The TESL Ontario conference team is eagerly anticipating the 42nd annual conference for ESL professionals. The theme, “Integrating Language and Transcending Boundaries”, aptly describes the current thinking in the world of ESL. If the goal of our programs is to help immigrants settle into their communities then we must accept that language is but one step along the pathway. In striving to meet their goals they will most likely need to transcend multiple boundaries along their path.
The conference pathway, while linear for many years will be changing once again. While we will continue to be hosted at Sheraton Centre Toronto for accommodations and the Friday evening dinner, the conference will be located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in the South Building. MTCC is a short walk under or above ground from the Sheraton and will provide large breakout rooms in a bright spacious environment. With food services easily accessible, lunches will not be included, but you will be able to enjoy complimentary coffee breaks each morning and afternoon. In order for you to create your own agenda, there will not be a scheduled lunch break; you will be able to choose when or if you want a break or if you want to maximize your education time.
The call for submissions has been posted, so if you haven’t already done so, give some thought to what you might want to present. Consider co-presenting if you aren’t comfortable on your own. Check out this brief video that will inspire you to share your expertise.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for ongoing updates.