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Providing quality feed BACK and FORWARDInteractive workshop (60 min)JoerdisWeilandtUniversity of Lethbridge/ Goethe-Institute TorontoThe practical session will allow language instructors to enhance their own feedback techniques and improve the engagement of their students with both written and spoken assignments.Joerdis is a teacher by calling and by training. She is also an avid language learner who loves to explore the rich cultural and linguistic depths that are opening up to those who interact with other people from different places in the world. From her own teaching and language learning experience, she knows that learning is most effective when it is well-planned, varied and fun. Joerdis enjoys variety in her teaching and teacher training assignments which is why she has been working with a number of ESL/ EAP institutions since her move to Canada. After a prolonged detour through central/ eastern Asia and a stopover in Ottawa, Joerdis currently resides in sunny Lethbridge.
Your career as a successful independent TESL professionalInteractive workshop (60 min)SarahEatonUniversity of CalgaryLearn the personality profile of a successful independent TESL professional, bust some myths and share some secrets of the trade that will help guide you to success.Sarah Elaine Eaton holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. She has has worked as an independent language professional for over 20 years. She brings a unique blend of academic, pedagogical and entrepreneurial experience to her work.
Training Learners to Provide Corrective Feedback to PeersPaper / report (60 min)EvaKartchavaCarleton UniversitySusan Meier Cégep régional de LanaudièreThis study documented the processes and effects of training highly-proficient ESL learners (tutors) (n=8) to provide oral corrective feedback to their lower-proficiency peers (tutees). Eva Kartchava is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Carleton University. Her research interests include noticeability and effectiveness of corrective feedback in the classroom setting. Susan Meier is an experienced English as a Second Language instructor. She is the creator of the training program this research investigated.
Intercultural Sensitivity has Gone Digital Mini session (30 minutes)AngelicaGalanteOISE-University of TorontoThis session will present how intercultural sensitivity can be developed among adult English learners through digital videos, allowing them to understand, respect, and value Canada's cultural diversity. Angelica Galante is a Ph.D. Candidate in Language and Literacies Education at OISE-University of Toronto. Her research interests include plurilingual and intercultural education, critical and digital literacies, and drama in language education.
Scaling the Heights of Language, its Learning and its TeachingKeynote (60 min)DianeLarsen-FreemanUniversity of MichiganInspired by the theme of TESL Canada 2015, I would like to speak of scaling the heights. I begin by considering mountains. I propose that both mountains and language can be characterized by fractal patterns. A fractal is a geometric figure that is self-similar at every level of scale. Recognizing the fractal nature of language is not only fascinating, but it also has implications for the way languages are used and learned. Fractals emerge from dynamic processes that are recurrent. In similar fashion, patterns in language emerge from meaningful recurrent interaction among language users. But how can we make use of this insight in our teaching? I will suggest that creating or adapting iterative activities with which to engage our students will facilitate their language development. I will also propose that we teach students to adapt their language resources to a changing environment. Language is a meaning-making system, and our students will be better able to use their language resources for their own purposes if they have had the opportunity to transform them. For after all, language learning is not about conformity to uniformity. Finally, it is important to bear in mind that we not only teach language, we also teach learners.Diane Larsen Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and Research Scientist Emerita at the English Language Institute, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent books are Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (2008, with L. Cameron), winner of the Kenneth Mildenberger Book Prize, the third edition of Techniques and Principles (2011, with M. Anderson), and the third edition of The Grammar Book, an ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course (2015, with M. Celce-Murcia).
Vocabulary Development of Elementary School Students Across Three L1sKeynote (60 min)RandiReppenNorthern Arizona UniversityThis presentation explores the productive vocabulary of students in third through sixth grades (8 – 12 year olds) from three different first languages (L1s) writing in English. Vocabulary is explored at several levels, including lexical diversity, noun-noun sequences and multi-word expressions (i.e., co-occurring 3 or 4 word sequences). Aspects of vocabulary development are viewed through the lens of variability across three different task types (narrative, argumentative, descriptive), written by students from three different first languages (English, Navajo and Spanish), across four grade levels (third through sixth). These diverse vocabulary measures across different writing tasks from three L1s paint a picture of development that includes not only first language influences but the effect of task. Implications for research design, corpus construction, and instruction are discussed.Randi Reppen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Northern Arizona University where she teaches in the MA TESL and Applied Linguistics Ph.D. programs. She has extensive ESL and teacher training experience, including 11 years directing NAU’s Intensive English program. Randi’s main interests the use of corpus research to inform language teaching and for developing better language teaching materials. Recent publications include Using corpora in the Language Classroom, Grammar and Beyond, and the Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics (co-edited with Doug Biber). In her spare time, Randi enjoys outdoor activities, especially, biking, Nordic skiing and tennis.
Cultural Attitudes toward Grading Systems in EAP programsRoundtable Discussion (60 min)Anna/SophieMaier/PaishDalhousie UniversityAnna Maier, Dalhousie University Sophie Paish, Dalhousie UniversityThis roundtable will delve into the initial stages of our research into cultural attitudes toward grading systems. Cultural relativism, social norms, and education specific schemas will be discussed. Anna Maier (M.Ed) has been teaching for several years. She taught abroad in South Korea and The Gambia and has been teaching in Nova Scotia for the last few years. Sophie Paish (M.Ed) has taught in Slovakia, Japan, Ontario and Nova Scotia in a variety of settings. Currently, they are both instructors in the EAP program at Dalhousie University.
Web 2.0 connections: teacher trainees & Chinese studentsInteractive poster session (90 min)LouiseGreenTrinity Western UniversityLouise Green, Trinity Western University, MA TESOLThis poster session reviews a 4-year project pairing university TESOL Certificate students with middle-school students in China, using a wiki-platform to facilitate meaning-focused exchanges.Louise Green employs MOODLES and WIKIS as she teaches freshman English to international students, and trains teachers in both the TESOL Certificate and MA TESOL programs at Trinity Western University.
Textual Knowledge Discovery for Better Reading ComprehensionInteractive workshop (60 min)LouiseGreenTrinity Western UniversityLouise Green, Trinity Western UniversityParticipants will briefly learn about text structures and graphic organizers, and will analyze reading texts at the micro and macro levels in order to guide their students through text discovery. Louise Green teaches a credit academic writing course to freshman international students in the UTI program at Trinity Western University. She also trains teachers in the TESOL certificate and the MA TESOL programs at TWU. Previously, Louise taught in the English Department of a large national university in North Africa.
Needs Assessment to Task Assessment and Everything Between!Interactive workshop (60 min)AmandaPikeLearning Services Enhancement ( LINC/Literacy Program)This workshop will take teachers through a step by step process complete from the initial needs assessment to the Outcome Assessment Task. It will explore Real World Tasks, CLB Competencies, and PBLA. Amanda has been teaching adult second language learners for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in teaching ESL, Literacy,and CLB Levels 1-5. She is currently a Lead Teacher with the LINC Program at Learning Services Enhancement ( Edmonton Catholic Schools) in Edmonton.
Unveiling the Hidden Power of Metaphors in Academic EnglishMini session (30 minutes)OksanaShkurskaDalhousie UniversityThis workshop focuses on the linguistic functions of metaphors and decoding their meanings in academic texts. It will provide instructors with activities for teaching metaphors to ELL students.Oksana Shkurska is an English for Academic Purposes instructor for Dalhousie University's ESL programs. Holding a PhD in Linguistics, she has been working in multicultural classrooms in Ukraine and Canada for over 13 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate students the English Language as well as lecturing on Culture Studies and supervising graduate students writing research papers and theses. Her research interests include stylistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and the issues of intercultural communication. She regularly delivers the results of her research and shares her ideas with English/ESL teachers at workshops and presentations throughout Canada.
Student input and curriculum alignment in EAPPaper / report (60 min)Marcia KimUniversity of CalgaryDr. Gregory Tweedie University of CalgaryResearchers interviewed former EAP learners on perceptions of EAP/current study alignment (Biggs and Tang, 2007). Student perceptions indicated alignment; areas of misalignment yielded unanticipated findings.Marcia Kim is an instructor in the International Foundations Program at the University of Calgary. Her research interests are EAP curriculum development and high-stakes language testing. Gregory Tweedie is the Academic Coordination of the International Foundations Program at the University of Calgary. His research interests are varieties of Englishes and dialects in education.
Let's Chat: Forums and Functions of Moodle in ESL Demonstration / Performance (60 min)AmyAbeNorQuest CollegeAre you encouraged to use technology in the classroom? We'll share how we're using Moodle forums & chat to enhance language learning opportunities, even for pronunciation & developing intercultural sensitivity. Amy Abe is a curriculum developer and instructor at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta.
Comparing EAP Writing Assessment Across Multiple FormatsMini session (30 minutes)DorteWeberMacEwan UniversityEaman Mah, MacEwan UniversityHow does a CLB score compare to a teacher's assessment? How well do teachers assess EAP writing with regard to vocabulary? MacEwan conducted a small research project to find answers to these questions. Dorte Weber is coordinator of ESL at MacEwan University in Edmonton. She holds an M.Ed. TESL from University of Alberta. her professional interests include assessment and ESL university prep. Eaman Mah is an instructor and senior instructor in the ESL program at MacEwan University. she holds an M.Ed TESL from University of Alberta.
Coping in Canada: Fostering Intercultural Awareness in LINCInteractive poster session (90 min)AnneCapuneNorQuest CollegeCoping in Canada is a project that helps students gain a cultural awareness and understanding of the stages of settlement to integration, and knowledge about approaches to address intercultural challenges.With an MEd (TESL) from the University of Alberta and an Intercultural Communication Practitioners Certificate from NorQuest College, Anne has worked in LINC as instructor, coordinator, curriculum developer and project manager.
LINC Instructor HandbookMini session (30 minutes)Rosalea (Rose)ElliotEdmonton Mennonite Centre for NewcomersRosalea (Rose) Elliot Edmonton Centre for Newcomers (EMCN)Rose will share the LINC Instructor Handbook that she developed with her Lead Teachers for assisting both new and experienced LINC teachers with incorporating the new PBLA expectations.Rosalea (Rose) Elliot has been working as a Coordinator of Language Services at EMCN for the past two years. After retiring from teaching children, she completed her Masters in TESL from the U of Alberta. Her interests lie in intercultural education including pragmatics and in technology.
Building Block Listening ActivitiesInteractive workshop (60 min)JanetKanASSIST Community Services CentreShort listening activities can be used to sharpen listening abilities and lessen the translation tendency. They can with practice, help students get the content details accurately the first time.Janet Kan has been in the field of ESL for 38 years; largely in the classroom. She has experience at many levels of ESL both at home and abroad in a range of programs that include LINC, ESL, Literacy, EWP and EAP. Most of this has been task-based.
Preposterous Prepositions: Practice with EnglishInteractive workshop (60 min)WilliamMooreVancouver Island UniversityPreposterous Prepositions relocates the preposition from the first word to the central or linking word in a larger 'preposition phrase'. Emphasis is on using prepositions to focus the learner rather than verbs.William, with an M.Ed. (2001) and PB Diploma in TESL (1995), has taught ESL, EFL, and ESP for over twenty years in Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. "Preposterous Prepositions" is one of the ways he uses an alternate view of grammar to teach English.
Engage your Team Using Tutela GroupsDemonstration / Performance (60 min)DianeRamanathanTutela.caPascal St. Jean - Tutela.ca Diane Ramanathan - Tutela.caExplore opportunities to engage your team using Tutela groups. You will learn how to offer PD to remote team members, record sessions to create a PD library and deliver blended workshops. Pascal St. Jean: VP-Customer Success, 10+ years IT management experience. Pascal works with customers trying to grow their reach using Online Communities and Social Networks. Pascal is also the current Tutela.ca project administrator. Diane Ramanathan is a community coordinator for Tutela.ca. She is responsible for facilitating training and webinars. She is also an online instructor for LINC Home Study and an occasional instructor for the TESL program at Algonquin College.
Meeting the Literacy Needs of Immigrant YouthPanel (60 minutes)EmilyAlbertsenBow Valley CollegeDonald Morris, Bow Valley College Daniel Merryfield, Bow Valley College Andrea Scholes, Bow Valley CollegeThe Bridge Program helps youth learners with ESL literacy needs. We will discuss literacy, numeracy, digital literacy, project-based learning, and ideas for curriculum development and classroom instruction.Emily Albertsen Emily has been teaching ESL literacy since 2006. She was an editor of Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. Donald Morris Donald has worked in ESL since 1993. He has been teaching immigrant youth with literacy needs for the past five years. Daniel Merryfield Daniel has been teaching ESL since 2001. He has been teaching ESL literacy for the last five years. Andrea Scholes Andrea has been teaching for 15 years both in the UK and in Canada. She has taught French, English, and math to young adults and is currently working with immigrant youth.
Creative ConnectionsInteractive workshop (60 min)HeatherFrayjoCentral Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.)Take your ESL class to new heights of learning and fun through the methodology of creative connections. Come for some hands on activities with creative connections for your intermediate adult CLB class.Heather Frayjo is an Adult ESL Instructor and ESL Outreach Coordinator for Central Alberta Refugee Effort. She teaches literacy and CLB 1-5 for adult learners. She holds a BREd Degree, Advanced TESOL Certification, as well as a Diploma in Childrens Literature. She is a busy mom of four.
A view from the Foothills: Exploring the Rationale for Task-Based Language TeachingKeynote (60 min)JaneWillisNAMy involvement with task-based learning started in Singapore in the early 1980s, when Dave and I first met Prabhu. Prabhu had been using tasks as vehicles for language learning in India, elevating language learning in Bangalore classrooms to new heights – focussing entirely on meaning, not on grammar. And so began our foray into task-based teaching which has evolved over the years. It’s good sometimes to stand on a high place like a foothill and look back at the route we have taken and observe familiar things from a different perspective. We can then contemplate new heights that we, and our learners, might scale in the future. In the main part of my plenary I will look back at six theories that guided us over the first foothills and take stock of where we are now. There are many different versions of TBLT - or TBI (Task Based Instruction) as it’s called in the US. But they rest on the same broad principles. In considering these we will address questions like: Why task-based language learning? What makes a ‘good’ task? What principles should we adhere to when planning task-based sequences? Turning to a focus on language form, we will examine three different aspects of grammar, drawing on insights from computational linguistics. Finally I will look briefly at the role of grammar in day to day communications, the heights our learners aspire to. Jane Willis worked extensively overseas as a language teacher and trainer. She later joined Aston University, tutoring on their Masters in TESOL programmes. Now semi-retired, she lives in the English Lake District and works as an ELT consultant, runs workshops for FL teachers and teaches Tai Chi. Her prize-winning books include English for Primary Teachers (with Mary Slattery) and Teachers Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching (with Corony Edwards). Doing Task-based Teaching (OUP) was co-authored with her late husband, Dave Willis, whose final work she has just completed and published as Winning the Grammar Wars: what grammar really is and how we use it .
The Application of Embodied Facilitator Vulnerability (EFV)Interactive poster session (90 min)Patricia Sadurska Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (C.I.E.S) Embodied Facilitator Vulnerability (EFV): The Application of Embodied and Engaged Pedagogy Applied to ELL's. My emerging EFV theory towards educational reform outperforms traditional forms of ELL schooling. Patricia Sadurska moved to Calgary from Hamilton, ON in 2014 and is a LINC Instructor (CLB 3-4) at Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (C.I.E.S). She discovered her passion for teaching ESL in South Korea 7 years ago and continues to inspire newcomers to Canada in Immigrant/Refugee Programs.
