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Friday, October 18
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday October 18, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Welcome Address: Endangered Languages
Introducing a free online digital literacy resource for participants and organizations. NICO prepares learners for online classes. NICO teaches learners the skills they need to succeed in an online class such as computer skills, time management, and study skills.

Speakers
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Dr. K. David Harrison

Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom

9:25am

Best Practice for Teaching Listening to Adult Literacy
Ten best practices for teaching listening to adult literacy learners will be presented to inform classroom instruction by offering practical perception activities within a metacognitive approach. The best practices are the result of a synthesis of second-language listening and ESL literacy literature in Wells’ MEd TESL capstone project.

Speakers
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Tammy Wells

ECSD - Sacred Heart Foundations Program
Tammy Wells is a 2019 graduate from the University of Alberta's MEd TESL program. She is currently working as a 3L LINC literacy instructor in ECSD's Sacred Heart Foundations Program in Edmonton. She has also taught Foundations, CLB 1L, and sewing to newcomers.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Lakeview

9:25am

Continuing Professional Development in Today’s Complex Dynamic English Language Teaching Profession
In today's complex and dynamic English language teaching profession it is important to intentionally and strategically forge a relevant and personally meaningful continuing professional development (CPD) path. This session explores CPD within the current realities of the profession, in contrast to the outdated “one-size-fits-all” CPD model the profession has outgrown.

Speakers
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Judy Sillito

Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative
Judy Sillito (MEd). For 38 years, Judy has worked in English language education in various capacities – teacher, program developer, manager – in programs ranging from LINC to EWP to arts-based and literacy-focused community-based learning initiatives. She currently manages an... Read More →
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Dianne Tyers

Advance Consulting for Education, Inc.
Dianne Tyers (MBA, PhD) has had a long career in English language teaching that spans Canada and the globe. Dianne Tyers is the researcher on the TESL Canada Professional Standards for the TESL Sector in Canada project. She is the President and CEO of Advance Consulting for Education... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Eau Claire North

9:25am

An Open Source Digital Literacy Curriculum for Low Literacy Newcomers
Introducing a free online digital literacy resource for participants and organizations. NICO prepares learners for online classes. NICO teaches learners the skills they need to succeed in an online class such as computer skills, time management, and study skills.

Speakers
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Olivia Chen

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Olivia, from The Immigrant Education Society, has six years’ experience as a program manager with a non-profit organization. She has experience managing the LINC program and overseeing the LINC home study program. She is a PhD student of Language and Literacy.
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Jayne Crawford

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Jayne began teaching children, but venturing to Korea sparked her interest in technology and eLearning while teaching adults. Currently she’s developing online programs and teaching LINC Home Study at TIES.
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Christine Do

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Christine, from The Immigrant Education Society, has seven years of non-profit experience. Her previous positions include teaching computer and internet basics to ESL learners and working as a Training and Development Coordinator. As a Training and Development coordinator, she worked... Read More →
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Alicia Romero

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Alicia holds a M. Ed in Distance Education degree from Athabasca University. For over seven years, she has developed online courses for a variety of fields and industries.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Eau Claire South

9:25am

Inclusion and Diversity Curriculum Set
ISANS developed curriculum to teach how to respectfully communicate about difficult topics. It teaches: (1) language to discuss discrimination, and inclusion, (2) Canadian human rights and history, (3) strategies to understand different values, and (4) inclusive language for disabilities, mental illnesses, Indigenous Peoples, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity. CLB 5+.

Speakers
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Rowan Furlotte

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Rowan Furlotte has been passionately teaching EAL for more than 4 years and has also worked as a curriculum developer creating materials focusing on inclusion and diversity to help newcomers integrate into Canadian society. Most recently, Rowan and their colleague Kate presented at... Read More →
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Kate Ross

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
With more than 6 years of teaching EAL and a background in sociology, teaching newcomers has become a great passion of Kate Ross's. Kate has had the privilege to contribute to the social and cultural awareness in ISANS classes and is dedicated to the support of Canada’s immigra... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Mount Royal

9:25am

More Voices: Engaging Community in the Language Learning Process
We believe that participation with the Canadian community can and should be part of language learning at all levels, from literacy to CLB 3. We will discuss what we do to engage community, prepare students, run activities and volunteering, do follow-up and how we link these activities to PBLA.

Speakers
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Rachel Ingram

Flexibility Learning Systems
Rachel Ingram has taught LINC at Flexibility Learning Systems for ten years. In that time, she has taught literacy to a CLB 3 but is currently working with CLB 2 and 3 students. She likes painting and training Brazilian jiu jitsu.
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Amanda Thom

Flexibility Learning Systems
Amanda Thom has taught LINC at Flexibility Learning Systems for four years. She has taught literacy at different levels but now works with foundation literacy students. She likes reading, hiking and camping.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Rideau

9:25am

Stepping Stones to Literacy
Drawing on the recent Bow Valley College resource, A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy, and post-TESL professional development courses, this workshop gives a research-based and practical overview of teaching ESL literacy. We will explore what it means to develop literacy and discuss integrating literacy skill development into meaning-focused instruction.

Speakers
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Emily Albertsen

Bow Valley College
Emily Albertsen is an ESL literacy instructor at Bow Valley College. She was a writer of Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook and A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy. She has contributed to national projects including ESL for ALL and The ESL for ALL Support Kit.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Banff

9:25am

Top Five Self-Reflective Assessments
This interactive presentation highlights current best practices of reflective self-assessments for the ELL classroom. We will explore and create tools designed to focus on awareness raising whereby students self-monitor and reflect on their own learning strategies and progress. Participants will leave with concrete strategies to use in their own classrooms.

Speakers
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Lorelei Anselmo

University of Calgary
A sessional instructor with the English Language Program at the University of Calgary. Teaches international students academic and research writing as well as reading and vocabulary skills. Has developed courses that focus on writing skills and supports new ELL teachers as a practicum... Read More →
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Judy Van Bruggen

University of Calgary
A sessional instructor with the English Language Program at the University of Calgary. Teaches integrated skills in grammar, reading and writing and speaking and listening to higher education ELL students. In addition, facilitates courses for new ELL teachers.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Bonavista

9:25am

Using Gmail in LINC Classrooms (Literacy and Regular Stream)
Using Gmail in low-level LINC classes is possible! In this presentation, you will learn about how you can help your students create their own accounts and a variety of classroom appropriate activities you can do with Gmail. Come check out some sample assessments and how to tie it into PBLA.

Speakers
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Karen Alvarado

ECSD LINC
Karen Alvarado has been teaching with LINC since 2015. She has taught from Low-level Literacy L1 up to CLB 4, and is currently teaching CLB 3, in the evenings.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Lake Louise

9:25am

Don’t Phorget about Phonics!
Phonics is an essential part of learning to read English. This workshop will outline objectives, activities and resources that can be used to teach phonics to Literacy and low level LINC classes. You will be expected to participate in discussion and activities.

Speakers
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Donna Clarke

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Donna Clarke has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and has been an ESL instructor for over 20 years. She has been working with Literacy students for 10 years and is currently a Literacy Lead at CIES in Calgary.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Nakiska

9:25am

Engaging Learners in the Assessment Process (PBLA)
This session explores a variety of strategies to engage learners in the assessment process and improving learner achievement within a Portfolio Based Language Assessment classroom. It is from   the PD series developed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB).

Speakers
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Carly Whitley

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks
Carly Whitley is a PBLA Lead teacher from Cohort One and currently working with the YMCA Calgary.


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Bow Valley

10:10am

Nutrition Break
Friday October 18, 2019 10:10am - 10:25am
Open

10:25am

Learners Access to Healthcare: Insights from Health Literacy Partnership Participants
Come hear about a local partnership between healthcare practitioners and adult ESOL literacy learners and instructors. The project aims to improve health literacy outcomes of multi-barriered immigrants and refugees. Insights from participant’s focus groups reveal opportunities to improve access to services and engage in meaningful, shared learning.

Speakers
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Monica Leong

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association
Monica Leong, independent contractor and program coordinator of the Health Literacy Partnership at Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, began her teaching career 25 years ago and completed an M.A. in Education at the University of Calgary in 2005. She is passionate about working... Read More →
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Ashna Maredia

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
Ashna Maredia is the Project Lead of the Health Literacy Partnership project at Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. She is also currently doing a Master’s in Medical Science at the University of Calgary in cardiovascular and epigenetic research. In her voluntary service, she... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Mount Royal

10:25am

Researching the Effects of the Blended Learning Approach in LINC
This session presents findings of a study investigating the effects of blended learning for:
a) benefits to English language learning of LINC 
students;
b) for students’ participation and retention in LINC; and,
c) for developing self-efficacy or confidence for using technology to learn 
English and for other settlement purposes.

