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Monday, October 16 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
My Canadian English: Making and Distributing Content for English Language Learners the FREE and EASY Way

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At the start of the Covid Pandemic, I was frustrated by the lack of multimedia content for-low level English language learners. I wanted materials that were relevant, engaging, and made for adult learners. In response, I started a YouTube channel, My Canadian English, in May 2021. Since then I have made over 400 videos to help learners develop their listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar, and literacy skills. In the What the Canada, Eh? series, I explain current events in Canada. In the Grammar Bites series, I provide systematic, comprehensive grammar instruction. Other series help learners to expand their vocabulary, inspire them to write, or develop their literacy skills. My goal has always been to make access to quality instruction available anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Learners can watch the videos on their own or as part of a class; in a classroom (online or in-person) or outside of class time; at any time of day or night; on any device so as they have access to Wifi; and as many times as they like. The way I create and share videos costs nothing and can be done by anyone. I would like to share my secrets for making and distributing content for English language learners the FREE and EASY way.

Keywords: English language learners, instructional videos, free access

Session outcomes and takeaways: Participants can expect to learn what types of videos are available for free through the My Canadian English YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/MyCanadianEnglishShonaNichols) and website (www.mycanadianenglish.com). They will (hopefully) be inspired to use or create instructional videos to help English language learners develop their language and learning skills. They will understand how making and distributing content for English language learners can be free and easy. Their key takeaways will be: 1) Wow! These are great resources, 2) Wow! I can make these sorts of videos myself, and 3) Wow! Open education is a good thing.

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Shona Nichols

University of Alberta
Hi! I am lawyer-turned homemaker-turned ESL instructor. I'm passionate about making English language learning accessible to everyone regardless of their level or ability to pay. I have a YouTube channel and website called My Canadian English which allow me to share teaching resources... Read More →

Monday October 16, 2023 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Bison (S15/16) Edmonton Convention Centre