Wednesday, July 29, 2020



CLWB Featured Speaker: Luisa Canuto on Deeper Online Learning

Don’t miss Luisa Canuto’s engaging talk — “Creating an Environment for Deeper Online Learning: Building and Maintaining Community and Social Presence” — on how to foster positive social interactions with online learning activities.

CLWB registration for CASLT and BCATML members is an all-time low $125, so register now.


Caslt’s Virtual AGM and Networking Day

The preliminary schedule and the agenda are now available. CASLT’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Networking Day will be held online on Friday, September 25, 2020, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST. Invitations and registration coming soon.


Explicit instruction for emergent bilinguals, multilingual learners in various environments

By Erick Herrmann

When people think of teaching, they may think of an expert, or teacher, imparting information to a novice, or student. For some, the term may conjure images of a person at the front of the room talking and sharing information, or "filling the brains" of people with new information. While this is indeed a portion of teaching, and is a part of explicit instruction, it does not embody everything that explicit instruction entails.


A language learning tool hiding in plain sight

 Psychology Today

With summer activities canceled and social distancing the order of the day, kids are probably getting more screen time than most parents find reasonable. Since school reopenings will be delayed in many parts of the world, this state of affairs is likely to continue for a while. Looking for a silver lining, one wonders whether there is any potential upside to this situation. It turns out that when it comes to passive screen time for non-educational programs, the answer depends on the language.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020


CWLB Featured Speaker: Angelica Galante on Inclusive and Plurilingual Classrooms

Featured speaker Angelica Galante, Director of the Plurilingual Lab at McGill University, offers two linked presentations on plurilingual instruction and creating linguistically inclusive classrooms at CLWB.

CLWB registration is only $125 for CASLT and BCATML members, so register now.

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Updated CEFR Companion Volume Now Available

The definitive English version of the CEFR Companion Volume (2020) has now been released.

The new CEFR Companion Volume (ISBN 978-92-871-8621-8) is available as a free downloaded from the CEFR home page or by direct link.

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Toronto schools might drop French and shorten days to reopen in September

Elementary students could see school days shortened by nearly an hour and no more French classes as part of the Toronto District School Board's attempt to save money. The TDSB recently released a report that says the board faces about $250 million in costs if they run with the "hybrid" system proposed by Education Minister Stephen Lecce, which would see elementary school students grouped into cohorts of 15 for both in-person and online learning this fall.

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Should students and teachers be required to wear masks at Ontario schools this fall?

Ottawa citizen

As the debate intensifies over how to safely reopen elementary and secondary schools this fall, one of the most vexing questions is whether students and teachers should be required to wear masks. Many Ontario municipalities require residents to wear masks inside most public buildings, from stores to churches and movie theatres. Ottawa’s mask bylaw applies to everyone over the age of two, with exceptions for people with medical conditions and kids

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020


CLWB Featured Speaker: Denis Cousineau on Rethinking CEFR Pedagogy.

Going beyond the CEFR descriptors, featured speaker Denis Cousineau will lead a session on how to enable all learners to establish pathways to progress — especially in oral skills — by creating social confidence.

Register now for only $125 (CASLT and BCATML members) for the entire conference.

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CASLT's Virtual AGM and Networking Day.

Mark your calendar. CASLT’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Networking Day will be held online on Friday, September 25, 2020, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST. Further information to follow.

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ESL students losing ground during pandemic, educators fear

CBC News

"First we eat something, then we read books and then we go outside and play." That's how 5-year-old Hala Alodih describes a typical day at Ottawa's Carson Grove Elementary School. But months away from the classroom and its comforting routine has the little girl missing her teacher and friends — and forgetting some of the new English words she had just learned.

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Student graduate learning an endangered language over Zoom


A group of students wanting to learn an endangered language will graduate virtually after a seven-month course they worked on through the COVID-19 pandemic. They started their course back in November at the Westbank Youth Centre in Westbank First Nation and had a goal of finishing Nsyilxcn 1, the first book of Nsyilxcn curriculum, and then call it quits.

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Restarting school: Unfinished teaching and learning for emergent bilinguals, multilingual students

By Erick Herrmann

At this point in the year, teachers have finished with their teaching duties for the academic year. Some are embarking on teaching summer school, and most of those doing so are likely engaging in distance or virtual learning due to the global pandemic. In either case, questions about returning to school loom: will classes be in-person with face-to-face instruction? Will students only be allowed to be physically in school part time, with distance or virtual learning playing a significant role?

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