Informed and Blended Learning in Adult ESL LiteracyInteractive workshop (60 min)SvetlanaLupascoTESL OntarioThis interactive workshop will explore practical ideas on developing PBLA-informed language learning activities that blend literacy, digital, and real life skills in a mixed-ability Adult ESL Literacy context. Svetlana Lupasco is an experienced Adult ESL and Literacy professional; LBS program manager and professional development enthusiast with a special interest in Adult Literacy and Portfolio Based Language Assessment Best Practices, educational digital technology, and professional learning networks. Connect with Svetlana on Twitter @StanzaSL. Check out Svetlana's blogs: http://teach2learnesl.blogspot.ca/ http://literacyesl.blogspot.ca/
Lexical Congruency: Getting all your ducks lined up in a rowFeatured Speaker (60 min)CraytonWalkerUniversity of BirminghamCorpus-based research has shown how most words and phrases have multiple meanings. The more frequent the word or phrase, the more meanings it will have and therefore the more meaningless it becomes. Lexical congruency is a term which is used to refer to the way lexical items in the co-text reflect and contribute to the meaning of a particular word or phrase. It is one device we native speakers use to disambiguate polysemous words and phrases. The phrase at the same time, for example, can be used in one of three ways. Use 1: to describe events happening at (or about) the same time Use 2: to contrast two or more items Use 3: to add additional information We will often use another lexical item together with the phrase in order to help the listener or reader to disambiguate the meaning. This is one example of lexical congruency. Use 1 1 fact the Iranians can do both at the same time--be receptive to the West and 2 speech, and searches memory all at the same time. It can do this because millions 3 more reliable and cheaper all at the same time. By the late 1970s several Use 2 4 our current needs, but also, at the same time, provide for future fundi 5 that help them, but that also, at the same time, serve our interests." Mr. 6 general's list of warnings. At the same time, however, there was a 7 caring, creative, and curious. At the same time, though, it is clear th Use 3 8 pening (all in the CNS). Also at the same time, you are angry that someone 9 ion to my opinion, and also at the same time acquaints us with the parti 10 crumbly in texture, it is also at the same time dense and creamy, and grass In this presentation I will be looking at various examples of lexical congruency and examining why and how it occurs in both written and spoken forms of the language. I plan to use corpus data to demonstrate the role congruency plays in constructing a clear and unambiguous message and will end by saying something about how I feel lexical congruency should be treated in the classroom.Crayton Walker is a lecturer working in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. Crayton works mainly work with the postgraduate students who are following our on-campus and distance programmes. His main areas of expertise are associated with corpus linguistics and language teaching.
Out and about with English for Academic PurposesInteractive poster session (90 min)JustineLightUniversity of AlbertaJustine Light University of Alberta Sofia Elgueta Duplancic University of Alberta Denise Lo University of AlbertaIn this presentation, three instructors from a Canadian EAP program will engage in a motivating discussion about using tasks to achieve a multitude of goals for language learning and academic socialization. Justine Light Justine Light is the Curriculum Coordinator in the English Language Program at the University of Alberta. Her previous projects include ATESL Best Practices, ATESL Curriculum Framework, and Learning English with CBC. Justine is also an adjunct professor in the TESL program at the University of Alberta. Sofia Elgueta Duplancic Sofia Elgueta Duplancic (BEd, MA in Linguistics) has taught English for Academic Purposes and Spanish at the University of Alberta since 2008. She has also taught English for Teaching Purposes in the Professional Program for English Medium Instruction at the U of A. Previously, she taught EFL in South America. Denise Lo Denise Lo has taught English for Academic Purposes in the English Language Program at the University of Alberta for the past 6 years. She holds a Master's of Education in TESL and has taught in Hong Kong and South Korea.
Using the Computer to Teach Language AuthenticallyLightning Talk (400 seconds)MarthaUrquhartNorQuest CollegeIn 400 seconds, discover ways to use the computer to build lesson plans around authentic tasks, how to match CLB competencies to authentic computer tasks, & how to integrate the 4 skills into computer lessons. Martha Urquhart has been in the ESL field for decades. In the past, she coordinated rural ESL and adult literacy programs while working as an ESL Consultant teaching ESL tutors and instructors how to use the CLBs in their programs. Now she is teaching a blended LINC class and finds working with low level ESL learners who may not have computer skills challenging and rewarding.
Adapting Authentic Computer Tasks to Different CLB LevelsInteractive workshop (60 min)MarthaUrquhartNorQuest CollegeTalking about great ideas is wonderful but the planning still needs to be done. Join me in adapting ideas on using authentic computer tasks to develop and assess CLB competencies to your specific level. Martha Urquhart has been in the ESL field for decades. In the past, she coordinated rural ESL and adult literacy programs, as well as worked as an ESL Consultant to provide training on how to incorporate the CLBs into ESL programming. She currently teaches a LINC Blended program and finds the challenge of combining authentic task-based learning with computers very rewarding.
ESL Students' Experiences with First Nations Culture Paper / report (60 min)SimoneHengenUniversity of ReginaInternational students have varied experience with First Nations perspectives. Research reveals ESL learners' knowledge of First Nations culture in order to write curriculum that responds to their needs.Simone Hengen is an ESL Instructor at the University of Regina who has worked and researched in indigenous educational environments. Her current research interests include critical TESL theory, in particular exploring the ways that First Nations and indigenous cultures are integrated in ESL curriculum.
The Six-Point Model for Spoken EnglishInteractive poster session (90 minutes)JudyThompsonThompson Language CenterImages of the difference between written/spoken English, what's the same about English and other languages and the process of acquiring English fluency.Teacher trainer, author and TEDx speaker Judy Thompson cut her teeth at LINC before developing EPA a simple phonetic system that bridges writing to speaking and listening to spelling, to make English conversation accessible for learners of every level.
Term Paper Writing for 1st year Academic English StudentsLightning Talk (400 seconds)AndrewShortBrock University This presentation describes the use of a scaffolding technique applied to the writing of a term paper for a first year university course aimed at advanced second language learners.Andrew Short is a Lecturer within the Department of Applied Linguistics at Brock University.
Learning Centres in the ESL Literacy ClassroomInteractive workshop (60 min)ValerieBaggaleyBow Valley CollegeKatrina Derix-LangstraatDo you find it challenging to engage your ESL literacy learners in the repeated practice that they need to develop independent skills? Explore the use of learning centres as a way of addressing this challenge.Valerie Baggaley has been teaching ESL literacy for the past 10 years. She is passionate about ESL literacy and has presented at various conferences, led a professional reading circle and delivered numerous workshops on ESL literacy. Currently she is teaching a Phase I Developing class. Katrina Derix-Langstraat has been teaching ESL literacy since 2005. Experienced in curriculum and materials development for ESL literacy, she loves the challenges and opportunities of working with this demographic. Currently she is teaching a Phase I Initial class.
Moving your ESL life to the CloudInteractive workshop (60 min)RonBelisleMukogawa Fort Wright InstituteScattered, cluttered, disordered, fragmented? Moving your word processing, spreadsheets and presentations to the cloud via Google Docs can help you more efficiently collaborate with students and colleagues.Ron has been on the faculty at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane since 1990. He served as the 2011 and 2013 WAESOL President and has chaired 4 WAESOL conferences, the 2011 Tri-TESOL Conference as well as several Spokane Regional ESL Conferences. Ron has presented at numerous state, regional and TESOL conferences on practical solutions related to technology in education and administration.
A Demonstration of Strategies for Goal Setting in EAPMini session (30 minutes)JanineDeForgeCultureWorks ESLThis mini-session focuses on developing learning goals that are realistic, specific and measurable to encourage "self-regulated learning" in EAP students. Janine DeForge is a Vice Principal and teacher at CultureWorks ESL in London ON. She has been teaching EAP to adult students for 10 years.
PQRs - Re-enforcing Reading StrategiesInteractive poster session (90 min)AnnetteAartsCollege of the RockiesPQR is a 3-tiered approach to reading comprehension. The strategy involves several skills scaffolding until learners develop fluency. PQR roots a reading process to support student success in academic studies.Annette Aarts holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching and TESL Canada Standard Two. She has been teaching English as an additional language in institutions in Western Canada for 18 years.
The 5Cs - Teaching Language and Culture Interactive workshop (60 min)AnnetteAartsCollege of the RockiesThe 5Cs is an interactive workshop to contemplate another perspective of language instruction. Consider how to incorporate the 5Cs in teaching practice. Reflect on the relevance for second language learners. Annette Aarts holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching and TESL Canada Standard Two. She has been teaching English as an additional language in institutions in Western Canada for 18 years.
Finding Out what Really Works: Easy Classroom ResearchLightning Talk (400 seconds)AnnaMorgan-WoldCentral Alberta Immigrant Centre; Central Alberta Refugee EffortElevate your teaching through using easy action research methods in your classroom. Learn five memorable, simple steps that will get you and your students on the path to ever-better teaching and learning. Anna Morgan-Wold taught adult English language learners for seven years in Canada after having traveled and taught in Myanmar and Taiwan. She now manages the English Language programs offered at the Immigrant Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics and English.
Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay in EAP WritingDemonstration / Performance (60 min)Jennifer MacDonaldDalhousie UniversityThe five-paragraph essay is omnipresent in EAP, despite research showing university students face any number of genres. This presentation proposes alternatives to the essay and tips to teach genre awareness.Jennifer MacDonald is Head Teacher, ESL Programs, at Dalhousie University. Her interests include English for academic purposes curriculum and materials design, educational technology and sociolinguistics. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the Institute of Education, University College London. She can be found online at www.jennifermacdonald.ca and @JenMac_ESL .
Personal Pronunciation Profiles through E-PortfoliosMini session (30 minutes)JenniferSt.JohnUniversity of OttawaThe pronunciation e-portfolio assists advanced learners to track progress and develop autonomy. A framework for e-portfolios, in a university pronunciation course along with student examples, will be given.Jennifer St.John has taught at OLBI at the University of Ottawa for over 20 years. Her current focus is on using technology to assist language learners in the development learner autonomy.
Integrating PBLA into your everyday classroomInteractive workshop (60 min)Pat Marilley-BodnerMOSAICSara Wynne MOSAIC Pat Marilley-Bodner MOSAICFit PBLA into the curriculum cycle. Do more with your assessments. Create manageable modules, useful feedback, and self-reflection for insights into the learning process. Practice with hands-on activities.Sara Wynne is a PBLA Lead Teacher and has been a LINC instructor in Vancouver with MOSAIC since 2012. At MOSAIC she ran a portfolio pilot project and created a bank of CLB aligned formative assessment tasks. Pat Marilley-Bodner has been an English language instructor for over twenty years having taught in a variety of settings; EFL, ESL, business and settlement English. She is presently acting as a lead teacher for MOSAIC in Vancouver mentoring others in PBLA implementation.
Get Involved and Make a Difference: Student Stories Mini session (30 minutes)Cathy ShiMetro Continuing Education of Edmonton Public SchoolsCathy Shi English Language Institute, Metro Continuing Education of Edmonton Public Schools This class knows how to reach out to lift up their communities and transform their own lives. You'll hear stories about what they did, the benefits, the challenges, and their winning strategies. Cathy has taught ESL and EFL for academic and settlement purposes for 30 years. She has served as an instructor, researcher, curriculum developer, and learning strategies advisor. She has a doctorate degree in ESL teacher education and her research areas include immigrants' career preparation and global citizenship education.
Self-directed Strategies for Adult English Language LearnersPaper / report (60 min)MylanNguyenImmigrant Services Calgary - ILVARCThis presentation provides an overview of many research-based, learner-focused strategies that can support the adult English language learners to be more self-directed in their language acquisition process.Mylan Nguyen taught LINC and ESL before becoming a language assessor with ILVARC, where she has been for the last five years providing assessments using the CLBPT, CLBA, CLBLA, ELTPA, and CELBAN-speaking assessment tools. She is currently finishing her MEd in e-Learning and Instructional Leadership at the University of Calgary.
Renewal in ESL Programs: Towards Outcomes-Based CurriculaPaper / report (60 min)MartinGuardadoUniversity of AlbertaJustine Light University of AlbertaThis presentation focuses on the steps required for effectively evaluating academically-focused ESL programs, defining learner pathways and shifting to outcomes-based learning goals.Martin Guardado is an Associate Professor of applied linguistics and the Academic Director of the English Language School at the University of Alberta. His research interests include English for academic purposes, TESL and technology, and heritage language development. His work has appeared in several edited books and refereed journals. Justine Light is the Curriculum Coordinator in the English Language School at the University of Alberta. Her previous projects include ATESL Best practices, ATESL Curriculum Framework, and Learning English with CBC. Justine is also an adjunct professor in the TESL program at the University of Alberta.
Critical Literacies and the Challenge of Online LearningFeatured Speaker (60 min)StephenDownesNational Research Council of Canada In recent years the massive open online course (MOOC) has become widely popular, but it has also demonstrated some of the key challenges facing online students. Challenges to MOOCs have included high dropout rates and the need for students to be self-sufficient online. In this talk the developer of the original MOOC, Stephen Downes, addresses this challenge by underling a set of competencies or skills recommended for both teachers and learners in virtual environments. These competencies, which he describes as ‘critical literacies’, support an approach to online learning based in an immersive online pedagogy in a personal learning environment supporting engagement with online courses, communities of practice, and workplace communities. Stephen Downes leads the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. He is one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, researches in the field of online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. He lives in Casselman, Ontario (near Ottawa) with his wife Andrea and four cats.
It's all Good in Theory - 10 Tips for Using TechnologyPaper / report (60 min)JoeDobsonThompson Rivers UniversityThe presenter will discuss select web 2.0 tools for writing, oral skills and feedback, and offer 10 practical tips on incorporating technology in ways that aid students in manageable ways.Joe is a Senior Lecturer and the TESL Coordinator at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. He has been a language instructor since 1991 and has a passion for integrating technology in the language classroom.
Using Task-based, Cooperative, Active Learning Interactive workshop (60 min)KathleenWebsterCalgary Immigrant Women's AssociationTasks are used in a bridging program to mimic teamwork, and build English and soft skills. We will analyze these tasks for their learning and practical application in other English language programs. Kathleen has lived in Indonesia, Canada, and Scotland. Her educational background is in English and TESL, and she has TESL Canada certification. She worked with highly-barriered adults before returning to ESL. Since 2008, she has been the instructor for a Job Readiness Employment program at the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association.
EAL Policies and Practices in Alberta, BC, and SaskatchewanPanel (60 minutes)YanGuoUniversity of CalgaryXueqin Wu, University of Calgary Angelpreet Singh, Simon Fraser University Shauna Tilbury, Saskatoon Public Schools This panel examines EAL policies and practices in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan from the perspectives of EAL teachers, students, and administrators. Yan Guo is Associate Professor of Language and Diversity in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include critical perspectives in EAL, immigrant parent engagement, language and identity, and language policy. Her publications are available at http://ucalgary.ca/~yanguo. She is editing Home-School Relations: International Perspectives. Xueqin Wu is a PhD candidate at University of Calgary. She was an ESL teacher in China before coming to Canada. Her current research area is teaching Chinese as an additional language (TCAL) in Canadian post-secondary institutions. She is interested in learners' engagement, pedagogy, and curriculum in TCAL. Angelpreet Singh is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education (Ryerson U) and a MEd in Language, Culture and Teaching (York U). Her primary research interests include Punjabi-speaking children and families and their literacy practices at home and school. Shauna Tilbury, B.Ed., CerTESL, M.Ed., began her career as a secondary core French teacher. She has taught EAL / ESL in a variety of settings to adults and adolescents, international students, immigrants and refugees since 1997. She is currently Coordinator of English as an Additional Language with Saskatoon Public Schools and Vice-chair of TESL Sask.
Learners' Perspectives on a Portfolio-Based Assessment Model Interactive workshop (60 min)RyanDrewS.U.C.C.E.S.S.LINC students have little contact with portfolio assessment. Their emerging perspectives on this model are explored - influencing instructors' approaches to the introduction of this model in the classroom. Ryan Drew (MA TESOL, BA Hon, TESL Cert, ESP) has worked in LINC/ELSA since 1999. She has10 years experience teaching - 8 in administration - and is currently a PBLA Regional Coach. She is also on the CCLB Registry of CLB Experts.
Folktales: Promoting Communication and Intercultural SharingInteractive workshop (60 min)MarleneToews-JanzenOfficial Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of OttawaFolktales are an effective medium for promoting communication and intercultural sharing. Attendees participate in activities related to one tale and create their own related to another. Useful 25-page handout. Marlene is a tenured ESL teacher at UOttawa. With extensive experience in language teaching in both Canadian and EFL contexts, she focuses on advanced writing, speaking and content-and-language-integrated teaching, including assessment and curriculum development. She has also taught and worked with pre- and in-service Canadian and international English language teachers.
