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Monday, November 30, 2015

December Themes and Topics for ESL Students!

Be sure to take a peek at some of the suggested Topics and Themes for December here! The main theme of course will be the holiday season - decked out in colorful lights and cheery decorations! However, you may also want to discuss a bit about the history of December 25th and focus less on the commercial side of it. Depending on where you are, your students will most likely be surrounded by an abundance of holiday festivitiesholiday carols and red and green symbols in their don't be afraid to get them all into the holiday spirit too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Topic: Shopping!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are getting in the spirit of shopping! It's a good time to get your ESL students talking about shopping and how it relates to CONSUMERISM. There is no shortage of vocabulary, expressions and phrases when it comes to teaching around the theme of SHOPPING (see recommended links) and all the linking topics including sales and discounts, types of stores, online shopping, as well as the countless number of products that society needs and of course wants.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping to our American neighbours! (see links to Thanksgiving worksheets and activities).

Have your students talk about the culture of shopping in their country and see if it compares to days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday (kick offs to the official start of the holiday shopping madness this Friday, November 24th and Monday, November 28 th).


Friday, November 20, 2015

ESL Worksheets & Resource Links

Here are a few of the MOST RECENT LINKS posted on ESL MADE EASY... just in case you missed them!

Mixed Skills: B-Int-Adv
ESL Yes: Short stories for ESL learners
Over 1500 short stories for your ESL students to practice their listening and reading skills. Stories include audio and follow up activities!

Listening: Int-Adv
Ed TED: Build lessons around any TED ED original or You Tube video 
A growing library of short educational videos that include follow up activities for your ESL students. Sign up is free! Great for enhancing and improving listening skills!

Monkey See: How to videos
Get your students to watch, learn and discover with plenty of HOW TO videos. Print the complete transcripts and create your own listening and vocabulary activities!

Speaking and Vocabulary: Int-Adv
ESL Sheets: Free conversation and dialogue sheets
Topics from A to Z on word docs that are full of expressions, phrases and dialogue practice! Fun for a Monday morning or Friday afternoon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Topic: Television

Get set for World Television Day on November 21st! This day was officially identified by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996 to acknowledge and commemorate the role that television has played in providing the world with ongoing information and communication.  Television has not only provided the world with universal links to social, economic and political developments, but has also been one of the most important drivers of technological developments in entertainment and communication. 

Television can make for an interesting and entertaining topic for ESL learners as they look into the history of television and how it has helped shape our world as we know it today! >>>

Find recommended links for your students here!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

November Topic: Universal Children's Day

November 20th is officially observed as Universal Children's Day. It's a day to honor and promote the welfare of children around the globe. Many parts of the world celebrate Children's Day throughout the year however on this day there has been more international awareness to protect the rights of children worldwide. Focusing on children and some of the key issues they face in developed and developing countries makes for an important discussion topic with your ESL learners. >>>

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November Topic: World Kindness Day

WATCH: Music video for the song "One Day" was produced by Life Vest Inside. It shows just how "kindness can be contagious".

November 13th is World Kindness Day. Created in 1997, this special day was developed by  a group of humanitarians in Japan who felt that we needed a day to help us all focus on making the world a better place. The idea is that by performing local "random acts of kindness" such as holding the door open for a stranger, paying someone a compliment or donating items to a local charity, we can actually help make the world a better and kinder place.

World Kindness Day makes for an excellent discussion topic and also represents a great opportunity to become part of the solution. After discussing the topic, why not challenge your ESL students to perform their own "random acts of kindness" on November 13th? The next day have a follow up discussion about their experiences!
Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November Topic: Remembrance/Veterans Day

November 11th, known as Remembrance Day, Veterans Day and even Poppy Day in some parts of the world, is a time to recognize and remember those courageous soldiers, airmen and sailors who died during times of armed conflict. Originally associated with WW1, the scope of this day has since been expanded to acknowledge those who served in other wars as well as those currently serving.

There are a number of key symbols associated with November 11th including the famous war poem from WW1 Flanders Fields Poem (video lesson), the Last Post call, and the Two Minutes of Silence. >>>