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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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April Topic: Earth Day!



Earth Day, not to be confused with Earth Hour, is an annual environmental event held on April 22nd. Worldwide celebrations and campaigns are held to honor our mother Earth and to create an awareness of key global issues our planet is facing today. Get your students to learn more about Earth Day here and have them talk about the world around them and what we can all do to help preserve and protect it for future generations!

See 2 Degree Celsius: A Critical Number for Climate Change video on here.

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF EARTH DAY:

Bogglesworld ESL: A word building activity on the words Earth Day
My English Page: Reading comprehension activity on Earth Day
Earth Day: A reading on the history of the first Earth Day
History: Earth Day videos and articles
The Holiday Zone: Activities and worksheets on Earth Day
ESL Discussions: Discussion questions around the topic "Earth"
ESL Library: Earth Day lesson plan with activities  membership site
ESL Holiday Lessons: Earth Day reading with follow up activities
EL Civics: Earth Day picture vocabulary lesson
Little Explorers: Quiz on Earth Day using first letters
English Exercises: Earth Day vocabulary activity
LHRIC: Earth Day fill in the blanks quiz
Teach-Nology: Earth Day worksheets and activities
ESL Flow: Environmental issues and problems lesson plans and worksheets
Breaking News English: Reading lessons around the topic of the environment
DLTK-Kids: Earth Day songs, poems and quotes

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Topic: World Health Day




World Health Day, celebrated every year on April 7th, was created to raise awareness about key global health issues.  This year's theme is UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE and raising awareness this issue worldwide. As a global issue, your ESL students may find this to be an especially interesting topic that can generate some lively discussion!

Watch short video on this year's theme here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April Topic: Spring Cleaning!



SPRING CLEANING, is an annual ritual of deep cleaning that comes to us from several cultures; Chinese, Jewish and Iranian. The tradition of cleaning and refreshing one's home is tied to nature's springtime renewal. In Western culture, spring cleaning is not only a time to air out the home, but a time to clean, scrub and dust every corner of the house in order to get rid of all the germs and other toxins that build up during the winter. Your ESL students may enjoy learning about/reviewing the various verbs associated with cleaning. Talking about their own personal habits, routines or secrets for keeping their homes clean can help increase engagement and even make the conversation fun! 

WARM-UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS ON THE TOPIC ON SPRING CLEANING By ESL Made Easy:

1. Do people engage in 'spring cleaning' in your home country? If so, what do most people typically do?
2. How important is a clean home to you? Do you enjoy cleaning your home? How does it usually make you feel when you have just finished cleaning your home?
3. Do you have a preferred day to clean your home? What do you usually do on a typical 'cleaning' day?
4. Do you usually clean alone or do you have other members of your family helping? Is it ever difficult to get yourself or others to clean the house?
5. What cleaning products and items have helped make your cleaning easier?

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF CLEANING:

Learn English Feel Good: Fill in the blanks with cleaning verb exercise
ISL Collective: Worksheets on cleaning 
   donation site
ESL Fast: Cleaning rooms - 3 listening dialogues
Eng Vid: Video lesson on cleaning your house
ESL-Literacy: Perminder's Cleaning Day learning activities 
5 Minute English: Listening activity on chores 
Breaking New English: Reading and follow up activities on housework  
Daily ESL: Listen and read about kitchen cleaning
English-Test: Online quiz on cleaning supplies
English Club: Housingkeeping vocabulary
ESL Pod: Listening podcast on spring cleaning with vocabulary
Drew's ESL Fluency Lessons: Cleaning the house vocabulary with listening
ESL Holiday Lessons: Reading with follow up activities on Clean Up Your Desk Day 
Neat and Tidy: A PDF cleaning checklist
My Frugal Home: a PDF checklist for cleaning the house (lots of verbs)
How Stuff Works: The history behind spring cleaning 
The Free Dictionary: "Clean" idioms and expressions 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March Topic: Easter



There's plenty of Easter vocabulary and traditions for your ESL students to learn about this week - starting with Good Friday on Friday, March 30th and Easter Sunday on April 1st. 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
ESOL Courses: Online Easter worksheets and vocabulary lessons
ESL Fast: A beginner reading about Easter eggs with follow up activities
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

Friday, March 23, 2018

March Topic: Earth Hour


It's Earth Hour around the world this Saturday, March 24th (8:30 p.m. local time). This environmental movement, which initially started in 2005 in Sydney, Australia, has encouraged individuals and businesses around the world to show their support for climate change initiatives and an awareness of their own carbon footprint. Be sure to set some time aside to talk about this global climate campaign with your ESL students and see if they're going to turn out their lights for one hour!
 