Complexity in L1 and L2 English Student Writing: The Development of Phrasal Discourse StylesFeatured Speaker (60 min)DouglasBiberNorthern Arizona UniversityIn studies of writing development, advanced academic writing is assumed to be grammatically complex because it employs elaborated structures (shown especially by a dense use of dependent clause structures). In contrast, spoken registers, especially conversation, are believed to have the opposite characteristics. Recent corpus-based research, however, has documented exactly the opposite patterns of use: conversation is structurally complex and elaborated, to an even greater extent than academic writing, especially in relation to the use of many types of dependent clauses. In contrast, the grammatical complexities of academic writing tend to be phrasal rather than clausal, resulting in a compressed rather than elaborated discourse style. After contrasting the complexities of present-day conversation and academic writing, the present talk goes on to describe two corpus-based investigations of writing development: one focused on papers written by university students across disciplines, tracking changes in grammatical discourse styles across their years of study; and the second focused on the writing of L2-English students in a standardized exam context, tracking changes in their grammatical discourse styles across levels and task types. In both cases, students show dramatic development in their use of phrasal complexity devices, while in many cases actually showing a decrease in their use of dependent clause complexity devices. These patterns are interpreted relative to the typical patterns of use in conversation and professional academic writing, suggesting that students gradually acquire the preferred discourse styles of academic writing (often despite the overt instruction that they receive favoring the use of clausal elaboration).Douglas Biber is currently Regents’ Professor in the Applied Linguistics Program (English Department) at Northern Arizona University.He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California in 1984, and was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Uppsala in 2000. His studies have addressed a wide range of issues in corpus linguistics, English grammar, and register variation (in English and cross-linguistic; synchronic and diachronic).
Working towards generative dialogue in ESL group tasks. Interactive workshop (60 min)KimMacDonaldBow Valley CollegeMany learners find group tasks vexing. Generative dialogue is a type of communication that can change this. Here, the skills of generative dialogue will be explored, followed by several interactive activities.Kim MacDonald has been in the EFL/ESL/EAP field in Korea and Canada for more than 17 years. Her interest in generative dialogue was sparked when she was helping her friend edit a dissertation. Since then, she has been devising ways to implement this innovative form of communication in her classroom.
Looking Beyond the Summit: Teaching and Learning Language with TechnologyPanel (90 min)Closing PanelTeaching and Learning Language with TechnologyNAPanelists: Ken Beatty, Anaheim University; Stephen Downes, National Research Council of Canada; Li-Shih Huang, University of Victoria; Amy Meckelborg, Immigrant Settlement and Language Programs for Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour; Bonnie Nicholas, NorQuest College Organizers: Wendy Chambers, University of Alberta Glen Cochrane, Bow Valley CollegeEnglish language teaching and learning in North America is influenced and informed by a wealth of perspectives and by a changing technological landscape. Not only is language use changing both globally and locally in recent times (Canagarajah, 2013; Kachru & Smith, 2008), technology is also undergoing tremendous expansion, and its impact on educational contexts is growing in importance. As new forms of digital media and increasingly sophisticated yet user-friendly technologies emerge, educational programs are pressured to conceptualize and define the design and delivery of courses to keep pace with innovation (Gee & Hayes, 2011). Educators who understand how language use and technology changes affect learners’ needs in our 21st century world are challenged to prepare learners with skills, competencies, and knowledge required to effectively and efficiently communicate within classrooms, communities, and workplaces. We close out the TESL Canada 2015 conference with a panel of five distinguished speakers. Each panelist will discuss key questions arising within their respective areas of expertise and experience. Together, we will explore the current state of technological impact on language use and on English language teaching and learning as well as consider implications for the future. Bonnie Nicholas MEd integrates language learning with digital technologies in her teaching. At NorQuest College, she piloted the LINC Blended Course and has taught the LINC Online Course, where students are introduced to online tools to support language learning. Bonnie is currently completing coursework for two different online teaching certificates. Li-Shih Huang is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Learning and Teaching Centre Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Victoria. She is also the current PD Director of TESL Canada. Ken Beatty, TESOL Professor at Anaheim University, has taught in Canada, Asia and the Middle East and lectured widely on language teaching and learning from the primary through university levels as well as CALL. He is author of 130+ textbooks and has delivered 200+ teacher-training sessions in 25 countries. Stephen Downes leads the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. He is one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, researches in the field of online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. He lives in Casselman, Ontario (near Ottawa) with his wife Andrea and four cats. Amy Meckelborg is Sr. Language Consultant with Immigrant Settlement and Language Programs for Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour. She holds a B.Ed in TESL and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. Her experience includes 15 years teaching ESL and 10 years in the field of Educational Technology.
Draw Me a Picture: Pronunciation Aids for Visual LearnersInteractive workshop (60 min)JudyThompsonThompson Language CenterYOU ARE HERE* This workshop showcases two visual aids with in-class exercises. Teachers learn how to use 'overview' to help their students speak English imperfectly as quickly and confidently as possible.Teacher trainer, author and TEDx speaker Judy Thompson cut her teeth at LINC before developing EPA a simple phonetic system that bridges writing to speaking and listening to spelling, to make English conversation accessible for learners of every level.
Validity of MCDCT for Measuring Pragmatics Paper / report (60 min)Mohammad MehdiSoleimaniThe University of CalgaryA multiple-choice discourse completion test was constructed and validated to measure the pragmatic knowledge of language learnersMohammad Mehdi Soleimani is currently affiliated with the English Language Program at the University of Calgary. He also teaches LINC at the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary. He is on the editorial board of the Asian EFL Journal and his research interests include second language acquisition (SLA), language testing, and interlanguage pragmatics. Mehdi was a Senior Lecturer of Applied Linguistics and the Academic Chair of the Undergraduate Program in English Language and Literature at Open University (IAU) in Iran before moving to Canada in 2014.
How to keep learners motivated/engaged in online courses?Demonstration / Performance (60 min)MuhammadNawazISANS, HalifaxThis presentation shows effective tools for keeping new and pre-landed immigrants motivated in online language courses. It shares different ways to reduce learners' anxiety and achieve more than 80% retention.Muhammad Nawaz is an EAL Instructor at ISANS in Halifax. He has taught academic and business English, online and face-to- face, for many years. He has completed his M Ed TESL degree and CELTA. He has a vast experience of working with new and pre-arrival immigrants and international students.
Feedback that Feeds ForwardInteractive workshop (60 min)ShawnaWilliamsLISTNThis hands-on workshop will have instructors analyzing samples of feedback, reflecting on feedback, and learning to ensure that they feedback they give is action-oriented, moving their learners forward.Shawna Williams is an Instructional Resource Coordinator with the Language Instruction Training and Support Network (LISTN). She is also the president of the BC TEAL Board of Directors.
Creating CLB Level Appropriate Speaking Assessment TasksInteractive workshop (60 min)SabineRicioppoTriple InnovationParticipants will create benchmark level appropriate questions. We will take a look at how questions progress from CLB 1 to CLB 8 before we choose a theme and topic and design questions to assess Speaking.Sabine Ricioppo completed her M.Ed. (TESL) at the University of Alberta and works as an ESL Consultant, PBLA Lead Teacher and CLB Assessor. She has been teaching ESL for six years and has extensive experience conducting workshops on benchmarking student listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Learning English with CBCInteractive poster session (90 min)DeidreLakeLearning English with CBCLearning English with CBC provides ESL instructors and learners from CLB4+ with weekly and monthly lesson plans. Stop by to find out more!Deidre Lake (M.Ed. TESL) started her career teaching then specialized in performance/task based assessment. She’s managed various programs and has been a member of provincial and national advisory committees related to assessment, immigration, and integration. She currently works in the areas of curriculum design, research, and teaching via Communication4Integration.
Professional Reading Groups: Enhancing Teaching and LearningPaper / report (60 min)MarianRossiterUniversity of AlbertaMarilyn L. Abbott University of Alberta Kent Lee University of Alberta Sarvenaz Hatami University of AlbertaWe present adult ESL instructors' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of participating in monthly professional reading groups. Establishment and maintenance strategies will also be discussed.Marian J. Rossiter is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Marilyn L. Abbott is Associate Professor in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Kent Lee is a PhD student in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Sarvenaz Hatami is a PhD Candidate in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.
Blended and Online Learning in LINC at NorQuest CollegeInteractive poster session (90 min)Bonnie JeanNicholasNorQuest CollegeThis poster session will describe the schedule, learners, and components of both the LINC Blended and the LINC Online Courses at NorQuest College. Student voices, challenges, and successes will be highlighted. Bonnie Jean Nicholas MEd has a strong interest in integrating language learning with new technologies. At NorQuest College, she piloted the LINC Blended Course and has taught the LINC Online Course, where students were introduced to Moodle, blogs, wikis, screencasts, digital recordings, and other online tools to support language learning.
Linking the CLBs to Task-based Frameworks Interactive workshop (60 min)MarilynAbbottUniversity of AlbertaDr. Marian Rossiter, University of AlbertaNeed to quickly adapt CLB tasks for your multilevel adult ESL classes? We present four practical, easy-to-use frameworks for modifying tasks and provide examples corresponding to each.Marilyn L. Abbott is Associate Professor in the Teaching English as a Second Language Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Marian J. Rossiter is Associate Professor in the Teaching English as a Second Language Program in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta.
Real World Pronunciation: Setting Up Speakers for Success Interactive workshop (60 min)Andrea TaylorImmigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)Andrea Taylor ISANS Sean Cavicchi ISANSDo your learners resist "gonna" and "wanna" as slang? This workshop will explore using prosody and suprasegmentals to teach learners to speak more naturally and dispel false notions about colloquial speech.Andrea Taylor has been teaching EAL since 1999, both abroad and in Canada. She earned a Master of Education in EAL Curriculum Design in 2006. She has been with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since 2008. Andrea has taught both face to face and online at ISANS. Sean Cavicchi is an EAL instructor with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been teaching English since 2003 in South Korea, Toronto and Halifax respectively, earning his Bachelor of Education degree in 2010. Sean has also been an IELTS examiner since 2010.
Incorporating Interaction into Speaking Test RubricsInteractive workshop (60 min)AmeliaHopeUniversity of OttawaCarla HallHow can we add interactional competence to our assessments of speaking proficiency? Participants will review test recordings and existing checklists to develop appropriate descriptors for speaking test grids. Amelia Kreitzer Hope is Head of Language Testing Services at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa. Carla Schnitzler Hall is a Language Professor and Language Test Coordinator at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa.
Tapping Interactional Competence in Video-Conferenced Tests Paper / report (60 min)CarlaHallUniversity of OttawaAmelia HopeWhat range of interactional features can video-conferenced speaking tests elicit? Paired format and interviewer-mediated tests are compared using checklists. Implications for test development are discussed.Carla Schnitzler Hall is a Language Professor and Language Test Coordinator at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa. Amelia Kreitzer Hope is Head of Language Testing Services at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa.
Can't beat'em? Join 'em: Cell Phones in the ClassroomLightning Talk (400 seconds)HeatherPerryAdvance Consulting for Education INC (ACE)The presentation will show how cell phones can be used in the classroom as an educational tool in the class. Emphasis will be on strategies rather than demonstrating specific applications for the phone.Heather Perry teaches the ACE TESOL Certificate program as well as Train-the-Trainer in the contexts of face-to-face delivery and online. In addition to curriculum development and CLB assessing, her focus is on employment readiness for internationally skilled workers in the spoken and written skills.
Visuals and ESL Literacy LearningInteractive workshop (60 min)ShelleyMcConnellBow Valley CollegeThis workshop provides participants with an introduction to visual literacy. It challenges assumptions about how ESL Literacy learners see and process visuals used to communicate concepts and scaffold text.Shelley McConnell has an M.Ed. TESL and has been an ESL instructor at Bow Valley College since 2001. She is currently working in the ESL Literacy Stream with refugee and immigrant learners who had never had the chance for formal education before coming to Canada. She is a regular workshop and webinar facilitator on the ESL Literacy Network and has contributed to numerous professional development publications. She is a past recipient of the Dawn Seabrook de Vargas fellowship.
How to get published in TESLPanel (60 minutes)MarianRossiterTESL Canada Journal Editor; University of AlbertaTESL editors and authors will provide an overview of the publishing process, suggestions for choosing a venue for publication, and practical advice for submissions. A question and answer period will follow. Marian Rossiter is Associate Professor and TESL Coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She served as Book Review Editor for the Journal of International Migration and Integration (2007-2010) and is a published author and Editor of the TESL Canada Journal (2012-present).
Strategies for Teaching Multi-level ClassesInteractive workshop (60 min)LuisaTotedaNorquest CollegeParticipants will learn about four strategies to adapt instruction for multi-level classes. They will be exposed to different activities that work well in multi-level classes, and to multi-level lesson plans.Luisa Toteda, a Rural Routes Consultant, has taught ESL in Canada and abroad to learners representing over 30 countries. She has taught multi-level classes, LINC curriculum, pronunciation, EAP, and intermediate ELL. Luisa wrote ESL curriculum for Rocky View Schools, where she teaches adult ESL learners and International Summer School students.
Elevating ELLs' Disciplinary and Linguistic Knowledge Interactive workshop (60 min)KentLeeUniversity of AlbertaWe will discuss the challenges of academic English, analyze readings from first-year university textbooks, and try some vocabulary and grammar activities designed to elevate ELLs' comprehension.Kent Lee is a PhD student in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has also taught science, literacy, and ESL at NorQuest College in Edmonton.
Innovative Programming in Settlement LanguageInteractive workshop (60 min)JayneGeldartImmigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)Carol Derby Is innovation part of your settlement language strategy? This workshop will explore the ingredients for creating the right environment to take your programming to the next level.Jayne Geldart has been managing the Community Language and Skills team at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) for the past 7 years. She has over 20 years of experience as an EAL educator in Canada and overseas. Her passion is creating and implementing innovative programming. Carol Derby is the manager of the Labour Market Language programs at ISANS, overseeing face-to-face, online and blended EAL classes. She has two decades of experience in EAL, with a focus on workplace communication skills and program development. She has a MEd in Adult Education.
Training Trainers to Teach IELTS Classes EffectivelyWorkshop (3 hours)British CouncilBritish CouncilBritish CouncilSabiha Khuram, Rod Smith and Kristjan SeferajThis three-hour IELTS Teacher-Training workshop is designed for teachers who are already teaching IELTS classes, as well as for ESL instructors who wish to teach IELTS classes in the future. The aim of the workshop is to prepare trainees to teach IELTS (speaking) classes effectively. To achieve this aim, the workshop is designed with practical ideas and materials, and provides top tips and classroom activities participants can use in their classrooms. The workshop begins with an examination of the three parts of the IELTS Speaking test. This is followed by a discussion of the marking criteria and skills students need to approach the Speaking test. Classroom activities to practice skills and tactics for each section are also provided. The workshop concludes with DVD clips of candidates taking the IELTS Speaking test. British Council IELTS Canada invites the participating to attend free of charge the IELTS teacher training Listening, Reading, and Writing sessions, which will take place at a later date. Participants who attend all four modules will be issued a British Council Certificate. British Council
Bringing Mindfulness to the PageInteractive poster session (90 min)RanjiniGeorge PhilipZayed University, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesNoneHow do we rouse creativity and fearlessness in the classroom? How do we work with obstacles? I will cite techniques to set intention, practice mindfulness and discipline, and awaken our compassionate heart.Ranjini George Philip holds a PhD in English Northern Illinois University) and an MFA in Creative Writing (University of British Columbia). An Associate Professor of English at Zayed University, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, she also teaches at the Summer Writing School, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.
Upon Reflection: Taking a Closer LookInteractive workshop (60 min)HeatherMcIntoshUniversity of ManitobaAnn Tigchelaar, Enhanced English Skills for EmploymentLanguage teaching is a dynamic process of thoughtful practice and continuous learning. In this workshop, we will discuss how action-oriented reflection strategies can help guide our professional development. Heather McIntosh is an instructor in the Certificate in TESL program at the University of Manitoba. Throughout her career, she has taken on the role of teacher educator, reflective practitioner, language teacher and language learner. Ann Tigchelaar taught ESL in Winnipeg, Manitoba for many years before becoming Head Teacher at Enhanced English Skills for Employment. Currently, her major responsibilities are teacher mentoring and curriculum development.
