Media Advisory - Canada's 40th Conference on "English as a Second Language" for new Canadians

Toronto event coincides with ESL Week celebrations

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - English as a Second Language (ESL) education is important for new Canadians to be gainfully employed, develop good esteem and meaningful relationships, and adapt to Canadian culture. These and other ESL-related issues will be addressed at the 40th Annual TESL Ontario Conference taking place November 8-10, 2012, starting at 8:30 AM, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, 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. It offers a variety of workshops, plenary speakers, research symposia and a panel discussion on many relevant issues.

Of particular note are plenary speakers: Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan, on Progress and Regress in Second Language Learning; and Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University, on Corpora and language teaching: ideas for the classroom.

The annual panel discussion takes place on Nov. 9 at 9:30 AM. The panel of experts will discuss issues relevant to ESL education. Participants include representatives from: Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

This is TESL Ontario's 40th annual conference, which coincides with ESL Week that is presently taking place across Ontario through to Nov. 10, 2012. 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.

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