Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Dec 6

Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

Dec 13

Memory Maps – a Task-Based Language Learning Activity

Jan 17

How Public Libraries Can Support You and Your Learners

Jan 27

Google Classroom for Beginners


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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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How Public Libraries Can Support You and Your Learners

When: Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmLibrary Webinar
Presenter: Tamsin Cobb, OCELT

Webinar Description:

When was the last time you reached out to a public library for a class visit? Did you know that some libraries have librarians dedicated to support newcomer services? Libraries are more than just books – although those are very valuable, too.

Public libraries are hubs for information and support. While the pandemic has changed how libraries provide these, there is still so much available.

This webinar will explore ways public libraries can still support educators and learners during the pandemic through:

  • virtual programming,
  • online resources, and
  • library visit alternatives.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Literacy, community resources/support

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the Presenter:

Tamsin Cobb is a TESL Ontario member and manager of the TESL Ontario blog. She is also a library programmer where she shares her love of learning and creates opportunities for learners to be inspired and connected.

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Google Classroom for Beginners

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmGoogle Classroom for Beginners
Presenter: Shabana Shahzad

Webinar Description:

Are you looking for ways to get your students involved more online? Do you want to start using Google Classroom, but have no clue where to start? Have you attended other webinars about Google Classroom without any luck? Are you looking for a hands-on webinar where you will actually get to see a Google Classroom be built? If so, join us to learn all about Google Classroom from an absolute beginner’s perspective.

This webinar will walk you through the early steps of creating and using Google Classroom. In particular, it will show you exactly how to build your Google Classroom from scratch, as well as some first steps in getting started with the platform.

The presenter will demonstrate:

  • creating a Google classroom,
  • inviting students to join your classroom,
  • organizing your classroom,
  • creating an assignment / quiz,
  • giving students feedback, and
  • three beginner strategies for engaging students using Google Classroom.

Please note that this webinar is geared towards absolute beginners, who have little to no experience with Google Classroom. It will be an in-depth review of the basics. If you are an experienced user of Google Classroom, this webinar may not be for you.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, classroom management, organization

Participant Level: Beginner level

About the Presenter:

Shabana is a LINC instructor and PBLA lead at Calgary’s Centre for Newcomers, where she’s been teaching for over 10 years. She loves to incorporate online learning in her class as it is the new real world for our learners. In 2017, she presented in Edmonton on "How to teach more in less time using online resources". Once classes were moved online, Shabana started exploring Google forms and Google classroom, which she has found works really well with her class. Shabana is passionate about sharing things she learns, and is happy to share how to create and use Google classroom to teach online.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shabana_shahzad

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shabana-shahzad-43830b66/

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