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TESOL 2019 Approacheth

It is hard to believe that in little more than a month it will be time for TESOL! And if that isn’t exciting enough, it is in Atlanta, so all of us who attend will have the chance to fill up on fried pickles (and chicken) at the same time. That is what they call “living”.

English Central will be there and exhibiting with our newest publisher, Innova Press. Award-winning author Terry Phillips will be with us representing Innova. Terry will also be presenting on his upcoming series EAP Grammar. As always, we will also have plenty of great books with us and fun little gifts for those who are kind enough to come and visit us at our booth.

We hope you will attend our sessions too! Here are the details:

The Skillful approach to teaching critical thinking

March 13th, 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM in A408 at GWCC

All published EAP materials claim to teach critical thinking skills, but do they ask students to do more than discuss their opinions? In this session, attendees look at low- to high-order critical thinking skills and how they can effectively be taught across levels of an EAP curriculum.

The importance of grammar in EAP

English is largely a syntactic language, with meaning being conveyed in most cases by word order. However, there is generally a focus on tense formation and usage in the ESL classroom. This session explores the importance of teaching competence in syntax to improve academic reading and writing.

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TESOL 2018: March 27-30 in the Windy City… don’t miss our presentations!

Chicago is one of our favorite cities and so we have more than just the convention to look forward to next month.

As is our habit, we will be exhibiting at the convention. Please be sure to come by our booth to say hello, check out our new resources and claim some SWAG for yourself. Also, if you are the type who enjoys presentations made by intelligent and witty people, be kind to yourself and come to one or both of our presentations.

What Innovation in the Classroom Can Look Like

3:00 – 3:45 PM, Wednesday, March 28

E263 (McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, East)

Buzzwords come and go, as do arguments for pedagogical shifts. What if innovation in the classroom involved the marriage of solid teaching principles and genuinely useful content and skills development for 21st century students? In this session the presenter examines some materials that facilitate positive innovation in the classroom.


Critical Thinking, Skills, and Language Development in EAP


E263 (McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, East)

Work on global skills, like making presentations and writing essays, must be done in tandem with the development of critical thinking and subskills (e.g., using intonation patterns expressing attitude and using hedging structures). In doing this, the new edition of Skillful excels in preparing students for their future studies.

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It’s time for the annual Holiday sale! December 15th – 22nd, 2017

Oh, yes, everyone, it is time to get your holiday jingle on! Stock up on resources to bring joy and a love of learning to your classroom, act as Santa to yourself, your colleagues and/or your students and fight the winter doldrums with some fresh resources! So much good can be achieved in one shopping event!

What is on sale, exactly?

20% off anything in stock (code HOHO20)

30% off teacher resources* (code HOHOHO30)

Academic Word List Cards are normally $12.95, but during the sale are only $6.47 a set when you purchase 5 or more sets (code HOHOHOAWL!) !

Place your orders online by December 22nd! If you are in the Toronto area, you can also come by our showroom to shop the sale in person (and check our our bin of misfit books that are discounted something crazy!).

*Discounts apply to regular priced items only.

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NYS TESOL 47th Annual Conference: November 3rd & 4th

Empathy in Action: Social Pedagogy and Public Advocacy for English Language Learners

English Central is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of this year’s NYS TESOL Conference and Carrie is very much looking forward to seeing you there (if you are going to be there, of course; she has many skills, but it would be difficult for her to see you if you weren’t there). Come by, chaeck out our books and SWAG and say hello.

NYS TESOL Conference site

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Workshop with Lindsay Clandfield, March 9th

We are proud to announce that our old friend Lindsay Clandfield will be giving a workshop at our Toronto showroom titled What we talk about when we talk about interaction. Lindsay will explore “interaction” – what it means, what forms it can take (in the classroom and online) and its implications for the classroom. For more details, please see the link below.

To register, please call 416-850-0833 or email us at Space is limited, so if you are interested, please RSVP ASAP!


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TESOL Convention 2017: March 21st to 24th in Seattle

TESOL approacheth again! We are super excited that it will be in Seattle this year, just down the road from the Pike Place Market. Hello tasty seafood! Of course, we are looking forward to the conference as well.

This year we are taking an exciting (to us at least) new (to everyone) approach to our booth. We will also be giving out free copies of our new game, Jetstream and Turbulence, so be sure to check us out. We also hope you will join us for one or both of our workshops (if you respond to bribery, let us tell you that you will get a free book if you come).

Title: Take your students to TASK: the Key to Success!

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Location: 615

In this session we will examine how carefully designed activities in The Transferable Academic Skills Kit give students the skills that they lack but sorely need – such as critical thinking, presenting, researching and referencing – to succeed not only in their post-secondary studies but in their future careers as well.

Title: Students and Learning: the Whole Experience

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Time: 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Location: 614

Do you think your students would be better off if they were fully engaged in class, learned really useful and natural language, gained cultural awareness and became more fluent speakers? Find out why it is not as tall an order as it sounds: join us in exploring Jetstream.