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Conversation Starters—Dale Fisher

Conversation Starters—Dale Fisher

About this time of year, we often feel that we could use some new ideas for our conversation classes. Here are four of them. The first, is a great idea I learned from my teaching partner, Cindy Hubert. Adjective + Occupation Activity Cindy handed out a set of cards with occupation titles such as: policeman, photographer, […]

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Dialogue Journals to Improve ESL Writing Fluency—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Dialogue Journals to Improve ESL Writing Fluency—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Sometimes we tell our students not to worry so much about how accurate their writing is, but to just take risks and write. Then we fall into the trip of correcting their grammar or spelling and we wonder, are we sending the wrong message. While many of our students care about writing correctly, it can […]

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Blessed in ESL by Earl Stevick—James Edel

Blessed in ESL by Earl Stevick—James Edel

Sometimes I think the Professional Development (PD) Day means, for me as a teacher, a day to relax and text a bit, while people talk incessantly about the latest teaching fads, or what the government is currently doing, or which way the pendulum is swinging in our field.  But I was recently rebuked for my disinterest in […]

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The Value of Comics for ESL Learners—Dr. Roswita Dressler

The Value of Comics for ESL Learners—Dr. Roswita Dressler

I attended an interesting conference recently on Comics and Contemporary Literacy http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/ldlp/schedule . The speakers were all people who write and draw comic books or graphic novels and the purpose of the conference was to raise awareness as to the strengths of comics as a type of literature that has its own unique characteristics.

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Helping Prepare Adult English Learners for Employment—Dale Fisher

Helping Prepare Adult English Learners for Employment—Dale Fisher

When we meet with adult English learners, questions around employment are always near the surface. Those who do not have a job, know they need to get one. Those who have jobs, want to move beyond their “survival” job, to one that better uses their qualifications and experience.

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My Bread and Butter Lesson—James Edel

My Bread and Butter Lesson—James Edel

My ESL class has been studying the Canadian Food Guide lately.  So, we’ve been learning that there are four food groups: Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk & Alternatives, and Meat & Alternatives. Tricky situations do emerge.  Why are nuts meat? Why are eggs meat?  Why are lentils meat? Is a tomato a fruit or […]

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With a Song in Your Heart—Dr. Roswita Dressler

With a Song in Your Heart—Dr. Roswita Dressler

“L-is for the way you look at me”. I heard Michael Bublé serenading our adult beginner ESL class the other night and I thought to myself “what is up?” When I went in, I discovered that our creative and adventuresome teacher had decided to work with a Valentine’s theme and bring in songs for students […]

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How to Help Refugees with their English—Dale Fisher

How to Help Refugees with their English—Dale Fisher

Many groups are responding generously to the call to sponsor Syrian refugees. This is wonderful because these people will need this support, guidance and friendship for many years. CESLM can help with this process because we have a wealth of experience and resources to offer. All refugees will be eligible for free LINC classes, unless […]

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Spoken Grammar – Dr. Roswita Dressler

Spoken Grammar – Dr. Roswita Dressler

“Full sentences, please.” Have you ever been in a language class where the teacher reminded students to speak in full sentences? Have you ever thought about how odd that request actually is? I recently went to a workshop for English as a Second Language teachers where the presenter, Jane Willis, reminded us that spontaneous speech […]

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Be Not Overwhelmed – Dale Fisher

Be Not Overwhelmed – Dale Fisher

Two weeks ago, I was listening to several excellent speakers at our Reaching Out With English course. I was inspired by the content and the well thought out presentations. But I also sensed that some of the participants were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and the realization of how much in involved in […]

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