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


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


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).

TESL Ontario’s 42nd Annual Conference

October 16-18, 2014

Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building

Come and visit us in the Exhibitor’s Hall – find out what is new and we will have some great promotions that would be a shame to miss! Even if you weren’t planning on attending the confeence, admission to the exhibit hall is free. Find out more about the conference here.

Workshop: A New Way to Teach Reading

The workshop will present a completely new approach to teaching reading that actually provides students with strategies to become better readers. This is in contrast to the usual way of handling reading, where students are merely tested on their comprehension and most of the skills that they do practice are not transferable. This session will provide a simple lesson framework based on strategies to improve comprehension that can be used outside the classroom. It also includes transferable strategies students can use to deal with unknown words. The framework is easily implemented and the fact that the lessons are completely student-centred means that very little preparation is needed on the part of the teacher. All you need to do before the lesson is to find a reading text.

The workshop will take place on July 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 at English Central. More details are below. Please note that the group rate is $25 per person (3 or more) so if you would like to print a copy of the poster to put in your staffroom, you can find a PDF version here http://kenlackman.com/files/newreading14.pdf

To register for the workshop, simply email Ken at klackman@kenlackman.com. If you would like to register and pay by credit card, you can do it here: http://kenlackman.com/attendworkshops2.html