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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, 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)
 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Easter


There's plenty of Easter vocabulary and traditions for your ESL students to learn about this week - starting with Good Friday on Friday, April 19th and Easter Sunday on April 21st. 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!


RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF EASTER:

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
Get English Lessons: History of Easter video and questions
ESOL Courses: Online Easter worksheets and vocabulary lessons
ESL Fast: A beginner reading about Easter eggs with follow up activities
Anglomaniacy: An Easter vocabulary quiz
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