Awarding Teacher Training Recognition

TESL Canada grants recognition of TESL Training Programs providing the designation as a TESL Canada Recognized Teacher Training Program. Recognition decisions are made based on a comprehensive review and assessment of the program. The assessment includes successive levels of review and includes a site visit (“inspection”) as a component of the five year recognition.

Practicum Hours for TESL Canada Standard Two Recognized Programs

Classroom Observation: 30 hours

Supervised individual practice teaching: 20 hours

The new practicum standard requires that Standard Two recognized programs extend the mandatory practicum hours from 20 (10 hours of classroom observation + 10 hours of supervised individual practice teaching) to 50 (30 hours of classroom observation + 20 hours of supervised individual practice teaching). 

The deadline for the implementation of the new practicum requirement of 50 hours is September 1, 2017.

TESL Canada board has also approved the policy that up to half of the observation and practice teaching hours may be done in online synchronous environment.

 

OVERVIEW OF STANDARDS

Name of Standard

Details of Eligibility

 

Professional Standard One

The Professional Certificate: Standard One is intended to recognize ESL/EFL educators who have completed an undergraduate degree and a Standard One TESL Canada recognized TESL training program.

 

The Professional Certificate: Standard One may be granted upon presentation of certified evidence of:

1)    Completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, and

2)    Completion of a TESL Canada Recognized TESL Training  Program which includes:

a)    A minimum of 100 hours of theory and methodology and

b)    A supervised practicum of a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience  or equivalent.)

c)    Up to half of the practicum teaching hours may be completed in online synchronous* and asynchronous** environments, with no more than 25% of the total teaching hours completely online asynchronously***.

d)    Up to 50% of the total hours of classroom observation be permitted to be done through recorded footage of in-person adult ESL classes selected from TESL Canada’s recommended list or recordings of similar quality.

Note:  Item (2) may be part of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

 

Professional Standard Two

The Professional Certificate: Standard Two is intended to recognize ESL/EFL educators who have completed an undergraduate degree and a Standard Two TESL Canada recognized TESL training program.

 

The Professional Certificate: Standard Two may be granted upon presentation of certified evidence of:

1)    Completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, and

2)    Completion of a Standard Two TESL Canada Recognized TESL Training  Program which includes:

a)    A minimum of 250 hours of theory and methodology and

b)    A supervised practicum of a minimum of 50 hours (30 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience   or equivalent.)

c)    Up to half of the practicum teaching hours may be completed in online synchronous* and asynchronous** environments, with no more than 25% of the total teaching hours completely online asynchronously***.

d)    Up to 50% of the total hours of classroom observation be permitted to be done through recorded footage of in-person adult ESL classes selected from TESL Canada’s recommended list or recordings of similar quality.

Note:  Item (2) may be part of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

 

Professional Standard Three

The Professional Certificate: Standard Three is intended to recognize ESL/EFL educators who have completed a Master’s/Doctoral degree in TESL or equivalent with a demonstrated background in adult education from a Canadian institution which is a member in good standing of Universities Canada, and a minimum of 50 hours in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum.

 

The Professional Certificate: Standard Three may be granted upon presentation of certified evidence of:

1)    Completion of a Master’s/Doctoral degree in TESL or equivalent from a Canadian institution which is a member in good standing of Universities Canada ,

2)    Demonstrated background in adult education, and

Completion of a minimum of 50 hours in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum (30 hours of classroom observation and 20 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience or equivalent.) Up to half of the practicum teaching hours may be completed in online synchronous* and asynchronous** environments, with no more than 25% of the total teaching hours completely online asynchronously***.

Up to 50% of the total hours of classroom observation be permitted to be done through recorded footage of in-person adult ESL classes selected from TESL Canada’s recommended list or recordings of similar quality.

OR

1)    The requirements of Professional Standard One or Two,

2)    Completion of a Master’s degree or PhD in a related field at an accredited post-secondary institution.

 

 

PRACTICUM 

The requirements for the practicum portion of the program:

Until July 31, 2021, in order to qualify for TESL program certification, all of the required in-class hours may be completed in online synchronous environments with the expected teaching modalities (see below).

Teaching in an online synchronous environment must include some of the following teaching modalities:

  • Teacher-centred lectures/explanations
  • Student-centred activities such as pair and group discussions and tasks delivered through a breakout room function
  • Screen sharing of various media
  • Using audiovisual technology (e.g., for listening and watching comprehension activities)
  • Using the digital whiteboard and annotation tools
  • Providing feedback in real time
  • Classroom management (e.g., giving floor, managing class interaction, elicitation)
  • Using external polling and assessment tools (e.g., Kahoot!)

* Online synchronous teaching environment are web-conferencing platforms (such as Zoom, Adobe Connect, Google Meet, Blackboard Collaborate, YouSeeU, Big Blue Button) or 3D Virtual Worlds (such as Second Life or VirBELA), where instruction requires participation of learners in real time.

