Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

July 28

Career Bootcamp: Writing Rousing Resumes

Aug 15

Language and Gender Representation in Language Classrooms

Aug 22

Teaching Productive Skills to ELLs – Exploring Bubbl.us, Flipgrid and Google Docs

Aug 25

Career Bootcamp: Learn the ABCs of Successful Interviewing

Sept 22

Newcomers in Nature

Sept 30

Bringing Mindfulness to the ESL classroom

Oct 20

A Low (to No) - Tech Approach to Corpus Analysis

Oct 27

Who Owns English? Ending Native-Speakerism


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Career Bootcamp: Writing Rousing Resumes

When: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmCareer Bootcamp: Writing Rousing Resumes
Presenter: Katina Deichsel, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Is a resume really that important when applying for jobs? What exactly should you include in your resume? What can you do to help your resume stand out from the 10, 100, 1000 other applicants?

Resumes are a necessary evil that most of us could certainly do without. In the past, I applied for jobs with the same, stock resume, only to receive rejection after rejection. However, by speaking with top recruiters and hiring managers in the ESL, EAP and OSLT fields, I have developed a tested process that consistently gets my resume noticed, and I would LOVE to share my secrets with you!

At the end of today's resume writing webinar, you will be able to:

  • critically read job postings to identify essential hard and soft skills,
  • integrate powerful accomplishment statements that rely on quantifying your past performance outcomes,
  • utilize pre-made templates to design documents that intrigue and engage, and
  • tailor your resume to showcase you as the best fit for the position, and for the company.

Webinar Type: Career Development.

Categories: Employment/Self Employment; Networking.

Participant Level: All levels.

About the Presenter:

Although Katina has worked in the exciting world of ESL / EAP / OSLT since 2000, she had the great privilege of returning to complete her M.Ed in Online Teaching and Learning Strategies at Ontario Tech University. Having completed her M.Ed in December 2020, Katina returned to George Brown College in January 2021, teaching in the EAP department as an English Professor for Level 8 / Bridging to Post Secondary. In addition, Katina continues to serve as a Cultural Communication Specialist in several Employment & Settlement Agencies, including ACCES Employment and COSTI, where she has designed and delivered workshops for 10 sector-specific programs geared at helping Internationally Trained Professionals to apply, interview, secure and build their professional careers in Canada.

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/katinadeichsel/

Website:https://sites.google.com/view/katinadeichselconsulting/about-me

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Language and Gender Representation in Language Classrooms

When: Sunday, August 15, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmLanguage and Gender Representation in Language Classrooms
Presenters: Julie Dawson and Stephanie Kinzie, OCELT

Webinar Description:

How gender-inclusive are our teaching materials? Do our words and actions in the classroom reinforce traditional gender roles and definitions? Are we unconsciously excluding or silencing diverse voices in our classrooms?

The Language and Gender Representation in Language Classrooms webinar explores social constructs, cultural norms, and gendered language used in the classroom. We highlight pedagogical approaches and differing cultural perspectives, with a focus on the need for teacher preparedness, training, and alternative perspectives necessary to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for students and teachers.

Participants will:

  • problematize notions of language, gender identity, teacher identity, and student identity,
  • identify examples of gendered language and gender stereotypes in English language teaching materials, and
  • create alternatives to non-inclusive language and classroom spaces.

Webinar Type: Teaching Best Practices.

Categories: Lesson Planning / Ideas, Health / Mental Health, Social Justice.

Participant Level: All levels.

About the Presenters:

Julie Dawson is a Communications Professor at Conestoga College with an avid interest in creating classroom community by employing inclusive pedagogical approaches. A recent graduate from York University's M.A. program in Applied Linguistics, Julie continues to pursue academic research interests that focus on pedagogical interventions designed to support diverse student learning outcomes. With a comprehensive background in special education, Julie welcomes new and growing experiences as she embraces language teaching in an international and global context.

Stephanie Kinzie is a recent graduate of York University's M.A. in Applied Linguistics program. Her interest in gender representation in the language classroom is part of a broader interest in analyzing relations of power that (un)consciously influence personal choices and societal norms. She has extensive experience teaching English in Canada and abroad and is currently a professor at Conestoga College.

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Teaching Productive Skills to ELLs – Exploring Bubbl.us, Flipgrid and Google Docs

When: Sunday, August 22, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmTeaching Productive Skills to ELLs – Exploring Bubbl.us, Flipgrid and Google Docs
Presenter: Livia Pataki, OCELT & Doina Nugent

Webinar Description:

Do you want to enliven your classes with apps such as Flipgrid and bubbl.us? Are you looking for collaborative activities that work well in an online environment?

This webinar is the third installment in the online teaching series. Join us as we explore various EdTech platforms and strategies that can be used to enhance speaking and writing skills.

