Upcoming Webinars

 

Apr 5

Teacher Self-Care in Times of Change, Stress, and Uncertainty

Apr 16

Virtual Teamwork - How Professionals Can Work as a Team Remotely

Apr 23

What's New in the Best Practices Directory in 2020

Apr 29

Mentoring Student Teachers - Fostering Instructional Development

May 24

Teaching Green Real-World Tasks in the ESL Classroom

Jun 18

Blended Learning to Optimize Teamwork


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Teacher Self-Care in Times of Change, Stress, and Uncertainty

When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmSelfCare
Presenter: Patrice Palmer, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Finding the time for self-care is difficult for busy teachers, however it is especially important during times of personal crisis and excessive stress (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2016). Global events in the past few months have caused concern, anxiety, and uncertainty for teachers, personally and professionally.

Our presenter will:

  • define self-care and its importance, especially during challenging times,
  • provide examples of simple self-care practices, and
  • give participants an opportunity to share their best practices.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Health, mental health

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Patrice Palmer has more than 23 years’ experience as an ESL teacher, trainer, and writer, and spent seven amazing years in Hong Kong. Patrice has a M.Ed. from Brock University, a M.A. from the University of Toronto, certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Education from Wilfred Laurier University, and is a trained Mindfulness facilitator. Her experience with professional burn-out in 2015 prompted her to reflect on her lack of self-care and adopt strategies that she shares with other educators and school leaders, locally and internationally. Patrice is a well-being advocate for students, teachers, and all school staff.

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Virtual Teamwork: How Professionals Can Work as a Team Remotely

When: Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmRemoteTeams
Presenter: Tamsin Cobb, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Working remotely might sound like a good idea, but how does it work when you have a team? This webinar will share the presenter’s experience of working on a virtual team as the manager of the TESL Ontario Blog, as well as working from home for her full-time job as a library programmer.

In this webinar, the presenter will share

  • tools used to communicate, share, and track,
  • how to handle overwhelm,
  • ways to manage output, and
  • overall challenges, opportunities, and insights.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Technology, organization, work/life balance, teamwork, working remotely

Participant Level: Beginner level

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 children to be inspired and realize the library is more than just reading books!

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What's New in the Best Practices Directory in 2020

Best Practices Series

When: Thursday, April 23, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmBest Practices
Presenter: Julianne Burgess, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you familiar with TESL Ontario’s Best Practices Directory? If so, join us to hear about new resources added over the past year. If the directory is new to you, then join us to learn more. We hope you’ll make the directory an invaluable go-to resource.

The directory is an online collection of hundreds of ready-to-use materials that have been carefully selected by teachers to meet the needs of busy professionals. These resources have been vetted to meet quality and suitability for the needs of adult learners across levels, including usefulness for PBLA classrooms.

What can you expect to learn at this webinar?

  • A review of the topic areas available, including citizenship, PBLA, special needs, and literacy,
  • Tools to assist last-minute supply teachers,
  • Highlights of the new materials,
  • How you can give input as to what you’d like to see on this site.

To access the Directory of Best Practices, go to: http://bestpractices.teslontario.org

Webinar Type: This webinar is part of the Best Practices webinar series. This series is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI).

Categories: Lesson planning, lesson ideas, PBLA

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required.

About the presenter:

Julianne Burgess is program manager for the TESL Ontario Directory of Best Practices. She is also a LINC instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Julianne has a Master of Education from Brock University, and is also a PhD student in the Educational Studies program there.

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The Best Practice series live webinars are only available to TESL Ontario members, however the webinar video will be a public resource in the Directory of Best Practice Resources website.

* Members must be a member of the TESL Ontario group on Tutela.

 

This webinar is part of the Best Practices webinar series. This series is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and will be a public resource in the directory of best practices.


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Teaching Green Real-World Tasks in the ESL Classroom

When: Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmBest Practices
Presenter: Rajpreet Lotay, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you someone who supports environmentally friendly initiatives? Do you have students who come from countries where Canada’s standards for such things as recycling are unfamiliar to them? Do you wonder how to incorporate environment education into your lesson plans? If so, please join us for this webinar.

The presenter will introduce practical 'green' real-world tasks for PBLA that you can teach your learners, ranging from lower- to advanced-benchmark tailored tasks. Come learn, share, and apply different strategies for delivering environmental education through different themes, and in day-to-day language instruction and learning.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The current environmental crisis and practical strategies to be a greener ESL teacher,
  • Ways to deliver and infuse environmentally friendly tasks into your ESL curriculum,
  • Themed, green real-world tasks and activities adaptable to a wide range of benchmark modules.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Lesson planning, lesson ideas, PBLA, assessment, environmental education

Participant Level: All levels

About the presenter:

Rajpreet has more than eight years of experience teaching adult newcomers in LINC and ESL settings. She has a Master of Education from the University of Toronto, and a certification in teaching environmental education. As an environmentalist, she has taught a range of learners⏤from literacy to advanced language learners⏤about environmental sustainability. She has launched recycling programs in her language school, encouraging newcomer participation towards a greener future.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajpreet-lotay-246220141

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Mentoring Student Teachers - Fostering Instructional Development

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMentoring
Presenter: Sharmaine Itwaru

Webinar Description:

Have you ever mentored a student teacher? Did you feel fully equipped to do so? Did you struggle with the developmental aspects of this process? Did you feel your feedback was effective enough?

This webinar will focus on how to mentor student teachers as a developmental process leading to an enhanced level of classroom instruction. Utilizing disorienting dilemmas as a technique, instructors will learn how to effectively identify critical incidents in practicum placements, as well as dialogue with student teachers through a critically reflective process. Demonstrated examples of this technique used with former TESL students will be shared.

Webinar Type: General

Categories: Instructor development

Participant Level: Beginner level

About the presenter:

Dr. Sharmaine Itwaru is a graduate of the University of Toronto (OISE) in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (M.Ed) and the University of Calgary in Adult Education (EdD). She has been a professor at George Brown College for the past fifteen years and has coordinated and taught in the English for Academic Purposes as well as the College Teacher Training programs. She is also an instructor at Brock University in the Bachelor of Education Program in Adult Education. As a passionate educator of adults, her experience in teaching ESL, TESL, and instructional development spans many years in higher education institutions.

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Blended Learning to Optimize Teamwork

When: Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmBlendedGroupwork
Presenters: Maria Pop, OCELT & Aga Wolczuk, OCELT

Webinar Description:

Are you finding that your EAP classes are too centred on individual work and instructor presentation of material? Do you want to give students more chances to practice communication skills and teamwork to prepare for their future workplaces?

Our presenters will show you how technologies promoting blended learning can be used for group work and give students the opportunity to develop teamwork and communication skills.

This webinar will:

  • Introduce technology that can be successfully used for group work (Padlet, Google slides, & Kahoot games),
  • Outline steps for using such technology
  • Show how these tools can be used to increase cooperation among students in oral communication courses (and possibly other courses),
  • Provide strategies for optimizing teamwork and increasing task efficiency with these tools.

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, blended teaching, blended learning

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Maria Pop and Aga Wolczuk are both lecturers of English Language Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo.

Maria has been teaching both writing and speaking communication skills courses at Renison for the past seven years and has a particular interest in online learning and developing materials for online courses that maximize both instructor-student and peer-peer interaction.

Aga has taught both oral and written communication classes at Renison for 10 years. She has always been striving to increase student practice time and has been excited to learn about different technology tools helpful in achieving this objective.

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