Teaching in an online asynchronous environment (no more than 25%) must include some of the following teaching modalities:

  • Moderating an online discussion board
  • Creating learning objects and assessments and uploading them to an LMS
  • Providing asynchronous feedback on written work or recorded videos
  • Creating and posting pre-recorded lessons using video or multimedia presentation tools
  • One-on-one conferencing with students regarding aspects of their work

** Online asynchronous environments are Learning Management Systems (LMS, such as Moodle-based LMS like Edulinc, Edmodo, Brightspace, Blackboard, Canvas, Google Classroom).

TESL Canada is currently offering a "provisional certificate" if candidates are not able to obtain a practicum at the present time. The provisional certificate can be upgraded to a full certificate once practicum hours are completed.

 

  

 

TESL Canada Federation Recognized Teacher Training Program Application Forms

 

teslcanada.logo Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

  

TESL Canada is pleased to share the following professional learning opportunities from our Teacher Training Programs with our members. However, please keep in mind that these PLs are not endorsed or reviewed by TESL Canada. We are simply sharing opportunities sent to us by our members in the event that they are of interest to the others in our community. If you are a program manager and have a professional learning opportunity you’d like to share, please email submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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TESL Canada is pleased to offer Part 3 in a series of webinars offered by Trevor Laughlin and Brittany Hack  (Apr 6, 2021 07:00 PM Atlantic Time) . Please see below for details and note: Registration is by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and a current TESL Canada membership is required*  
Webinar Part 3: Assessment framework to evaluate online classes

Online teachers, particularly in ESL, have been working with pure online delivery for almost a year now. And yet we have no real way of  assessing if we are doing a good job teaching those classes, or places where we could potentially improve. While there are several different benchmarking toolkits and rubrics out there that offer some level of insight, none of them really seem to cover the experience for teachers, course developers and students comprehensively. 

Looking at available literature and existing peer-reviewed rubrics, we propose an amalgamated assessment framework that allows us to evaluate online classes in terms of Students, Instructors, the Limitations of technology and Course design (SILC Assessment framework). This will allow course instructors and course designers review various aspects of their courses with a goal of providing insight as to how different assignments and pedagogies can be utilized to improve online delivery.
 

 

MOSAIC engage, one of the social enterprises of MOSAIC, is pleased to announce an exciting new teacher training program.

This one-month online certificate program is tailored to meet the learning needs of practicing ESL teachers and those starting out who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of IELTS preparation. IELTS testing is growing tremendously around the world and this course is a ticket to enter this dynamic teaching world.

The next course starts April 6.

 

 

TEACHING 101.2 - TEACHING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY SERIES

APPLYING THE “MULTIPLE LEARNING STYLES” METHOD IN THE ESL ADULT CLASSROOM (PART  & ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL TEACHING AND THE LEARNING STYLES (PART 2)

The learning styles idea introduced and proposed by a number of innovative and pioneering educational researchers in the 70s and 80s, caused uproar amongst the hardcore, “whip-on-the-desk” teachers who have been looking for ways to dismiss and disprove it ever since. Also proposed in the 80s, Howard

Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, challenged educators, curriculum developers and administrators to reflect on how our students learn, how much information is actually transferred from teachers to learners using classic teaching methods and ultimately, how much is actually retained by the learners after 12 years of formal education. Unfortunately, decades after these innovative teaching methods were first described, teacher training programs around the world continue to promote “one- size-fits-all” lesson planning.

In this two-part session, Maria will introduce you to the Multiple Intelligences (MI) and the Learning Styles (LS) theories through examples and hands-on activities. You will make the connection between the two theories and through self-assessment and self-reflection, you will identify which sets of MI and LS reflect your own learning and teaching preference. The second part of the session, will provide you with the necessary tools to plan for and put together your own lessons using a variety of teaching techniques that will engage your learners as a group, no matter what learning method they prefer.

DATES AVAILABLE:      APRIL 16 & 23 @ 1 PM MDT (FRIDAY)

MAY 19 & 26 @ 5 PM MDT (WEDNESDAY) REPEAT

This is a 2-part, 90-minute each, session. The regular fee is $75 (both parts); special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

USING THE “TEACHING MOMENT” IN LESSON PLANNING

Lesson planning is the most important step in providing meaningful teaching. Whether a seasoned teacher or a new kid on the block, planning is essential and it should go hand in hand with intuition, spontaneity and imagination, which make the complete toolkit for best teaching practices. On the other hand, a too detailed lesson plan can restrict our ability to cater to the needs of our learners as a group;

that is when a “teaching moment” could be perceived as a derailment from our plan and a breakdown in the lesson’s continuity. But, instead of looking at this interruption as a distraction, integrating it in our planning and using it as a teaching tool makes the lessons more varied and fun.

