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Upcoming TESL Canada Conference

Be sure to drop by the Speekeezy publisher’s booth for a demo of Truth or Dare for English Language Learners at the upcoming TESL Canada conference in Kamloops. This is the annual nation-wide conference for ESL teaching professionals.

I’ll also be presenting on my soon-to-be-released iBook, Catalyst: A Conversation Taskbook for English Language Learners. A little over a year ago the title made it’s debut at the BC TEAL provincial conference. Then it was very much a work in progress. At the nationals Catalyst will be the first of its kind: a fully interactive eBook designed for output-intensive group work in the classroom and available for download at the Apple iBooks Bookstore.

The presentation will take place on Friday, 9:00 am – 10:30 am in room number IB Panorama B.

Download the Catalyst Presentation Handout with Notes

Here’s the conference blurb:

Experience as a Catalyst for Student-Centered, Conversation-Enabled Learning

Linguistic associations are frequently shaped by underlying events, experiences, attitudes and values and can be useful in instantaneously accessing a rich source of topics in conversation-enabled classrooms. Such experiential elements are the ideal fodder for communication. As memories are recoded into the linguistic symbols of L2 this new experience of sharing and retelling lends a certain “stickiness” to lexical, grammatical and structural components of language, resulting in stronger bonds of retention. In this session we’ll learn to harness word associations to create a truly student-centred classroom.

Starting from a few quick exercises designed to acclimatize students to making associations, we’ll move step-by-step towards expanding those associations to produce communicative output directly in L2. Associations are then leveraged to practice and acquire communication strategies and self- and peer-assessment techniques. Initially, students simply listen and write. Next, listen and speak. Then they’ll be developing chains of associations and working onwards towards extending those single word chains to full sentences, exposition and, finally, full-on oral communication. Within a few lessons, extensive, student-generated conversation becomes the rule, not the exception. Students come up with their own topics freeing the instructor to focus on enhancing the Krashen Monitor instead.

The TESL Canada 2012 conference takes place at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC Thursday, October 11 – Saturday October 13.

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