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Friday, October 13, 2017

October Topic: World Food Day!


WORLD FOOD DAY is recognized globally on Monday, October 16th and is intended to help raise awareness about hunger and poverty. It also commemorates the founding of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization back in 1945. This is a great discussion topic to use with your ESL students so set some time aside and get them talking about the importance of food and the challenges associated in its production and distribution around the world. 

 

WARM UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS by ESL MADE EASY:

 1. Define the following words:  nutrition, hunger, starvation, malnourishment, and famine.
 
2. Are there any 'hunger' problems in your country? What are some programs and services available for those suffering from hunger and malnutrition?
 
3. What different hunger related social and economic issues might various countries face?

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF WORLD FOOD DAY:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Topic: Thanksgiving!


It's that special time of the year again when many Canadians celebrate THANKSGIVING - a time for giving thanks for the bountiful harvest and for all the other blessings in life. Even as Canadians take part in roasting turkeys and baking pumpkin pies, people in America are celebrating COLUMBUS DAY - a day for commemorating one of the first European travellers, Christopher Columbus, and his arrival to the New World in 1492. In other parts of the world, countries have been busy with their own HARVEST FESTIVALS  to celebrate all the successful harvests on their land. No matter what part of the world you're in, this time of the year provides ESL students with a bit of history and a lot of vocabulary!  >>>

Thursday, September 28, 2017

October Planning Themes and Topics


There is a lot to talk about in the month of October!  It's World Habitat Day on the 2nd and World Egg Day on the 9th. But, the big topics this month will be Thanksgiving celebrated here in Canada and the U.K. on Monday, Oct 9th  as well as Halloween on Oct 31st. Be sure to check out October ESL Planning Themes and Topics here and follow ESL Made Easy for updated posts on recommended links to free ESL activities!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Topic: Autumn Equinox


It's that time of the year again when the hours of daylight become shorter if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. For those of you who enjoy cooler days and nights, the changing colour of leaves, and wearing warm fuzzy sweaters, you don't have long to wait. 

This year, the Autumn Equinox is on September 22nd, or depending on where you live, September 23rd. Many of us recognize this time to welcome the change of seasons with traditional celebrations, symbols and festivities. And with that, comes plenty of vocabulary words and activities you can do with your ESL students.
 

Warm-up Questions:

1. Does your country recognize the autumn or spring equinox at this time of the year?
2. What is your favourite season and why? Has your preference changed over the years?
3. Do you think people are affected emotionally, mentally, or physically by the change of seasons?
4. What are some things in people's lives that change with the change of seasons?
 

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS:

Earth Sky: Everything you need to know about the September Equinox 
StickyBall: "Fall" phrasal verbs - definitions and worksheet 
ESL Printables: Autumn worksheets*lesson sharing site
Bogglesworld ESL: Autumn words bingo cards
Bogglesworld ESL: Autumn worksheets and activities
EL Civics: Autumn powerpoint with picture vocabulary and sentences
English For Students: Fall and autumn vocabulary 
ESOL Courses: Online quizzes, lessons and games about autumn 
Live Science: 5 odd facts about autumn 
Teach-Nology: Reading comprehension worksheet about the autumn season 
Worksheet Library: Acrostic poem - FALL 
Anglomaniacy: Autumn worksheets 
DLTK-Holidays: Autumn puzzles 
English Worksheets Land: Autumn worksheet - practice possessives 
English for Everyone: Autumn worksheet
Educator Worksheets: Reading and comprehension worksheet on the autumn season  
ESL Pod: Listening lesson - things associated with autumn 
ESL Tower: Worksheets on the four seasons 
ISL Collective: Autumn worksheet  *Donation site
Can Teach: Fall poems

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Topic: A Day to Remember


The anniversary of September 11th (also known as Patriot Day in the United States) can be another sensitive topic to address with a multicultural class of adult ESL students. However, because of its significance, it's also a topic we can't easily ignore. Below are some warm-up questions I've used in previous years. If you have any ideas or activities that have been particularly effective for you, please feel free to share them. It's always helpful to hear what has worked well for others!

WARM-UP QUESTIONS BY ESL MADE EASY:

1. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing the moment your heard about the events of September 11, 2001?
2. Do you think the events of September 11th have changed American culture?
3. What are some possible ways people around the world could help to commemorate this important day?
4. Do you think children should be taught about September 11th (including what happened and why)?

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:

Teacher Vision: Activity and exercise lessons on September 11
ESL Library: A lesson plan - Famous 9/11 Heroes
History: All About the History of 9/11
Breaking News English: Reading with follow-up activities on Ground Zero
YouTube: A picture (question) lesson about Ground Zero
Twin Towers-New York: History of the Twin Towers
Ducksters: Facts about Patriot Day

September Topic: Labour Day



LABOUR DAY is on September 4th. This day, which is celebrated in Canada and the United States, is similar to International Labour Day which falls on May 1st in many countries. Labour Day marks the end of the summer holidays for most students and is also a day to celebrate the achievements of workers (originating from the Labour Movements that campaigned for better working conditions and wages).

