Canadian College of Educators
The Advanced Pedagogical Grammar Preparation course is offered in a fully online format or blended format. It is designed for TESL Ontario accredited instructors.
The course offers an in-depth exploration of advanced grammatical structures, grammar lesson planning with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and instructional resources. Participants will be able to apply new methodologies for teaching advanced grammar, and design effective lesson plans at CLB Stage 3. Assessments include quizzes, reflective journals and a lesson planning assignment. Successful participants will receive a PTCT course certificate.
This website contains helpful information for citing and referencing sources in academic writing, and how to cite according to the APA Style, 6th Edition. There is also an excellent guide to plagiarism.
Plagiarism guidelines and APA citation samples:
The Canadian Encyclopedia is not intended as an ESL resource, or a citizenship resource; however, it is an interesting, up-to-date and comprehensive compendium that can be used by students and educators for research or personal interest. It is written at a level that is accessible to Stage 2 learners.
The Encyclopedia is provided in both English and French, and contains 14,000 articles in each language. The topics include Canadian history, politics, popular culture, science, the arts and sports. Audio and video features are embedded in the online documents, and include the well-known Heritage Minutes. The closed captioning feature can be used for accurate English subtitles of the Heritage videos. There is an extensive list of interactive resources in an alphabetical list, organized as collections, exhibits, timelines and teaching resources. The teaching resources include several study guides and short quizzes, which cover issues such as Black History, the War of 1812, Critical Thinking and Compiling a Bibliography. The website also provides a link to the Canadian Citizenship Challenge, an online quiz that simulates the citizenship test. It references the Discover Canada citizenship resource. The quiz can be completed by a student individually or teachers can register their students to complete the challenge as a team.
Register your team here:
This document contains a template or blueprint for designing a CLB 7 exit test for reading and writing. It provides guidance for drawing up a test, performance indicators and suggested activities. Some of the content is Alberta-based, but will be helpful to instructors as a starting point for test design. The source of the document is the ATESL Resource Library and Alberta Initiatives Gallery.
This British-based website is intended for student self-study but it also lends itself to classroom and lab use. The site is clear and easy to navigate. Courses with multiple units and lessons are offered for several levels ranging from beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced/IELTS. There are also games and activities targeted for the workplace, college preparation, UK and US culture. See also the “Learn English with songs”, with music videos and a gap-fill.
Wikis are a simple way to bring interactive technology into the classroom. This website provides easy instructions for creating your own classroom wiki, and includes samples. No specialized computer skills are required.
This free online book includes many strategies useful for English learners who are new to Canadian academic environments. Topics include oral presentations, group work, strategies for multiple-choice exams, strategies for written exams, active listening, active reading, reading at an academic level and more.
An excellent resource for ESL for Academic Purposes instructors and learners.
Found on the Canadian Encyclopedia website, this guide was developed by Indigenous scholars to provide an alternative view of Canadian history from Indigenous perspectives. The guide is intended for mainstream students, but activities include adaptations for English learners under “modifications” – suitable for advanced learners.
The Keystone Concepts foundational document and Quartz online planning tool together comprise the “Curriculum Guidelines for Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program.” (Adult FSL can also be accessed through this website.)
Keystone Concepts is a 40-page document containing guiding principles and components of program delivery for ESL in Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training programs. It is the foundation for the course planning process that is facilitated by the Quartz interactive online suite of planning tools. The document details eight core principles and four key components of program planning.
Note: Only those with a schoolboard email can access this site.
This website is written by a British academic and author of books on teaching English using film. The website contains a large library of short films, cartoons and TV ads. The lessons can be browsed according to theme and language level. Topics cover issues such as bullying, love, the gold mining industry, and compassion, to name just a few. Lesson plans are interesting, clear and well presented. The levels are aligned with CFER (Common European Framework of Reference); A1=’beginner’ ; A2=CLB4, B1= CLB 5, B2 = CLB 6-7, C1=CLB 8-9.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instructors and learners will find valuable resources to build academic skills, covering the 4 main skills, and also including fluency, grammar and pronunciation practice. The reading section has several offerings, such as understanding academic texts and reading strategies for academic settings. The vocabulary section includes an academic phrase bank.
Here are a few of the many online dictionaries suitable for instructors and higher level learners. The Oxford and Cambridge websites provide blogs for instructors. The Merriam-Webster site contains quizzes and learner activities.
Advanced learners may enjoy using Oxford Advanced American Dictionary or Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online. In other words, it is both a dictionary and a thesaurus, employing a visually appealing neural net (word web) to demonstrate meanings, word associations and concepts.
Oxford Advanced: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/american_english/
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
The Owl Purdue Writing Lab offers resources targeting high level English and mainstream learners in academic settings. Topics include teaching writing and writing academic papers, how to do research, grammar and mechanics of writing. The academic writing pages also contain style guides for APA and MLA with clear explanations and examples. The ESL pages focus on grammar issues, plus helpful, detailed information on plagiarism with a focus on ESL learners.
Instructors can use OWL’s PowerPoint slides and OWL’s Vidcasts: short narrated slideshows that are from 2 to 6 minutes in length, and focus on writing issues, including writing for an academic setting, writing for an audience and using style guides.
A popular platform among instructors, Quizlet can be used to create classroom games, learning interactions and content reviews. It can also be used individually as a study aid by students.
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Professional development made easy! This website contains short, digestible summaries of current research on language learning and teaching. These articles normally appear in academic journals and are often hidden behind paywalls, making them inaccessible to most classroom teachers. The website also provides a list of Open Access journals and welcomes contributions from educators.
The resources available are curated by topic or area of interest. They are updated and added to on a regular basis. Resources are available for instructors. Topics are generally aligned to CLB levels and stages.
Online resources include topics such as:
- NFB Short Films
This online resource (based on Hong Kong) offers activities, worksheets, games and teaching advice for all levels. Many of the resources are free but there is also a $39 membership subscription to access to all materials. Some engaging (free) games include: Balderdash, Personal Information Dominoes, and Silent Dictation.
Canadian College of Educators
This course is delivered in four modules: introduction to the TOEFL and other standardized language tests, teaching language skills and supporting skills, developing lessons for teaching TOEFL preparation. Assessments include quizzes, a lesson plan assignment and writing reflective journal entries.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) posts engaging talks on scientific, academic and cultural issues to its website. Speakers from around the world deliver talks in a lecture-style format. New lectures are posted on a weekly basis. The lectures range from 5 to 18 minutes and longer, and have transcripts and subtitles available in more than 100 languages. Learners can use the talks for independent study. Instructors can use the search feature to find talks on appropriate themes, and build lessons around talks to target specific language skills and academic skills, such as note taking.
TEDEd: Instructors can open an account and develop their own lesson plans or access lessons developed by other teachers.