Current Events: California Fires Leave Many Homeless

I’ve written a current events lesson based on the fires that are currently wreaking havoc across California. I’m hoping that through this lesson, students gain more awareness of natural disasters in the US and around the world, and figure out how they can help people in need.

This is definitely a lesson for more advanced students – the article is from the New York Times and has not been edited at all. The reading is long (about three pages), and features some advanced, academic vocabulary.

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Current Events Round-Up: Friday the 13th

Want to read about Friday the 13th in your ESL class today? Here are some links to a few different news stories about Friday the 13th. Reading/talking about Friday the 13th is a really fun way to discuss superstitions across cultures with your students. Whenever I bring up this topic in my class, my students are very eager to share their favorite superstitions!

If you want to listen to some spooky music while talking about Friday the 13th, check out NPR’s Superstitious Playlist!


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Current Events: National Coming Out Day

Today, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day in the US. I’ve written up a quick current events lesson plan on what National Coming Out Day is, and why it’s important for LGBTQ people in the United States. This activity includes pre-reading questions, an active reading activity, some vocabulary words, and post-reading questions.

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Back to school, and back to reading!

Hey everyone!

Sorry that I have not been around, like, AT ALL. I’ve had some very busy happenings in my personal life (new house, new puppy, new volunteering stuff!), but I’d love to get back to supplying all of my readers with quality ESL-focused reading lesson plans. I haven’t been reading much lately (ahh, so busy!), but there are a LOT of cool books coming out at the end of this year, and I’m excited to start reading them!

Thanks for sticking with me, and I hope the materials that I’ve already posted are being utilized! ^_^

Summer Break!

Hey all! Sorry about the lengthy silence…but it’s summer break, and as fellow teachers, you know how precious that time is! So, I haven’t been doing much lesson planning, but I have been doing a lot of reading! I go back to teaching at the end of June, so look for more reading guides and current event lesson plans around early July!

Thanks, and happy summer!

TESOL 2017

Hey all! The blog will be a little quiet this week (as well as last week…it was spring break!) because I’m heading to Seattle to attend TESOL 2017. I’m looking forward to a lot of good presentations and some time hanging out in a new city! If you’re also heading to TESOL, I hope you have a wonderful time! I’m planning on doing a presentation round-up and summary next week, so be on the look out for that!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day to all my fellow female ESL teachers out there! Below you’ll find a few news articles related to International Women’s Day. I hope you are able to use them in your ESL reading classes to begin an important discussion about gender and equality!

If you have a wonderful woman in your life, make sure to thank her today for all of the hard work (visible and invisible) that she does every day!

Current Events: Social Media Use Leads to Social Isolation

Hey all! Here’s my current events lesson plan for this week! It’s based off of this article from NPR, and I thought it was an incredibly interesting and thought-provoking topic. I know that my students are constantly on social media (even when we’re in class…grrr), so this is a worthwhile topic for students to contemplate. This lesson is best suited for intermediate or advanced students – it’s not a long article, but some of the vocabulary is difficult (even after editing it for readability).

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Current Events Round-Up: The Oscars

Sorry all! I’m a bit behind on current events this week – it’s almost midterms in my department and I’m in charge of a few different projects, and basically it’s been a little crazy!

One of the biggest events this past week was the Oscars, so here are a few articles related to the Oscars. Most of these articles are a little on the long side, so be wary if you teach lower level students!

Happy Friday to everyone!