Upcoming Webinars

March 22

What You Need to Know about Academic Writing by NS and NNS

March 29

Six Things you Need to Use "Hot Potatoes Facelift"

April 23

How to Create an Online Shop for Your Digital ESL Courses

April 30

Critical Thinking in a Business English Environment

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What You Need to Know about Academic Writing by NS and NNS

Academic writing

When: March 22, 2017 - 7 pm - 8 pm
Presenter: Lisa Smith, OCELT

Webinar Description:
Do you teach academic writing to non-native speakers (NNS)? Has writing from sources been a challenge to teach? If so, then this is the webinar for you.

Learn about the processes and understanding of writing from sources among native speakers (NS) and NNS through empirical data that reveal fundamental problems related to quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, as well as the overarching recognition of the purpose of academic writing.

This webinar will explore the following:

  • Why is writing from sources an issue for NS and NNS alike?
  • Empirical study of NS and NNS approach to writing from sources
  • Summary of findings as platform for discussion of salient patterns
  • Suggested practical steps Discussion of best practices

Presenter's bio: 
Lisa Smith has a master’s degree in TESL from Brock University, where she also received TESL certification. She has lengthy professional experience with various aspects of academic composition among L2 students, including the challenges of writing from sources.

She is currently an ESL instructor for the Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, as well as an educational consultant who works with independent schools in the U.S. to assess English language skills of prospective NNS students for admission purposes. She is also a member of the executive of TESL Niagara.

Formerly, Lisa was a high school teacher of history and English for ESL students in the U.S., where she also worked in an administrative capacity, mainly with international students who planned to continue their studies at U.S. universities. While living in Greece for two and a half years, Lisa prepared students for the TOEFL and Cambridge Proficiency Exam.

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Six Things You Need to Use “Hot Potatoes Facelift”

Hot Potatoes

When: March 29, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Presenter: John Allan

Webinar Description:
Are you looking for a way to create assessment activities quickly? This free authoring program, Hot Potatoes, offers more than ten variations of electronic quizzing. Learn more about this tool that now has a more contemporary look and feel, as well as responsive design to accommodate tablets and hand held devices.

In this webinar, the session facilitator will provide six key ingredients that will make your development of learning objects hassle free and more dynamic. Join your peers for this webinar.

The session is based on a series of "instructor friendly" quick guides that can be accessed through links provided at the session.

The presenter will:

  • provide an overview of Hot Potatoes and what it can do for language instructors
  • introduce the process of installing the new Facelift
  • describe how to take advantage of the Facelift
  • show instructors how to incorporate media into these activities
  • explain how published projects can be shared with students
  • demonstrate the use of The Masher
  • share examples of learning activities created this term at his college
  • provide links to these resources

Presenter's bio: 
John Allan is an EFL instructor and learning materials designer at the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar campus. He has been developing learning objects for a technical training ESP program using Hot Potatoes as well as other tools.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnharoldallan

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How to Create an Online Shop for Your Digital ESL Courses

When: April 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmOnline Store
Presenter: Ronen Geisler, OCELT

Webinar Description:
Do you create lesson plans that others admire? Are you interested in creating an income source by selling your lesson plans online? Are you wondering how to get started? If so, this webinar is for you.

In this webinar, you will learn how ESL professionals can create an online store. It can be an excellent opportunity to increase your revenue pathways from teaching.

This webinar is suitable for those who are at a beginner level of proficiency with technology.

The presenter will step you through how to setup, launch, and operate a fully functional e-commerce store. You will learn how to:

  • create the online store environment
  • upload your lessons for purchase
  • display and distribute your lessons
  • create a shopping cart and checkout for learners
  • connect your store to Facebook, Pinterest, and other sales channels
  • market your store to other ESL professionals

Presenter's bio: 
Ronen Geisler, OCELT, OCT has been teaching English for over 10 years, in Canada and China. He is the host of Learn English Funcast, an iTunes podcast. This podcast teaches English through laughter, using jokes he reads and explains to listeners. In 2016, he developed an online course for Canadian newcomers. He enjoys using the latest technology and tools for his teachings.

Twitter: @happyronen

Website: www.englishfuncast.com

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Critical Thinking in a Business English Environment

Hot Potatoes

When: April 30, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Atif Malik, OCELT

Webinar Description:
Are you preparing students for the business world in an ESL academic environment? Are you looking for ways to vary delivery of content? If so, join us for this webinar.

Business English students are technology savvy and have access to various applications that can help them with vocabulary and grammar. As teachers, we must go beyond that and create lessons that foster the use of critical thinking.

In this webinar, participants will discuss some practical activities that integrate critical thinking skills into a task-based Business English curriculum.

This webinar will explore the following:

  • what is critical thinking?
  • the different levels of critical thinking and how to engage students at all levels
  • task-based language teaching
  • practical examples of activities/lessons that can be implemented in a business context; for example, fallacies and persuasive appeals

Presenter's bio: 
Atif Malik
has been teaching for over 10 years in both Canada and the Middle East. He is a TESL Ontario certified and accredited member with a CELTA and TESL diploma. He is currently finishing his Masters in TESL and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program.

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