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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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Telephone Voice Mail Messages

Posted by Nancy Callan on 2 August 2013 | 0 Comments

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Many new immigrants answer the phone in their own language. A Korean immigrant might answer, "Yabusayo?" A Chinese immigrant might answer, "Wei?" Often their thinking is that most people who call them speak their language anyway and those who don't will understand that they are simply answering in their own language.

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Environmental Jigsaw for Higher Levels

Posted by Nancy Callan on 29 May 2013 | 1 Comments

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When choosing a jigsaw that is appropriate for the level of your class, it’s important to remember that jigsaws are not passive reading exercises. These four skills lessons require the students to not only read their part, but to teach it to their classmates. Pronunciation and listening skills are key. 

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Coins and Bills for Low Beginners

Posted by Nancy Callan on 2 April 2013 | 1 Comments

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As tax season approaches, we often teach a unit on money. With low beginners, I structure my unit around learning numbers, counting, asking and saying prices, the names of bills and coins, and finally the task of asking for change. I've put together some exercises for Canadian and American teachers on asking for change.

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Collective Nouns for Animals for Intermediate Level

Posted by Nancy Callan on 1 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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I've taken a moment to make a test of English for you, the ESL or EFL teacher, for fun! Let's see how well you do! Simply choose the correct collective noun. 

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Cultural Differences in Gift Giving

Posted by Nancy Callan on 11 November 2012 | 5 Comments

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One of the most important things we can do as ESL teachers is to help our students crack the cultural code. Gift giving has a lot of unspoken rules which may seem inscrutable to newcomers. Unconvinced? See if you were aware of these cultural attitudes to gift giving in other cultures:

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Teaching Food at Higher Levels

Posted by Nancy Callan on 17 July 2012 | 0 Comments

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If you're like me, you like to teach your food unit during the summer when the grocery stores are full of fresh produce and farmers' markets are in full swing. 

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Garage Sales & Thrift Stores

Posted by Nancy on 30 June 2012 | 0 Comments

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It's summer and I'm back on the topic of second hand shopping. If you are teaching English to new immigrants, they may see something as they walk around their neighbourhoods at this time of year that they don't have in their home countries: garage sales. Likewise, they will likely come across thrift stores or flea markets in their neighbourhoods. 

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Mother's Day

Posted by Nancy on 13 May 2012 | 0 Comments

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Many teachers who teach English as an additional language are mothers. In the spirit of thanks to mothers everywhere, I'm sharing a couple pages from my low beginner holidays book for free, to use in your class. I hope you find them useful. 

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