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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 20, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

October Topic: World Food Day!


WORLD FOOD DAY is recognized globally on Monday, October 16th and is intended to help raise awareness about hunger and poverty. It also commemorates the founding of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization back in 1945. This is a great discussion topic to use with your ESL students so set some time aside and get them talking about the importance of food and the challenges associated in its production and distribution around the world. 

 

WARM UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS by ESL MADE EASY:

 1. Define the following words:  nutrition, hunger, starvation, malnourishment, and famine.
 
2. Are there any 'hunger' problems in your country? What are some programs and services available for those suffering from hunger and malnutrition?
 
3. What different hunger related social and economic issues might various countries face?

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF WORLD FOOD DAY:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Topic: Thanksgiving!


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!  >>>

Thursday, September 28, 2017

October Planning Themes and Topics


There is a lot to talk about in the month of October!  It's World Habitat Day on the 2nd and World Egg Day on the 9th. But, the big topics this month will be Thanksgiving celebrated here in Canada and the U.K. on Monday, Oct 9th  as well as Halloween on Oct 31st. Be sure to check out October ESL Planning Themes and Topics here and follow ESL Made Easy for updated posts on recommended links to free ESL activities!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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 22nd, or depending on where you live, September 23rd. 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 Questions:

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 YOUR ESL STUDENTS:

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, September 15, 2017

Image result for busy teacherGood News for those who don't know this but Busy Teacher no longer requires registration. You are free to browse their database of 17,216 free printable worksheets and lesson plans for teaching English.. BusyTeacher will save you hours in preparation time, no matter if you teach kids or adults, beginners or advanced students!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Topic: A Day to Remember


The anniversary of September 11th (also known as Patriot Day in the United States) can be another sensitive topic to address with a multicultural class of adult ESL students. However, because of its significance, it's also a topic we can't easily ignore. Below are some warm-up questions I've used in previous years. If you have any ideas or activities that have been particularly effective for you, please feel free to share them. It's always helpful to hear what has worked well for others!

WARM-UP QUESTIONS BY ESL MADE EASY:

1. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing the moment your heard about the events of September 11, 2001?
2. Do you think the events of September 11th have changed American culture?
3. What are some possible ways people around the world could help to commemorate this important day?
4. Do you think children should be taught about September 11th (including what happened and why)?

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:

Teacher Vision: Activity and exercise lessons on September 11
ESL Library: A lesson plan - Famous 9/11 Heroes
History: All About the History of 9/11
Breaking News English: Reading with follow-up activities on Ground Zero
YouTube: A picture (question) lesson about Ground Zero
Twin Towers-New York: History of the Twin Towers
Ducksters: Facts about Patriot Day

September Topic: Labour Day



LABOUR DAY is on September 4th. This day, which is celebrated in Canada and the United States, is similar to International Labour Day which falls on May 1st in many countries. Labour Day marks the end of the summer holidays for most students and is also a day to celebrate the achievements of workers (originating from the Labour Movements that campaigned for better working conditions and wages).

Get your students to expand on this lively topic by talking about different types of jobs around the world, some of the skills needed as well as the positives and negatives associated with each one. 

Recommended links for your ESL students:


El Civics: A picture vocabulary lesson on Labour Day 
YouTube: Short video lesson on Labour Day 
ESL PDF: A worksheet on Labour Day 
Nc.Net: a reading comprehension worksheet on Labour Day 
EL Civics: Labour Day vocabulary worksheet 
Time for Kids: The history of Labour Day 
YouTube: The History of Labour Day 
The Holiday Zone: Labour Day worksheets 
ESL Flow: Job and career lesson plans and activities 
Bogglesworld ESL: Job and career worksheets 
ESL Made Easy: Recommended ESL sites on jobs and occupations

Friday, July 28, 2017

I'm thrilled to share with you all the good news that I 've been published by Cambridge English ! I had the opportunity to be part of this exciting new series by writing the video content activities for each unit for the Student's Book - Prism 1 - Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking. Yay! Thank you Cambridge English and especially to Commissioning Editor David Emery!

For more information on how PRISM works and why it's so special see here!

Prism Level 1 Student's Book with Online Workbook Reading and WritingPrism Level 1 Student's Book with Online Workbook Listening and Speaking

More critical thinking. More college skills. A fresh perspective on EAP.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 
Verb Tense Worksheet Workouts!
Check out here at English for Everyone.org
 
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great ESL Website!



I'm always on the lookout for engaging websites for ESL teachers to use with their students! I have been using Dream Reader's material in the classroom this week, and students have loved the readings. There are plenty of fresh and current levelled readings (that are printable!) with follow-up activities including audio and a quiz.

So Thank You Neil Millington for - Dream Reader!

Check it out here!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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.
 

find recommended links for your ESL students here!