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Posted October 24, 2012

Annual Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture

Prof. Ron Deibert is this Year's Lecturer

We are very proud to present Prof. Ron Deibert, the director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School for Global Affairs at U of T.  Prof. Deibert's lecture is entitled Big Data Meets Big Brother.

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. Prof. Deibert is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects. Prof. Deibert has published numerous articles and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnet report that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network.

 

This is a free public lecture - all are welcome.

To register:  online or Email

More info: 416-978-5301

Reception follows lecture.

 

Posted October 10, 2012

40th Anniversary Celebration of the Summer Abroad Program

Calling all participants in the Summer Abroad Program!

We are celebrating the  achievements and highlights of the program since its inception in 1972 with the first program in Siena,Italy. 

Come and meet fellow students and current and former instructors. Alumni from all  programs/destinations are welcome to attend!

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 6-8pm

Where: Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St.

RSVP: Email or phone 416-978-8713

Cash Bar

More information about the history of the program here.

Posted September 26, 2012

Alumni Café Series 2012/13

Come to the Café! Join alumni and friends for enlightened and stimulating sessions.

EVENING SESSIONS:

All session take place in  Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.  Speaker: 7:00 p.m. 

Cost per session: $10 alumni/$12 guests

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Speaker: Prof. Jack Chambers, Department of Linguistics, U of T.

Topic: Talking Canadian - Old ways and New Ways

Prof. Chambers is a renowned linguist, and an expert on language variation and change, who pioneered research on Canadian English and coined the term "Canadian raising."

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Speaker: Prof. Ken Bartlett, Renaissance Study Program, Victoria College, U of T.

Topic: Isabella d'Este, Renaissance Woman

Come and learn about on of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance who wa a major cultural and political figure as well as a patron of the arts.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Speaker: Shari Orenstein, Instructor, School of Continuing Studies, U of T.

Topic: The Contemporary Art World of Toronto

Lear about what's hot in the Toronto arts scene and what new galleries and artists have emerged. Explore the world of gallery owners, artists and the inter-relationship between them.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Speaker: Tim Heyes, CFP, CIM, financial planner, Investment & retirement planning

Topic: Demystifying Financial Planning

Find out about basic investment strategies and things everyone should know about financial planning for retirement, and more!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Speaker: Teresa Kramarz, lecturer, Woodsworth College, coordinator, Woodsworth ONE Program

Topic: The World Bank: Bureaucratic Rule and Partnerships for the Environment

Dr. Kramarz is an expert in international development who has worked for the United Nations Development Programs, the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, and at the World Bank.  Her areas of research are global environmental governance, international relations and comparative politics in developing countries.

Register

 

AFTERNOON SESSION:

Session takes place in Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street
Doors Open: 2:00 p.m.  Speaker: 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Speaker: Prof. David Hulchanski, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Topic: Toronto Divided: Growing Inequality and the Resulting Income Segregatoin of the City

Prof. Hulchanski is the principal investigator of the seven-year Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership.  This national project is based on his research on 35-year trends in inequality and social exclusion in Toronto's neighbourhoods.

Register

 

For further inquiries contact Stepanie Woodside at 416-978-5301 or Email.

 

 

 

 

Posted September 20, 2012

ABP Anniversary Celebration

A reception will be held on October 2, 2012

It’s known as a “life-changing experience” and this year Woodsworth College’s Academic Bridging Program celebrates 45 years of expanding access to the University of Toronto.
 
The program is designed for students aged 19 and up who have been away from formal education for a while before considering a university education. It literally bridges the gap between a student’s prior education and the demands of first year courses. “Those interested in seeking undergraduate studies may have the notion that U of T is not an option for them because they don’t meet the usual requirements,” says Winnie Wong-Nicholson, associate registrar of the program, “but not everyone is a traditional student who applies right after high school so the Academic Bridging Program provides these “non-traditional” students with an opportunity to explore and pursue post-secondary education.”  
 
Launched in 1967 as the Pre-University Program offering a preparatory course for university, it has grown to become not only the oldest but the largest access program of its kind in North America.  In 2000 the program was incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Science and renamed the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging program.  The late Manny Rotman, who received his Bachelor’s Degree from Woodsworth College in 1985 at age 76, and who together with his family made a generous donation to the program, wished to commemorate his daughter Millie’s memory by helping others who share her passion for learning. Since it’s inception more than 9800 students have enrolled in the program, with the majority going on to studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
 
Senior lecturer and program instructor J. Barbara Rose, herself a graduate of the program, has witnessed first-hand how the program can transform lives: “Students who were disaffected in high school suddenly catch fire. Even if not all students go onto university, the program has been a catalyst in changing many lives.”
 
