With the rapid, large-scale switch to online teaching last March, teachers had to adapt quickly — but it hasn’t always been easy. CASLT has created a new resource to help teachers better function in a distance learning and teaching environment. Welcome to “My Virtual Classroom!”
Registration is open for our third My Virtual Classroom webinar: Tools, Materials, and Games for an Interactive Online Classroom, presented by Glenn Cake.
Sessions will be 45 minutes, with Q & A to follow. All content will be posted on our CASLT Learning Centre afterwards.
This special edition of Réflexions celebrates CASLT’s 50th anniversary and looks back at the association’s successes, challenges, and innovations over the past five decades. Reminisce with us and learn how CASLT has developed into the impressive organization it is today.
This is an international call for proposals (CFP) for an edited book entitled Effective Online Language Teaching in a Disruptive Environment.
Given the singular challenge for teaching languages online, the proposed volume will gather evidence from the field that offers guidance vis-à-vis best practices, innovations, remarkable and even unusual achievements that will help language teachers succeed in the future.
This call for proposals intends to gather experience from around the world. Potential authors should go to the CFP website, log in, and submit their proposals there.
Language learning in Canada needs to change to reflect ‘superdiverse’ communities
As people moving across territorial borders continues to drive globalization, our society needs to reflect on the linguistic identities of students who are learning English and French, Canada’s two official languages. In language classrooms, where English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) programs reflect Canada’s bilingual mandate, how we teach languages has not evolved much from the traditional grammar-based mode of instruction
Don’t get lost in translation: Learn a new language in lockdown — and you’ll never be a tongue-tied tourist again
We all have our own holiday stories where our lack of nous with the native lingo has landed us in tricky situations. From struggles with deciphering road signs in St Petersburg to inadvertently ordering an ashtray instead of dessert from your waiter in Shanghai, the pitfalls are endless. But there’s nothing to make you feel more at home in a new land than being able to converse (even just a little) with your tour guide, cab driver or bartender.
Why cultural understanding is essential: Part 5
By Douglas Magrath
Culture is an important element for any ESL program, and instructors need to be aware of learners’ cultures as they work with international students. New students may feel isolated, especially if no one else from their country is in the program or school. Language teaching, including ESL, should include a cultural component. Language and culture go together. Sometimes culture is missing from the curriculum. This represents a missed opportunity for student engagement: Without cultural contexts, students are robbed of a full and engaging language learning experience.