Dianne Tyers

Dianne Tyers has worked in the English Language Teaching field for the past twenty-five years. She has held positions as a teacher, teacher trainer, regional manager, and program developer in four different countries (Japan, Australia, the US and Canada).  She owns Advance Consulting for Education, INC, an English language teacher training and curriculum development company.  In addition to a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, she holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.  She is currently a PhD candidate at OISE, University of Toronto.  Dianne has been a keynote speaker at several English language conferences and she frequently presents at local, national and international conferences on teaching and management techniques, culture and language learning.

Language Use and Social Class

Language use and social class is an interesting topic, not only for researchers, but also for language teachers because it opens up a lot of language variation that we want to make our students aware of.

Language and Multilingual Societies

Every society has a number of choices to make in terms of which language will be used in that society and when.

Language and Identity

Researchers have a keen interest in the relationship between language and identity. Current research shows that there is a strong connection between our language use and language choices and our identity.

The Power of Language Use

When we teach language, we often position it as a tool for communication, which it very legitimately is. This is a positive shift from previous generations where language was seen as an academic subject – you learned it, received a grade and promptly forgot it.

Yes, There ARE Patterns in English Spelling

Students and teachers alike often complain about the challenges of English spelling, given the myriad rules which seem to break other rules, which break other rules.  There does not seem to be much consistency between how words are pronounced and how they are spelled.

Language Use and Technology

The topic of a lot of debate today is how language use is changing as a result of the different technologies that have been developed, and are being developed, for communication.

Using the Whiteboard Effectively

The whiteboard, or any similar surface for writing on, is a key tool for every teacher to master in order to be effective as an instructor.  The whiteboard allows you to give students supplementary visual information to add to what you're saying verbally.

How to Use PowerPoint Effectively

In this video, we will look at the use of PowerPoint as a teaching tool.  PowerPoint is one of the most widely used – and misused – technologies in the language classroom.  There is a common expression in circulation, ‘Death by PowerPoint’, and as the expression implies, PowerPoint often ‘kills’

Language and Diversity

In this session, we will look at defining key terms when it comes to the connection between language use and ethnic diversity. We will discuss diversity, race, ethnicity, stereotyping, discrimination and racism and how they connect to individual choices when it comes to language use.

Critically Evaluating Technology for Language Teaching Purposes

This video presents an effective process with which to critically assess a technology for language teaching purposes. The process includes assessing the ‘value-add’, constraints, and applications of the technology.