Speakers
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Augusta Avram

New Language Solutions
Augusta Avram is an educator interested in the impact technology has on the way we learn, connect, and share our voices. She works at Burnaby District School Board and Vancouver Community College.
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Matthias Strum

New Language Solutions
Matthias Sturm is a researcher/evaluator for LearnIT2teach and a Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University. Matthias is interested in adult literacy, language learning, and digital equity.


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Lake Louise

10:25am

Top Module Plans on Tutela
Are you teaching a new level? Do you spend a lot of time creating modules? Look no further! In this session, you will -preview the top 10 module plans on Tutela for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Literacy.

Speakers
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Diane Ramanathan

Tutela.ca
Diane Ramanathan is one of two community outreach coordinators for Tutela. She also works as a LINC Home Study online instructor for TCET and a TESL Prof for Algonquin College.


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Banff

10:25am

The Language of Inclusion: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Teaching Materials for CLB 3-6
Our panel of curriculum developers will discuss a one-year project designing CLB 3-6 content on a variety of topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Ready-made/editable lessons will be discussed including tips for teaching on diversity-related themes such as: LGBTQ2S+, disability, race, ethnicity, mental health, age and intersectionality.

Presenters include: Stacy Norrbom, Gregory Ogilvie, Sara Gnida, Renuka Jantz, Corenna Buckler, Alex Marshall, Alexander Donovan, Deema Abushaban, and Mandy Hong.
Moderator: Erin Waugh

Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Rideau

10:25am

Evaluating CLB 3 and 4 Writing Tasks and Student Samples
Back by popular demand! In this interactive workshop, participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to create benchmark-level appropriate writing tasks at CLB 3 and 4. We will discuss the hallmark characteristics of these levels before evaluating a few teacher-generated real-world assessment task samples and student writing.

Speakers
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Sabine Ricioppo

University of Alberta
Sabine Ricioppo, completed her M.Ed. in TESL in 2009 and has since worked as a language assessor, ESL/LINC teacher, lead teacher, and ESL consultant. She has offered numerous PBLA-related workshops and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Measurement, Evaluation and Data Science... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Bow Valley

10:25am

Pause for Presence: Fostering Well-Being and Connectedness in Academic Settings
Teaching is a WE (not ME) profession. Not only does collaboration reduce workload and promote a sense of connectedness, but working together also fosters well-being. This hands-on workshop will feature some wellness practices utilized regularly by several NorQuest College instructors via a group meditation activity called “Pause for Presence”.

Speakers
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Joanne Abramyk

NorQuest College
Joanne Abramyk is a LINC instructor at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta, where she models lifelong learning to her students. She has taught levels Pre-Benchmark to CLB 6. In the past she has worked on curriculum and was a team lead in the LINC program at her college.
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Shay Ayers

NorQuest College
Shay Ayers has been teaching ESL for 21 years. She has embraced the practice of mindfulness both professionally and personally. Shay practices both Transcendental Meditation and Qigong, which she has implemented into the classroom to help alleviate test taking anxiety. 
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Krista Schwabl

NorQuest College
Krista Schwabl has been teaching for 28 years, and is an instructor at NorQuest College. Advocating for the well-being of her colleagues is a top priority at this stage in her teaching career, and she utilizes mindfulness-meditation practices, along with Reiki and Numa Breathwork... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Eau Claire South

10:25am

Teaching the ESL Classroom Using Web Resources
Teaching ESL in Canada involves extensive research and planning. Finding Canadian resources is a gruesome task, because the available materials are American or British. This hands-on workshop will give you tools to teach interesting and interactive lessons in the ESL classroom and easily adapt internet resources to the Canadian context.

Speakers
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Maria Dumitrescu

Global Village Calgary
An experienced ESL/ELL teacher, Maria has worked in the settlement sector for the past 16 years in various capacities: ESL/LINC instructor, curriculum developer, program coordinator. Maria is a published author in the fields of ESL and literacy and a self-published author, running... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Eau Claire North

10:25am

Using Canadian Language Benchmarks to Assess and Create Speaking Tasks
This workshop is an opportunity to view various authentic speaking interviews and discuss the speaker’s strengths and abilities relative to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Practical discussion will focus on classroom activities that correspond to the Benchmarks represented.

Speakers
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Karen Marke

Catholic Social Services
Karen Marke is a Language Assessor with LARCC (Language Assessment, Referral and Counselling Centre) at Catholic Social Services in Edmonton. She is a certified assessor for CLBPT, CLBA, CLB-LPT and CELBAN.
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Salwa Mohamud

Catholic Social Services
Salwa Mohamud is a LINC Instructor at Sacred Heart Foundations LINC Schools. She is also a certified CLBPT, CLBA, CLB-LPT and CELBAN assessor with LARCC. She acquired a Master of Education in Teaching English as Additional Language from the University of Calgary.
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Alison Vickerson

Catholic Social Services
Alison is the CLB Consultant for the LINC Programs in Edmonton, AB. She is a certified PBLA Lead Instructor and has worked with PBLA in LINC since 2013.


Friday October 18, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Bonavista

11:20am

Establishing a Language Learning Centre: Impact, Lessons & Building Community
This session overviews the establishment of a Language Learning Centre, a self-access support centre for EAP students, and how it has evolved to become a student hub offering a range of activities. Survey data on student perceptions on a number of aspects of the Centre will also be discussed.

Speakers
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Joe Dobson

Thompson Rivers University
Joe Dobson is a Senior Lecturer at Thompson Rivers University and the facilitator of the Language Learning Centre. He is a past president of BC TEAL and has been teaching languages for 25 years.
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Nguyen Hoang Le Giang

Thompson Rivers University
Nguyen Hoang Le Giang graduated from the Master of Education at Thompson Rivers University in 2019 complimenting his previous MATESOL from Australia and is beginning his PhD at Brock University in fall 2019.
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Dian Henderson

Thompson Rivers University
Dian Henderson has been an educator for more than 30 years, working with students from elementary to teacher training. By exploring non-traditional approaches to education, Dian has discovered a means to enhance student voice and interest in writing and self-expression.
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Jack Massalski

Thompson Rivers University
Jack Massalski has been involved in teaching ESL, curriculum development, and teacher training for over 20 years. He teaches EAP at Thompson Rivers University where he applies his passion for educational technology to developing online learning tools.


Friday October 18, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Mount Royal

11:20am

Four Easy Apps to Kickstart Technology in the ESL Classroom
In this presentation two EAP instructors will introduce several free apps/websites and show how to use them to maximize class time. Socrative, the Vocabulary Levels Test, Quizlet, and Kahoot effectively engage learners while allowing instructors to collect diagnostic information and results, practice vocabulary and collocations, assess progress, and facilitate feedback.

Speakers
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Sofia Elgueta Duplancic

University of Alberta
Sofia Elgueta Duplancic is a University of Alberta EAP Instructor. She is interested in the use of technology and games in the ESL classroom, optimising formative feedback, student engagement, and global citizenship.
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Denise Lo

University of Alberta
Denise Lo has taught EAP at the University of Alberta for the past 12 years and has a keen interest in educating with technololgy. She has worked on the EAP curriculum and recently developed a blended online grammar module.


Friday October 18, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Banff

11:20am

Teaching English Speech Acts
In this presentation I will share with the audience the materials and methods my graduate students and I have used in teaching compliments, refusals and apologies to Chinese English learners.

Speakers
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Dr. Jun Deng

Central South University
Jun Deng obtained her Ph.D degree in TESOL at the University of Alberta in 2015. She is an associate professor at Central South University (China). Her research interests include intercultural communication and pragmatics.


Friday October 18, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Lake Louise

11:20am

Presenting ‘Evolve’, an Innovative Approach to get Students Speaking with Confidence
Evolve in a six-level English course for adults that covers all skills, taking students from beginner to advanced levels (CEFR A1 to C1 or CLB 4-9). Join our session to learn how we addressed four common issues in today’s classroom with our new and innovative program Evolve!

