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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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Seasonal, Secular, Sacred Christmas — Mary Cummins

What is Christmas? In many places in the world, Christmas is probably the most popular holiday in the year, especially for Christians.  It is very nostalgic for many people—the sights, the sounds, the smells and time spent with family and friends. Since Canada is in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the winter season.  Thus, […]

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A Fond Farewell to Bev Chambers — Dale Fisher

A FOND FAREWELL TO BEV CHAMBERS We were all sad to hear last spring that Bev Chamber’s husband, Norm, had suffered a stroke, and that Bev had to resign from her position of Administrative Coordinator to care for him. How do we say thank you to Bev Chambers for all she has contributed to CESLM? […]

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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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Welcome One Another and Be a ‘Helper’ — Amber Wylie-Moerman

Welcome One Another and Be a ‘Helper’ — Amber Wylie-Moerman

I saw a quote recently, posted on Facebook that read, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’ (Fred Rogers).” We see a lot of scary things in the news lately […]

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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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Middle East Expert Speaking in Calgary

Middle East Expert Speaking in Calgary

On April 9, 2016, Middle East expert Peter Twele (MA in Linguistics) will speak at our full-day spring training event Building Bridges: Responding to the Refugee Crisis. Peter carried out research through a number of institutions while residing in the Middle East for 11 years, and for the past 20 years has consulted for various Middle […]

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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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