Conference Communiqué
Conference Program Now Available
The full brochure for the TESL Ontario 2019 conference is now available online.

The brochure contains detailed information about:

  • Keynote speakers
  • More than 100 sessions
  • Career Connections event
  • Panel discussion
  • Poster sessions
  • TechKnow session
  • Remote sessions
  • Exhibitors
  • Welcome reception & awards ceremonies
  • Travel & accommodations discounts
2019 Conference Registration Fees
TESL Ontario Member
One Day - $190
Two Day - $290

Non Member
One Day - $320
Two Day - $400

One Day - $160
Two Day - $235

HST not included.
Hotel Group Rates
TESL Ontario has arranged for a discounted group room rate at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (525 Bay St, Toronto, ON)

Rate: $199.00 plus taxes per night

Cut-off date: November 13, 2019. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Rates are available from November 29 to December 10 and subjects to availability of guest rooms at the time of reservation.
Travel Discounts
TESL Ontario has arranged special travel discounts with VIA Rail and Porter Airlines for conference attendees.
Keynote Speakers
Dorothy Zemach

December 5
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
The (Dis)comfort Zone
So many of us connect with colleagues as well as teaching and learning opportunities online. This talk looks at one aspect of online culture and the effect it has on our mental and even physical health. Like teaching methodologies and theories of grammar, teacher narratives are shaped by trends and fashions. Cresting the wave in 2019 is the idea of the “comfort zone,” notably as a place teachers should endeavor to leave. In this talk, I’ll look at the science behind the comfort zone, as well as some other unhelpful teacher narratives, and then not only discuss what to do when confronted by them in the workplace or on social media but propose a kinder, more realistic, and more helpful model of personal and professional development.
Gavin Dudeney

December 6
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
Technology in Language Teaching: What Works, What Doesn't
Remote Presentation
Technology in Education (EdTech) has always been a difficult and challenging area, and no more so than in the last two decades, which have witnessed a speed of development never before seen. For most teachers, the end result has been a constant game of catch-up, or simply confusion about where to start, and what to use. In this session I will look at the current state of technology development, and examine three technologies which are making headlines across a wide variety of disciplines: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) - and ask the question: do these technologies have anything to offer the practising teacher or language student? I will then move on to examine what I believe to be the key technology which should be in every teacher's toolkit: the mobile phone.
Christien Lee

December 6
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
Food for Thought
This session will raise questions that are at the heart of effective classroom instruction: How can instructors be more innovative? How can they promote learning, creativity, and critical thinking? And how can they foster an engaging, inclusive classroom environment? Drawing on the speaker’s 25 years of experience in the field of English language teaching — as an instructor, teacher-trainer, materials and curriculum developer, administrator, manager, writer, and school owner — possible answers to these questions will be offered for discussion, analysis, and reflection.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • reflect on effective approaches to language teaching
  • learn practical ideas for developing 21st century skills
  • discuss how to foster innovation and inclusivity
Career Connections Event
We are happy to announce the 3rd annual Career Connections event will include employers and an informative forum discussion on how to leverage PD for career growth.
Career Booster Forum
Leverage PD...Maximize your Career Growth

Thursday December 5, 2019
12:40 pm - 1:40 pm

Three panelists offer insight into the importance of continued professional development and how it can improve career development.
Employer Exhibits
Thursday December 5, 2019
1:40 pm - 3:40 pm

  • Network with potential employers
  • Learn about screening, interviewing and selection processes
  • Discover where employers post job openings
  • Find out when employers hire
  • Learn about skills and qualities employers are looking for
  • Bring your resumé!
Calling All Employers!
Are you an employer of English language training professionals?

The TESL Ontario Career Connections event helps you find the right candidates for your institution by enabling you to promote your organization to 800+ language training professionals.

Registration is free , but space is limited. We urge you to register for an exhibit table before September 30. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Conference Communique Sponsor
New Language Solutions (NLS) is a charitable corporation that has been developing and distributing technology-based training products for newcomers and low-literacy Canadians since 1983. The mission of NLS is to support adults through innovative learning technologies to develop language and literacy skills for life in Canada. Today the organization is best known as the developer and host of , an online educational courseware designed for adult newcomers in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. New Language Solutions also provides teacher training and support through , a website targeted towards Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) professionals. Through these online resources teachers are enabled and supported to combine online learning with face-to-face teaching. Edulinc and LearnIT2teach have been funded through the generous support of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. NLS is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of settlement language training professionals.
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