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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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Importance of Bees

The world needs BEES and there's been a lot of buzz about them lately! Did you know that in North America, one third of the food we consume wouldn't exist without bees and other pollinators?

Unfortunately, the global population of bees and other key pollinators is dropping dramatically and scientists are struggling to understand the causes, impacts and potential solutions. A great thing to get your ESL students talking about might be ‎the sort of changes that are affecting the bee population (e.g., loss of habitat, pesticides and even viruses)!

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Topic: Father's Day!

Sunday, June 19th marks a special appreciation day for fathers! There's no shortage of online resources so get your ESL students talking about the role of fathers in the family and in society as well as the history behind this celebration!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

June Topic: Donating Blood

June 14th is  WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY! This is a great opportunity to get your ESL students talking about what it means to be a blood donor and how donating their blood helps save lives around the world. You might also want to show the World Health Organization's short video clip in support of their "Thank you For Saving My Life" theme this year and read more about this day here. >>>

Learn about blood types, facts and information here by the American Red Cross.


Friday, June 3, 2016

June Topic: World Oceans Day!

June 8th is WORLD OCEANS DAY!  Officially declared by the U.N. in 1992, this day was intended to help us recognize the importance of oceans as part of our overall ecosystem. Given that they cover 71% of the Earth's surface and represent 99% of the living space, why not get your ESL students talking about the importance of oceans as sources of food, oxygen, and medicine around the world!

Read more about World Oceans Day here!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June Topics and Themes for ESL Students

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 19th). 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!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Get Your Students Reading and Talking with  WOW News Stories!

When I find interesting or shocking news stories, I love to share them with my students. Focusing on the vocabulary in the story is one thing, but when there's a lesson, a theme, or an emotional reaction that a particular news story creates, there's a tremendous opportunity for ESL learners to remember and relate personal or shared experiences to what they are reading and comprehending.

News stories that are interesting, compelling, touching, shocking, humorous or just plain unbelievable can make learning and remembering new and tricky vocabulary and expressions painless. It can also help spark students' interest in talking about them!

Find TIPS and some of my WOW stories here!

Friday, May 13, 2016

May Topic: World Telecommunications Day!

Image result for world telecommunications dayIt's World Telecommunication Day on May 17th which could create some lively discussion in your ESL classroom! Get your students talking about how information travels the world, changes in communication (the good, the bad and the ugly!), as well as the importance of telecommunications in our ever changing world today.

Read more about World Telecommunication Day here!


ESL Conversation: Discussion questions about communication
ESL Holiday Lessons: Reading with follow up activities on WTD
English-Test: Online quiz on telecommunications
English Page: Telecommunications vocabulary
Science: Free PowerPoints on telecommunication topics
Forbes: The World's Largest Telecommunication Companies

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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! 

Download the ESL MADE EASY
"Let's Talk About......Sleep" worksheet.
Student-centred reading and conversation lesson plan!
Great for multi-level classes or one on one teaching!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

May Topic: International Bird Migratory Day!

If you're a bird lover, then May 9th might be of interest to you! This special day for birds celebrates their diversity around the world as well as some of their amazing migration journeys. International Bird Migratory Day is a day to share the many ways in which birds matter to the environment, to our ecosystems and of course to us. Take some time to have a conversation about birds with your ESL students and see if there are any bird fans in your class! 

To find out more about International Bird Migratory Day, click here.

All About Birds: The Basics of Bird Migration
ESl Discussions: Conversation questions - Birds
Idiom Connection: Bird idioms
VOA News: Birds and Their Stories
Language Guide: Bird vocabulary with listening
Expresso English: Vocabulary words about birds
ESL Lab: Listening activity on raising birds
Daily ESL: Listen and Read - Birding
TLS Books: Facts and opinion worksheet on birds
Smith Life Science: Reading activity and crossword on birds
Layers of Learning: Printable worksheet on the anatomy of a bird
Easy Science for Kids: Fun facts about flightless birds and video

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May Topic: Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 8th 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.

Download the ESL Made Easy
"LET'S TALK ABOUT...Mother's Day" 
Student-centred reading and conversation lesson plan!
Great for multi-level classes or one on one teaching!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

May: Teaching Themes and Topics

Be sure to check out some of the suggested themes and topics for the month of May here! The main topic most of us will be talking about are MOTHERS and their important role in the family and in society!

Depending on where you live, you might want to get your students talking about birds as it's International Migratory Bird Day on May 9th! Other mentionables that might give your students plenty to talk about are World Press Freedom Day, International Nurses Day, Purple for Peace Day, Victoria Day (Canada), Memorial Day (U.S.A) and International Amnesty Day held on May 28th.



Monday, April 25, 2016

April Topic: World 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. 

Engage your ESL students by talking about the role of dance in their respective cultures and about how dance has become a universal language full of artistic and emotional expression!  

Download the ESL Made Easy "LET'S TALK ABOUT...DANCING" worksheet package (includes reading, worksheet and lesson plan guide).