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Lesson Plans for ESL Teachers
Christmas ESL Resources
Canadian Copyright for Educational Purposes


Tutela Online Community for ESL Professionals
Canadian Language Benchmarks

These resources are to help determine student English skills according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Please remember this is for informal use only to help gauge their approximate English level.

Students wishing to have their Canadian Language Benchmarks officially tested should consult Immigrant Services Calgary for an assessment

Canadian Language Benchmarks Documents

Professional Training for ESL Facilitators
Best Practices Report—Supporting the Integration of Immigrant Families

Best Practices in Supporting the Integration of Immigrant Families Through Small Ethno-cultural Organizations.

  • Read the full document here.
Alberta Health Services


Alberta Health Services (AHS) has a developed a short video called Navigating the Health Care System, Getting Health Care When you are Sick. It’s translated and recorded in 9 languages. Teachers may use the English version as a teaching tool. At the end of the video, the contact information is outdated. Please update your students with the following changes: Alberta Health Link 811:

For copies of the video contact Sylvie Lebihan at 403 955-1213 or

Book an AHS presentation for your ESL Class

To book an AHS representative to come and present to your ESL class, read the presentation form and choose a topic most appropriate for your learners’ level. Then fill out the presentation request form on the last page of this form: AB Health 2018-Nov-English level-Presentation list and email it to Yvonne Hau or Sylvie Lebihan.

Please note that we request a minimum of 10 students per presentation and the earlier you book the better chance we can fulfill your request. Please give us at least one month notice.

For more information and to send back the completed presentation request form, please contact:

Yvonne Hau, Diversity Liaison,

Public Health, Alberta Health Services—Calgary Zone

East Calgary Health Centre

4715-8th Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2A 3N4

Tel: 403.955.1486

University Student Writing Guide
NorQuest College ESL Resources

Interactive English 2–This free resource from NorQuest College focuses on learners at a CLB 2 to 4 and is built around short stories using video, audio, and text to create opportunities for learners to safely experience and understand Canadian culture and develop functional literacy skills.

Interactive English 2 is suitable for adults who are learning in a classroom setting, training in employment preparation, studying with community tutors, or working on their own self-directed language learners.

ESL Rural Routes–Find various resources for lesson planning, teacher training, cultural diversity training, and many other resources to help you with your teaching needs.

News Videos for Learning English

Learning English with CBC, a joint project between CBC Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, offers news stories with Canadian content for CLB level 4 and 6.

Grammar Websites
Tips for Motivating ESL Learners
Student Micro Loans

Windmill Micro Lending, formerly the Immigrant Access Fund, is a charitable organization that provides loans for internationally trained and educated immigrants who need help with the costs of obtaining the Canadian accreditation or training to become fully employed in their field.

Alberta Canada Resources

Free online ESL resources for teachers and learners. The Government of Alberta, Human Services funded the development of a series of ESL lessons and activities. Lessons are aimed at learners with a CLB proficiency level of benchmark 6 and are free downloads.

Online Volunteer Tutor Opportunity

Are you interested in providing online English language learning support for missionaries from non-English speaking countries? If you have an internet connection and a willingness to give missionaries-in-training English speaking practice you can sign up to volunteer on our website.

Online Volunteer Tutor Program

ESL Bible Study Resources

ESL Bible Study Resources

Missions Training

Missions Training

  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a dynamic 15-week discipleship course where you’ll discover what God is doing around the world and consider your part in his purposes. Perspectives is offered throughout the year at extension sites across Canada and the US. For more information contact:
  • The Edmonton ESL Cooperative offers ESL Teacher Training events and workshops, their website is:
  • To find out more about ESL Ministries in other cities across Canada visit
On-Line Resources for ESL Facilitators

On-Line Resources for ESL Facilitators

Intercultural Resources

ESL Teaching Resources

Books for ESL Facilitators

Books for ESL Learners

Vancouver Community College Bookstore (largest ESL section in Canada)

“You’re Hired…Now What? An Immigrant’s Guide to Success in the Canadian Workplace” by Lynda Goldman
(Workbook: Beverley Payne and Terry Webb)

For any newcomer who wants to succeed in a professional work environment. Issues that can arise from cultural differences guide the softskills that are selected for discussion. These include: adapting to a professional environment, body language, and common best-practice procedures at work. The Workbook corresponds to “You’re Hired…Now What?” chapter-for-chapter and allows students to apply the concepts from the student book to the real world.

Learning and Teaching English Through the Bible: A Pictorial Approach

“Learning and Teaching English Through the Bible: A Pictorial Approach” by Marianne Dibbley

This book teaches English (including ESL/EFL) within a Biblical context and in a pictorial format. It focuses on the top 1,000 most frequently used vocabulary words. It also presents an overview of pronunciation and key grammatical concepts. At the same time, it teaches major parables, verses, narratives, and themes from Scripture. Also included are suggestions for classroom games, lessons, and activities. The book can be ordered from this website for shipments to the U.S. and Canada.

Christian Organizations for International Students

Christian Organizations for International Students