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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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MayTopic: Happy Mother's Day!


Sunday, May 14th marks a special appreciation day for mothers! Get your students talking about the roles of mothers in the family and in society as well as the modern history behind this well-known celebration.

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

May Topic: 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! 


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May Topic: International Nurses Day!


INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY is celebrated around the globe on May 12th. This date also recognizes the birthdate of the well-known historical figure, Florence Nightingale and her contributions to the nursing field.

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the world, so get your ESL students talking about nurses' roles, their importance and overall achievements!
 
See video for International Nurses Day here!
 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

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)
 
 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Topic: International Dance Day!

 
World Dance Day is April 29th. Founded in 1982 by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, this day has been set aside to help promote the art of dance around the world! For those in the arts community, it's also a time to celebrate dance as an important place in society as it transcends many political, ethnic and cultural barriers. 
 
 
 
 

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.
 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

April Topic: 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 14th and Easter Sunday on April 16th. 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!


Find recommended links for your ESL students here!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Topic: Earth Hour!


It's Earth Hour around the world this Saturday, March 25th (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!

 
 

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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. What about the other seasons?
4. What are some things in people's lives that change       
according to seasons?
 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Topic: St. Patrick's Day!


March 17th is St. Patrick's Day so get ready to get your green on! For those with an Irish background, it can be both a religious and cultural celebration full of festive parties, parades and food. So get your ESL students to learn more about the history, customs and traditions of St. Patrick's Day as it marks the feast day of the Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick and the rich Irish culture too.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

March Topic: International Women's Day!

International Women's Day  is March 8th! This year's theme, Be Bold for Change, 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 2017 and Happy international Women's Day!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

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.


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