Nova Scotia Language Teachers Association

Many Voices, One World

Friday, October 22, 2021


October Conferences will be 100% virtual this year.

Every year, Professional Associations begin planning for their October Conference very early in the New Year. The decision to hold virtual conferences was made in the spring of 2021 based on COVID protocol information available at that time.


Fees:

Conference Fee:  $65.00.
Substitute/Retired/Pre-Service Teachers Fee:   $50.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. IV.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Registrar

Anita Opalka - aaopalka@gmail.com

Conference Fees

  • Members:  $65.00
  • Substitutes / Retirees / Pre-Service Teachers:  $50.00

Presenter Biographies

Sara Adams
Sara Adams is a high school teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to both adolescents and adults alike. She has additional training in Prenatal, Post-Natal, Hands-on Assisting and Yoga for Children. In addition, she has taught nutrition, spirituality and mindfulness to adults at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is passionate about integrating both the arts and mindfulness into the K-12 classroom.

John Allan
John works with applied educational technology focusing on teachers of language. He has  education, distance education, TESL, history and CALL degrees. He currently is an Instructional designer and teacher mentor.  Current employers include Red River College, Algonquin College and New Language Solutions. He has been an educator and trainer at institutions in Canada, Qatar, the USA and the UAE.

Maureen Armour
Maureen is a French Immersion and Core French teacher in the Strait regional Centre for Education. She is currently a Logics Ambassador, and is passionate about including coding and robotics in cross-curricular lessons.

Philippa Bell
Philippa Bell is a professor of second language education. Her research interests focus on the development of grammar and literacy in compulsory school programmes. Her current grammar-focused research examines the utility of rules for long-term learning. She also has analysed corpus data from primary and secondary school learners studying English to understand how grammar develops through a school programme. 

Philippa Bell and Caroline Payant
Philippa Bell is a professor of second language education. Her research interests focus on the development of grammar and literacy in compulsory school programmes. Her current grammar-focused research examines the utility of rules for long-term learning. She also has analysed corpus data from primary and secondary school learners studying English to understand how grammar develops through a school programme.
Caroline Payant is an associate professor in the Education Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal.  Her primary areas of research interests include cognitive and sociocultural aspects of language learning.  Her current projects examine peer corrective feedback practices in virtual classrooms with learners of French as an additional language.  She also examines how learners negotiate meaning during collaborative writing tasks under different task conditions (e.g., task repetition, task modality). Her work can be found in journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Language Teaching Research, Modern Canadian Language Review, TESL Canada Journal, and Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Gilles Belliveau
Gilles Belliveau has been teaching immersion for 32 years with the HRCE. He has a passion for literacy and reading books to his students. He is now working at Literacy Coach for P-6 at the HRCE. 

Camille Blanchard-Séguin
Camille Blanchard-Séguin est une enseignante agréée de l’Ontario qui s’est jointe à l’équipe d’éducation civique d’Élections Canada. Elle détient une maîtrise de l’Institut d’études pédagogiques de l’Ontario (OISE) et a plus de cinq ans d’expérience dans les programmes d’éducation au Parlement du Canada. Ses principaux domaines d’intérêt sont les langues, l’histoire et les changements inclusifs dans la société.

Rae Brown
Rae Brown is an English Additional Language teacher at Bedford South School. It's her 14th year of teaching with HRCE, and 4th year in EAL. She is interested in travel, language learning, and global citizenship. She has her Master of TESL? from Mount St. Vincent University. Presenting: Building a Multi- Language Classroom Community with Game-Based Learning (Synchronous - Sessions # 1)

LeeAnn Brownell
LeeAnn Brownell - LeeAnn is entering her 12th year of teaching EAL with the HRCE. Prior to that she worked with newcomers in London, UK & Calgary, AB. LeeAnn has experience with grades p-12 as both a site-based and circuit teacher. She has her Master of TESL, Master of Curriculum Studies, and is currently enrolled at Memorial University studying Language & Literacy Education. 

