Conference Communiqué
Keynote Speakers
Gamification in Education: Hype or Useful Teacher Tool?

Presented by:
Dr. Deborah Healey, University of Oregon/TESOL International Association

Language teachers have long used games, but gamification – the use of game elements in non-game settings – is a recent concept. Businesses use gamification (points and badges) to increase customer loyalty. In education, is gamification "trendy," or could we use the motivating elements of gaming to re-think the classroom? This presentation will describe how I incorporated gamification into courses for pre-service and in-service teachers, and how the teacher-learners responded. I will also offer ways to get started for those who are interested. This Keynote presentation will be a remote presentation and displayed in a large room at the conference on a big screen with amplified sound and a moderator will be present.

Learning and Resilience

Presented by:
Asmaa Cober, Clinical Social Worker at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre

Learning never happens in a vacuum. People bring all of their experiences with them to the classroom. Newcomers (and refugees in particular) have a life history -- experiences that greatly affect their ability to learn. Drawing on Asmaa’s experience working with refugees from various parts of the world, we’ll discuss the impact of the immigration and refugee experience, including various traumas, on the brain, and the obstacles to learning that ensue. We will also propose a different viewpoint that focuses not just on obstacles, but on hope and resiliency – with the goal of helping students to overcome these obstacles. 
Share your Knowledge & Expertise
Receive complimentary conference admission
Share your knowledge and expertise with the ESL teaching community at TESL Ontario's 46th Annual Conference by presenting a concurrent, poster, or remote session and receive complimentary conference admission for the day of your presentation.
Call for Presentations
TESL Ontario is accepting presentation proposals for a variety of session formats that focus on practical information and useful tools for language training professionals in Ontario.  

Interested presenters can choose from a variety of session types to deliver, including:

Proposal deadline is June 22, 2018. 

Presenters will be notified of the status of their presentation proposals by July 30, 2018.

  • One-day conference registration for the day of your presentation
  • Certificate for 5 hours of professional development for presenting a 1-hour session
  • Opportunity to hone your presentation skills
  • Share your knowledge and expertise with the language training community
  • Expand your personal learning network (PLN)
TechKnow Experts
The 2018 conference will feature a TechKnow session, where technology experts will provide advice and guidance on specific technology topics.

The one-hour session will feature a number of round tables, each table would be hosted by a technology expert who will speak and answer questions about a specific technology topic.

TESL Ontario is looking for presenters who:

  • are already presenting a session at the conference
  • have expertise in some area of using technology to teach English
  • provide a short 5-mintue explanation of the technology of your choice
  • moderate a guided discussion on the chosen technology topic and,
  • answer questions from participants

Presenters can choose the topic they wish to focus on.
Please note that in order to participate in the TechKnow session you must be submitting a proposal for a concurrent session . There is a place on the concurrent proposal form to indicate that you are interested in participating in the TechKnow session.
Career Connections
TESL Ontario will be hosting its 2nd Annual Career Connections event at the 2018 Annual Conference.

We are inviting employers to join us at the TESL Ontario Career Connections half day event designed to make it easier to find the right candidates for your institution.
As an employer exhibitor at this career event, you will be able to:

  • interact with professionals from all areas of the ESL community
  • exhibit and promote your institution for FREE
  • share your company's culture and hiring practices with interested attendees, even if you are not currently hiring.

Career Connections will be held on Thursday, November 1 from 1:40 pm - 4:30 pm at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto.
Space is limited! The deadline is August 31, 2018. 
Have questions? Contact the Career Connections team at
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