To celebrate the launch of this website at the start of 2011, we asked Toronto’s ESL professionals to share their answers to the following question: How do you use Toronto to teach ESL? Or use ESL to teach about Toronto?
The winning response came from University of Toronto’s Margaret Loney, who won a $50 gift certificate to a local ESL bookstore and a free registration at the TESL Toronto Spring Conference. Like most Torontonians, Margaret is not originally from here: she comes from village outside of Owen Sound called North Keppel. However, she lives and works in the city now – at U of T, where she earned her BA in History and a TESL certificate. Margaret also has an MSc in Social Anthropology from Oxford.
Her winning lesson weaves reading, speaking, listening activities into an introduction to Toronto’s multicultural population, diverse neighbourhoods and varied ethnic restaurants. Download Margaret’s lesson below:
- Lesson outline [pdf]
- Toronto Multiculturalism [pptx]
- Toronto Lesson Handout [pdf]
- Anthem lyrics [pdf]
- Label the Neighbourhoods [pdf]
- Pictures of Toronto Food [pdf]
Luck of the Draw
In addition to selecting the winning submission, the TESL Toronto executive also drew three submissions at random, and their authors received a free conference registration. Congratulations to the following:
Bonnie Ford from Centennial College submitted her impressive blog, Real Canadian English. Check out these posts in particular:
- Mayor Hazel and Rick Mercer: interview and quiz
- Winter in Toronto
- Spring in Toronto: the city’s three zoos
Angie Nikolakakis from George Brown College offered up some tips for students who want to see Toronto’s cultural attractions on a budget. For example, she teaches her students about the City Pass, the TTC day pass, and the coupons and free events found at toronto.com/attractions and attractionsontario.ca.
Shasha Shi and Linan Shi from Toronto Cross-Cultural Community Services Association and University Settlement submitted Toronto Tic-Tac-Toe cards [doc], which they use to practice pronunciation with their Literacy and LINC Level 1 students.