English Lessons on Terry Fox

Terry Fox

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, home to ESL Library’s CEO Ben Buckwold and designer Robyn Shesterniak. I grew up in Port Coquitlam, a city about 45 minutes outside of Vancouver, BC, where our very own hometown hero, Terry Fox, grew up. I attended the same junior high school, Mary Hill Junior, as Terry. His PE teacher, Bob McGill, was later my principal. I also attended the same senior high school. It was called Port Coquitlam High School while Terry was attending, but by the time I got there the name had changed to Terry Fox Secondary in honour of his amazing contributions to cancer research.

Terry Fox is recognized the world over for his selfless 1980 Marathon of Hope, running across six Canadian provinces to raise money for cancer research. His dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized when the fund totalled $24.17 million in 1981. The annual Terry Fox Runs, which take place across Canada and in many other countries, continue to raise money for cancer research—as of May 2014, over $650 million had been raised in his name. What a legacy!

We have ready-made beginner and intermediate lessons on this Canadian hero in our Famous People section. Here is the podcast that goes with our NEW beginner lesson.

Our ready-made Terry Fox lesson plans include:

  • a reading about Terry Fox 
  • comprehension questions
  • vocabulary review activities
  • grammar review on comparative adjectives (beginner lesson)
  • pronunciation practice /th/ (beginner lesson)
  • listening with gap-fill (beginner lesson)
  • discussion questions (intermediate)


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  1. Tara Benwell says:

    Apr 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Tanya! It must have been such an honour for you to attend that school. I hope others will come by and share their memories and thoughts.

    I first realized yesterday was the anniversary of the Marathon of Hope when I saw an elementary school friend’s mother posting a comment on her daughter’s FB page. My friend’s mom said that she would never forget how my friend cried at the dinner table when Terry died. We were barely school-aged kids, but we were old enough to follow his journey on the news and realize what an amazing person Terry was. I think it’s fantastic that my own kids now run for Terry and that almost every Canadian I know runs, walks, or donates to cancer research thanks to this great Canadian hero.

    • Tanya Trusler says:

      Apr 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you for sharing your memories too, Tara! I remember watching him run on the evening news and being so impressed and inspired by what he was doing. I think he’s touched all of us in some way.

      His mother, Betty Fox, should also be remembered for founding the Terry Fox Foundation and being an amazing cancer research activist until her death in 2011. I hope people will continue to participate in or donate to the Terry Fox Run for many, many more years to come!

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