Gail Tiessen

M.A.

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Gail Tiessen

Professor Emerita, TESOL

Education
B.Th.
Tyndale University College, 1964
B.A. Wilfred Laurier University, 1965
M.A. Azusa Pacific University, 1979
TESL Certificate (Ontario) 1987

Contact Information

Teaching Fields

(Graduate and Undergraduate levels)
Second Language Acquisition/Psycholinguistics
Applied Linguistics /Morphology, Phonology, Syntax
Methods and Materials in TESOL
Language Teacher Education
Language Curriculum Development
Sociolinguistics
Assessment, Placement, and Evaluation
TESOL Intensive Summer Institutes
Practicum supervision for TESOL and TTESOL

Professional Experience

1997 - Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty
1996 - 1997: Providence College, Faculty
1989 - 1995: Providence College, Adjunct faculty
1990 - 1995: South Eastman English and Literacy Services, ESL Teacher, Program Coordinator
1987 - 1989: Peel Board of Education, ESL teacher, Curriculum Developer, Supervisor
1969 - 1986: SEND International, Philippines, Missionary
1967 - 1968: Tyndale University College, Adjunct Faculty

Professional Associations

Registry of CLB Experts
Teachers of English to Adults in Manitoba [TEAM]
TESL Manitoba
TESL Canada
TESOL International

Professional Honours
TEAM Manitoba Teacher of the Year Award 2000
Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Literacy 2006

Publications & Presentations

Developing Listening & Speaking Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. I, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2012

Developing Pronunciation Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. II, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2012

Developing Reading and Writing Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. III, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2012

Developing Grammar Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. IV, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2012

Developing Academic Reading Strategies: First Century Christianity Vol. V, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2012

Developing Academic Writing Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. VI, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2011

English For Work, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2012

Faith Encounters I: Academic Writing Supplement. Otterburne, MB Publishing 2011.

Faith Foundation: The Lamb of God, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2011.

Faith Metaphors: The Gospel of John, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2011.

Faith Ancestors, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing 2011.

Faith Portraits II: Witnesses to All Nations (Acts): An English Language Curriculum, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2011

EAL for Manufacturing, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2009.

Faith Portraits I: The Family of God (Gospel of Luke): An English Language Curriculum, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010.

Methods and Materials in TESOL: Class Notes, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010.

Second Language Acquistion: Class Notes, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010.

Applied Linguistics II: Class Notes, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010.

Applied Linguistics I: Class Notes, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010.

Faith Encounters II: Believing in Jesus (Gospel of John): An English Language Curriculum, Revised Edition,Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010.

Faith Encounters I: Living By Faith (Hebrew 11): An English Language Curriculum, Revised Edition, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2010

Faith Journey II: Following God's Plans (The Life of Peter): An English Language Curriculum, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2009.

Faith Journey I:Following God's Dreams (The Life of Joseph): An English Language Curriculum, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2009.

EAL for Loewen Windows, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2008.

Canadian Holidays & Special Days, Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2008.

Canadian Language Benchmarks: A Guide to Implementation (consultant), Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2005.

Manitoba Core Language Learning Objectives for Canadian Language Benchmarks (editor, contributor), 2005.

The Elma Street Treasure (co-ordinator, co-author) , Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 2004

The Peace Seekers: The Story of the Canadian Mennonites from the Reformation to the Present (co-author) , Otterburne, MB, PB Publishing, 1995

ESL Handbook for ESL Teachers, Ontario, Peel County Board of Education, 1989

Towards a Happy Home (co-author), Quezon City, RP, Conservative Baptist Publications, 1986.

Presentations

“Teaching Grammar in Context,” Two Workshops at the Manitoba Adult EAL Curriculum Launch, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 20, 2009.

“Developing Workplace Specific Curriculum, Materials and Tasks,” TESL Canada Conference, Moncton, N.B. May 29, 2008

"Developing Workplace Specific Curriculum, Materials and Tasks,” Workshop at the TEAL Manitoba Conference, February 22, 2008.

"The Role of Teaching EAL & TESOL in Higher Education,” Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Student Centre, Providence College & Seminary, March 2008

“Language is the Home of Human Life,” Acceptance Speech for Lieutenant –Governor Medal for Literacy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 16, 2006

Welcoming All ESL Learners, " Plenary Speech for the TESL Manitoba Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 14, 2005.

"Developing Speaking Tasks, " Two Hour Workshop at the TESL Manitoba Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 14, 2005

"Designing Content Based Curriculum, " Long Beach, California, International TESOL Conference, March 29, 2004

"Functional Grammar in the Classroom, " Regional Conference of TESL Manitoba, February 9, 2004.

"Preparing Tasks for Learning in the ESL Classroom, " Regional Conference of TESL Manitoba, February 10, 2003.

"A Bicycle Built for Two: Learning and Teaching. " Regional Conference of TEAM (Teachers of English to Adults in Manitoba), October 25, 2002.

"Core Phonological Features of English: Effective for Learners to Learn" TESL Manitoba Conference, February 11, 2002

"Readers’ Digest Version of the Guide to Implementation of the CLB. "SALLSA Professional Development Session, Steinbach, Manitoba, December 13, 2001.

"Learning Styles & Teaching ESL, " TEAM Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 19, 2000.

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Spring Training & the TEAM Spirit. " Plenary Speaker for TEAM Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 6, 2000.

"Russian Cultural Patterns in the English Classroom. " Steinbach, MB., April 6, 2000.

"The Culturally Unique Student. " Workshop, Otterburne, Manitoba, October 19, 1999.

"Are the Meanings Right There in the Words? " TESL Manitoba, February 14, 1999.

"Time, Tense & Aspect. " TEAM Conference, October 19, 1998.

"Tense is not Time. " TESL (Manitoba) Conference, February 13, 1997.

"The Melody of English: Stress, Rhythm and Pitch as Keys to Communication," TESL Manitoba Conference, February 21, 1997.

"Integrating Content, Language Skills and Learning Strategies," TESL Manitoba Conference, February 21, 1997.

"Not Just What You Say, But How You Say It!" TESL (Manitoba) Conference, February 17, 1995.

"Grammar in the Learner-Centered Classroom," TESL (Manitoba) Conference, February 15, 1994.

"Accent on Pronunciation," TESL (Manitoba) Conference, February 14, 1994.

"Teacher Training Seminar for Russian English Teachers, " Almaty, Kazakhstan, October 15-24, 1993.

Hobbies

reading
walking
genealogical research

Personal

Family: married to Dr. Terrance Tiessen
Children: Terrance Jr., Jason, Calvin, Rachel


 

Course Syllabi

Diversity

The Providence faculty exhibit a diversity of theological backgrounds, including Anglican, Baptist, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Free Church, and others.

The goal of a Providence education is to enable students to understand and support their own traditions better. We offer opportunity for each student to understand their own denominational distinctives in relation to Christians of other backgrounds.



 
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