celebrating ESL education
TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Teachers of English as a Second
Language of Ontario (TESL Ontario) today announced the winners of its
province-wide, multi-category creativity contest to celebrate ESL
education. GTA student, Madlin Eisho, an ESL student with Caledon
Community Services in Bolton, Ontario, won the grand prize for her
photo entry. In the instructor category, two ESL educators, Anne Marie
Guy and Baye Hunter, who teach at the Victoria LINC Learning Centre in
Toronto, won the grand prize for their video entry.
The creativity contest is a feature of ESL Week, an annual celebration
of ESL education and learning that is endorsed by several communities,
thousands of ESL educators, students, and many learning institutions
and school boards across Ontario. ESL Week will take place November
"Our multi-faceted creativity contest grew out of our popular annual
poster contest for ESL students that we have been running since 2006,"
says Renate Tilson, executive director, TESL Ontario. "We discovered
there is a strong desire and need to have a vehicle to showcase
talented ESL students and educators in Ontario, while at the same time
expressing creatively, and across many mediums, the experience of
learning English as a second language."
All individuals involved with learning and teaching ESL in Ontario were
invited to participate in the contest.
First place winners from the ESL student categories include:
Essay: Lirije Beqolli (Lorne Ave. Adult ESL/LINC Centre) - London
Photo: Alex Chen (Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services) -
Poetry: Jose Atara (Lorne Ave. Adult ESL/LINC Centre) - London
Short Story: Mirna Rodriguez (Caledon Community Services) - Caledon East
Video: Assunta Strianese (Caledon Community Services), Schomberg (GTA)
First place winners from the ESL instructor categories include:
Essay: Peter Lewis-Watts (Simcoe County District School Board Learning
Centre) - Barrie
Photo: Brett Basbaum (St. Joseph Immigrant Women's Centre) - Dundas
Poetry: Danielle Rychlo (Kajwa Girls' Middleschool Learning Centre/South
Korea) - London
Short Story: Maria Bermudez (Center for English Language Development; U
of Windsor) - Windsor
Video: Adrienne Horvath Cortes (Conestoga College - LINC Program
Learning Centre) - Cambridge
All winners will be honoured at the Welcome Reception at the TESL
Ontario annual conference in Toronto. The winning submissions can be
viewed at: http://www.teslontario.net/contest-winners.
ESL Week has been declared by 38 communities across Ontario including:
Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie, Brighton, Ajax, Amherstburg, Aurora, Aylmer,
Brampton, Clarington, Cornwall, Durham Region, Fort Erie, Fort Frances,
Gananoque, Georgina, Gwillimbury, Markham, Midland, Milton, New
Tecumseth, North Bay, Oakville, Oshawa, Pickering, Port Hope, Rainy
River, Richmond Hill, Smooth Rock Falls, South Bruce, Stratford, St.
Charles, St. Thomas, Whitby, Temiskaming Shores, Timmins,
Whitchurch-Stouffville and Windsor.
A regular highlight of ESL Week is the TESL Ontario annual conference,
which takes place November 8-10, 2012 in Toronto. The conference - TESL Ontario at 40: Thriving, Excelling, Sharing, Leading -- is the largest conference of its kind in Canada, hosting more than
1,500 delegates. The conference brings together ESL educators from the
public and private sector, academics, researchers, teacher trainers and
representatives from both the federal and provincial governments. The
conference offers a variety of workshops, plenary speakers, research
symposia and a panel discussion on a current ESL topic.
TESL Ontario is the association and certifying body for non-credit adult
ESL instructors in Ontario. TESL Ontario represents more than 4,500 ESL
professionals working in elementary and secondary schools; colleges and
universities; private schools; and LINC and ESL sites across the
province. The organization has developed expertise in areas of teacher
accreditation, and professional and curriculum development. For more
information, visit www.teslontario.org.
SOURCE: TESL Ontario
For further information:
Executive Director, TESL Ontario
416-593-4243 ext. 203