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Monday, February 29, 2016

March: Teaching Topics and Themes for your ESL Students!

Where did February go? Well, at least we had the extra day to say good-bye!

March is a busy month with lots of teaching topic ideas here that you can do with your ESL students. Starting with World Compliment Day on March 1st and then International Women's Day on March 8th.  Wait...there's's St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, Earth Hour Day on March 19th, The Spring Equinox on March 21st and coming early this year is Easter, which falls on March 27th.  Phew......I'm tired already!

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Incorporating Humour in the ESL Classroom!

ESL Made Easy - Teaching English as a second language can be a serious task, but that doesn’t mean that your classroom needs to be a stark, humourless void. The truth is that incorporating a few laughs into your lessons can have tremendous benefits and help make you a more effective teacher. Your students, many of whom are feeling nervous or suffering from a lack of confidence in their own abilities to master the subject at hand, will feel more at ease after some humour. It makes your class, and your lessons, more memorable too. Plus, getting a few laughs will help your confidence as an instructor — you’ll feel that your students like you and are genuinely listening to what you have to say.

Unless you’re a natural comedian, though, incorporating humour in your classroom is probably easier said than done. How do you do it? Here are four ideas for incorporating humour in your classroom...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Topic: Black History Month

February is Black History month  in Canada, the U.S., and the United Kingdom. Be sure to get your ESL students learning more about the activities, events, and the important figures in black history.

See recommended links on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Find recommended links to get your ESL students talking about one of the most romantic days of the year here!

Monday, February 8, 2016

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.

Listen to the Hershey Chocolate story here!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Topic: 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.


Monday, February 1, 2016

February: ESL Teaching Themes and Topics

Happy February! Be sure to check out this month's teaching themes and topics page. There are plenty of ideas to get your students talking. This month of course includes Valentine's Day, the Chinese New Year and in Canada and the U.S, it's Black History month. Find more topics here!