Working with Struggling Adult ELLsPaper / report (60 min)TheresaWallCalgary Immigrant Women's AssociationTheresa Wall Liette Wilson Nabila GhaffarHow can we support struggling adult ELLs? Teacher researchers with CLB 1, 2 and ESL Literacy classes share effective strategies to make language and literacy acquisition available to all ELLs.Theresa Wall works as a learning support specialist for adult English Language Learners and is keenly interested in literacy issues and enjoys the great outdoors. Liette Wilson, a facilitator in a community based ESL-Literacy program for women with 0-7 years of education, has many years of experience teaching women with limited literacy & researching best practices in the field. An avid hiker and soccer player, Liette is also a mom of four great kids. Nabila Ghaffar teaches CLB 1 and CLB 2 LINC classes. She enjoys traveling and expressing her creativity.
Designing multi-device language practice for learnersMini session (30 minutes)Louise LeeYork University English Language InstituteMeghan CollinsThe presentation will discuss an instructional design project aimed at offering language support for EFL learners by creating mobile, self-paced learning objects with Adobe Captivate 8.Louise Lee, MA, M.Ed., is a language instructor at York University English Language Institute, currently teaching and implementing an EAP curriculum at Istanbul Commerce University in Turkey. She has led many curriculum development and learning technology initiatives. Louise has worked as an instructional designer and has run learning technology workshops for language instructors. Meghan Collins is an ESL instructor at York University English Language Institute. She has experience teaching in South Korea, Canada, and Turkey, where she has been instrumental in implementing new EAP programs. She has her CELTA, TESL Ontario, and M.Ed. TESOL. Her interests lie in curriculum development and student motivation.
Ten Year Retrospective: CELBAN™ Impact and WashbackPaper / report (60 min)CatherineLewisRed River College, Winnipeg, MB.Catherine Lewis, Red River College, Winnipeg, MB. Blanche Kingdon, Red River College, Winnipeg, MB.Researchers from Red River College will share information and lessons learned from ten years of experience in the development, implementation and national operations of CELBAN.Catherine Lewis (M.Ed., TESL, CAE) is an instructor/researcher at Red River College, Winnipeg, MB. She was involved for a decade in the development and implementation of CELBAN, as well as other benchmarking initiatives related to several occupations/professions, college programs, examinations, course development and training in Manitoba and nationally. Blanche Kingdon (B.A., B.Ed., CAE, TESL) is a researcher and instructor at Red River College's Language Training Centre. She has been involved in a wide range of applications of the Canadian Language Benchmarks, including benchmarking college programs, benchmarking occupations, developing assessment tools (including CELBAN) for the last 10 years.
Writing Relevant and Effective Language Learning OutcomesInteractive workshop (60 min)Wendy ChambersUniversity of AlbertaJustine Light, University of AlbertaIn this workshop, participants will be generating a set of learning outcomes that will support the building of language competencies, content and cultural knowledge, and digital literacy skills. Wendy Chambers is an adjunct professor of TESL at the University of Alberta. She co-wrote the ATESL Adult ESL Curriculum Framework (2011). Wendy's main research interests include computer-assisted language learning, English language curriculum design, and online communicative presence. Justine Light is the Curriculum Coordinator in the English Language School at the University of Alberta. Her previous projects include ATESL Best Practices, ATESL Curriculum Framework, and Learning English with CBC. Justine is also an adjunct professor in the TESL program at the University of Alberta.
From EAP to ESP--a curriculum development discussionRoundtable Discussion (60 min)AnthonyApplebyUniversity of CalgaryDr. Anita Chaudhuri (University of Calgary), Murray Peglar (University of Calgary), Dr. M. Gregory Tweedie (University of Calgary), We will share our experiences and lead a guided discussion of the challenges and opportunities of moving a from a general EAP curriculum focus to ESP curriculum tailored to fit a specific field of study.Anthony Appleby has taught English since 1993. He received his M.Ed. (TESL) from the University of Calgary, and has taught in the Czech Republic, and Morocco. He taught EAP at SAIT for 8 years. Currently, he is an instructor in the International Foundations Program in the Werklund School of Education. Dr. Anita Chaudhuri joined the International Foundations Program, Werklund School of Education as an instructor in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University with a specialization in second language writing and world Englishes. Dr. Chaudhuri is part of the curriculum development team at IFP. Mr. Murray Peglar in an instructor in the International Foundations Program in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He has an M.Ed. in TESL, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies. While at the U of C, he has developed programs to teach advanced academic English skills. Dr. M. Gregory Tweedie is the Academic Programs Coordinator for the International Foundations Program in the Werklund School of Education. He has been involved in language education, teacher development, and educational research in international and Canadian contexts since 1999. His research interests include language policy, and language corpora development.
Does Peer Reviewing Benefit Writing Skills Development?Paper / report (60 min)NorikoKuriharaKyoto UniversityDespite research finding benefits to peer reviewing, few studies have reported that it led to the improvement of writing skills. This study examined the effects of peer reviewing on writing skills development.Noriko Kurihara taught English at a Japanese senior high school for many years, and is currently teaching at Kyoto University. She received an MA in TESOL at the Teachers College Columbia University Japan, and graduated from a doctoral course of Kyoto University. Her research interest is writing, autonomy and collaborative learning.
Benchmarking Student SpeakingInteractive workshop (60 min)ChyaBergmanLARCC Language Assessment, Referral and Counselling Centre, EdmontonEngaging video clips of ESL speakers show progression Benchmarks 1 to 8. Participants watch additional video samples. In groups participants find approximate benchmarks for speaking samples. Chya Bergman is a CLB Assessor at LARCC with ESL teaching experience. Her Master's degree is in Education. She is certified to administer the CLBA, CLBPT, CLBLPT, CLBLA, ELTPA Benchmark tests. She is co-creator of workshops on Benchmarking Student Speaking, Writing, Reading.
EWP: Challenges and Successes of a Blended Learning Model Interactive workshop (60 min)Cindy MessarosAWESSue Oguchi, AWES Cindy Messaros, AWES Terri Peters, AWESAWES will share their successes and challenges in delivering workplace language training using a blended delivery model. Sue Oguchi is part of the Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES) consulting team. She supports programs throughout Alberta to respond to immigrant groups within their communities. Sue is passionate about increasing essential skills levels in learners so all newcomers and Canadians are able to access services and gain the employment they want. Terri Peters has been involved with essential skills, adult learning and plain language for the past 20 years. She delivered blended courses (online and face-to-face) in workplace safety and supervisory training for immigrant workers as a consultant for Alberta Workforce Essential Skills. Cindy Messaros had been in the field of ESL for over 20 years when she discovered Workplace Essential Skills in 2004. Realizing that it was a vital piece of a complex puzzle, she slowly began making a career transition. In 2008 she became Executive Director of Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) and is now in a position to help create positive change at an organizational level.
Variables Affecting Clients' Canadian Language Benchmarks Paper / report (60 min)AlbertMaganakaLanguage Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC), Catholic Social ServicesThis session determines the correlation between personal variables and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels among international newcomers of LARCC, Catholic Social Services (November 2014-July 2015). Albert Maganaka is a LINC assessor and Education Counsellor at LARCC, Catholic Social Services. He is certified as a Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA), CLB (Placement Test), CLB Literacy Placement Test assessor. His Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Advance Consulting for Education was recognized by TESL Canada.
English at Work in ManitobaMini session (30 minutes)DaleKlassenManitoba Labour and ImmigrationLearn how the Manitoba English at Work program is funded and organized, and gain insights into the ways workplace language instructors make their classes relevant to the worksite.Dale Klassen is the English at Work Consultant for the Province of Manitoba. He has worked with participating businesses and instructors for 25 years. His goal is to help newcomers get the language training they need to work safely and succeed at their jobs.
Corpus Linguistics Tools to Improve Teaching MaterialsPaper / report (60 min)HedyMcGarrellBrock UniversityThe presentation draws on two recent studies to illustrate how tools from corpus linguistics support the development of teaching/learning materials that reflect actual language use and learner needs.Hedy McGarrell teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Applied Linguistics/TESL at Brock University. Her research focuses on ESL writing and technology in language learning and teaching.
Settlement Language Directions: Elevating Newcomer OutcomesPanel (60 minutes)AnneSeniorCentre for Canadian Language BenchmarksAnne Senior, Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks Yves Saint-Germain, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Christine Land, Government of AlbertaAs the 20th anniversary of the CLB approaches, the panel will discuss how CLB have successfully elevated the outcomes of newcomers to Canada and how they will continue to do so in the future.Anne Senior has over twenty years of experience in second language and cross-cultural training. She is a specialist consultant with the CCLB and worked on the revision of the CLB and literacy documents, as well as on many other tools and resources. Yves Saint-Germain joined the Department of Citizenship and Immigration in 2006 and occupied various functions namely the development of an accountability approach for settlement programs and the management of performance measurement aspects. Mr. Saint-Germain is currently the Director of Language Policy, NHQ - Integration. Christine Land is the Manager of Innovative Language Programs, and Immigrant Settlement and Language Programs for the Government of Alberta.
Examining International Telecollaboration in TESL Teacher EdPaper / report (60 min)GeoffLawrenceYork UniversityThis paper discusses a telecollaborative exchange between teachers in 2 graduate TESL education programs. Presenters will discuss the benefits, challenges and potential involved in TESL telecollaboration.Dr. Geoff Lawrence works as an Assistant Professor of ESL/Applied Linguistics at York University. He is a teacher educator, researcher and curriculum designer interested in exploring the potential of intercultural and online learning in English language teaching and teacher education.
Elevating Student and School Interest in Business EnglishPaper / report (60 min)RobertTurnbullELS Language Centers VancouverI will share ideas on the importance of offering a great business English course , and demonstrate how to increase student interest and enthusiasm while providing real life applicable business English skills.Armed with a BA Honours in English Literature and Math and an MBA in Finance Robert pursued a 20 year career in Corporate and International Banking before opening his own business in the investment world. The business was sold after 15 years but retirement didn't work so he earned a TESL Canada Standard Two Certificate and has now been teaching for over 2 years and 2000 plus hours. He loves teaching all levels and courses but his passion is teaching Business English.
Ten Ways to Read: Engaging Learners with Academic EnglishInteractive workshop (60 min)KenBeattyAnaheim University, CaliforniaExplore reading processes in English for Academic Purposes in a speed dating approach, with the aim of helping remediate poor learning strategies.Dr. Ken Beatty, TESOL Professor at Anaheim University, has taught in Canada, Asia and the Middle East and lectured widely on language teaching and learning from the primary through university levels as well as CALL. He is author of 130+ textbooks and has delivered 200+ teacher-training sessions in 25 countries.
Tips for being a Successful Online Language TeacherInteractive workshop (60 min)Dianne TyersAdvance Consulting for Education, INC (ACE)Sheri Rhodes, Mount Royal University Heather Perry, Ace EducationWe discuss tips to be successful in teaching language in a fully online modality. We look at troubleshooting procedures, compensating for lack of context, managing student behaviour and motivation.Dianne Tyers has held numerous teaching, training, curriculum development and management positions over the past 24 years in six different countries. She owns and runs Advance Consulting for Education, INC which serves as Canada's leading provider of practical English language teacher training. Sheri Rhodes is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Languages Institute at Mount Royal University and teaches in the ACE diploma program online. Her expertise is using technological tools to enhance learning in the classroom. Heather Perry teaches the ACE TESOL Certificate program as well as Train-the-Trainer in the contexts of face-to-face delivery and online. In addition to curriculum development and CLB assessing, her focus is on employment readiness for internationally skilled workers in the spoken and written skills.
Can computer software programs extract technical vocabulary? Paper / report (60 min)FarahnazFaezWestern University T. Sima Paribakht University of Ottawa Diana Inkpen University of Ottawa This study used a corpus of one million words to examine the capabilities, advantages, and limitations of computer software programs for automatic extraction of technical vocabulary in academic texts.Farahnaz Faez is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include second language teaching and learning, second language vocabulary, pre-service and in-service ESL teacher education, internationally educated teachers and English language learners in K-12 programs. T. Sima Paribakht is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on L2 vocabulary processing and acquisition, and assessment of lexical competence. She has published several books and a number of articles and book chapters in these areas. Diana Inkpen is a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa. Her research is in applications of Computational Linguistics. She has published a book, and a number of book chapters and journal articles.
Goals and Strategies for Advancing Online Language LearningInteractive workshop (60 min)JenniferTanudjajaCentre for Education & TrainingAdriana Viggiani Centre for Education & TrainingThis session will explore the link between goal-setting and motivation in online learning. Learn how to help motivate students by setting realistic goals to encourage peak results.Jennifer Tanudjaja has worked since 1998 as an instructor, language assessor, teacher trainer, coordinator, team leader. With a BA in Modern Languages and certifications in CLBA, CLBLA, ELTPA, CLBPT, IELTS and MELA, Jennifer is currently the Project Manager of National Language Assessment Support Services at Centre for Education & Training. Adriana Viggiani is currently the Project Manager of LINC Home Study - Canada. Her previous experience includes teaching English in a variety of contexts and locations.
Quartz: Online curriculum builder for adult ESL in OntarioDemonstration / Performance (60 min)SharonRajabiToronto Catholic District School BoardMourad Mardikian, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration, and International TradeQuartz is an online tool that offers a guided process for designing ESL courses based on learner needs & the CLB through interactive course, unit, lesson plan, and assessment builders.Sharon Rajabi, M.Ed., has been involved in the field of ESL for over twenty years. Sharon's interest is in the application of technology in SLA and its impact on communication in L2. In 2007, Sharon authored Step Forward Canada Books 1 & 2, published by OUP. Sharon is Project Manager for the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines project funded by MCIIT. Mourad Mardikian has been with the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade's Language Training Unit almost since its inception in May 2006 as the unit's first Team Lead and more recently as its Manager. He manages the Ministry's largest program - the Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program - which is Ontario's and Canada's largest language training program geared to adult immigrants.
Task-Based Learning with Academic Skills Development in PBLAInteractive workshop (60 min)Naqaa AbbasSaskatchewan Polytechnic Emel OrtacIn this workshop, participants will explore concepts of PBLA. The speakers will present an example of a module, and invite participants to consider its application to their own practice. Naqaa Abbas has been a language instructor for the past ten years in various countries and academic environments. She has taught academic writing classes at the university level in Canada and Europe and is currently an ESL instructor at the Language Centre at the University of Saskatchewan and at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Institute, Saskatoon Campus where she teaches CLB 8/9. Emel Ortac is an enthusiastic and creative Turkish-Canadian ESL teacher who has worked for over 10 years in the field of ELT. After receiving her BSc in American Culture and Literature in Istanbul, she obtained her TESL and CELTA while also concentrating on specializing in TOEFL-ibt and IELTS. Most recently she has completed a program at Mount Royal University in Language Program Management which she hopes to use and develop herself further in for her future career. Currently she is working as a CLB 7/8 instructor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Institute, Saskatoon Campus.
Getting Real About Paraphrasing/Antiplagiarism InstructionPaper / report (60 min)JohnSivellBrock UniversityResearch and experience both indicate that teachers and students alike must expect successful paraphrasing instruction to be subtler, more ambitious, and more extended than currently tends to be the norm. John Sivell, a professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, is interested in the linguistic and non-linguistic dimensions of effective instruction for academic writing from sources.
Online Teaching Practica: Issues & OpportunitiesRoundtable Discussion (60 min)CarolynKristjanssonTrinity Western UniversityTechnology has the potential to take language teaching to new heights, but teaching practica criteria are often based on traditional classroom models. Come discuss issues and opportunities for change.Carolyn Kristjansson teaches in the online and resident tracks of the MA TESOL program at Trinity Western University. She has been supervising practicum students for more than a decade.
