TESOL 2015 in Toronto

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TESOL 2015 Cometh!

TESOL’s International Convention and English Language expo is a matter of weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited that this year it is being held on our home turf of Toronto! From March 26th to 28th at the Metro Convention Centre, thousands of ESL teaching professionals will come together to share, learn and network.

With all the energy we are saving from not having to travel to TESOL this year, we decided against sitting back. Instead we are putting the saved energy into making this our most eventful TESOL ever including an awesome booth with some great brand new and very cool publications, special promotions, great giveaways and some not-to-be-missed presentations.

Come Visit Our Booth!

In fact, you will have to visit our booth to see the new publications we have on offer (but here’s a hint: some great new teacher development and EAP titles) as well as to find out the promotions we have. We will tell you that we have awesome gift bags for the first 350 people who sign up for our eNewsletter (if you are already on our mailing list – and you probably are if you are reading this – just update/confirm your information and you get a gift bag). These bags are gifts in themselves, but they are filled with free magazines, stationery, EnglishCentral.com access codes and more. Also, some of our authors will be on hand and will be happy to chat with and give insight into their books. We will be hard to miss, but our booth number is 1209.

Come to One (or all) of Our Presentations

We have been getting increasingly great turnouts for our presentations over the past few years, and if you haven’t been to one yet, now is a great time to make a change; we have something for every area of interest: EAP, General English, using online video and exam prep. Details are below.

Increasing Motivation, Confidence, and Communicative Competence with Authentic Video

Thursday, March 26th

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Convention Center – 205B

In this presentation, the presenter takes a look at EnglishCentral.com, an online learning platform featuring thousands of authentic and current video clips. Participants explore the various features of this powerful learning tool and discover how effective it is in building confidence, increasing motivation and improving communicative competence.

Life Skills: What They Are and How to Teach Them

Thursday, March 26th

1:00pm – 1:45 pm

Convention Center – 204

Recently, many are advocating integrating work on life (or “soft” or “21st Century”) skills into the language classroom. In this session, participants look at what life skills are and how they can be tied to language work to help our students get ready for the world that awaits them.

EAP Priorities: Critical Thinking, Specific Subskills, Context or Pretty Pictures?

Friday, March 27th

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Convention Center – 801A

With the growing number of glossy resources being published for the EAP classroom, it is becoming a more difficult job to decide on what to use with our students. Which priorities really are important and how well do they get addressed? What is critical thinking anyway? Let’s discuss (and evaluate)!

 

Ready for Teaching IELTS: Tips and Insights

Saturday, March 28th

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Join Christien Lee, experienced author and test preparation teacher, in this session where he shares the insights he has gained from teaching IELTS over the past decade. Whether you are an experienced IELTS instructor or thinking of becoming one, this session will help you to help your students.

 

Visit the convention site.

Macmillan Webinar- Motivating Teenage Learners

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Need ideas on getting your students excited to learn? Join Beyond author Rebecca Robb Benne for a webinar all about motivating  teenage students. The webinar will discuss using student-generated content, teaching with puzzles and quizzes, and changing the pace of your classroom with stories, cinematic listening, and songs.

The webinar is free and will be held on February 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM (GMT)

Learn more and register here

“We’d Rather Sell it than Count It” Holiday Sale – 2014 edition

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So much on sale, so little time! December 18th to 23rd, 2014.

Download the sale flyer.

The full sale is available in person at our Toronto showroom. However, if you are not able to come to the showroom, a 20% discount will be applied to all web orders placed during the holiday sale (you won’t see the discount in your cart, but it will be applied when the order is processed. If you would like to take advantage of some of the “These just became old editions” or “we have too many of these” sale items, please call or email to place your order.

Macmillan Education Online Conference

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The Macmillan Education Online Conference returns for a fourth year running, bringing you 5 days of talks to inspire your teaching and support your professional development.

Featuring 12 talks from ELT experts and authors including Steve Taylore-Knowles, Jill Leighton and Adrian Underhill, and 4 interactive Google Hangouts, our 2014 event promises to be better than ever!

All conference delegates will receive a certificate of attendance, plus a FREE Sherlock Holmes Graded Reader from our brand-new eBooks store after the event.

Watch our trailer on YouTube and join in the conversation at #MEOC2014.

Series of Free Professional Development Webinars from DELTA Publishing

Delta Publishing logoDELTA Publishing (which is distributed in the USA and Canda by English Central) is offering a series of exciting webinars with top authors this fall. Webinars include:

  • Teaching Unplugged: 50-free with Luke Meddings
  • Storytelling with our Students: Techniques for Telling Tales from Around the World with David Heathfield
  • Pronunciation for Listeners with Mark Hancock
  • Going Mobile with Nicky Hockly and gavin Dudeney
  • Teaching Pronunciation: Challenges and Opportunities with Jonathan Marks

Go to DELTA’s website for more details, dates and to register.

Good to know: if you can’t make the times, recordings of the webinars will be posted to DELTA’s site a day or two after!

 

44th Annual NYS Conference. Empowering ELLs: Equity, Engagement, Enrichment

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Carrie Purcell wil be heading out to Albany for this year’s NYS Conference. The conference is November 14th – 15th at the Albany Hilton. Be sure to stop by to say hello to Carrie and check out all the great new resources we have.

For more information on the conference, go to NYS TESOL’s website.

TexTESOL in San Marcos

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English Central is excited to be exhibiting at this year’s TexTESOL conference in San Marcos, November 13th – 15th. To find out more about the conference, follow this link. Nicole Graham will be representing English Central and she hopes to make as many new friends as possible!

Nicole will also be presenting “Increasing Motivation, Confidence and Communicative Competence with Authentic Video”.  The session is tentatively scheduled for Friday (Session 4 at 2:12 in Veramendi room I).