Speakers
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Amanda Henry

Cambridge University Press
Amanda Henry is the Executive Product Marketing Manager with NELSON. She has over 15 years of experience in the publishing industry and is always interested in speaking with educators about resources to support teaching and learning.


Friday October 18, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Lakeview

12:05pm

Lunch
Friday October 18, 2019 12:05pm - 1:15pm
Grand Ballroom

12:40pm

Improving learner self-confidence in the LINC/ESL classroom
Self-confidence is something ESL learners lack when they start the language learning journey. No matter what level they are, self doubt makes them feel like learning English is an uphill battle.  In this presentation we will share some ideas that can help them become more confident and consequently improve faster.


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 12:55pm
Grand Ballroom

12:55pm

Head Above Water: Helping ESL Teachers Avoid Professional Depletion
ESL teaching is an occupation that demands intense human interaction and practitioners are continually giving to others and responding to their needs. As such, the professional self runs the risk of depletion. This talk addresses why professional depletion occurs and how it can be prevented.

Speakers
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Heather Donnelly

Fanshawe College (London, ON)
Heather Donnelly (BA, BA, BEd., MEd.) has been an ESL faculty member at Fanshawe College (London, ON) since 2015. She has also taught ESL/EAP courses for Lambton College, University of Winnipeg, University of Guelph, University of Windsor, and Lakehead University.


Friday October 18, 2019 12:55pm - 1:05pm
Grand Ballroom

1:15pm

The Shoe Project 
Katherine Govier will speak about the origins and the mission of The Shoe Project, and describe how it has grown from a one-off 12-person workshop, to a national projects enhancing the written and publicly-spoken English of Canadian newcomer women. She will discuss shoes as a catalyst for personal storytelling, and give an outline of The Shoe Project’s method of leading newcomer women with intermediate level English to articulate, write and perform short personal memoirs. Five Calgary members of The Shoe Project will perform their stories.

Speakers
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Katherine Govier

The Shoe Project
Katherine Govier was born in Edmonton and attending the University of Alberta where she received a degree in Honours English. She also holds a Masters degree from York University. The author of thirteen books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing... Read More →
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Myleen Sacro

Myleen Sacro is from the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2010. She works as executive assistant-board support at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, where she first started as a volunteer and a client. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Law and a Master... Read More →
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Ngozi Onyinye

Ngozi Onyinye earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Nigeria’s University of Calabar, where she received awards for academic achievement and for reaching out to students through various faith-related publications as an editor-in-chief and editorial adviser. In... Read More →
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Rupasree Goswami

Rupasree was born in Kolkata, India, but lived in several cities because her father was transferred for work. She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration, specializing in International Business Marketing. In 2013 she moved to Calgary... Read More →
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Seran Celik

Seran Celik was born in Aksaray, Turkey and grew up in the city of Manisa. She started work at age 13 after learning to sew, but continued her studies from home, finishing high school and taking communication, computer and drawing courses. In 2009, she moved to Calgary where she learned... Read More →
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Nasima Behzad

Nasima Behzad was born in Afghanistan in 1991 during a civil war. She lived in Pakistan as a refugee for many years and came to Canada two years ago.


Friday October 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Grand Ballroom

2:25pm

Project Based Oral Communication Courses
Project-based classes were developed in two oral communication courses for second-year language learners. These projects were based on such topics as health, the environment, media, and technology. First, the researcher will explain how the methodology was developed; then, she will present the projects students carried out.

Speakers
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Viviana Fallas Gabuardi

Universidad Nacional and Universidad de Costa Rica
Viviana Fallas Gabuardi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Second Languages and Cultures from Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. She has been working at Universidad de Costa Rica and Universidad Nacional since 2013 as a language professor. She... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Lake Louise

2:25pm

What Every Adult ESL Teacher Needs to Know About Bilingualism
The rationale for this presentation is that teachers of adult immigrants need to be knowledgeable about bilingualism. This session will include some important insights about bilingualism from the research literature, ideas about how to exploit this topic in teaching, and reference to useful resources for learning more about bi-/multilingualism.

Speakers
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Leila Ranta

University of Alberta
Leila Ranta is an associate professor in the TESL program in the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She has been teaching courses on the topic of bilingualism for many years.


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Mount Royal

2:25pm

How to Use and Create Podcasts in the Classroom
Today there are a huge array of podcasts to listen and learn from – you will leave with a top 10 list for all CLB levels.  Listen to student created podcasts, discuss benefits and overcoming challenges to incorporating them and get the lowdown on creating your own podcast. 

Speakers
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Jacqulynn Mulyk

SAIT
A practicing visual artist and sound experimentation for 17 years. A teacher of ESL for 6 years including Bow Valley College and SAIT. She has attended two podcast summits and is a host of her own podcast. Although she doesn't consider herself an expert on the subject, she has some... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Bonavista

2:25pm

Languishing Learners: Are They Literacy? How Can We Help?
Literacy learners need lots of TLC, specialized planning, and scaffolding. How can you tell if your learner *is* literacy? How can you help them when you have other learners?  Come to this session and let us inspire you!

Speakers
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Arleigh Hood

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Arleigh Hood is an EAL Head Instructor at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) and has been teaching as part of the EAL Literacy team for 10 of her 20 teaching years. She has redeveloped the online literacy teacher-training course, Teaching EAL Literacy Learners... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Lakeview

2:25pm

The Changing Landscape of Computer-Based Language Testing
This session acknowledges the difficulties test takers face when choosing between major tests such as CELPIP, CAEL, TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE, and it addresses the important role instructors may play as they help their students make the best choice.

Speakers
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John Haggerty

Paragon Testing Enterprises
John Haggerty is a Content Developer and Instructor at Paragon Testing Enterprises. He is currently completing his PhD in Language and Literacy at the University of British Columbia and has published in the Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Testing in Asia, and others... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Banff

2:25pm

ESL Building Bridge to Employment
All across Alberta ESL professionals are working hard to support their learners' transition to employment. Why are we all reinventing the curriculum wheel? Take advantage of existing training materials to assist in preparing your learners for the workforce. This session is designed to raise awareness of resources available to everyone to help support learners to enter or reenter the Albertan workplace.

The "ESL to Work" working group is a sub committee of the ATESL Advocacy committee. Our goal is to identify as many resources as possible for ESL instructors, in both metropolitan and surrounding areas, to reduce search time and start-from-scratch time, so instructors can concentrate on helping learners investigate and communicate within their chosen careers in Canada.



Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Rideau

2:25pm

Designing and Facilitating High-Quality Online Courses – Hands On
If you are looking to start building or consolidating your online course design and facilitation skills, you've come to the right place. Our collaborative, hands-on workshop will offer you choice in exploring 4 out 6 important aspects of online teaching. 

Since our set-up is a demonstration of active learning facilitated through a blended setting, you will need to bring a wifi-able device to this session. You can access our Workshop Resource with all original links and learning activities by clicking on this link here. 

Note that the resource is still a work-in-progress, but will be ready for use on Friday, October 18th. 2019

Speakers
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Adriana Lima

University of Lethbridge
As an English Language educator with an MA in TESL from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and 15+ years of teaching experience in top tertiary institutes, including McGill University, Adriana Lima has expertise in English for Academic Purposes and Pathway Programs, Online teaching... Read More →
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Joerdis Weilandt

Instructor/ Educational Developer, U of L
An eternally curious traveller, Joerdis Weilandt has lived and worked in different parts of the world before settling on Treaty 7 Territory. An open practitioner, she values the sharing of ideas, expertise, resources and questions as the base for quality and innovation in teaching... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Nakiska

2:25pm

Strengthening Paraphrasing Skills: The 7X7X7 Method
"Putting ideas into your own words" is a challenge for native and non-native users of English. This practical workshop introduces 4 class hours of materials that guide ELLs to become confident at paraphrasing: 7 steps, 7 paraphrase strategies and 7 other aspects.

Speakers
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Janice GT Penner

Douglas College
Since 1984, Janice has taught EAP at MacEwan and the University of Alberta. She continued in the PRC, the ROC, Japan. Kazakhstan and is now faculty at Douglas College in metro-Vancouver. Shes focuses a lot of energy on developing interactive and meaningful materials for academic writing... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Eau Claire South

2:25pm

Tailoring Your Learning – One Stitch at a Time
Come and experience the one-of-a-kind sewing program for literacy learners offered at St. Francis. You will participate in an innovative 1L module that uses the internationally recognized cross stitch to help learners improve reading, writing, numeracy, and fine motor skills. PBLA friendly.

