English and ESL MAVEN

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This is a game that I created to get learners to practice speaking English. This game can last for 2 hours (or take less time if you use fewer cards). Basically, the more clues you have to give, the fewer points your team gets. So the 25-point
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This is a game that I created to get learners to practice speaking English. This game can last for 2 hours (or take less time if you use fewer cards). Basically, the more clues you have to give, the fewer points your team gets. So the 25-point
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These are 81 picture cards, as well as an infinitive verb card, a past tense verb card, and a present participle verb card for each picture. The tenses cards are colour-coded so they're easy to keep together. You can use the words & pictures
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I have been presenting TESL workshops to teachers since 2009. After the first couple of years, teachers started to ask me at the end of every workshop, “Where’s your book?” I always said, “In my head.” When I thought about how to ‘package’ some of
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If you have 5-15 minutes before a break or end of class, get a student to volunteer for a “mini-conversation” – and then choose a card from this deck. What I've done for my class is printed these pages in color - double-sided - on card stock, and
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SUMMARY OF THE CONCEPT: Instead of using confusing GRAMMAR WORDS, we can use FAMILIAR QUESTION WORDS to teach learners the most common word order for English sentences: • WHO did the action? (e.g., I) (for the time being, we will ignore the fact
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Even low-basic learners can use Google Images to find the foods listed and put them into the correct food category. You can use this to introduce a Nutrition theme or as a follow-up exercise. I have included a Word Search with foods & kitchen
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I have been teaching ESL for more than 30 years. When I was in university, I studied Phonetics, so that I would TRULY understand how we actually MAKE every sound in English. However, I discovered that using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
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I have been presenting TESL workshops to teachers since 2009. After the first couple of years, teachers started to ask me at the end of every workshop, “Where’s your book?” I always said, “In my head.” When I thought about how to ‘package’ some of
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There are many unwritten rules in Canada that newcomers and their families need to know to succeed. Drawing on a lifetime of experience in Canada as a mother, and as a worker in education, banking, computers, and employment counselling, here are the
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Monday mornings used to be a bit tough - students were often a bit slow to get back into speaking English until I invented what I call "Monday Morning Wake-Ups!". These activities, done in small groups, allow students to review Grammar,
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Monday mornings used to be a bit tough - students were often a bit slow to get back into speaking English until I invented what I call "Monday Morning Wake-Ups!". These activities, done in small groups, allow students to review Grammar,
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If you have 5-15 minutes before a break or end of class, get a student to volunteer for a “mini-conversation” – and then choose a card from this deck. What I've done for my class is printed these pages in colour - double-sided - on card stock, and
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After more than 30 years of FRUSTRATION - for both my Students -- and Myself! - in figuring out how to get across the concept of narrowing the topic for an expository paragraph or essay, my eldest son Russ and I brainstormed this Graphic Organizer
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These are 72 picture cards, as well as an infinitive verb card, a past tense verb card, and a present participle verb card for each picture. The tenses cards are colour-coded so they're easy to keep together. You can use the words & pictures
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These are 72 picture cards, as well as an infinitive verb card, a past tense verb card, and a present participle verb card for each picture. The tenses cards are color-coded so they're easy to keep together. You can use the words & pictures for
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I created this poster for a Workshop I offer on activities we can do on a daily basis to encourage our learners to be sensitive to issues of conscious or unconscious bigotry, as well as to promote diversity and inclusion, , respect, cooperation,
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I was looking for a banner saying "Wecome!" in a bunch of languages, but didn't find any that weren't for kids (I teach adult immigrants). So I made this PDF (Letter Sized) and got printed out at Staples Canada (Business Stationary Store) on 65 lb
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught all levels of adult LINC, Workplace ESL, and Computers for more than 30 years. Right now, I'm teaching mixed-level adult ESL classes (Levels 0-2 in the mornings and Advanced in the afternoons) at The Centre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. I have consistently received “Excellent” evaluations for my TESL Ontario and Affiliate ESL Workshops for instructors since I began presenting in 2009. Some of my workshops are: "Vowel Colours - Stop Using Phonetic Symbols!", "Tricks for Teaching Tough Sounds", "Supercharge Your Creative Chi !", "Using the 5Ws to Teach Correct Word Order in English Sentences", "The Elbow Metronome - Timing for Fluency", and "Monday Morning Wake-Ups - Group, Chart-Based Activities to Beat the Monday Blahs". My 440 page book, "Monday Morning ESL Wake-Ups" is available through my website, www.mondaymorningesl.com

MY TEACHING STYLE

As an artist, writer, and inventor, I have always been frustrated by ESL materials that either confused the learners or were not based on the Real World. Over more than 30 years, I have developed SIMPLE PHYSICAL techniques for communicating some of the most difficult topics in teaching English: in Pronunciation - R/L, P/B, B/V, V/W - and of course, all of the Vowel Sounds; and in Writing - Sentence Structure and Natural Writing for Paragraphs & Essays.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2014 - Quarter-Finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Awards for my sci-fi novel, "Ex-Betty" (available on Amazon.com & Amazon.ca as a paperback & for Kindle). Journalism Award - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (for my reporting, photography, and my humour column, "Off the Wall"). Special Achievements Award - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (for poetry that went on to be published in an Anthology and a short story that was published in a newspaper). Dean's Honour List - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. MVP - Hamilton Mountain Mixed Slow-Pitch Baseball Team. First Female to Hit a Home Run - Hamilton Mountain Mixed Slow-Pitch Baseball Team.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Masters degree in English, with special courses in Phonetics, Linguistics, and Expository Writing. I have continued to do independent research on how we make all of the sounds of English, as well as literature on 2nd language acquisition and learning in general. I have also participated in yearly Professional Development workshops through TESL Ontario and local affiliate chapters.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have also been a newspaper reporter, have a LAN diploma and can build a computer from parts, and as a part-time Marketing Director, helped a "Mom & Pop" business to double - in 11 Months! - a customer base they had taken 11 Years to build. I have sold my paintings & digital art through a gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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