In this 90 minute session, Maria will demonstrate how the TEACHING MOMENT can actually be smartly and successfully INCLUDED in our lesson planning with great results for the learning process. She will show you how it can be made look like a natural occurrence in the middle of an ordinary lesson, at the same time giving credit to our learners for active participation and ultimately turning it into a fun learning experience for everybody.

DATES AVAILABLE:       APRIL 20 @ 5 PM MDT (TUESDAY)

MAY 18 @ 5 PM MDT (TUESDAY) REPEAT

This is a 90-minute session. The regular fee is $40; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15

PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE – OR DO THEY?!

While nobody knows exactly where this “aphorism” comes from, today we use it in a self-deprecating, usually humorous way, when we realise that our “mind” has come to the same conclusion as our conversation partners. For educators, such declaration could describe two teaching methods that result in similar responses in our learners, as they acquire a similar piece of knowledge. But while the “minds” may think alike, many times, the path used to get to the same result is different. For instance, we may think that learning to spell correctly can only be done by incessant repetition, endless dictation or diction practice. The same result can also be achieved by reading extensively or by listening to audio books, while reading along. The scope of the activity is the same, but the path to achieve it is different.

In this 90 minute session, Maria will demonstrate different ways to teach the same topic, using different paths, with similar results. Taken from her extensive teaching career and the most recent studies in teaching methodology and pedagogy, she will address the question of teaching styles and learning styles and how we can adapt our teaching so that we address the individual needs of our learners, at the same time catering to the entire group.

DATES AVAILABLE:       APRIL 21 @ 5 PM MDT (WEDNESDAY)

JUNE 10 @ 5 PM MDT (THURSDAY) REPEAT

 This is a 90-minute session. The regular fee is $40; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15

PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

“A MILE WIDE, AN INCH DEEP” – PREPARING TRUE REAL WORLD TASKS FOR THE ESL CLASSROOM

With the introduction of the PBLA for LINC programs in Canada and its implementation during the past several years, teachers have focused their lesson planning on finding those “Real World Tasks” to prepare our adult ESL learners for life after LINC. With the idea of the portfolio in mind and trying to scaffold the learning from easy to complex, teachers determine their learners’ progress or lack thereof using real world assessments. But, how many times did you “listen to a friend, colleague or classmate giving basic personal information about his/her life” or “listen to descriptions of various people to identify them in a photograph” in your everyday life? Copied “words from a picture dictionary into a guided text” or “emergency fire instructions posted in a building”?

In this 90 minute session, Maria will help you put together your own list of concrete, true “real world” activities, ready to use in your lessons and assessments, using examples from her 18 years of teaching in LINC programs and a 28-year long teaching career on two continents. THIS IS A SESSION ADDRESSING RWTS FOR CLBS 1 TO 4.

DATES AVAILABLE:       APRIL 27 @ 5 PM MDT (TUESDAY)

MAY 20 @ 5 PM MDT (THURSDAY) REPEAT

 This is a 90-minute session. The regular fee is $40; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15

PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  

TEACHERS ARE HUMAN AFTER ALL – HOW TO MAKE LEARNING MEANINGFUL BY SHARING PERSONAL STORIES

Building rapport with our learners is the key to a successful learning process in any educational situation or institution. Stepping down from the pedestal our learners like to place us on and showing them that “to err is to be human”, will not make us lose their respect; on the contrary. Showing our learners different ways to overcome the difficulties of learning English through examples taken from our own

“career” as lifelong learners will only empower them and encourage them to work harder.

In this 90 minutes session, Maria will share with you “stories from the ESL classroom” that demonstrate how using personal examples of trials and tribulations and success and failure, empower our learners but also create a relaxed, friendly and comfortable learning environment.

DATES AVAILABLE:       APRIL 29 @ 5 PM MDT (THURSDAY)

MAY 27 @ 5 PM MDT (THURSDAY) REPEAT

This is a 90-minute session. The regular fee is $40; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15

PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK - EMPOWERING OUR LEARNERS (OR HOW TO “PRODUCE” SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS)

When the time for assessment comes, we battle with a number of “big questions”: who are we writing the assessments for: the learner or their next teacher? Also, what do we want to share with the recipients of these assessments: progress, lack thereof or both? Do we want to empower them to continue to work hard or do we put them down so they give up? To a certain extent, teachers acknowledge that the difference between constructive/positive feedback and berating the work of a student is the difference between success and failure. Not only can we prove to our learners which skills they suck at, but we can also trick them and fail them by providing them with complicated and wordy questions so they cannot complete a simple task. But, does this constitute best teaching practices?

In this 90 minute session, Maria invites you to participate in an open and honest discussion about why too many teachers employ such tactics that are not only detrimental to our learners, but ultimately to all of us in the teaching profession. She will share different ways to give feedback for lack of progress by using encouragement and positive reinforcement and will demonstrate how easy it is to change the

“negative” into “positive” while being true to the scope of our job.