Speakers
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Gabriela Jessome

Edmonton Catholic School District # 7
Gabriela Jessome is a CPA with master’s in international marketing and certified teacher. Currently she Coordinates two LINC Programs with ECSD, one Literacy stream (St. Francis Women's LINC Program and one CLB stream (One Worl One Centre Evening LINC Program). Her other interests... Read More →
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Audrey Wong

Edmonton Catholic School District # 7
Audrey Wong is a registered Professional Home Economist / Human Ecologist and certified teacher. Her love of sewing started as a 10 year old 4-H member in rural Saskatchewan. She received some advanced training in pattern making and construction while at university. Audrey is the... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Eau Claire North

2:25pm

The Linguists
The Linguists is a hilarious and poignant chronicle of two scientists—David Harrison and Gregory Anderson—racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia, India, and Bolivia, the linguists confront head-on the very forces silencing languages: racism, humiliation, and violent economic unrest. David and Greg's journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at risk when a language dies.

Speakers
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Dr. K. David Harrison

Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Grand Ballroom

3:10pm

Nutrition Break
Friday October 18, 2019 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Open

3:30pm

40 Years of Progress: ATESL Then and Now
In 1979, ATESL held its first provincial conference. We will trace the progress of the organization from its beginnings, and remind members of landmark steps along the way. ATESL has been a leader in Canada, punching above our weight. Two former presidents reflect on ATESL's success.

Speakers
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Dr. Marian Rossiter

University of Alberta
Dr. Marian Rossiter served as a faculty member of the TESL program at the University of Alberta and is a strong advocate for refugee rights. Her work ranges from L2 fluency, to mail-order brides, to immigrant youth, to refugee resettlement. Marian edited the TESL Canada Journal for... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Lakeview

3:30pm

Innovative TEAL Education: Learning and Opportunities from Conceptualization to Delivery
During this session, we will discuss the curricula, pedagogical choices, and delivery modalities selected for a new, Alberta-based English language teacher training certificate program. The presenters will share the learnings and the opportunities identified from conceptualization through to the delivery phase of the 440-hour program.

Speakers
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Shelley Andersen

NorQuest College
As a self-described lifetime learner, Shelley Andersen, B.Ed., was a student in the inaugural Teaching English as a Second Language (TEAL) program at NorQuest College. Currently a Student Navigator (Advisor) for post-secondary students at the College, Shelley viewed the TEAL program... Read More →
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Wendy Chambers

NorQuest College
Wendy Chambers (Ph.D.) is a Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks board member and Associate Chair (Language Training) at NorQuest College. She has been deeply immersed in the EAL field for over 20 years as an instructor, curriculum developer, researcher, and teacher educator.
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Sara Gnida

NorQuest College
Sara Gnida, an ESL instructor, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer with NorQuest College, has 30+ years of experience in a range of contexts: EAP, ESL literacy, LINC, ESL for Nurses online, EFL, and teacher training. She’s been part of a number of ATESL projects, including... Read More →
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Alexandra Marshall

NorQuest College
Alexandra Marshall has been teaching ESL for over 12 years to a variety of students in a wide range of contexts. Though her ESL focus has been primarily on adult learners, she has taught all ages, from preschool to senior citizens. She has taught a wide range of levels from literacy... Read More →
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Wendy Ilott

NorQuest College
Wendy Ilott (MEd) has been teaching ESL/EFL for 25 years. She is passionate about advocacy for quality teaching and learning opportunities for all learners.


Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Banff

3:30pm

Strategic Participation and Planned Grouping: Addressing the Mixed-Level Class
This presentation focuses on grouping and participation strategies to address the mixed-proficiency level class. The presenter will share a brief description of each idea. At the end of the session, participants will discuss the practicality and feasibility of the strategies in their contexts.

Speakers
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Lena Barrantes

University of Calgary
Lena Barrantes is an instructor at Universidad Nacional Brunch extension in Costa Rica. She is currently getting her Ph.D. in Educational Research at the University of Calgary. Her current research focuses on EFL instructors' professional agency in rural higher education. Her contributions... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Lake Louise

3:30pm

# That Feel When: Building Digital Skills and Intercultural Communicative Competence Using Memes
In this interactive workshop, participants will have opportunities to explore Internet memes and their potential for developing digital skills as well as linguistic and intercultural competence. Participants will learn to select appropriate memes and design tasks using memes for varied pedagogical purposes and different levels of proficiency.

Speakers
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Hanh Nguyen

CCI-LEX
Hanh Nguyen is a recent graduate of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Master's program at the University of Alberta. She has experience integrating technology in language teaching in both ESL and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) contexts.


Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Mount Royal

3:30pm

Through the Looking Glass: A Collegial Approach to Teaching Triangles
Just what are our adult language learners doing while we are teaching or testing? Three colleagues will describe, demonstrate and engage you in a process of learning from our learners that you and your co-mentors can replicate to enhance your professional classroom practice.

Speakers
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Jennifer Elliott

NorQuest College
Jennifer Elliott is currently an instructor at NorQuest College in the ESL Intensive program. She has over ten years of experience teaching adult learners English language skills in Canada and abroad.
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Barbara Penner

NorQuest College
Barbara Penner - Among the 20 year-old fixtures in teaching English language learners, and in EAL and TEAL curriculum development at NorQuest College, Barbara aspires to be the PEX tubing of ESL Intensive: flexible, resistant to bursting, and well-connected especially when crimpe... Read More →
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Maria Rombalskaya

NorQuest College
Maria Rombalskaya is an instructor and curriculum developer at NorQuest College in the ESL Intensive program. She has fourteen years of experience teaching adults English in Canada and Russia.


Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Rideau

4:30pm

ATESL AGM
Friday October 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Mayfair

5:30pm

ATESL Wine and Cheese
Friday October 18, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bonavista
 
Saturday, October 19
 

6:15am

Morning Walk
Please join us for a morning walk before the conference. Look out for our ATESL committee members at the hotel lobby by 6.15am.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:15am - 6:45am
Conference Hotel Lobby

7:00am

Breakfast
Saturday October 19, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Welcome Address: Declaring Our Excellence and Theirs – Fostering Awareness of Learner Achievement
Our field focuses on excellence, it always has—and yet so much of our work and our learners’ work often goes unnoticed and uncelebrated by the public at large. The 40th anniversary of ATESL is the perfect time to examine, declare and celebrate our excellence while ruminating on ways we can increase public awareness of what we and our learners achieve on a daily basis.
This interactive, lighthearted keynote begins with a look at the evolution of ELT excellence over the past 40 years and then asks us to consider our personal concept of excellence: How do we determine its presence in our teaching and our learners’ outcomes? How do we ensure that our learners see evidence of their achievements? In response to these questions, we will look at an array of no-tech, low-tech and high-tech tasks and projects our learners can do—from community gardens, to how-to videos, to public speaking on behalf of themselves and their communities—each an opportunity to increase learners’ belief in their self-efficacy and agency and each a platform from which they, and we, can declare our shared excellence.

Speakers
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Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Lighthearted Learning
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning, is a curriculum consultant and teacher educator. Jayme works with adult school and community college agencies to help English language teachers’ maximize their learners’ outcomes using rigorous and contextualized instruction, aligned... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom

9:25am

Advocacy Networking opportunity
The advocacy committee is hosting this opportunity to build connections and share expertise on the following topics:
- Learning disabilities among ESL learners
-Learners entering the workforce
- Advocacy for our profession
-LGBTQ2+ inclusion

Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Lakeview

9:25am

Mobile-Assisted Language Learning
In this session, the findings of the research paper on Mobile-assisted language learning will be presented. This presentation would help practicing ESL/EFL teachers promote their knowledge of MALL by learning more about their colleagues and peers’ professional perspectives. Therefore, Turkish EFL teachers' perspectives will be fully discussed.

Speakers
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Saman Yousefifard

University of British Columbia
Saman Yousefifard, a new but aspiring ELT/ESP/EAP materials writer, instructional technology designer, and researcher who endeavors to prove that research and practice are inextricably interrelated in the field of Instructional Technology. He has an M.A. in TEFL and is currently a... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Nakiska

9:25am

PD for LGBTQ + D&I and Other Famous Acronyms
This session will feature an overview of LGBTQ+ materials developed as part of a larger project called 'The Language of Inclusion: Diversity & Inclusion Materials for the ESL Classroom' funded by Alberta Labour and Immigration. Participants will also discuss important components for teacher training around LGBTQ+ issues.

