Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Oct 18

Incorporating the Arts in the EAP Classroom

Oct 28

MS Teams Tutorial for Teachers

Nov 18

The importance of Extensive Reading in Language Learning

Nov 25

Copyright for ESL Professionals

Dec 6

Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

Dec 13

Memory Maps – a Task-Based Language Learning Activity


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Incorporating the Arts in the EAP Classroom

When: Sunday, October 18, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmArts in an EAP Classroom
Presenter: Mahgol Izadi

Webinar Description:

Do you admire those who bring their artistic talents into the classroom, but feel that you are not sure how to engage them? Are you concerned for students who are uncomfortable when asked to participate? Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin with venturing into incorporating the arts? If so, join us to learn more.

The presenter aims to introduce activities and themes that energize and motivate the class through the arts, while enhancing multicultural awareness. She will discuss why using art is an effective medium for teaching culture, and how it provides intrinsic motivation to study language.

Together you will look at some improv activities with varying levels of verbal engagement that can be used either as icebreakers and classroom energizers, or as supplementary material for reinforcing grammar and vocabulary.

You will also look at cross-cultural communication through the use of creative writing and explore untranslatable words, the use of five senses, and descriptive adjectives, to name a few.

These themes and activities are engagement tools that can be implemented to various degrees, depending on the level, interest, and focus of the class.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Listening, teamwork, improv skills, performance, vocabulary, confidence-building

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the Presenter:

Mahgol Izadi is an Academic English teacher, art and movement workshop facilitator, and dance fitness instructor. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional writing and a MEd in Second language Education (SLE). She has been an academic instructor for over 13 years and is currently teaching at York University English Language Institute.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/mahgol-izadi-951013b8

 

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MS Teams Tutorial for Teachers

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMSTeams
Presenter: Marlaina Riggio, OCELT

Webinar Description:

We’ve moved…online! Is online teaching with MS Teams a new arena for you? Or are you just curious as to what features MS Teams has to offer, and how that compares to other platforms? If so, join us to learn more about MS Teams.

Now more than ever online platforms have become a significant part of our daily lives and work. With MS Teams, you can meet, chat, call, and collaborate, all in one place.

In this webinar, participants will explore the MS Teams platform and the benefits of using it for teaching. You will be introduced to:

  • the basic features of the platform,
  • building a collaborative classroom, and
  • some of the apps integrated within the platform.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, online teaching/learning

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the Presenter:

Marlaina Riggio began her love affair with teaching over 11 years ago. She currently works in Ottawa as both a full-time English professor at La Cité and a TESL trainer at Algonquin College. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in French Studies in Toronto, she spent two years teaching ESL in South Korea. She then went on to obtain her Master of Education in Second Language Learning from the University of Ottawa. She has also had the pleasure of conducting several pedagogical workshops in Canada, Mexico, and China.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlaina-riggio-748456182/

 

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The importance of Extensive Reading in Language Learning

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmExtensive Reading
Presenter: Gonul Turkdogan, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Why is extensive reading important for language learning? How can students be motivated to read for pleasure? How can instructors enhance a student’s incidental language learning through extensive reading? Join us to learn answers to these questions.

Our presenter will review the basic principles and benefits of extensive reading, which include increased confidence, enjoyment of reading, autonomy, and passive vocabulary building. She will guide you in developing an effective extensive language program, suggest sources for materials, and related lesson activities.

  • How intensive reading is different from extensive reading.
  • The benefits of extensive reading.
  • Which type of motivation, intrinsic or extrinsic, students need for extensive reading.
  • The 10 core principles for extensive reading instruction (Day & Bamford, 2002).
  • How to introduce extensive reading to the classroom.
  • The reasons to persist in the effort to arouse intrinsic motivation for extensive reading.
  • How to assess extensive reading.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Literacy, extensive reading

Participant Level: All levels

About the Presenter:

Gonul Turkdogan has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESL) and a BA in Sociology with a minor in Women Studies, both from Brock University. Prior to the downturn in international student enrollment caused by the pandemic, Gonul was an ESL instructor at Niagara College, teaching a variety of EAP courses. She is currently the academic drop-in facilitator at the college’s library, as well as a Turkish interpreter for the Canadian Border Service. She previously taught ESL in China and Turkey. Her research interests include extensive reading and second language reading.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gonul-turkdogan-3b695540/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/turkdogan_gonul

Gonul’s related blog posts:

January, 2020 – http://blog.teslontario.org/the-role-of-extensive-reading-in-language-le...

