Joan Bartel is a professional in all aspects of ESL instruction, specializing in intercultural workplace communication. In addition to a Master’s degree in Language Teaching and an Ontario TESL Certificate, Joan brings management experience and a background in Career Counselling to the classroom. She is the author of Office Soft Skills, a textbook on North American business etiquette and language for job seekers who have education and experience from outside Canada.
Joan has lived in four countries and worked as a manager and teacher in three, so she has a lot in common with our OSLT participants: international credentials, experience in job searching and working in a foreign language, and personally living the ups and downs of cultural adjustment with her family.
She has been teaching OSLT at Humber College since the first classes began in 2009: Technology and Business. (Her interest in technology and science may come partly from living with a physicist husband!) Since then, more than 300 of her OSLT participants have graduated and found good jobs or chosen to continue studies.
Through a variety of highly communicative class activities, Joan brings out the best in each participant. They have responded with comments like these:
“She is very professional, constantly challenging the students to make improvements. She took an in-depth interest in our progress, an exceptional instructor. She gave me confidence to get hired in my field.”
Joan looks forward to assisting the next group of students along their paths to successful careers and full lives in Canada!
Will you be one of them?
Mohammad Falhasiri has been teaching English as a second language for over 16 years. For the past three years, he has been teaching OSLT to internationally trained engineers, architects, doctors, nurses, accountants, entrepreneurs, project managers, and other professionals, helping them to have an in-depth understanding of the socio-cultural and professional communications in their respective workplaces in Canada. Besides teaching, he has worked as an Academic Manager, a Director of Studies, a researcher, and an IELTS Examiner.
Mohammad holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. During his graduate studies, he published several scholarly articles on second language acquisition.
Mohammad sets the OSLT students up for success by designing and implementing interactive lessons and activities that simulate real-world tasks. Being tech-savvy, he incorporates various online tools into his instruction that make his lessons more engaging and enable learners to review and practice the instructional contents at their own pace.