5 Minutes Prep - 2 Hour Interactive Lesson!
Oops! I almost forgot Victoria Day. Did you? Here's a simple Victoria Day strip story reading for low beginner ESL or literacy students that conveys the basics about the holiday. A cloze passage follows. Feel free to download the PDF for your ELLs by clicking on the image below. You can also find more free Victoria Day material here. Let me know how it goes and if you come up with any great follow up exercises.
Earth Day is coming up and this blog has a number of environment related materials you could make use of for beginner or intermediate English language learners, whether ESL or EFL.
Thanks to Jennifer Chow for retweeting this great video clip of Hasan Minhaj teaching Ellen DeGeneres how to pronounce his name and discussing the, er, ethnocentrism involved in which names we make an effort to learn to pronounce and which we give up on: https://twitter.com/hasanminhaj/status/1113952740596768771
In 2019, Earth Hour is on March 30th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is an annual symbolic gesture to unite with other people of the world to express a commitment to protect the Earth. The simple act of turning off lights is easy to convey to low beginner English language learners.
Your ESL or EFL students will notice people wearing green on March 17th and may see shamrocks and leprechauns. Help them crack our cultural code with a lesson on St. Patrick's Day. Teachers are welcome to download the following strip story for low beginners for non-commercial classroom use. Click on the images and a PDF lesson will pop up that you can print out. If it is too low for your students, perhaps you could pass it on to another teacher as low beginner materials are often hard to find.
Your students will notice the ubiquitous hearts and flowers on Valentine's Day. Help them crack the cultural code by teaching about this widely observed special day in Anglo-culture.
Looking for a game to play to review Christmas information? Learning about the holidays is not just fun, it helps students crack our cultural code. I've made three sets of review questions for Christmas and two game templates for playing with them. You could use the game templates for reviewing any material.
Labour Day / Labor Day is celebrated in both Canada and America on the first Monday in September. I've created strip stories and worksheets for American and Canadian ELL students that are free for non-commercial classroom teacher use only. Just click on the images below and a PDF will pop up that you can print out. If they are too simple for your level, please pass them on to a teacher who could use them or send them a link to this page. If you are looking for something for intermediate level, check out this page.
Not all countries celebrate Father's Day (or even Mother's Day) so it's a nice tradition to teach students about. If you have adult students, even if they don't plan to celebrate, they may be surprised to get a card their son or daughter has made in elementary school.