Teaching EAP Students Academic BehavioursInteractive workshop (60 min)DianneTyersAdvance Consulting for Education, Inc.Christina Musa, Mount Royal UniversityIn this workshop participants learn activities for behaviours important for success in higher education including independent learning, time management, organization, emotion management and stress management.Dianne Tyers has worked in English language teaching in a variety of roles for 24 years. She has a Master's of Applied Linguistics and an MBA. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto. She runs Advance Consulting for Education, Inc. Christina Musa has been in English language teaching for over 20 years. She has a Master's in TESOL from the University of Reading. She teaches EAP at Mount Royal University and is a teacher training for Advance Consulting for Education, Inc.
What's Your Story? Digital Storytelling in the ESL ClassroomDemonstration / Performance (60 min)WendyChambersUniversity of AlbertaJudy Sillito Karen Matthews, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Amanda Caddy, University of Alberta Janet Kwong, NorQuest College Maria Rombalskaya, NorQuest College Nick Williams, University of AlbertaDigital storytelling is an innovative approach for connecting language and cultural content. Key elements will be shared and samples of digital stories created by EAL learners and TESL students will be shown. Wendy Chambers is an adjunct professor of TESL at the University of Alberta. Her main research interests include computer-assisted language learning, English language curriculum design, and online communicative presence. Judy Sillito, M.Ed. works in EAL, hope studies, and intercultural communication. She is interested in alternative approaches to language instruction and cultural diversity as they relate to education and program development. She keeps her love of teaching fed by working with narrative approaches and teaching newcomers in a choir. Karen Matthews, M.C.Ed has taught adults in non-profits for 30 years. Currently at EMCN, she has a Masters in Workplace Learning and TESL Canada certification. She adores facilitating digital stories. Amanda Caddy is a student in the TESL diploma program at the University of Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education and currently works at the University of Alberta. Amanda found her enthusiasm for teaching ESL while volunteering at CCI-LEX in Edmonton. Janet Kwong works at NorQuest College as a LINC instructor. She recently graduated from the University of Alberta TESL Program (M.Ed.) and has a special interest in pragmatics. Janet has approximately ten years of ESL teaching experience and enjoys working in a multicultural environment. Maria Rombalskaya completed her teaching degree and taught EFL at Tyumen State University in Russia several years before coming to Canada and earning a Master's in TESL at the University of Alberta. She is currently teaching ESL and IELTS Academic preparation at NorQuest College, Edmonton. Nick Williams worked for many years in adult education, and coordinated distance learning courses for Academic Upgrading at Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake. Now retired, Nick is enrolled in the TESL Diploma Program at the U of A and expects to complete this term.
Is Anybody Listening?Interactive workshop (60 min)ElsieJohnsonLINC Edmonton Catholic SchoolsKaren Bradley, EMCNIn support of PBLA and task-based learning, this workshop will use wordless books to demonstrate the process of developing listening skills through a variety of activities and assessment materials at CLB 1. Elsie Johnson has worked with literacy students for twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and is TESL Certified. Elsie is presently a lead PBLA teacher and ESL literacy instructor. Karen Bradley has a Bachelor of Education Degree, Language Arts Diploma, both from the University of Alberta, and is TESL Certified. Karen is presently a CLB 2 instructor at EMCN.
Elevating Assessment to New Heights: Toward Learner Autonomy Paper / report (60 min)PaulaKristmansonUniversity of New BrunswickChantal Lafargue- Fredericton High School/University of New Brunswick Corey Harvey- University of New BrunswickThis presentation focuses on research and pedagogy related to learner autonomy and the practice of self-assessment. We will discuss ways to promote active participation in language learning.Paula Kristmanson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). She is also the coordinator of the CTESL at UNB. Chantal Lafargue is a second language teacher and the coordinator of the EAL support team at Fredericton High School and a member of the research team at L2RIC. Corey Harvey is a graduate of the B.Ed and the CTESL at UNB and is currently working as a research assistant at L2RIC and has been working as an EAL teacher in a variety of contexts.
Nothing More Practical than Good Research 2015Paper / report (60 min)LeilaRantaUniversity of AlbertaTracey Derwing Martin Guardado Kim Noels Lucie MoussuThe presenters bridge the gap between research and practice by highlighting studies where research provides useful pedagogical ideas in the areas of pronunciation, grammar, task-based teaching, and motivation.Tracey Derwing is a professor emeritus from the University of Alberta and an adjunct professor in the Linguistics department at Simon Fraser University. Martin Guardado is the Academic Director of the English Language Program and an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Kim Noels is a professor in psychology and an adjunct professor in the TESL program in the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Leila Ranta is an associate professor in the TESL program in the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Lucie Moussu is the Director of the University of Alberta´s Centre for Writers and a faculty member in the English and Film Studies Department.
Widening the Scope of Canadian Language Benchmarks UsageRoundtable Discussion (60 min)AnneSeniorCentre for Canadian Language BenchmarksStaff from the Centre for Canadian Language BenchmarksParticipants will reflect on the current usage of the Canadian Language Benchmarks and provide input on how their use should evolve to meet increasingly complex demands from a variety of sources.Anne Senior has worked in the fields of second language acquisition and cross-cultural training for over twenty years. Anne advises public and private sector clients on language-related issues and helps them find meaningful solutions. As a specialist consultant with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, she has assisted in the development and implementation of tools, resources and training.
Spiraling Language Throughout a Content-Based CurriculumInteractive workshop (60 min)CristinaPeralejoUBCSylvia OzbaltCan we keep the ESL classroom grounded in language without letting the content dominate? In this practical workshop, presenters focus on recycling language (vocabulary and pronunciation) that emerges in class.Cristina Peralejo (M.Ed.) is an instructor at the English Language Institute at UBC. She has also taught EFL and ESL in Japan and the Philippines. Her interests include assessment in EAP, identity and language learning, and pronunciation instruction. Sylvia Ozbalt (M.A.) has been an EAL instructor, coordinator, and curriculum and materials designer since 1991. At the English Language Institute (UBC) since 2003, she is currently Head Instructor, Short Programs, where she can explore and combine interests in curriculum development and globalization.
Personalized Learning: Good News for ELLsPaper / report (60 min)Ruthanne TobinUniversity of VictoriaDeirdre Wilson Vancouver Island University After presenting current understandings of personalized learning (PL), participants will explore aspects of PL that facilitate language and content learning for English language learners in their contexts.Dr. Ruthanne Tobin is Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. Her research focuses on differentiation of instruction in language and literacy for students from diverse backgrounds. She has published numerous articles and a book chapter on differentiated instruction. Her most recent research project was a case study on a teacher's implementation of a personalized learning approach in a Grade 6/7 classroom. Deirdre Wilson is an instructor in the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University, BC, Canada. She teaches second language acquisition methodology courses to pre-service teachers. Deirdre is a PhD candidate in the area of Language & Literacy at the University of Victoria. Her scholarly/research interests include second language literacy, heritage language maintenance, and supporting English language learners in content classes.
Online Language Learning Enhanced via Educational TechnologyDemonstration / Performance (60 min)RitaZuba ProkopetzRed River College (RRC)Rethinking the structure and delivery of English language classes has been one of Rita's goals since 2005. Rita will share her experience using technology based on her ESL program for adult newcomers.Rita Zuba Prokopetz teaches ESL at Red River College (RRC), has a Master's Degree in Educational Technology and is enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Distance Education Program at Athabasca University. She is a Certified Adult Educator (CAE) and teaches educators in the CAE diploma program at RRC both online and via eTV. She holds a TESL Canada Federation Permanent Certification Level 3 and recently received the TEAM Teacher Award.
Integrating Peer Collaborative Writing Into an EAP ClassroomInteractive workshop (60 min)SubrataBhowmikUniversity of CalgaryDr. Sylvie Roy, University of CalgaryThis interactive workshop will provide instructors with hands-on practice in implementing peer collaborative writing.It will illustrate how this practice can elevate L2 writers' practice,and discuss challenges.Subrata Bhowmik is a faculty member in the International Foundations Program of the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education, where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. The primary areas of his academic interests are L2 writing and sociocultural approach to L2 learning. Dr. Sylvie Roy is teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She is Chair of the Language and Literacy Educational Studies Area.
Intro to the new CLB ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL) Interactive workshop (60 min)KristaWalsh-MurrayCentre for Canadian Language BenchmarksStaff from the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks This session will inform those working with adult ESL literacy learners of the new ESL for ALL Literacy document which supports teachers and learners in CLB-based settings.Krista Walsh-Murray is a Project Manager with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. She has a Master's degree in Literacy and experience working as an ESL instructor in Canada.
The LISTN Classroom-Assessment Toolkit (CATK)Interactive poster session (90 min)ShawnaWilliamsLanguage Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN)Nathan Hall LISTNThe Classroom Assessment Toolkit, designed to help classroom instructors embed assessment into their everyday teaching, is a free, downloadable resource with CLB 1-8 assessment tools and adaptable templates.Language Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN) nhall@listn.info Nathan Hall is an Instructional Resource Coordinator at LISTN. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom. Shawna Williams Language Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN) swilliams@listn.info @ShawnaWi-Ko @LISTNCanada Shawna Williams, M.Ed., is an Instructional Resource Coordinator at LISTN. Shawna loves working with teachers on their professional development journeys, and is particularly active in BC TEAL, her provincial professional association.
English Language and Literature: An Uneasy Alliance?Paper / report (60 min)JuliaWilliamsRenison University College, University of WaterlooTranslingual advocates call for collaboration among composition studies and second language writing theorists. In this paper, we will discuss why such an alliance may be desirable, but is likely not feasible. Julia Williams is the Director of English Language Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is the author of Learning English for Academic Purposes: Reading and Writing and Learning English for Academic Purposes: Reading and Writing Advanced.
Understanding Culture as a Complex Dynamic SystemInteractive workshop (60 min)DianneTyersAdvance Consulting for Education, Inc.Participants complete activities to explore the use of Dynamic Systems Theory as a conceptual framework with which to analyze the complexity of culture as it intersects with language in our classrooms. Dianne Tyers has worked in English language teaching in a variety of roles for 24 years. She has a Master's of Applied Linguistics and an MBA. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto. She runs Advance Consulting for Education, Inc.
Using Modules in Teaching CLB 5 Demonstration / Performance (60 min)Jana CiobanuCalgary Immigrant Educational SocietyKerry Howard Calgary Immigrant Educational SocietyThis presentation is a demonstration of how to create and use a module in the day-to-day PBLA teaching environment. At the end, participants will get two modules and the activities needed for those modules.Jana Ciobanu is a PBLA Lead Teacher at Calgary Immigrant Educational Society in Calgary. Ms. Ciobanu has sixteen years of ESL teaching experience and has been working at C.I.E.S. since February, 2008. She loves teaching and enjoys working in a multicultural environment. Ms. Ciobanu got her MEd in TESL at University of Calgary in 2010. Kerry Howard is a LINC instructor at Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. He has been teaching ESL students for the past nine years. Kerry has been a member of the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society's team since October, 2012. Prior to working at C.I.E.S., Kerry spent five years teaching overseas in Seoul, South Korea and was granted an M.A. in TESL from the University of Birmingham in 2011.
E-learning: Elevating ESL in AlbertaPanel (60 minutes)ChristineLandGovernment of AlbertaAmy Meckelborg Diane Hardy (Bow Valley College) Hana Taleb Imai (Bow Valley College) Todd Odgers (NorQuest College) Cindy Messaros (AWES)Innovative Language Projects have explored the potential for e-learning to enhance ESL programming in Alberta. This panel provides an overview and describes three specific projects focusing on lessons learned.Christine Land is the Manager of Language Training, Immigrant Settlement and Language Programs for Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour. In this role she oversees the support of innovative projects in English language learning, and informs language policy and programming in partnership with language sector stakeholders. Amy Meckelborg is Sr. Language Consultant with Immigrant Settlement and Language Programs for Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour. She holds a B.Ed in TESL and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. Her experience includes 15 years teaching ESL and 10 years in the field of Educational Technology. Diane Hardy works as a Coordinator of Innovation and Research in the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta. She manages applied research projects that involve language development and intercultural communicative competence with a focus on workplace contexts. Hana Taleb Imai works as a Coordinator of Innovation and Research in the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta. She oversees the Intercultural Centre with a focus on developing intercultural professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
Creating Bridges for Newcomer/International Student SuccessInteractive workshop (60 min)DebbieGriffithSaskatchewan PolytechnicJacqueline Belhumeur, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina CampusCase studies will be used to discuss issues of student voice, organizational resistance, instructional strategies, and intercultural communication to foster newcomer/international student success.Jacqueline Belhumeur, B.Ed., M.Ed., and current PhD Student at the University of Regina, works as the Newcomer International Centre (NIC) Counsellor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus. Jackie, a Metis woman from Regina, Saskatchewan, is interested in intercultural education and the ways in which educational institutions are addressing the changing demographics of students to best serve this growing diverse population. She is especially interested in ways in which we can build bridges of understanding between Aboriginals and newcomers. Debbie Griffith, B.Ed., TESL SK, and current M.Ed. student at the University of Saskatchewan, works in the Newcomer International Centre (NIC) at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus as Language Instructor. Debbie is particularly interested in sociocultural factors related to identity, culture, and voice and the ways in which these factors intersect with creating spaces of belonging, instructional practice, and faculty development.
Using existing CLB assessment tools in a PBLA environmentInteractive workshop (60 min)AnneSeniorCentre for Canadian Language BenchmarksRon Lavoie, Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks Making the most of the CLB Support Kit, Can Do statements and existing CLB assessment tools in a Portfolio Based Assessment (PBLA) environment. Anne Senior is a specialist consultant with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks with over 20 years of experience working in the fields of second language assessment and training. Kathy Hughes is a Project Manager with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks with over 18 years of experience in the fields of international development, community leadership and second language training.
Literacy Engagement in Multi-lingual ClassroomsInteractive workshop (60 min)DoraFoscolosUniversity of CalgaryTo foster responsive teaching practices, consider the conditions that are critical to support early ELLs as they are developing both their literacy and language skills. Dora Foscolos is currently a PhD student at the University of Calgary focusing on Languages and Literacy. With over twenty years of experience in K-12 education, she has taken on many leadership roles in the areas of Early Literacy, English Language Learners and Teacher Education. She has worked as a Learning Specialist, Consultant and University Sessional Instructor and has consulted on various Alberta Education projects.
Self-Regulated Learning in the ESL ClassroomInteractive workshop (60 min)Jennifer CumminsNAWant to see faster improvement in your students? Want to see your students increase their independence? Self-regulation is the key! Come see what incorporating self-regulation into your ESL classroom can do.Jennifer Cummins has been teaching in the ESL context for nine years. She has a Masters of Educational Psychology and currently works with international and domestic students.
PBLA and Literacy: What WorksInteractive workshop (60 min)SetsuCrawford- KawaharaISANS Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova ScotiaThis workshop will provide tools to assist instructors with PBLA implementation in literacy classrooms. Participants will collaboratively evaluate challenges and propose effective strategies for success. Setsu Crawford-Kawahara has been a full-time literacy instructor with ISANS for the past five years and is currently the PBLA team lead. Overseas and in Canada, Setsu has nearly 20 years of teaching experience at all levels of second language learning and has found her passion in literacy.
Building Rapport with Students Through First Year StoriesMini session (30 minutes)LauraTaylorUniversity of Toronto MississaugaThis session outlines how a simple writing activity can create a useful resource that benefits incoming first year university students while engaging upper year students to improve their writing strategies.Laura Taylor is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto Mississauga and works with English Language Learners in numerous departments. After spending a considerable amount of time working as a teacher trainer in both Korea and the UK, Laura now focuses her research on areas of teacher development and second language writing.
Settlement Language through an Essential Skills LensInteractive workshop (60 min)AndreaTaylorImmigrant Services Association of Nova ScotiaWant to incorporate Essential Skills into your settlement language strategy? This workshop will give you the tools, strategies and information you need to successfully and easily incorporate Essential Skills. Andrea Taylor has been teaching EAL since 1999, both abroad and in Canada. She earned a Master of Education in EAL Curriculum Design in 2006. She has been with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since 2008. Andrea has taught both face to face and online at ISANS.