Get your students to expand on this lively topic by talking about different types of jobs around the world, some of the skills needed as well as the positives and negatives associated with each one. 

Recommended links for your ESL students:


El Civics: A picture vocabulary lesson on Labour Day 
YouTube: Short video lesson on Labour Day 
ESL PDF: A worksheet on Labour Day 
Nc.Net: a reading comprehension worksheet on Labour Day 
EL Civics: Labour Day vocabulary worksheet 
Time for Kids: The history of Labour Day 
YouTube: The History of Labour Day 
The Holiday Zone: Labour Day worksheets 
ESL Flow: Job and career lesson plans and activities 
Bogglesworld ESL: Job and career worksheets 
ESL Made Easy: Recommended ESL sites on jobs and occupations

Friday, July 28, 2017

I'm thrilled to share with you all the good news that I 've been published by Cambridge English ! I had the opportunity to be part of this exciting new series by writing the video content activities for each unit for the Student's Book - Prism 1 - Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking. Yay! Thank you Cambridge English and especially to Commissioning Editor David Emery!

For more information on how PRISM works and why it's so special see here!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 
Verb Tense Worksheet Workouts!
Check out here at English for Everyone.org
 
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great ESL Website!



I'm always on the lookout for engaging websites for ESL teachers to use with their students! I have been using Dream Reader's material in the classroom this week, and students have loved the readings. There are plenty of fresh and current levelled readings (that are printable!) with follow-up activities including audio and a quiz.

So Thank You Neil Millington for - Dream Reader!

Check it out here!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July Topic: World Population Day!


WORLD POPULATION DAY, held every year on July 11th, was created by the United Nations Development Program in 1989. This important day was established to raise awareness of the issues and solutions related to our global population level.

With over 7 billion people in the world (see the worldometer here!), there is no doubt that this is an issue that affects us all. It's also a topic that should spark some lively discussion as your ESL learners address such related issues as the impact of further development and population growth, sustainability and the impact all of this has on our young people.
 

find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Topic: Independence Day!




 
Tuesday, July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. Also known as the Fourth of July, this date commemorates the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.  This is a festive day for many Americans as they celebrate with fireworks, parades, fairs, concerts, picnics and family reunions. It's a fun and proud day for Americans so get your students talking about the history, the culture, and the traditions of the United States!



FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!


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Monday, June 12, 2017

June Topic: Father's Day!

 
 
Sunday, June 18th marks a special appreciation day for fathers! There's no shortage of online resources so get your ESL students talking about the role of fathers in the family and in society as well as the history behind this celebration!

 

 

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!


Friday, June 2, 2017

June Topic: World Oceans Day!

June 8th is WORLD OCEANS DAY!  Officially declared by the U.N. in 1992, this day was intended to help us recognize the importance of oceans as part of our overall ecosystem. Given that they cover 71% of the Earth's surface and represent 99% of the living space, why not get your ESL students talking about the importance of oceans as sources of food, oxygen, and medicine around the world! >>>

Read more about World Oceans Day here!
 

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June Topics and Themes


For many teachers and students, June marks the end of the school year, but for others, it's about getting ready for summer classes! There's still a lot to talk about with your ESL students so be sure to check out our June Topics and Themes and don't forget to follow ESL Made Easy for weekly posts. One topic that may not get a lot of attention is Father's Day (June 18th). Why not use the days ahead to talk about the history of Father's Day as well as the various roles fathers play in the family and in the community. 

Other noteworthy topics for this month are World Ocean Day, International Sushi Day, the Summer Solstice, World Music Day, and International Anti-Drug Day. Stay tuned for related links to recommended ESL worksheets and activities!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MayTopic: Happy Mother's Day!


Sunday, May 14th marks a special appreciation day for mothers! Get your students talking about the roles of mothers in the family and in society as well as the modern history behind this well-known celebration.

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

May Topic: Sleep!


May 12th is International Fatigue Syndrome Day. This day is set aside to recognize the fact that sometimes life can make us feel tired and worn-out. It is also a day to create an awareness on how sleeping problems and disorders can lead to serious health issues. Your ESL students might find this to be a familiar and interesting topic to discuss as they can talk about their own sleeping problems, habits and routines! 


find recommended links for your ESL students here!

May Topic: International Nurses Day!


INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY is celebrated around the globe on May 12th. This date also recognizes the birthdate of the well-known historical figure, Florence Nightingale and her contributions to the nursing field.

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the world, so get your ESL students talking about nurses' roles, their importance and overall achievements!
 
See video for International Nurses Day here!
 

find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Friday, May 5, 2017

May Topic: World Laughter Day!




It's World Laughter Day on May 7! Who knew?  Share a laugh with your ESL students and get them talking about the benefits of laughing with a free lesson by ESL Made Easy on:
 




Laughter is the Best Medicine!  
Find free worksheet and recommended links for your ESL students here (based on Global Belly Laugh Day)
 
 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Topic: International 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. 
 
