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A Virtual Teaching Assistant in the Blended Classroom

Published December 6, 2016  |  English (Second Language)

Frank Bonkowski Teacher, Cégep de Saint-Laurent

A blended learning approach (sometimes referred to as hybrid teaching) seems to be the best of both worlds, combining online instruction with face-to-face classroom interaction. Many report that the blended classroom–regardless of which model is used–is flexible and convenient, as it offers access to lots of resources. Using online tools can also increase student motivation. A 2012 article in Profweb reported that the hybrid/blended classroom is growing in popularity in Québec. This is not surprising since some recent research has shown that blended classrooms can outperform traditional classrooms. I’ve been teaching academic writing to high-intermediate and advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent for the past several years. Using the Moodle platform, I’ve been doing hybrid or blended teaching in multi-skill courses at the 102 and 103 levels.

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A Professional Development Resource for Going Beyond the Classroom: An Interview with Brett Fischer & Danielle Viens

Published September 10, 2019  |  English (Second Language)

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Thanks to a grant from ECQ (Entente Canada-Québec), a professional development resource for ESL (English as a second language) teachers who are interested in creating learning experiences outside the classroom is now available for the Quebec college network. I recently interviewed Brett Fischer and Danielle Viens who collaborated to create a private YouTube channel where teachers would share their innovative ideas for going beyond the classroom.

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Pedagogical Implications of Online Readership

Published March 23, 2015  |  English (Second Language)

Alexandre Enkerli Educational Advisor, Vitrine technologie-éducation

Now that handwriting is on the way out (at least in Finnish schools), learners are likely to use some form of computer technology in most writing contexts. We may take computer-assisted writing for granted, but lots of things change when we bring them to the digital domain. Like most other human activities, the scriptorial domain is shifting.

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Getting Second Language Students Talking Together with Social Media

Published March 30, 2015  |  English (Second Language)

Gina Lavine Coordinator of the Modern Languages Department, Collège Laflèche

As I previously observed on Profweb, getting second language students to communicate in English can be a challenge, since they are often uncomfortable speaking in front of their peers - especially at the 604-101-level. Recently, my colleagues and I have come up with a great way to break the ice and to get my students to use the English language using social media.

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A World Wide Web: Engaging Learners Online

Published May 20, 2019  |  English (Second Language)

Linda Manimtim, M.Ed., Red River College, Winnipeg MB and EAL Specialist, PEG Canada

In this digital age, information is available to our students at the click of a Google search. They have access to amazing tools as well as unreliable information at the touch of a finger. As instructors, we have the opportunity to help guide this rushing river of data to benefit our students and ourselves. They’re online at home, on the bus, while they’re eating, while they watch TV, while they socialize, and sometimes while they are in class. So, why not take advantage of this almost natural proclivity, and make use of it for educational purposes?

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Three Lessons Learned from Virtual Team Teaching

Published May 4, 2014  |  English (Second Language)

Lisa Deguire Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière

Lisa Deguire participated in a virtual team teaching project for Winter 2014 which was a continuation of the project discussed by Norm Spatz in Profweb a year earlier. She presents information that she learned from this experience to help other teachers participating in similar initiatives.

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Virtual Classrooms for Second Language Business Courses – Take 2

Published April 7, 2013  |  English (Second Language)

Norm Spatz Editor (retired), Profweb

Although the first iteration of a hybrid course allowing more level- specific learning among students taking a discipline-specific second language course in administration was disrupted by last year's student activism, this year's course has provided a fertile field for experimenting with the concept of virtual cohorts. Not every resource is a success, but the experience does provide benefits.

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Making Fond Memories of Youth Meaningful

Published February 14, 2010  |  English (Second Language)

Marcello Quintieri Teacher, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

The question of getting francophone students over an inability to use English at a register appropriate for the worlds of business, politics, medicine and academia has been a particular goal of Marcello Quintieri. Over the past two terms he has tried to create an IT environment where questions of tone and register could be addressed effectively.

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Hot Potatoes + Moodle = Fun + Learning

Published October 27, 2008  |  English (Second Language)

Sara Fernandez Teacher, Collège de Valleyfield

Both programs are user-friendly, and they work well together.

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Published April 27, 2016

Using Google Docs to Teach Essay Writing and Create an Environment for Peer Learning

Johanne Morin Teacher, Cégep Limoilou

The collaboration possibilities provided by Google Docs have allowed me to take teaching essay writing to both a higher and more effective level. Students advance through the notions of essay writing, working continuously on improving the same document throughout the semester, to finish with a polished essay. Peer learning with Google Docs creates an atmosphere of collaboration and makes it easier for me and the students to see the progress being made as well as the competencies being acquired.

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Real Life Stories

Published March 8, 2016

Virtual Team Teaching is Gaining Ground in the Regions

Lisa Deguire Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière

The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec is a bastion of the French language where students have few authentic opportunities to engage in English conversation with Anglophones or English-speaking Allophones. This can be particularly problematic for English as a Second Language teachers. Thanks to a grant from the Entente Canada-Québec and the assistance of Vanier College, our project was able to find an innovative solution that provided students with the next best thing to an authentic English environment.

English (Second Language)

Real Life Stories

Published May 23, 2016

Cross-Campus Collaborations Part 2

Lisa Deguire Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière
Margaret McCall Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière

As you may recall, we penned an article which appeared on Profweb in March 2016 entitled Virtual Team Teaching is Gaining Ground in the Regions. This article described the Entente Canada-Québec supported cross-campus collaboration project involving CEGEPs from Jonquière, Alma and Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The project aimed to build a virtual regional team teaching network and to initiate our students to this approach through the use of multi-site collaborative activities. As promised in our previous article, we are now providing an update on the project as the semester comes to a close.

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