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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, March 22, 2020

It's Time for Some E-Learning!


Due to the COVID-19 spread, many ESL teachers, if not all, will be continuing their teaching online. Good news is, since most of us are visual learners, e-learning and the technology behind it has become a fast growing field in the world of ESL. When learners see and hear words, phrases and sentences through electronic media and educational technology either on their own or projected and viewed in class, processing and retaining language might be easier for them.

But before you begin, read some helpful tips on how to teach online:
Teaching ESL Online: Tips & Resources from 19 Successful Teachers
ESL Authority: Online Teaching Tips
Fluentu: A Day in the Life of an Online ESL Teacher

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ecommended online learning videos / sites that might be helpful for online teaching:


See YouTube for all your needs here! (and with a more advanced search)

**Check out ESL Library - during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are temporarily extending subscriptions to include their digital features until June 30, 2020. Yay! Thank you ESL Library!**

Adobe Spark: Transform your ideas into a video
A4ESL: Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles
Woodward English: Vocabulary Games
ESLVideo - Short videos on all topics for all levels with online quizzes
English Club: A mix of lessons / online activities in all 4 skills
Bogglesworld ESL: Listening / quizzes - everyday topics - beginner
Bogglesworld ESL - Listening / quizzes - intermediate
Bogglesworld ESL - Listening - news stories
Mark Kulek - Easy English speaking/conversation videos with dialogues
FunEnglishGames - Vocabulary and grammar video lessons
ElCivics - Short videos on vocabulary and American civics
ESL LAB - Listening and Quizzes
ESL Fast - a collection of online listening / reading list with activities
LearnAmericanEnglishOnline - Videos on grammar explanations
KidsLearningVille - Vocabulary videos for beginners
EnglishMediaLab - Vocabulary and grammar videos for beginners and intermediates
EngVid - 500+ videos for all levels on grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary
Real-English - Interactive ESL videos with/without lessons for all levels
Elllo - 600 short videos about everyday life with script and quizzes
Let'sTalkEnglish - ESL lessons on speaking - grammar / vocabulary
Monkey See: How To Videos - Watch, Learn, Discover (Look under Categories)

Recommended Sites for New Stories / Articles
E News Dispatch: Weekly news posts with listening and vocabulary
One Stop English - Complete PDF lessons on monthly news stories
News in Levels - Reading and listening to news stories in 3 levels
CNN: Student news with listening, reading and comprehension questions
VOA News - ESL friendly news stories with listening
NY Times: Teaching with news stories with follow up activities
Time For Kids: Easy reading news articles with follow up activities
News For You Online - Current news stories with follow up exercises 
ESLDivLabs - Printable news stories of the week with listening
EnglishClub - A weekly top news story with listening and comprehension questions
SlowEnglishNews - 2014 news on YouTube 
Teach ESL TV: Create your own lessons from new clips and videos in ten minutes
Student News Daily: Current news stories with questions and linking videos

Care to Share?
Feel free to comment or to send us any link or resource you would like to share so that we can continue to be part this ever growing and needed field of English language teaching!

Friday, February 28, 2020

March Topic: International Women's Day!



International Women's Day  is March 8th! This year's theme, Each for Equal, 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 2020



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
ESL Library: A listening podcast on International Women's Day
Word Search Fun: A wordsearch puzzle on IWD
International Womens Day: A printable factsheet
Time For Kids: Worksheet on the History of Women in the Workforce (American)
Time for Kids: An activity worksheet on a women's suffrage march
Speak English: A lesson plan on IWD by ESL Library
International Women's Day: Resources for International Women's Day





Thursday, January 30, 2020

February: Topics and Themes


February is a busy month providing ESL teachers with lots of planning topics. Be sure to check out February Topics and Themes and follow ESL Made Easy for weekly posts on some of them. One fun topic is Valentine's Day coming up on February 14th. The days leading up to it can be a good time to talk about other topics such symbols and customs, love and relationships and special gifts such as chocolate and roses. February is also Black History month which is observed not only in Canada, but in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It is a special month to honour the experiences and legacies of those who became an important part of black history.

Other mentionables are the Canada Flag Day, President's Day, and Levi Strauss's Birthday, so stay tuned for some recommended ESL links to worksheets and activities that will be posted!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

January Topic: The Lunar New Year!



The Lunar New Year, beginning January 24th, is best known as the Chinese New Year and is celebrated by many cultures around the globe. Its origin has to do with harvest and since this special time follows the lunar calendar, it falls on a different day every year. There are many festivities, traditions and customs which can make this an interesting and lively topic. Have your ESL students not only learn about the festivities that vary from culture to culture, but also the symbols and beliefs of the Chinese zodiac and what that means for the year ahead!

2020 is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. Find out what's in store for you (here) if you were born in the year of 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984m 1996, 2008, and 2020.

RECOMMENDED ESL LINKS FOR TOPICS AROUND THE LUNAR NEW YEAR:

ESOL Courses: Chinese New Year vocabulary, games and quizzes(online)
ESOL Courses: The Chinese zodiac signs and explanations 
English Club: Chinese New Year reading and quick quiz online
Heads Up English: The Chinese New Year discussion questions
ESL Library: Chinese New Year lesson plans: membership site

Here's a great infographic by Giraffe (Click here to see in full) - 50 unbelievable facts about the Chinese New Year:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January Topic: Civil Rights


January 20th is Civil Rights Day in the United States. It is a day to celebrate and honor all those who took part in the American Civil Rights Movement (video) in the 1960's. It also celebrates the contributions of activist Martin Luther King, Jr., who was well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and to promote black equality in the United States and globally.


Your ESL students may find this topic interesting as it will give them an insight into America's history of human rights.


Listen to Martin Luther King's Famous Speech "I Have a Dream" - Have your students take notes and then discuss as a class.


RECOMMENDED ESL LINKS AROUND THE TOPIC OF 'CIVIL RIGHTS':

 
 

Recommended Movie:  The Help 


Recommended for: High Intermediate/Advanced Students

An aspiring author during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.