Jacquelyn Buckland
Jacquelyn Buckland is an EAL teacher at Grosvenor Wentworth Park School with HRCE. She is known for her innovative work of co-teaching and collaboration with classroom teachers. Jacquelyn has a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University (Secondary- English and Social Studies), and a Masters in Education: Curriculum Studies TESL from Mount Saint Vincent University, in association with Saint Mary's University. Jacquelyn's work was recently highlighted on CBC radio- Mainstreet Halifax, CBC online and in the HRCE Regional Executive Director's report (January 2020).

Stephanie Burke/ Vera Ryan
Stephanie Burke est consultante en français langue seconde pour le centre régional de Chignecto-Central. Elle appuie l’ANL en français de base et le français intensif. Stephanie a aussi une maîtrise en technologie de Mount Saint Vincent. Elle a hâte de partager des idées en technologie pour la collaboration en français langue seconde.
Vera Ryan est chef d’appui en littératie en français langue seconde. Elle appuie les enseignants en utilisant les stratégies de l’ANL et la technologie en FLS. Présentement, Vera est en train de compléter sa maîtrise en technologie au Mount Saint Vincent. Elle a hâte de partager ses nouvelles connaissances en technologie avec ses collègues. 

Pierre Demers
Pierre Demers is a Québec Métis. He holds a Ph. D. in Éducation and many years of experience in language teaching to learners of all education levels. He is now a lecturer in the Département des sciences de l’éducation, Université Sainte Anne.

Zoe Flatman
Zoe Flatman has more than 25 years of experience teaching Civics, History, Economics and Social Sciences for the Toronto District School Board and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She has worked in a variety of schools with diverse student communities across Toronto. She has a passion for global citizenship and civic education. She has been a curriculum writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education and is a recipient of several awards for teaching excellence. Zoe is dedicated to building global citizens and integrating global competencies, sustainability and civic engagement into her classes across the curriculum. She is currently seconded to Elections Canada as an education coordinator providing professional learning services in the Greater Toronto Area and virtual learning services in the Atlantic provinces.

Caroline Higgins
Caroline Higgins has been teaching English as an Additional/Foreign Language in a variety of settings for the past 27 years. She spent three years teaching EFL in Japan and Thailand and has worked with English Language Learners in Canada at the public school and university levels. For the past 15 years, Caroline has taught International Students and Newcomer ELLs in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. In addition, Caroline instructs graduate and undergraduate teacher education courses at both SMU and MSVU. Caroline is currently the Vice President, EAL Programs for the NSLTA.

Arleigh Hood
Arleigh Hood has had over 20 years of EAL teaching experience, both internationally and in Canada. Since joining Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), she has been specializing in teaching adult literacy learners. In her current role of Team Lead, she organizes and runs professional development to support instructors around EAL literacy and learning strategies. She has updated and facilitated the online course Teaching EAL Literacy Learners (TELLS). In the winter of 2020, she taught Literacy Development in TESOL at MSVU.

Rebecca Lancaster
Rebecca Lancaster has been Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French, Nova Scotia since 2005.  Rebecca was born in England and was raised in Montreal.  Rebecca moved with her family from Montreal to Nova Scotia in 2003.  Rebecca has an undergraduate degree in Classical Philology and Archaeology.   However, no one has ever asked her to use her Latin and Ancient Greek, but being functionally bilingual in French has helped her frequently in her career.  Her background is working in the theatre, art galleries, summer camps and other non-profit organizations.  Rebecca has a graduate diploma in Administration for Non-Profit Organizations.

Sandra Logan
Sandra Logan is an Elementary Core French teacher in HRCE. She just completed her Master's in Curriculum Studies with a focus in technology integration. She has a special interest in gamification and gamified learning in the Core French Classroom.  She is passionate about teaching French and believes in the importance of having fun while learning.

Beth Anne MacEachen
Beth Anne MacEachen, Beathag Anna nic Ghreagoir 'ic Ruairidh Eoghainn 'ic Mhicheil Phadruig 'ic Eoghainn 'ic Alasdair Mhoir 'ic Eoghainn, is from Cape Breton but currently lives in Halifax, NS. She has a BA in Celtic Studies from Cape Breton University, a BEd from Memorial University, and a Certificate of Higher Gaelic from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Scotland. She teaches Gaelic at both the community and formal levels and enjoys working with all age groups.

