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Membership Minute

Vol. 1 No. 1

June 2011




Welcome to the TESL Ontario Membership Minute - a new quarterly newsletter for members about your association member programs and services. 
Each issue of the newsletter will contain information specifically targeting membership issues, services and benefits, member profiles, member questions and answers, association news, and community updates and spotlights.

We hope this will help you stay connected to your professional association and your community of peers.

Best Regards,

Allison Keown
Member Services Manager

In This Issue
TESL Ontario Member Spotlight
TESL Ontario Social Media
New Member Savings Programs
TESL Ontario Website Spotlight
Member Q & A
NEW ESL Week Activities
Practitioners Corner
Recent Job Postings
Benefit Reminder - Chapters/Indigo
TESL Ontario Member Spotlight



Credit: Chris Hughes Copyright: � University of Waterloo, Graphics


Judi Jewinski's long association with ESL and Renison University College in Waterloo began as an undergraduate, when she enrolled in Dr. Harry Tuyn's course called "Usage and Abusage of English." "I loved Harry's irreverent approach to grammar-and his extensive knowledge," says Judi. "He inspired me to do graduate studies with English as a Second Language as my research interest." Having finished her BA and MA in English at the University of Waterloo and established her reputation as a teacher of ESL, Judi was invited in the early 1970s to teach Renison's first ESL course. The ESL program at Renison has grown apace under her leadership. Today, she directs Renison's English Language Institute (ELI)-which refines the language skills of hundreds of students every term through various credit courses (at the undergraduate and graduate levels), non-credit courses and programs, and custom programs for groups ranging from ESL teachers to first-year business students from Japan to internationally trained optometrists.


In recent years, Renison's presence in China has expanded through ELI's collaboration with various 2+2 initiatives at the University of Waterloo. (A 2+2 student completes the first two years of university study at a partner university in China, then comes to Waterloo for the last two years, and graduates with two degrees.) ELI staff provide language testing, diagnostic, and intensive ESL support. In December 2006, Judi was appointed adjunct professor of English at Jiangsu Teachers University of Technology in Changzhon, and she regularly travels to China as a presenter and lecturer.


Judi Jewinski's energetic service to the Renison University College and the wider community extends beyond her role with the English Language Institute. In 1979, Judi was a founding member and the first President of TESL WW (or TESL 7, as it was then known) and she has also served as Affiliate Representative. Judi is now Adjunct Professor of English and Administrative Dean at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo.


When Judi takes time away from her busy professional life, she's usually headed in one direction-straight to Paris. She may have mastered a few key phrases in Chinese and Japanese, but her French, like her English, is impeccable. Paris is a second home to Judi and her husband, Ed. To Judi's delight, she is routinely mistaken for a Parisian by Parisians. 


For Judi, however, precious time in Paris isn't just for wandering the streets, the museums, and  the markets. It's also an opportunity to write. Judi has authored or co-authored nine books on various aspects of communication in English, including the popular grammar text The Prentice Hall Reference Guide for Canadian Writers and Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences. 


Written By: Susan Hodges-Bryant and Ron Champion

TESL Ontario Social Media
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TESL Ontario has increased its online presence with Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.  You can now stay connected with your professional association through these popular social media applications.

We believe it's important to stay closely connected to our members and what better way to do that than with social media.  Through these social media applications you will receive timely information from TESL Ontario, read articles and other resources related to the language training profession and can successfully use TESL Ontario's social media to make new networking connections and to learn from your peers.

Members who follow TESL Ontario will receive updates, announcements and information regarding:

  • TESL Ontario policy changes
  • TESL Ontario new services and initiatives
  • New membership benefits
  • TESL Ontario Conference and Affiliate PD events
  • Newsletters from TESL Ontario and Affiliates 
  • Jobs posted on the TESL Ontario job board
  • News items relating to the Language Training profession
  • Links to useful teaching materials and resources for instructors


** The information provided using these social media tools is not meant to replace our current method of communicating with our members via email but rather to enhance our communication efforts with our members to help ensure that important TESL Ontario information and announcements reach as many members as possible, as well as to provide a tool for our members to help them expand their knowledge of the language training profession and make connections with fellow peers.

Summer Fun at Canada's Wonderland
wonderlandTESL Ontario Members can now purchase Canada's Wonderland admission tickets online at a special corporate rate.
Visit: www.canadaswonderland.com and choose tickets then corporate partners. Enter the Company ID code: TESL.   
Once you have completed your purchase you can print your tickets off at home.
Additional New Savings Programs:
  • Ontario Place
  • Hamilton Tiger Cats
  • Elephoto
  • The Wiggles on Stage

Coming Soon!