Skill-Building Toward CLB Tasks in a Multilevel LINC ClassInteractive workshop (60 min)LisaHerreraISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC)Lisa Herrera, ISSofBC Claire Pinkett, ISSofBC Frances Clarke, ISSofBC Caroline Pendleton, ISSofBCA multilevel LINC class presents particular challenges for CLB task-based teaching. This workshop provides specific strategies for skill-building toward appropriate CLB tasks for each CLB level in a class.Lisa Herrera taught in the LINC/ELSA program at ISSofBC for 15 years and has been Lead Instructional Coordinator for 7 years. She is also a CLB Lead Trainer, and a Regional Coach for the national implementation of PBLA. She has a Master of Educational Administration and Leadership degree from UBC. Claire Pinkett is an Instructional Coordinator for the ISSofBC LINC program. One of her key responsibilities is guiding and supporting instructors in creating skill-building CLB lessons. Claire is also involved in curriculum development and teacher training. She has 25+ years' experience in, LINC, ELSA, EAL and TEFL. Frances Clarke is an Instructional Coordinator for the LINC Program at ISSofBC. She has over 10 years' experience in ESL and LINC as an instructor and curriculum developer. To further enhance her skills, Frances is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University. Caroline Pendleton has 24 years experience in ESL as an instructor, curriculum and resource developer, tester and TESOL trainer. Currently, she is an Instructional Coordinator for the ISSofBC LINC program.
A Skill-Building Refresher for LINCInteractive workshop (60 min)LisaHerreraISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC)Lisa Herrera, ISSofBC Claire Pinkett, ISSofBC Frances Clarke, ISSofBC Caroline Pendleton, ISSofBCThis practical, hands-on workshop reviews how to analyze a CLB task and from there, how to design a series of skill-building lessons to teach the language components of the CLB task.Lisa Herrera taught in the LINC/ELSA program at ISSofBC for 15 years and has been Lead Instructional Coordinator for 7 years. She is also a CLB Lead Trainer, and a Regional Coach for the national implementation of PBLA. She has a Master of Educational Administration and Leadership degree from UBC. Claire Pinkett is an Instructional Coordinator for the ISSofBC LINC program. One of her key responsibilities is guiding and supporting instructors in creating skill-building CLB lessons. Claire is also involved in curriculum development and teacher training. She has 25+ years' experience in, LINC, ELSA, EAL and TEFL. Frances Clarke is an Instructional Coordinator for the LINC Program at ISSofBC. She has over 10 years' experience in ESL and LINC as an instructor and curriculum developer. To further enhance her skills, Frances is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University. Caroline Pendleton has 24 years experience in ESL as an instructor, curriculum and resource developer, tester and TESOL trainer. Currently, she is an Instructional Coordinator for the ISSofBC LINC program.
PBLA in ESL Literacy Classes: Using the CCLBs 'ESL for ALL'Interactive workshop (60 min)JoannePettisCCLBNicole Wade - Winnipeg School DivisionPBLA can enhance language learning for ESL Literacy students. This session explores the CCLBs new ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ESL for ALL) and how teachers can use it in a PBLA context. Joanne Pettis is a CCLB PBLA Lead working on the development and implementation of PBLA nationally. She has worked on a number of CCLB projects, including 2012 CLB (contributing writer), CLB Support Kit (contributor), CLB 2000 Guide to Implementation (co-author); and the CLB 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners (project manager). Nicole Wade is a PBLA Lead Teacher for Winnipeg School Division and an experienced ESL Literacy Teacher. She also contributed to the development of the CCLBs new resource, 'ESL for Adult Language Learners' (ESL for ALL).
Raising English Language Learner Self-awareness with iPadsMini session (30 minutes)ChantalLafargueUniversity of New Brunswick and Fredericton High SchoolJeremy Curnew, Fredericton High School Kathy Whynot, Fredericton High School Paula Kristmanson, University of New Brunswick Corey Harvey, University of New BrunswickIn this presentation, we will share insights of 2 high school EAL teachers who participated in an oral language focused project exploring the role of technology as a tool for self-awareness and self-assessment.Chantal Lafargue is a teacher and the coordinator of the EAL support team at Fredericton High School and a member of the research team at L2RIC. Her varied experience includes teaching in Spanish, French immersion and EAL contexts. Jeremy Curnew is a teacher of EAL at Fredericton High School. He has served EAL students in various roles in Canadian public school settings since his return from a decade of teaching at the high school and university levels in Taipei, Taiwan. Kathy Whynot is a teacher of EAL at Fredericton High School. She has a background in elementary literacy and has experience working with language learners in a variety of mainstream classrooms and sheltered EAL contexts. Paula Kristmanson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). She is also the coordinator of the CTESL at UNB and the current president of TESL NB. Corey Harvey is a graduate of the B.Ed and the CTESL at UNB and is currently working as a research assistant at L2RIC and has been working as an EAL teacher in a variety of contexts.
Affirming Identity Through the Creation of Bilingual BooksMini session (30 minutes)KathyWhynotFredericton High SchoolMr. Jeremy Curnew, Fredericton High SchoolElementary and high school students engaged in a multi-disciplinary project aimed at affirming cultural identity through the creation of dual language books. Mr. Jeremy Curnew, B.A., B.Ed. is a teacher at Fredericton High School. He has served EAL students in various roles in Canadian public school settings since his return from a decade of teaching at the high school and university levels in Taipei, Taiwan. Mrs. K. Whynot, B.A., B.Ed. is a teacher at Fredericton High School. She has taught EAL classes at all levels in many different contexts before settling in her current job teaching high school learners in a public school setting.
Reflecting on Settlement Language Priorities from the SectorRoundtable Discussion (60 min)BrendaLohrenzLISTN, Language Instruction Support and Training NetworkBrenda Lohrenz, LISTN, Language Instruction Support and Training Network Various members of TESL Canada's Settlement Language National Network (SLNN) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Newcomer Language Advisory Body (NLAB)Reviewing TESL Canada's settlement language training survey (spring 2015) and CIC's Integration Summit results (fall 2014); this roundtable will encourage participants to consider settlement sector priorities.Brenda Lohrenz is a TESL Canada Board Member and chair of the Settlement Language National Network (SLNN) as well as a founding member and sector co-chair of the Newcomer Language Advisory Body (NLAB). She is the Executive Director of BC's provincial Language Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN).
How Differentiated Instruction Leads to Learner SuccessInteractive workshop (60 min)LietteWilsonCalgary Immigrant Women's AssociationHow can we meet the needs of all ESL-Literacy learners in a multi-level class? In this workshop you discover practical tools to help your most challenged learners succeed, while engaging more advanced students.Liette Wilson, a facilitator in a community based ESL-Literacy program for women with 0-7 years of education, has many years of experience teaching women with limited literacy & researching best practices in the field. An avid hiker and soccer player, Liette is also a mom of four great kids.
Quick-change English Consonant Repair Interactive workshop (60 min)WilliamActonTrinity Western UniversityJuhyo Choi MATESOL Trinity Western University Kaia Anderson MATESOL Trinity Western University This workshop presents haptic (movement plus touch)-based techniques for efficient in-class correction of several problematic English consonants. It is applicable for learners of middle-school age and older.Bill Acton is Director of the MA TESOL program at Trinity Western University. His research and publications focus on the role of body movement in pronunciation instruction, especially haptic applications. Juhyo Choi is a student in the MATESOL at Trinity Western University and teaches at Luther College High school in Regina, SK. Kaia Anderson is a student in the MATESOL at Trinity Western University and teaches at Luther College High school in Regina, SK.
Intercultural Issues: Obstacles to a Student's Smooth AscentPanel (60 minutes)M. JoyceWhiteEnglish Language Institute, UBCJoyce White, Catherine OstlerPresenters will discuss intercultural obstacles which international student experience in meeting academic goals. Issues students and instructors deal with will be compared; possible solutions will be raised.Joyce White has worked in field of English Language Education over the past three decades as an Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and Teacher Trainer and is at present the Student Advisor at the ELI, UBC. In this position, dealing with inter-cultural issues is key to assisting both students and instructors. Catherine Ostler currently teaches EAP courses bridging with English and Early Childhood Care and Education at Capilano University. Over a 30-year career, she has taught internationally, coordinated programs, and through the BC articulation process, worked to improve student access to post-secondary programs.
Sharing Common Space- Mentioning the UnmentionablesInteractive poster session (90 min)AncaRomanCentre for Newcomers CalgarySharing Common Space is a project that is supporting the integration process of newcomers in Canada as related to the use of common space at school, work and in the community. Anca is a creative and passionate instructor, committed to helping students become successful and confident at communicating cross-culturally in all environments. She holds a Master of Education degree and has over 16 years of experience in teaching students from around the world.
I Learned More about Language Teaching by Designing CostumesLightning Talk (400 seconds)NicholasBonnieNorQuest CollegeCostume design and teaching English? Materials selection, authenticity, adaptation, attention to detail, and constructivist methodology apply to both these endeavours. Come think about your own metaphors.Bonnie Jean Nicholas, MEd, teaches in the LINC program at NorQuest College. In her spare time, she sometimes designs and sews costumes for a small theatre company.
Twitter 101, SOS, & LOL: For New, Lost, & Bemused UsersLightning Talk (400 seconds)BonnieNicholasNorQuest CollegeBring your smart phone and learn the basics of getting started on one social media platform, Twitter. In this lightning talk, we will ever-so-briefly explore using the limits of Twitter to expand your horizons.Although she is absolutely not an expert, Bonnie Jean Nicholas, MEd, has joined the ubiquitous world of social media. She has come to recognize the value of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Environment (PLE). Bonnie tweets sporadically as @EALStories.
Language Support for Reaching Success in Health ProgramsInteractive poster session (90 min)KarenEnglanderYork UniversityMahmoud Alqazli, York University Janet Moore, Humber CollegeWe analyze the gaps in support for ESL students at Canadian universities that educate health professionals (nurses, pharmacists & doctors). Recommendations propose curricula that can lead to better outcomes. Karen Englander, Ph.D., is a specialist in writing for academic purposes and scholarly publishing with two books and more than a dozen paper focusing on the experience, linguistic challenges and educational policy provisions affecting non-native speakers of English. Mahmoud Alqazli received his Master's in Education from Huddersfield University in 2008. He is a graduate assistant in Applied Linguistics at York University. He taught EFL in Jordan, UAE and Saudi Arabia. His major research interests include ESL/EFL foundation programs, teacher training and SLA. Janet Moore is an EAP instructor with Humber College's English for Academic Purposes program. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from York University. With experience in both EFL and ESL contexts, Janet's research interests are in curriculum development, paraphrasing and written feedback.
Educating our ESL Students about Canada's First PeoplesInteractive workshop (60 min)CarmenLarsenLanguage Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN)Brenda Lohrenz, Language Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN) Carmen Larsen, Douglas CollegeHelp students discover more about Canada's First Peoples with CLB 5-8 resources. Learn about the background and organization of these adaptable materials while exploring a variety of ready to use activities. Brenda Lohrenz is a TESL Canada Board Member and chair of the Settlement Language National Network (SLNN) as well as a founding member and sector co-chair of NLAB. She is the Executive Director of BC's provincial Language Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN). Carmen Larsen, M.Ed., is an EAP and TESL instructor at Douglas College, and the author of "First Peoples: Learning Materials for Newcomers".
Free Online Simulation Activities for Workplace Language UseDemonstration / Performance (60 min)Yuji AbeNorQuest CollegeKerry Louw, NorQuest CollegeCome and experience free web-based simulation activities designed for both class and online learners to improve Canadian workplace communication skills: a tool that encourages learners to decide on communication strategies to achieve their goals.Yuji Abe is an English in the Workplace instructor and an intercultural facilitator with NorQuest College's Centre for Intercultural Education. Yuji has taught at the U of A, with the LINC program, and with NorQuest's ESL Intensive program. Kerry Louw is an English in the Workplace instructor and Intercultural Specialist with Norquest College's Centre for Intercultural Education. Kerry graduated from the University of Alberta with a M.Ed. TESL where she designed and conducted a research project on pragmatics in the workplace. Since joining the Center Kerry and Yuji have led innovative applied research projects to integrate pragmatic and intercultural competence within resources and have facilitated intercultural and workplace English language workshops for numerous classes, instructors and corporate clients.
Mapping Home: Memories, Culture and Lived LiteraciesDemonstration / Performance (60 min)JulianneBurgessMohawk College Experience an arts-based study that explores the connections between home, culture and identity, and how notions of home shift when English learners move from one context to another. Julianne Burgess teaches English as an Additional Language (EAL) to young adult learners in the LINC for Youth Photography Project, at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a recent graduate of the Brock University Master of Education program. She is a co-investigator with Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University.
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Not Just Setting Goals! Elevate and Integrate Goal SettingDemonstration / Performance (60 min)NaomiRobinsCalgary Immigrant Women's AssociationStruggling with getting students to set effective goals? Learn to develop a module and integrate goal setting/reflection as a regular part of student's learning.Naomi Robins has over 10 years of experience teaching ESL and communication skills in international, workplace bridging, professional training and LINC programs. She currently works at the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association as an instructor and PBLA lead teacher. She loves innovating and incorporating new approaches into her instructional practice.
E-learning - Embracing Tech in Class to Personalize LearningInteractive workshop (60 min)NaomiRobinsCalgary Immigrant Women's AssociationWant to integrate technology into your lessons? Use a tool/model to assess and incorporate specific apps/devices into your regular classes and personalize student learning - even in rooms with poor tech access.Naomi Robins has a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. She has over 10 years of experience teaching and developing language, computer and communication skills curriculum for ESL, workplace bridging, professional training and LINC programs. She currently works at the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association as an instructor and PBLA lead teacher.
I’ll make you a deal: Speech Acts from movies for ESL and EFLLightning Talk (400 seconds)Danielle L. LegaultLegaultEhime UniversityThis talk will show how students manipulate idioms, structures and functions from speech acts to make their own conversations and acquire real living language.Danielle Legault (MA TEFL/TFFL, School for International Training, USA) is an associate professor at Ehime University in Japan. She has also taught in Canada, Taiwan and Thailand She speaks four languages and is a learner like her students. Her research focuses on speech acts, intercultural education and L2 role models in the classroom.
Committed but Disconnected: The Politics of TeachingLightning Talk (400 seconds)Kerri VanDamUniversity of GuelphThis lightening talk will highlight and describe the challenges and opportunities of teaching English in Asia.Kerri VanDam has taught EAP at the University of Guelph since 2008. She also has taught a writing and communications course at George Brown College in Toronto since 2007. Most recently, she taught at Jiaotong University in Beijing and Dokkyo University in Tokyo. She has made a number of trips to multiple countries in Asia and made contributions to different teaching related projects.
What's Happening in the World of Englishes?Lightning Talk (400 seconds)SoniaMartinnaWhat is really happening in the World of Englishes? This talk will share an ESL professional's transnational experiences through the lens of sociolinguistic issues and provide a prompt for teaching ideas.Sonia Martin has more than 13 years of experience teaching and administering English programs in Canada and abroad. Her interests include transnational education, educational technology, and English as a Lingua Franca.
Academic Paper Writing Following a Project-based ApproachInteractive poster session (90 min)YawAmoah-GyampohUniversity of WinnipegLuis Lopez Red River College This poster session proposes to address gaps in the academic skills of ESL students preparing for post-secondary study through the use of a constructivist, project-based approach to writing academic papers. Yaw Amoah-Gyampoh is currently the head instructor in the English for Specific Purposes Program at the University of Winnipeg. Since starting his ESL teaching career in 2002, he has taught a wide array of EFL and ESL courses, as well teaching in the ESL Teacher Certificate Program at the University of Winnipeg. Luis Lopez is currently an ESL instructor at Red River College Language Training Center who has 27 years of teaching experience. He has taught EFL, Research Methodology and more recently, ESL to permanent residents and international students. He holds a CTESL, a Master of Higher Education and a Bachelor of Education.
