April News

A Month to Care for the Earth

April 22nd is Earth Day, and we have collected a large selection of lesson plans and resources to help you teach English while talking about the environment.  Don’t wait for the big day. There are twelve lesson plans to pick from, so think about what your students are interested in, and try a few different ones. Last year many subscribers wrote to thank us for our collection.

“Very inspiring and refreshing topics to use in the classroom. These are topics that students should know these days. Thank you.” ~ESL-Library Subscriber

This month also marks 100 years since the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic (April 15, 1912). One of our subscribers put in a special request for a new Famous Things lesson plan on the Titanic. We’re developing it now, and hope you’ll give it a try as soon as it’s in the library. Don’t forget to check out our Lesson Plan Calendar for all of our suggested lesson plans for April. Most of our new materials are requested by teachers, so don’t be shy! Let us know what you need! Contact us via phone, email, Facebook, or twitter.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of the teachers who visited us at the TESOL conference in Philadelphia last month. Many teachers attended our session and stopped by our booth. We met teachers from Brazil, Cambodia, India, the US and even Mongolia. Read more about our TESOL 12 experience here.  If you were unable to attend the IATEFL or TESOL conference last month, there is another conference you can attend this month. The Virtual Round Table conference will be held online from April 20-22. This is a FREE conference for professional development. Many of the speakers are teachers and publishers that you would see at a large convention like TESOL. Visit the website to find out more!

New Lesson Plans this Month

In the works: The English App

At the TESOL conference we gave teachers a sneak preview of something NEW that we are working on for learners. We will soon be offering web based mini-courses for self-study. These online practice pages will be based on content from the ESL-Library. If you or your students are interested in the launch, add your email address here.

April Features

Earth Day – Lesson Collection: April 22nd is Earth Day. We’ve put together a collection of English lesson plans with green themes from our Lesson Plan Library. Enjoy these ready-made lessons to celebrate what we consider to be the most important day of the year…

Yuri Gagarin Lesson PlanFamous People – Yuri Gagarin: April 12th is Cosmonautics Day in Russia. This day honors Yuri Gagarin, the first person to orbit the earth in a spacecraft. (April 12, 1961)

Golden Week Lesson PlanHolidays – Golden Week: Four public holidays take place during Golden Week in Japan. Students learn about each special day and practice writing out a day planner. “Gold” idioms are introduced. (April 30-May 5)

ShakespeareFamous People – Shakespeare: The Bard is known as the greatest English writer of all time. Shakespeare’s plays include comedies, tragedies, and histories. You can try this lesson in French or Spanish too. (Born in April 1564, Died April 23, 1616)

Teaching Tip

Are your students embarrassed about their accents when speaking in English? Guest blogger Peter Martin has an idea for you. Check out his recent post: Teaching English Through Another Language for a fun way to help your students lighten up on language learning.

Happy teaching!

The ESL-Library team


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