DATES AVAILABLE:       MAY 4 @ 5 PM MDT (TUESDAY)

MAY 11 @ 5 PM MDT (TUESDAY) REPEAT

This is a 90-minute session. The regular fee is $40; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15

PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

TEACHING STYLES AND LESSON PLANNING FOR THE ADULT ESL CLASSROOM (PART 1 & 2)

Teacher training programs more often than not, focus on providing their participants with a limited array of tools they can use to put together a lesson plan, find appropriate resources, create original

tasks or adapt assessments/tasks passed on from one “generation” to another. The practicum is also based on the one-size-fits-all lesson planning and the assumption that all teachers should teach the same way. What these programs do not take into account is how WE learn and, directly connected to this, how WE TEACH.

As they gain experience and become more confident, it is common for new teachers to discover that there are different ways to teach some contentious grammar point, include a speaking component in a reading task or prepare a fun vocabulary enrichment lesson, but for various reasons they prefer to go the beaten path and persevere in using the same teaching techniques whether they work or not.

In this 2-part session, Maria will help you identify your preferred teaching style and so, create lessons using the style that best matches your personality, without lowering or jeopardising the quality of your teaching. The first part will help you identify what your teaching style is and learn more about the different learning styles so that you can make an informed decision about what works for which task. The second part will provide you with the tools to put the “theory into practice”, by creating multi-style lessons that you are comfortable with and will also demonstrate how to collaborate with your peers and colleagues and organise the perfect “multiple-teaching-styles-common-activities”.

DATES AVAILABLE:       MAY 6 & 13 @ 5 PM (THURSDAY)

JUNE 11 & 18 @ 1 PM MDT (FRIDAY) REPEAT

This is a 2-part 90-minute each, session. The regular fee is $75 (both parts); special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register, please send an email at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact

Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

THE “TALL POPPY SYNDROME” SERIES

THE “TALL POPPY SYNDROME” AND THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES THEORY (PART 1) & THE “TALL POPPY SYNDROME” AND THE LEARNING STYLES (PART 2)

“If relativity is proved right, the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist. If relativity is proved wrong, the French will call me a Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew.” A powerful Albert Einstein quote as he was introducing his relativity theory to the scientific community and that hinted at his success perceived from the perspective of his heritage and nationality and not his true scientific ability.

Unfortunately, more than a century later, the attitude regarding people with above average qualities or higher native intelligence is still the same. More than that, this attitude has bled into the way learners are assessed and in the way educational systems perceive “gifted” learners. It is not uncommon to see that in the 21st century classrooms, learners that are “different”, are swiftly labeled as such and special learning plans are quickly put together to help them “cope” with the requirements of the mainstream educational system. They are referred to “gifted” programs that “cater” to their “special needs” and ultimately, they end up being separated from the mainstream learning system. This is happening in the public education systems, as well as in adult education programs.

In this two part session, Maria will help you rediscover how to engage such learners and include them in the learning process and at the same time use their extraordinary abilities for the benefit of all of your learners. Based on research done by pioneers in the instructional and educational fields like Maria Montessori, John Dewey, David Kolb, Neil Fleming and Howard Gardner, who have introduced new ideas of teaching still relentlessly contested by those who support the “tall poppy” perspective, you will learn that the “tall poppy syndrome” is not some herbal illness but an ignorant and destructive way of leveling us up, placing us in Procustes’ bed to make us all uniform and consequently mediocre. Using the 8 emotional intelligences and making the connection to the 8 learning styles, Maria will demonstrate how we can prepare extraordinary lessons, inclusive and geared toward our “gifted” learners, so they too feel a part of the group.

DATES AVAILABLE:       MAY 7 & 14 @1 PM MDT (FRIDAY)

JUNE 9 & 15 @ 5 PM MDT (WEDNESDAY) REPEAT

This is a 2-part 90-minute each, session. The regular fee is $75 (both parts); special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. Payment can be done by e-transfer or by credit card by sending an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To register, please send an email at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the SESSION NAME and PREFERRED DATE in the subject line. Please note that THERE IS A LIMIT OF 15 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION. For more information, feel free to contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

TESL Canada is offering Part 2 of Synchronous Allopatric Language Learning in the times of Coronavirus with Trevor Laughlin and Brittany Hack.
Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 7:00pm Atlantic Time To register, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Part 1 of this seminar series stressed the importance of having a synchronous component to ESL classes: providing motivation, combating isolation, and building communities of inquiry through teacher presence. Part 2 takes a more practical bend in comparing the benefits of what both synchronous and asynchronous delivery can offer ESL learners and teachers. It offers a practical skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening) versus delivery method (synchronous/asynchronous) comparison in designing courses and choosing assignments/assessments based on the research from the previous seminar. While this advice comes from a pre-university ESL/EAP perspective, the advice is adaptable to a multitude of situations and learners. Final thoughts cover the technology limitations when designing assessments.
 