Participants will:

  • participate in active demonstrations and explore platforms from a learner’s point of view,
  • briefly discover how to use bubbl.us, a mind mapping platform as a pre-writing/speaking activity,
  • explore Flipgrid for enhancing speaking skills and collaborative brainstorming, and
  • learn how to use Google Docs for collaborative writing.

Participants will receive a list of free EdTech platforms to integrate ideas in their teaching.

Note: participants will be encouraged to participate in the practical activities though it is not mandatory. To participate, attendees will need to have a gmail account. Access to another device will be helpful, though not mandatory.

Webinar Type: Technology.

Categories: Technology, Lesson Planning/Ideas, Blended Learning / Teaching, Online Learning/Teaching.

Participant Level: Beginner.

About the Presenters:

Livia F. Pataki is an ESL & EAP instructor, TESL Practicum supervisor & IELTS specialist with 21 years of experience. She's worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, teacher trainer in the UK & in Canada. Currently she's working as a full-time ESOL lecturer in London, UK and an EAP Instructor at the University of Waterloo. Formerly worked as a PD consultant at YWCA, an EAP Instructor at York University, a Professor at Centennial College & Sheridan College. She is a certified Online Learning Course developer by TESOL International Association since 2018.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liviapataki

Doina Nugent, MA, HDipEd (PSD), NCCP, TESL(C), is a dynamic, reliable, and results-focused Educator & Instructional Coach, with over 25 years experience designing and leading EAP/ESP programs. Ms. Nugent has a broad international and multicultural background gained through extensive experience with students of over 80 nationalities and working in 30+ countries.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doinanugent

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Career Bootcamp: Learn the ABCs of Successful Interviewing

When: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmCareer Bootcamp: Learn the ABCs of Success Interviewing
Presenter: Katina Deichsel, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you currently applying for jobs but dreading the possibility of interviewing in the near future? Do you struggle with preparing the most effective and appropriate interview answers to common questions? Are you eager to develop your interviewing muscle to improve your chances of getting that right job, right now?

Whether you're interviewing face-to-face or virtually, this crucial step stands between you and your next career move. Many of us struggle with knowing what to do before, during and after the interview, which can result in losing out on an important professional opportunity. Don't lose out on securing the job YOU DESERVE!

In today's interview bootcamp, you will learn the four key tips & tricks for mastering your next interview, including:

  • employing the SPARK interview technique to craft impressive interview answers,
  • playing with your vocal toolbox to engage your interviewer,
  • utilizing social media to align yourself with the company's vision and objectives, and
  • integrating strategic small talk that impresses the interviewer, making you the most memorable candidate.

Webinar Type: Career Development.

Categories: Employment/Self Employment; Networking.

Participant Level: All levels.

About the Presenter:

Although Katina has worked in the exciting world of ESL / EAP / OSLT since 2000, she had the great privilege of returning to complete her M.Ed in Online Teaching and Learning Strategies at Ontario Tech University. Having completed her M.Ed in December 2020, Katina returned to George Brown College in January 2021, teaching in the EAP department as an English Professor for Level 8 / Bridging to Post Secondary. In addition, Katina continues to serve as a Cultural Communication Specialist in several Employment & Settlement Agencies, including ACCES Employment and COSTI, where she has designed and delivered workshops for 10 sector-specific programs geared at helping Internationally Trained Professionals to apply, interview, secure and build their professional careers in Canada.

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/katinadeichsel/

Website:https://sites.google.com/view/katinadeichselconsulting/about-me

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Newcomers in Nature

When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmNewcomers in Nature
Presenter: Kaitlyn Quigley

Webinar Description:

How can outdoor education enhance English as a Second Language learning? How can inquiry-based learning within nature promote English language development? How does nature connection enhance community within a new homeland?

This webinar will teach ESL instructors how to incorporate nature-based programming into their language lessons. The goal is to inspire teachers to consider how learning about Canadian nature can enhance the newcomer and refugee experience and build connections with their new homeland. The presentation will discuss how to use an inquiry-based approach.

This webinar will explore:

  • the history of the European Forest school model and how it promotes wonder, honor, and connection to the land,
  • how the concepts of: access, place, relationship and connection can be integrated into ESL classrooms in order to allow for equitable and inclusive learning opportunities in the outdoors,
  • the ways that newcomers can utilize nearby green spaces to build connections and community through observation and inquiry-based language skills, and
  • how newcomers can become more than tourists, but stewards of the environment.

Webinar Type: Teaching Best Practices.

Categories: Speaking (fluency), Writing, Lesson Planning / Ideas, Health / Mental Health, Instructional Design, Online Learning / Teaching, Other: Inquiry-based, Outdoor Education.

Participant Level: All levels.

About the Presenter:

Kaitlyn Quigley is a TESL Ontario/TESL Canada certified teacher. She has been teaching Literacy and Basic Skills at York Region District School board since March 2021. Prior to this she was a Forest School teacher in Toronto. She currently leads a volunteer initiative entitled: ESL Nature Talks on Facebook. These virtual classes allow for newcomers to learn about Canadian sights and sounds through vocabulary and conversational based activities.