Natasha MacKinnon
Natasha MacKinnon est une enseignante hybride en mathématiques et en littératie pour le programme d'immersion française M à 8 au SRCE. Elle travaillait avec des élèves ayant accès aux programmes d'intervention en mathématiques de la 2e à la 3e année et de la 7e à la 8e année. Elle est ravie d'être de retour en classe en tant qu'enseignante de soutien à l'apprentissage. 

Rima Majaess and Sarah Rayan (Brilliant Labs)
Rima Majaess
is a bilingual second language education specialist at Citadel High School and NSLTA Member for life. She is currently teaching EAL newcomer students and provides academic classroom support within the context of mainstream education.
Sarah Rayan, Program Director at Brilliant Labs, is passionate about innovative, project-based learning and is a strong advocate for equality in STEM. As a recipient of  Digital Nova Scotia’s “Power IT Up: Next Generation Leadership" award and Women in Communications & Technology "Rising Star" award she has been recognized as a role-model to youth, particularly those in under-represented communities.

Caroline Payant
Caroline Payant is an associate professor in the Education Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal.  Her primary areas of research interests include cognitive and sociocultural aspects of language learning.  Her current projects examine peer corrective feedback practices in virtual classrooms with learners of French as an additional language.  She also examines how learners negotiate meaning during collaborative writing tasks under different task conditions (e.g., task repetition, task modality). Her work can be found in journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Language Teaching Research, Modern Canadian Language Review, TESL Canada Journal, and Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics

Dr. Jan Raska, PhD
Dr. Jan Raska is a historian with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Waterloo. He is curator of the museum’s past temporary exhibits, Safe Haven: Canada and the 1956 Hungarian Refugees and 1968: Canada and the Prague Spring Refugees. He is the author of Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada: 1945-1989 (University of Manitoba Press, 2018) and co-author of Pier 21: A History (University of Ottawa Press, 2020).

Terri M Roberts
Terri M. Roberts is a Canadian of Scottish and Welsh ancestry who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a former high school English literature and drama teacher with a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies and a B.Ed. in Secondary Education. Terri has over twenty years of experience as a Girl Guide leader, focusing on the delivery of arts programming for all age groups. She specializes in using stories as a teaching tool.

Cécile Robertson
Cécile Robertson has been an FSL educator for over 25 years. She is currently seconded at York's Faculty of Education at the Glendon campus where she teaches courses related to FSL teaching and learning. Prior to this role, Cécile taught in the Ontario public school system in Core, Extended and French Immersion K-12. She is also an administrator for the Toronto District School Board where she has supported FSL students and families.

Raymond Gilbert Sewell
Raymond Sewell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Saint Mary's University. Raymond's work explores language, spirituality, and lore of Mi'kmaki. 

Ian Shepherd
Ian Shepherd is the owner of Right Start Newcomer Services, a Halifax-based business that helps new Canadians learn English, get settlement information and make meaningful connections. He has 20 years of experience as an EAL instructor, orientation coordinator, and curriculum developer in Canada and overseas. He is especially interested in virtual learning and has a Master's of Education Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Samantha Van Geel
Samantha is a FSL OT in Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at UWO in Teaching French as a Second Language. After that, she completed her Bachelor's of Education at UWO with a specialization in teaching FSL. Samantha is currently completing her Master's thesis at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and working as an FSL OT for a school board in south western Ontario. She is studying FSL teachers' beliefs and teaching practices related to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Sonya Winterberg
Sonya Winterberg is an award-winning writer and journalist from Finland. Much of her work focuses on children growing up in armed conflicts. War and trauma have lasting consequences on their biographies, which Sonya has reported on from countries like Afghanistan, Palestine and Kashmir, to name but a few. The adoptive mother of two is an advocate for social justice and youth welfare.

