5 Minutes Prep - 2 Hour Interactive Lesson!
The most common ESL activity for the first class back after New Year's is writing New Year's Resolutions. It’s a great way for beginner classes to practice the future tense and can make for some fun reading if posted in the classroom.
This lesson is suited to classes learning the names of Canada's provinces and territories and their abbreviations and to those learning the names of the statutory holidays of Canada. It is also relevant to study of employment law.
Help your students crack the cultural code with a simple story on Remembrance Day. Created for LINC 1, this story is geared to very low beginners. If it's not right for your level, perhaps you could pass it on to another teacher who could use it--it's completely free to download for classroom teacher use.
Here's an introductions speaking task for low beginner ESL answering the question "Where are you from?" 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.
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.
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.