Speakers
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Sara Gnida

NorQuest College
Sara Gnida, an ESL instructor, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer with NorQuest College, has 30+ years of experience in a range of contexts: EAP, ESL literacy, LINC, ESL for Nurses online, EFL, and teacher training. She’s been part of a number of ATESL projects, including... Read More →
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Stacy Norrbom

NorQuest College
Stacy Norrbom is Associate Chair, Language Training, at NorQuest College. Stacy has spent her career teaching and advising adult learners through a diverse range of positions within Alberta post-secondary institutions over the past 23 years, most recently in LINC at NorQuest. She... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Rideau

9:25am

What Do Students Bring to Writing Centres Besides Their Papers?
When ESL students visit writing centres, they bring affective as well as cognitive challenges with them. The writing tutors’ role is to deal with both to let their clients leave the session satisfied. The aim of this presentation is to identify some of these challenges and propose some ideas for dealing with them.

Speakers
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Majid Nikouee

University of Alberta
The presenter is a PhD candidate in the TESL program at the University of Alberta. He has also been working as a tutor at the Centre for Writers at the University of Alberta for almost four years.


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Lake Louise

9:25am

Augmenting Your Reality: Using Technology to Enhance Language Learning
Varying levels of technological ability can make it difficult to include technology that engages every student in the classroom. Augmented reality (AR) is one tool that can engage students at all levels. The presenter will demonstrate how AR can be accessible, engaging, and pedagogically sound in a language classroom.

Speakers
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Jaynette Dueck

Medicine Hat College
Jaynette has taught ELL in North Korea, Ukraine, and Cambodia from beginner through intermediate and periodically supervises internships. She currently teaches intermediate ESL at Medicine Hat College and is completing her M.A. TESOL at BIOLA University in California.


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Banff

9:25am

Eliciting Emotion and Confidence Using Canadian Plays
Focusing heavily on the stress-based nature of English, I use plays to demonstrate that words are only a fraction of communication. Using emotion, tone, and body language, students learn how to use these skills to create their own scripts. I wish to share the techniques and lesson plans I use.

Speakers
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Alexander Donovan

ASSIST Community Services Centre
Alexander Donovan has been teaching CLB-5 part-time through the LINC program at ASSIST for a year. He received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Directing recently and works professionally as a theatre director. He is deeply interested in the intersections of theatre and education and... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Bow Valley

9:25am

Engineering Academic Integrity: Skills and Strategies for International Graduate Students
This presentation will focus on a research project on academic integrity with graduate level engineering students, the vast majority of whom were internationally educated.  It will discuss findings and implications of the study and focus on how to educate post-secondary students about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Speakers
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Dr. Katherine Crossman

University of Calgary
Dr. Katherine (Katie) Crossman is a sessional instructor and senior research associate in Werklund school of education. Her research interests are EAP, academic integrity, and writing instruction.
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Dr. Sarah Eaton

University of Calgary
Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton is an assistant professor at the Werklund School of Education.


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Eau Claire South

9:25am

First Steps to Integration – An Employment Program for the Under CLB 5
The First Steps to Integration Program is designed so newcomers who face multiple barriers to employment and have low English language skills can achieve their employment goals. Learn about its unique features and how the model supports employment success for vulnerable newcomers to an extent that continues to surprise us.

Speakers
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Judy Sillito

Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative
Judy Sillito (MEd). For 38 years, Judy has worked in English language education in various capacities – teacher, program developer, manager – in programs ranging from LINC to EWP to arts-based and literacy-focused community-based learning initiatives. She currently manages an... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Mount Royal

9:25am

Can-Do Lists: Student vs Teacher Perceptions of Language Ability
Can-do lists can benefit both students, by giving a realistic understanding of their language abilities, and teachers, by providing a tool for designing a curriculum which addresses student shortcomings. Participants will discuss research on student language abilities in an employment context.

Speakers
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Peter Connell

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Peter Connell has taught English and carried out a wide variety of assessments for over 25 years. His experience is based in Canada, Japan, and Germany. His research interests include curriculum development and designing assessments based on real-life tasks.
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Daniel Ling

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Daniel Ling has taught ESL for more than 10 years in both Canada and Malaysia. He is a LINC Instructor, currently teaching CLB 3-4, and PBLA Lead at The Immigrant Education Society in Calgary, Alberta. His research interests include reading and vocabulary pedagogy as well as curriculum... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Eau Claire North

9:25am

Numeracy in the EAL Classroom: Excellent Strategies
. I Notice, I Wonder…,Amazing Attributes, Would you Rather . . ., Predictable Patterns and six more numeracy strategies will be experienced. Then, using yours and your learners' experiences and 'Numeracy is the ability, confidence and willingness ... to make informed decisions in all aspects of daily living', we will develop EAL strategies.

Speakers
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Helena Ahn

NorQuest College
Helena Ahn is a LINC instructor from NorQuest College. Her many years as an EAL instructor has allowed her to venture into different cultural experiences allowing her to experience vast worldly perspectives right in the classroom. Helena has a BSc, BEd and a TESL Diploma from the... Read More →
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Roger Moore

NorQuest College
Roger Moore is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and educator, who has engaged learners of all abilities, using face-to-face, hybrid and fully online course delivery, as well as, collect and disseminate 310 weekly Tuesday’s Terrific Teaching Tips as a way to celebrate the excellence... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 9:25am - 10:10am
Bonavista

10:10am

Nutrition Break
Saturday October 19, 2019 10:10am - 10:25am
Open

10:25am

LINC Works Work Experience Course -An Overview
An overview of the activities covered in the LINC Works Work Experience class which was piloted at NorQuest College. We worked with employers to place learners in entry level, paid positions. Exercises and learner feedback will be shared. Come and learn about our successes and struggles with this pilot program.

Speakers
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Ann Sinnott

Ann Sinnott is part of the Work Integrated Learning department at NorQuest College. Her workplace expertise is an essential part of the LINC Works Work Experience course.
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Debbie Severinsen

Debbie Severinsen has been working in the adult literacy field for the past 18 years. In 2017, she moved into the area of curriculum development for the LINC Works project and in May of 2019 began teaching the LINC Works Work Experience course.


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Mount Royal

10:25am

Multimodal Discourse in EAP Teaching Contexts: Focus on Writer’s Agency
This presentation uses audio-visual narratives to underline a growing body of modes and media for composition. Two important questions are addressed – (i) what is writer’s agency? (ii) how can agency impact the writing process?  Audience members practice recognizing their own agency. Tools for classroom practice are offered.

Speakers
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Dr. Anita Chaudhuri

University of British Columbia
Dr. Anita Chaudhuri’s work taps into the synergies between learning design and practice of innovation at academic institutions to optimize language learning opportunities for multilingual learners. She is an Instructor at Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Bow Valley

10:25am

Strategies for Teaching Youth
Due to the changes in LINC funding, there are higher numbers of youth learners in classrooms, which have changed the landscape of our schools. During this presentation, three youth instructors will share profiles of youth learners, strategies to teach them, and characteristics instructors should have when engaging with youth. Examples, ideas and practical tips will be given to take back to your own classrooms.

Speakers
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Dara MacKay

Bow Valley College
Dara MacKay is a Youth in Transition instructor at Bow Valley College. She has taught in this program for over 4 years. Previous to her teaching at Bow Valley College, Dara taught in the public school system, specializing in junior high and high school instruction.
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Daniel Merryfield

Bow Valley College
Daniel Merryfield is an instructor in the Bridge program at Bow Valley College. He has taught in this program for 6 years. Before working at Bow Valley College, he worked overseas, teaching high school social studies and English.


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Lake Louise

10:25am

Supporting Newcomers’ Psychosocial and Emotional Wellness
A successful learning program requires students’ undivided attention that is free from worrying about unfulfilled basic, psychological and self-fulfillment needs. This tiered service model links the teaching and allied professionals in intervention, consultation, and continuing development along with the early recognition of crisis, behavioural concerns and gaps in basic needs.

