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TESL Canada Conference 2017

We are excited to announce our upcoming TESL Canada conference at the home of the famous Niagara Falls. 

Meet us from June 8-10, 2017 at the Falls Avenue Resorts which include the Sheraton on the Falls and the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview.  

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TESL Canada Journal Call for Proposals: 2017 Special Topic Issue

The TESL Canada Journal is soliciting proposals from prospective guest editors for the 2017 Special Issue. The TESL Canada Journal is an open access, refereed journal for practicing teachers, teacher educators, graduate students, and researchers. As the federally funded flagship journal of the TESL Canada Foundation since 1984, its mandate is to publish articles that contribute to the advancement of the teaching and learning of English and French as second languages in Canada; second language teacher education; and the maintenance and development of minority, heritage, or Aboriginal languages. All published articles receive DOIs and are archived by Portico and LOCKSS.

Please click here for more information about this call.

 

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TESL Canada Journal: Call for Papers

2017 Special Issue of TESL Canada Journal

Formulaic Language in English language acquisition and teaching

Guest Editor: David Wood, PhD

Formulaic language is a linguistic phenomenon which is basic to human communication. The term refers to multiword units, which may be continuous or not, which have a single meaning or function in communication, and which are probably prefabricated or stored and retrieved mentally as if a single word . Learners struggle with formulaic sequences and, for example, often fail to interpret their meanings accurately, even when given ample contextual clues . While the body of research on formulaic language is large and growing in areas such as psycholinguistic processing, analysis of the role of formulaic language in specific genres and registers of language, and extraction from texts using corpus analysis tools, there are a number of issues yet to be addressed fully in researching the teaching and acquisition of formulaic language. For example, how can we be sure that acquisition of specific formulaic sequences is adequate in causing general language gain? Are there particular strategies which learners can be taught which will help them to be more readily capable of perceiving and integrating formulaic sequences in their own language repertoire without explicit teaching? Similarly, how can we be sure that our instructional techniques have lasting effects?  Clearly, the teaching of formulaic language is an area still ripe for investigation by researchers and teachers alike.

This Special Issue of TESL Canada Journal will include papers sharing a focus on the teaching and acquisition of formulaic language, and may present empirical studies or literature reviews with fresh and practical conclusions. Book reviews and practical “In the classroom” short papers will also be included.

To review Author Guidelines and the three categories of Research, In the Classroom, and Perspectives articles, please refer to http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/about/submissions.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to download the TESL Canada Journal Submission Form on that page and to send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as an attachment, along with their manuscript.

Questions regarding this special issue should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline: Full manuscripts are due June 1, 2017.

Call for Volunteers: Graduate Students to Organize the Graduate Symposium

As part of the TESL Canada 2017 Conference in June 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario there will be a full-day Graduate Symposium on Thursday, June 8th. The Graduate Symposium is designed specifically for students pursuing either a Master’s degree or PhD in English language teaching, applied linguistics, linguistics, educational technology and other related fields.

We are looking for three to four graduate students to help organize the event for your peers to ensure that the content and activities are relevant to the needs of today’s graduate students. If you are currently enrolled in graduate studies and are interested in volunteering to help organize the TESL Canada Graduate Symposium, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dianne Tyers
TESL Canada Conference Manager

Call for Volunteers:  Expert Peer Reviewers

TESL Canada Members:

As our conference planning for June 2017 moves along we would love to tap into the expertise of our TESL Canada members to help make this the best possible conference for everyone. 
Call for Volunteers:  Expert Peer Reviewers


In our first call for volunteers we are looking for expert peer reviewers to complete the blind review process of the presentation proposals that are submitted.  We are looking for experts in the following areas:

  • The Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching
  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes

  • Teaching English for Specific Purposes (including Occupation Specific Language Teaching, Business English, Professional English)

  • Teaching Newcomers to Canada

  • Teaching in the K-12 System

  • Language Teaching and Technology

The peer review process will run from January 10th, 2017 to February 7th, 2017.  You will need to set aside approximately 10 hours within that timeframe to review and rate proposals. As a peer reviewer you will receive spreadsheets with the submitted proposals in your area of expertise, with no names attached to them.  You will be asked to rate each proposal on a scale of 1 to 5 based upon its completeness, clarity, relevance, theoretical soundness and interest.  A detailed set of descriptors for the rating scale will be provided.

If you are interested in being a peer reviewer please send an e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Your e-mail should have the subject header “Peer Reviewer Volunteer” and include your full name and the area of expertise in which you can contribute as a reviewer.  In order to establish your expertise in that area please provide a brief synopsis of 200-300 words of your education, training, teaching experience, presentation experience and publications as it relates to the area in which you feel you would be best positioned as a peer reviewer. 


There will be more calls for volunteers shortly, so if you want to get involved in the conference in another capacity, stay tuned!

Dianne Tyers
TESL Canada Conference Manager

 
 

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Announcing a New Executive Director

It is my great pleasure to welcome Claude Lloyd in his role as the new Executive Director of TESL Canada, as of September 6, 2016.

Claude lives and works in the Ottawa area. The decision to choose an Executive Director based in Ottawa was made in response to our recent 2015 Strategic Plan. As a national organization that has worked diligently in the past two years to cultivate stronger relationships with our federal government partners and other stakeholders, we recognized that an Executive Director with a presence in Ottawa would best support the organization in attaining its goals. 

The Calgary office and its staff will remain intact for the next while. We will keep you informed if and when the time comes to move the office to Ottawa.

Claude comes to us with an impressive portfolio. He has a strong legacy of collaborative work in the public, private, academia, and NGO sectors. He has clearly articulated what he considers the key performance indicators in an organization and how he plans to measure and manage those for TESL Canada. His resume and references also attest to his tremendous talents in financial management, marketing and public relations, and interpersonal relationships.

Together we can look forward to a bright future with TESL Canada under the capable direction to Claude Lloyd.

Kind Regards, 

Judy Sillito, 
President

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Incoming Editor for the TESL Canada Journal - July 2016

We are pleased to announce that the incoming TESL Canada Journal Editor is Farahnaz Faez, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western Ontario University. She will serve as Associate Editor for one year under the mentorship of our current Editor, Marian Rossiter, and begin her three-year term as Editor-in-chief July 1, 2017.

Farahnaz has over 25 years of experience in the field of TESL and has presented and published extensively during her career. She brings new energy, ideas, and expertise to the position, and we are confident that she will continue to advance the vision and high standards that have built the professional reputation of TESL Canada Journal.

I invite you all to welcome Farahnaz as she joins the TESL Canada Journal editorial board. We look forward to working closely with her over the coming years.

Judy Sillito, President

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