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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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A Motivating Message Regarding Technology in the Classroom from an AQPC Honourable Mention Laureate

Published September 16, 2016  |  English (Second Language)

Angie Stevens Editor, Profweb

In her 25 years of teaching, Louise Dubuc has always had a positive outlook on technology and teaching. Teaching English to students in a region where the school only had a few English books in the library, guided her to the Internet and the use of technology in her pedagogical approaches early on in her career.

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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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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 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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Afternoon Tea with Seniors: A Model of Community Engagement Teaching

Published February 7, 2019  |  English (Second Language)

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

This community engaged teaching activity, funded by the Entente Canada-Québec relative à l’enseignement dans la langue de la minorité et à l’enseignement des langues secondes provided students learning English as a second language (ESL) the opportunity to interact with native speakers while integrating meaningful community service and the use of technology to collaborate at a distance. Students and teachers from 4 colleges collaborated around shared goals. The teachers developed projects that would allow the students to apply course content to real world contexts in their community.

Real Life Stories

Astronauts or Teachers?

Published February 27, 2007  |  English (Second Language)

Donna Aziz-Canuel Teacher, Collège Lionel-Groulx

We have all felt it! The thrill of successfully using a new technology can have all the excitement of space travel. Donna Aziz-Canuel of collège Lionel-Groulx compares herself to an astronaut launching into cyberspace. Read about Donna's trip using the Horizon Wimba platform!

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Blog to Better English

Published February 1, 2011  |  English (Second Language)

Joy Blake Teacher, Cégep de Granby

Finding time to learn new technologies to use in the classroom is never easy, yet it has become a necessity, given that today's students are digital natives. Already my students seem bored with PowerPoint. Another PowerPoint. Well, at least we won't have to take notes or All our teachers ask us to use PowerPoint. Can't we do something else?

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Blogging for Newbies

Published November 1, 2009  |  English (Second Language)

Janette Braun Teacher, Cégep du Vieux Montréal

Assigned listenings don't always interest everyone, and I wanted the individual students to make their own choices. Maybe by allowing them to explore the Internet and chronicle in a blog, their interest in a project would be kindled.

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Contributions from English as a Second Language 604

Published November 23, 2014  |  English (Second Language)

Norm Spatz Editor (retired), Profweb

Scattered around the province and often far from large English speaking population centers, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers have embraced the magic of using technology to bring the world, particularly the English-speaking world, into their classrooms. Their stories are often accounts of victories gained through effective networking with colleagues, with administrators and with technicians to achieve results. This makes many of these innovations easy to access for teachers in any discipline, who can take ownership of the technology and integrate it into their courses.

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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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