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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January Topic: Puzzle Day!

Get your ESL students to honour puzzles of all shapes and forms by having them do one on Puzzle Day (January 29th)! While the reason behind this day may be a bit unclear, it does mean something for the millions of puzzle fanatics around the world.

The mighty CROSSWORD puzzle and the latest craze of SUDOKU are just a few popular ones that continue to entertain, challenge and sharpen minds. For many, puzzles have been a creative and entertaining way to pass the time and relief boredom. 

In the ESL world, using puzzles can add some fun and liven up any classroom. Puzzles can also be a great way to reinforce vocabulary words, build on certain grammar points or review teaching topics.

See links to puzzles for the ESL classroom here!

Friday, January 15, 2016

January Topic: Civil Rights Day

January 19th is Civil Rights Day in the United States. It is a day to celebrate and honor all those who took part in the American Civil Rights Movement (video) in the 1960's. It also celebrates the contributions of activist Martin Luther King, Jr., who was well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and to promote black equality in the United States and globally.

Your ESL students may find this topic interesting as it will give them an insight into America's history of human rights.

Listen to Martin Luther King's Famous Speech "I Have a Dream" - Have your students take notes and then discuss as a class.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Topic: Thesaurus Day!

January 18th is THESAURUS DAY! It's a day that commemorates the birthday of Peter Roget (Jan 18th, 1779), the author of  Roget's Thesaurus.

The thesaurus has been an invaluable reference resource for millions of students and other writers around the world who use it to spice up their language with synonyms (different words that have the same or similar meaning). For ESL students, using synonyms not only helps develop and strengthen English skills, it increases confidence and motivation while learning this "tricky" language., Merriam and are just a few online sites that are both easy to find and use. So why not challenge your ESL students to explore and practice new and interesting words daily!

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Conversation Plus: Adult Colouring!

Get Your Students Talking
about Colouring as a Form of
Art Therapy!

1. As a child, did you use to colour in colouring books? If so, what were some of your memories of using crayons and colouring books?
2. Are colouring books popular in your home country?
3. Why do you think most children love to colour in colouring books?
4. What might child educators say about the benefits of using colouring books?
5. Recently, adults have been going "crazy" over colouring books as a form of therapy. What do you think this might mean?

Colouring Books for Adults Top Amazon Bestseller List
Print PDF lessons on One Stop English - The Guardian

Youtube: Inside the Colouring Book Craze - have students listen to this 5 minute video and then summarize the key points to this latest trend.

CNN News: Why Adult Colouring Books are Good For You

Extension: Print off a design and get your students to fully understand how colouring can be a form of meditation and a great way to de-stress here!