Speakers
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Noha El Tanahi

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Noha El Tanahi has a Bachelor's Degree in Law and was trained in crisis intervention as well. In the past seven years, her passion has been in helping people who struggle in their new life. Being an immigrant herself, she understands their difficulties. Working with TIES has given... Read More →
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John Wang

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
John Wang, BA Psychology, MEd SACP in Educational Psychology (in progress), has supported vulnerable clients across Alberta in a broad range of capacities. Currently, he is calling TIES his second home, where he is proud to share his understanding of mental health and unique learning... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Lakeview

10:25am

Tech Up Your Life!
As online resources become more accessible, instructors must stay current in technology trends by adapting their teaching tools to meet learners’ needs. The objective of the presentation is to share an overview of useful technologies and the integration of an LMS (Moodle) that have been successful in different delivery models.

Speakers
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Janet Kwong

NorQuest College
Janet Kwong is currently teaching at NorQuest College in the LINC Online Program and has a Master’s in TESL from the University of Alberta. She has extensive teaching experience with adults and children in an ESL context. Janet has a special interest in teaching pragmatics, and... Read More →
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Elina Stop

NorQuest College
Elina is a LINC instructor at NorQuest College. She obtained her M.Ed. in TESL in 2016. Elina is continuously searching for ways to increase student engagement to ensure student success.


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am
Banff

10:25am

Colour-Coding as a Teaching Tool in the ESL Literacy Classroom
During this workshop, the participants will experiment with different ways of using colour in a literacy classroom focusing on the development of learning strategies and literacy skills. 

Speakers
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Nataliya Lykhosherstova

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Nataliya Lykhosherstova is a LINC instructor at The Immigrant Education Society, currently working with Foundation Literacy students. She has over 25 years of ESL teaching experience (9 of them is in Canada). Prior to working with the Society, Nataliya was an assistant professor at... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Rideau

10:25am

Learning Technology – Leadership Workshop
LINC teachers and managers are motivated to innovate with learning technology, but struggle to balance competing time and resource demands. How can teachers and managers move ahead? Case studies in successful innovation will be a chance to talk about leadership. Participants will be able to share, discuss and reflect on opportunities, challenges and strategies for their classes and programs.

Speakers
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Rob McBride

New Language Solutions
Rob McBride is the LearnIT2teach Project Manager of Communication, Evaluation and Administration, and has been the Executive Director of New Language Solutions since its inception in 1983. Rob has worked as a teacher, researcher, writer and producer, principally in the settlement... Read More →
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Vesna Radivojevic

New Language Solutions
Vesna Radivojevic has been teaching EAL in the Greater Vancouver area for 20 years, mostly in settlement programs. She has been teaching in the LINC program at Vancouver Community College for the last 13 years, and one of her interests is teaching blended classes.


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Eau Claire North

10:25am

Maximizing the Language-Learning Potential of Learning English with CBC
In this interactive workshop, we will navigate through the Learning English with CBC website and explore features of this resource. Participants will learn how the content can be expended into a variety of activities that provide practice in all language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within a task-based curriculum.

Speakers
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Barbara Edmondson

Barbara Edmondson is an EAP teacher at the University of Alberta. She has a Master's in TESOL and has taught English in both Canada and Korea. She has worked on Learning English with CBC since 2012.
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Justine Light

Justine Light has been the project manager of Learning English with CBC since 2010. She is the Assistant Director (Academic) at the English Language School, University of Alberta. As a former President of ATESL and Board member of TESL Canada, she is firmly committed to supporting... Read More →
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Brock Wojtalewicz

Brock Wojtalewicz is an educational researcher. He has taught in a variety of programs (ESL, EAP, LINC, and TESL) and provides professional development sessions to ESL instructors. His research interests include second language acquisition, vocabulary development, and L2 writing assessment... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Eau Claire South

10:25am

Taking Our 21st Century Language Instruction to Task
We do everything in our power to help our learners acquire the language they need. Our learners’ ability, however, does not reside in our power, but in theirs. Task-based instruction (TBI) reinforces learners’ awareness of their self-efficacy and agency. This workshop provides tools that make TBI possible with any lesson.

Speakers
JA

Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Lighthearted Learning
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning, is a curriculum consultant and teacher educator. Jayme works with adult school and community college agencies to help English language teachers’ maximize their learners’ outcomes using rigorous and contextualized instruction, aligned... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Nakiska

10:25am

Teaching Reading and Writing to Low-Literacy Adult ESL Learners
This interactive workshop will demonstrate the three sources of information that readers use to make sense of print. It will explore the skills our students must learn in order to use these three sources of information. An assessment tool that captures concrete evidence of reading behaviours will also be introduced.

Speakers
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Linda Peteherych

Burnaby School District Community & Continuing Education
Linda Peteherych has 27 years of experience teaching LINC, and a TESOL Diploma from VCC. She recently completed a 2-year in-service training program with elementary school teachers in a reading and writing intervention program for grade 1 learners. Linda applies this to her adult... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25am - 11:55am
Bonavista

11:20am

ELF and EduLINC: A Perfect Blend for Employment Based Language
To help our LINC clients in looking for a job, or moving forward in life, or just to understand Canadian workplace culture, we thought of blending different learning environments, like face-to-face and online. This presentation talks about the perfect blend of PBLA, EduLINC and Employment language.

Speakers
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Chayan Mallick

LearnIT2teach/New Language Solutions
Chayan (M.A. Applied Linguistics, CELTA, TESL Ontario, LIT2T) has more than 18 years of ESL teaching experience in home and abroad. She has been teaching at Saskatchewan Polytechnic as a LINC Instructor since 2013. Chayan is also the Saskatchewan mentor for LearnIT2Teach training... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Banff

11:20am

Empowering Beginning ELLs in Junior High
This presentation highlights findings from the research partnership between the Calgary Catholic School District and the University of Calgary. Highlights will include student, teacher and administrator perspectives from the English Language Development program implemented in six schools as well as data from the English language proficiency assessments used during the research process.

Speakers
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Joana Dosdall

Calgary Catholic School District
Joana Dosdall is currently an assistant principal at St Peter Elementary School in Calgary. She previously worked as an English Language Learning consultant with Calgary Catholic School District. Her background includes programming for students who are newcomers to Canada and she... Read More →
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Gregory Tweedie

Calgary Catholic School District
Gregory Tweedie is Associate Professor in the areas of Language and Literacy at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Greg's teaching and research draw heavily upon his experiences as a language teacher and language teacher trainer in East, Southeast and Central... Read More →
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Luisa Zimich

Calgary Catholic School District
Luisa Zimich is currently an English Language Learning consultant with Calgary Catholic School District. Luisa has taught high school ESL, FSL, French Immersion and Spanish in BC, Yukon and Alberta. She finds second language learning and working with newcomers to Canada fascinati... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Lake Louise

11:20am

Intentional Practices in Additional Language Education: From Research to Practice
This presentation will focus on a series of animated videos designed to synthesize ideas and concepts related to intentional language learning and teaching. We will also discuss how this digital resource could be used as a starting point for professional conversations about pedagogical ideas.

Speakers
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Paula Kristmanson

University of New Brunswick
Paula Kristmanson is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). She is also the current president of TESL Canada and an active member of the TESL NB.
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Karla Culligan

Karla is a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
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Chantal Lafargue

Chantal is a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Lakeview

11:20am

Knowing Me, Knowing You: Autoethnography Activities in ESL/TESL Classrooms
Reflective writing is commonplace in ESL/TESL. Autoethnography is reflective writing that connects personal experiences to wider social, political, and cultural contexts. This presentation discusses different autoethnography activities that can be utilized in ESL/TESL classrooms to assist learners in making meaning of their teaching/learning experiences and relating those experiences to others.

Speakers
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Heather Donnelly

Fanshawe College (London, ON)
Heather Donnelly (BA, BA, BEd., MEd.) has been an ESL faculty member at Fanshawe College (London, ON) since 2015. She has also taught ESL/EAP courses for Lambton College, University of Winnipeg, University of Guelph, University of Windsor, and Lakehead University.


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Bow Valley

11:20am

Podcasts for Listening: Authentic, Current, and Engaging
Have you struggled to find appropriate, authentic, current, and engaging listening activities? Perhaps the podcast revolution is an answer! This presentation will provide the basics of finding, choosing and using podcasts for your language classroom as listening practice or outside engagement activities.

Speakers
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Angela Schindel

University of Lethbridge
Angela Schindel is currently an EAP Instructor at the University of Lethbridge. She has taught EAP, settlement English, employment programs, GED, and custom programs at institutions in BC, AB, and SK. Her interests include: sociolinguistics, current events, equity and anti-racist... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:20am - 12:05pm
Mount Royal

12:05pm

Lunch
Saturday October 19, 2019 12:05pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom

12:55pm

Stories of Diversity and Indifference in the Classroom
This presentation takes you back to stories of meaningful cultural interactions in the classroom. These interactions also include some experience of indifference. Teachers can identify with these experiences based on their real-life encounters. With this, recognizing and respecting learners’ cultural diversity is strengthened through the teaching and learning process.


