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Happiness @ School – webinar with Patrice Palmer

March 18th update: this webinar has been canceled. We hope to reschedule as a live event once it is safe to gather.

Please join us at 10 am EST on March 20th to celebrate the first day of spring and World Happiness Day with Patrice Palmer!

Happiness @ School
“Happy teachers will change the world”. Thích Nhất Hanh   

Did you know that 50% of our happiness is determined by our genes, 10% by our environment but that 40% is determined by our actions or attitude?  The science of positive psychology or human flourishing suggests hundreds of simple interventions or strategies (e.g. like writing in a gratitude journal) that we can apply daily to increase our happiness and well-being.

In this workshop, I will provide an overview of positive psychology and give concrete examples of some simple interventions that can be used with learners. Happiness is contagious! Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the fastest growing area of psychology, learn new interventions that are evidence-based leading to happier teachers, students and all school staff and leave with a list of simple actions that can lead to increased happiness, well-being and flourishing.

About Patrice
Patrice Palmer has more than 25 years as an ESL educator, trainer and facilitator.  Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts (York University); a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education and Master of Education (Brock University); Master of Arts (OISE of the University of Toronto).  Patrice has several TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) accreditations including OCELT certification.  She also completed certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and now teaches in the program.  She is a certified Mindfulness Facilitator and Mental Fitness and Resiliency Trainer.
Patrice’s experience with professional burn-out in 2015 prompted her to reflect on her own lack of self-care and adopt positive psychology interventions which she happily shares.  Patrice is the author of The Teacher Self-Care Manual: Simple Strategies for Stressed Teachers and a teacher’s resource for middle-school students entitled Ready, Set, GROW! which is filled with positive psychology interventions for young learners.  

With the $10 workshop fee, you will also receive a digital copy of Patrice’s book The Teacher’s Self-Care Manual, published by Alphabet Publishing.

Click here to sign up.

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DELTA Speaking Globally webinar series

English Central is happy to promote a webinar series being offered by one of our publishers.

DELTA Publishing Speaking Globally is a week of connecting teachers around the world to some of the best speakers in ELT today.


Join us from Monday 22 March until Thursday 25 March 2021 for an exciting week of ideas and thoughts that will inspire you in so many ways, both inside and outside the classroom.

David Crystal will be talking about the direction Englishes are taking and Scott Thornbury will revisit the unplugged world of teaching that’s moved online and what direction this digital way is taking us. These are just two of the speakers lined up, so have a look at what we have planned for the week below.

Make sure you sign up and don’t miss these great talks. We are looking forward to a great week of ELT Speaking Globally.

More information and sign up.

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Mediation: the what, why and how

Join us at 4pm EST on Thursday, March 4th as Steve Tulk from Macmillan introduces us to the what why and how of teaching mediation… mediation is now in the CEFR descriptors, so it is worth learning about. Participation is free, just email info@englishcentral.net to register.

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Positive energy: ELT edition

We are planning on making this year the positive energy year. We have some ideas we are working on and we will bring them to you over the course of the year, but we would first like to start by asking our readers what we can bring you that will make a happy and positive difference to you. Please take a minute to think and then ask us for speakers or information on any area that would bring some positive energy to you. The possibilities are endless, really, so don’t be shy to bring anything to us. We will do our best to use what connections and resources we have to make it happen.
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The final drop of our Moving Sale

Hi everyone!

Thank you for making our moving sale such a success. We imagine there will be quite a bit of interest in our final drop which features integrated skills (both General English and Academic), methodology, linguistics, teacher resource and photocopiable books, as well as games!

The sale lasts until December 18th (and you can purchase from any drop), but shop early to avoid disappointment as this is all while quantities last!

Shop the drop. Email info@englishcentral.net with the titles you want to buy and we will email you back with your order confirmation. Easy enough!

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Moving sale: 1st drop

Here is the first drop of our 2020 moving sale. Sadly, we could not set everything up in our eCommerce site because it would have just been an insane amount of work to briefly sell stuff at a loss! So it is a little cumbersome, but we hope the great deals will keep you energized!

Here are a few points:

  • Download the list. Note that with some titles, we have quite a few copies available. We have created “supersized” pricing for these.
  • Highlight what you would like to purchase and email it to info@englishcentral.net along with your full name and address. We will then set up your order and email it back to you with your total including any applicable taxes and shipping charges.
  • Sales are while quantities last. No rainchecks. All sales are final.

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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?