English Online Inc.

Manitoba Adult EAL Learning Network

English Online Inc. Webinar for EAL/ESL Educators

Duration: 210 minutes | Language: English

Saturday, December 08 2012 | 9:50 AM (CST)

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About the Class

THEME: FOSTERING LEARNER AUTONOMY

WHEN:
December 8, 2012 10 am – 12:30 pm (CST) The World Clock - Time Zones


SESSION 1: 10 am – 10:40 am – Self-Directed Learning Plans, presented by Doreen Cooper (Westman Immigrant Services (WIS), Brandon, MB)

SESSION 2: 10:45 am-11:30 am – Self-Assessment, an Oxymoron? presented by Iwona Gniadek (English Online Inc.) and Stephanie Stetefeld (English Online Inc.)

SESSION 3: 11:35 am – 12:30 pm - It's Revolutionized the Way I Teach: The Willis Model for TBTL, presented by Joann Chernen (Vancouver Community College (VCC), BC)

SESSION SUMMARY:

SESSION 1: SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PLANS (10 am – 10:40 am)

This presentation will illustrate how Westman Immigrant Services, an EAL provider in Brandon Manitoba, implemented a program to encourage autonomous learning in Stage 1 students. As most students work full-time and only attend part-time classes, there is little time is left in daily life to learn English. Last year we began a plan to raise awareness of self-learning opportunities through self-study and participation in community activities. In this presentation, early attempts at encouraging self-study and how the program adopted and adapted the self-directed learning plans provided by the Adult Language Training Branch will be presented.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Doreen Cooper is the Coordinator of the Language Program at Westman Immigrant Services in Brandon, Manitoba. She has taught middle and early years in the public school system earlier in her career before beginning to teach English as a Second Language classes in the EAP program at Brandon University. Doreen presently coordinates 27 Stage 1 classes in Brandon. She also coordinates regional professional development workshops for regional teachers and organizations. Doreen has also been a member of the Teacher Exchange Network (TEN) advisory committee over the last two years.

SESSION 2: SELF-ASSESSMENT, AN OXYMORON? (10:45 am – 11:30 am)

Can self-assessment of language ability really be reliable and valid? Does a learner really know what they are capable of in a second language? Putting the ball back into the learners’ court gives them ownership over their learning process. In this session, Iwona and Stephanie will talk about the role of the teacher in self-directed learning and developing self-directed learners. You will walk away with self-assessment strategies to incorporate into your classes and task-based lesson plans.
English Online Inc. is an online self-directed world of learner-centered pedagogy, self-assessment and enlightenment.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Iwona Gniadek has been the Lead of Learner Services for English Online Inc. since May 2009 and is working on developing, implementing and supporting an online learner support system for self-directed learners. It is a huge undertaking but she enjoys feeling a part of a new, exciting and different initiative to support adult EAL learners. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language from the University of Warsaw and is currently involved in instructional design projects in the EAL field.

Stephanie Stetefeld joined English Online in September 2011. An immigrant herself, she can relate well to the needs, hopes and feelings of our learners. She is excited to develop meaningful online material and deliver interesting Skype and Wiziq sessions for our learners. Stephanie received her Teaching Degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany. In 2010 she completed the CTESL program at the University of Winnipeg.

SESSION 3: IT'S REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY I TEACH: THE WILLIS MODEL FOR TBTL (11:35 am – 12:30 pm)

In this presentation, Joann will introduce an 8-step task cycle for task-based teaching and learning which is based upon the Willis model. Jane and Dave Willis are world-renowned experts in the area of task-based teaching and learning. Joann will take participants through a task-based lesson and unit plan which follows the model.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Joann Chernen, MA - TESOL, has a rich and varied background in the field of TESOL having been involved in a adult ESL for over 30 years in a variety of settings. Joann is the department head of TESOL at Vancouver Community College. She also teaches ESL for VCC's Outreach department. Joann's areas of expertise include task-based teaching and learning, pronunciation, content-based instruction and curriculum design.

This webinar will be recorded. The link to the recording will be shared on Tutela.ca in Manitoba EAL Group after December 10.
If you have any questions about this webinar, feel free to contact Natalia Aleko at naleko@myenglishonline.ca

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