Page Directions for Low Beginner ESL

Posted by Nancy on 24 February 2012 | 0 Comments

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I've created an interactive activity for low beginner ESL to practice page directions. You'll find your class runs smoother when you can draw students' attention to where the class is looking on the page you're working on and make sure everyone is following. You're welcome to download my materials for free to use in your classroom.

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Low Beginner Personal Info Game

Posted by Nancy Callan on 17 February 2012 | 1 Comments

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Anyone who teaches very low beginner ESL knows that you spend a lot of time going over basic personal information questions and answers, often trying to come up with yet another new way to approach the same old material. 

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Something Different for Valentine's Day (or after)

Posted by Nancy Callan on 13 February 2012 | 0 Comments

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Callan's Holiday Jigsaws 1 (for beginners) and 2 (for intermediate) each have a Valentine's Day jigsaw. The jigsaw includes a board game on love and romance that students have a lot of fun with. American Holiday Jigsaws 1  and American Holiday Jigsaws 2 have the same lesson for Americans.

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Teaching Family to Level One

Posted by Nancy Callan on 12 February 2012 | 0 Comments

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Were you aware that not all languages use the same one word for father's sister and mother's sister the way English uses aunt? Likewise, many languages have different words for the grandmother from your father's side and the grandmother from your mother's side. Learning about these differences in nomenclature makes teaching a family unit in an ESL classroom an interesting experience. 

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Should Death Be a Topic in Your ESL Class?

Posted by Nancy Callan on 3 November 2011 | 0 Comments

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As Veterans Day and Remembrance Day approach, it’s the time of year when we often think about those who have passed away. Should death be a topic in the ESL/EFL classroom? There is no question the topic has to be approached with sensitivity. We don’t know when a loss in the family may be recent for some students. While talking about death can trigger sad feelings, the far less controversial topics of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are often as loaded for some and must be approached with equal sensitivity.

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How Are ESL Books Priced?

Posted by Nancy Callan on 14 October 2011 | 1 Comments

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Sometimes teachers I speak to at conferences mention that all their colleagues at other schools have my books and so I must be retired now, living off the proceeds of my books. This always inspires a laugh! Other times, teachers comment on how they wonder why photocopiable books are so expensive. Surely, the author or publisher must be making a lot of money at these prices? 

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