Memorandum
To: Adult Education Program Staff
 From: Hanna Cabaj (Coordinator) and Linda Cockerham (Payroll Secretary)
 Continuing Education Department

Vol. 2014/2015 No.215
Sept (1) 2014
In This Issue

Important Reminders
Instructor in charge Annual Meeting 1
Important Upcoming Dates 1
CPR Training for Adults 1
Employee Related Announcements
Memorial—Mary Jane Nice 2
Tips for Classroom Instructors
ESL classroom-ready municipal
election resources 2
Inserts included with this memo:
 Supply list September 2014
Welcome back to the new school year 2014/2015!
Upcoming Events
 Annual Instructor in Charge & Nursery Instructor in Charge Meeting:
Wednesday, Sept 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
 Staff Development room on the 3rd floor
 CEC—80 Sheppard Avenue East
 (Nursery staff meet in the Small Committee Room 207,
2nd floor, at 4:00—6:00 pm)
Important Reminders
Instructor in Charge Annual Meeting
Please note on your calendars—will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
Important Upcoming Dates
First day of school: September 2, 2014.
Evening Program Registration:
Monday, September 8, 2014 for Mon/Wed classes &
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for Tue/Thu classes.
Saturday Program Registration:
Saturday, September 13, 2014.
 CPR training for adults
 We are offering a CPR course on October 28th from 3:30-6:30 pm at Mary Ward
LINC/ESL. If you are interested in signing up for this course, please phone/email
Linda Cockerham ( 416-222-8282 x 2513 or linda.cockerham@tcdsb.org) by October
3rd , 2014. Please note that we need a minimum of 10 participants to offer
this course. We will pick up the registration fee.
Visit our Web Site:
www.tcdsb.org/adulted 
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To: Adult Education Program Staff
From: Hanna Cabaj, Continuing Education Department
Tips for Classroom Instructors
New ESL classroom-ready municipal
election resources available for fall
classes from Informed Vote Toronto
As you know, Toronto’s municipal election will be October
27. ESL classes are ideal environments for encouraging
newcomers to be informed about and active within their
communities, even when they are not yet able to vote.
As ESL teachers, you already create a sense of community
and foster civic engagement. So what's missing? While 'how
government works' and citizenship exam teaching materials
are abundant, resources addressing timely, local issues are
missing.
Informed Vote Toronto is a not-for-profit, non-partisan project
that aims to provide ESL teachers with free classroom-ready
resources that engage intermediate language learners (and
teachers) with City Hall and municipal matters. These materials
will be free, photocopiable and designed to supplement
your current CLB guided curriculum.
Interested in Free Civic Engagement PD Workshop?
If there is sufficient demand, a free PD workshop on how to
incorporate these resources and civic engagement generally
into your classroom will be offered in early October.

If you are interested in attending a workshop and/or in
receiving these resources (available early October), please
email Adult ESL teacher lynda.chubak@gmail.com. Also,
check out www.informedvotetoronto.com.
Thank you in advance for your interest! Let’s get Toronto
talking about Toronto!
 Employee Related Announcements
Memorial—Mary Jane Nice
Sadly and unexpectedly, the Adult Education staff was
informed of the sudden passing of a long time and respected
staff member near the end of July.
Let us remember in our prayers
the soul of:
Mary Jane Nice (nee Thornton) -
Passed away unexpectedly in her sleep Saturday morning
with her loving husband Jim of 37 years, at her side, in the
loving company of her two dogs Roger and Lucy. The eldest
surviving daughter of Roscoe and Helen Thornton.
Her laughter and warm embrace will be fondly remembered
by her ESL students, close friends, as well as her 26 nieces
and nephews who enjoyed many a long conversation in her
family room. Mary Jane was truly blessed with the gift of
effortless communication whether it be "captains or kings".
Visitation was at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home
"Scarborough Chapel", 2900 Kingston Rd. on Wednesday
July 30 from 11am-12:45pm. Funeral Mass followed at 1 pm
at St. Theresa's Shrine, 2559 Kingston Rd.
Interment followed the mass at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
Donations can be made to the McGill Lymphedema Research
Program.
You can expect to hear more memories of her in following
memos when some of her friends and colleagues have a
chance to share.
Submission to:
Linda Cockerham
 Adult Education
Program - CEC
80 Sheppard Av E.
416-222-8282 ext.2513
 fax: 416-512-4992
Email:
linda.cockerham@tcdsb.org 
Memorandum
To: Adult Education Program Staff
 From: Hanna Cabaj (Coordinator) and Linda Cockerham (Payroll Secretary)
 Continuing Education Department

