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Upcoming PD Events

TESL Ontario Annual Conference
November 2 -3

TESL Hamilton
Spring Conference & AGM
April 22

TESL Windsor
Spring PD Workshop
April 22

TESL Toronto
Pitch Perfect Employment Event 
April 25

TESL Peel Halton Etobicoke
Spring Conference
April 29

TESL Kingston
Spring Workshop & AGM
May 6    

TESL Niagara
Spring Conference & AGM
May 6

TESL London
Spring Conference
May 13    

TESL Ottawa
AGM & Spring PD Day
May 13    

TESL Waterloo-Wellington Spring PD Event
May 13    

TESL Toronto
Spring Conference
May 26 - 27

Click here to access your Affiliate Chapter website for more information about any of the above events.  

TESL Ontario Webinars
How to Create an Online Shop for Your Digital ESL Courses ~ April 23
Critical Thinking in a Business English Environment ~ April 30

Discussing Healthy Living Topics with ESL Learners ~ May 17
Language Learning - Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking ~ May 24
Click here webinar details.
Job Board
The TESL Ontario Job Board is updated regularly with new positions.

IELTS Speaking Examiners

Teach in China Good Pay Full Support

TESL Trainer/Instructor- Online

Click here to view all posted positions.
The Spring 2017 Issue of Contact Magazine is now available.

To access the current edition click here.

To download full issues, click here.  

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TESL Ontario volunteer positions available

Looking for webinar presenters with knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
  • ESL literacy
  • ESL listening skills
  • Motivational teaching strategies

Email the TESL Ontario webinar team for more information. 

April 2017

This newsletter is to provide you with updates on current TESL Ontario initiatives, as well as items of interest to English language professionals. 
This is your newsletter. We encourage you to let us know what information you want covered in the newsletter. Please email us at .

OCELT - The New Professional Designation
In January, TESL Ontario announced the newly registered professional designation of OCELT - Ontario Certified English Language Teacher. This designation applies to all TESL Ontario accredited members in good standing. We encourage you to proudly use this with your name in your professional capacity.
The OCELT designation serves to 
  • identify qualified language teachers with specialized knowledge and skills registered 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, and
  • enhance the respect for the TESL profession

Click here to view the OCELT Information Guide.

Also see the FAQ section below for more information. 

2017 National Volunteer Week ~ April 23 - 29

Are you a TESL Ontario volunteer?

Each year TESL Ontario is happy to celebrate National Volunteer Week. April 23 to 29 we will pay tribute to the many volunteers who are an essential part of the success of this organization and its affiliate chapters.

In preparation for National Volunteer Week, we would like to hear from our volunteers. Tell us about the highlight of your volunteering experience with TESL Ontario or its affiliate chapters in the past year.

Click here to share your volunteering experiences with us. Submission deadline is April 29.

Everyone who submits their comments will be entered into a draw to win one of three $20 Chapters gift card. Winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week.

Daily Gift Basket Draws!

Once again, during National Volunteer Week we will have daily gift basket draws for all volunteers.

Winners will be notified by email and announced on social media.  
2017 Annual Conference
New Venue for 2017

The TESL Ontario conference committee is busy planning our 45th annual conference, to be held November 2nd and 3rd. This year, the conference will be at a new venue, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.
The conference theme is "Celebrating Success".
We hope you will give some thought to presenting or co-presenting; the call for presentations will be posted on our website and social media in the coming weeks.

CONTACT Magazine has a New Look!
We're thrilled to announce that CONTACT, our English language learning magazine, has received a facelift. Check out the new e-magazine format here.
The new e-magazine format allows readers to search articles, as well  download full issues .
CONTACT encourages members to submit content. Click here for more details.
Tutela Resources
Recently Added Resources

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22 new resources from the ESL for ALL Support Kit. **

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Popular Resources

Conestoga College LINC Assessment Generating Tools
Affiliate Chapter Updates
TESL Niagara

New executive members:
TESL Niagara welcomes Carolyn Ambrose-Miller, Jennifer Schinkel, and Lisa Smith to the executive.

Executive openings: Expand your horizons and participate on the executive committee. Elections will be held at the AGM, May 6th. Those interested should apply to TESL Niagara by April 30.

TESL Toronto

Executive openings: TESL Toronto is looking for new executive members
. Make an impact in our TESL community. If you're interested in professional development and collaborating on language teaching industry projects, and feel you could bring specialties to the group, please apply by June 10. More information can be found at  

New executive members:  TESL PHE welcomes Iryna Makarevych and Zakia Sheikh to the executive.
Executive openings: Elections will be held August 2017. Check the website and social media for details.
New website: The TESL PHE new website is not only getting positive feedback from the PHE membership, but also the traffic to the site has increased considerably. The website features a PBLA section. Members are invited to email for PBLA advice and guidance. A PHE executive member is a PBLA lead teacher and will answer questions. PBLA resources and webinar information are also listed under this section.
Member FAQ
Is OCELT a permanent designation?FAQ

No, however, provided your TESL Ontario accredited membership is in good standing, you can use the OCELT professional designation. If your accredited membership lapses, you will not be eligible to use the designation. To regain your accredited status, you can apply for accredited membership reinstatement at any time.

Why do I need a professional designation?

OCELT distinguishes TESL Ontario certified teachers as highly educated and qualified practitioners who strive for excellence through academic inquiry, self-reflection, openness to new ideas and ongoing professional development. OCELT also enhances the recognition of, and the respect for, the adult ESL teaching profession and the crucial role it plays in the success of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, refugees, and international students in Canada, as well as millions of students and professionals around the world.

Can OCELT be used by ESL teachers who work for private schools, ESL/TESL program administrators, or those who teach in foreign countries?

Yes. All individuals who maintain their TESL Ontario accredited membership are eligible and are encouraged to use OCELT consistently.

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