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Teaching in Elementary: A TESL Grad Reflects On The Beginning Of His Career

Our guest: B.Ed. Alumnus Alex

Many B.Ed. graduates aspire to teach in elementary schools after graduation. In this episode, we are joined by Alex, who is a graduate of the B.Ed. in TESL at Concordia University. Alex teaches at an elementary school in Laval, and he is here to talk about his day-to-day life, how to land jobs after graduating, and the importance of making mistakes and constant reinvention. 

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Teaching in High School: Classroom Management, Work/Life Balance, and Teenage Hormones

Our guest: B.Ed. Alumnus Nicolas

Thinking of teaching in high school? In this episode of Talking TESL, we are joined by Nicolas, a graduate of the B.Ed. in TESL who is happy in his career teaching secondaryl. We discuss Nick’s teaching trajectory after graduation, classroom management techniques, the highs and lows of high school teaching, and how teaching high school involves being a part-time psychologist. 

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Teaching Abroad in Colombia: Landing Jobs, Culture Shock, and Adapting To Different Teaching Environments

Our guest: B.Ed. Alumnus Sebastien

Teaching in a different country is a goal for many students pursuing their teaching degree. In this episode, we are joined by Sebastien, a graduate of the B.Ed. in TESL, who is here to share his experience teaching in Colombia, South America. Why did he decide to teach in Colombia? What kind of culture shock did he face? How did he adapt to the new teaching environment? How did he learn Spanish? 

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Picking Berries With Students, Dealing With Intense Culture Shock, And Adapting To Radically Different Teaching Environments

Our guest: B.Ed. Alumnus Sebastien

Teacher shortages in Nunavik, Northern Quebec, often force these Inuit communities to hire teachers from “the south.” For these teachers, taking these contracts can represent a life-changing decision that is equal parts rewarding and challenging. 

In this episode, we are visited again by Sebastien, a graduate of the B.Ed. in TESL. This time, we discuss Sebastien’s experience teaching in Kuujjuaq, Northern Quebec. Topics include becoming acquainted with the Inuit culture, the responsibilities of teachers in these communities, culture shock, and the neo-colonial aspects of TESL. 

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Using Gamification In The Classroom: Engaging Your Students and Being Playful With Your Teaching

Our guest: Elementary Teacher Anne

Gamification is a way of motivating students to engage with class content playfully. Teachers have been using game elements instinctively in their classrooms for years. For example, some teachers create point systems to award prosocial behaviour, or weave lessons into fantastical narratives where each student plays a role in the story. In this episode, we are joined by Anne, an exceptional primary school teacher at F.A.C.E., which is an arts-centered school in Montreal. Anne discusses how she uses gamification in her class, how it benefits her students, and how this teaching approach shapes how she views her role as a teacher. 

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Teaching in CEGEP: Drumming Up Student Motivation, Crafting Lessons, and Automatic Essay Evaluation

Our guest: CEGEP Teacher Nick Walker

CEGEP is a wonderful institution unique to Quebec. Rather than diving straight into university at the tender age of 18, students are able to explore their interests and get a taste of independence. The CEGEP years are a special time for many students, as they are usually one step in childhood, and one in adulthood. It is also a fascinating teaching environment, where oftentimes teachers play a role in this transition. In this episode of Talking TESL, we are joined by Nick Walker, who teaches English at Ahuntsic College. Nick is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is the creator of the Actively Engaged textbook series. In this interview, he discusses his own teaching trajectory, how to get CEGEP jobs, the challenges and rewarding aspects of the work, and the importance of innovation and reinvention.

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8 Things I Wish I Knew About Teaching in CEGEP – With Two CEGEP Teachers Beginning Their Careers 

Guest: Alex

Teaching in CEGEP is a career goal for many teachers. This educational system, which is unique to Quebec, acts as an intermediary between high school and university. It is a time where students can explore their interests and transition gently into a stage of life with more responsibility. Teaching in this system can be a lot of fun – and a lot of work! In this episode, Sivan and her friend Alex sit down to discuss the 8 things they wish they knew before teaching their first year in CEGEP. Topics range from how to get jobs, salaries, student motivation, and how to prepare for courses when you're given a week's notice (or sometimes less)! 

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