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TESL Canada 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Plans for the forthcoming TESL Canada 2012 conference are taking shape. This promises to be a dynamic and meaningful event for professionals in our field and a team of more than 40 volunteers are hard at work planning this event.

For your professional development, there are numerous opportunities at the TESL Canada conference. We’ve highlighted a few here and provided some information on conference plans.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals can be found at Proposals can cover the range of areas of expertise in our field and options include: demonstration, panel presentation, interactive workshop, paper/report, mini-session, roundtable discussions and interactive poster presentations. In other words, there are multiple ways to present your work.

Graduate Students Symposium

In addition to the regular conference, the pre-conference activities will include a Graduate Students Symposium, a first for the TESL Canada Conference. Limited to 100 participants, this symposium offers a venue for those studying in TESL certificate and diploma programs, as well as those at the masters and doctoral levels, to network and share their work with peers from across the country and beyond. The keynote speaker for this symposium is Penny Ur, author of numerous books and a master teacher educator. Information and the call for proposals for the graduate students symposium can be found at

Proposal Reviewers

The TESL Canada 2012 Conference program committee is seeking proposal reviewers. If you with to be a reviewer, please outline your qualifications and areas of expertise for consideration (in up to 50 words). The process for reviewing will use an online automated system. Reviewers must be available to review proposals between May 15 and June 10, 2012. Please send your expressions of interest to by March 25, 2012.

TESL Canada 2012 – at a glance:

Thursday, October 11 includes:

- Pre-conference excursions in Kamloops and the Thompson-Okanagan region in BC
- Graduate Students Symposium with Penny Ur as the keynote
- Pre-conference Symposia/Workshops with both morning and afternoon choices
- President’s Welcome Reception (open to all conference delegates)

Friday, October 12 includes:

- Numerous concurrent sessions
- Plenary speaker: Dr. Steven Pinker
- Exhibitor Showcase with dozens of publishers and other exhibitors
- Wine & Ale tasting (ticketed event)

Saturday, October 13 includes:

- Numerous concurrent sessions
- Plenary speaker: Dr. Michael McCarthy
- Exhibitor Showcase with dozens of publishers and other exhibitors
- Conference gala dinner & dance

A variety of information on the conference can be found at

We look forward to seeing you in Kamloops in October 2012 and encourage you to pass information about the event to your colleagues and students.

Warm regards,
Joe Dobson & Karen Densky, Conference Co-chairs


There is no schedule for this conference now.

Call for Proposals Now Open!

The Call for Proposals for the 2012 TESL Canada Conference is now open. For more information and access to the online submission form, please visit:

900 McGill Road Kamloops, BC V2C 5N3

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