Category Archives: Daily Life Language Activities

Surviving a Washington Winter: Advice from Our Students

By Cathy Sunshine When the polar vortex swept into DC in January, a number of my students were shocked and awed. Several have recently arrived from warm countries and are experiencing a US winter for the first time. Suffice it … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Favorite Topic: Talking about Food in the ESL Classroom

By Cathy Sunshine Everybody loves to eat! And most people also like to talk about food. Food gives us energy and nutrition, but it’s also tied up with beliefs, customs, emotions, and memories. If you ask our students what they … Continue reading

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Discussing Current Events in the ESL Classroom

In Language Lab last week, we turned our Advanced class loose in Google News. We told them to read any article they wanted in any category — world, US, technology, sports, science, anything. The topics they chose varied widely, from … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Grocery Store: Shopping Activities for ESL Students

By Cathy Sunshine Shopping is a daily activity for most of us. But while it may seem simple, it actually imposes complex language demands. For starters, it helps to know the names of the foods and other items you want … Continue reading

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Using Newspaper Photos as Conversation Prompts

We’re near the end of the six-week summer term, so my co-teacher Margot and I decided to try something a little different. We spent the first hour of class last week on the assigned lesson in the Let’s Talk book. … Continue reading

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