Need PD, no budget? Consider a MOOC.

A MOOC or massive open online course is a course that is open to the public and is typically free of charge. Are there MOOCs for Language Instructors? There are thousands of MOOCs. I have found a variety of useful English language teaching courses.

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Anaphylaxis in the Classroom – Do you know what to do?

Food allergies are on the rise, so it’s safe to say that you may know at least one person who has to stay away from common or obscure dietary allergens and intolerances.  With both adults and children affected, (mine included), you will inevitably come across someone dealing with food allergies in your classroom. In fact, […]

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Calling our students by their names

~A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But would it, really? My name, Jennifer, comes from the Welsh Gwenhwyfar. It means “white wave” or “fair lady.” Although I don’t see myself as a “lady,” I do like the rhythmic majesty of “wave.” The tumbling, repetitive motion of it. But if it weren’t […]

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The Top Five Ways to Support ESL Learners

Do you feel uncomfortable when you visit a new place? I imagine how our students feel when they arrive to Canada. Not only are they here to learn English, but they’re also here to adapt to an unfamiliar culture. Speaking from experience as a current ESL teacher and a former ESL learner, I thought I’d […]

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TESL WW, May 2017 Conference: Thinking Critically

Teaching critical thinking through reading in the information age Attending PD conferences of your local chapter of TESL Ontario is a great way to meet other teachers, network, and learn new ideas and techniques to add to your teaching toolbox. On May 13th, I attended the Waterloo-Wellington Spring AGM and PD event. The theme was […]

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Looking at ESL from an International Perspective

I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the ACPI-TESOL National Conference in Costa Rica earlier this month.  Although it was a relatively small conference (under 60 participants), the organizers were able to attract presenters from the U.S., Panama, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and UAE (and me from Canada). I believe as teachers, we can always […]

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Pragmatically Speaking

For the last 8 or 9 years I have been working in programs that deliver language instruction to adult newcomers who have language levels above CLB 7.  These people have high levels of education and have been professionally trained.  When I first started working with this demographic of students, I struggled with creating content that […]

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 An Active Start to the Academic Year

  Another school year is just around the corner. Teachers (me included) are bound to be planning for that first week where we set the mood of how learning will happen in and out of our classrooms. Last year, I wrote about ‘get-to-know activities’[1], but these are just some of the many introductory activities we […]

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