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TESL Canada Conference 2017 - Conference Presentation Materials for Download

The TESL Canada Conference in Niagara Falls was a great experience, and now many of this year’s presenters have graciously made their presentation materials available for you to view or download!

Find instructions on how to access the material on the TESL Canada Conference 2017 Program page.

TESL Canada Conference 2015

TESL Canada Conference 2015 hosted by ATESL

TESL Canada 2015: Call for Papers, Presentations, and Performances

TESL Canada 2015: Graduate Student Symposium Call for Proposals




TESL Canada Conferences 2014

Land of Living Languages. Regina, SK. May 8-10, 2014

TESL Interiors: Landscapes of Language and Literacies

TEAL BC co-hosted the 23rd TESL Canada conference in October 2012 in Kamloops, BC on October 11-13, 2012 at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). The title and theme of the 2012 Conference was TESL Interiors: Landscapes of Language and Literacies.


Conference History Table


The following is a table with a history of TESL conferences, from 1979-current.

Conference History

Elevating Language Learning to New Heights

Conference 25 - Oct 29-31, 2015 Lake Louise, AB
Guest Speakers: Douglas Biber, Stephen Downes, Crayton Walker

Land of Living Languages

Conference 24 - May 8-10, 2014 Regina, SK
Guest Speakers: Suresh Canagarajah, Sara Cushing Weigle, Margaret Early

TESL Interiors: Landscapes of Language and Literacies

Conference 23 - Oct 11-13, 2012 Kamloops, BC
Guest Speakers: Steven Pinker, Michael McCarthy and Penny Ur

Standing Corrected: Fluency, Accuracy and Reality

Conference 22 - May 28-30, 2011 Halifax, NS
Guest Speakers: Michael Swan, Roy Lyster

Weaving Pathways: Intercultural and Language

Conference 21 - Oct 1-3, 2009 Banff, AB
Guest Speakers: Dr. Bonny Norton, Lionel Laroche, PhD, PEng

Uncovering Discourse

Conference 20 - May 29-31, 2008 Moncton, NB
Guest Speakers: Scott Thornbury, Jeremy Harmer

Landmarks & Landscapes

Conference 19 - Oct 19-21, 2006 Winnipeg, MB
Guest Speakers: Dr. Anne Burns, Macquarie University, Dr. Hetty Roessingh, University of Calgary

Building a Profession: Building a Nation

Conference 18 - May 26-28, 2005 Ottawa, ON
Guest Speakers: Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University, Karen E Johnson, Penn State University

Connecting Communities: Inspirations and Aspirations

Conference 17 - Nov 13-15, 2003 Vancouver, BC
Guest Speakers: Mary Ashworth, Professor Emeritus, UBC, Carol Tator, York University, Rebecca Oxford, University of Maryland

Catch the Dream

Conference 16 - May 16-18, 2002 Regina, SK
Guest Speakers: David Nunan, Virginia Sauv

Changing Faces: Facing Change

Conference 15 - Sep 23-30, 2000 Halifax, NS
Guest Speakers: Diane Larsen-Freeman (Vermont, USA), Jim Cummins (OISE, Toronto)

Meeting the Millennium

Conference 14 - May 13-15, 1999 Banff, AB
Guest Speakers: Dave Sperling (California, USA), Jill Bell (York Univ., Toronto), Jan Wong (Toronto)

World Skills: Language & Living 

Conference 13 - Nov 7-9, 1997 Victoria, BC
Guest Speakers: David Nunan (Univ. of Hong King), Stephen Krashen (Univ. of S. California, USA), Mary Ashworth (UBC, B.C.)

Linking the Nations

Conference 12 - May 10-11, 1996 Winnipeg, MB
Guest Speakers: JoAnn Crandall (Maryland, USA), Marianne Celce-Murcia (Los Angeles, USA)

Networking for the ‘90s

Conference 11 - Nov 24-26, 1994 Toronto, ON
Guest Speakers: Rebecca Oxford (Univ. of Alabama, USA), Fred Genesee (McGill Univ. Quebec), Mary Ashworth (UBC, B.C.)

Tradition & Change

Conference 10 - May 13-15, 1993 Halifax, NS

Part of the Picture!

Conference 9 - May 2-4, 1991 Saskatoon, SK
Guest Speakers: Mary Ashworth (UBC, B.C.), Diane Larsen-Freeman (Vermont, USA), Gill Sturtridge (Reading, UK)

Language Development in the Canadian Community

Conference 8 - Nov 2-4, 1989 Calgary, AB
Guest Speakers: Dick Allwright (England), Jean Handscombe (North York Board of Education), Shirley Brice-Heath (Stanford), Mike Torbey (Nottingham, UK)

Conference 1988

Conference 7 - Jun 15-18, 1988 Quebec City, QC

Pacific Perspectives

Conference 6 - Mar 12-14, 1987 Vancouver, BC

Conference 1985

Conference 5 - Nov 21-24, 1985 Toronto, ON

Language: The Key to Canadian Living

Conference 4 - Feb 9-11, 1984 Winnipeg, MB
Guest Speakers: Richard Allwright, Stephen Krashen, Sandra Nicholls, Frank Smith

Conference 1982

Conference 3 - Nov 11-13, 1982 Alberta
Guest Speakers: Susan Davis (UNHCR), Keith Johnson (UK)

Conference 1981

Conference 2 - Mar 12-14, 1981 British Columbia

TESL Canada’s First National Conference

Conference 1 - May 23-27, 1979 Montreal, QC
Guest Speakers: S. Pit Corder (Univ. Of Edinburgh,UK), Evelyn Hatch (Univ.of  California, USA), Gerald Neufeld (Univ. of Ottawa. Can)