Gail Tiessen


Professor Emerita, TESOL
Providence University College & Theological Seminary

Contact Information

2- 38 Elliott Trail, Thorndale, ON N0M 2P0
Phone: 519-461-9922
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Professional Experience

  • 2013 – Present: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, Regional Coach for PBLA
  • 2006 – 2013 Adult Language Training, Manitoba, Workplace EAL teacher, Mentor
  • 1997 – Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty
  • 1996 – 1997: Providence University College, Faculty
  • 1989 – 1995: Providence University 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

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 Honours

  • TEAM Manitoba Teacher of the Year Award 2000
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Literacy 2006

Publications

English Language Curricula

  • Daniel in the Persian Empire, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2017
  • The Christmas Story: Four Bible Studies for English Learners,Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2017
  • The Promised Saviour, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • Founding the Christian Church, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • The Good Samaritan Pre Beginner, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • Luke’s Family Portraits, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • Faith Ancestors (Revised), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • Faith Metaphors: I Am…(Revised), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • The Life of Peter, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2015
  • The English Vowel System, How Do You Say That? Vol. 1, (Revised/Audio) Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2015
  • The English Consonant System, How Do You Say That? Vol. 2, (Revised/Audio) Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2015
  • The Melody of English, How Do You Say That? Vol. 3, (Revised/Audio) Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2015
  • The Life of Joseph, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • The Prodigal Son, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • Discussion Guide: I Am…Metaphors, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • Discussion Guide: The Lamb of God, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • Discussion Guide: Abraham’s Family, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • Discussion Guide: Acts of the Apostles, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • The English Vowel System, How Do You Say That? Vol. 1, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • The English Consonant System, How Do You Say That? Vol. 2, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • The Melody of English, How Do You Say That? Vol. 3, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • The Peace Seekers Instructor Manual, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • The Good Samaritan, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2013
  • Developing Listening & Speaking Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. I, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2012
  • Developing Pronunciation Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. II, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2012
  • Developing Reading and Writing Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. III, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2012
  • Developing Grammar Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. IV, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2012
  • Developing Academic Reading Strategies: First Century Christianity Vol. V, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2012
  • Developing Academic Writing Skills: First Century Christianity Vol. VI, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2011
  • English for Work, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2012
  • Faith Encounters I: Academic Writing Supplement, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2011.
  • Faith Foundation: The Lamb of God, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2011.
  • Faith Metaphors: The Gospel of John, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2011.
  • Faith Ancestors, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2011.
  • Faith Portraits II: Witnesses to All Nations (Acts), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2011
  • EAL for Manufacturing, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2009.
  • Faith Portraits I: The Family of God (Gospel of Luke), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2010.
  • Faith Encounters II: Believing in Jesus (Gospel of John), Revised Edition, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2010
  • Faith Encounters I: Living By Faith (Hebrew 11), Revised Edition, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2010
  • Faith Journey II: Following God’s Plans (The Life of Peter), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2009
  • Faith Journey I: Following God’s Dreams (The Life of Joseph), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2009
  • EAL for Loewen Windows, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2008
  • Canadian Holidays & Special Days, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2008
  • The Elma Street Treasure (coordinator, co-author), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2004
  • The Peace Seekers: The Story of the Canadian Mennonites from the Reformation to the Present (co-author), Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 1995

TESOL Courses

  • How to Develop Reading and Writing Skills, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2017
  • How to Develop Listening and Speaking Skills, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • How to Develop Pronunciation, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016
  • How to Develop Grammar Skills, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2016

Additional Publications

  • Towards a Happy Home (co-author), Quezon City, RP, Conservative Baptist Publications, 1986.
  • ESL Handbook for ESL Teachers, Ontario, Peel County Board of Education, 1989.
  • 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
  • Methods and Materials in TESOL: Class Notes, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • Second Language Acquisition: Class Notes, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014
  • Applied Linguistics II: Class Notes, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014.
  • Applied Linguistics I: Class Notes, Steinbach, MB, Joy Two Publications, 2014.

Presentations

  • “A Woven Carpet”, London, ON, October 25, 2016
  • “How to Create ESL Curricula Using English Bible Texts”, Toronto, ON, SOCEM (Southern Ontario Cooperative of ESL Ministries), October 22, 2016
  • “Introducing CCLB PBLA Implementation Package”, TESOL Professional Development – one-day workshop, Hamilton, ON, September 15, 2016.
  • “Introducing CCLB PBLA Implementation Package”, TESOL Professional Development – one-day workshop, Toronto, ON, September 9, 2016.
  • “If There’s No Learning, There’s No Teaching”, Professional Development, Half-day workshop London, Ontario, August 27, 2016.
  • “Developing English Bible Teaching Skills”, SIM, Five-day workshop Babogaya, Ethiopia, July 11-15, 2016.
  • “Teaching English as Christian Mission”, SIM, One-day workshop Toronto, Ontario, June 4, 2016.
  • “Key to English Pronunciation”, Professional Development, Half-day workshop London, Ontario, April 23, 2016.
  • “PBLA Foundations”, One-day workshop Toronto, Ontario, February 19, 2016.
  • “How is Language Learned”, Professional Development, Half-day workshop London, Ontario, January 16, 2016.
  • “Principles of Teaching English”, Professional Development, Half-day workshop London, Ontario, September 10, 2015.
  • “Cycle of Learning Task”, Professional Development, Half-day workshop London, Ontario, August 29, 2015.
  • “Developing Effective Teaching Skills”, Two-day workshop for China Partners Xian, China, March 2015.
  • “Being an Effective English Teacher,” London, Ontario, November 22, 2014.
  • “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, Manitoba, 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
  • “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