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.

Using Timelines to Teach Verb Tenses

While the form of English grammar, or how it is made, is quite straightforward, the use of those forms is somewhat more complicated. It is actually the use of grammar, not the form, that presents the most challenges for both students and teachers alike.

English as a Global Language

In this video, we look at the phenomenon of English as a Global Language. In recent decades, the use of English has extended to every corner of the globe. English is so widespread that it is now commonly regarded as a global language.

Language Use and Age

Researchers have found that humans use language differently as they move from one age group to the next throughout their lifespans.

Using Phonics to Teach Reading and Spelling

Students often struggle to find the relationship between the sounds of English and how those sounds are represented through the English writing system. This is particularly true of students whose first language does not use a writing system based upon the Roman alphabet.

Language Use and Gender

Language use and gender is a fascinating area of language use that generates captivating debate, is often a source of comedy and can even create some tension if you get too involved in the topic.

Managing Change in Your Language Program

It goes without saying that the world is constantly changing at an increasingly fast rate.  Learning to keep up with this rapid change is one of our biggest challenges as managers today.

Writing Activities for Low Level Classes

The language skill of writing can be very overwhelming for low level students.

Teaching Critical Reading Skills

Higher level students, particularly those who are looking to move into higher education studies at an English-speaking university, need to learn to read critically.

Using Debates to Teach English

Debating, a formal process to follow to argue a point or position, is an effective communication task to include in speaking classes in order to give students the opportunity to work on key speaking skills.

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students have quite a challenge ahead of them.