 
 
 

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.
 

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Topic: Happy Easter!



There's plenty of Easter vocabulary and traditions for your ESL students to learn about this week - starting with Good Friday on Friday, April 14th and Easter Sunday on April 16th. Have your students learn more about this religious celebration as well as the commercial side of Easter including the Easter bunny, chocolate goodies and the joys of Easter egg hunting!


Find recommended links for your ESL students here!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Topic: Earth Hour!


It's Earth Hour around the world this Saturday, March 25th (8:30 p.m. local time). This environmental movement, which initially started in 2005 in Sydney, Australia, has encouraged individuals and businesses around the world to show their support for climate change initiatives and an awareness of their own carbon footprint. Be sure to set some time aside to talk about this global climate campaign with your ESL students and see if they're going to turn out their lights for one hour!

 
 

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!

March Topic: The Spring Equinox!


The Spring Equinox has arrived (March 20/21st) to those living in the Northern Hemisphere and with it comes the joys of warmer weather (we hope!), chirping birds and colorful spring flowers! Make this a time to teach or review spring season vocabulary words and phrases with your ESL students!

WARM-UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS AROUND THE TOPIC OF SEASONS BY ESL MADE EASY:
1. Does your home country recognize the spring/autumn equinox at this time of the year? Describe the changes.
2. What is your favourite season? Why? Has your preference changed over the years?
3. Do you think people are affected emotionally, mentally, or physically with the early signs of spring? Explain. What about the other seasons?
4. What are some things in people's lives that change       
according to seasons?
 

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Topic: St. Patrick's Day!


March 17th is St. Patrick's Day so get ready to get your green on! For those with an Irish background, it can be both a religious and cultural celebration full of festive parties, parades and food. So get your ESL students to learn more about the history, customs and traditions of St. Patrick's Day as it marks the feast day of the Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick and the rich Irish culture too.

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!


Friday, March 3, 2017

March Topic: International Women's Day!

International Women's Day  is March 8th! This year's theme, Be Bold for Change, encourages pledging towards women and girls worldwide to help them achieve their ambitions and to lessen the gap between gender inequality. Various events and traditions will be taking place to honour and celebrate women's rights and achievements worldwide. Take the time to explore this global event with your ESL students and get them talking about the progress made, as well as the struggles that many women still face today.

See YouTube video - International Women's Day 2017 and Happy international Women's Day!

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!

Friday, February 24, 2017

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.


FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS AND CONVERSATION QUESTIONS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Recommended Sites for Valentine's Day!


History: The History of Valentine's Day (video)
International TELF Academy: Learn about 10 different ways Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world
ESL PDF: Valentine's Day picture vocabulary worksheet 
The Holiday Zone: What is Valentine's Day?- Reading with questions (beginner) 
The Holiday Zone: The Story of St. Valentine with comprehension questions (beginner) 
The Holiday Zone: The Story St. Valentine with vocabulary and questions (intermediate) 
The Holiday Zone: Crossword puzzle challenge (beg/intermediate) 
The Holiday Zone: Crossword word puzzle challenge (advanced) 
5 Minute English: Easy reading with comprehension questions on Valentine's Day 
ESL Holiday Lessons: Reading with follow up activities on Valentine's Day
English Exercises: Valentine's Day worksheets and activities 
Teaching English British Council: Valentine's Day PDF worksheet
EL Civics: a picture vocabulary lesson (with activities) on Valentine's Day
ESL Flow: All about friendship, love and relationships
BogglesWorld ESL: Valentine's Day worksheets 
ITESLJ: Valentine's Day discussion questions
ESOL Courses: Valentine's Day online quizzes 
ESOL Courses: Listening activity on the history of Valentine's Day
ITESLJ: Conversation questions about Valentine's Day
Topics Mag: How Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world
Canada-ESL: Valentine's Day ESL lessons
ESL Video: St. Valentine's listening with quiz
Film English: ESL lesson plans around short films (Love)
ESL Library: Valentine's Day lessons  membership site
ISL Collective: 4 worksheets for Valentine's Day  donation site

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 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!

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Resource - Financial Literacy!

 
Here's a great site for teaching your ESL students of all levels the importance of budgeting and keeping track of their money. There are plenty of free resources and lesson plans to download here.


Friday, January 13, 2017

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.

FIND RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR YOUR ESL STUDENTS HERE!

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.
 
Thesaurus.com, Merriam Webster.com and Synonyms.com 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 6, 2017

Happy New Year!



NEW YEAR'S customs, traditions and celebrations can help generate some lively classroom discussions with your ESL students. It's also great for working on past & future tenses by discussing key personal or global events from 2016 as well as plans and possibilities for 2017!

Find recommended links for your ESL students here!



Check out some suggested topics and themes here for January curriculum planning or if you need a quick idea!