 

Bow Valley College Spring PD offerings:

Post-TESL Certificate: Advanced Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms

The Post-TESL Certificate provides focused and relevant professional development for ELL practitioners working with adult learners. It is designed to help you keep your skills and knowledge up to date. A certificate is granted upon successful completion of four of the six courses offered in this program.

Upcoming courses:

Teaching English for the Workplace

March 1-26, 2021

12-hour online course

$295.00

To register: Click here, scroll down and click on add to cart.

Join us for this four-week online professional development course. Teaching English for the Workplace will focus on soft skill development in English for workplace classes. You will explore considerations in the selection of materials, key teaching points, and methods of instructional practice to effectively and appropriately support workplace soft skill development.

ESL Literacy Material Design

May 3-28, 2021

12-hour online course

$295.00

To register: Click here, scroll down and click on add to cart.

This four-week online professional development course will support you to create effective learning materials for ESL literacy learners. You will explore principles of effective material design, engage with hands-on and text-based materials, and apply what you have learned to create learning materials.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

May 31-June 25, 2021

12-hour online course

$295.00

To register: Click here, scroll down and click on add to cart.

This four-week online professional development course will introduce you to inclusive teaching practices to better meet the needs of English language learners. You will examine concepts and strategies that help create inclusive learning and teaching environments.

 

For more information contact the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


 

 

 

 

Bow Valley College Online PD Opportunities:

Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate Program

4 courses, 12 hours each, $295.00 per course

Increase your intercultural understanding and skills. This certificate program is essential for anyone working in a diverse setting. It offers useful tools to build intercultural sensitivity and enhance intercultural communication skills. The certificate is comprised of four 12-hour online courses which are cohort-based and facilitated by an instructor. Each course has regular deadlines to keep you on track to complete the course over four weeks. (These are not self-paced courses) It is suggested that you take the first two courses in order and before Supervisory Skills in Intercultural Teams, but the Indigenous Awareness course can be taken in any order in the certificate or as a stand- alone course.

Intercultural Competence 1

March 1-26, 2021

Explore your own mindset and worldview and develop strategies for checking assumptions. Gain insight about important cultural frameworks and other worldviews.

Intercultural Competence 2

May 3-28, 2021

Build motivation and curiosity and develop the requisite attitudes for working towards successful intercultural interactions. Explore case studies employing multiple lenses and important frameworks. 

Supervisory Skills in Intercultural Teams

May 3-28, 2021

Develop skillsets essential for building an inclusive environment on your team. Explore case studies and own experiences by employing varied lenses and intercultural frameworks to enhance a global mindset. 

Indigenous Awareness: Engaging Diversity and Inclusion

Mar 1-26 or May 31-Jun 25, 2021

Learn about Indigenous histories and contemporary realities in Canada. Explore cultural differences and basic indigenous ways of knowing and being while examining your own worldview with a goal to promote understanding and foster inclusivity. 

For more information contact the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


 

 

 

TESL Canada is offering the following webinar reporting on the results of Part 3 of the study commissioned by IRCC: Review of  Professional Standards for Teachers of ESL: Perceptions of Different Stakeholder Groups

Date: January 19, 2021
Time: 7pm Atlantic Canada Time
Presenter: Dianne Tyers

This webinar shares information from the third part of the study on teacher professional standards in English language teaching in Canada commissioned by TESL Canada and funded by IRCC.  Based on a secondary analysis of original survey data from 2019, the study collates perceptions of different stakeholder characteristic groups:  geographic location, years in the profession, roles in the profession, TESL Canada membership and professional certification.   The secondary analysis provided interesting surprises, identifying areas of variation with some of the stakeholder characteristics, and little variation with other stakeholder characteristics.  While the analysis demonstrated that stakeholders in the sector are more similar than different, more importantly, this more layered analysis allowed each group to be heard as a distinct voice.  The webinar focuses on presenting these distinct voices, so that the rich complexity of our rapidly changing profession can be better understood and appreciated.

 

 

TESL Canada is offering a timely webinar, Synchronous Allopatric Language Learning in the times of Coronavirus hosted by Trevor Laughlin and Brittany Hack, on Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00pm Atantic  Time. This is part one of a two part presentation. 

The first presentation will explore specific problems that have risen with online learning due to the coronavirus. It will look specifically at the dichotomy of whether we should be choosing synchronous or asynchronous learning and the advantages that each could bring to different parts of ESL learning (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). The presentation looks at the relationship post-secondary institutions had with online learning prior to the pandemic with a particular focus on blended learning popular with ESL. Then it takes us through the fundamental shift in learning under COVID19 and the new landscape of learning we now exist in - in particular for ESL students. It compares the traditional face-to-face learning environment to online learning examining how that has had to change in order to foster language learning - ending with clear advice for instructors on how to refocus their classes.

