Friday, October 31, 2014
There's plenty of ideas for your ESL students this month so check out November Themes and Topics. One important topic is Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day coming up on November 11th. Other mentionables this month are World Kindness Day, Universal Children's Day and Television Day so stay tuned for some recommended ESL links to worksheets and activities.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Halloween, celebrated in many parts of the world, is an exciting time of the year and well known for traditional and festive activities such as trick-or-treating, costume parties and pumpkin carving. Halloween is a cultural celebration with an interesting history that dates back nearly 2,000 years. This time of the year not only provides ESL teachers with lots of fun activities, but it can also provide an opportunity for some very lively conversation around linking topics such as superstitions and fears! So, have fun with it! >>>
CONVERSATION QUESTIONS ON THE TOPIC OF HALLOWEEN BY ESL MADE EASY:
1. Is Halloween or a similar tradition celebrated in your country? If a similar tradition, rather than Halloween itself, how is it different from Halloween in North America?
2. Why do you think the colors black and orange are used for Halloween?
3. On the eve of October 31st, most children go trick-or-treating door to door in their neighbourhood. What do you think might be some positive and negative aspects associated with this traditional activity?
4. Halloween is believed to be related to many superstitious stories and beliefs. Are you are a superstitious person? What are some common superstitions in your country?
5. What is your biggest fear now? Did you have any fears/phobias when you were a child? Has this changed?
RECOMMENDED LINKS ON THE TOPIC OF HALLOWEEN, SUPERSTITIONS & FEARS:
ISL Collective: 22 printable worksheets on superstitions - donation site
Feel free to add any of your favorite Halloween links you have used with your ESL students!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
UNITED NATIONS DAY is coming up on October 24th. It's a day to celebrate the creation of the United Nations in 1945 and its work in preserving peace and order through international cooperation. Learn more about the United Nations and get your ESL students talking about this important organization and its involvement in world peace and human rights.>>>