Monthly Archives: February 2011

ELTOC Takes a Hit

English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) will be forced to scale back its services after the federal government slashed its annual funding.

ELTOC provides English language tutoring to recent immigrants and refugees who are unable to attend traditional language classes.

Federal funding for this program, provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, will be cut by 20 per cent this year, with more cuts to come in 2012, which will result in a dramatic reduction in services. The organization receives close to $357,000 annually from the federal government.

Ministry spokeswoman Tracie Leblanc said tracking statistics indicate the number of immigrants choosing to locate in Ontario has decreased, while the numbers in other areas of the country are on the rise.

“The amount of money a province receives is now being determined based on the number of immigrants landing in that province,” said Leblanc.

“This means there will be reduction in funding for settlement organizations in Ontario.”

ELTOC is one of several Ottawa groups that have been hurt by about $43 million worth of cuts in funding to Ontario immigration organizations.

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TESL Ottawa Winter Event 2011

TESL Ottawa Winter Event Program 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m

Elmwood School at 261 Buena Vista Rd.

Cost: No cost to Members $10.00 for Non-members

Plenary Session (9:00-10:30)
Task-Based Teaching and Learning
Guest Speaker, Ken Lackman

Ken Lackman is an educational consultant and EFL teacher based in Toronto. He is a popular presenter at TESL Ontario Conferences.

10:30 – 11:15 Networking and Publishers Display
11:15 – 12:15 Choose one of three concurrent workshops:

1. Ken Lackman – Universal Activities
2. Joan Brodie – Cognitive Declines and Strengths of Older Learners
3. Mike Barker – Demystifying Computer Technology

Panelists:

* Judy Bedell
* Cindy Chan
* Eleanor Hyodo
* Marguerite Jane Won