  • Toronto Raptors
  • Toronto FC Soccer club
  • Toronto Rock Lacrosse

We hope you enjoy these added benefits.

TESL Ontario offers many member savings programs that can help you make the most of your summer, such as Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, Free Ottawa area museum admissions, Royal Ontario Museum, Medieval Times shows, local theaters in London and Pickering and much more.

Click here to view full details of all the TESL Ontario members savings programs.

TESL Ontario Website Spotlight



TESL Ontario has set up forums for you to communicate with your professional peers.

The forums are a great way to get answers to your questions, share your successes and help other language training professionals with your expertise and experience. 
This is a fantastic networking tool for the TESL Ontario community of language training professionals, and we encourage you to get involved.

To access the TESL Ontario Forums click here.

TESL Ontario Member Q & A
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TESL Ontario will dedicate a section of each newsletter to answer member questions and respond to your comments and suggestions.
We encourage you to send your questions, comments or suggestions to [email protected] and enter MEMBERSHIP MINUTE Q & A in the subject line of your email.
"When will I receive my membership renewal notice?"
Membership renewal notices are sent out approximately 6 weeks prior to your membership expiry date. Renewal notices are mailed to accredited members and emailed to standard members. Members who do not have an email address on record will receive a renewal notice by mail.
A second renewal reminder will be emailed upon your expiry date for both accredited and standard members.
"When does my membership expire?"
Your expiry date is printed on your membership card. If you are an accredited member you can also check your expiry date on the TESL Ontario Accredited Members Registries.
"How do I access the online webcasting?"
To access free professional development through TESL Ontario online webcasts click here. You will be required to enter your membership number and the password 27carlton


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TESL Ontario has added several new ESL week activities including writing, video, and photo contests for this year's ESL week

October 23 - 29, 2011.


ESL week is a significant part of our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of English language learning opportunities for new comers to Canada. 


All individuals involved with learning, teaching and organizing ESL in Ontario are encouraged to participate in our ESL week activities.


For detailed information click here.

Practitioners Corner



TESL Ontario will dedicate a special section of each newsletter for our members to be able to ask questions, request advice or share classroom ideas specific to teaching English as a Second Language.


As this is a quarterly newsletter please keep in mind that responses will not be immediate, however if you require more prompt feed back you can request that we post your question on TESL Ontario social media and you can monitor the responses.


If you choose to have your question posted using social media we will still post your question in the next issue of the newsletter for our members who are not using the social media tools.


Click here to send your classroom ideas, questions or responses to TESL Ontario with a subject line: Practitioners Corner


If you would like your question posted on our social media sites please indicate this in your email.


If you are responding to a member query please indicate in your email the question you are answering.


Recent Job Posts


SITE TEAM LEADER/LANGUAGE ASSESSOR (maternity leave replacement contract)


Posted: May 13, 2011

Deadline: June 10, 2011

Location: GTA

Description: This is a full-time, salaried, maternity replacement.





Posted: June 3, 2011

Deadline: submit applications as soon as possible.

Location: Toronto

Description: Responsible for developing, leading, and Managing the Centre  for Academic English at Centennial College.




Posted: June 1, 2011

Deadline: June 10, 2011

Location: Ottawa

Description: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is requesting letters of interest for an expert consultant to lead the team of language experts conducting the content validation of the Canadian Language Benchmarks.


For full details of these available positions and more click here

Chapters Reminder


Please remember that when taking advantage of your Chapters/Indigo member discount you must show your membership card to the cashier at the time of purchase.

Your membership card has the TESL Ontario corporate account number on the back of the card.

The 20% discount is valid on purchases for educational purposes only and is not valid on DVD, CD, Gift items or online purchases.


If you have any difficulty with cashier staff processing the discount please request to speak with a store manager.


TESL Ontario

Quick Links




Upcoming Professional Development Events 



39th Annual TESL Ontario Conference

"Language Learning:

A Focus on Success"

October 27 -29, 2011


For more conference details click here



TESL Peel/Halton/Etobicoke AGM and Fall PD Workshops



TESL Hamilton AGM

October 21, 2011


For more Affiliate event details click here


TESL Titbits




TESL Ontario is welcoming Expressions of Interest for Board vacancies


Click here for detailed information



TESL London has a newly redesigned  website!


Click here to check it out



Welcome TESL London's New President

Kelly Wharton!