Upcoming Webinars

 

Aug 5

Online Tools for Teaching English Language Learners

Aug 19

Crossing the "Rubricon": Designing and Using Effective Rubrics

Aug 30

Using Sociodramatic Play in ESL Development

Sept 10

Canada Isn’t Racist, eh? Let’s Discuss

Sept 16

Energize Online Classes With Virtual Experiences

Sept 27

Task-Based Language Teaching: From Tasks and Beyond

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 13

Memory Maps – a Task-Based Language Learning Activity


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Online Tools for Teaching English Language Learners

When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmOnline Tools
Presenter: Emily Castle-Dunn

Webinar Description:

How do I explain to someone who doesn’t speak English how to access and do assignments on Google Classroom? How do I help students access more detailed platforms like Canvas and Moodle? If these questions resonate with you, then join us for this webinar.

Our presenter will show how to teach accessing online platforms through visuals and step-by-step instruction. The focus will be on accessing content and navigating when instructing through online forums such as Zoom or Google Meets. She will share a list of types of content that is easier for language learners to understand. For example, if learners are to do a Google Slide presentation, you need to create a template for it.

We will cover:

  • Google Classroom and Canvas (Moodle is similar and ideas shared should be transferable).
  • How to give clear directions via email, video, & chat.
  • In Google Classroom, how to present to learners to:
    • find assignments,
    • understand turn-in/grading procedures,
    • use Google Slides, and
    • use Google Forms.
  • In Canvas, how to:
    • narrow focus for learners so that it isn’t overwhelming,
    • teach learners to use the basic tools, such as Assignments, Conferences, and Studio, and
    • understand turn-in/grading procedures.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, lesson planning/ideas, online teaching/learning

Participant Level: Beginner level

About the presenter:

Emily 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 also writes and teaches grammar curriculum for Peak Support, a customer service company. She holds an MA in both Opera and Education, as well as certificates in TEFL, ESL, and English Language Arts.

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

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Crossing the "Rubricon": Designing and Using Effective Rubrics

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmRubrics
Presenters: Donna Pearce, OCELT & Eldon Friesen

Webinar Description:

Rubrics have become a commonly used and widely accepted assessment tool in education, particularly in Western contexts. However, we often don’t stop to think about why we actually use them and how we can maximize their effectiveness. This webinar will focus on three important questions:

Why bother to use rubrics at all?

  • to harmonize assessment across multiple sections,
  • to serve as a form of criteria to improve inter-rater reliability, and
  • to provide clear and useful feedback for learners.

How can we design rubrics for various tasks?

  • rubric design for speaking tasks,
  • rubric design for writing tasks, and
  • rubric design for participation.

How can we ensure that our rubrics are working effectively?

  • parallel marking,
  • feedback and revision, and
  • practice with demo text from handout.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Assessment

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenters:

Donna Pearce and Eldon Friesen are Program Development & Quality Assurance Coordinators for ESL Services at Brock University.

Donna also teaches pronunciation for the Goodman School of Business and is the writing mentor for the graduate program in Applied Linguistics/TESL. Her interests include quality assurance in education, innovative pedagogies in language learning, and plurilingualism in ESL instruction.

Eldon has held various teaching and program administration and development positions in Canada, Mexico, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. His interests include curriculum delivery, testing, assignment specifications, and rubrics.

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Using Sociodramatic Play in ESL Development

When: Sunday, August 30, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDramatic Play
Presenter: Fernanda Batista, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you looking for ways to energize your lessons? Are you curious about including drama, but perhaps feel you don’t have the relevant skills? If so, join us for this webinar.

Sociodramatic play has proven to contribute to communication processes in several ways, including the development of language, imagination, creative expression, self-regulation, inner thought, and socialization. It also paves the way for the development of symbolic activities such as literacy, mathematics, and music. This was evident in children’s classes, but to what extent can it be beneficial to ESL development in teenage and adult learners?

The presenter will discuss sociodramatic play, and in particular Replacement Performance Role-Play. She hopes to encourage instructors to incorporate it in the ESL classroom. By doing so, you can promote interactive and cooperative learning, the understanding of norms of other cultures, practice for real-life experiences, and student participation.

