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Friday, February 27, 2015

March ESL Planning Themes and Topics

The month of March provides teachers with lots of things to do in the ESL classroom! Be sure to check out the Month at a Glance here for suggested topics and themes. March is busy with Daylight Savings time beginning, International Women's Day on March 8th, the Spring Equinox on March 20th (or depending on where you live, March 21st) and Earth Hour Day on March 28th. And don't forget to teach your students the history and customs of St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. They'll want to know why everyone is wearing green and what it means to be Irish!

Monday, February 23, 2015

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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Conversation Plus: The Measles Vaccine

Get Your Students
Talking About 
the Measles Vaccine! 
QMI Agency Dept. Graphic: The Measles Vaccine
 Conversation/vocabulary worksheet by ESL Made Easy
See related suggestions on using this worksheet with a multi-level class by clicking related ESL links. >>>

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Chinese New Year!

The Lunar New Year, beginning January 28th, is best known as the Chinese New Year and is celebrated by many cultures around the globe. Its origin has to do with harvest and since this special time follows the lunar calendar, it falls on a different day every year. There are many festivities, traditions and customs which can make this an interesting and lively topic. Have your ESL students not only learn about the festivities that vary from culture to culture, but also the symbols and beliefs of the Chinese zodiac and what that means for the year ahead!

2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese zodiac. Find out what's in store for you (here) if you were born in the year of 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!


February Topic: Chocolate!

Did you know that Hershey Chocolate was founded on February 8th in 1894? Since it is February, what better time to get your ESL students talking about the history of chocolate and all its products and recipes! Not only is chocolate considered to be a popular (and some saying healthy!) treat around the world, but also a popular and romantic gift for Valentine's Day too. 
Here's a great article with video on the health benefits of chocolate that you can share with your ESL students.