Vol. 2014/2015 No.216
Sept (2) 2014
In This Issue

Important Upcoming Dates
Thanksgiving Long Weekend 1
Important Reminders/
New Information
Budget announcement 1
Introduction—Kay Ham 3
TESL Ontario Annual Conference 3
CPR Training for Adults 3

Employee Related Announcements
Memorials—Mary Jane Nice 3
Professional Development
PD Workshop—October 30th 4
Tips for Classroom Instructors
Useful Links 4
Resource of the Month 4
AE Nursery Program 5
On a Lighter Note 5
Inserts included with this memo:
 PD Workshop October 30th
 Supply list October 2014
Upcoming Events
 In-Service Workshop: “The Best Techniques in Eliciting Vocabulary”
 Thursday, October 30th from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
 at Eglinton LINC and ESL Centre, Suite 200
 Presenter: Afshin Vatandoost
 TESL Ontario 42nd Annual Conference 2014
 “Integrating Language and Transcending Boundaries”
Thursday, October 16– Saturday, October 18, 2014
South building of the Metro Convention Centre
 TESL North York/York Region Fall Conference, September 30, 2014
Important Upcoming Dates
Thanksgiving Long Weekend: Saturday, October 11—Monday, October 13th
inclusive—no Adult Ed programs/classes are running
Important Reminders/New Information
Budget update for school year 2013-2014
ESL/FSL/CL
With 13-14 school year ending, we are in the process of preparing our final report
for MCIIT (change of name from Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI)
to Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and International Trade). For the 13-14
school year, we had a budget shortfall due to the following factors:
Declining enrolment of 7%
Decrease of 2% in funding
Increase in benefits/short term disability claims
LINC/ELT
LINC/ELT has had budget shortfall since 12-13 due to a number of factors:
Cap in benefit costs (lower than actual)
No funding for the cost of supply instructors
Increase in benefits/short term disability claims
No funding for advertisement
Limited funding for site maintenance/improvement
Limited funding for training and consumable materials
No funding for capital costs (computers, printers, furniture, white/
blackboard, signage, etc). (cont’d)—>
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To: Adult Education Program Staff
From: Hanna Cabaj, Continuing Education Department
Budget update (cont’d)
CIC Project Officer site monitoring visits
As all LINC sites are aware, our CIC project officer has just completed site monitoring visits. Overall, he was impressed with
our organization’s processes, procedures and communications outlined in the Adult Education Staff Binder, Succession Plans,
Organizational charts, Annual Program Objectives, Continuous Improvement Plan, Communication Protocols, Program Directory
and Monthly Memoranda communications and any other documents he has perused in preparation for and during his visits and
meetings with all staff.
Concerns were only expressed in relation to the numbers of learners in all of our LINC sites. While a few classes manage to have
an attendance of around 20, majority remain well under that number. We were informed that CIC is looking to review the learner
participation trends for the next contract in an attempt to “provide services where they are really needed” . We were told therefore
that we may be expected to reduce the number of classes delivered to increase the overall stats.
CIC will support a redesign of our LINC courses where demand is low for the new semester starting in January 2015 so that
we can improve our overall enrolment before the end of the current LINC contract in March 2015 and increase our chances of
retaining the same level of programming in the next contract.
Planning for a balanced budget
As you are well aware to this date, despite the budget shortfall we have continued to provide essential services to all sites:
Daily cleaning services
Annual maintenance schedule to keep the sites in good working conditions.
Processing orders for supplies, photocopy paper, textbooks
Processing orders for outreach, flyers, Canada Post flyer mailings
Processing limited orders for signage
Processing limited orders for capital costs (e.g. cassette/CD player, TV, computers)
The funding for building Finch @Warden site for the relocation of Aldebrain LINC and St Paul L’Amoreau program with
additional classroom space was earmarked from 12-13 school year accommodation one-time funding which was carried over
for leasehold improvements to 13-14 school year.
In light of the above listed budget shortfalls and in order to balance our books, we need all your support to achieve a balanced
budget in 2014-2015 and we ask that:
All orders for consumable items (e.g. photocopy paper, office supplies) be kept to the bare essentials
No orders for textbooks be placed
No orders for capital costs (CD/cassette players, TV, computer, LCD projector, etc.) be placed
On a positive note, as was mentioned in the IIC meeting, MCIIT has provided all school boards in Ontario with a one-time funding
for Language Training program awareness. This means that we can enhance signage, outreach and other advertising mechanisms
this year to make ESL/FSL/CL programming better known to the public. We will be setting up an employee advisory committee
for this purpose, as was recommended in the 2014 PD Conference. Watch out for announcements in the next memo.
This has been a very tough year for us financially. We hope that with all your support we can put this behind us and once again
be on the plus side! 
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To: Adult Education Program Staff
From: Hanna Cabaj, Continuing Education Department
New Team Member
Please welcome to our team Kay Ham, who has joined us as
of September 9 in a part time challenging assignment of a
Program Consultant/Support Services Manager. Kay will be
replacing Katia Demeneva in being our CLARS manager and
outreach manager, and will also support a few LINC and
ESL sites as a Program Consultant. Kay is coming to us from
a sister school board with very related experience, so her
learning curve, while steep, is hopefully manageable. She
can be reached at kay.ham@tcdsb.org or 416 397-6530.
I hope you will all extend a warm welcome to her.
Welcome Kay!

