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About me

Ever since I finished kindergarten, I knew I wanted to teach. Luckily, I’ve been able to since January 1998 when I first went abroad to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) to adults and youth in Seoul. I now reside in Toronto with my partner and puppy.

My main interests focus on:

  • public spaces for exploring teacher identity and development
  • collaborative reading for improved comprehension and engagement of L2 texts.

For a full CV, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
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Current professional roles

  • 2015 – Current: TDSIG Online Team, TDSIG Committee, IATEFL
  • 2015 – Current: External member, Research & Outreach Committee, TESL Canada
  • 2014 – Current: Assistant Director, Academic International Programs – University of Toronto, New College
  • 2011 – Current: Lead Instructor, Critical Reading & Writing (IFP020Y1Y), International Foundation Program – University of Toronto, New College

Planned talks in 2017

Plenary: Critical readers in the [mis]information age
TESL Waterloo-Wellington – May 13, 2017

Interactivity between a first-year content course and EAP course assignment for skill transferability
(with Dr. Alexandra Guerson)
BALEAP – April 8, 2017: Session 7 @ 12:10PM, Bristol UK

Academic Reading Circles
BCTEAL Webinar – March 7, 2017

Previous talks

2016: ELT Malta Conference, Blending intensive reading w/ online collaborative writing
2016: IMAGE Conference (Malta), Learner-sourced visuals- a higher level text’s best friend
2016: Teaching & Learning Symposium (UofT), Academic reading circles
2016: TESL London, Blending intensive reading w/ online collaborative writing
2016: TESL Peel/Halton/Etobicoke, Blending intensive reading w/ online collaborative writing
2016: IATEFL, Hashtags for next year’s IATEFL (Pecha Kucha)
2016: IATEFL, Learner-sourced visuals: a higher level text’s best friend
2015: IATEFL webinar, Tips for first-time attendees at the Annual IATEFL Conference
2015: Seneca College, Academic reading circles
2015: TEFL Equity Advocates, NESTs are for birds: an exploration of unnecessary distinctions
2015: International Student Symposium, University of Toronto, Facebook to foster engagement among int’t students
2015: iTDI/Gallery Teachers Summer Intensive, Beyond the comprehension question: digging deeper into texts
2015: 30 Goals Conference, 14all + all41: applying teacher development to students
2015: IATEFL, Academic reading circles – improving learner engagement and text comprehension
2015: TESOL Convention, Self-directed PD in computer-assisted language learning
2015: REALIZE, A digital writing assignment for EAP students
2014: YUELI, York University, Bridging the Gap: teaching and learning EAP in the university context
2014: Woodsworth TESL Program, University of Toronto, The resourceful web for ELT
2014: TOBELTA web conference, Visuals: a text (and learner’s) best friend
2014: Languages Canada Conference, EAP curriculum considerations in a university degree program
2014: TESL Toronto Technology 4 Teachers Minicon, The resourceful web for ELT
2013: New Media @ New College, University of Toronto, Get Going with Blackboard & Beyond Blackboard Basics
2013: Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, The resourceful web for ELT / Your digital footprint
2013: Reform Symposium 4, Not your old school academic writing assignment
2013: Tutela & TESL Toronto webinar, Globalising the staff room
2013: English Online Inc. webinar, Academic reading circles (ARC)
2013: BELTA webinar, Academic reading circles (ARC)
2013: Languages Canada Conference: Moving along the curriculum, EAP housed in a university faculty
2012: 31st Annual TESOL France Colloquium, Academic reading circles (ARC)
2012: TESL Canada Conference, Academic reading circles (ARC)
2012: New Media @ New College, University of Toronto, Twitter for academic purposes
2012: TESL Toronto Spring Conference, A year in the life of TESL Toronto (Pecha Kucha)
2012: TESL Toronto Spring Conference, Academic reading circles (ARC)
2012: Virtual Round Table Web Conference, Symposium panelist – #EAPchat
2012: Virtual Round Table Web Conference, Blogs for intensive and extensive reading
2012: TESL North York/York Region Spring Conference, Ideas for multilevels that work
2011: Reform Symposium 3, Maximising learner interaction in reading & writing focused classes
2011: TESL Canada Conference, Customising web tools for EAP classrooms
2011: TESL Canada Conference, A new model for content-driven EAP (co.)
2011: Virtual Round Table Web Conference, Soundcloud for listening and writing practice
2010: TESL Ontario Conference, Social media and other internet sites in language teaching
2010: TESL Toronto Fall Conference, Creative grammar
2010: TESL Toronto Spring Conference, Social media and other internet sites in language teaching
2009: TESL Toronto Fall Conference, Creative grammar
2009: TESL Ontario Conference, Writing made engaging
2009: TESL North York/York Region Spring Conference, Using the board effectively

If you are interested in contacting me regarding speaking at your event, please drop me a line: tyson.seburn@utoronto.ca

 
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