 

 

The College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to host a webinar in November to provide teachers with more information on our Post-degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language Education (PDCEAL). This online certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing K-12 teachers and those in related professions who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of EAL education.

We have also produced the attached infographic which outlines some key information regarding EAL learners which may be of interest to teachers.

Thank you for helping us spread the word about this unique-in-Canada online program.

November 18, 11 am CST, hosted via WebEx

More information and registration details are available on Eventbrite.
 

 

 

Humber College is offering its workshop TSOL 010: Teaching Young Children in ESL/EFL Classes Workshop virtually. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 from 10 am – 2 pm and costs $77.20. Click here to  register
 
Often times TESL trained teachers go overseas and find themselves in front of a classroom of children with no experience of how to teach them. This four-hour virtual workshop on Teaching Children in the ESL/EFL classroom will provide participants with practical strategies that can be used in an English language classroom full of young learners whether in Canada or overseas. Participants will learn classroom management strategies and reward systems and how to create a supportive learning environment and activities that can be used with young learners. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how the activities and materials used in adult learning language classes can be adapted for children.
 

 

 

October 27 & October 29 at 3 pm MDT - Multiple Intelligences and the EQ – an old trend, viewed from a contemporary perspective. Limit: 30 participants

The idea of multiple intelligences was introduced by Howard Gardner in the 1980s describing the different types of “intelligences” that can be connected to different learning styles. While it has revolutionised the teaching world, it also brought forward a lot of unanswered questions: how DO you adapt your teaching to the different learning styles present in our ESL classrooms? 

While the answer is not easy to find, through mindfulness and open-mindedness, and using a variety of communication and teaching strategies, Maria will introduce you to unlimited ways to nurture the multiple intelligences of your learners while still catering to the their needs as a group.  In this workshop you will identify what helps and what prevents learning in the multiple-intelligent classroom and how to use different teaching styles and techniques in your planning, so your learners participate in the learning process.

This is a 2-day, 90 minute each workshop (180 minutes in total). Part 1 will introduce you to the MI theory in a 30 minute presentation. For the remainder of Parts 1 and 2, Maria will provide you with examples and lesson ideas for the multiple-intelligent classroom. Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2. The regular fee is $60; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. To register, send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying the name of the session in the subject line.

 

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November 10, 2020 @ 4 pm. MDT - Self-motivation – key factor in successful (adult) education - Limit 25 participants

Self-motivation along with knowing your strengths and weaknesses are key factors in our development, from the first years of life to adulthood and beyond. Changing the workplace, getting married or immigrating to another country shakes our self-trust to the point of denying our ability to function or perform successfully in the new environment.

How many times did we see that happen in our ESL learners? Every time a new type of task is introduced to the learners, or a new teacher greets them, learners relive the “starting over” process and doubt overwhelms them yet again.

Through examples from her teaching career on two continents, Maria will identify what makes our learners doubt themselves and what we, as teachers, instructors and facilitators can do, to help them trust themselves and welcome the new environment with fear of failure.

This is a 90 minute session consisting of a 30-minute presentation followed by a hands-on workshop. The regular fee is $30; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. To register, send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying the name of the session in the subject line.

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November 17, 2020 @ 4 pm - Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Culture in ELT Programs limit - 20 participants

Professionals who immigrate to Canada and that find work soon after their arrival, find it very hard to understand why “my boss gets upset when I call him ‘sir’” or “looking down when I am talked to, upsets my supervisor”. Cultural differences are the most important reason why people lose their jobs or are not able to keep the job for too long.

In all Business Communication for Professionals (BCP) programs Maria taught, she found that the lack of understanding of the cultural differences was the most important factor that prevented these newcomers fit in. In this 90 minute session, Maria will share with you her successes and failures and how she found the balance between using her personal experience and being the “boss” in the classroom as a teaching tool.

This is a 90 minute session consisting of a 30-minute presentation followed by a hands-on workshop. The regular fee is $30; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. To register, send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying the name of the session in the subject line.

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December 1, 2020 @ 4 pm MDT - Using technology to teach English as a Second Language – Limit 20 participants

When the COVID pandemic hit, the entire world moved “online”. Teachers, instructors and facilitators scrambled to find the most appropriate online resources to keep their learners engaged in the learning process, sometimes spending long hours online themselves looking for “stuff”. The list of “materials” continues to grow every day and the search for the appropriate materials become a more and more tedious job.

In this workshop, Maria will share a list of tested and sometimes very little known websites, that can be used in the teaching and learning process with (very) little adaptation. The session will focus on those sections of websites that have proved useful to her learners, as well as provide ideas and ready-to-use lessons that she has taught to her learners, before the pandemic.

