ESL: choosing to embrace or avoid sensitive topics

If you are a teacher or mentor; whether it’s a primary school teacher, an instructor in a college, a high school teacher, or even a parent – chances are you encountered a few topics or questions where you had to pause and choose two options: answer or change the subject. You probably had a situation…

This day made history

(Long post ahead) This morning I woke up to what was a typical Tuesday morning. It felt more like a Monday though, with July 1 being a stat holiday. (Happy Canada Day!). The past weekend was pretty relaxing to say the least as well, some good time well spent at Pat’s family’s cottage. When I…

Tasting culture

As previously posted, I was teaching an ESL course called “Fee for Service” where students pay a fee and get lessons – as opposed to other ESL classes such as LINC where it’s government funded for new immigrants. In this class, my students were visitors here on vacation, or here on a visa of some…

our little ESL secret…

Have you ever found yourself stuck on deciding a theme for your class? Has creating lesson plans become tedious for you? Are the ESL books at your school outdated and boring? If you are someone who has attended a full-time TESL program, or teach full-time ESL like us, chances are you are frustrated and tired…