Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Call To Prayer!

Please join us for a time of prayer for ESL ministries. We will be meeting at Toronto International Celebration Church on Tuesday, April 3rd and again a month later on Tuesday, May 1st from 7.30pm-9pm. See you there!

Monday, March 19, 2007

An Idea for Presenting the True meaning of Easter to ESL Students


Resurrection Eggs!

For many years now I have used the commercially made 'dozen eggs' children's tool to teach the Easter Story to my students.

Each of the 12 'egg' cups in the egg carton contains a small symbol from the Biblical account eg. a stone to represent the stone rolled over the tomb; a wine cup; a piece of rope, etc. All these are presented in a certain order and can be used with or without the reading of the appropriate scripture, depending on the group you are teaching.

These kits can be made at home or purchased at a Christian bookstore, costing between $15.to $20. Blessings carries these Ressurection Eggs and I'm sure Mitchell's does too.

Sylvia
Oshawa and Ajax ESL teacher

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Do your students have English-speaking friends?

During a trip to Stratford, while were strolling downtown, we came across a company of three: a Canadian woman, a Chinese woman and her son in his early teens. They had come together in a car and obviously the Canadian woman was showing her Chinese friends around this cultured town. The Canadian woman was explaining things (including English usage and the nativity story) as they went into Ten Thousand Villages where we were. I was deeply moved, and wished that we could see more of this friendship happening between our ESL students and established members of our society.

Here is a link to a community program already in place where Canadians can volunteer to befriend newcomers by meeting together once or twice a week, just to talk, go places and help with practical needs:

http://www.settlement.org/sys/faqs_detail.asp?faq_id=4000522

This host program does not involve money or living arrangements but simply aims to provide emotional and social support to newcomers to Canada, which can make a huge difference in their early days (up to the first year) in this new country.

As ESL teachers, here is what I think we can do:

a) We can point students to the existence of this and similar programs and encourage participation.

b) We can initiate friendship-building opportunities in our churches where there is a mix of newcomers and Canadians.

c) And, just as important, we can keep stressing to our students the importance of new, cross-cultural friendships outside the classroom, which will not only help them immensely in their language learning but will also benefit them in their settlement process, and enrich them personally for the long term.

- Jennifer

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Just an Idea

Hi ESL Associates,
Have you ever considered taking your students to the Toronto Passion Play?
Just an idea. God bless.
-C.Y.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Share your great Easter ideas

The Lenten season is well on its way and Easter is getting very close. We'd like to invite you to share your great Easter ideas with other churches. Some are just starting out in ESL ministry and others are in need of fresh ideas at this time. Let's gather our resources together and learn more about effectively ministering for His Glory!
Let us know .....
What programs do you run for your ESL students at Easter?
What class activities do you do to explain the Easter story to your ESL students?
What materials do you use? Could you attach a copy of the handouts you use?
If you agree, we'll share your ideas with others in order to help those proclaim Life-giving messages of our Lord and Saviour this season. Please send your emailed responses to: eslministries@gmail.com
Thanks for your interest and for sending your ideas! May God richly bless you this Easter season.
ESL Co-op

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Job Fair

Pass on to your students: