October 24 #LINCchat Summary: Task-based Language Teaching and Skills Development

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One of the “tasks” of participating in a #LINCchat is following the conversations that participants have on a #CdnELT topic and joining in when you feel comfortable. As it turned out, this might have been more difficult than usual as the topic of the chat, Task-based Language Teaching or TBLT, inspired fast-paced discussions about its challenges and benefits as well as the generous sharing of ideas and resources.  

Thank-you to moderators, Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor filling in for @StanzaSL), and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALstories filling in for @nathanghall) for facilitating the discussion and keeping us on track.  

Thank-you also to the passionate educators who shared their perspectives during the last #LINCchat on Oct. 24th: @thespreadingoak, @DawnTorvik, @JoyOfESL, @YuliyaESL, @gabyG_jolie, @vislief, @KraseNetzel, @CameronJMoser, @Corrie0330, @ElleninSaigon, ‏ @danalbergman, @linguaLINC, and @ambartosik. It was great to see new and seasoned #LINCchatters take part in the discussion. If this only whet your appetite for more, follow @TBLT_chat on Twitter. 

Please find a summary of this chat below. To read it, hover over the Twitter bird next to the subtopics in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink 

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.      

New to #LINCchat?   

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Our next #LINCchat will be on Tuesday, November 14th at 6-7 p.m. PST or 9-10 p.m. EST. Please let others know about #LINCchat. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.   


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Jennifer has been teaching in the LINC Program for more than 10 years. She loves using Twitter to stay connected as a mother, an educator and an active citizen. 

Twitter: @jennifermchow

“ESL Students and Academic Dishonesty” – a BC TEAL Webinars session

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As Canadian education becomes more and more popular with international students, their struggles with fitting in to Canadian academic culture become ever more important. In this webinar, Dave Henderson presents his research into causes and cures for academic misconduct by international students. Through analyzing a variety of peer-reviewed publications, Dave identified possible causes and formulated solutions that can be implemented in both public and private schools. Join him for a presentation and Q&A that will offer suggestions on how to reduce instances of academic misconduct.

An ESL teacher since 2005, Dave recently graduated from Royal Roads University with a M.A. in Intercultural and International Communication. In addition to his major project, about academic misconduct among ESL students, he received the Public Ethnography prize for his podcast on authenticity in swing dancing. Professionally, his interests include academic preparation, business language, reading, writing, and vocabulary. His students have gone on to work and study in a wide variety of locations and subjects. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys jazz music and swing dancing, reading, and cycling.

You can find the slides to this session on Dave’s website.

October 10 #LINCchat Summary: Back-up Plans for Class

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Have you ever prepared the “perfect” lesson plan only to find out that the photocopier is jammed, or the Internet is down? Do you have a plan B, C, D or E? How well are you prepared for the unexpected to happen in class?  

When things are not going smoothly, how do you decide when it’s time to go to plan B? Do you adjust your plan, or do you abandon your original plan? These are a few of the questions we discussed with a small but passionate group of educators during the last #LINCchat on Oct. 10: @JoyOfESL, @danalbergman, @seburnt, @JenArtan , @jennifermchow and @LearnanaBodnar.

Thank-you to moderators, Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALstories filling in for @nathanghall) for facilitating the conversation.

To read the summary, hover over the Twitter bird next to the subtopics in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.      

New to #LINCchat?   

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Our next #LINCchat will be on Tuesday, October 24th at 6-7 p.m. PST or 9-10 p.m. EST. Please let others know about #LINCchat. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.   


Jen Bio PicJennifer has been teaching in the LINC Program for more than 10 years. She loves using Twitter to stay connected as a mother, an educator and an active citizen. 

Twitter: @jennifermchow

ATESL conference and joint BC TEAL / ATESL Educational Technology Summit (ETS) – October 20-21, 2017

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Bookmark this page! We will be posting videos from the keynote speakers of the joint ATESL / BCTEAL Educational Technology Summit.


Due to network issues, live streaming for this session will not be available. We will be recording the session and uploading it as soon as we can. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, October 20th, 7:15-8:15am PDT / 8:15-9:15am MDT – Dr. Bonny Norton, “Identity, Investment, and English Language Learning in an Unequal Digital World.”


Due to restrictions, we are unable to provide live streaming or recording of this session.

Friday, October 20th, 12:15-1:15pm PDT / 1:15-2:15pm MDT – Dr. Darren Lund, “Becoming a Better Advocate for All Learners: Infusing Social Justice in our Practice.”


Saturday, October 21st, 7:15-8:15am PDT / 8:15-9:15am MDT – Dr. Greg Kessler, “Preparing Teachers for the Future: Designing Instruction with Automated and Intelligent Tools.”

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