Upcoming Webinars

 

Sept 22

"Did You Get It?" Activities and Assessments for Bottom-Up Listening

Sept 29

Using Socrative for Formative Assessments in the Classroom

Oct 20

Action Research: Foundations of Qualitative Research, Part 1

Oct 23

Dealing With Multi-Level ESL/EFL Classes

Nov 24

Action Research: Foundations of Qualitative Research, Part 2


 

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"Did You Get It?" Activities and Assessments for Bottom-Up Listening

When: Sunday, September 22, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmlistening
Presenter: Mary Ritter

Webinar Description:

Do you try out various techniques to teach listening but still not come up with a satisfactory method? Do you wonder how you can improve upon your current approach? If so, this webinar may be of interest to you.

Our presenter will provide an overview of top-down and bottom-up listening, and then makes a case for including more bottom-up listening in lessons.

Most listening textbooks focus on top-down listening, but this does not tell us where exactly our students are having troubles. By focusing on bottom-up listening, teachers can diagnose problems with phonemic contrasts, syntactic variations, and even pronunciation.

Participants will leave with several practical listening activities and assessment strategies to try out, as well as an approach to meaningful, goal-focused, bottom-up listening instruction.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Listening, lesson planning, lesson ideas, instructional design

Participant Level: Moderate level

About the presenter:

Mary Ritter teaches ESL, English for Academic Purposes, and English for Specific Purposes in the American Language Institute at New York University in Manhattan. The recent winner of an NYU-SPS Teaching Excellence Award, she specializes in teaching listening and speaking, pronunciation, intercultural communication, and presentation skills. Her current favourite course to teach is Improv for English.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-k-ritter-83b17669/

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Using Socrative for Formative Assessments in the Classroom

When: Sunday, September 29, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmsocrative
Presenter: Afrouz Mobayen, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Do you want to assess students more frequently but find that marking quizzes in large classes can be an issue? Would you like to learn about an effective online assessment tool that automatically marks quizzes and auto-populates results? If so, this webinar will be of interest to you.

In this webinar, the presenter will introduce you to the various uses of Socrative, which is a free online application for creating formative assessments. Join us to learn about the features of this tool and see examples of how it can be used to assess reading skills in ESL classrooms.

If you are not familiar with using technology in the classroom, this tool can be a great start as it is simple and easy to use.

Webinar Type: TechKnow

TechKnow webinars are one hour, in two segments:

  • 40-45 min presentation, supported by slides
  • 15-20 min for attendees’ questions

Priority will be given to questions submitted in advance. Members can submit relevant questions up to one day before the webinar.

Email questions to webinar@teslontario.org, showing the webinar title in the subject line.

Categories: Technology, assessment

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Afrouz teaches English for Academic Purposes at George Brown College’s School of ESL. She also teaches online courses for McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. Afrouz holds a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from OISE, University of Toronto.

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Action Research: Foundations of Qualitative Research, Part 1

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmactionresearch
Presenter: Mostafa Hasrati, OCELT

Webinar Description:

This is Part 1 of a two-part webinar series on action research. Part 2 will be live on November 24, 2019. It is recommended that you register for both webinars.

This webinar, Part 1, is an introduction to action research. The presenter will provide information on ontological, epistemological, and methodological aspects of action research as a particular type of qualitative inquiry.

Action research is important in that it is often conducted by teachers to solve immediate problems in their classes and improve their teaching. More specifically, the following learning outcomes will be achieved by the end of the webinar:

  • The main purpose of conducting action research,
  • Ontology, epistemology, and methodology in qualitative research,
  • Data in qualitative research,
  • Analyzing qualitative data,
  • Validity and reliability in qualitative research.

In Part 2, the presenter will cover specific examples of how action research can inform and improve teaching in general and for TESL in particular. He 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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Dealing With Multi-Level ESL/EFL Classes

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMultiLevel Classes
Presenter: Maria Glass, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Do you find teaching multi-level classes challenging? Do you struggle with adapting lesson plans to fit a wide range of abilities? Do you find it difficult to keep students engaged and enthusiastic because of this? If so, then join us for this webinar, as we consider options to address this topic.

This webinar will focus on a pervasive issue in any ESL/EFL classroom: learners presenting different proficiency levels across the language skills. Language teachers inevitably face this issue because language is fluid and multi-dimensional.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • the difficulties and challenges faced in addressing the issue,
  • the implications from not addressing the issue,
  • various strategies to help mitigate the issue.

The presenter will share some practical materials for use in your lesson planning.

NOTE: This content is a repeat of a webinar held April 24, 2019, which unfortunately wasn't able to be completed due to technical difficulties.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Classroom management, organization, lesson planning, lesson ideas, multi-level classes.

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Maria has more than 30 years of experience as a language teacher. For the past 10 years she has been a professor with the School of English as a Second Language at George Brown College. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics degree, and a PhD in Linguistics (Pragmatics) from São Paulo, Brazil.

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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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