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TESL Canada is pleased to share the following professional learning opportunities from our Teacher Training Programs with our members. 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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October 23, 2020 at 3 pm MDT - Report Card Writing Dos and Don’ts – using positive reinforcement for successful learners. Limit: 25 participants

The difference between positive reinforcement and berating the work of a student is the difference between success and failure. Choosing words carefully to describe their effort (positive or not so much) is more important than their results in tests, quizzes and exams.

Using examples from her extensive teaching career, Maria will demonstrate how to support and encourage learners who struggle so they too, are successful and fulfil their learning expectations.

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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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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“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

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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.

 


 

 

September 18, 2020 at 2 pm MDT - Improving Learner Self-Confidence in the LINC/ESL Classroom - FREE EVENT

Self-confidence is something ESL/EAL learners lack when they start the language learning journey. No matter what level they are, self doubt makes them feel that learning English is an uphill battle. In this webinar, Maria will share some ideas that can help them become more confident and consequently improve faster. In the first part of the session, we will explore some of the reasons why our learners are struggling and self-doubting while the second part will provide ideas on how to help them overcome the fear of failure so they become self-confident and successful.

Please be advised that there is a limit of 75 participants for this session.


October 15, 2020 at 2 pm MDT - MD Millar Publishing: "Real World Tasks" in the time of COVID - CLB 5 tasks - FREE EVENT

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.

 

Please be advised that there is a limit of 25 participants for this session. Sessions for other CLBs are also available. For details on dates and prices, send an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Debunking the Myth of “Lack of Transferable Skills”: Teaching Adult Literacy Learners - September 22, 2020 @ 3 pm MDT (5 EST)

Adult learners with no formal education or with interrupted education fall under the non-literate or literacy learners category.  The assumptions about why these learners fall behind in most language learning programs are usually based on studies done decades ago, where they were characterized as not having transferable skills due to interrupted learning or no education, and therefore they normally take more time to learn any type of skill. 

While the latter part is true, there are other reasons why literacy learners take more time to progress or to keep up with their literate colleagues. Through hands-on activities and the most recent research in the field, the participants will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the literacy learners’ needs and what the teachers’ expectations should be.

https://mdmillarpublishing.ca/2020/08/02/new-webinars-coming-in-september-2020/

 

Debunking the Myth of “Computer Literacy” in Adult Education Programs: Teaching Computer Skills to Adults vs. to Adult Literacy Learners, September 29, 2020 @ 3 pm MDT (5 pm EST)

Teaching computer skills to adults in ESL/EAL classes is a challenging task in the best of circumstances.  Comments like teaching computer skills to ESL learners is an impossible task or “literacy learners” and “computer skills” don’t belong in the same sentence are the common reaction among ESL teachers, every time computer lessons are brought up. When it comes to teaching “computers” to non-literate learners, that challenge doubles or triples in scope.

After years of teaching adults in LINC programs and developing curriculum guidelines for a number of literacy programs in Calgary, Maria will demonstrate how easy it is to teach computer skills to adult literacy learners, no matter what the topic.  Through examples and demos, Maria will provide the participants with tools to take to their classroom, and to their learners, that will make learning “computers” fun.

https://mdmillarpublishing.ca/2020/08/02/new-webinars-coming-in-september-2020-2/

 

Report card writing Dos and Don’ts – using positive reinforcement for successful learners (date TBD)

The difference between positive reinforcement and berating the work of a student is the difference between success and failure. Choosing words carefully to describe their effort (positive or not so much) is more important than the good results to tests, quizzes and exams.

Using examples from her extensive teaching career, Maria will demonstrate how to support and encourage learners who struggle so they too, are successful and fulfil their learning expectations.

 

The fee for each session (which is 90 minutes) is $30 per person.  Group rates are also available. To register, those interested can login to Tutela or 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.