Upcoming Webinars

February 22

Promoting Health Information with Adult English Language Learners

February 26

Google Slides: G Suite Tools for ESL

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"


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Promoting Health Information with Adult English Language Learners


When: February 22, 2017 - 7 pm - 8 pm
Presenter: Shannon Carney and Jodie Brant

Webinar Description:
Are you looking for new content for teaching health to your learners? Learn more about free teaching tools available to integrate key health messages with your adult language learners. Join us for this webinar.

Our two presenters, Jodie Brant and Shannon Carney, are public health nurses at Toronto Public Health. Jodie and Shannon will review Toronto Public Health's new approach to working with ESL instructors. They will:

  • provide an overview of TPH services, as well as the services available from local public health units,
  • explain how integrating chronic disease and injury prevention health messages into ESL classrooms can help improve health outcomes for newcomers to Canada,
  • review the free ESL health resources available,
  • share testimonials from ESL instructors who have integrated the resources into their work, and,
  • provide a link to access these resources.

Presenter's bios: 
Jodie Brant is a public health nurse for Toronto Public Health. She has a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and has worked for Toronto Public Health's Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention program for 11 years. Prior to this, Jodie worked on a general medicine floor at Mount Sinai hospital and as a home visiting nurse in Etobicoke.

Shannon Carney is a health promotion specialist for the City of Toronto. She has a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Arts. She has worked for Toronto Public Health for more than 8 years in chronic disease prevention. Prior to this, Shannon worked for more than three years at Duke University Medical Centre as a staff and charge nurse in general medicine.

Toronto Public Health website: http://www.toronto.ca/health

Follow Toronto Public Health on social media:

Twitter: @TOPublicHeath
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torontopublichealth


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Google Slides: G Suite Tools for ESL

Best Practices Webinar Series


When: February 26, 2017 - 7 pm - 8 pm
Presenter: Anna Bartosik

Webinar Description:
On January 29 we introduced the Best Practices webinars with G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education - GAFE). This webinar will now focus on the use of Google Slides, including a comparison with its counterpart, Microsoft PowerPoint. Join us to expand your range of tools to share in the ESL classroom.

Online technology tools for learning continue to develop and grow.  Enabling learners to communicate with each other using platforms that they are likely to encounter in higher education or in the workplace gives learners opportunities to develop essential skills.

G Suite for Education includes a collection of applications, or tools, that have relevance for the learners in and out of the classroom.

In this webinar, the presenter will:

  • examine Google Slides and how this app can be integrated into the classroom
  • discuss the differences and advantages of Google Slides over PowerPoint
  • highlight the multi-user collaborative nature of Google Slides, including how users can access and edit slide decks at the same time
  • outline and demonstrate the other features of Google Slides
  • include a hands-on interactive group activity

Presenter's bio:
Anna Bartosik
has 20 years of combined experience as a LINC Instructor and ESL teacher; Anna currently teaches in the EAP program at Sheridan College. She co-produces, moderates, and sometimes delivers webinars for TESL Ontario. Her volunteer work includes Communications Chair for the Peel Halton Etobicoke TESL affiliate; she occasionally tweets as a member of the TESL Ontario Social Content Committee.

Anna’s interest in collaborative classroom learning has led to her exploration of etools and educational technology. Please join her in her enthusiasm for eliminating paper and encouraging active participation in what used to be “lab activities”.

Twitter: @ambartosik
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/annabartosik
Blog: https://annabartosik.wordpress.com/author/ambartosik/

Funded by:

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The Best Practices webinar series is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and will be supporting a directory of best practices documents that are currently under development.


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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

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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