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Working Smarter Not Harder: Teacher Training

Teacher: Jenny-Lyn Usher (Ottawa)

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1 student$35.00 [~$26.32]
2 students$30.00 [~$22.56]
3 students or more$25.00 [~$18.80]

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Working Smarter Not Harder: Teacher Training

Course description:

Mentorship sessions for ESL, FSL or other second-language teachers. Each session will address the strategies you are presently using, suggestions to build upon these foundations, current research on best practices for language development and additional methods. Ready to use materials are provided.

Teaching approach:

My experience teaching ESL in three different countries and with a wide range of students has helped me to develop a large tool kit of engaging strategies and methods. Gone are the days of text book language learning. From PWIM to TPR, methods need to engage students so that language can be imprinted in their angular gyrus, Wernicke's area and Broca's area of the brain.

Course program:

During the first session, clients will be asked to talk about their previous training and techniques they use in the classroom. Together we will identify areas that require further growth (e.g. how to develop student's vocabulary, using audio/video to support understanding). A selection of techniques to support this growth will be identified and modelled with materials that the client can take with them. The next lesson will follow up on the techniques and provide further clarification as needed. My role is to support your developing professional skills and be a sounding board for new ideas.

Places where you can take this course:

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Library: Ottawa Main Library
120 Metcalfe St Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
English classes, Ottawa

University: University of Ottawa - Library
65 University Private Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
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Hourly rates Hourly rates:

Hourly rates per student:

1 studentCAD $35.00 [~USD $26.32]
2 studentsCAD $30.00 [~USD $22.56]
3 students or moreCAD $25.00 [~USD $18.80]

* Plus CAD $5.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: CAD $5.00 (per student)

Class duration options:

Online: 60, 90, 120 minutes

In person: 60, 90, 120 minutes

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Jenny-Lyn Usher

Country of origin: Canada

Mother language: English

Course: Working Smarter Not Harder: Teacher Training

"Jenny-Lyn is a very professional teacher. She is attentive, serious, generous and patient. She gave me the tools I need to speak, listen and write in English. Thanks to Jenny-Lyn I have seen progress in my knowledge of English. I recommend Jenny-Lyn 10/10.", Ottawa

About the teacher

My name is Jenny-Lyn and I am a teacher who works with adult, elementary (Grade 1 to 6) and ELL (English Language Learner) education. I was born in Ontario, Canada and have finished a Humanities B.A. in Toronto. I was fortunate to gain two and half years of teaching experience with adult learners in Japan but was ready to return to the classroom after completing a Diploma of Education in Melbourne, Australia.

I taught in Nunavut, Canada with ELL students between 5 and 8 years of age while also running a literacy remediation program for adults. I am presently living in Ottawa, Canada and working as a regular classroom teacher with the Ottawa Carlton District School Board. I look forwards to working with you on your language goals. :)


Diploma of Education Primary, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2011.

Honours B.A., University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Ontario, Canada, 2007.

High School Diploma, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, 2002.

Additional Qualification Training:

Reading (Specialist), ETFO, Canada, 2015.

Teaching First Nation, Métis and Inuit, ETFO, Canada, 2015.

Special Education (Part 2), OISE University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.

English as a Second Language (Specialist), OISE University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.

Kindergarten (Part 1), OISE University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.


Kindergarten to grade 3 English Language Teacher, Ulaajuk School; Pond Inlet, Canada - 2012 - 2015.

Grade 5/6 Teacher, Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik; Kugluktuk, Canada - 2011 - 2012.

Adult ESL Teacher, Language House Inc; Niihama, Japan - 2007-2010.

Adult ESL Instructor; Bradford, Ontario, Canada - 2007.

In-Class Tutor, Tecumseth North Public School; Beeton, Ontario, Canada - 2004.

Income Tax Assistant, UTSC; Scarborough, Ontario, Canada - 2004.

Private tutor, I Can Do It!; Bond Head, Ontario, Canada - 1999-2002.

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