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:55pm - 1:05pm
Grand Ballroom

1:05pm

Lightning Talks
TBA

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:05pm - 1:15pm
Grand Ballroom

1:30pm

Survey Results: Professional Standards for the TESL Sector in Canada
The presenters will share the results of the survey and subsequent analysis on teacher professional standards in English language teaching in Canada.  The survey results provide rich, multi-layered insight into the perceptions of teacher professional standards in Canada.  The data can be used to inform decisions about future research, and the ongoing development and implementation of teacher professional standards.  

Speakers
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Dianne Tyers

Advance Consulting for Education, Inc.
Dianne Tyers (MBA, PhD) has had a long career in English language teaching that spans Canada and the globe. Dianne Tyers is the researcher on the TESL Canada Professional Standards for the TESL Sector in Canada project. She is the President and CEO of Advance Consulting for Education... Read More →
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Paula Kristmanson

University of New Brunswick
Paula Kristmanson is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). She is also the current president of TESL Canada and an active member of the TESL NB.


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Bonavista

1:30pm

CLB and CEFR Correlation Study
In 2018, the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada commissioned a correlation study of the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the Common European Framework of Reference. This presentation will describe the methodology the researchers used and their findings and conclusions.

Speakers
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Wendy Chambers

NorQuest College
Wendy Chambers (Ph.D.) is a Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks board member and Associate Chair (Language Training) at NorQuest College. She has been deeply immersed in the EAL field for over 20 years as an instructor, curriculum developer, researcher, and teacher educator.


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Lakeview

1:30pm

EduLINC Teacher Showcase: LINC Blended Learning in Action
In this demonstration, three LINC teachers will show how they use the Edulinc courseware and Moodle to support their teaching and engage their learners in blended learning and PBLA. Edulinc.org, a Moodle site funded by IRCC, will be used to demonstrate these courses.

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Augusta Avram

New Language Solutions
Augusta Avram is an educator interested in the impact technology has on the way we learn, connect, and share our voices. She works at Burnaby District School Board and Vancouver Community College.
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Chayan Mallick

LearnIT2teach/New Language Solutions
Chayan (M.A. Applied Linguistics, CELTA, TESL Ontario, LIT2T) has more than 18 years of ESL teaching experience in home and abroad. She has been teaching at Saskatchewan Polytechnic as a LINC Instructor since 2013. Chayan is also the Saskatchewan mentor for LearnIT2Teach training... Read More →
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Vesna Radivojevic

New Language Solutions
Vesna Radivojevic has been teaching EAL in the Greater Vancouver area for 20 years, mostly in settlement programs. She has been teaching in the LINC program at Vancouver Community College for the last 13 years, and one of her interests is teaching blended classes.


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Banff

1:30pm

Working Faster, Working Safer
Join Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES) to learn about CLB 1-2 materials we have developed for language and workplace development called Working Faster, Working Safer. These unique materials incorporate: CLB, Essential Skills, and Inter-cultural Communication in a learner workbook and facilitator guide.

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Cindy Messaros

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society
Cindy Messaros, Executive Director, AWESCindy has been working in the field of employment initiatives for 30 years as a teacher, facilitator, researcher, curriculum developer and advocate for barriered groups. Since 2008, as the Executive Director of AWES, she has advocated for essential... Read More →
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Sue Oguchi

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society
Sue Oguchi, Consultant, AWESSue is a consultant with Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society. She is a sought-after presenter, engaging participants with storytelling and real-life examples in Canada and abroad.
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Maureen Souply

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society
Maureen Souply, Consultant, AWESMaureen has worked in adult education for nearly 15 years as an instructor, developer, facilitator, instructional designer, project manager, and leader. She has expertise in the areas language learning, adult literacy, essential skills, and international... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Nakiska

1:30pm

Fostering Allyship
This workshop is to begin developing allyship skills within the classroom and between coworkers. Allyship is informed support, empathy and proactive engagement to people experiencing any type of marginalization. We will explore some of our privileges as EAL instructors and how to leverage this privilege to create a positive impact.

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Rowan Furlotte

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Rowan Furlotte has been passionately teaching EAL for more than 4 years and has also worked as a curriculum developer creating materials focusing on inclusion and diversity to help newcomers integrate into Canadian society. Most recently, Rowan and their colleague Kate presented at... Read More →
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Kate Ross

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
With more than 6 years of teaching EAL and a background in sociology, teaching newcomers has become a great passion of Kate Ross's. Kate has had the privilege to contribute to the social and cultural awareness in ISANS classes and is dedicated to the support of Canada’s immigra... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Bow Valley

1:30pm

Ten “More” Terrific Teaching Tips to Continue the 40 Years of Excellence
Hanging 3 sided terms, Visibly Random Groups, Idiom Inventors and only seven other Terrific Teaching Tips will be uncovered in this fast-paced colourful workshop. As well, your excellent tips will be explored in this “we had to do more than warm the seat" workshop.

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Roger Moore

NorQuest College
Roger Moore is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and educator, who has engaged learners of all abilities, using face-to-face, hybrid and fully online course delivery, as well as, collect and disseminate 310 weekly Tuesday’s Terrific Teaching Tips as a way to celebrate the excellence... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Lake Louise

1:30pm

The Ruby Slippers: Unlocking the potential of EAP Learners
Just like Dorothy’s ruby slippers, learners arrive in EAP class filled with potential to succeed in the Canadian academic setting. What they need is confidence and strategies which will empower them. We will share insights on how our program is designed to enable learners to unleash that hidden potential.

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Greg Danowski

Bow Valley College
Greg Danowski has taught various language and disciplinary courses at a number of universities and colleges. Since 2013, he has been an instructor with the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College, where he is currently teaching EAP.
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Ruby Hamm

Bow Valley College
Ruby Hamm has been an instructor at Bow Valley College for 10 years and part of the Youth in Transition program for most of that time. Her class now is also part of the EAP program. She enjoys working with her learners as they develop their skills and strategies.
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Ceila Logan

Bow Valley College
Celia Logan has been an ELL professional for many years with a variety of institutions in Montreal and Calgary. She is currently teaching EAP at Bow Valley College to a cohort of dedicated learners.


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Rideau

1:30pm

Art Can Change Your Students Lives
When you ask your students to do something, do they do it joyfully? Art has the power to transform your classroom into a creative space where students become fully engaged in their own learning process. Art can enhance your teaching and help your students in ways you never expected.

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Marie Fontaine

Sacred Heart LINC program, ECSD
Marie Fontaine has been an ESL instructor for 21 years. She has extensive experience teaching all levels in various educational institutions in Canada and Germany. She is an artist and musician and is currently working on her first novel.


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Eau Claire North

1:30pm

Getting Down to Brass Tacks of PBLA
What are the essentials in assessment tasks for PBLA? This workshop works backward from a productive and receptive example to explore what really needs to be in an assessment tool and why. Learn or review the basics of CLB-aligned assessment and how to keep it simple.

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Lisa Herrera

Lisa Herrera has an MA in Educational Administration from UBC and is a CLB Lead Trainer and PBLA Regional Coach, training Lead Teachers and classroom teachers online. She taught in LINC/ELSA for 15 years and has been Lead Instructional Coordinator for ISSofBC LINC for 11 years.


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Eau Claire South

1:30pm

Promoting Indigenous Awareness: The Elders Speak
This workshop is for ESL practitioners looking for true and practical information to share about Indigenous Albertans. Through video, five Elders share knowledge on eight topics. These videos can be used with newcomers or other learners as primary source material. Sample lesson plans at CLB 3, 4 and 5 demonstrate ways to use the videos.

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Dorte Weber

NorQuest College
Dorte Weber, M. Ed. (TESL) University of Alberta, is the team lead of the Rural Routes program at NorQuest College. She has been an ESL instructor and program manager for 24 years. Her current responsibilities include improving access to professional development for ESL practitioners... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mount Royal

2:25pm

Computer Delivered IELTS: Same IELTS, More Choice
The presentation will explain the features of Computer-Delivered IELTS, and the benefits it affords to test takers. The computer-delivered IELTS test format will be summarized and test preparation teaching strategies will be covered.

