An unexpected gift: First Nations, All Nations, One Nation

The standard protocol for presenting at TESL conferences in Canada is that the presenter receives an honorarium and a card expressing thanks from the organizing committee.  It's a nice gesture and I always appreciate it.   

So when I received the most beautiful bag last week for presenting at the TEAM conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba I was moved when I learned about the organization, the bags, and Angela.

 

First of all, let me start with information about One Nation Exchange (O.N.E.)   It's a not-for-profit organization that promotes unity by creating opportunities for intercultural experiences, training, and employment for women who represent Canada's diverse cultures.

It all started in 2014 in Winnipeg, a city with the largest Indigenous population in Canada.  That year, the province welcomed the highest recorded number of refugees per capita in the country.

The idea to bring First Nations women and newcomers to Canada together...

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Carolyn Flores - ESL Teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Carolyn Flores feels that becoming a teacherpreneur was a natural evolution for her. Read her personal advice on juggling everything and transitioning from teacher to teacherpreneur.

How long have you been teaching?  

Combined, teaching in the classroom and privately one to one, I’ve been teaching for over twenty years. 

Where do you teach now?  

I teach at the Centre for Skills Development and Training which is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  

Can you describe a typical teaching day?  

I teach about 15-20 higher level students in the morning. The group is a mix of students with various backgrounds and experiences. In the afternoons. I have a lower level class of about 15 students. I am also a lead PBLA (Portfolio-Based Language Assessment) teacher so I also help other teachers with this methodology and with implementation in their classrooms. 

You successfully transitioned from teacher to teacherpreneur. Can you talk about...

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Andrew Woodbury - ESL Instructor & Managing Director of Learn YOUR English

Andrew Woodbury divides his time between the ESL classroom and managing an educational start-up called Learn YOUR English with the goal to create a community of like-minded teachers where everyone can learn and improve together. He believes that he has excelled as a teacherpreneur because he has been inspired by his students who took a leap of faith coming to a new country. 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Thank you for having me! I currently teach in Toronto, Canada as part of Ryerson University’s ESL Foundation Program. This is in addition to being one of the managing directors of the educational startup two colleagues and I have started called Learn YOUR English. 2019 marks one decade for me as a teacher.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

It really depends on the day. When the university year is running, I have classes from about 9 until...

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Nancy Callan - ESL Teacher, Writer (ESL Jigsaws)

canada writer Feb 01, 2019

Nancy Callan turned her love of jigsaw readings into a series of successful books.  Read Nancy`s views on the importance of testing your materials before publishing, and how criticism of one's materials is an opportunity for improvement.  

1. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

In Vancouver, BC, Canada, but no longer full time as I have another job. Contrary to popular belief, I have not retired off the profit from my books!

2. How long have you been teaching?

Since 1992.

3. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?  

I run a dining group, I garden and study languages.

4.  You took on the tremendous challenge of writing several books: Callan’s Thematic Jigsaws 1 and 2, Callan’s Contemporary Jigsaws 1 &2, Callan’s New Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Beginner Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Holiday Jigsaws 1 & 2, Callan’s...

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Marlene Paglia - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Feb 06, 2017

Marlene Paglia is a perfect example of a teacherpreneur with grit and determination despite receiving many rejection letters. Find out why she thinks that ‘being in the zone’ is a good barometer for knowing you’re on the right track.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long you’ve been teaching?

Hi! I’m Marlene Paglia and I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language with the Toronto District School Board for over 20 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I have taught all levels from Literacy to Toefl, but at present, I teach two (2) 2½ hour multilevel classes. My teaching day begins with my first Benchmark level 3-4 class from 9:00 to 11:30. The second Benchmark level 4-5-6 class begins at noon and ends at 2:30.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I enjoy travelling, watching engaging movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

You took the tremendous task of writing two books....

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Joan Bartel - ESL Teacher, Writer

canada soft skills writer Dec 27, 2016

Joan Bartel has published three books.  Joan candidly talks about both the "success and failure" and how she has applied what she has learned to become a successful teacherpreneur.

1. Thanks for joining us Joan.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been at Humber College, Toronto, Canada, for several years now. I teach Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) courses on contract (usually three per year) and give guest workshops in the TESL Training Program. OSLT is a free program for job-seeking professionals who have immigrated into Canada.

By the way, I haven’t always been a teacher. I’ve spent a significant part of my career in ESL/EFL program management, most happily when I was able to creatively influence the program. But I chose to go back to teaching in 2005.

2. How long have you been involved in ESL education?

A long time! Over 30 years. And I’ve never regretted my career choice.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching...

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James Rice - ESL Teacher, Language School Owner and Textbook Writer

canada school owner writer Dec 15, 2016

James Rice has spent last past 20 years in the ELT field in Canada and abroad as an ESL teacher, language school owner, and writer. Find out how the iBooks Author software created the perfect opportunity for him to produce over 50 different digital textbooks with valuable feedback from students. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at Connect School of Languages in Toronto, Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching English for over 20 years throughout the world before coming back to Toronto. I taught in Toronto for a number of years before opening my own school in 2003.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I only teach on a part-time basis now.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I am a film buff. I take any chance I can get to watch movies.

You took on the tremendous task of writing the Study It ESL textbook series. Can you tell us about it?

The Study It ESL textbook series grew from a desire of getting rid...

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Nicholas Walker - ESL Teacher, Writer and Website Designer

app designer canada writer Dec 11, 2016

Nicholas Walker is a fellow Canadian who has successfully used his experience as an ESL teacher to write books and design and develop a website to help students improve their writing.  Find out how Nicholas reduced his marking time significantly by developing a website called the Virtual Writing Tutor. 

Could you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach English as a Second Language at Ahuntsic College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the largest publically funded French language CEGEP in Montreal. We have a student population of about 10, 000 students in a range of pre-university and vocational programs.

Could explain a little about the CEGEP system for our readers?

Sure. Quebec does things a little differently from the other provinces in Canada. Students graduate high school at the end of grade eleven here. After that, they have a choice of going to either an English or French junior college, called CEGEPs. Most are publically funded and offer a range of...

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Todd Vercoe - ESL Teacher and Creator of www.tesolgames.com

canada website designer Dec 08, 2016

Todd Vercoe is the creative genius behind the website http://www.tesolgames.com.  He provides lots of great advice in his interview for teachers who are looking at teacherpreneurship.  Todd says "Start. You never know when or where you will finish, but starting is key".

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I am taking a break from teaching at the moment, though I started standing in front of classrooms back in ‘79. Then, I was just a young pup instructing Saturday morning classes, after 4 p.m. programs and summer school sessions. I taught games mostly such as Dungeons and Dragons before most had even heard of the game and also delved into historical simulation games, world games and other Role Playing Games (RPGs). I taught drama as well, especially after studying theatre as an undergraduate.

How long have you been teaching?

I worked with the then Toronto Board of Education until 1996 when I left to teach in South Korea. I planned on being...

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