Hi, my name is Michelle Morissette and I am an ESL instructor at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver Canada. One of the big problems with teaching language is that students never seem to have enough time to practice what they are learning in the classroom.
The largest and most visible part of the blog is the post page. Here I write about a wide range of topics. Some are specifically aimed at ESL students or instructors. Others are aimed at anyone interested in Canadian and world culture, relevant social issues and a host of other hot topics. Needless to say, am not excluding students from readers of these topics. Many of them are already enjoying them Posts will continue to evolve and to be somewhat eclectic.For example, a few weeks ago, my class was studying a unit on overpopulation in which they were reading, listening to, discussing, and writing about the the causes and effects, as well as potential solutions to world population hitting 7 billion around October 31st. This is an important topic for everyone, but my students certainly benefited from it enormously Very recently this very topic has been all over the media. Many of my students who went to the effort of writing 3rd or 4th drafts of their essays on the topic, were ecstatic, and quite justifiably proud of themselves because here was something they completely understood and had even worked on ahead of the media pack.
Suggestions and Guest Bloggers are Welcome
If anyone wants to suggest topics, issues or even grammar, reading, writing, speaking, or listening topics you think I should address, please let me know either by email,or in the comment box below. Also, if anyone is interested in posting a guest post, please contact me, I am always interested in guest bloggers.
If you look on the right hand side, you will see a long series of links organized into categories.
- Online dictionaries
- Vancouver Resources for students and families
- Video listening
- Medical English
- Recent Posts