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TESL Kingston
Winter Workshop
March 3

April 4

Spring Conference
April 7
TESL Waterloo-Wellington
April 11

TESL Durham
Spring workshop/AGM
April 14
TESL Kingston
Spring Workshop
April 14
TESL Niagara
Spring Conference
April 14
TESL Hamilton
Spring Conference
April 21

TESL Windsor
Spring Conference & AGM
April 21

TESL London
Spring Conference
May 5

TESL Ottawa
Spring Event
May 5

TESL Toronto
May 26
TESL Waterloo-Wellington
Spring Conference
May 26

TESL Ontario
Annual Conference
Nov 1 - 2 
Click here to access your Affiliate Chapter website for more information about any of the above events.  

TESL Ontario Webinars
Using the Best Practices Directory of Resources
February 25

Hearing Rhythm, the Key to Speaking English Fluently
February 28

An Inter-Culturally Sensitive Approach to Address 'The Issue' of Plagiarism
March 4

Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Communication
March 25

Language Barrier and its Cognitive Consequences in the Workplace and Education
March 28
Click here for webinar details.

The fall 2017 Issue of Contact Magazine is available.

To access recent articles  click here.

To download full issues, click here.  

Guest Bloggers Wanted 

Join us in expanding this supportive online community. Guest bloggers to submit one blog post every 4 - 6 weeks. 
Click here for more details. 

National Volunteer Week April 15-21, 2018

Volunteers, tell us about the highlight of your volunteer experience with TESL Ontario and/or TESL Ontario Affiliate Chapter in the past year and you will be entered into a draw to win one of five $20 Chapters Gift Cards.

Click here to participate.
Webinar Presenters

Do you have expertise on a specific TESL related topic?

Consider presenting a webinar on the subject.

Click here to learn more about presenting.

Click here to submit a webinar proposal.

YouTube Resources 

Share your favourite teaching resource videos. The TESL Ontario YouTube team will categorize the videos into organized playlists and share your recommendations with our members.

Click here to share a video. 

February 2018

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 .

Directory of Best Practices

We are happy to announce that the Directory of Best Practices Resources is now up and running at

The Directory provides support for practitioners in ESL and FSL. Instructors can find lesson plans, digital tools, games, and support material in at least 24 context areas of instruction or support (to name a few!). Administrators can find resources to support their programming needs. Planning a new curriculum or updating lesson plans? This is a great starting place. Links and resources are regularly checked and added to when appropriate. 

A TESL Ontario webinar on how to use the Directory of Best Practices will be available Sunday, February 25 through the TESL Ontario webinar series. Click here for more information.

If you have questions or comments please contact

New and Improved YouTube Channel
The TESL Ontario YouTube team has been working hard to improve our YouTube channel, to provide our members with another valuable resource tool.
On the TESL Ontario YouTube Channel you will find:
  • Categorized playlists of video tutorials recommended by our members, including technology, pronunciation, grammar, lesson planning, and more
  • "This Session is 22 Minutes" video conference sessions from 2016 & 2017
  • Select TESL Ontario webinars released to the public from 2016 & 2017
Subscribe to the TESL Ontario Channel today. You'll receive notifications when new videos are posted.

TESL Ontario 46th Annual Conference
The 2018 TESL Ontario Annual Conference "Synergies of Language & Life"  will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto November 1 - 2.

More details will be posted to the TESL Ontario website as they become available. 
Tutela Resources
Popular Resources on Tutela 

Please note that you will be required to login to to access these resources.
Conestoga College LINC Assessment Generating Tool: Listening
Comprehensive rubric tool helps create listening assessment tasks for the portfolio. It helps make effective rubrics aligned to the CLB.

PBLA Series, Part 6: Simplifying Receptive Assessment Tasks
Webinar Orientation to the LINC Assessment Generating Tool: Listening.

About me
PBLA Documents for about me section for Stage 1

PBLA Setting Goals CLB 3/4
A goal setting worksheet that looks at what makes a goal specific, measurable and achievable, then shows students how to use their language companion to help them set goals.

Instructor Tools for PBLA, CLB 4-7
Tools to help instructors observe, assess, and record learner's performance of specific tasks over a range of competencies.

