At ESL Library we publish new materials every month. Our publishing team also spends a lot of time revising, updating, and improving our existing materials based on teacher feedback, government standards, and changes that happen in the real world.
For the past six months, our focus has been on our popular Everyday Dialogues section. With the influx of migrants to English-speaking countries, many teachers have told us how heavily they rely on these real-world, task-based lessons (with audio) when teaching newcomers.
Assessment Tasks & Competencies
The copyright line at the bottom of each updated lesson reveals the version history and shows our team’s commitment to this section. As of January 2017, all of the original Everyday Dialogues lessons are listed as Version 4.0 or later. (Newer lessons may be listed as 2.0 + as they did not require the earlier revisions.)
In Canada, this section fits in very well with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the LINC program (focusing on real-world tasks), which is why we released Version 2.0 to offer Canadian or US spelling. In 2015 (Version 3.0), we added audio and a gap-fill task to every lesson and made some major improvements to the format.
In 2016, many teachers requested the addition of assessment tasks, a required component of their teaching programs. In Version 4.0, we added two to three additional tasks per lesson that can be used for review or formal assessment (such as PBLA).
The Teachers’ Notes in the most recent Canadian versions also feature CLB levels, competencies, and summaries based on the guidelines from the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks official guide (used with permission). You can also sort this section by level, primary skill competency, or subject tag.
Many teachers who offered feedback on our earliest 4.0 lessons asked that we include ready-made assessment tools with the assessment tasks.
While we understand that assessment requires a teacher’s personal touch (based on a student’s individual needs), we have developed some tools that teachers can use as a model or template with these lessons.
You will now find Everyday Dialogues Assessment Tools in the Related Resources section for each Everyday Dialogues lesson. Additional blank and sample assessment tools are available in our Resources section. You can also hand out our NEW Everyday Dialogues Needs Assessment checklist on intake days to help you focus on topics your students want to cover.
As of January 2017, you will find 37 lessons in our Everyday Dialogues section, focusing on English that is used in everyday scenarios in the community, workplace, and school. These lessons begin with warm-up and skill-building tasks before moving on to controlled practice and free expression.
Here is an overview of what you will find in each Everyday Dialogues lesson:
- a teacher PDF and a student PDF (US or Canadian spelling)
- a lesson objective
- warm-up questions
- a vocabulary preview task
- a ready-made dialogue (transcript and audio)
- a listening gap-fill exercise
- related expressions and a speaking activity
- a follow-up writing task
- two to three additional review/assessment tasks
- teachers’ notes and answer key
- assessment tools
We appreciate all of the positive feedback and suggestions we have received about Everyday Dialogues revisions thus far! As we continue to meet with teachers and administrators and continue our own research, we will tweak the tasks, levels, and competencies for both accuracy and relevancy.
We are continuing to develop new lessons for this section, and digital versions of all 37 current lessons will be launched soon! We will also begin adding assessment tasks to some of our other related sections, such as Functional English. Please contact us if you have any specific requests for new topics and materials.