Each year, TESL North York/York Region holds two conferences that allow professionals from the affiliate and surrounding area to demonstrate their experience and showcase their work. These events allow participants to learn about their colleagues’ research, successful classroom activities, and achievements. We strive to provide you with a variety of seminars and diverse topics that will allow you to fulfil your professional development requirements and help you stay informed about new ideas in the language education field.

Winter Conference 2021 

Our virtual winter conference will be held on February 20, 2021.

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Annual General Meeting and Mini-Conference 2021

Our AGM and Mini-Conference was held on January 20, 2021. Our keynote speaker, Marina Tchistaia, from the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Response Outreach Team, delivered a presentation on COVID-19 transmission, prevention, testing and vaccination. She also provided information on where to get resources for mental health and well-being.

Marina’s clear and concise presentation enabled us to clarify the misconceptions and myths surrounding COVID-19 and how to access support during this very difficult time. Thank you, Marina and all TESL NYYR members for participating in this event!

AGM and Fall Conference 2018

Our Fall Conference was held on Monday, November 19, 2018, at the Heintzman House. Our Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Fung, presented on Ways to Welcome and Warm Your Class. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!

To view the presentation slides, click on the link below:

Ways to Welcome and Warm Your Class – final2

Spring Conference 2018

Our Spring Conference was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Heintzman House.

Our Keynote Speaker, Patrice Palmer, presented on Happiness in the Workplace and Teacher Well Being.

AGM and Fall Conference 2017

Our AGM and Fall Conference was held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Heintzman House. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!

Click on the link below to view our conference flyer.

TESL NYYR Fall Conference 2017 flyer

Spring Conference 2016

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, we held our annual Spring Conference. 


This year, Stuart Webb, PhD of the University of Western Ontario presented on:

The Teacher’s Role in Vocabulary Learning
Understanding English language newspapers and novels requires learning the most frequent 8,000-9,000 word families. Achieving this level of lexical development represents a considerable challenge for second language learners. There is a great deal to be learned about each word, and without a principled approach to teaching vocabulary, many words are likely to be learned to a small degree and then forgotten. In this presentation, Dr. Webb described the different components that are necessary for classroom vocabulary learning, and he discussed how teachers can help students to effectively and efficiently learn words.


The day included exciting workshops delivered by many experts in the field.

If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact us at