On May 5, I finally had the opportunity to lead a full session about Academic Reading Circles face to face to teachers, at the TESL Toronto Spring 2012 Conference (#toscon12) and it was exciting to start the ball rolling.I’m sure if you’re reading this you’re aware of my involvement with EAP and one particular project: the design of ARC, which develops on a practical level in my program at (New College) University of Toronto.

Its puzzle pieces (how the roles best fit skill aims, technology choices to use in conjunction, etc.) evolve as I talk about them with more and more teachers (my colleagues -> my blog posts -> VRT -> TOscon12 -> ?). It’s exciting.  If you were at this session, you can view the slides below.

Session slides

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I’d recommend reading other ARC-related posts for more elaboration on some key aspects mentioned on the slides.  You can find them in the Resources section of the menu bar.
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6 Responses to #toscon12 session

  1. It was great! How can I view the slides here?

  2. Leo says:

    What a great idea. I’ve given a demo workshop on “traditional” Reading circles (developed by my boss actually). Interesting to see how you adapted them for EAP. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the conference too.

    • seburnt says:

      Thanks, Leo. Yes, it was a great conference, though since I was putting out constant fires, I didn’t get to really enjoy the experience fully. Such is the life of a conference organiser.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I think slide #10 is my fav! Ha ha!

    • seburnt says:

      Haha! I spent quite a bit of time looking for pictures that taken out of context would be funny. This one appealed to me most.

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