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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students an engaging way to supplement their learning about Thanksgiving. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words.
Subjects:
Thanksgiving, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
11
Digital Download PDF (27.89 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to learn about Halloween. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this popular American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. Both Print and
Subjects:
Halloween, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
7
Digital Download PDF (8.30 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Use these Ramadan activities to help your students learn about one of the most important holidays in Islam. A reading passage with comprehension questions introduces the holiday to students, task cards offer writing and speaking opportunities, a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Cultural Activities, Google Apps
$4.25
11
Digital Download PDF (29.01 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 30 different languages to say "Hello" to your students on the first day of school and to greet parents and the school community at school-wide events. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in American public
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School, World Language
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cultural Activities, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$6.00
15
Digital Download PDF (3.63 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
80 famous and important African-Americans who were pioneers in their fields are profiled in this resource. Included are 15 ways to use these biography task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills. Please
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.8.2, W.8.4, SL.5.2, SL.5.4, L.5.1...
$6.50
17
Digital Download PDF (36.03 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about Martin Luther King Day with these word search and crossword puzzles. All 4 puzzles, which come in both printable and digital versions, use 20 words related to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Please see below for a list
Subjects:
Martin Luther King Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
2
Digital Download PDF (14.07 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle to help your students celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. All the puzzles use the same 20 words and phrases related to this fun holiday. Please see below for a list of the terms included in this
Subjects:
St. Patrick's Day, Spelling, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
2
Digital Download PDF (11.36 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Celebrate Christmas around the world with these posters that show how 26 countries say Merry Christmas! Each 8.5” x 11” poster presents the Merry Christmas greeting in the center of the page. In the corners, students will see the name of the
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, World Language, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters, Bulletin Board Ideas
$5.25
3
Digital Download PDF (15.95 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about American holidays celebrated in October, November and December with this bundle of 5 resources! There are word searches and crossword puzzles for Columbus Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$17.00
$13.60
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
Here’s a fun resource for Valentine’s Day! This printable and digital vocabulary resource includes 4 puzzles: 3 differentiated word searches and 1 crossword puzzle with a word bank included. All 4 Valentine’s Day puzzles use the same 20 vocabulary
Subjects:
Valentine's Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
1
Digital Download PDF (12.15 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 30 different languages to welcome students back to school at the beginning of the year, parents at your back-to-school open house, or at parent-teacher conferences. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School, World Language
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cultural Activities, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.99
2
Digital Download ZIP (7.40 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Find task cards, word searches, and a crossword puzzle in this bundle of 3 Halloween products! There are Print and Google Drive™ versions of all the resources. Each product is based on 20 Halloween-themed vocabulary words (see below for a list of
Subjects:
Halloween, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$11.75
$9.40
2
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
These short biographies profile 68 famous and important women who were pioneers in their field or achieved something notable. Included are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Women's History Month
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.8.2, W.8.4, SL.5.2, SL.5.4, L.5.1...
$6.00
1
Digital Download PDF (69.77 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Use these 86 posters to say Hello, Welcome and Happy New Year in different languages to students and parents on school occasions throughout the year. The Welcome and Hello resources include 30 posters and the Happy New Year resources include
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cultural Activities, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$18.00
$14.40
1
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about American holidays celebrated in March, April and May with this bundle of 4 resources! There are word searches and crossword puzzles for St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. Each resource includes 3
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$16.00
$12.80
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
Want a fun way to teach Christmas and Hanukkah vocabulary words? Try these Digital and Print holiday word search and crossword puzzles! This resource includes 3 differentiated word searches and 1 crossword puzzle with a word bank. All 4 puzzles use
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
Digital Download PDF (22.25 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about American holidays celebrated in January and February with this bundle of 4 resources! There are word searches and crossword puzzles for New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents Day. Each
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$16.00
$12.80
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
This bundle includes 2 China resources that you can use for reading and writing practice or review: Chinese New Year Writing Activities, which has reading and writing tasks about the Chinese New Year holiday, and Chinese New Year ELA Task Cards for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1, L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.3, L.4.1, L.4.2, L.4.3, L.5.1, L.5.2...
$7.25
$5.80
3
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
This resource helps your students learn 27 words about Gay Pride Month, the LGBTQ+ community, and gender identity. It gives students the vocabulary they need to discuss LGBTQ+ issues and will help you create an inclusive school climate. Use it
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Flash Cards, Word Walls, Printables
CCSS:
L.6.6, L.7.6, L.8.6
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (17.46 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle are an engaging way for your students to learn about Veterans Day. All the puzzles use the same 20 vocabulary words related to this patriotic American holiday; please see below for a list of the
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
Digital Download PDF (13.51 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, culinary history, and playing table tennis. You can follow me on The ESL Nexus Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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