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TESL Ontario

TESL Ontario, established in 1972, is a non-profit organization serving the needs of teachers of English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development. In its commitment to professional development and advocacy, TESL Ontario addresses the range of competencies, experiences, and issues which influence the success of immigrants, refugees, visa students, and others who are learning English.

Chair’s Message

Sheila Nicholas

While the 42nd TESL Ontario conference is behind us, I am certain that the great ideas that were shared will continue to inspire us well into the next year. Thank you to all the presenters, panelists, vendors and sponsors whose contributions and participation were integral to our success this year. A special thanks to the Conference Committee delivering a high quality conference despite encountering some unexpected challenges this year. If you would like to see pictures form our 2014 TESL Ontario Conference, go to .

2015 TESOL Convention

2015 TESOL Conference

Click here for more information about the conference.


Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is pleased to announce the publication of Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL). It is a comprehensive document to support program administrators, curriculum developers and teachers in the instruction of English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners with limited or no literacy skills — as well as ESL learners who are literate in a non-Roman alphabet. The development of the document was funded by the Government of Manitoba and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

CCLB is currently seeking project funding to trans-adapt the document into French.

Invitation to Apply for CCLB Board of Directors

CCLB is inviting applications to fill vacancies on its pan-Canadian Board of Directors.

Appointments to the CCLB Board are made by the Board on recommendations from the Nominating and Board Evaluation Committee using a transparent set of criteria. The term for all positions is three years, starting in June 2015, renewable once. The Board meets four times a year. All CCLB Board members participate on their own behalf and not on behalf of their employer or any organization.

Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) 2015

The next Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC 2015) (, the annual conference of the International Language Testing Association (, will take place at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, from March 18-20, with pre-conference workshops on March 16 and 17.

Keeping the Settlement/Immigration/Refugee Sectors in the CLEO Loop

1. CLEO is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication:

Not a Canadian citizen? Why you should think about applying now (August 2014)
The laws about Canadian citizenship are changing. It will be harder to get and keep Canadian citizenship. Our new publication explains why some permanent residents may want to apply before the laws change and why it is important to get legal advice before deciding.

Contact Fall Issue

The fall issue of CONTACT TESL Ontario Magazine is published.

Click here to read it.

TESOL 2015 Conference in Singapore Call For Proposals

LINC Conference Assistance Program

Dear TESL Ontario Members,

As you may know, Citizenship and Immigration Canada decided not to fund conference assistance for LINC and ELT teachers to attend the 2014 TESL Ontario conference.

Here is the exchange of correspondence between TESL Ontario and Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding this decision.

Email from CIC to TESL Ontario on August 11, 2014
Letter from TESL Ontario to CIC on August 13, 2014
Letter from CIC to TESL Ontario on September 11, 2014
Letter from TESL Ontario to CIC on September 24, 2014
Letter from CIC to TESL Ontario on November 28, 2014


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