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What is the goal of professional development? [SPECIAL EVENT]


In these times of increased PD hour requirements for accreditation, TESL Toronto wishes to discuss with you the purpose of language teacher professional development.

Language teacher development is a primary mandate of organizations  and some teachers devote a great deal of time to activities intended to foster growth and development.  However, there is little consensus as to the benefits of different activities and approaches, despite a growing investment on the part of many.

Join speakers Antonella Valeo and Farahnaz Faez as they draw on professional literature, language teacher research, and over 20 years of experience as language teachers, administrators and researchers to explore these questions and suggest directions for future development.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time: Doors open @ 4:45PM with refreshments, speaker @ 6:00PM

Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members) using the button below for automatic PD receipt (this also informs us of how much food and drink to arrange). Online registration has now closed. There will also be on-site registration, but exact change is required.

Location: Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Avenue, building south side of Willcocks Street)

Antonella Valeo
Antonella Valeo

Antonella Valeo is an Assistant Professor at York University where she teaches applied linguistics in the graduate program and ESL to undergraduates. Before taking on this position at York, she taught ESL in a range of contexts, supervised ESL teachers in an adult education program, and taught TESOL for several years. She has organized teacher conferences, developed professional development initiatives and led the research team for the development of the TESL Ontario Post TESL Certificate Framework. Her most recent research has focussed on issues related to novice language teachers and ESP teachers in occupation-specific programs.

Farahnaz Faez
Farahnaz Faez

Farahnaz Faez is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. She teaches second language education courses in the teacher education and graduate program. Her research interests include second language teaching and learning, pre-service and in-service ESL teacher education, internationally educated teachers and English language learners in K-12 programs. She has taught and supervised ESL and TESL programs for several years.

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