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Earth Day

Posted by Nancy Callan on 18 April 2019 | 0 Comments

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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. 

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Correcting Name Pronunciation

Posted by Nancy Callan on 6 April 2019 | 2 Comments

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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

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Earth HOUR for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 20 March 2019 | 0 Comments

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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. 

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St. Patrick's Day for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 8 March 2019 | 0 Comments

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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. 

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International Women's Day for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 3 March 2019 | 0 Comments

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Many countries celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. In some countries, it is the equivalent of Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine's Day Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 10 February 2019 | 0 Comments

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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.

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Review Games for Christmas

Posted by Nancy Callan on 18 December 2018 | 0 Comments

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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. 

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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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Simple Geography Vocabulary Speaking Game

Posted by Nancy Callan on 23 March 2018 | 2 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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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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