WARM-UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS AROUND THE TOPIC EARTH HOUR By ESL Made Easy:

1. Have you participated in Earth Hour before? What did you do and how did it make you feel?
2. What have been some initiatives in your home country for raising awareness about climate change and the environment? Are there any current environmental policies or programs in place for residents and businesses? Have they been working?
3. What are some ways in which people can reduce their energy consumption in a typical home of a developed country? What about for businesses?
4. In what ways can people enjoy being in the dark for one hour at home with their family or friends?
 

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC EARTH HOUR:

Earth Hour: A lantern making project for Earth Hour - PDF  (reading and following instructions)

Monday, March 19, 2018

March Topic: The Spring Equinox


The Spring Equinox has arrived (March 20/21st) to those living in the Northern Hemisphere and with it comes the joys of warmer weather (we hope!), chirping birds and colorful spring flowers! Make this a time to teach or review spring season vocabulary words and phrases with your ESL students!

WARM-UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS AROUND THE TOPIC OF SEASONS BY ESL MADE EASY:
1. Does your home country recognize the spring/autumn equinox at this time of the year? Describe the changes.
2. What is your favourite season? Why? Has your preference changed over the years?
3. Do you think people are affected emotionally, mentally, or physically with the early signs of spring? Explain.
4. What are some things in people's lives that change       
according to seasons?
 

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF SPRING:

Bogglesworld ESL: Spring worksheets and activities
English for Everyone: Spring worksheet
ISL Collective: 54 spring worksheets: donation site
EL Civics: Spring picture vocabulary lesson with follow up activities
Canada-ESL: Spring vocabulary
ESL Discussion: Spring discussion questions
The Holiday Zone: Printable spring puzzles and worksheets
ESOL Courses: Spring online quizzes and worksheets
ESL Podcast: Listening dialogue on spring cleaning
Listen a Minute: Reading and follow up activity on spring
Grammar Net: Springtime and idioms
The Free Dictionary: Spring idioms
Inspirational Poems: Spring poems

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March Topic: International Women's Day!



International Women's Day  is March 8th! This year's theme, Press for Progress, encourages pledging towards women and girls worldwide to help them achieve their ambitions and to lessen the gap between gender inequality. 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 2018


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 Women's Day: Resources for International Women's Day
Global Fund for Women: 10 Favourite Quotes about IWD


Friday, February 23, 2018

February Topic: Blue Jeans!




On February 26th, say Happy Birthday to Levi Strauss, the co-inventor of  blue jeans! Get your students to learn about the history of these popular causal pants.

Read more about the history and invention of blue jeans here.

WARM UP QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TOPIC BLUE JEANS By ESL Made Easy:

1. Do you wear blue jeans? If so, when and where? How many pairs of jeans do you own? Would you find it hard to throw out your favourite pair of jeans? If so, why?
2. Are jeans popular and fashionable in your home country? If so, who typical wears them and when?
3. Do you remember your first pair of blue jeans? Do you remember the brand name and how much they cost?
4. What's the difference between a cheap pair of jeans and an expensive pair of jeans?
5. How has the look and feel of blue jeans changed over the years? What's the difference between the way they are marketed to men, women, children?

RECOMMENDED ESL LINKS AROUND THE TOPIC OF JEANS:

Socks on an Octopus: Infographic on the history of blue jeans (Source: Amercian Eagle)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Black History Month


 
February is Black History month  in Canada, the U.S., and the United Kingdom. Be sure to get your ESL students learning more about the activities, events, and the important figures in black history.

See recommended links on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement here.