This is a 90 minute session consisting of a 30-minute presentation followed by a hands-on workshop. The regular fee is $30; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. To register, send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying the name of the session in the subject line.

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December 3, 2020 at 3 pm MDT - Cultural Intelligence in the ESL/LINC Environment. Limit 30 participants

How to bring the different cultures and learning styles represented by the students in the classroom to a common denominator so that everybody gets involved in the learning process?  This is THE question teachers need to answer before they start adapting their teaching to a culturally diverse group.  In the world of globalism and multiculturalism, learning to adapt to the different backgrounds of your learners is a remarkable effort, yet a rewarding job when done properly.

Based on the most recent research and using her extensive personal experience, Maria will provide tips and ideas on cultural knowledge, mindfulness and cross-cultural skills and communication strategies across cultures that will enhance your understanding of today’s Global Village – Planet Earth.

This is a 90 minute session consisting of a 30-minute presentation followed by a hands-on workshop. The regular fee is $30; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. To register, send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying the name of the session in the subject line.

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“Real World Tasks” in the time of COVID – various dates

The COVID pandemic has brought the ESL/EAL in-person learning to a standstill.  Tens of thousands of learners of different CLB levels had to quickly learn to use technology that was never meant for this purpose and thousands of ESL/EAL teachers added a new skill to their resumes: online teaching.  The introduction of the PBLA did not account for a crisis of this magnitude when it started basing teaching on “real world tasks”. The light at the end of the tunnel seems to dim out with the spikes in the number of cases, so online teaching will be the norm for some time to come.

So, how DO we still do the “real word tasks” in an online environment? Through examples and hands-on activities, Maria will help you figure out what the NEW “real world tasks” could look like and how to use them in the classroom, with little change or adaptation after the crisis is gone.

This is a 90 minute session. There is a limit of 25 participants. The regular fee is $30; special fees are available for previous attendees, as well as for booking multiple sessions. To register, send an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying the name of the session in the subject line.

All sessions start at 3 pm MDT (Edmonton). The following dates are available:

Literacy: November 6

CLBs 1-2: November 13

CLBs 3-4: November 20

CLBs 6-7: November 27


 

 

 

Bilingualism: A module for those working with adult immigrants with limited home language literacy

Registration is now open for this module. Week 1 begins on October 21, 2020. October21-December 13; module remains open until end of January 2021. The EU Speak Board's online module, Bilingualism, is for those who work with immigrant adults. Hosted on a Moodle platform, it's offered in English, Finnish, German, Spanish, and Turkish. It's for anyone at any level who works with or plans to work with adults learning to read and write for the first time in a new language. Modules run for six weeks. This time there's a sevent week, a workshop on collaborative translation of short non-fiction and fiction books into learners' home languages, and the module is then open until the end of January for engagement with this activity.

Registration is now open. Week 1 begins October 21, 2020

A €30 registration fee provides an enrollment key to gain initial access to the module. Register using this (also an EU-Speak website), repeated here for your convenience: https://webstore.ncl.ac.uk/short-courses/faculty-of-humanities-social-sciences-hass/school-of-english-literature-language-and-linguistics/bilingualism

The fee covers all administrative and technical support, without which the volunteer EU-Speak board cannot offer modules. There is no further charge for a personalized certificate of completion or access to the module for an additional six weeks after it ends in December.

Bilingualism takes a practical and theoretical approach from linguistic, neurolinguistic, social and educational perspectives. Through relevant research, participatns explore individual and community bi-/multilinguism and discover how to support bi-/multilinguism with learners and learners’ families and communities. The module was designed and led by Belma Haznedar and co-facilitated by Fernanda Minuz and Theresa Wall:

https://www.lesla.org/hub-development-team

For more information, including the module syllabus and requirements for a certificate, see https://research.ncl.ac.uk./eu-speak/modules/bilingualism/

 

 

 

October 6, 2020 at 7pm (Atlantic Time) -Understanding your Students Through their Stories with Richard J. Stockton (Limit: 100 participants)

This is a presentation on developing method for arts-based research (ABR) in TESOL. I ran three exploratory pilots, coding high school EAL student poetry, intermediate learners using Dörnyei’s L2 self-guides to metaphorize their identity issues into stories, and advanced participants retelling Indonesian folklore anew, who reflect on its meaning, and what it is to be speakers of English in a global world. I found the constructivist model, with zombie subjects positioning in sutured fields: the cosmopolitan, individualistic ideal self—and—an “essentialist” model of identity, the ought-to self, founded on magical singularities and integralist silos: showing identities in crisis. ABR, story, global identity crisis, and the surprising place of magic and tradition in this learning context keep academic TESOL literature relevant to its audience and stakeholders downstream; a check-list to code, categorize, and theorize an identity model in hermeneutic circle with the memoing is the takeaway for classroom practice usage.

