SAVE THE DATE!
SAVE THE DATE!
March 28, 2018
Now that spring has arrived (although we may be questioning that premise in certain parts of the country!), I thought it was time to touch base with everyone once again. We had a great TESL Canada Board meeting last week, good representation from across the country and very productive discussions. We are very pleased to have stabilized our financial situation with the paring down of expenses to just the necessities. This has allowed us to be able to hire a part-time administrator and we have reopened individual certification https://www.tesl.ca/certification.html . Inquiries and applications have already begun to come in and we anticipate that we will be able to process these in a timely (4-6 weeks) fashion depending on complexity of application (in particular PLAR) and numbers of applications received. Remember that if your province is not a member of TESL Canada, you must pay for your individual direct membership.
In addition to individual membership, the standards committee communicated with teacher training programs to let them know that, based on their feedback regarding a proposal for an external service, we are now revisiting an in-house solution. With expenses now reduced to the very basics and with some renewed financial stability, we are hopeful that we will research a solution soon. In the meantime, active TTPRs have all been given a 6-month extension.
In terms of communication and dissemination of information, we have reactivated our twitter account, and continue to update the website and send regular messages to members (and former members) and recognized TTPs. These communiques include promoting provincial conferences like TESL SK’s coming up in April http://www.teslsask.com/news-and-events/conferences/ and TESL NS’s which will take place at Acadia University in May- https://teslns.com/conference/
We also announced the publication of the latest TESL Canada Journal special issue http://teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl and sent a call for papers for TCJ https://www.tesl.ca/publications/tesl-canada-journal/journal-announcements.html. Finally, we will forward any useful professional development information that we receive from organizations and people in the TESL field whom we follow. Related to this is our most recent message regarding our communication with TESOL international’s president and their convention and announcement of the six principles http://www.tesol.org/the-6-principles/. We will continue to make communication a priority and will meet with IRCC in April and hopefully organize another provincial presidents’ meeting.
at any time. If you are planning a spring conference, I hope it is a positive professional learning experience. If TESL Canada can do anything to help support or promote it, please let us know.
On behalf of the TESL Canada Board
TESL SK / SK TEAL 2018 CONFERENCE
Methodology in Action | April 20 – 21, 2018
Dear TESL Canada,
TESL SK / SK TEAL will hold its annual conference at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Regina, Saskatchewan. Approximately 150 people are expected to attend the conference on each day. Registrants will reflect all stakeholders in our province: Adult ESL teachers, K-12 EAL teachers, Teacher-trainers, TESL students, settlement agencies, government agencies, funders, and volunteers.
We extend a warm invitation to participate in our community based organizations' display room. The area will be centrally located allowing for easy access and maximum viewing. There are no fees per table. Each table is 6 feet long, and organizations are welcome to request any number of tables. If you wish to have a display and attend, please provide the following information:
Additional details, such as set-up times, will be provided after confirmation of attendance. For those who wish to stay at the conference hotel, a special rate is available which includes breakfast. In the event you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to send us pamphlets, materials and resources for display. These items can be returned upon request.
This is a wonderful opportunity for your organization to reach a wide audience; therefore, we thank you for your extensive interest in SK TEAL and TESL SK and look forward to seeing you at our annual conference!
Conference Planning Committee Member
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TESL Canada Conference 2017 - Conference Presentation Materials for Download
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