This is Part 2 of a two-part webinar series on action research. Part 1 will be live on October 20, 2019. It is recommended that you register for both webinars.

Action research is important in that it is often conducted by teachers to solve immediate problems in their classes and improve their teaching.

Part 1 provides information on ontological, epistemological, and methodological aspects of action research as a particular type of qualitative inquiry.

This webinar, Part 2, provides specific examples of how action research can inform and improve teaching in general and for TESL in particular. The presenter will illustrate some practical applications of his own research as well as those of other researchers to exemplify how action research can be employed to inform teaching.

Webinar Type: Research

Categories: Action research

Participant Level: Advance level

About the presenter:

Mostafa Hasrati has a PhD in education from King’s College London, UK, and is currently a TESL teacher trainer at Seneca College. He also teaches English for Academic Purposes and English courses at George Brown College. He has published 18 research papers and book chapters, and his research focuses on literacy within social contexts.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mostafa-hasrati-ph-d-ocelt-a7982660/?origina...

Website profiles: https://mostafahasrati.weebly.com/ and https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=U099KyAAAAAJ&hl=en

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Teacher Development Workshop for Technology-Enhanced Learning

When: Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmteacherdevelopment
Presenters: John Allan

Webinar Description:

Quickly: This webinar will detail a workshop series targeting language instructors who want to grow technology integration into their teaching. Join me to learn about this framework and gain access to all of the workshop resources.

Slowly: On a day-to-day basis, some of my peers struggle with technology. Beyond administrative tasks, many instructors find that integrating technology into their instruction is frustrating. They feel that linking to basic websites and playing YouTube videos is not true integration. They feel that they could be doing more. Realizing technology integration proficiency takes time and effort, and many instructors do not have extra time after teaching, grading, and additional duties.

To enhance peer support, I designed, and developed a training workshop. The Teacher Development Workshop for Technology Enhanced Learning, TDW-TEL, is an effort to provide instructors with an incubator to experiment with technologies and share teaching strategies in a safe teaching and learning situation. The TDW-TEL was founded on the fundamentals of the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). The ISW was created and is maintained by the ISW Network. This workshop was piloted and is being used by instructors in foreign language environments.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, blended teaching, blended learning, online teaching, online learning

Participant Level:No previous knowledge required

About the presenters:

(Written by the presenter) John Allan is an educator with a bad reputation for focusing on technology and not the actual course content. This is not entirely true. He spends his time blending technology tools with instructional methods to enhance the learning experience for his students. If he has something to share, he facilitates webinars, workshop and blogs about these experiences from a teacher's perspective.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrpottz

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnharoldallan

SlideShare: https://www.slideshare.net/mrpottz

Blog: https://www.elearningworld.org/author/jallan/

TESL Ontario Blog: http://blog.teslontario.org/author/john-allan/

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All of the Above? Examining Multiple-Choice Questions

When: Thursday, December 19, 2019 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmmultiplechoice
Presenters: Beverly Baker and Marie Gravran

Webinar Description:

Do you ever wonder what you are actually measuring when you write multiple-choice questions for your students? Do you wonder about the value of this type of question for evaluating listening and reading comprehension? Do you ever think that the questions you write could be more effective? If so, you are not alone.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the anatomy of multiple-choice questions, as well as the language abilities that they can (and cannot) capture. With reference to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, they will demonstrate how these questions, when effectively constructed, can tap into more complex cognitive processes than you might think.

During the webinar, participants will:

  • examine how multiple-choice items are effectively conceived, from a technical and pedagogical perspective;
  • analyse different types of multiple-choice questions for the cognitive processes they elicit;
  • review a number of practical tips for their construction; and,
  • critique and improve upon some questions.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Assessment, instructional design

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenters:

Beverly Baker is Associate Professor Director, Language Assessment at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests are teacher development and language assessment, and she consults on language assessment for government and educational institutions. She has been an EFL/ESL teacher for more than 20 years, at all educational levels and in five countries.

Marie Gravran is an MA student in Bilingualism Studies at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) at the University of Ottawa, where she is also an instructor in the Second Language Intensive Programs (SLIP). She is an experienced multiple-choice item writer in both English and French.

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