2018 Fall Conference Program

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, Nov. 16 @ Grawood Pub, Dalhousie University
Workshop on Teacher Knowledge and Practice

7:00-9:00  ‘Swap Shop’ Back by popular demand! In this speed-dating-style activity you will swap teaching ideas with fellow teachers and leave with a host of new material to bring to class on Monday. Come armed with something practical to swap, be it your favourite warmer, a lesson, activity, game, or handout.
Book Exchange Declutter your teaching library! Bring any books or materials you no longer need and pick up something of interest.
Pub Quiz TESL NS’s own Alex Trebek, Gerry Russo, will be quizmaster for this ELT-themed trivia night. Compete in teams for the title of TESL NS teaching trivia champions!
This event will feature a cash bar and light snacks will be provided.

Saturday, Nov. 17  @ ISANS

Keynotes and Concurrent Sessions

8:30-9:00 Registration and welcome

Carolyn Whiteway

Concurrent Sessions A


Brian Hotson

Concurrent Sessions B


Concurrent Sessions C


TESL NS Film Fest



Dr. Paula Kristmanson

Concurrent Sessions D

3:15-4:15 Keynote:
Carmen Celina Moncayo

Concurrent Sessions E

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Keynote Talks

Opening doors to possibilities: Preparing EAL teachers for diverse teaching contexts Paula Kristmanson is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at UNB Fredericton and a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). Her research focuses on field-based studies in additional language learning settings as well as Teacher Education. She is also the co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics and the President of TESL Canada.
Plurilingualism Can Do Some Work: How Academic Writing Support Responds Brian Hotson is the Director of Academic Learning Services at Saint Mary’s University. He has a BA in History and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston. His experience includes work as a developmental editor, editor, writer, and project manager in educational publishing (Nelson Publishing; Pearson Education), as well as work in public educational television (TVOntario) as a writer, director, and producer. He was also a staff writer at the Independent Learning Centre, Ontario’s largest online high school. Brian is currently the past-president, Canadian Writing Centre Association (CWCA); board member, International Writing Centers Association (IWCA); former board member, Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL); and member of CCCC, and of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), as well as a founding member of our regional writing centres association, ACWCA. He is a member of editorial board for Inkshed Publications, and the editor of the Writing Lab Newsletter Blog, Connecting Writing Centres Across Borders.
Building Healing Learning Spaces: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Approach Carmen Celina Moncayo is the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) Newcomer Community Wellness Program Coordinator. She has a masters degree in Community Psychology from Colombia. She has been working in different positions at ISANS for 17 years, promoting a more inclusive environment for immigrants especially in the area of mental health and wellness and highlighting a trauma informed approach.
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