 TESL Ontario 42nd Annual Conference 2014
“Integrating Language and
Transcending Boundaries”
Please find conference information on TESL Ontario website
www.teslontario.org. Adult Ed instructors will be released
with pay for ONE day of the conference.
Each instructor is responsible for making supply arrangements
for that day and indicating clearly their participation on the
sign-in sheet and telephone verification form.
 CPR training for adults
 We are offering a CPR course on October 28th from 3:30-6:30
pm at Mary Ward LINC/ESL. If you are interested in signing
up for this course, please phone/email Linda Cockerham
( 416-222-8282 x 2513 or linda.cockerham@tcdsb.org)
by October 3rd , 2014. Please note that we need a minimum
of 10 participants to offer this course. We will pick up the
registration fee.
 Employee Related Announcements
Memorials for Mary Jane Nice
Further to our sad announcement last month, some of Mary
Jane’s colleagues and friends have submitted their memories
of her:
Mary Jane Nice was not only a colleague but also a dear
friend. She was a very thoughtful person who helped me in
many ways, giving me valuable professional and personal
advice. She had multiple intelligences, and was peoplesmart.
We enjoyed hearing her recount anecdotes about
‘her babies’ (her students) and her nieces and nephews.
Mary Jane was not just a fascinating speaker; she was a
wonderful listener who made everyone feel like they
mattered. She looked out for all of us in the union and fought
tirelessly for our rights. We were blessed to have such a
champion on our side.
Lisa MacIsaac,
Norfinch Centre
Mary Jane Nice was a wonderful woman and a
remarkable teacher. A perfectionist with a keen mind
and deep inner strength, she was inspiring to colleagues
and learners. With Mary Jane's openness to explore new
concepts, ideas and material it was a pleasure to work
with her. She was always up for a good discussion and
shared many bits of wisdom with both staff and learners.
Mary Jane was a bright a and beautiful soul who
will be missed greatly.
Catherine Beckingham,
Mary Ward LINC & ESL Centre
I first met Mary Jane 17 years ago when
she joined the staff of Mary Ward ESL
Centre at Birchmount & Steeles. I will
always remember coffee breaks and lunch
time in the staff room with her. She had a
flare for words and her ability for storytelling
always had a captive audience. When
Mary Jane spoke, everyone listened! She had
a wonderful sense of humour and a beautiful
smile. She was so knowledgeable and she
shared it well with those around her. She
will be greatly missed.
Dear Lord, grant Mary Jane eternal rest and
let perpetual light shine upon her. May she
rest in peace. Amen.
Cecelia Gamboa
Mary Ward LINC & ESL Centre 
Visit our Web Site:
www.tcdsb.org/adulted
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To: Adult Education Program Staff
From: Hanna Cabaj, Continuing Education Department
Professional Development
Professional Development Workshop
Everything old is new again! Are you noticing that you are
talking more than your learners? What ever happened to
elicitation? Come and refresh your memory and learn some
new techniques for eliciting vocabulary in your classroom.
Join us on Thursday, October 30th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at
Eglinton LINC and ESL Centre, Suite 200 when Afshin
Vatandoost will present his workshop “The Best Techniques
in Eliciting Vocabulary”. Having worked for over
20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, director and director of
studies, Afshin brings with him a wealth of experience. Come
early to mingle with colleagues and enjoy refreshments. To
register for this workshop, please contact Eileen Paulsen, (416
-397-6551) or eileen.paulsen@tcdsb.org by October 28th. See
you there!
Tips for Classroom Instructors
Useful Links
submitted by Vita Horluts
A new page (Links) has been created under the ‘For Public’
section of the Adult ESL section of the website:
This is an example of what will be available there:
Presentation-Express Entry for Immigrants
Language Training in Canada
Formationlinguistique pour le Canada
Advancing ForeignCredential Recognition
Favoriser lareconnaissance des titres de compétences
étrangers
If you have comments or suggestions, please refer them to
Vita Horluts, at the Eglinton LINC & ESL Centre at
vita.horluts@tcdsb.org.
Feature Resource of the Month
submitted by Julia Chemali, Materials Consultant
Title: International Express Beginner:
 Linking Life and Work, CLB 2 – 3,
 3rd edition
Authors: Rachel Appleby, Angela Buckingham,
 Keith Harding, Alastair Lane,
 Bryan Stephens, Frances Watkins
Publisher: Oxford
ISBN: 978019-4576697
International Express is a completely revised 3rd edition of
five books that cater to ESL learners from CLB 2 – 8. It
consists of 100% new material that meets all the practical
language needs of adult professional learners. The series
retains the popular student-centred approach and strong
communicative focus, while adding a range of new features:
functional language ready for immediate use, effective
communication for work, travel, and everyday life, video
clips for every unit to improve students’ communication
skills, student-centred discovery approach, mature lifestyle
topics and authentic international contexts reflect the real
needs and interests of working adults. The ten units in the
book include very engaging themes such as heritage,
processes, time management and the Olympic Games, etc.
and every unit is supported by stunning new video footage,
bringing the outside world into the classroom. Every unit
includes activities such as telephoning, emailing, and looking
after visitors – helping learners develop the skills they need
to excel in the workplace. Each unit concludes with a fourpage
review section, with notes on grammar and functional
language, and extra activities, perfect for recycling, or for
keeping fast finishers occupied. The ten units also consist of
four strands. The grammar and functional language strands
have the same structure: introduction, language focus, practice
activities and, finally, a more open task. The ‘Work skills’
strand is new and provides useful input. The vocabulary
strand contains relevant business terms.
The Student’s Book and Workbook are combined, meaning
students need just one book for classroom use and self-study
and the popular ‘pocket book’ at the back with audio provides
instant and personal phrase book to use at work. To find out
more about International Express Beginner (Oxford), you can
view a chapter online by searching an online engine. 
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To: Adult Education Program Staff
From: Hanna Cabaj, Continuing Education Department
AE Nursery Program

