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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, July 8, 2018

Teaching with Movies!

Watching movies is one of the best ways to learn a new language. Not only can movies improve listening and comprehension skills, but they can help with vocabulary and pronunciation while keeping your ESL students entertained along the way!

My students are big fans of "Movie Days"! They also enjoy learning about the plot and the characters before watching a movie (which you can find online or some sites have worksheets on vocabulary and discussion questions). 

I tend to stick to comedy and dramas with lighter plots in order to capture the attention of all students regardless of their levels. Most DVDs these days come with subtitles which I do use as I find many students in the lower levels prefer reading along with the movie and visually seeing the words. 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding, What About Bob, ELF, The Sound of Music, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Mrs. Doubtfire, Marley and Me, Groundhog Day, Momma Mia, The Blind Side, Mr. Bean and animated ones such as Despicable Me are just a few movies I have found to be a big success with my ESL students.

Find recommended sites for teaching English with movies here!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June Topic: Bees!

The world needs BEES and there's been a lot of buzz about them lately! Did you know that in North America, one third of the food we consume wouldn't exist without bees and other pollinators?
Unfortunately, the global population of bees and other key pollinators is dropping dramatically and scientists are struggling to understand the causes, impacts and potential solutions. A great thing to get your ESL students talking about might be ‎the sort of changes that are affecting the bee population (e.g., loss of habitat, pesticides and even viruses)!

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Topic: World Oceans Day!

June 8th is WORLD OCEANS DAY!  Officially declared by the U.N. in 1992, this day was intended to help us recognize the importance of oceans as part of our overall ecosystem. Given that they cover 71% of the Earth's surface and represent 99% of the living space, why not get your ESL students talking about the importance of oceans as sources of food, oxygen, and medicine around the world! >>>

Read more about World Oceans Day here!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

June: Suggested Themes and Topics!

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 17th). 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 Day, International Sushi Day, the Summer Solstice, World Music Day, and International Anti-Drug Day. Stay tuned for related links to recommended ESL worksheets and activities!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Topic: World Telecommunication Day!

Image result for world telecommunications dayIt's World Telecommunication Day on May 17th which could create some lively discussion in your ESL classroom! Get your students talking about how information travels the world, changes in communication (the good, the bad and the ugly!), as well as the importance of telecommunications in our ever changing world today.

Read more about World Telecommunication Day here!


Friday, May 4, 2018

May Topic: 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

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

May Topic: Mother's Day!

Sunday, May13th marks a special appreciation day for mothers! Get your students talking about the roles of mothers in the family and in society as well as the modern history behind this well-known celebration.

Download the ESL Made Easy

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


Monday, April 30, 2018

May Themes and Topics

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 Day, International Nurses Day, Purple for Peace Day, Victoria Day (Canada), Memorial Day (U.S.A) and International Amnesty Day held on May 28th.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April Topic: Earth Day!

Earth Day, not to be confused with Earth Hour, is an annual environmental event held on April 22nd. Worldwide celebrations and campaigns are held to honor our mother Earth and to create an awareness of key global issues our planet is facing today. Get your students to learn more about Earth Day here and have them talk about the world around them and what we can all do to help preserve and protect it for future generations!

See 2 Degree Celsius: A Critical Number for Climate Change video on here.


Bogglesworld ESL: A word building activity on the words Earth Day
My English Page: Reading comprehension activity on Earth Day
Earth Day: A reading on the history of the first Earth Day
History: Earth Day videos and articles
The Holiday Zone: Activities and worksheets on Earth Day
ESL Discussions: Discussion questions around the topic "Earth"
ESL Library: Earth Day lesson plan with activities  membership site
ESL Holiday Lessons: Earth Day reading with follow up activities
EL Civics: Earth Day picture vocabulary lesson
Little Explorers: Quiz on Earth Day using first letters
English Exercises: Earth Day vocabulary activity
LHRIC: Earth Day fill in the blanks quiz
Teach-Nology: Earth Day worksheets and activities
ESL Flow: Environmental issues and problems lesson plans and worksheets
Breaking News English: Reading lessons around the topic of the environment
DLTK-Kids: Earth Day songs, poems and quotes

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Topic: World Health Day

World Health Day, celebrated every year on April 7th, was created to raise awareness about key global health issues.  This year's theme is UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE and raising awareness this issue worldwide. As a global issue, your ESL students may find this to be an especially interesting topic that can generate some lively discussion!

Watch short video on this year's theme here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April Topic: Spring Cleaning!

SPRING CLEANING, is an annual ritual of deep cleaning that comes to us from several cultures; Chinese, Jewish and Iranian. The tradition of cleaning and refreshing one's home is tied to nature's springtime renewal. In Western culture, spring cleaning is not only a time to air out the home, but a time to clean, scrub and dust every corner of the house in order to get rid of all the germs and other toxins that build up during the winter. Your ESL students may enjoy learning about/reviewing the various verbs associated with cleaning. Talking about their own personal habits, routines or secrets for keeping their homes clean can help increase engagement and even make the conversation fun! 


1. Do people engage in 'spring cleaning' in your home country? If so, what do most people typically do?
2. How important is a clean home to you? Do you enjoy cleaning your home? How does it usually make you feel when you have just finished cleaning your home?
3. Do you have a preferred day to clean your home? What do you usually do on a typical 'cleaning' day?
4. Do you usually clean alone or do you have other members of your family helping? Is it ever difficult to get yourself or others to clean the house?
5. What cleaning products and items have helped make your cleaning easier?


Learn English Feel Good: Fill in the blanks with cleaning verb exercise
ISL Collective: Worksheets on cleaning 
   donation site
ESL Fast: Cleaning rooms - 3 listening dialogues
Eng Vid: Video lesson on cleaning your house
ESL-Literacy: Perminder's Cleaning Day learning activities 
5 Minute English: Listening activity on chores 
Breaking New English: Reading and follow up activities on housework  
Daily ESL: Listen and read about kitchen cleaning
English-Test: Online quiz on cleaning supplies
English Club: Housingkeeping vocabulary
ESL Pod: Listening podcast on spring cleaning with vocabulary
Drew's ESL Fluency Lessons: Cleaning the house vocabulary with listening
ESL Holiday Lessons: Reading with follow up activities on Clean Up Your Desk Day 
Neat and Tidy: A PDF cleaning checklist
My Frugal Home: a PDF checklist for cleaning the house (lots of verbs)
How Stuff Works: The history behind spring cleaning 
The Free Dictionary: "Clean" idioms and expressions 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March Topic: Easter

There's plenty of Easter vocabulary and traditions for your ESL students to learn about this week - starting with Good Friday on Friday, March 30th and Easter Sunday on April 1st. 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!


EL Civics: Easter picture vocabulary lesson with follow up activities
ESL Kids Stuff: A PDF Easter lesson and activities
ESL Flow: Culture and celebration Easter activities
English WSheets: Vocabulary worksheets for Easter
Teach-nology: Activities and worksheets for Easter
ESOL Courses: Online Easter worksheets and vocabulary lessons
ESL Fast: A beginner reading about Easter eggs with follow up activities
Bogglesworld ESL: Easter worksheets
Canada-ESL: Reading and follow up activities on Easter Around the World
Ciao From Debbie: An Easter reading comprehension exercise
ISL Collective: 140 Easter worksheets and activities: donation site
The Holiday Zone: A variety of Easter activities
English is a Piece of Cake: PDF lesson plan and activities on Easter
Heads Up English: Listening/reading activity on the History of Easter
English Centre: Easter customs and traditions worksheet
ABC Teacher: An Easter reading with vocabulary and comprehension questions
ITESLJ: Easter discussion questions
A4ESL: A short reading with online comprehension questions on Easter
A4ESL: Online grammar quiz associated with Easter
Learn English Feel Good: A vocabulary quiz on Easter
ESL Holiday Lessons: Reading with follow up activities about Easter Sunday
ESL Video Quiz: The History of Easter listening and quiz
YouTube: Short video on Easter questions with answers
Can Teach: Easter songs and poems