2019 TESL Sask/SKTEAL Conference

Please join us for our conference on: Building the Classroom


Welcome to another exciting year of professional growth, networking and exploration – all of which you can experience at our annual TESL Sask / SK TEAL conference April 12th and 13th

Building on our last conference theme “Methodology in Action”, we decided to focus on sharing practical applications of TESOL theory from our members’ classrooms. As a result, the theme “Building the Classroom” was born. This theme encompasses a wide variety of topics, including: assessment, portfolios, language testing, promoting language and intercultural awareness, learner motivation, managing curriculum outcomes with EALs, and many more. Instructors working in various teaching environments (i.e. rural or urban) will be able to access a broad range of practical applications via the numerous workshops and break-out sessions.  

At this year’s conference, we are extremely excited to have three big names in the Canadian TESOL world: 

Dr. Tracey Derwing (Simon Fraser University)
One-hour Keynote & 50-minute Workshop

Dr. Derwing will present her keynote on the new directions L2 pronunciation teaching and research is currently heading. Dr. Derwing will speak on the controversy surrounding ‘accent reduction’ rather than pronunciation training as well as assessment methods when instructing pronunciation.


Her 50-minute workshop will focus on practical resources for reluctant instructors who teach pronunciation in the classroom.

Dr. Zhi Li (University of Saskatchewan)

One-hour Keynote & 50-minute Workshop 

Before joining U of S, Dr. Li worked as a Language Assessment Specialist; for this reason, he has chosen to give a keynote on Language Assessment Literacy: What is it and who should care about it? This session will cover every issue instructors face when assessing students: from tracking progress, to peer and self-assessment. His presentation is sure to be popular! 

Dr. Li will also give a 50-minute workshop on how to apply corpus techniques when teaching English grammar and vocabulary. 

Ms. Sharon Rajabi (Toronto Catholic District School Board)
One-hour Keynote & 50-minute Workshop

Ms. Rajabi will present a keynote address on “Digital Literacy: How does it relate to language learning?” She will focus exclusively on answering participants’ questions, especially: Can a virtual classroom be designed as a task-based, learner centred, and competency based language course? Can online delivery be aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks?  As a service provider, what are our obligations to the clients and funders in 2019?

Ms. Rajabi’s workshop will aim to provide educational developers and administrators with the tools and know-how for the design and implementation of an e-learning system. 

We hope, by listening and learning from these great speakers, you will consider more deeply your current classroom techniques and how those could be adjusted so as to motivate or innovate your students and stakeholders. 

In short, we believe both new and experienced teachers will come away from our conference with a toolkit of ideas which may help in building your classroom as a place where students can be creative, heard, and feel committed to learning using effective practices. 

We are eagerly looking forward to your attendance at our conference on April 12th & 13th, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon. 


Selinda England & Liz Rowley
TESL Sask & SK TEAL Conference Committee Co-Chairs





  • When

  • 12 April, 2019 - 13 April, 2019
    7:45 AM - 4:15 PM
    Canada Central Time

  • Where

  • Delta Hotel By Marriott (Formerly Radisson Hotel)
    405 20th Street E
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 6X6

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