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

    Toronto event highlights the importance of ESL education in Canada's
    diverse society

    TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - English as a Second Language (ESL) education is
increasingly becoming critical for new Canadians. Immigrants, refugees and
international students depend on improving their ability to speak English in
order to overcome barriers to finding employment, developing relationships and
integrating into Canadian society. These and other ESL related issues will be
addressed at the 35th Annual TESL Ontario Conference from November 22-24,
2007, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on King, 370 King Street West
in Toronto.
    The conference offers a variety of workshops, plenary speakers, research
symposia and a panel discussion on issues including:

    -   the evolution of communicative language teaching: myths and reality
    -   vocabulary development for ESL learners
    -   the power of using the internet in English language teaching
    -   addressing the challenges of today's adult classrooms
    -   the accelerative integrated method of teaching ESL

    On November 23rd, from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, a panel of experts will
explore the more challenging issues facing ESL education. Participants include
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, The Toronto Catholic School Board's
Continuing Education program, Thames Valley District School Board, York
University English Language Institute, Nippissing University, George Brown
College and TESL Ontario.
    The Ontario Minister of Education, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, will be
a dinner speaker on November 23rd at 6:00 pm.
    The conference is sponsored by the Teachers of English as a Second
Language Association of Ontario (TESL Ontario) and highlights ESL Week which
is happening across Ontario from November 18-24. The conference provides
professional development for educators, administrators, students and
volunteers who work with immigrants, refugees, citizens and visitors who wish
to improve their ability to communicate in English.
    For more information and the full conference program, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Renate Tilson, Executive
Director, TESL Ontario, (416) 593-4243 ext. 4,; Sharon
Rajabi, President, TESL Ontario, (416) 222-8282 ext. 2549,

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