Friday, April 27, 2007

Fun for Advanced Students

Try this out with your more advanced students...
My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned; I couldn’t concentrate.
Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the ax.
After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it.
Next, I tried working in a muffler factory but that was exhausting.
Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried but I just didn’t fit in.
I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.
I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.
So then I got a job in a gym, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.
I finally got a job as a historian until I realized there was no future in it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Spring Outing Suggestions

Spring has Sprung!!
It's nice to see that temperatures are warming up and that the cold winter months have come to an end! Now it's the perfect time to celebrate new life with our ESL students.
The Toronto ESL Co-op has put together some valuable spring/summer trip suggestions for you. Did you ever consider taking your ESL students to Edwards Gardens in Toronto or the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington?? Or did you hear about the Summer Music Garden of Toronto? Many great spots offer ESL group tours which are worth checking out. These trips provide great cultural learning experiences and give more opportunities for relationship-building. Perhaps think of joining with the seniors group of your church for a garden trip. Alternatively, if you are interested, the ESL Co-op could organize a garden outing for several churches and their ESL students. Please let us know if you are interested by emailing us at:

Click HERE and take a look at the information and perhaps new ideas with 'spring' to mind'!!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Phrasal Verbs

Hi ESL associates,
If you haven't noticed, one of the areas that many ESL students struggle in is "phrasal verbs". Here's an excellent site that captures some of the more often-used ones. (Just click on a letter in the alphabetical menu on the left of the web page and it will give you a list of phrasal verbs beginning with that letter) Hope you will find it a good place to start.
God bless.

C. Y.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Movie and Discussion

In our ESL conversation group we watched and discussed the movie hosted by Larnelle Harris called "The Passion - The Last Days of Christ". (This is not the Mel Gibson movie.) It is part of The Visual Bible series with Bruce Marchiano playing Jesus. The video runs for 45 minutes. I wrote discussion questions and prepared information on the historical and cultural background to help my ESL students understand the context of the events. The movie divides the last days of Jesus into six parts - The Triumphant Entry, The Last Supper, The Garden, The Betrayal, The Crucifixion and The Resurrection. I played each section and then stopped the tape to discuss what had happened. Please see the two page handout with all the discussion questions.
In addition, as an ESL group we will attend the Easter Drama and Music Production at our church.

- Carolyn