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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 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.

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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.

Real Life Stories

Using Factile to Make Engaging Review Sessions

Published April 16, 2018  |  English (Second Language)

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

Keeping students focused and motivated is a constant challenge for teachers, especially in classes where a lot of the material has to be learnt by heart. An effective way to address that issue is to turn review sessions into games: the informal context allows students to relax and the friendly competition keeps them motivated. The web-based application, Factile, which I have used in my English for Adventure Tourism class, allows you to turn your classroom into the set of Jeopardy and make your review sessions efficient and entertaining.

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.

Real Life Stories

Keyboard shortcuts to speed up formative feedback

Published November 28, 2017  |  English (Second Language)

Netta Gorman Teacher, Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Have you ever had a sore hand after writing almost identical comments on the copies of all your students, again and again? Did you know that when correcting digital documents, you can avoid this by setting up automatic substitution codes? In addition, by creating keyboard shortcuts, you can give students detailed feedback. I do it in Google Docs, but it's possible with other word processing tools!

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“You’re Welcome” – The New Flipped-approach Tool for Extra English Practice

Published August 24, 2017  |  English (Second Language)

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb
Angie Stevens Educational Advisor, Champlain College - Saint Lawrence

The Modern Languages Department at Cégep Limoilou has developed a new interactive website called “You’re Welcome”, which provides complementary English activities for program specific English courses in general education. In addition to the website, in-person workshops are held twice a week. Three different programs were targeted for this project, all related to the service industries:

Real Life Stories

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.

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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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