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Upcoming PD Events

TESL Hamilton
Trivia Night  
December 8

TESL Toronto
T4T (Tech for Teachers)
January 20

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

TESL Ontario Webinars
Slow = Fast: Back-to-the-Well for Learner Success December 10
Improving Summarizing Skills to Foster Reading Comprehension
December 17
Click here webinar details.
The summer 2017 Issue of Contact Magazine is now available.

To access recent articles click here.

To download full issues, click here.  

TESL Ontario volunteer positions available

Webinar Team members

Webinar Development Manager - responsible for recruiting presenters

Webinar Team Scheduler - responsible for managing webinar team schedule
Click here for more details. 

Looking for webinar presenters with knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
  • PBLA
  • Career development
  • Motivational teaching strategies
Email the TESL Ontario webinar team for more information.

Occasional Bloggers wanted

Do you have a story to tell about personal or professional achievements, student successes or  motivational strategies?
There is no long term commitment to contribute to the TESL Blog as an occasional blogger. Simply submit a post whenever you have something to share.
Email the Blog team for more information.

December 2017

This newsletter will 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 .

2017 Conference Wrap-up
Thank you to the more than 900 attendees who joined us for the 2017 annual conference.

Handouts and Photos

Presenter handouts and conference photos are now available for download.


TESL Ontario is urging conference presenters to consider converting their presentation to a webinar. Our webinar team will help you every step of the way. By making it into a webinar, you give those members who weren't able to attend an opportunity to benefit from your knowledge and content.
Contact the webinar team at for more information.  
This Session is 22 Minutes Video Series
Following the success of last year's video sessions, 5 presenters created short information videos on a variety of topics related to ESL teaching.
The video sessions from the conference are available in the 2017 This Session is 22 Minutes Video Series playlist on the TESL Ontario You Tube Channel.
Google Keep & Google Calendar
Apps for Organizing
Presenter: Jen Artan
Practicing Prosody in Digital Storytelling
Presenter: Mary Ritter
Skill-using Vs Skill-building
Presenter: Larry Iveson
Becoming a YouTube Star
in Your Own Classroom
Presenters: Misha Gingerich & Larissa Conley
Take a field trip without
leaving the class
Presenter: John Allan

YouTube Enthusiasts
Share your Favourite Videos!

The TESL Ontario YouTube Team wants to hear from you!
  • Do you have a favourite YouTube tutorial video that helped you in your teaching?
  • Have you found a way to use a specific YouTube video in your lesson planning?
  • Did you learn how to use a new technology with the help of a specific YouTube tutorial video?
The TESL Ontario YouTube team are building playlists based on your recommendations. Share your favourite videos with the YouTube team, we will categorize them into organized playlists and share your recommendations with the entire community of TESL Ontario teachers.

By sharing your knowledge, resources and hidden gems with your colleagues, we make it easier for everyone to find useful, relevant videos to help develop teaching skills, lesson plans, and new technology skills.

Click here to share your recommendation.
International Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (ICTEAL)
In August 2017, TESL Ontario introduced the 
International Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (ICTEAL).  
This certificate has been designed in response to requests from the TESL Ontario accredited members who are teaching or are considering teaching English abroad.
What is ICTEAL?
ICTEAL is a TESL Ontario certificate that recognizes the certificate holder's knowledge and skills to teach English as an additional language abroad. ICTEAL also attests that the certified teacher has completed a minimum of 250 hours of TESL theory and methodology training, and at least 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of supervised practice teaching through a TESL Ontario accredited program in Canada.
Who is ICTEAL for?
ICTEAL has been designed for TESL Ontario accredited members (OCELTs) who are teaching English in other countries or are considering teaching abroad.
How can employers in other countries check the authenticity of ICTEAL?
International employers can verify the authenticity of ICTEAL through the TESL Ontario online Registry of Accredited Members. The certificate carries the TESL Ontario website address and the link to the Registry. It also shows the certificate holder's full name and their TESL Ontario membership number.
How can I apply for ICTEAL?
TESL Ontario accredited members are awarded ICTEAL automatically. Therefore, they do not need to submit a new application. ICTEAL certificates can be ordered online through the Registry of Accredited members (OCELTs)  
If you are not an accredited member of TESL Ontario, please visit our website for detailed information about the application process and requirements.

The Directory of Best Practices for Language Training
The Directory of Best Practices for Language Training is currently available for use in the beta version at The directory, funded by MCI, offers access to resources for both FSL and ESL practitioners and administrators. There are 24 topic areas in English and 20 in French. Some are subdivided into Literacy and Stages 1 and 2. Resources were carefully vetted by researchers using specific criteria (CLBs, Ontario's keystone concepts and ATESL's Best Practices Document). Please explore.  
If you have any questions or comments please contact
New Health Insurance Provider for TESL Ontario Members
Excellent coverage and rates through our new advisor   

We're pleased to announce we will be introducing a new health insurance plan for members.
Our new TESL Ontario plan, designed specifically for independent professionals, self-employed and contract teachers, will offer quality health, dental and travel coverage at favourable rates.
The plan will be underwritten by top tier Canadian insurers and is only available through our independent broker, an expert in benefits for individuals and small business.  We're confident we've found the best value insurance and a knowledgeable advisor team to work with.

Watch for full details in early January.  If you need insurance before then, let us know. We'll put you in touch with the new broker.   
Member FAQ
How do I find a list of available archived webinar videos?

A complete list of archived webinars is posted on the TESL Ontario website.

How do I track Professional Development hours from archived webinar videos?FAQ

Use the PD webinar tracking log to record your PD hours from viewing archived webinar videos.  

Two ways to use the webinar tracking log: 
  • Download and save the fillable pdf webinar tracking log to your computer before making entries to it to ensure that the information you enter is being saved properly, or 
  • If you'd prefer a hard-copy format, print the webinar tracking log. If you are audited, you would then be asked to mail or scan it. 
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