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.