One such example is Jacquelyn Laurenda, a mother of three with a weak academic record who doubted she would ever be able to attend university but was still “hungry for an education.”  “The Academic Bridging Program,” she says, “offers a second seating at the academic banquet for people like me who missed the first seating for any number of reasons.”  Laurenda seized that opportunity and has just completed her first year of undergraduate studies with a 93% average. 
 
There are many other examples of former Bridging students who have gone on to great success, from Bronfman scholarship winners to those graduating with “high distinction.” Most of them credit the Academic Bridging Program for easing them into university level studies and, most importantly, “turning their lives around.” 
 
To celebrate this remarkable access program and all the achievements of its alumni, a 45th anniversary reception will be held in Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, on October 2 from 6 to 8pm.  All graduates of the program are welcome to attend. Please see calendar section for more details.
 
For more information about the program visit: 
www.wdw.utoronto.ca/bridging
 

Posted September 13, 2012

Plaque Unveiling

Ceremony held at Woodsworth College in honor of the COTC

Woodsworth College's home at 119 St. George St. was once the headquarters of the Canadian Officers Training Corps.  Read the  article in the University of Toronto Bulletin about the ceremony held on September 10, honouring those who trained here and fought in WW11.

Posted August 13, 2012

45th Anniversary of the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Briding Program

Actor & Director Sarah Polley praises the program.

 

Woodsworth College’s Academic Bridging Program celebrates its 45th anniversary of expanding access to the University of Toronto this year.  Since its inception more than 9,800 students have enrolled in the program, with the majority going on to studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

The program is geared to students aged 19 and up who have been away from formal education for a while. It literally bridges the gap between a student's prior education and the demands of first year courses.  Launched in 1967 as the Pre-University Program offering a preparatory course for university, it has grown to become not only the oldest but the largest access program of its kind in North America.  In 2000 the program was incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Science and renamed the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging program.  The late Manny Rotman, who received his Bachelor’s Degree from Woodsworth College in 1985 at age 76, and who together with his family made a generous donation to the program, wished to commemorate his daughter Millie’s memory by helping others who shared her passion for learning.

Senior lecturer and program instructor J. Barbara Rose, herself a graduate of the program, has witnessed first-hand how the program can transform lives: “Students who were disaffected in high school suddenly catch fire. Even if not all students go onto university, the program has been a catalyst in changing many lives.”

One such individual is movie director and actor, Sarah Polley: 

“My time in the Academic Bridging Program was one of the most full, exhilarating experiences of my life. Without a University degree, so many of us feel, as adults, intimidated or excluded from participating in post-secondary education. The program is brilliant at accommodating this particular point of view coming into the classroom and makes students feel included and heard according to their specific needs and insecurities. The class I took made me passionate about continuing my education and opened up new worlds of thinking for me.”

There are many other examples of former Bridging students who have gone on to great success, from Bronfman scholarship winners to those graduating with “high distinction.” Most of them credit the Academic Bridging Program for easing them into university level studies and, most importantly, “turning their lives around.”

To celebrate this remarkable access program and all the achievements of its alumni, a 45th anniversary reception will be held in Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, on October 2nd  from 6 to 8pm.  All graduates of the program are welcome to attend. Please see the calendar on the front page of the website for more details and where to rsvp.  For more information about the program visit: www.wdw.utoronto.ca/bridging

 

 

Posted August 09, 2012

Celebrating 40 Years:  Post-Degree Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Program is leader in TESOL education

By Caitlin Choi

This year, Woodsworth College’s post-degree certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) celebrates forty years in the business, solidifying its position as a leader in the field of TESOL education.

In addition to being one of longest-running programs in Canada, it’s also one of the best, says TESOL instructor Lindsay Brooks.  “I think it’s one of the best because of the range of courses, the cohesiveness of the program, and the wonderful students that we attract,” said Brooks, who’s been an instructor for the program since 2003. “By constantly evolving to reflect the dynamic nature of the field of second language learning and teaching, we offer a dynamic program that prepares students for teaching positions locally and/or abroad.”

The TESOL program has adapted its curriculum over the years to reflect current research, trends and best practices in language education, she said.  As a graduate of one of the top TESOL programs, students leave with a reputable certification and a competitive edge for securing employment.

“To get a good position abroad or in Canada, a TESOL certificate is essential,” said Brooks. “Increasingly, employers are requiring a year-long certificate and this is what we offer.”

In addition to the strong theoretical focus of the program, students are given the opportunity to link theory with practice.  To complete the certificate, each student must complete 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of practice teaching in a real ESOL classroom. 

