The TESL Ontario Blog Project was created because of the TESL Ontario members’ strong community engagement. In 2013, members made it known that they wished to have a forum to share resources and learn from others’ experiences. Since 2014, we’ve been making it happen.
- To provide resources for TESL Ontario members by TESL Ontario members
- To share experiences and educational tips
- To open up dialogue and enhance learning for both students and educators
Who We Are
The blog is administered by Beth Beardall, Elyse Borgdoff, Jessica Freitag, Claire Green, Gordon Hatt, Sarah Martinez, Andrew Shedden, and Sharon White, and contains posts from a diverse group of Guest Bloggers, who post regularly throughout their one-year publishing terms, and Occasional Bloggers (Guest Contributors).
|Hi! My name is Sarah and I’m a Guest Blog Administrator. I am currently completing a B.A. in Communication Studies, and I am a freelance eLearning developer. I earned my TESL Certification two years ago. While studying Spanish I discovered a passion for language and teaching, and have since been volunteering my time to help newcomers to Canada learn English. I am fascinated with how the human mind can go from studying a language to becoming fluent, and discovering the best channels to help others make this transition with confidence.|
|Hi! I’m Andrew Shedden. and I’m the IT Administrator & Social Media Lead for the TESL Ontario Blog. Like most people, I fell into ESL by accident. I was preparing to apply for my Master’s in history and decided I wanted to teach in Japan beforehand as a vacation. I got a CELTA degree so I would know what this teaching thing is all about, but one thing led to another and although I never actually made it to Japan as a teacher (or applied for a Master’s program), I’ve been teaching ESL ever since!
For the past 10 years, I’ve been teaching EAP at various schools around Ontario. I love the focus on academic writing and reading, since I can vicariously go back to university through my students. (I do miss it!) My other professional love is computers. I’ve been obsessed with them since I was 3, and I’m always trying to learn more about how to incorporate them into my classes.
|Blog Engagement Administrator: My name is Gordon Hatt. My background is in Art History. I worked in the field of public art for 35 years as a curator, visual arts essayist, and arts administrator before getting my TESL certification. I live in Kitchener where I currently teach English as a volunteer with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Reception House and with private students.|
This blog is a project of TESL Ontario.