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Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Topics and Themes for ESL Students

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! And 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 are International Nurses Day, Purple for Peace Day, Victoria Day (Canada), Memorial Day (U.S.A) and International Amnesty Day held on May 28th.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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). 

Designed for a multi-level intermediate/advanced class, a small group, or one on one instruction, this package can also be modified for high beginners. >>>

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

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! >>>

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Topic: Spring Allergies

  Get Your Students Talking about Allergies!

Read the article, Allergy Season 2015: Hate Spring?  

Download the Conversation Plus worksheet by ESL Made Easy here

(See suggested worksheet activities for a multi-level class in RELATED ESL LINKS)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

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 BEAT DIABETES and raising awareness on the causes and effects of this disease 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 Diabetes here.