Simple Geography Vocabulary Speaking Game

Posted by Nancy Callan on 23 March 2018 | 0 Comments

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When studying about Canada (or America, Australia, etc.) with a beginner class, students need to know some basic geography words. Here are nine essential simple geography words: 

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Earth HOUR for Very Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 14 March 2018 | 0 Comments

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Earth Hour is an annual symbolic gesture to unite with other people of the world in a commitment to protect the Earth. The simple act of turning off lights is easy to convey to low beginners.

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Field Testing Has Begun for Callan's Beginner Essentials

Posted by Nancy Callan on 19 February 2018 | 0 Comments

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Field testing has begun across Canada and some parts of the United States for Callan's Beginner Essentials in literacy and low beginner English language classes with students who have little knowledge of the sounds and letters or spelling conventions of English. Field testers are welcome to test as few or as many pages as they wish until testing is completed. 

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New Year's Activities for Beginner and Intermediate

Posted by Nancy Callan on 29 December 2017 | 0 Comments

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The most common ESL activity for the first class back after New Year's is writing New Year's Resolutions. It’s a great way for beginner classes to practice the future tense and can make for some fun reading if posted in the classroom. 

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Canadian Statutory Holidays Reading Lesson for Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 16 November 2017 | 0 Comments

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This lesson is suited to classes learning the names of Canada's provinces and territories and their abbreviations and to those learning the names of the statutory holidays of Canada. It is also relevant to study of employment law.

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Veterans Day for Very Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 15 October 2017 | 0 Comments

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Help your students crack the cultural code with a simple story on Veterans Day. This story is created for very low beginners. If it's not right for your level, perhaps you could pass it on to another teacher who could use it--it's completely free to download for classroom teacher use. 

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Remembrance Day for Very Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 15 October 2017 | 0 Comments

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Help your students crack the cultural code with a simple story on Remembrance Day. Created for LINC 1, this story is geared to very low beginners. If it's not right for your level, perhaps you could pass it on to another teacher who could use it--it's completely free to download for classroom teacher use. 

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Low Beginner Country Introductions

Posted by Nancy Callan on 7 October 2017 | 0 Comments

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Here's an introductions speaking task for low beginner ESL answering the question "Where are you from?" I love tap sheets (see below). You could have students cut out the words and then arrange them into sentences, but you could also use it as is as a tap sheet, over and over.

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Top 12 Tips for Gift Giving in English Cultures

Posted by Nancy Callan on 17 March 2017 | 1 Comments

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Cross cultural differences in gift giving pose challenges for immigrants and visitors with their unspoken rules of etiquette. Students can develop their soft skills by cracking this sometimes inscrutable cultural code with the help of this online true or false quiz. Or download the free exercise that follows for use in a high beginner or intermediate classroom. The answers can be downloaded following the quiz. 

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Low Beginner Name Introductions

Posted by Nancy Callan on 25 February 2017 | 0 Comments

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Here's an introductions speaking task for low beginner ESL. I love tap sheets (see below). You could have students cut out the words and then arrange them into sentences, but you could also use it as is as a tap sheet, over and over and over and.....have you taught really low beginngers? 

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