Workshops

Session A/B - Full Morning (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon)

A2 / B2 / Building Your Virtual Bitmoji Classroom (Full-morning session - Synchronous)
Language:
English     Level: K-12
A virtual Bitmoji classroom is a fun and easy way to engage your students online and give them a "doorway" to other virtual activities. This workshop will introduce you to the concept of Bitmoji classrooms and suggest ways in which to use one. You will also create your own Bitmoji classroom during the workshop through a step-by-step tutorial. To prepare for the session, please create a personal emoji at Bitmoji.com.
Presented by: Caroline Higgins

Session A (9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

A1 / Building a Multi- Language Classroom Community with Game-Based Learning (Synchronous)
Language:
English / French  Level: K-12
EAL teachers want their students to engage in conversation, especially when it comes to using academic language. This workshop will present games and activities to get your students talking. Some were developed to be played live, but when we pivot to online learning, so do the games! I will share mine and hope you will share some of yours.
Presented by: Rae Brown

A3 / Co-teaching and collaboration in the language rich classroom (Synchronous)
Language: English    Level: K-6
Co-teaching and collaboration is a shift in approach that is happening in our language rich classrooms. This approach creates a platform for culturally/multi-lingual/ linguistically appropriate practices to be implemented and integrated fluidly in the classroom. The focus is supporting the teacher and student in all areas, predominantly in the content areas. This presentation focuses on examples of how co-teaching and collaboration has been successful within the classroom.
Presented by: Jacquelyn Buckland

A4 / Colored Glasses - Teaching Intercultural Competence (Synchronous)
Language:
English     Level: 7-12
Colored Glasses refers to a well-known analogy of sunglasses which represent the cultural filters through which we observe and interpret reality. In this workshop we learn how to build young people‘s cultural self-awareness, fostering cultural sensitivity and curiosity by introducing concepts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. These concepts work well in language learning as well as citizenship classes.
Presented by: Sonya Winterberg

A5 / Creating Engaging Virtual Lessons (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
Join Ian Shepherd, M.Ed., Owner of Right Start Newcomer Services, as he shares his best tips and tricks for maximizing learner engagement for virtual learning. During the workshop we'll discuss how we can use technology to create engaging and memorable learning experiences. We'll cover live-streaming, camera, lighting, virtual backgrounds, using slides, engagement questions, third party resources, and much more.
Presented by: Ian Shepherd

A6 / Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy in an FSL Context (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: 9-12
This workshop is intended for FSL educators who are looking for ways to embed culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy (C.R.R.P.) in their daily practice. The central goal will be to unpack C.R.R.P: what it is; how it relates to FSL program and curriculum, as well as focus on C.R.R.P. as a central component of intercultural understanding in the FSL curriculum. Throughout this session, I hope to go beyond “food, fashion and festivals” when learning about Francophone countries. Why is it important to understand that the diffusion of French culture and language stems from colonialism, migration and linguistic imperialism?
Presented by: Cécile Robertson

A7 / De tha dol? What's Happening in Gaelic NS (Synchronous)
Language: English / Gaelic   Level: K-12
A Gàidhealteachd is a Gaelic speaking area and Nova Scotia is unique in that it is the only place outside of Scotland and Ireland with that classification. Join Beth Anne for a conversation on Gaelic and Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia. You'll learn a few phrases and get caught up on what is happening in Gaelic education at both the community and formal levels.
Presented by: Beth Anne MacEachen

A8 / La collaboration par la technologie - Comment motiver des élèves en français langue seconde (Synchronous)
Language: French     Level: K-12
Êtes-vous à la recherche de comment motiver vos élèves en français la seconde à collaborer et à faire des projets en utilisant la technologie? Cet atelier démontra des applis telles que jamboard, we video, mote, etc. Venez voir comment incorporer ces applis dans ta salle de classe de français langue seconde.
Presented by: Stephanie Burke/ Vera Ryan

A9 / Learning Grammar Through Collaboration: Using Dictoglosses (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: 7-12
Collaboration is an excellent means of helping learners develop their speaking and listening skills in the classroom. However, it is also a great way to help them develop grammar. A dictogloss is an activity type that provides students with the opportunity to collaborate through metalinguistic discussions to reconstruct a text they have just heard. The text can be chosen/created to include target grammar. In this workshop, a dictogloss will be modelled then participants will work on writing short texts based on their learners' grammatical needs. Tips on how to best exploit this activity type in the classroom will be discussed.
Presented by: Philippa Bell

A10 / Les activités de réinvestissement avec Google Slides (Synchronous)
Language: French     Level: K-9
Engage your students with review games using technology! This workshop will show you how to create review games to be used in the classroom using Google Slides.
Presented by: Sandra Logan

A11 / Supporting Newcomer Learners with Literacy Needs
Language: English     Level: K-12
We’re discovering that large numbers of new refugees have had limited or no formal education. This makes EAL Literacy a hotter topic than ever. In this workshop, we go beyond teaching the ABCs and delve into who these learners are and how they learn. What common behaviours do they show in class to help you identify them? We’ll explore explicit strategy instruction and the modified teaching practices that can better support these learners. In addition, you’ll see some samples of good practices around tweaking material to make it more literacy-friendly.
Presented by: Arleigh Hood

A12 / Using Technology to Support EAL Learners (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
This workshop is geared towards P-12 classroom teachers and new EAL teachers. The focus will be on online resources that support newcomer students learning English and how to maximize the use of their first language. Please bring a device (tablet/ cell/ laptop) and be ready to explore Google Translate and other apps and websites. **If possible, please download the Google Translate app in advance.
Presented by: LeeAnn Brownell

A13 / « Voter est-il important? » Langue orale, élections et démocratie (Synchronous)
Language: French     Level: K-12
Soutenez vos apprenants des langues en leur proposant une série de votes pour les partis politiques des Dinosaures, des Sorciers, des Capitaines ou des Zombies. Les élèves feront l’expérience des effets de la participation électorale au travers d’actions humoristiques, apprivoiseront des expressions idiomatiques et écouteront des Canadiens raconter pourquoi voter est important pour eux. Cette leçon pratique et active est offerte en anglais et en français, en version standard et en version simplifiée ainsi qu’en version d’apprentissage hybride. Attendez-vous à un atelier amusant et concret qui incitera vos élèves à s’intéresser aux élections et à la démocratie.
Presented by: Camille Blanchard-Séguin

Session B (11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon)

B1 / Apprentissage en petits groupes en mathématiques / Small Group Learning in Math (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-9
Nous explorerons différentes stratégies et activités qui peuvent être utilisées dans l'enseignement des mathématiques en petits groupes. Les participants pourront participer à des activités en ligne et accéder à du matériel et des idées pour le travail en classe.
We will explore different strategies and activities that can be used in small group instruction in mathematics. Participants will be able to engage in online activities as well as access materials and ideas for in class work.
Presented by: Natasha MacKinnon

B3 / CPF Virtual Programming/La programmation virtuelle (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-12
Canadian Parents for French is now offering many of its favorite programs virtually as well as some new programs.  Learn more about our Virtual Tutoring, le Concours virtuel, the Bilingual Career Exploration Day "en ligne", les camps d'été virtuels and more!
Presented by: Rebecca Lancaster

B4 / Co-teaching and collaboration in the language rich classroom (Synchronous)
Language: English    Level: K-6
Co-teaching and collaboration is a shift in approach that is happening in our language rich classrooms. This approach creates a platform for culturally/multi-lingual/ linguistically appropriate practices to be implemented and integrated fluidly in the classroom. The focus is supporting the teacher and student in all areas, predominantly in the content areas. This presentation focuses on examples of how co-teaching and collaboration has been successful within the classroom.
Presented by: Jacquelyn Buckland

B5 / Coding and Robotics in FSL Classroom (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-6
This session will provide an overview of different ways to integrate coding and robotics in French Immersion and/or Core French Classrooms. This will include: Dash, Unruly Splats, Scratch, mBots, Beebots, micro:bits, etc. We will also discuss funding opportunities for coding and robotics supplies through Brilliant Labs.
Presented by: Maureen Armour

B6 / Colored Glasses - Teaching Intercultural Competence (Synchronous)
Language:
English     Level: 7-12
Colored Glasses refers to a well-known analogy of sunglasses which represent the cultural filters through which we observe and interpret reality. In this workshop we learn how to build young people‘s cultural self-awareness, fostering cultural sensitivity and curiosity by introducing concepts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. These concepts work well in language learning as well as citizenship classes.
Presented by: Sonya Winterberg

B7 / Creating Engaging Virtual Lessons (Synchronous)
Language: English     : K-12
Join Ian Shepherd, M.Ed., Owner of Right Start Newcomer Services, as he shares his best tips and tricks for maximizing learner engagement for virtual learning. During the workshop we'll discuss how we can use technology to create engaging and memorable learning experiences. We'll cover live-streaming, camera, lighting, virtual backgrounds, using slides, engagement questions, third party resources, and much more.
Presented by: Ian Shepherd

B8 / Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy in an FSL Context (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: 9-12
This workshop is intended for FSL educators who are looking for ways to embed culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy (C.R.R.P.) in their daily practice. The central goal will be to unpack C.R.R.P: what it is; how it relates to FSL program and curriculum, as well as focus on C.R.R.P. as a central component of intercultural understanding in the FSL curriculum. Throughout this session, I hope to go beyond “food, fashion and festivals” when learning about Francophone countries. Why is it important to understand that the diffusion of French culture and language stems from colonialism, migration and linguistic imperialism?
Presented by: Cécile Robertson

B9 / De tha dol? What's Happening in Gaelic NS (Synchronous)
Language: English / Gaelic   Level: K-12
A Gàidhealteachd is a Gaelic speaking area and Nova Scotia is unique in that it is the only place outside of Scotland and Ireland with that classification. Join Beth Anne for a conversation on Gaelic and Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia. You'll learn a few phrases and get caught up on what is happening in Gaelic education at both the community and formal levels.
Presented by: Beth Anne MacEachen

B10 / Digital Literacy: Strategies to Empower English Language Learners  (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-12
The integration of digital literacy and numeracy improves teaching strategies and empowers English Additional Language (EAL) students. Collaborative best practices demonstrate that digital literacy supports language acquisition, promotes creativity,  academic growth, highlights individuality, and encourages cross-curricular learning. EAL newcomer students are empowered as they gain necessary digital skills to further the ownership of their education through project-based learning. This workshop will provide interactive presentations of teaching strategies as well as a toolbox of easy-to-use classroom technology applications including coding, robotics, green screen, and stop motion. These strategies enable teachers to scaffold, differentiate instruction and reach learning outcomes. This pedagogical approach engages our EAL students who are struggling with literacy, numeracy, and self-motivation to interact, speak, listen, read, and write while creating incredible narratives, scripts, storyboards, videos and films. Join us for this innovative session and be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of digital tools used in this workshop presented by Sarah, Brilliant Labs.
Presented by: Rima Majaess and Sarah Rayan (Brilliant Labs)

B11 / Does Voting Matter? Oral language, elections and democracy (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: 7-12
Support your learners through an engaging series of votes for a dinosaur, wizard, captain or zombie “class president.” Students will experience the impact of voting through hilarious actions, practice idiom and word play, and listen to stories from Canadians about why voting matters to them. This hands-on, active lesson is available in English, French, language-learner and blended learning versions. Expect a fun and engaging hands-on workshop that will help your students engage in our elections and democracy.
Presented by: Zoe Flatman

B12 / Elements of Language Indigegogy (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-12
In the presentation, we will define the principal concepts of indigegogy or traditional indigenous education as it can be applied to language teaching/learning.
Presented by: Pierre Demers

B13 /  La collaboration par la technologie - Comment motiver des élèves en français langue seconde (Synchronous)
Language: French     Level: K-12
Êtes-vous à la recherche de comment motiver vos élèves en français la seconde à collaborer et à faire des projets en utilisant la technologie? Cet atelier démontra des applis telles que jamboard, we video, mote, etc. Venez voir comment incorporer ces applis dans ta salle de classe de français langue seconde.
Presented by: Stephanie Burke/ Vera Ryan

B14 / Making Videos Interactive (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
There are free online tools that allow instructors to create interactive online videos.  Interactive Videos allow teachers to overlay resources and interactive features over a video itself.  This optimizes the learners’ video viewing area.  Overlain interactivity on a video makes the end-user’s experience easier, since comments, true/false questions or links to further information can be strategically positioned over the video and timed to focus attention to specific parts of the video screen. This session will demonstrate interactive videos that have been created for the language training and settlement sector.  To nudge teachers to try to create their own interactive videos,” How To” guides,  instructional videos and repositories will be shared with participants.
Presented by: John Allan

B15 / Supporting Newcomer Learners with Literacy Needs
Language: English     Level: K-12
We’re discovering that large numbers of new refugees have had limited or no formal education. This makes EAL Literacy a hotter topic than ever. In this workshop, we go beyond teaching the ABCs and delve into who these learners are and how they learn. What common behaviours do they show in class to help you identify them? We’ll explore explicit strategy instruction and the modified teaching practices that can better support these learners. In addition, you’ll see some samples of good practices around tweaking material to make it more literacy-friendly.
Presented by: Arleigh Hood

Session C (1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

C1 / Apprentissage en petits groupes en mathématiques / Small Group Learning in Math (Synchronous)
Language:
English / French  Level: K-9
Nous explorerons différentes stratégies et activités qui peuvent être utilisées dans l'enseignement des mathématiques en petits groupes. Les participants pourront participer à des activités en ligne et accéder à du matériel et des idées pour le travail en classe.
We will explore different strategies and activities that can be used in small group instruction in mathematics. Participants will be able to engage in online activities as well as access materials and ideas for in class work.
Presented by: Natasha MacKinnon

C2 / CPF Virtual Programming/La programmation virtuelle (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-12
Canadian Parents for French is now offering many of its favorite programs virtually as well as some new programs.  Learn more about our Virtual Tutoring, le Concours virtuel, the Bilingual Career Exploration Day "en ligne", les camps d'été virtuels and more!
Presented by: Rebecca Lancaster

C3 / Colored Glasses - Teaching Intercultural Competence (Synchronous)
Language:
English     Level: 7-12
Colored Glasses refers to a well-known analogy of sunglasses which represent the cultural filters through which we observe and interpret reality. In this workshop we learn how to build young people‘s cultural self-awareness, fostering cultural sensitivity and curiosity by introducing concepts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. These concepts work well in language learning as well as citizenship classes.
Presented by: Sonya Winterberg

C4 / Crash Course in Gaelic for Your Social Studies Class (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
Terri will give you some examples of classroom activities you can use or adapt for bringing Gaelic to your students as part of the Social Studies curriculum.
Presented by: Terri M Roberts

C5 / Creating Engaging Virtual Lessons (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
Join Ian Shepherd, M.Ed., Owner of Right Start Newcomer Services, as he shares his best tips and tricks for maximizing learner engagement for virtual learning. During the workshop we'll discuss how we can use technology to create engaging and memorable learning experiences. We'll cover live-streaming, camera, lighting, virtual backgrounds, using slides, engagement questions, third party resources, and much more.
Presented by: Ian Shepherd

C6 / Digital Literacy: Strategies to Empower English Language Learners  (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-12
The integration of digital literacy and numeracy improves teaching strategies and empowers English Additional Language (EAL) students. Collaborative best practices demonstrate that digital literacy supports language acquisition, promotes creativity,  academic growth, highlights individuality, and encourages cross-curricular learning. EAL newcomer students are empowered as they gain necessary digital skills to further the ownership of their education through project-based learning. This workshop will provide interactive presentations of teaching strategies as well as a toolbox of easy-to-use classroom technology applications including coding, robotics, green screen, and stop motion. These strategies enable teachers to scaffold, differentiate instruction and reach learning outcomes. This pedagogical approach engages our EAL students who are struggling with literacy, numeracy, and self-motivation to interact, speak, listen, read, and write while creating incredible narratives, scripts, storyboards, videos and films. Join us for this innovative session and be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of digital tools used in this workshop presented by Sarah, Brilliant Labs.
Presented by: Rima Majaess and Sarah Rayan (Brilliant Labs)

C7 /Does Voting Matter? Oral language, elections and democracy (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: 7-12
Support your learners through an engaging series of votes for a dinosaur, wizard, captain or zombie “class president.” Students will experience the impact of voting through hilarious actions, practice idiom and word play, and listen to stories from Canadians about why voting matters to them. This hands-on, active lesson is available in English, French, language-learner and blended learning versions. Expect a fun and engaging hands-on workshop that will help your students engage in our elections and democracy.
Presented by: Zoe Flatman

C8 / Engaging language learners in the written corrective feedback process (Synchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: 9-12
As second and additional language (L2/Lx) writing teachers, we are well aware of the complexities involved in responding to student writing and engaging students in the process of providing feedback. Many questions remain regarding the “best corrective feedback practices” and ways to implement successful peer feedback activities.  In this workshop, we will explore teaching and learning strategies about corrective feedback that will benefit both you and your learners’ English language development.
Presented by: Caroline Payant

C9 / Integrating Mindfulness in the Language Classroom (Synchronous)
Language: English (French)  Level: K-12
In today’s world, we all need more relaxation and mindfulness - including our students. This session will show you ways to integrate mindfulness into the language arts curriculum. Sara will present examples of activities that can take a few minutes (“Mindfulness Moment”) or a full lesson, for all levels from elementary to high school. Workshop will be offered in English but resources will be available in both English and French.
Presented by: Sara Adams

C10 / Making Videos Interactive (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
There are free online tools that allow instructors to create interactive online videos.  Interactive Videos allow teachers to overlay resources and interactive features over a video itself.  This optimizes the learners’ video viewing area.  Overlain interactivity on a video makes the end-user’s experience easier, since comments, true/false questions or links to further information can be strategically positioned over the video and timed to focus attention to specific parts of the video screen. This session will demonstrate interactive videos that have been created for the language training and settlement sector.  To nudge teachers to try to create their own interactive videos,” How To” guides,  instructional videos and repositories will be shared with participants.
Presented by: John Allan

C11 / Using Technology to Support EAL Learners (Synchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
This workshop is geared towards P-12 classroom teachers and new EAL teachers. The focus will be on online resources that support newcomer students learning English and how to maximize the use of their first language. Please bring a device (tablet/ cell/ laptop) and be ready to explore Google Translate and other apps and websites. **If possible, please download the Google Translate app in advance.
Presented by: LeeAnn Brownell

Virtual Pre-Recorded Workshops (available all day)

D1 / Beliefs and Teaching Practices of FSL teachers in Ontario who use the (CEFR) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Asynchronous)
Language: English / French  Level: K-12
The principal question for this research is: What are the beliefs and the teaching practices of French second language teachers in Ontario that are based on the CEFR? The objectives of this research are to 1) define teachers' beliefs of teaching and learning in relation to the approaches proposed by the CEFR, 2) describe the teaching practices stemming from the CEFR and 3) explain the links between beliefs and practices. To our knowledge, no research has examined the relationships between these two concepts when associated with the CEFR. Finally, this research uses a qualitative methodology. In order to answer our research question and achieve our objectives, we have conducted virtual semi-structured interviews with 8 to 15 FSL teachers (elementary or secondary) in Ontario.
Presented by: Samantha Van Geel

D2 / Bilingual Yoga (Asynchronous)
Language: French / English  Level: Adult all-level
Come relax with a gentle yoga flow in French and English. This class is for you! Roll out your yoga mat and follow along for some movement and relaxation.
Presented by: Sara Adams

D3 / Entering Canada through Pier 21: Processing Immigrants at a Canadian Port of Entry (Asynchronous)
Language: English     Level: 7-12
This workshop will explore the process of coming to, arriving at, and departing from a Canadian port of entry, by using Halifax's historic Pier 21 as an example. This presentation will examine how immigrants were processed by Canadian officials at such a site, and illustrate immigration policies and procedures throughout the history of these Canadian ports of entry.
Presented by: Jan Raska

D4 / L'nu Ankit'asi: worldview (Asynchronous)
Language: English     Level: K-12
I will discuss my worldview being raised on reserve in New Brunswick. I will share teachings I had from my elders.
Presented by: Raymond Gilbert Sewell

D5 / Using Tasks to Develop Literacy (Asynchronous)
Language: English      Level: K-12
The development of low-level and high-level literacy skills is essential for long-term success. However, in additional language classrooms, the focus is on language proficiency even though learners of all ages could benefit from having opportunities to develop high-level literacy skills, which includes skills such as information evaluation and integration from multiple multimodal texts. In this workshop, we will present a literacy task for low-proficiency learners. Through their student productions during the task, we will discuss the importance of working on both language and literacy development with learners of all ages and proficiency levels.
Presented by: Philippa Bell and Caroline Payant

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