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Victoria Day Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 16 May 2019 | 0 Comments

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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. 

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Labour Day / Labor Day Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 27 August 2018 | 0 Comments

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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

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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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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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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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Boxing Day Reading for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 13 December 2016 | 0 Comments

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Did you know that Boxing Day, the holiday on the day after Christmas, does not exist in America? It is a federal holiday celebrated in Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Boxing Day is often characterized by shopping since stores usually have their best sales of the year on that day, similar to Black Friday in the U.S. Teaching about holidays helps our students crack our cultural code.

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Simple Halloween Lesson for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 24 October 2016 | 0 Comments

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Halloween can be disconcerting for new immigrants and refugees who may not understand what it's all about. An important role for ESL teachers is helping students crack our cultural code. 

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Teaching About Victoria Day

Posted by Nancy Callan on 28 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Each year when I teach about Victoria Day, some students ask “When will Canada grow up?” Having a head of state determined by birth, living a privileged life in palaces, is archaic and unjust they argue. Severing ties with the British monarchy, however, is not an inevitable step in the evolution of Canadian nationhood.

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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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