PBLA: Supporting Differentiated AssessmentInteractive workshop (60 min)TaraHolmesCCLB PBLASarah SchmuckThis session will introduce a framework for planning assessment for more than one benchmark level. We will share classroom examples and discuss strategies to incorporate differentiation in existing resources. Tara Holmes is the author of several resources that relate to classroom-based assessment and the CLB. She is a Project Lead for the CCLB PBLA initiative. Sarah Schmuck has many years experience as a classroom teacher and curriculum leader. She is currently a Regional Coach for the CCLB PBLA initiative.
Journey Through PatterningMini session (30 minutes)DoreenDeanSacred Heart Foundations(LINC)Elsie Johnson Sacred Heart Foundations(LINC)This session will explore patterning to develop oral language and reading skills. The journey begins by using visuals and incorporates patterning to move toward print.Doreen Dean currently teaches in the Sacred Heart Foundations (LINC) Program for Edmonton Catholic Schools. Elsie Johnson job shares with Doreen in the Sacred Heart Foundations (LINC) Program for Edmonton Catholic Schools.
Engaging Tasks and Methods for Teaching Business EnglishDemonstration / Performance (60 min)Dora Di Lullo-PattenCalgary Board of Education, Chinook Learning ServicesSheila Clendining Chinook Learning Services, Calgary Board of Education Jane Kelly Chinook Learning Services, Calgary Board of Education Anthony Patten Global Village, Calgary Trina St. Jean Chinook Learning Services, Calgary Board of Education In today's world of globalized business, business English is increasingly desirable for the ESL student. We will share a gambit of tasks and technology to motivate student learning in this growing field. Dora Di Lullo-Patten M.Ed has taught ESL in Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America. She currently teaches at Chinook Learning Services, Calgary Board of Education and is a lead teacher for the implementation of PBLA and develops curricula. She is a language consultant in the Faculty of Medicine at the UofC. She is also an IELTS assessor at Global Village, Calgary. Sheila Clendining has taught ESL in a First Nations Reserve in Northern Saskatchewan, adult learners in Japan and elementary school children in China. She received her B.Ed from UofC and a TESL Certificate the ACE TESOL program at MRU. She currently teaches LINC at Chinook Learning Services, CBE in Calgary. Jane Kelly has a B.Ed from Uof A with a diploma in reading. She has taught ESL for 24 years in the ELL and LINC programs at the Calgary Board of Education where she has taught levels from literacy to academic. She is currently teaching CLB 6/7. Anthony Patten is teaching ESL at Global Village, Calgary where he focuses on developing and teaching business English. He has an intimate relationship with technology. Anthony got his BA from UofC and also studied in the Writer's Studio at SFU, Vancouver. He took education at UBC and is a writer of young adult fiction. Trina St. Jean has a B.Ed from U of A and an MFA from Vermont College. She has taught ESL in Japan and Quebec and presently teaches LINC for Chinook at the CBE in Calgary where she's a lead teacher for the implementation of PBLA. Trina is also a writer of young adult fiction.
Shadowing Training for EFL Learners and Their Brain ImagingPaper / report (60 min)KaorukoTakechiFaculty of Medicine at Kinki University (Japan)Hisashi Yoshida, Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology at Kinki University Keiko Hattori, Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology at Kinki University Takeshi Kohama, Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology at Kinki University Yoshitaka Suzuki, Faculty of Medicine, Kinki UniversityThe presenter reports on the efficacy of "shadowing training" to activate learners' Wernicke's and Broca's areas, based on the near infra-red spectroscopy imaging of their brains when they do shadowing.Kaoruko Takechi is an assistant professor at Faculty of Medicine at Kinki University and currently conducts a curriculum reform of the first year English course. She received her Master of Science in Education degree from Temple University in 2012. Her research interests include applied linguistics, ESP and experimental neuro-linguistics. Hisashi Yoshida received his Ph.D. degree from Hosei University, Japan, in 1995. He is now a professor at Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology at Kinki University. His current research interests include bio-signal processing, statistical time-frequency analysis, pattern recognition, and molecular simulation. Keiko Hattori is an associate professor at Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology at Kinki University. She received her Ph.D. in Language and Culture and its education from Osaka University. She has been conducting her research in the field of sociolinguistics and education to nurture global citizenship (intercultural education/communication). Takeshi Kohama is an associate professor at Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology at Kinki University. His research interests include bio-signal processing, the artificial intelligence and robotics and cognitive sciences. He received Best Paper Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers in 2010.
On "PAR": Pedagogy, Advocacy, & Resilience in ESL TeachingPaper / report (60 min)JoelJuddSouthern Utah UniversityParticipants will review a mega-survey's findings on ESL teacher pedagogy, advocacy, and resilience, and apply these principles to both effective teacher preparation and their own school and teaching contexts.Joel Judd has worked and taught in adult, immigrant, ESL/EFL, and K-12 education settings both in the U.S. and abroad since 1986.
Big Bang Theory: Lessons in Connected Speech and IdiomsMini session (30 minutes)Shawna ShulmanYork University Institute of Technology (YUELI)Integrating listening, pronunciation, idioms, and intercultural communication, the seminar presented here demonstrates ways to exploit pop culture to motivate students bored with dull course book education.Shawna Shulman has been teaching ESL/EAP in numerous contexts over the last decade in Canada and abroad. She has been an instructor at York University English Language Institute for the past 4 years and is currently on assignment for YUELI in Istanbul, Turkey. She has a Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree and a Master of Art (Applied Linguistics) degree.
Exemplars of using grammar effectively to be 'transfer-appropriate'Mini session (30 minutes)BrendaChwylNorQuest CollegeHow integrated is your grammar instruction? My goal is to provide examples, of how to integrate grammar activities, that are 'transfer-appropriate' to real-life communication, and promotes quantity and quality of grammar practice activities in LINC. Brenda Chwyl (B.Ed., M.Ed.) has been instructing for about 25 years. She has taught elementary school students, inmates in a correctional facility, ESL students in employment preparation courses and adults with a mild, cognitive disability. Recently, she has been in a LINC/CLB 6 classroom and if asked to compare, which teaching role was most challenging, she would definitely choose teaching grammar!
The Impact of Early Inclusion on High School TransitionPaper / report (60 min)JoanMilesUniversity of Calgary; Calgary Board of EducationKaren Bose (possibly) - Calgary Board of EducationThis presentation focuses on the retrospective insights of ELLs who moved through the school system with limited English language support. Several key problems that impact transition are identified.Joan Miles has taught ELLs at the junior and senior high levels for over 20 years and is currently a Senior Education Specialist for English Language Learners with the Calgary Board of Education. She recently completed a longitudinal study that focused on the transitional experiences of 23 ELLs moving from junior high to high school in order to ascertain the impact of early inclusion on their success at the grade 10 level and beyond. Karen Bose is a Senior Education Specialist with the Calgary Board of Education. Her teaching background is at the Division I and II level, and she has had several years of experience teaching ESL.
Making the Most of Blended Learning in the ClassroomDemonstration / Performance (60 min)JesperAndersenPearson ELT CanadaBlended learning is a key part of new language acquisition. My English Lab: Top Notch is the online course where learners can practice all four skills any time, any place on any internet connected device.I have been the Pearson ELT representative for the prairie provinces for the last 5 1/2 year. Prior to that I come from a teaching background.
Connecting EAP to University Disciplines (e.g. STEM)Panel (60 minutes)MarianHolleyUniversity of Western Ontario; University of GuelphMs. Marian Holley University of Western Ontario Ms. Kerri VanDam University of GuelphA panel of a UW Chemistry professor, Nano student, EAP professors will present a classroom-tested system of collaboration focusing EAP programmes to align with university-discipline subjects (e.g. STEM). Marian Holley is an EAP instructor at University of Western Ontario. She has taught EAP at several Ontario universities/colleges and in China. She is completing her Masters in TESOL at Trinity Western University. Kerri VanDam has taught EAP at the University of Guelph since 2008. She also has taught a writing and communications course at George Brown College in Toronto since 2007. Most recently, she taught at Jiaotong University in Beijing and Dokkyo University in Tokyo.
Exploring the Transformative Potential of Language EducationPaper / report (60 min)GregOgilvieUniversity of LethbridgeBased on a hermeneutic investigation of criticality and interculturality, this paper will analyze the transformative potential of language pedagogy. Greg Ogilvie is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. He has worked as a language educator and teacher educator in Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Canada. His research interests include task-based language teaching and critical interculturality.
Debating - effective approaches for the language classroomMini session (30 minutes)LenaSchuettUniversity of BremenWith the help of a variety of cooperative and communicative approaches, participants will learn how a debate can be organized and set up in an English language classroom.Lena Schuett is a PhD candidate in Education/ English Foreign Language Pedagogy with a background in teaching students in BEd and MEd at university, junior and senior high school, and in adult education programs. Ms. Schuett's professional history includes international teaching experiences in Canada, Germany, Great Britain and Laos.
Questions Critical Readers AskInteractive workshop (60 min)TaniaPattisonNAWorking with an authentic article, participants will explore a series of questions that readers ask when evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a text. Material is from 'Critical Reading' (Pearson, 2015).Tania Pattison has over 20 years' experience in ELT, mostly in EAP. Her career has included classroom teaching, administration, teacher training, consulting, and materials development. She is now a freelance materials writer and editor working with publishers around the world. Tania's website is www.taniapattison-editorial.com.
Open Educational Resources, A Challenge to Find Create ShareDemonstration / Performance (60 min)IwonaGniadekEnglish Online Inc.Briar Jamieson Natalia AlekoOpen Educational Resources elevate language learning and teaching; however, for this promise to be fulfilled teachers must develop new skills. We will demonstrate how to identify, remix, and distribute OER. Briar Jamieson - Briar is the Executive Director of English Online Inc.(www.myenglishonline). She is pursuing her Master's in Educational Technology at the University of British Columbia. She has been a member of the National Language Advisory Body since 2012. She is a newbie on the TESL Canada Outreach and Research Committee. Natalia Aleko - As Lead of Teacher Services, English Online Inc., Natalia constantly looks for new ideas and opportunities for professional development for ELT professionals in Canada. In the past two years she planned and coordinated the rEALize forum (www.realizeforum.ca). She also leads a settlement content development project. Connect with Natalia on Twitter @countmein2805 Iwona Gniadek - Iwona is the Lead of Learner Services at English Online Inc. (www.youliveandlearn.ca). She is a student of a Master's in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Under her leadership English Online's Summer EAL MOOC received a British Council ELTON nomination in 2014.
Pronunciation teaching: Word based or sound based?Paper / report (60 min)RonThomsonBrock UniversityThis presentation summarizes research investigating the benefit of providing explicit phonetic instruction prior to teaching the pronunciation of individual words.Pronunciation teaching: Word based or sound based?
Your profession, your TESL Canada: A president's view.Paper / report (60 min)RonThomsonTESL CanadaThis presentation will provide a brief history of TESL Canada, describe some of the challenges it faces today, and solicit input for building a strong united future together.Ron Thomson is the outgoing President of TESL Canada, and has been a member of the TESL Canada Board for the past decade, serving in a variety of capacities.
Using a Template to Facilitate Writing about Literature Mini session (30 minutes)Jacqueline FosterVancouver Island UniversityEAP learners write about literature as preparation for university, but literary analysis can be challenging for students. Essay templates can help students to learn the unique features in literature papers. Jacqueline Foster has taught ESL/EFL learners from beginning to EAP students in the secondary and post secondary institutions both overseas and in Canada. She currently teaches at Vancouver Island University's English Language Center in Nanaimo, BC. Her interests include teacher research, second language reading, and EAP writing.
Medium and message: Best practices of educational technologyInteractive workshop (60 min)NathanHallLanguage Instruction Support and Training Network (LISTN)This session examines how the "medium" of educational technology communicates our "message" of language education. The focus is on the theory of learning embedded in tools we use with our students.Nathan Hall is an Instructional Resource Coordinator at LISTN. He is especially interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom.
Generating 1000 Words: Using Images in the ClassroomLightning Talk (400 seconds)SheriRhodesMount Royal UniversityWell-chosen images can personalize lessons, prompt discussion and inspire ideas both efficiently and effectively. This includes both the tools and different ways to integrate images into the language classroom.Sheri Rhodes (M.Ed. TESL) (Director, TESL Canada) has 20+ years' experience in language teaching and administration. She is an online trainer and course designer for Advance Consulting for Education (ACE) in Language Teaching and Technology, and the Curriculum Coordinator in the Languages Institute at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada.
Designing Well for Blended LearningInteractive workshop (60 min)PatriciaFahrniMOSAIC, VancouverIn this workshop, participants use MOSAIC guidelines to put together online activities to take back to their classrooms. Underlying theory is explained. Participants see samples in MOSAIC online classrooms.Patricia, Master of Distance Education, Athabasca University, TESOL, Intercultural Practitioner, has worked in Metro Vancouver in settlement language teaching, teacher training, and as Lead Online Learning Developer at MOSAIC Language Programs.
Cultural Interfaces in Language Teaching and LearningPaper / report (60 min)HerlyUrbiztondo-CerveraCalgary Immigrant Women Association (CIWA)Ric A. CerveraThe study analyzes language discourses as frameworks toward meaningful cultural exchanges which will be shown in a sample lesson plan. Herly Urbiztondo-Cervera Has been an associate professor in the Philippines with almost 10 years of teaching experience in the university. Among the subjects that she handled were research, communication, and media related studies. She was also involved in ESL program, facilitating conversation circles with Korean students. After migrating to Canada, she found a job as a LINC instructor. Moreover, she has presented papers in ACMC Media Studies, PALT Tri-International and in ATESL 2013. Presently, she's the Project Instructor of Food Service Industry Training at CIWA. She's interested in qualitative researches focusing more in language and cultural differences. Her academic degrees include: PhD major in Educational Management, M.A. in Language teaching (English), B.A. in Mass Communication and units in Secondary Education. She also earned certifications in Oxford TESOL/TESL and CILISAT for Cultural Interpretation Services for our Communities (CISOC). Ric A. Cervera Has taught in the Philippines with more than 15 years of experience in the university. His expertise includes Philosophy, Research, Bio-ethics, Language teaching, and Religious Education. He has served other positions as Department Head, Research and Planning Officer, and ISO team leader in his previous job. He has participated in both undergraduate and graduate school research/theses defense as evaluator, adviser and editor. He was also a co-presentor in ATESL 2013. At present, he's involved in the LINC program at the YMCA and CCIS, Calgary. Furthermore, he holds a PhD degree major in Educational Management, M.A. in Language teaching (English) and B.A. in Philosophy. He also earned certifications in Oxford TESOL/TESL and Adult Education in Mount Royal University, Calgary. His hobby includes gardening, collecting coins, and playing chess.
Generating 1000 Words: Using Images in the ClassroomInteractive workshop (60 min)SheriRhodesMount Royal UniversityThe inclusion of images can personalize lessons, prompt discussion and inspire ideas. This workshop outlines some tools available and ways to integrate images into the classroom. Prepare to join in!Sheri Rhodes (M.Ed. TESL) (Director, TESL Canada) has 20+ years' experience in language teaching and administration. She is an online trainer and course designer for Advance Consulting for Education (ACE) in Language Teaching and Technology, and the Curriculum Coordinator in the Languages Institute at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada.
Another Boring Writing Assignment? Take it up with Tech! Mini session (30 minutes)JulieClementsBow Valley CollegeThis session showcases an innovative learning module which takes a standard writing task to new levels by incorporating a variety of technologies in a multi-day lesson presented on a website.Julie is an ELL instructor at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta. She has ten years of teaching experience with the past six years being in ELL. She is currently working towards her Master's of Education Degree in English as a Second Language through the University of Calgary.
Interview Tips for LINC StudentsMini session (30 minutes)RosannaQuintieriUniversity of CalgarySarah Elaine Eaton, Ph.D., Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Combining technology in LINC classroom elevates learners' employability to new heights. This teaching idea incorporates mobile learning to record interviews and then is showcased on a Weebly.com website. Rosanna Quintieri is a program manager at University of Calgary Continuing Education in the business and professional programs area and a graduate student in the Werklund School of Education. She has enjoyed teaching LINC classes at the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary for many years. Sarah Elaine Eaton, Ph.D. is a sessional instructor in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She teaches Language Learning and Technology, among other courses. She supported Rosanna's development of this project and actively advocates for more meaningful integration of technology in the professional practice of language teachers.
