2014 Spring Conference

The TESL Nova Scotia Spring Conference will be held  on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) in Halifax, from 9:00-3:00. The Spring conference is an annual event for ESL professionals from across the province to network and share knowledge  with the goal of enhancing professional practice of the teaching of English in Nova Scotia.

The day will consist of a series of presentations, discussions, and workshops, lunch, and door prizes. The conference is free for TESL NS members. Non-members are welcome to attend, but will be charged $25 for the workshops plus lunch.

Conference Program (Click on session titles for full abstracts and speaker bios)

Time Classroom 2
Classroom 10 Classroom 11
8:30-9:30 Registration and coffee
9:30-10:30 Suprasegmentals and Prosody in Every Language Classroom
Andrea Taylor & Sean Cavicchi
Research in Development: Cultural Attitudes toward Grading Systems in EAP programs
Anna Maier & Sophie Paish
 Mysterious verbs: Something strange is happened here!
Sandra Powell
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 Providing language counselling (LC) helps learners identify their goals and establish realistic learning expectations.
Amanda Marshall
The impact of the excessive use of some electronic devices on conversational and analytical skills of ESL learners
Muhammad Elhabibi
Challenges facing instructors when they begin teaching onlineCarol Derby
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Mysterious verbs: Something strange is happened here!
Sandra Powell
Language Anxiety: Is there such a thing?
Julia Sherriff
Facilitated discussion:What do you want from TESL Nova Scotia? Mary Lou Harnish
1:45-2:45 The communicative approach to language teaching and a focus on bringing well thought-out oral arguments call for a reassessment of the texts used in a language classroom.
Ayesha Mushtaq
Walk an Hour in my Shoes
Meg Royal
Getting discipline-specific in the general EAP classroomJennifer MacDonald
2:45 Book draw!

Directions to ISIS

Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services

Suite 2120 (second floor)
Mumford Professional Centre
6960 Mumford Road, Halifax

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