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaitlyn-quigley-2a4a2937/

Blog:https://quigleykg.wixsite.com/learn

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Bringing Mindfulness to the ESL classroom

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmBringing Mindfulness to the ESL classroom
Presenter: Andreia Arai-Rissman

Webinar Description:

Have you ever been physically present in class, but mentally somewhere else? How does that impact your teaching abilities? Have you ever had students doing the same?

Come learn how to incorporate mindfulness techniques to the ESL class while students still practice their language. Become more connected to yourself and better equipped to handle the stresses of teaching more effectively and to cope with the demands of life. The techniques also open space to build a strong classroom community.

In this presentation, we will:

  • learn key benefits of mindfulness,
  • try some activities related to mindfulness,
  • identify skills that can be covered with each technique, and
  • reflect on how the activities helped you connect to yourself and your students.

Webinar Type: Teaching Best Practices.

Categories: Classroom management, Organization, Lesson Planning / Ideas, Work / Life Balance, Health / Mental Health.

Participant Level: All levels.

About the Presenter:

Andreia Arai-Rissman has been an educator for over 22 years. She has experience teaching TESOL, ESL, specialty classes such as Business, test preparation, Event Planning, HR, Hospitality, Leadership, among others. She has worked as an academic manager and a curriculum developer and has worked for several colleges and private institutions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education.

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreia-arai-rissman-17030030/

Vblog:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaaec8jkp8DGf0s4V8Uh0Mg

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A Low (to No) -Tech Approach to Corpus Analysis

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmA Low (to No) -Tech Approach to Corpus Analysis
Presenter: Julia Williams, OCELT

Webinar Description:

How can I integrate corpus analysis activities into my intermediate/advanced writing classes? Do my students and I need to use a lot of new tech to achieve the benefits of corpus analysis? How can my students harness the benefits of corpus analysis without having to spend a lot of time learning new tech?

In this presentation, I introduce an easy, innovative approach to harnessing the benefits of corpus analysis using technology familiar technology. Students build a corpus in Word and use the search function to identify grammatical, lexico-grammatical, collocational, and even organizational patterns. This encourages students to rely less on teacher expertise and develop greater learner autonomy.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • the benefits of using corpus analysis activities in your intermediate- to advanced-level writing classes,
  • how to use familiar technology to harness the benefits of corpus analysis for your students,
  • how to build a corpus in Word,
  • how to use the search function in Word to identify linguistic feature, and
  • how one class of advanced students benefitted from using this approach to corpus analysis.

Webinar Type: Technology.

Categories: Secondary, College/University (EAP), Continuing Education/ Adult ESL (non-credit), Adult ESL Credit, ELT, Self-employed (Tutors etc.), TESL Trainers, Program Administrators.

Participant Level: Beginner Level.

About the Presenter:

Julia Williams is the Director of English Language Studies at Renison University College, at the University of Waterloo. She has taught EAP and ESL for over 25 years at secondary schools, colleges, and universities. She is the author of Learning English for Academic Purposes (2005), and more recently LEAP 3: Reading and Writing (2018), and LEAP 4: Reading and Writing (2019), all published by Pearson. Currently teaching courses in EAP and second language acquisition, Julia attempts to translate SLA theory into effective pedagogy and teaching materials that are easy to implement.

Website:https://uwaterloo.ca/culture-and-language-studies/people-profiles/julia-...

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Who owns English? Ending Native-Speakerism

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmWho owns English? Ending Native-Speakerism
Presenter: Kathryn Brillinger, OCELT, Nasreen Sultana, Laura Stoutenburg, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Who owns English? Is there a "best" English for the ESL classroom in a multi-lingual world? How can our diverse classrooms help address native speakerism?

In a world of global English, where nonnative English speakers outnumber native speakers by a ratio of three to one, learners preparing for real world communication will benefit from diverse teaching faculty and resources that represent multiple pronunciations, grammars, and lexicons.

This webinar will explore:

  • biases against varieties of English(es),
  • ways to alleviate the prejudice of "native speakerism, and
  • strategies to support ourselves and colleagues in positioning second language teaching in Ontario at the forefront of inclusive global English language teaching.

Webinar Type: Teaching Best Practices.

Categories: Listening, Speaking (fluency), Pronunciation, Employment/Self Employment, Social Justice.

Participant Level: All Levels.

About the Presenter:

Laura Stoutenburg is an accredited ESL teacher (OCELT) and approved teacher trainer who currently works with the Conestoga LINC program.

Nasreen Sultana has taught ESL for over a decade at the post-secondary level and is a teaching and learning consultant at Conestoga College. Her PhD in Education focussed on testing and classroom instruction.

Kathryn Brillinger is an accredited ESL teacher (OCELT) and approved teacher trainer with experience teaching in credit and non-credit programs including LINC.

Website:https://uwaterloo.ca/culture-and-language-studies/people-profiles/julia-...

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