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Father's Day Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 13 June 2018 | 0 Comments

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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. 

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Field Testing Callan's Beginner Essentials

Posted by Nancy Callan on 19 February 2018 | 0 Comments

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Field testers are welcome to test as few or as many pages as they wish until testing is completed circa May 1, 2018.  

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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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Intermediate Name Introductions

Posted by Nancy Callan on 2 January 2017 | 2 Comments

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What's in a Name?

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New Year's Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 22 December 2016 | 0 Comments

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The New Year's story below is geared to literacy and low beginner ESL (ELL) and is followed by questions practising what, when, where, and why and then a cloze passage. If you are looking for something for higher beginner or intermediate ESL, try a jigsaw from Callan's Holiday Jigsaws or Callan's American Holiday Jigsaws

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Reading on a Thrift Store Business Model

Posted by Nancy Callan on 21 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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Thrift stores are becoming more popular with middle aged clothes shoppers. Seems if you don't want to wear yoga attire to work, thrift stores are some of the best sources for clothing made from a wider variety of fabrics.

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Christmas Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 4 December 2013 | 3 Comments

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The Christmas story below is geared for literacy and low beginner ELL students. It is adapted from Callan’s Canadian Holidays for Low Beginner ESL, but is suitable for use in America as well. Further low beginner exercises on Christmas, with pictures, are found in that book. An audio CD and cloze exercise are also available. (For free material for mid-beginner or intermediate level, check out my blog post on Christmas from last year, here. Or why not try a jigsaw lesson for Christmas? Check out Callan's Holiday Jigsaws.)

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Classroom Word Search Using English Directionality

Posted by Nancy Callan on 29 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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In an absolute beginner ESL or literacy level English language learning class, you may spend some time focusing on classroom verbs such as listen, speak, read, write, sit down, open, turn on, turn off etc., as well as classroom nouns, such as chair, desk, table, board, etc. Isn’t a word search a great way to reinforce this new vocabulary students have spent considerable time working with? It can be, but watch out for the direction words are written in.

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Go and Went Grammar Errors

Posted by Nancy Callan on 10 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Anyone who has taught grammar in a beginner level ESL or EFL class knows that the speed and accuracy with which students complete grammar worksheets is only very weakly correlated with their ability to use the given grammatical structure later in their own speech.

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