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Incorporate Authentic Material in Your Classroom

Using authentic material in your lessons can stimulate and capture the imaginations of your students. Original and native material such as newspapers, maps, brochures, menus and magazines are some ideas to bring real world language into the classroom.

Challenge Your Students with Task Based Lessons

Involving your students in real world tasks will help reinforce new skills and encourage the practical use of the language. Reading and comprehending a utility bill or a shopping receipt are some ways to motivate and enhance language learning.

Be a Guide on the Side, Not a Sage on the Stage

Student centred learning can go a long way in the classroom. Help stimulate student curiosity and encourage confidence by acting as a facilitator or guide and deliver lessons that reflect your interest in student experiences and learning skills.

Create an Enjoyable Learning Environment

Encouraging laughter and self-correction of mistakes in the classroom can help promote a positive learning environment that is safe and risk-free. Avoid criticism and judgement.

Remember the 80-20 Rule

Talking less and letting your students do 80% of it in class can reinforce speaking and listening skills in language learning. Encourage pair or group conversation after every lesson highlighting grammar points, new vocabulary and life/cultural experiences.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

September Themes and Topics

 


Your ESL students whether returning or new, online or in class will be feeling the September butterflies of "Back to School".  Make it easier for yourself and for your students by introducing a few ice breaker games and activities on the first day of class in order to create a comfortable and warm classroom environment.

Note: You may want to begin by having students ask YOU questions instead of volunteering information. It's a great time to also review question making too!

Here's a list of some sites offering first few day ideas (you might need to modify if online) and worksheets! 


Whether you're teaching online or in class, all the best for an exciting, successful and most importantly, a rewarding school year!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

August Themes and Topics!



August is full of some interesting topics that your ESL students will enjoy starting with 
Friendship Day and Sister Day on August 2nd! If your students like cats, International Cat Day might be a fun topic to explore too.


Other mentionables are International Indigenous DayWorld Humanitarian DaySenior Citizens DayWorld Mosquito DayDream Day and Daffodil Day!

Don't forget to mark your calendars with all of August's Themes and Topics for your ESL students here!

Monday, July 4, 2022

Independence Day!



 
Monday, July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. Also known as the Fourth of July, this date commemorates the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.  This is a festive day for many Americans as they celebrate with fireworks, parades, fairs, concerts, picnics and family reunions. It's a fun and proud day for Americans so get your students talking about the history, the culture, and the traditions of the United States!



FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!


Canada Day!

 Happy Birthday Canada!

Friday, July 1st marks the anniversary date (1867) of the union of the British North America provinces. This statutory holiday means fireworks, festivals, concerts and parades all across Canada! (sort of.....check out what's online this year).

It's a proud day for Canadians to celebrate their heritage so why not get your ESL students talking about Canada Day too!
 
Watch Canada Travel Guide video here 

Here's another great video to share with your students about Canada here!

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF CANADA:


Friday, June 3, 2022

June Topics and Themes!


For many teachers and students, June marks the end of the school year, but for others, it's about getting ready for summer classes! There's still a lot to talk about with your ESL students so be sure to check out our June Topics and Themes and don't forget to follow ESL Made Easy for weekly posts. One topic that may not get a lot of attention is Father's Day (June 19th). Why not use the days ahead to talk about the history of Father's Day as well as the various roles fathers play in the family and in the community. 

Other noteworthy topics for this month are World Ocean DayInternational Sushi Day, the Summer SolsticeWorld Music Day, and International Anti-Drug Day. Stay tuned for related links to recommended ESL worksheets and activities!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

A Fun Topic for ESL Students: Sleep!


May 12th is International Fatigue Syndrome Day. This day is set aside to recognize the fact that sometimes life can make us feel tired and worn-out. It is also a day to create an awareness on how sleeping problems and disorders can lead to serious health issues. Your ESL students might find this to be a familiar and interesting topic to discuss as they can 
talk about their own sleeping problems, habits and routines!  >>>

Download the ESL MADE EASY "Let's Talk About......Sleep" worksheet.

Student-centred reading and conversation lesson plan! Great for multi-level classes or one on one teaching!

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF SLEEP:

Test your students on sleep and sleep disorder knowledge. Take the quizzes here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

It's World Laughter Day!


I
t's World Laughter Day on May 2 and who couldn't use a laugh right about now. Share a laugh with your ESL students and get them talking about the benefits of laughing with a free lesson by ESL Made Easy on:


Laughter is the Best Medicine!  
Find free worksheet and recommended links for your ESL students here (based on Global Belly Laugh Day)
 

May Topics and Themes!


Be sure to check out some of the suggested themes and topics for the month of May 
here! The main topic most of us will be talking about are MOTHERS and their important role in the family and in society!


Depending on where you live, you might want to get your students talking about birds as it's International Migratory Bird Day on May 9th! Other mentionables that might give your students plenty to talk about are World Press Freedom DayInternational Nurses DayWorld Meditation Day, Purple for Peace DayVictoria Day (Canada), and Memorial Day (U.S.A).


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Looking Forward to Easter!

There's plenty of Easter vocabulary and traditions for your ESL students to learn about this week - starting with Good Friday on Friday, April 15th and Easter Sunday on April 17th. Have your students learn more about this religious celebration as well as the commercial side of Easter including the Easter bunny, chocolate goodies and the joys of Easter egg hunting!




Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

And be sure to check out all the other events/special days in April here!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

ESL Library Has Changes its Name!

In case you haven't heard, ESL Library has changed its Name.

Read more about it here!


Thursday, March 3, 2022

March Topic: International Women's Day!



International Women's Day is March 8th!
This year's theme, #Break the Bias, challenges stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Various events and traditions will be taking place to honour and celebrate women's rights and achievements worldwide. Take the time to explore this global event with your ESL students and get them talking about the progress made, as well as the struggles that many women still face today.


See YouTube video - International Women's Day 2022


RECOMMENDED LINKS AROUND THE TOPIC OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY:

5 Minute English: Vocabulary and grammar exercise
ESL Video: Video with comprehension questions on IWD
Women in World History: Reading about the past and the present
Have Fun With Your English: IWD Poem (video and script) by Maya Angelou
BBC: An interactive quiz on women's rights in British history
News In Levels: International Women's Days - Listening and vocabulary
ESL Holiday Lessons: A reading with follow up activities on IWD
My English Pages: Vocabulary related to women rights and equality
My English Papers: Seven Women Who Changed the World - reading
The Holiday Spot: A crossword puzzle on IWD with answers
ISL Collective: Worksheets on IWD  donation site
Word Search Fun: A wordsearch puzzle on IWD
International Women's Day: Resources for International Women's Day

March Suggested Themes and Topics


Where did February go? 

March is a busy month with lots of teaching topic ideas here that you can do with your ESL students. Starting with World Compliment Day on March 1st and then International Women's Day on March 8th.  Wait...there's more.....it's St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, Earth Hour Day on March 26th, The Spring Equinox on March 21st ......I'm tired already!

Happy Teaching!