submitted by Naomi Paramanantham and Cris
Stathopoulos, Nursery Program Consultants
Multilingual
Resources on
Wise Use of Antibiotics

Do Bugs Need Drugs?
Hand washing with soap and water
is the best way to stop the spread of
infections, but antibacterial soap can
lead to antibiotic resistance! Do Bugs
Need Drugs is a community program for
the wise use of antibiotics, and they
have parent resources and information
sheets in 14 languages Please see link
to website below.
Please print resources and share with parents.
http://www.dobugsneeddrugs.org/guide/information-in-otherlanguages/
On A Lighter Note
submitted by Neli Stamenova, evening & weekend
instructor at St. Aiden and Francis LIbermann
Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures
of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase
is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.
Enjoy!
 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my
list.
 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.
 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
 5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in
public.
 6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
 7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit . . . Wisdom is
not putting it in a fruit salad.
 8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from
many is research.
 9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
 10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of
emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.
 11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk
down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still
think they are sexy .
 12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a
parachute to skydive twice.
 13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
 14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever
you hit the target.
 15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more
than standing in a garage makes you a car.
 16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
 17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder
and harder for me to find one now.
Spread the Laughter
Share the Cheer
Let's Be Happy
While We're here!!
Submission to:
Linda Cockerham
 Adult Education
Program - CEC
80 Sheppard Av E.
416-222-8282 ext.2513
 fax: 416-512-4992
Email:
linda.cockerham@tcdsb.org 
 davido.extraxim@gmail.com