Thomson ELT and TESOL Announce Success of First Web Seminars
Participants worldwide rate seminars highly and recommend them to colleagues
Boston, MA, 07/13/2006, Thomson ELT, a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world and part of The Thomson Corporation (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC), announced that its first online collaboration with Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) was highly successful. TESOL is a global education association headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. Thomson ELT is collaborating with TESOL to provide a platform for TESOL online seminars and courses.
One hundred twenty-eight teachers worldwide registered for the first seminar which was hosted by Mary Lou McCloskey and Linda New Levine. The seminar, titled “An ESOL Toolbox: Scaffolding for English Learners in Content Classrooms”, introduced eight strategic tools for supporting teachers of young English language learners in K through 8 classrooms.
The event was well-received and more than 94 percent of those surveyed rated their experience as either good or excellent and 100 percent said they would recommend the seminar to their colleagues. Additionally, about 90 percent found the virtual seminar to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. Those unable to attend the webcast may access an archived version for 3 months after the event date.
A second seminar titled, “Notions of Teachers’ Language Proficiency in English Language Teaching: Perceptions, Practice, and Research” was held on June 14th. More than 100 teachers worldwide registered for the event presented by Lía D. Kamhi-Stein and Ahmar Mahboob.
“I participated, along with other teachers from Argentina, in the ”Teachers’ Language Proficiency in English Language Teaching [seminar].“ It was really outstanding in every respect: content, topic, organization, and interaction. We were delighted with the program and speakers. I want to thank TESOL for having organized a professional event of this quality, and for having made it accessible overseas,” said Mabel Gallo of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“We are delighted to work with TESOL on these events, which are great applications of the Internet’s capacity for global dissemination, collaboration and communication,” said Dennis Hogan, president of Thomson ELT.
Additional seminars are being planned for October and November. More information about archives and future seminars can be found at www.tesol.org.
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The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com ), with 2005 revenues of $8.70 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation’s common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). Thomson ELT is a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world. It publishes under the brands of Thomson, Thomson ELT, and Thomson Heinle. You can learn more about ELT Advantage and Thomson ELT by visiting us on the web at elt.thomson.com.
Founded in 1966, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) is a global education association with more than 14,000 members and 97 affiliates in over 140 countries. TESOL is recognized as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations Department of Public Information. TESOL’s mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages. For more information about TESOL, visit http://www.tesol.org.
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