In this webinar, participants can expect to:

  • identify the advantages of the use of sociodramatic play in the language classroom,
  • recognize the features of Replacement Performance Role-Play that promote all levels of thinking, and
  • evaluate how a specific Replacement Performance Role-Play proposal can contribute to ESL development when used in the classroom.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning/ideas

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Fernanda Batista is a writing and ESL specialist at Ontario Tech University, where she develops and teaches writing programs for ESL students. She has 17 years of ESL teaching experience. She has an MA and PhD degree in Language and Literature from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil, as well as a Cambridge CELTA, and OCELT designation.

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Canada Isn’t Racist, eh? Let’s Discuss

When: Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCanadaNotRacist
Presenter: Kattawe Henry

Webinar Description:

Race and racism impact every aspect of our society. This includes the 'classroom' and education experiences. Noting this, many TESL instructors experience issues around class and culture. Often, the conversations around these intersections fail to address the way that they are both 'raced'. This means that ideas of class and culture are two aspects of life that are seen through an understanding of 'who' belongs to 'which' classes and 'what' cultures around the world are 'like' - through a lens of race.

Anti-racist theory acknowledges that racism is foundational to the development of our society. As such, to understand racism and anti-racist work we must address it at personal, ideological, and institutional levels. This is involved in the classroom and the conversations we do (or don't) have about race, class, racism, culture, and identity.

This webinar will explore themes of race and racism and provide some insights (which can be carried into the classroom) to understand how to approach conversations of race, racism, and anti-racism.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Culture, social justice

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Kattawe lives and works on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Working as the Human Rights and Anti-Racism Advisor at Brock University, Kattawe operates under an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework. She works to prevent and address harassment and discrimination in the Brock community.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Gender Studies and Feminist Research from McMaster University, Kattawe brings a background enriched with experiences and understandings of research and development, critical thought, and strong understandings of the importance of Human Rights and Equity work.

Website: https://brocku.ca/human-rights/

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Energize Online Classes With Virtual Experiences

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmDramatic Play
Presenter: John Allan, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you looking for new content to help hold the attention of your online learners? Are you searching for content that will also hold your interest in online teaching? Is your enthusiasm for online classes starting to lag? If so, join our presenter for a fun and informative hour of learning.

This webinar offers instructors practical ways to introduce new experiences to classes, with virtual experiences. Our presenter will share his experience with the following tools, as well as "How To" guides to share with instructors and students, to reduce adoption of these experiences:

  • Expeditions VR Tours.
  • Create a VR Tour.
  • Expeditions AR Models.
  • Google Earth Voyager.
  • GeoGuessr.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, lesson planning

Participant Level: Beginner level

About the presenter:

John Allan, OCELT, describes himself merely as an educator, but he is being extremely modest. He is a language instructor and an instructional designer, but his educator skills focus not only on his students, but also his peers. He is usually ahead of the crowd in learning new technology, and is dedicated to sharing any new-found skills with fellow educators. He regularly runs training sessions in various areas of technology. He is a dedicated volunteer in many areas of TESL Ontario. He admits to being a pretty good golf caddie too. He is one talented man!

Twitter: @mrpotts

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/johnharoldallan

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

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Task-Based Language Teaching: From Tasks and Beyond

When: Sunday, September 27, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmTasked Based Learning
Presenters: Leo Gomez & Michael Landry

Webinar Description:

Our presenters first presented on task-based language learning (TBLT) for TESL Ontario in 2019.

In this second webinar, the presenters will briefly recap some of the main takeaways from last year’s webinar. The video of the March 31, 2019 webinar can be found by searching ‘Past Events’ on Tutela.

In the current webinar, the presenters will move on to explore the finer points of the task cycle. Using an interactive approach, participants will have an opportunity to work on TBLT lesson design and consider some of the implications identifying task goals, task type, and task roles for students and teachers.

By the end of this webinar, participants should have a solid understanding of how to plan and implement TBLT in their teaching context.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Listening, pronunciation, grammar, lesson planning/ideas, online teaching/learning, task-based education, second-language acquisition

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenters:

Leo Gomez is a language educator, teacher educator, manager, and materials designer who has been teaching for over 20 years in five different countries. He is the founder of Learn YOUR English. His main interests include teacher education, reflective practice, task-based education, corpus linguistics, reactive teaching, and humanistic teaching.

Leo’s Twitter: @leoxical

Leo’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonardo-gomez-3b7a8027/

Michael Landry has worked extensively in Asia and Canada as an academic manager, teacher educator, and university lecturer. He is also a project manager for Learn YOUR English. His research interests include additional language socialization, teaching English for specific academic purposes (ESAP), and instructional and syllabus design.

Michael’s Twitter: @michaelhlandry

 

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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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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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