April, 2020 - http://blog.teslontario.org/extensive-reading-resources/

 

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Copyright for ESL Professionals

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmCopyright for ESL Professionals
Presenter: Mélanie Brunet

Webinar Description:

Are you concerned about copyright in your teaching, but unsure where to start? This 90-minute webinar addresses common copyright issues encountered while teaching in-person and online, and strategies to avoid them. Participants will gain a better understanding of copyright principles and how to reproduce or share textual and multimedia content legally.

Topics to be covered include:

  • copyright basics (what it is, what it protects, its duration, who owns it, and what are the rights of a copyright owner),
  • determining if permission is required and how to request it,
  • key copyright exceptions for education, including fair dealing, licences, and
  • citing and attribution.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Intellectual property, instructional design, blended teaching/learning, online teaching/learning.

Participant Level: All levels

About the Presenter:

Mélanie Brunet is the Copyright Services Librarian at the University of Ottawa since June 2016. Her main responsibility is copyright education and outreach with faculty, students, and staff. She offers presentations, workshops and consultations on copyright, Creative Commons licences, and open educational resources.

Twitter: @MelanieBrunet

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Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

When: Sunday, December 6, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmTeaching Literacy to English Language Learners
Presenters: Alexis Manuel & Emily Castle-Dunn

Webinar Description:

What steps do you take to teach low literacy students? How do you engage students who may not be literate in their home language? Our presenters will address these key questions.

The focus will be on teaching low-level and emerging literacy learners. The presenters will introduce online tools for teaching vocabulary, reading, and writing, showing how language learning can be supported online.

They will discuss how to effectively teach:

Listening and speaking skills:

  • through easy, short lessons,
  • using sentence frames and visuals,
  • connecting words to sounds, reading in small chunks, and
  • students recording themselves for peer feedback.

Reading and writing skills, and how to lead and engage students in:

  • reading comprehension and annotations,
  • building vocabulary, and
  • developing online dictionary skills.

Webinar Type: Technology.

Categories: Lesson planning/ideas, literacy, assessment, instructional design, online learning/teaching.

Participant Level: All levels

About the Presenters:

Alexis Manuel holds a BA in Modern Languages with a concentration in ESL from Longwood University, Virginia. She teaches beginner to low-intermediate learners. She is a third-year high school teacher and has fresh ideas about how to approach low language learners. She is certified in ESL and English Language Arts.

Emily Castle-Dunn has been an ESL teacher for more than 10 years. She spent five years in Germany teaching Business English and two years as a language assistant in France. Since her return to the USA, she has worked in international schools and currently teaches at a high school in Virginia. She holds a Master of Arts in both Opera and Education, and is certified in TEFL, ESL, and ELA.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-castle-dunn-53150113/

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Memory Maps – a Task-Based Language Learning Activity

When: Sunday, December 13, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMemory Maps – a Task-Based Language Learning Activity
Presenter: Leanna Turner, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you looking to introduce some new ideas into your lesson plans, to keep them fresh and interesting? Do you wonder how to help learners share their memories in a positive and creative way? If so, join us for this webinar.

Our presenter will introduce you to Memory Maps, which is a visual representation of a map drawn from memory. This term was coined by Canadian artist and recipient of the 2019 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, Marlene Creates.

In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of how and why memory maps can be an immediate and effective way to engage learners to practice all four skill areas in all levels of proficiency.

The presenter will:

  • share how the work of Marlene Creates and the field of Task-Based Language Learning inspired her to introduce a memory map activity in her own classroom,
  • provide samples and the steps to introduce a Memory Map activity to your learners, whether through distance or face-to-face learning, and
  • share a ready-made lesson plan.

Join us in making memories!

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning/ideas, TBLT

Participant Level: All levels

About the Presenter:

Leanna Turner has been teaching adult ESL for over 18 years, in a variety of educational contexts including English for Academic Purposes and in programs for newcomers to Canada. She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Education in teaching English in the Intermediate/Senior division with an additional qualification in ESL. She attended the 2019 International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching and is interested in incorporating this approach into her teaching.

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