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International students allowed back into Canada

As of October 20th, international students are again allowed into Canada provided that they are studying with an institution that has an approved covid-19 readiness plan. It will be interesting to see how quickly students return.

We should take this opportunity to give a shout-out to Languages Canada. They have been working hard since the outset of the pandemic to work with the government to advance the interests of this industry which, as we all know, has been hit particularly hard by this pandemic. They have pointed out that over 75% of English and French programs are at risk of permanently closing and that with international students contributing $22 billion to the economy every year, Canada needs international students as well. They developed the Study Safe Corridor, a well-thought out plan, that would ensure that students could get to Canada for their studies, ensuring that they depart safe, arrive safe and study safe.

Read more about the new regulations.

Read more about Languages Canada’s efforts.

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Getting Materials to your students while campuses are closed

While the majority of post-secondary educational institutions have quickly made a heroic switch from the classroom to online learning during this pandemic, it has surfaced that an associated problem is how to get learning materials into the hands of students. Campus bookstores are for the most part closed and so is gone the usual source for student books and eBooks.

English Central is happy to say that we are able to help in this situation. We can get physical books and eBook codes into the hands of your students, economically and reliably. Further convenience is that we deal with all major publishers (and a lot of smaller ones too), so we offer the convenience of one-stop shopping.

Some notes follow on the service we can provide, though we encourage you to contact us with any questions or to go ahead with this program. Please email nicole@englishcentral.net.

How does it work?

We will need you to supply us with the titles and ISBNs of the materials you use, your start date and expected enrolment (we understand that numbers right now are often a bit of a question mark; estimates are fine). We will then confirm prices and order in the necessary quantities so that they will be available to ship out as soon as students place their orders. We will add these materials to our eCommerce site. We will also create a PDF for your program to distribute to your students, listing the materials by course and hyperlinking them to our eCommerce site; this will make the ordering process as simple as possible for students and will ensure they order the correct materials. Physical books will be shipped to students’ homes, codes will be emailed to them.

Pricing

We will charge list price for the materials, which is either the same or less than what students would be paying in a campus bookshop. For eBooks, there will be no additional charges (other than tax). For physical books, we will be subsidizing shipping charges. For orders over $100, shipping will be free. For orders less than $100, we will charge half of the Canada Post rate (there will be a promo code on the PDF we produce for you). Of course, there will be no shipping charge for eBooks. Contactless pickup is also available for those in the Toronto area.

Are there any obligations?

No. And if not many of your students end up buying, there will be no penalties.

How do you move forward with this?

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TESL Hamilton (April 25, 2020)

Hamilton is a cool little place, not only was the first Tim Horton’s opened there, but it also has the biggest botanical garden in Canada! If that is not enough to get you interested, well… TESL Hamilton will be taking place there (duh), so if you’re in the area or want to check out Hamilton on top of getting some professional development, make sure to you attend!

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TESOL 2020 (March 31-April 3, 2020)

If you like blue skies, kayaking, fresh air, whiskey, and sunshine Denver, Colorado just might be the place for you, and if you can’t move there you can attend TESOL 2020. Complete with over 6000 attendants, 4 keynotes, 100 exhibitions, and 1000+ sessions, TESOL 2020 is the conference to attend.

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AWLA Conference 2020 Also SCOLT The former Alabama Association of Foreign Languages Teachers (AAFLT) is now the Alabama World Language Association (AWLA) (March 26-28, 2020)

There might be no f-u-n in conference, but if professional networking and development aren’t a selling point for you, then consider this: this year’s meeting and reception will be at the Mobile Carnival Museum! Fun! So if this sounds like something you might enjoy, click here for more information.