PBLA - Inventory Masters - 4 Skills
PBLA requires students to maintain inventories of the items they add to their portfolios. These are blank inventory lists for L, S, R and W. Useful for CLB Stage 1 and 2 students.

CLB 2 Listening Assessment: Weather Report
Students listen to a weather report and locate key details. This is a listening assessment for CLB 2 based on PBLA requirements.

Tutela Webinar: Making PBLA work in a continuous intake class
Webinar demonstration on how some strategic pre-preparation can make it easier to introduce PBLA to newcomers in our classrooms and to share some successful best practices.

Forms for PBLA Stage 1
Handouts (Forms) for Tutela Webinar: Making PBLA work in a continuous intake class.

Thematic Needs Assessment
A thematically organized Needs Assessment Tool for use with CLB 4+
Affiliate Chapter News & Updates
Join the TESL-Durham Executive Team!
        • Are you looking for a way to get more involved with the TESL community? 
        • Are you looking for an opportunity to share your enthusiasm and expertise?
        • Are you wondering how to expand your professional network?
Why not consider joining the TESL Durham executive team?

Click here for more details.
Join TESL Ottawa as an Affiliate Executive
Do you enjoy going to TESL Ottawa events? Are you looking for opportunities to network with other professionals in the field? Do you want to learn new skills or contribute to the field?

We are looking for hardworking individuals for our upcoming 2017-2018 year. If you are willing to volunteer a few hours a month, please fill in our Expression of Interest Form

TESL Toronto is currently accepting session proposals for its annual spring conference. We welcome a wide range of proposals across all English language teaching sectors. This year's TOSCON will take place on Saturday May 26.

Click here to access the speaker application form. 

TESL Hamilton is looking for volunteers to join the TESL Hamilton Executive.

Click here to complete the expression of interest form.

TESL Hamilton is currently looking for presenters to provide 45 minute workshop presentations for our conference on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Click here for more information. 

TESL London is looking for presenters for our Spring conference May 5, 2018.
Proposals should include:

  • Presentation topic (teaching focused. Sessions with a main focus on PBLA will not be considered)
  • number of people they can accommodate,
  • any required technology and
  • a one paragraph bio.

Presentation proposals should be submitted by March 8 to
Winter Wellness Moment
Prescription to Consider... 

Winter.... some of us love it. Some long for spring. No matter which camp you're in, it's especially important to take care of your health in winter.

Even if our new year resolutions include healthy living, in winter it can be particularly hard to find the time or maybe the motivation. Work and studies ramp up, family calendars fill in, and personal and professional to-do lists get in the way. There's no magic pill for stretching the hours in your day, but according to Dr. Mike Evans of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, there is medicine we should all regularly take.

This 5-minute clip aptly titled 23 and 1/2 Hours is worth a look.

Whether your idea of the perfect winter day is outside in the fresh air, hours by the fire with a good book, or a travel adventure, Dr. Evans offers a prescription that any season!
This Wellness Moment message is from Health Plus™ Insurance. In case you missed the announcement, Health Plus™ is the new plan we introduced in January for TESL Ontario Members. Designed specifically for self-employed professionals, business owners, freelance and contract workers, Health Plus™ provides excellent health, dental, drug and travel health insurance at better rates than other plans. It's only available through our broker Loran Insurance Limited. Visit Or call Terry Flynn or Galen Flynn at 1-877-218-0394.

Member FAQ
How do I download my Certificate of Accreditation?

Visit the Registries section of the TESL Ontario website.

Select the Registry for the type of certificate you wish to download.

Registry of Accredited Members (OCELT)
Registry of Approved TESL Trainers
Registry of Accredited PTCT Instructors
  • Click on the appropriate registry above.
  • Enter your membership number OR your last name, and click on "Search". Your name and location will appear on the screen. Click on "View Profile".
  • Click on "Order Your Certificate". Enter your membership number again, click on the box next to "I am not a robot" and follow the instructions. Then click on "Verify".
  • Click on "Email my Certificate". Your certificate will be sent to the email account we have on file for you.
  • Open the attachment and print, save, or forward your certificate.

If you experience difficulty, click on "reset" before making another attempt. If the registry does not find your profile or if your certificate does not appear in your email inbox, please contact TESL Ontario at or at 416-593-4243 ext. 205 for assistance.
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