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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.

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

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 16th). 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 start of Ramadan, the Summer Solstice, World Music Day, and International Anti-Drug Day. Stay tuned for related links to recommended ESL worksheets and activities!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May Topic: International: 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!

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF SLEEP:

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May Topic: World Laughter Day!




It's World Laughter Day on May 7! Who knew?  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)