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Real Life Stories

When not all your students are even close to equal – Surviving Multi-level ESL Courses!

Published May 3, 2010  |  English (Second Language)

Gina Lavine Coordinator of the Modern Languages Department, Collège Laflèche

ESL teachers are facing new program-related classes filled with students whose English abilities vary from perfect bilingualism to a working vocabulary in double digits. IT has allowed Gina Lavine to come up with some innovative solutions to this problem.

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Virtual Component of an ESL HELP Center

Published February 7, 2010  |  English (Second Language)

Lisa Deguire Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière

Created in 1998, H.E.L.P. On-Line (Help in English; Learning and Practice Online) was the result of the complementary desires to get the maximum benefit of new technologies for our students and to give them the best resources possible.

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Migrating from WebCT to Moodle with Regular Expressions

Published April 25, 2010  |  English (Second Language)

Melvin Shantz Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

Mel Shantz, along with his colleagues at Ahuntsic over the years, has put many hours of preparation time into the creation of web-based quizzes. With the college's decision to change its course management system (CMS) from WebCT to Moodle, those hours of preparation time were in danger of being lost unless an efficient method of migrating the quizzes to the new CMS was found. Short of typing out each of the quiz questions, proofreading them, and re-piloting the quizzes on the new platform, Mel has been attempting to export his quizzes from WebCT and import them into Moodle using the quiz tool's import filter.

Real Life Stories

The Virtual Writing Tutor

Published January 13, 2013  |  English (Second Language)

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

The Virtual Writing Tutor is a new and interesting online resource for computer-assisted error correction in English writing. Improving the quantity or frequency of feedback, as well as its timeliness, quality and detail, benefits students while reducing the time and tedium involved in correcting large numbers of assignments for teachers of ESL.

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Virtual Language Exchanges: Making Connections with Mixxer

Published May 1, 2017  |  English (Second Language)

Lisa Deguire Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière

For the past few years I have been experimenting with online collaboration with other teachers in the college network as part of my English as a Second Language courses. Last year, we were fortunate to have obtained a grant from the Entente Québec-Canada that permitted myself and some colleagues to familiarize ourselves with synchronous and asynchronous communication pedagogy, which became the subject of a Real Life Story on Profweb. Although I learned a lot through this experience, I felt that we could still make some gains in the efficiency of my use of our active learning lab and that we had yet to exploit all the possibilities these labs and Google tools could offer to both teachers and learners.

Real Life Stories

Using Twitter for Academic and Educational Purposes

Published March 16, 2018  |  English (Second Language)

Félix McMurray Teacher, Collège Mérici

Using Twitter in one of my courses was an idea that simmered for a while. Being a Twitter user myself, I have always been fascinated by the many opportunities that this social networking service offers.

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Making Students Masters of Their Own Learning

Published November 10, 2008  |  English (Second Language)

Norm Spatz Editor (retired), Profweb

Profweb's animaweb, Norm Spatz puts what he learned as a reporter for Profweb into practice in his classroom.

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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.

Real Life Stories

Moodle Correction Perfection

Published May 30, 2010  |  English (Second Language)

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

Moodle can do a better job providing corrective feedback on writing errors than hand coding on MS Word through a repurposing of the standard glossary.

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8 Online Grammar Checker Tools Sent Back from the Future

Published May 17, 2018  |  English (Second Language)

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

You probably already know that grammar checkers have come a long way in terms of coverage and eliminating pesky false-alarms. I previously highlighted 10 benefits of using such a grammar checker, the Virtual Writing Tutor, with students. This follow-up article focuses on an additional 8 fresh new learning tools, which seem to have been sent back from the future. It is impressive what a little artificial intelligence can now do for ESL learners. Here is a short list that is sure to contain at least a few surprises.

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Real Life Stories

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.

English (Second Language)

Real Life Stories

Published February 1, 2015

Mixing Business with Pleasure: Using Socrative on Smartphones in Class!

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Most students have smartphones. I didn’t used to enjoy them fooling around with these gadgets in class, whether they were browsing through their social media updates or texting. Since I don’t like policing my class either, I integrated the use of cell phones into my class. I made them a tool for learning!

English (Second Language)

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)

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