Upcoming Webinars

 

Jan 26

Promoting Plurilingualism Through the LINCDIRE Project

Feb 23

Using ESL Students as Instructional Resources

Mar 22

A Consideration of Intercultural Curricula

Mar 26

The BlendSync Approach to Teaching ESL: Pedagogy and Technology


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Promoting Plurilingualism Through the LINCDIRE Project

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmLINCDIRE
Presenter: Andre Scholze

Webinar Description:

Are you aware of plurilingualism? Would you like to know how to incorporate it into your teaching practice? Are you interested in using eportfolios but don't have the time or resources to build a robust site?

LINguistic and Cultural DIversity Reinvented (LINCDIRE) is a funded research project with an adaptable online tool to foster language and cultural learning. By adopting a plurilingual theoretical framework, LINCDIRE promotes a new holistic view of languages which enables students to become aware of their linguistic and cultural resources and use them consciously on a daily basis. This webinar will:

  • outline the design and implementation of the digital environment – Language Integration through E-portfolio (LITE),
  • explain how the template is customizable in a combination of languages,
  • demonstrate how LITE can be used in language classrooms in secondary and post-secondary institutions, with potential use in non-academic settings,
  • preview guidelines and reflective tasks intended to enhance and maintain diversity by interconnecting a plurality of languages and cultures.

The LINCDIRE research project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Research, plurilingualism

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Andre Scholze is a PhD student in the Language and Literacies Education program in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. He holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University and his research focuses on second language acquisition, language teaching and learning, service learning, assessment, and plurilingualism. Andre has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign/second language in Brazil, USA, and Canada, and has contributed to community-based projects and teaching publications. Andre is a Research and Development Graduate Assistant to the LINCDIRE Project.

Website: https://www.lincdireproject.org/

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Using ESL Students as Instructional Resources

When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmInstructionalResources
Presenter: Mostafa Hasrati, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you looking for innovative ways to encourage your students to participate and interact? Why not tap into the personal knowledge and experiences each student brings to the classroom? Are you open to having students lead the class, sharing their knowledge and experiences? If so, join us for this webinar.

Our presenter will explain how ESL learners can be employed as instructional resources in ESL classes. He will first review the theoretical rationale and foundations for this procedure, specifically:

  • Cognitive foundations,
  • Affective purposes,
  • Communicative outcomes (information gap, choice, feedback, purpose),
  • Social constructionist foundations (Communities of Practice).

He will then elaborate by providing some practical examples of how this can be implemented, such as:

  • Seminar presentations,
  • Focus group discussions and workshops.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning, lesson ideas, instructional design

Participant Level: All levels

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: https://mostafahasrati.weebly.com/

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A Consideration of Intercultural Curricula

When: Sunday, March 22, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmInterculturalCurricula
Presenter: Alanna Carter

Webinar Description:

Does your class consist of students from around the world? Do your students sometimes struggle to relate to you as their instructor and to other students from different backgrounds? Do you want to foster more connection and intercultural understanding among the members of your class? If so, this webinar will be of interest to you.

Our presenter will discuss the need for intercultural curricula in the Canadian context and offer classroom activities to encourage intercultural connection and learning.

This webinar will address the following questions:

  • What is an intercultural curriculum?
  • What are some of the challenges and strengths of an intercultural curriculum?
  • What are some strategies and activities for the intercultural ESL class?

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning, lesson ideas, curriculum, culture

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Alanna Carter has a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of New Brunswick. She is an English language instructor in the Real Institute at Ryerson University and in the Green Path program at the University of Toronto. She has worked on curriculum development projects for various stakeholders and student populations. She has strong interests in supporting international students and fostering environments that encourage culture and diversity.

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The BlendSync Approach to Teaching ESL: Pedagogy and Technology

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmBlendSync
Presenter: Dmitri Priven, OCELT & Donald Moen

Webinar Description:

Have you ever considered the possibility of your students telecommuting to class? How can integrating on-site and remote (online) students affect your class environment? What tools would you need to be able to do everything you do in a face-to-face class through a web-conference? Those are the questions being addressed in this webinar.

This webinar will focus on best practices in delivering BlendSync (blended synchronous) classes from a brick-and-mortar classroom for on-site and online students simultaneously. Our presenters’ approach to delivering BlendSync classes envisions live learning activities integrating both on-site and online students in one collaborative learning space.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • identify interactive pedagogical approaches in teaching ESL and content courses that lend themselves well to BlendSync,
  • identify the main features and affordances of web-conferencing tools used for blended synchronous delivery of ESL classes,
  • select appropriate audiovisual hardware that would support the BlendSync approach discussed,
  • establish the limitations of this approach for ESL teaching purposes and ways to mitigate them.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, classroom management, instructional design, blended teaching, blended learning, online teaching, online learning

Participant Level: Moderate level

About the presenters:

Both presenters are professors at Algonquin college. Dmitri is also the program coordinator of its TESL/TEFL program. Both have extensive backgrounds in all aspects of teaching adult ESL in Canada and internationally.

Dmitri is currently completing his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. His current research interests are form-focused instruction in English for Academic Purposes programs. He has also published on teacher training in online synchronous environments.

Donald’s research interests include intercultural communication, educational technology, online education, and educational leadership.

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