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, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - English as a Second Language (ESL) education is growing in importance 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 37th Annual TESL Ontario Conference from December 10-12, 2009, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, in Toronto.

The conference offers a variety of workshops, plenary speakers, research symposia and a panel discussion on several relevant issues.

Of particular interest are plenary speakers: Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran; and Carole Chapelle, past president of American Association of Applied Linguistics.

Toronto Deputy Mayor and Councillor, Joe Pantalone, will be on hand to give official welcoming remarks at the Annual Conference President's Reception on Dec. 10th, at 5:00 pm at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

On Friday, December 11th from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., a panel of experts will explore the more challenging issues facing ESL education. Participants include representatives from: Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; and the Ministry of Education.

This will be TESL Ontario's 37th Annual Conference, entitled Language for a Changing World and highlights ESL Week, which is happening across Ontario from December 6-12, 2009. 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: Shannon Skinner, Media Relations, (416) 576-8809,

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