Raising Awareness of Identity in Intercultural CommunicationPaper / report (60 min)YuyueZengNorthern Alberta Institute of TechnologySami GharianiThis presentation reports on an action research aiming to develop students' intercultural communicative competence and self-identity in language learning. Preliminary findings of the research will be shared. Yuyue Zeng is an ESL instructor at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and an active member of ATESL and TESL Canada. She holds a M.A in TESOL from Trinity Western University. She has spent over eight years teaching EFL/ ESL /EAP. Her research interests are identity and critical pedagogy. Sami Ghariani is an ESL instructor at NAIT. He has an experience of seventeen years in teaching English. He will submit his capping project for the Master’s of Education in the University of Alberta in April 2016. He is interested in intercultural communication and the perception of identity in discourse.
Parallels between ESL Instructors and Ultramarathoners Lightning Talk (400 seconds)LinhHuynhBow Valley CollegeAn enlightening and humorous look at the unlikely parallels between EFL instructors and ultra marathoners. Discover the skills that one EFL instructor used to become one of Canada's top extreme athletes. I've been teaching EFL for 9 years. I came to Canada as a refugee and always knew that I wanted to be an EFL instructor. In November of 2014, I became the first Canadian woman to complete the Four Deserts, a series of 250 km, 7 day self-supported ultra marathons.
Socialization into Academia through Multimodal MeaningMakingMini session (30 minutes)Fatemeh MohammadianHaghighiThe University of British Columbia (UBC)Nasim Peikazadi The University of British ColumbiaBased on Cummins' (2009) transformative multiliteracies pedagogy and theories of multimodal meaning-making we try to offer some suggestions that could ease the process of academic socialization for L2 learners. Fatemeh Mohammadian Haghighi is a graduate student in TESL program in Language and Literacy Education Department at the University of British Columbia. She is an ESL educator and language assessment professional. Nasim Peikazadi has recently received a Master of Education degree in Art Education from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests revolve around Internationalization of Higher Education, Community Service-Learning, Art Practices in Diaspora, and the Potentials of Visual Methodologies in Educational Research. Nasim Peikazadi is currently a PhD student in Educational Studies at UBC.
Advocating for Critical Pedagogy in ESLLightning Talk (400 seconds)GregOgilvieUniversity of LethbridgeThis lightning talk will introduce the tenets of critical pedagogy, outline its application in the language classroom, and provide a rationale for its inclusion in the second language curriculum. Greg Ogilvie is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. He has worked as a language teacher and teacher educator in Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Canada. His research interests include task-based language teaching and critical pedagogy.
Music in Language TeachingLightning Talk (400 seconds)RicCerveraCCISHow do we commemorate Remembrance Day in the classroom? Music is an interesting material that can be used to highlight this event. The talk will use a song to exemplify its significance.Ric A. Cervera Has taught in the Philippines with more than 15 years of experience in the university. His expertise includes Philosophy, Research, Bio-ethics, Language teaching, and Religious Education. He has served other positions as Department Head, Research and Planning Officer, and ISO team leader in his previous job. He has participated in both undergraduate and graduate school research/theses defense as evaluator, adviser and editor. He was also a co-presentor in ATESL 2013. At present, he's involved in the LINC program at the YMCA and CCIS, Calgary. Furthermore, he holds a PhD degree major in Educational Management, M.A. in Language teaching (English) and B.A. in Philosophy. He also earned certifications in Oxford TESOL/TESL and Adult Education in Mount Royal University, Calgary. His hobby includes gardening, collecting coins, and playing chess.
Exploring Pre-service Teachers' Perception of L2 MotivationPaper / report (60 min)TayebehShalmaniConcordia University / Calgary Immigrant Educational SocietyTayebeh Shalmani, M.A. in Applied Linguistics - Concordia University/Calgary Immigrant Educational Society Joanna White, PhD - Concordia University Teresa Hernandez Gonzalez, PhD - Concordia UniversityThis session will review current theories related to L2 motivation by drawing on an exploratory study that investigated pre-service ESL teachers' perception of this complex and multifaceted construct. Tayebeh Shalmani has recently completed her MA in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University and is currently working as a LINC program supervisor at Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. She is interested in bridging the gap between theory and practice in ESL classrooms by making ESL teachers aware of various second language acquisition theories. Joanna White is an associate professor in the Department of Education, Concordia University and Co-editor of the journal Language Awareness. In her teaching and research, she focuses on maximizing the benefits of instruction in second language classrooms for learners of different ages in a variety of instructional contexts. Dr. Teresa Hernandez Gonzalez is a senior lecturer in Department of Education at Concordia University. Her research interests include classroom questioning techniques, critical pedagogy, and the development of learning autonomy in young ESL students.
Three Strategies for Fostering Excellence in WritingMini session (30 minutes)John-PaulBakerCorpus AcademicsWhy are learners averse to taking risks in writing? Come explore three ways of promoting risk-taking – and excellence – in writing: positive feedback, a staged drafting process, and sentence-based exercises.John-Paul is half the consulting duo known as Corpus Academics, which provides teacher workshops and support, curriculum and resource development, and general consulting to educators, institutes, colleges, and publishers around the world. John-Paul's interests include writing, vocabulary development, cross-cultural communication, testing, process design, organizational development, and youth engagement.
Peer Observation: Becoming Part of a Learning CommunityLightning Talk (400 seconds)Rosa Maria Funderburk RazoFraser International CollegeThe experiences of ELT teacher-educators participating in a Peer Observation Project in central Mexico throw light on the challenges faculty face as they become part of a learning community.An experienced ELT practitioner and teacher trainer, she has taught in ESL and EFL scenarios and trained teachers of English. She believes in empowering students and teachers alike and is interested in dialogic teaching, teaching writing, and teachers' beliefs. She holds an MA in ELT from the University of Warwick.
Non-Native and Novice: Writing the Literature ReviewPaper / report (60 min)Rosa Maria Funderburk RazoFraser International CollegeSuccess in writing the literature review requires not only empowering learners as users of the language but looking into their previous experiences and how these may negatively impact their rhetorical choices. An experienced ELT practitioner and teacher trainer, she has taught in ESL and EFL scenarios and trained teachers of English. She believes in empowering students and teachers alike and is interested in dialogic teaching, teaching writing, and teachers' beliefs. She holds an MA in ELT from the University of Warwick.
Language Learning for Health: a collaborate effort between Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) LINC/ESL programs.Interactive poster session (90 min)JenniferMcKayOttawa Public Health (OPH) and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) LINC/ESL programsShirley GrahamLanguage Learning for Health, is a collaboration between OPH and OCDSB ESL/LINC to bring important health information to the adult newcomer and immigrant population in school board programs.Shirley Graham, ESL/LINC manager of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is a graduate of U of T and Vancouver Community College TESL program. She is TESL Ontario certified. Jennifer McKay is Supervisor for the adult ESL/LINC programs at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is a TESL Ontario accredited instructor.
What's in the news? A read and share strategyLightning Talk (400 seconds)HerlyUrbiztondo-CerveraCIWANewspaper is considered an important tool in engaging students' interest in learning. The "What's in the news?" will provide strategies worthy of reading and sharing in a multicultural classroom.Herly Urbiztondo-Cervera Has been an associate professor in the Philippines with almost 10 years of teaching experience in the university. Among the subjects that she handled were research, communication, and media related studies. She was also involved in ESL program, facilitating conversation circles with Korean students. After migrating to Canada, she found a job as a LINC instructor. Moreover, she has presented papers in ACMC Media Studies, PALT Tri-International and in ATESL 2013. Presently, she's the Project Instructor of Food Service Industry Training at CIWA. She's interested in qualitative researches focusing more in language and cultural differences. Her academic degrees include: PhD major in Educational Management, M.A. in Language teaching (English), B.A. in Mass Communication and units in Secondary Education. She also earned certifications in Oxford TESOL/TESL and CILISAT for Cultural Interpretation Services for our Communities (CISOC).
Promising Practices for Distributed Learning in ELLPaper / report (60 min)HanaImaiBow Valley CollegeDiane Hardy - Bow Valley College Veena Zarour-Murthy - Bow Valley College Jennifer Acevedo - Bow Valley College Glen Cochrane - Bow Valley CollegeThis presentation will highlight promising practices in distributed learning from the perspectives of program administration, design and development challenges, delivery enhancements, and the reduction of learner isolation.Hana Taleb Imai is a coordinator of Innovation and Research most recently her focus has been on creating online learning for faculty and learners in college career programs and in specific workplace contexts. Diane Hardy is a coordinator of Innovation and Research most recently her focus has been creating on online learning in a variety of ELL contexts. Veena Zarour-Murthy is an EAP instructor who has been working on developing an online training program for college career program instructors. Jennifer Acevedo is a curriculum designer who has recently worked on developing courses which are blended or online. Glen Cochrane is an online learning specialist who has most recently worked on developing and delivering workplace focussed online courses.
The Thought Group Pyramid: The Key to English RhythmMini session (30 minutes)SilviaRossiMount Royal UniversityThe thought group pyramid (or prosody pyramid) is a practical tool for understanding the fundamentals of English rhythm. Learn a two-part technique for integrating it into existing listening lessons. Silvia Rossi is responsible for teacher training and development at Mount Royal University's Languages Institute. She has a particular interest in the role of pronunciation in overall language proficiency.
Elevate Your Students' Vocabulary ProficiencyMini session (30 minutes)CarolSmythCentral Alberta Refugee EffortParticipants will be introduced to a vocabulary review system useful in every class from Literacy to EAP that will turn one hour of preparation into two weeks' worth of fun, energizing warm-up type activities. Carol Smyth has been teaching ESL to adults in various contexts for 13 years. She has also worked as LINC Coordinator, Certified CLB Assessor, and most recently as PBLA Lead Teacher. She is passionate about making the classroom a fun and exciting place to be.
Growing Intercultural Competence at your OrganizationInteractive poster session (90 min)TaslimDamjiMOSAICPresenting MOSAIC's solution to the increasing need to understand and navigate culturally diverse preferences. Growing intercultural competence in organizations will help ensure productivity and partnership.Taslim has a MA from King's College, London and 20 years of international teaching, training, research and management experience. She is a LINC Instructor at MOSAIC Language Programs in Vancouver. She is also a certified Intercultural Practitioner and works as a developer and facilitator at MOSAIC's Introduction to Intercultural Competency workshops.
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Using smartphone and tablets for pronunciation instructionMini session (30 minutes)JenniferFooteConcordiaThis session will offer practical ways to use tablets and smart phones to help learners improve their pronunciation using a pronunciation technique called shadowing. Jennifer is finishing her PhD at Concordia University in Montreal. She is interested in research related to pronunciation pedagogy and speech perception.
The Evolution of MCAP Interactive poster session (90 min)DeidreLakeMedical Communication Assessment Program (MCAP) The Medical Communication Assessment Program began as a pilot, became a highly recognized, successful performance-based model program then evolved into an online program. This session explores its’ evolution and efforts to become a sustainable.Deidre Lake (M.Ed. TESL) started her career teaching then specialized in performance/task based assessment. She’s managed various programs and has been a member of provincial and national advisory committees related to assessment, immigration, and integration. She currently works in the areas of curriculum design, research, and teaching via Communication4Integration.
Bringing Intercultural Competency into the LINC ClassroomInteractive workshop (60 min)TaslimDamjiMOSAIC/NorQuestSarah ApedaileThis process-oriented workshop on intercultural competency uses survey, case studies and activities to show participants how to work more effectively with newcomers and with multiple perspectives. Taslim has a MA from King's College, London and 20 years of international teaching, training, research and management experience. She is a LINC Instructor at MOSAIC Language Programs in Vancouver. She is also a certified Intercultural Practitioner and works as a developer and facilitator at MOSAIC's Introduction to Intercultural Competency workshops. Sarah is lead developer/instructor for the Intercultural Practitioner Certificate at NorQuest College, Edmonton. She holds a Masters in TESOL and an Intercultural Certificate (UBC). She is involved in applied research, developing curriculum and facilitating Intercultural development. Her work includes the Something's Up Cycle, Roots and Connections and Intersections Guide for Not for Profit Boards.
Navigating the InterviewDemonstration / Performance (60 min)Kerry LouwNorQuest College, Centre for Intercutlural EducationIn this session you will become familiar with our free online resources for teaching pragmatic skills to potential IEP job applicants (and HR interviewers). These resources include interview videos created to represent four diverse cultures being interviewed by a Canadian panel. In watching the videos and working through the guide for candidates you will become better prepared to support learners in preparing to communicate successfully in an interview. Through the activities learners experience different points of view and come to better navigate the unwritten rules of the Canadian interview process. In this demonstration we will begin by briefly discussing the theory behind the project and then you will use the videos and materials to experience firsthand how it feels to navigate different communication styles and responses to questions. We will close by sharing the facilitator/instructor's support materials and website location for these free online resources. This Centre for Intercultural Education, NorQuest College project was supported by the Government of Alberta, International Qualifications Assessment Services.Kerry Louw is English in the Workplace instructor and Intercultural Specialist with NorQuest College's Centre for Intercultural Education. Since joining the Center Kerry has led innovative applied research projects to integrate pragmatic and intercultural competence within resources and have facilitated intercultural and workplace English language workshops for numerous classes, instructors and corporate clients.
CELPIP Information Session - Get the Facts! Demonstration / Performance (60 min)Paragon TestingParagon TestingParagon TestingFind out about the format and scoring of the CELPIP test, learn about CELPIP performance expectations, and get an overview of CELPIP instructional materials. Paragon Testing
Building L2 Writing Skills Using Vocabulary and Grammar ResourcesDemonstration / Performance (60 min)Randi ReppenCambridge University PressIn this presentation, we will explore a range of tools and resources (both paper and online) to help learners develop skills and make connections between vocabulary, grammar, and academic writing. Examples are from Grammar and Beyond and online resources.Randi Reppen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Northern Arizona University where she teaches in the MA TESL and Applied Linguistics Ph.D. programs. She has extensive ESL and teacher training experience, including 11 years directing NAU’s Intensive English program. Randi’s main interests the use of corpus research to inform language teaching and for developing better language teaching materials. Recent publications include Using corpora in the Language Classroom, Grammar and Beyond, and the Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics (co-edited with Doug Biber). In her spare time, Randi enjoys outdoor activities, especially, biking, Nordic skiing and tennis.
Designing a task sequence: from priming activities to target tasks and their implementationInteractive workshop (60 min)Jane WillisNAParticipants should seat themselves with people who work in a similar teaching context. I will give a brief introduction, then groups will each decide on a topic suitable for their learners, e.g. families, pets, local transport, preparations for winter, TV drama, managing meetings, refugee camp design, or a theme from a text or a text book. I will introduce my ‘task generator’ and give some examples of task sequences that teachers in different countries have tried successfully. Participants will brainstorm and devise a sequence of different types of tasks that will encourage their learners to put to use whatever English they know. They will then select from these the best tasks for priming and preparation activities (some of which could be done out of class to save class time) and use a list of 6 criteria to evaluate and refine their target task. The group ‘secretary’ will write these up, ordering them into a graded task sequence with opportunities for varied language use. Groups will report their task sequence to the whole group orally, with related comments and questions taken as they arise. Ideas for language focus and form focus will be added in at relevant points. We will round up with a WHAT NEXT? discussion and decide how best to disseminate results so as to encourage other teachers to collaborate and try out some task sequences. Jane Willis worked extensively overseas as a language teacher and trainer. She later joined Aston University, tutoring on their Masters in TESOL programmes. Now semi-retired, she lives in the English Lake District and works as an ELT consultant, runs workshops for FLteachers and teaches Tai Chi. Her prize-winning books include English for Primary Teachers (with Mary Slattery) and Teachers Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching (with Corony Edwards). Doing Task-based Teaching (OUP) was co-authored with her late husband, Dave Willis, whose final work she has just completed and published as Winning the Grammar Wars: what grammar really is and how we use it .