FREE EVENT

To register, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Webinar: Cambridge Resources for Teachers

Time: July 29, 3pm Atlantic (Halifax)
Where: TESL Canada Zoom platform

Cambridge Assessment English strongly believes that effective preparation for language teaching and assessment depends on effective teacher support.  In order to meet teachers’ requirements and needs, Cambridge English has gathered a range of materials which are easy to access.  These resources are ready to use with learners, for both synchronous or asynchronous lessons.  Apart from downloadable resources, you can also choose from over 160 online activities to use with your learners on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Participants will be introduced to online tools for writing practice with immediate feedback, to the teaching and digital frameworks and other new online resources. Enjoy!
Our key websites for educators:
www.cambridgeenglish.org
https://cambridgetogether.org/ 
 
Presenters:
Alberto Costa, Senior Assessment Services Manager Americas for Cambridge Assessment English, has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic consultant for 30 years, having also worked as a course tutor for the teaching qualifications CELTA, ICELT and DELTA. He has been in Cambridge Assessment English for nearly 5 years and continuing professional development for teachers is one of his key interests
 
Rosalía Valero is Strategic Development Head Americas at Cambridge Assessment English. She manages education transformation activity in Americas, working with ministries of education and educational institutions and organisations. Rosalía’s expertise lies in English language teaching and training, professional development, and English Language Teaching management.
 
Please remember to register by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, please confirm the workshop time in your time zone. The presentation is at 3pm Atlantic (Halifax)
 

Pete Novak
Country Manager: USA/Canada
Cambridge Assessment English
295 Madison Ave NY, NY
Mobile: +1 -917-828-0366
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A webinar presenting online teaching platforms and challenges will be presented Wednesday June 24th, at 1:00 pm PT. To register, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The zoom link will be forwarded to you once you have registered. Please see below for a biography of the presenter and information about the workshop.

Biography Azin Ehsan 
Azin has been teaching English (ESL and EFL) for over 24 years now. Apart from General English, as a master’s holder in English Language and Literature as well as TESOL, she has also gained experience in EAP, ESP and exam preparation courses overseas. She has held workshops in many contexts on various TESOL issues, in both adult and young learner education. She has been working for DEA Canadian College since 2017.
Workshop
The present workshop discusses online teaching of ESL. It also provides a chance for participants to share problems, concerns and their unique experience regarding the most commonly used platform across Canada, i.e. Zoom. The workshop highlights the capabilities and shortcomings of the platform and welcomes any suggestions from the attendees to further improve the quality of future lessons. The attendees are also invited to pool their ideas and resources concerning their experience with other online teaching platforms.

Please remember to register by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, please confirm the workshop time in your time zone. The presentation is at 1pm PT.

 

 

The College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to host a webinar later this month to provide teachers with more information on our Post-degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language Education (PDCEAL). This online certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing K-12 teachers and those in related professions who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of EAL education.

June 25, 11 am CST, hosted via WebEx

More information and registration details are available on Eventbrite.

Please share this information with those in your networks who may find it of interest.

 

 

Do you want to get paid to enjoy more playtime in your adult life? Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is one of the most lucrative and secure teaching positions in the ESL teaching world.

This course is designed for English as Second Language (ESL) educators seeking professional development and who want to expand their existing teaching skill set to learn more about teaching young learners of English. Both theoretically and practically, students explore the needs and challenges of young learners in a language-learning classroom.

Join us in beautiful Castlegar, British Columbia for an exciting 2-credit, 36-hour course that includes a practicum and school visits. What better way could you spend $354.75?

This course is recognized by TESL Canada and can be put towards a TESOL Advanced Diploma. Please visit our website for further information and application details.

https://selkirk.ca/program/tesol

 

 

New online programs and courses from Continuing Studies at Assiniboine are meeting learners at home to expand their knowledge and skills where and when they can get the most from their experience. Alongside academic partners, Ed2Go and UGotClass, Assiniboine welcomes you to explore all of our online education opportunities.

Continuing Studies’ online programs and courses offer students education and training to benefit them in their career, prepare for a new one, or explore areas of personal interest. Explore the opportunities at http://assiniboine.net/learnonline

You can find the full release here.

UGotClass | Online Teaching Program
http://www.yougotclass.org/certificate/index.cfm/Assiniboine/Certificate-in-Online-Teaching

Ed2Go | Teacher Professional Development Courses
https://www.ed2go.com/assiniboine/SearchResults.aspx?CategoryId=1425%2c1426%2c1427%2c1428%2c1424&Sort=Name&CurrPage=1

 

 

The College of Education is pleased to host a webinar later this month to provide teachers with more information on our Post-degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language Education (PDCEAL). This online certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing K-12 teachers and those in related professions who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of EAL education.

May 21, 11 am CST, hosted via WebEx

More information and registration details are available on Eventbrite.

Please share this information with those in your networks who may find it of interest.

 

 

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