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Announcement from the TESL Canada Board of Directors

October 19, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience at this challenging time. It is our full intention to maintain the accreditation of our certification programs with no devaluing of our standards. Please be assured that we are working diligently in order to provide details to you and our stake holders as soon as we have the specifics to share in the very near future.

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TESL Canada Conference 2017 - Conference Presentation Materials for Download

The TESL Canada Conference in Niagara Falls was a great experience, and now many of this year’s presenters have graciously made their presentation materials available for you to view or download!

Find instructions on how to access the material on the TESL Canada Conference 2017 Program page.

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Board of Directors – Call for Nominations

TESL Canada is currently accepting nominations for the TESL Canada Board for the following positions:

Executive Officers
Elected Directors
Chair, Research and Outreach
Chair, Standards Advisory Committee
Chair, Settlement Language National Network
Chair, Professional Development Committee
Chair, TESL Canada Journal Advisory Committee

The length of term is one year – from July 2017 until July 2018. Please note that nominees may be nominated for one or more positions.


Nominations submitted will be announced and voted on-line through the TESL Canada website. Members will receive a notification email and voting instructions when the e-voting portal is opened.

Nomination Requirements:
All nominees must be current TESL Canada members.
All nominees must be nominated by 2 current TESL Canada members.
All nominees must sign the Nomination Consent Form which includes a “consent to be nominated” clause.
All nominees are asked to submit a brief biography and statement regarding the TESL Canada Board. The maximum length is 50-100 words. They are also encouraged to include a recent photo. This information will be included in the nomination slate posted on the election website.

Please refer to the links below for the nomination form and additional information.

Board Nomination Form

Submit the completed Nomination Form to Ron Thomson, Nominations Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy Jessica Tomlin, HR/Office Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please attach your biography and picture for posting on the election website. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. Your email is confirmation that you agree to run for a position(s) on the TESL Canada Board 2017-2018.

Please visit the TESL Canada Website for general information about TESL Canada.

If you have any questions, please contact the TESL Canada Head Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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ATESL 2017 Conference

The ATESL 2017 Conference is taking place on October 20th and 21st at the Westin Hotel located in beautiful downtown Calgary, Alberta. The theme is Expanding Possibilities: Diversity and Innovation. The conference is hosting three world renowned keynote speakers, including Dr. Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia), Dr. Darren Lund (University of Calgary), and Dr. Greg Kessler (Ohio University). This year’s conference also features the Educational Technology Summit. This special event is a collaborative initiative organized by ATESL and BC TEAL. It will take place with the regular conference sessions on Saturday, October 21st. The call for presentations is now open and the deadline for submissions is June 19, 2017 at midnight. Visit for more details.


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



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, 


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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