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Abbot, Marilyn L.; Lee, Kent K.; Rossiter, Marian J. – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
In this article, we describe and evaluate a research utilization initiative designed to bridge the teaching English as a second language (TESL) research-practice gap by fostering the formation of and supporting professional learning communities (PLCs) in adult ESL instructional contexts. We review literature on teachers' professional reading,…
Descriptors: Adult Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Nicholas, Bonnie; Avram, Augusta; Chow, Jennifer; Lupasco, Svetlana – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
Although English language teaching professionals are committed to ongoing continuous professional development, economic and workload factors may impede their ability to attend a traditional 2-day annual conference. Teachers have turned to social media as an alternative approach to self-directed professional development. In particular, Twitter has…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Networks
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Tajeddin, Zia; Aghababazadeh, Yasaman – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
Reflection is a key component of teacher quality assessment and a venue for professional development. Among many tools for teacher reflection, keeping blogs as a user-friendly, technology-enhanced tool has recently come to the forefront in teacher education. To contribute to the body of literature on the potentiality of blogs for teacher…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Giles, Amanda – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
The study contributes to language teacher education research by emphasizing an English as a second language (ESL) teacher's learning through critical activity, which includes my attempts to change my pedagogical practices to provide more equitable educational opportunities for ESL students in the mainstream content classroom. Framed by Engeström's…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yazan, Bedrettin – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
Using the concepts of identity and agency, this "Perspectives" article discusses my recent efforts of self-development when designing an identity-oriented Teaching English as a second language (TESL) teacher education course around teacher candidates' semester-long autoethnography writing assignment called "critical autoethnographic…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Independent Study
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Desyatova, Yuliya – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
This article analyzes teacher professional development (PD) mandated by the implementation of portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) in government-funded adult language learning programs in Canada. Through the lens of conceptualizations of teacher learning (TL), the study examined PBLA teacher-training materials, 247 teacher surveys, and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Portfolios (Background Materials), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Pentón Herrera, Luis Javier – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
Professional development in the K-12 English language teaching (ELT) classroom is an evolving entity that focuses on meeting the needs of changing demographics and latest educational trends. As a result, many texts have been published with the intention of providing the necessary skills educators need for success in their classrooms and to…
Descriptors: Action Research, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Tyers, Dianne; Sillito, Judy – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
For novice and expert English language teaching professionals alike, it is important to understand the dynamic complexity of the context in which we work to intentionally and strategically forge a relevant and personally meaningful, continuing professional development path. English language teaching has long outgrown a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Prokopetz, Rita Zuba – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
This reflective "Perspectives" article will give readers some insight into the professional self-development experiences of an English as a second language (ESL) practitioner after she recognized a significant shift in learning and teaching paradigms resulting from instructional tools available on the World Wide Web. It also attempts to…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Portfolios (Background Materials), English Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Khatri, Raj – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
This action research project empirically evaluated the efficacy of reading strategy instruction to help advance adult English as an additional language (EAL) students' development of academic reading skills and strategy use. The study involved 16 adult participants attending English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs in British Columbia. These…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Bartel, Joan – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
The Ministry for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada includes employment-related language training in its current initiatives. This article aims to contribute to the topic of teaching soft skills for job interviews and job retention, as informed by research from the fields of business and applied linguistics, including pragmatics, as well…
Descriptors: Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship, Employment Interviews
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Shebansky, William J. – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
The integration of blended learning is well underway across diverse educational settings. Along with this shift in instructional method are obstacles and accompanying research. There has been less interest, however, in examining the adoption of blended learning in English as a second language (ESL) contexts. This study investigates what factors…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Educational Technology
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Lum, Lillie; Alqazli, Mahmoud; Englander, Karen – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
To succeed in Canadian health professions, university education programs students must initially meet a variety of program-specific and English-language admission requirements. For non-native English-speaking (NNES) students, a major challenge can be the demonstration of profession-specific academic literacy and, in particular, adequate language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Foreign Students, English Language Learners
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Payant, Caroline; Hirano, Eliana – TESL Canada Journal, 2018
The present study analyzed in-service English as an additional language (EAL) teachers' written teaching philosophy (TP) statements in order to identify the dominant topics that comprise this supporting genre, as well as the use of personal pronouns and possessive adjectives. The sample included 27 in-service EAL teachers' TPs who were currently…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Attitudes
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Keefe, Karin; Shi, Ling – TESL Canada Journal, 2017
Many universities have instituted intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs to support international students. This qualitative study used interviews to gain insights into the experiences of 8 non-native English speaking (NNES) students who completed an EAP program before they enrolled in disciplinary courses at a Canadian university.…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Students
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