The TESOL program admits both native and non-native English speakers, and students from diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.  “I think the diversity of our students is one of the program’s greatest strengths,” says program director Sarah Witol. 

“A passion for teaching unites seasoned professionals and recent grads looking for a new career direction, as well as new and veteran teachers from all over the world and I think it’s this diversity that contributes to such a dynamic classroom environment.  It’s also a big part of why our students continue to learn outside the classroom.  Students have said their study groups after class are often the highlight of their time in the program. “

Catering to the needs of its students, the program supports both full-time and part-time students.  Most students take the course on a part-time basis allowing them the flexibility to continue to work, volunteer or care for their families while completing the certificate. 

Marny Gibson, a former student of the program, attests to the value of a TESOL education.  “They were very practical, thought-provoking and challenging,” she said about the classes she took at UofT. The retired teacher and TESOL graduate says the two methodology courses, the planning course and the pedagogical grammar course were especially useful. “The assignments, particularly in the Methodology and Planning courses, had obvious application in the field.”

After the course was finished Gibson said administrators continued to be supportive. Gibson said the staff “worked very hard putting together two evenings to introduce us to different job opportunities, and provided us with lots of materials to further our search,” she said. “I absolutely loved my year, and I feel that I made some good friends.”

Applications for September session are still being accepted.  More information is available on the TESOL website.

 

 

 

 

Posted July 26, 2012

Focus on Woodsworth College Programs: THE500

Course Prepares PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows for a Move to the Front of the Classroom

By Caitlin Choi

 

Ph.D. and Postdoctoral fellows who are looking to prepare for a career teaching in higher education should consider applying for Woodsworth College’s THE500 course. The twelve-week course is offered free of charge and enables students to earn credits towards the Graduate Professional Skills Program, administered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Anne Urbancic, a 2012 Outstanding Teaching Award winner and one of the THE500 instructors, explained that this course aims to help PhDs and Post-Docs develop practical teaching and classroom management skills. 

In addition to content delivered by the course conveners, THE500 students benefit from guest lectures by some of the University’s most distinguished teaching professionals.  Each week, specialists share their expertise on a wide variety of topics, which have included integrating cutting-edge research on experiential and online teaching into the classroom. 

“The students enrolled consider different teaching and learning styles,” said Urbancic. “They integrate new ideas generated in our discussions, and also offered by our guest speakers, into their own classrooms.  “Furthermore, we help them become reflective practitioners by guiding them through how to write an effective syllabus, how to prepare a statement of teaching philosophy, how to observe and offer constructive criticism to their peers. One of the unique aspects of THE500 is that it is not a series of independent workshops that may be attended individually. The course comes together as a cohesive, integrated program.”

Another component of the course involves a peer observed practicum – where students practice applying techniques and theories either in a real classroom or in a simulated situation. “No matter the level of experience, the students have always helped each other improve and reflect on the difficult and challenging activity of teaching,” Urbancic said, explaining that an important part of her role as professor involves supporting this peer-to-peer learning. “’[Teacher]’ is not really the correct word; I am more of a facilitator in discussion with engaged PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows.”

Emily Indriolo, a Postdoctoral fellow in the sciences, said the course proved especially useful when applying for permanent professorial positions. “I found the assignments to learn how to properly make a syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy to be invaluable as I will use them in future job application packages.  We also discussed how to interview for a position in academia and what aspects of your education background will play into a job interview.”

“THE500 is a very useful course for every PhD student or Post-Doc, both with teaching experience or with no experience at all,” said Anne Maria Grossi, another former student of the program. “It offers a complete view of all the aspects involved in the career of teaching in an academic setting.”

Posted June 20, 2012

Congratulations to our newest graduates

Graduates were celebrated by College faculty and staff

At a post-convocation reception in the Peter F. Bronfman Courtyard, approximately 400 graduands, their friends and families, celebrated their graduation milestone. Staff and faculty of the College were on hand to congratulate our newest alumni.  

Posted June 05, 2012

Convocation Speaker

Woodsworth College is proud that University Professor Keren Rice will address the class of 2012 at Convocation

Professor Keren Rice - one of the world’s most distinguished linguists and an international leader in the empirical study of Aboriginal languages will give the convocation address at the Woodsworth College Convocation on Monday, June 18th. 

Recently, Prof. Rice was awarded  the prestigious Molson Prize in the humanities and social sciences.

The $50,000 prize recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. Rice received the award for her work to sustain, revitalize and document Canada’s Aboriginal languages.

Read the full UofT Bulletin article.

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