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Banff

2:25pm

School Sense
AvanTech provides an education administration product called SchoolSense to four LINC schools in Alberta. The product has been highly customized to the needs of institutions running education programs for newcomers. SchoolSense includes modules for bench marks, attendance, certificates, PBLA and statistical analysis which meets all iCare/IRCC requirements.

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Peter Jarmics

AvanTech Inc.
Peter Jarmics - Peter worked for two years as the LINC supervisor at the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. A longtime user of SchoolSense, Peter's input provided valuable direction for the development of the platform. As CEO of H2OKnow, a manufacturer of water distillers, he... Read More →
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Vineet Karir

AvanTech Inc.
Vineet Karir - Vineet has been a salesman at AvanTech for a year. With a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Vineet has been actively engaged with LINC schools, obtaining feedback about SchoolSense and working with the programming team to improve the program.
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Curtis Xiao

AvanTech Inc.
Curtis Xiao- Curtis is the SchoolSense development team lead. With almost 10 years of experience, Curtis has developed an in depth understanding of the needs of LINC schools. Along with his knowledge of a variety of software languages and frameworks, he has been able to tailor the... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Lakeview

2:25pm

Teach the Learners Not the Book
The author of the OPD demonstrates how the visuals, text dependent questions and tasks in published materials support rigorous and engaging instruction that meets the diverse needs of beginning and intermediate-level learners. Reproducible task templates and resources from Oxford University Press help you apply the session’s concepts to your practice.

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Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Lighthearted Learning
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning, is a curriculum consultant and teacher educator. Jayme works with adult school and community college agencies to help English language teachers’ maximize their learners’ outcomes using rigorous and contextualized instruction, aligned... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Lake Louise

2:25pm

PBLA Lead Roles and Responsibilities - A Discussion
This brainstorming session is geared towards PBLA Leads and LINC Program administrators. We will discuss the roles and responsibilities of PBLA Leads according to the new framework provided in "PBLA Practice Guidelines" 2019 and discuss practical ways in which to meet expectations.

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Donna Clarke

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Donna Clarke has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and has been an ESL instructor for over 20 years. She has been working with Literacy students for 10 years and is currently a Literacy Lead at CIES in Calgary.
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Laura Cutler

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Laura Cutler has been teaching in the LINC Department at the Immigrant Education Society for more than 3 years. The motivation and confidence in applying to be a PBLA Lead came from Laura's exceptional binder management, pertinent and localized real-world task creations, and eagerness... Read More →
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Daniel Ling

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Daniel Ling has taught ESL for more than 10 years in both Canada and Malaysia. He is a LINC Instructor, currently teaching CLB 3-4, and PBLA Lead at The Immigrant Education Society in Calgary, Alberta. His research interests include reading and vocabulary pedagogy as well as curriculum... Read More →
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Alice Zhao

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Alice has taught English since 1982 and has been a LINC instructor since 2008. She is currently a PBLA Lead and a CLB 3/4 LINC Instructor at the Immigration Education Society. Alice is passionate about PBLA and that's why she has been sharing her expertise for a few years in a row... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Bow Valley

2:25pm

Running Records: Invaluable Reading Assessment Tools That Inform Teaching
A Running Record is an easy-to-use assessment tool that captures concrete evidence of how a learner is processing text, so that the teacher is then able to immediately do some effective and individualized teaching. Participants of this hands-on workshop will learn how to take and analyze Running Records.

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Linda Peteherych

Burnaby School District Community & Continuing Education
Linda Peteherych has 27 years of experience teaching LINC, and a TESOL Diploma from VCC. She recently completed a 2-year in-service training program with elementary school teachers in a reading and writing intervention program for grade 1 learners. Linda applies this to her adult... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm
Bonavista

3:10pm

Nutrition Break
Saturday October 19, 2019 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Open

3:30pm

A Case Study of Teaching Critical Thinking in EAP Classroom in China
This presentation reports on findings of a case study of how critical thinking skills were taught in an EAP class in China through blended and project-based learning. The findings of the study offer cross-cultural explanations of Chinese EAP students’ critical thinking skills and a lack thereof from instructors’ perspectives.

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Subrata Bhowmik

University of Calgary
Subrata Bhowmik is Senior Instructor at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. His primary areas of academic interests are L2 writing and sociocultural approaches to L2 learning. He has presented his work at various international conferences, including annual... Read More →
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Xiaoli Liu

University of Calgary
Xiaoli Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her research interests include teaching English as an Additional Language and Critical Thinking in higher education. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Language and Literature, Harbin... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Lakeview

3:30pm

Academic Writing Challenges of Nepali Students at a US University
This presentation reports on results from a phenomenological inquiry into 12 Nepali undergraduate students’ academic writing challenges at a US university. Results revealed that Nepali students encountered some specific academic writing challenges and the strategies that they employed to alleviate them. Implications for ESL teachers and program administrators are discussed.

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Padam Chauhan

Minnesota State University, MN, USA
Padam Chauhan is a Writing Consultant at Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato, USA. After earning M Ed in English Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and MA TESOL from MSU, Padam is doing EdD in Educational Leadership. Previously, he has been an English teacher and the... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Banff

3:30pm

Can English Teachers from China Benefit From Short-Term Courses in Canada?
We followed a group of 19 Chinese teachers who participated in a five-month program in Edmonton and compared their ability to make socially appropriate requests to another group who stayed in China. Discussion will focus on the implications of the findings for the design of short-term study-abroad programs for teachers.

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Jun Deng

University of Alberta
Jun Deng is an associate professor in the School of Foreign Languages at Central South University in China. Her research interests include second language acquisition and pragmatics.
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Leila Ranta

University of Alberta
Leila Ranta is an associate professor in the TESL program in the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She has been teaching courses on the topic of bilingualism for many years.


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Mount Royal

3:30pm

Guiding Students Towards Plagiarism-Free Paraphrasing
In order for EAP students to develop the skill of paraphrasing, they must clearly understand what constitutes a plagiarism-free paraphrase. Participants in this session will evaluate sample paraphrases to explore beliefs about acceptable paraphrasing and compare approaches to explicit paraphrasing instruction.

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Silvia Rossi

Mount Royal University
Silvia Rossi is a Writing and Learning Strategist at Mount Royal University in Calgary. She supports students with paraphrasing and related academic skills through workshops and individual consultations.


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Rideau

3:30pm

Mining Articles for Practical Applications: Insights from Professional Learning Communities
We illustrate the process of generating new ideas and pedagogical practices from reading and discussing journal articles in professional learning communities (PLCs). To demonstrate this process, we will guide participants in the adaptation of a tally sheet from an article on promoting writing accuracy to suit their classroom contexts.

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Kent K. Lee

University of Alberta
Kent K. Lee is an assistant professor in the TESL Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.
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Marilyn L. Abbott

University of Alberta
Marilyn L. Abbott is an associate professor in the TESL Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.
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Sabine Ricioppo

University of Alberta
Sabine Ricioppo, completed her M.Ed. in TESL in 2009 and has since worked as a language assessor, ESL/LINC teacher, lead teacher, and ESL consultant. She has offered numerous PBLA-related workshops and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Measurement, Evaluation and Data Science... Read More →
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Hanh Nguyen

CCI-LEX
Hanh Nguyen is a recent graduate of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Master's program at the University of Alberta. She has experience integrating technology in language teaching in both ESL and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) contexts.


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Eau Claire North

3:30pm

Trans Canada: Making LGBTQ+ Resources Accessible to Clients and Instructors
We have witnessed significant homo/transphobia in the classroom. Some clients are not aware of Canadian LGBTQ+ laws and values. Furthermore, the resources we found are inaccurate or outdated. We created and piloted lessons to educate newcomers and teachers and promote respect despite differences. We want to help teachers feel empowered to teach this type of material.

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Rowan Furlotte

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Rowan Furlotte has been passionately teaching EAL for more than 4 years and has also worked as a curriculum developer creating materials focusing on inclusion and diversity to help newcomers integrate into Canadian society. Most recently, Rowan and their colleague Kate presented at... Read More →
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Kate Ross

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
With more than 6 years of teaching EAL and a background in sociology, teaching newcomers has become a great passion of Kate Ross's. Kate has had the privilege to contribute to the social and cultural awareness in ISANS classes and is dedicated to the support of Canada’s immigra... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Nakiska

4:30pm

TESL Canada AGM
Saturday October 19, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom