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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.

Friday, October 4, 2019


It's that special time of the year again when many Canadians celebrate THANKSGIVING - a time for giving thanks for the bountiful harvest and for all the other blessings in life. Even as Canadians take part in roasting turkeys and baking pumpkin pies, people in America are celebrating COLUMBUS DAY - a day for commemorating one of the first European travellers, Christopher Columbus, and his arrival to the New World in 1492. In other parts of the world, countries have been busy with their own HARVEST FESTIVALS  to celebrate all the successful harvests on their land. No matter what part of the world you're in, this time of the year provides ESL students with a bit of history and a lot of vocabulary!  

Friday, September 27, 2019

September Topic: Coffee!


International Coffee Day is coming up this Sunday! This day has been traditionally observed and celebrated on September 29th in many coffee loving countries.  If you or any of your students are java lovers, then what could be more fun than learning about coffee, its origins, and all its economic and health benefits. International Coffee Day is a great day for helping to raise awareness for fair trade coffee and for all its coffee growers around the world. Learn more about fair trade coffee here.
World-wide coffee vendors also look forward to this day and celebrate with giveaways and special deals for their loyal customers. Talking about International Coffee Day can make for a lively and stimulating class discussion (on any day, really) - especially for your coffee drinkers!


WARM UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS by ESL MADE EASY:

1. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? If so, how many cups do you drink a day?
2. Is coffee considered a popular beverage in your country? How do most people take it?
3. Can you name some popular coffee brands or businesses? Do you have any coffee chains in your country? If so, has this hurt or benefited the economy?
4. What is fair trade coffee? How do you think this has helped local farmers and communities involved in these coffee farms?


RECOMMENDED LINKS ABOUT COFFEE FOR ESL STUDENTS:

Rong Chang: An easy reading with activities on How to Make Coffee
Listen A Minute: Easy reading with follow up activities on Coffee
ESL Discussions: Discussion questions around the topic of coffee 
Elemental English: How to Order at Starbucks  
Road To Grammar: Is Coffee Healthy?.....video and exercises
BBC: Six Minute English - Coffee Addiction 
English-Test: Online quiz on the history of coffee 
WikiHow: Celebrate Coffee Day - with pictures
One Stop English: Reading lesson plans on coffee 
Breaking News English: A lesson plan on coffee
Reading ESL: A short reading with follow up activities on coffee
ESL Pod: Listening activity: Ordering coffee and tea
ESL Writing: Listening activity with questions: What is Coffee?
News English Lessons: A lesson plan: Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Heads Up English: All About Coffee - advanced lesson plan pdf
Coffee: 20 Interesting Facts About Coffee

15 Things You Should Know About Coffee by Daily Infographic. Find here!





Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September Topic: Autumn Equinox


It's that time of the year again when the hours of daylight become shorter if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. For those of you who enjoy cooler days and nights, the changing colour of leaves, and wearing warm fuzzy sweaters, you don't have long to wait.

This year, the Autumn Equinox is on September 23rd, or depending on where you live, September 24th. Many of us recognize this time to welcome the change of seasons with traditional celebrations, symbols and festivities. And with that, comes plenty of vocabulary words and activities you can do with your ESL students.


WARM UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS BY ESL MADE EASY:
1. Does your country recognize the autumn or spring equinox at this time of the year?
2. What is your favourite season and why? Has your preference changed over the years?
3. Do you think people are affected emotionally, mentally, or physically by the change of seasons?
4. What are some things in people's lives that change with the change of seasons?


RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF AUTUMN:


Earth Sky: Everything you need to know about the September Equinox
StickyBall: "Fall" phrasal verbs - definitions and worksheet
ESL Printables: Autumn worksheets: *lesson sharing site
Bogglesworld ESL: Autumn words bingo cards
Bogglesworld ESL: Autumn worksheets and activities
EL Civics: Autumn powerpoint with picture vocabulary and sentences
English For Students: Fall and autumn vocabulary
ESOL Courses: Online quizzes, lessons and games about autumn
Live Science: 5 odd facts about autumn
Teach-Nology: Reading comprehension worksheet about the autumn season
Worksheet Library: Acrostic poem - FALL
Anglomaniacy: Autumn worksheets
DLTK-Holidays: Autumn puzzles
English Worksheets Land: Autumn worksheet - practice possessives
English for Everyone: Autumn worksheet
Educator Worksheets: Reading and comprehension worksheet on the autumn season
ESL Pod: Listening lesson - things associated with autumn
ESL Tower: Worksheets on the four seasons
ISL Collective: Autumn worksheet *Donation site
Can Teach: Fall poems

Friday, July 5, 2019

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I just happened to stumble across this website and wanted to share with you if you haven't seen it!
Robert Dobie is the creator behind this site (his absolutely cool site where everything is free!).

Thank you for this amazing collection of quality ESL worksheets!

Check out All Things Topics here!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

July Topic: World Population Day!




WORLD POPULATION DAY, held every year on July 11th, was created by the United Nations Development Program in 1989. This important day was established to raise awareness of the issues and solutions related to our global population level.

With over 7 billion people in the world (see the worldometer here!), there is no doubt that this is an issue that affects us all. It's also a topic that should spark some lively discussion as your ESL learners address such related issues as the impact of further development and population growth, sustainability and the impact all of this has on our young people.

 
Watch this short video clip "7 Billion - National Geographic" here.


RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION:

YouTube: 7 Billion and Counting
Breaking News English: The Aging World Population reading and follow up activities
ESL Discussions: Discussion questions on population
Breaking News English: A reading with follow up activities on population
Listen A Minute: Reading and follow up activities on population
ESL Video: World Population Hits 7 Billion video with questions
ESL Holiday Lessons: World Population Day reading and activities
Learning English: Reading with listening on the World's Population Hitting 7 Billion
To Learn English: Can the Earth Cope? Video with listening exercise
Many Things: Video and script on world population
One Stop English: Global World Population lesson
ISL Collective: Describing population worksheet:  donation site
ESL Printables: Worksheet on World Population:  lesson sharing site
FAO: World Agriculture 2030 Findings
English Online: World Population Growth reading and activities
World of 7 Billion: Dialogue and debate questions on the issues of the world's population
Index Mundi: 2014 thematic world map of population count

Sunday, June 23, 2019



Happy Birthday Canada!

Wednesday, 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! 



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 


RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF CANADA:

ESL Holiday Lessons: Canada Day reading and follow up activities
Learn English Feel Good: Vocabulary exercise on Canada Day
ESL Library: Canada Day podcast for beginners 
ESL Library: Canada Day lesson with activities:  membership site
English Gateway: Canada Day collocations
Bogglesworld ESL: Worksheets on Canada
ISL Collective: What is Canada Day? Reading and follow up activities:  donation site
Canada Day Quiz: Quiz on Canada facts and knowledge
Canada Online: Canada holiday lesson plans  
ESL Discussions: Conversation questions on Canada 
Busy Teacher: 22 Canada worksheets:  lesson-sharing site
ISSBC: Quizzes, readings and activities on Canada 
ESOL Courses: Online listening quiz on Introduction to Canada 
Reading ESL: Readings about Canada with follow up activities 
DLTK Kids: Canada wordsearch puzzle 
DLTK Kids: Canada anagram puzzle 
ESL Corner: Canadian culture reading + more about Canada 
A4ESL: Online quiz about Canada (checking grammar) 
Maclean's: The 50 Most Important People in Canada
CIC: Citizenship and Immigration to Canada
StatsCan: Canadian statistics
Canada Facts: Interesting facts about Canada
Livingin-Canada: Information about living in Canada