Membership Minute Newsletter
Professional Development
Webinars at-a-glance
Audio-Recorded Feedback for Second Language Writing ~ Oct 21

Implementing PBLA: Did We Achieve What Was Intended? ~ Oct 24

Communication Competency at Work: More Than Just Language ~ Nov 18
Remote Session Schedule & Details

Cost: $25 +HST *- includes access to all three Remote Webinar Sessions
*Free with Friday registration.

Practical PBLA: An Online Resource for LINC Teachers

Date/Time: Friday November 2 @ 9:50 a.m.- 10:50 a.m.
Presenters: Fiza Abedin and Alison Vickerman

Keynote: Gamification in Education: Hype or Useful Teacher Tool?

Date/Time: Friday November 2 @ 11:20 a.m - 12:20 p.m
Presenter: Dr. Deborah Healey 

Student Virtual Tours (Google Tour Creator)

Date/Time: Friday November 2 @ 12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Presenter: John Allan
Board of Directors Elections
TESL Ontario's Nominations Committee completed their work in identifying six individuals who have agreed to let their name stand for election.

On September 24th, all members received an e-mail from Vote-now, the company who conducts our election, explaining the electronic election procedure. Letters will also be mailed to our members who do not have an email address, as well as to those members whose e-mail notification bounces back because of an invalid email address.

The election will be open until October 9th at 5:00 p.m.

The new slate of directors will be presented at the TESL Ontario Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 9:50 a.m.
Career Development
2018 Career Connections Event
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto

12:40 pm—1:40 pm Career Booster Forum
(Topic: Alternative income opportunities)

Open to conference registrants.

1:40 pm— 4:30 Employer Exhibit Displays (20 employers registered)

Open to all TESL Ontario members and TESL students. Bring membership ID.
Professional Designation
Don't forget to use your registered professional designation, available for all TESL Ontario accredited members in good standing.

The OCELT designation serves to:

  • identify qualified language teachers with specialized knowledge and skills in Ontario
  • acknowledge the professionalism, integrity and high-quality language instruction of TESL Ontario certified teachers
  • recognize the ongoing professional development of TESL Ontario certified teachers and their commitment to the TESL Ontario Code of Ethics
  • enhance the respect for the TESL profession
Recent Job Postings
Adult ESL Instructors

The York Catholic District School Board, Continuing Education Department, is recruiting instructors to teach in our Non-Credit Adult ESL Program at locations throughout York Region. ...

IELTS Speaking Examiner -GTA, Hamilton, St. Catharines

The IELTS Examiner will expertly assess candidates, with the consistency and standards as set out by IELTS, in the speaking module of the IELTS test. The Examiner will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the test and ensure a fair testing procedure is followed for all candidates ...

ESL Teaching Opportunity in China Immediately

Immediately open;
  • Teach high school students ESL in China, including writing and speaking;
  • Bachelor degree and above, English or linguistic major preferred;
  • Nice interpersonal skill;
  • Good communication skill; ...

ESL Teacher in China - City close to Beijing

We offer:

  • Minimum pay hours: 30 every week even though the teacher is sometimes only teaching 10 hours/week;
  • Pay rate starts from $26/hour depending the experience;
  • A nice 3-bedroom apartment will be provided for accommodation;
  • Returning tickets;

EAP Instructor

Instructors bring enthusiasm and varied teaching and assessment approaches to the EAP classroom. Addressing student learning needs and providing sound learning opportunities to a diverse group of students are key skills.
We are seeking EAP Instructors (contract and supplying positions) ...

Online English Teacher (Work from anywhere)

The headquarter of UASK Education is located in Ottawa. With years of experiences in international education and overseas education consulting services, UASK Education is committed to promoting educational communication and cooperation between China and Canada ...

Contact Magazine - Summer 2018
The Summer 2018 Issue of Contact Magazine is now available online.
The Summer issue looks at input–output connections: how perception and production are related, how listening leads to speaking, and how writing can benefit from reading.
TESL Ontario Blog
Online Resources
Ontario’s Directory of Best Practice Resources for Language Training was designed to provide language training professionals with quick access to proven exemplary, resources, and to serve as a standard to support excellence in classroom practice and program delivery (including ESL, FSL, ESL Literacy, Specialized Language Training, Citizenship, Special Needs and CLARS).

Benefits of Ontario’s Directory of Best Practice Resources for Language Training:

  • Ontario’s Directory of Best Practice Resources for Language Training is accessible online without cost to users (a small number of resources require payment)
  • Each resource has been vetted for Best Practice standards to maintain the validity and reliability of content
  • Resources link to an original site (where possible and applicable)
  • Resources have been used and approved by users
  • Resources and content have been referenced to Keystone Concepts and CLBs for curriculum and lesson development and/or professional learning
  • The site will be monitored to ensure that resources are current and vetted, and to ensure that links are functioning
Popular Resources on Tutela

This comprehensive rubric tool helps you create speaking assessment tasks for the portfolio. It allows you to make effective rubrics aligned to the CLB.

This comprehensive rubric tool helps you create listening assessment tasks for the portfolio. It allows you to make effective rubrics aligned to the CLB. It helps you design comprehension questions that balance question levels.

PBLA Documents for about me section for Stage 1

This PBLA module was developed for a CLB 5-8 class. It consists of skill-building activities (SB), skill-using activities (SU), assessments and rubrics for all four skills. It is based on the topic of Children's Education.

A thematically organized Needs Assessment Tool for use with CLB 4+
Please note: you will be required to log into Tutela to access these resources.
Promoting Health and Wellness in the Classroom

Toronto Public Health has launched an updated health curriculum entitled “Promoting Health Information with Adult Language Learners.” The lesson plans include interactive activities and helpful resources to help make learning about health and health services fun. The lesson plans span from CLB 1-6.

Topics include:

  • Cancer Prevention and Screening
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Physical Activity
  • Sun Safety
  • Tobacco Use

The full curriculum is available for download and ESL Instructors who work in the City of Toronto can request a consultation with a Public Health Nurse online. Public Health Nurses can support Instructors to integrate the lesson plans into the classroom, and create supportive environments within the classroom to promote healthy behaviours. 

Contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or to learn more. We look forward to partnering with you to promote health and wellbeing!
Member Benefits
Health and Dental Benefits
Wellness Moment
Photo by Ivana Cajina
“I get by with a little help from my friends”

The Beatles are right. Friends matter. Not to argue with the icons but actually, friendship does more than help us “get by”. There’s growing scientific evidence it helps us thrive. Our social connections (note that’s social, not social media connections) boost wellbeing, happiness and resilience. Studies show that people with a solid network of friends live longer.

This may not be news to you. So why this “Moment” on this theme? Because we know what happens. When life gets hectic, what most often slides is time with friends. Even with the best of intentions, between our schedule and theirs, you know how it goes.

So take a moment. Think of the people you truly enjoy – old and new friends, a favourite neighbor, kindred spirit colleague, or the family member you’d love even if you weren’t related. Set a date ... for coffee, the market, to watch the game or go for a walk. If that’s not possible, plan a phone call. Although it turns out in-person is the best tonic, just hearing each other’s voice will do you both good.

If you’re wondering how you’ll find the time, remember this, it’s good for the immune system, and everything on your to-do list will go better. We promise. The Beatles would agree.

Photo by Ivana Cajina
This Wellness Moment message is from Health Plus™ - our new insurance plan for TESL Ontario members. Health Plus™ provides excellent health, dental, drug and travel health coverage at lower rates than other plans. It’s designed specifically for self-employed professionals, business owners, freelance and contract workers, and only available from our broker, Loran Insurance Limited.

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