by Allen Mendler
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Keeping Teachers Healthy and Balanced In Trying Times

At the end of a conference on resilience I gave to a group of first year teachers, one of the participants told me her abbreviated story of the great stress she had been experiencing for months and what she did to end the slide.  Paula taught in an inner-city charter school traveling an hour and a half each way by public transportation, leaving her apartment at 5 am each morning and usually ending her school day no earlier than 5 pm for the ride home.  In between, she had the challenging task of educating a group of special education children with the usual assortment of major issues facing poor children along with additional complications ranging from academic deficiencies to some with severe disruptive behaviors.  As if that wasn’t enough, she was required to attend mostly on-line courses and bi-monthly [...]

by Alysia Bartley
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2 More Ways to Talk (Casual and Formal)… in the English Language Part II

Introduction – Definition of Casual and Formal Language

In an earlier article I wrote about how to talk using casual language and formal language in English. I defined the words “casual” and “formal” before discussing the topic, and gave some practical examples of words and phrases, what they mean,  and when to say them. This is a brief review in [...]

by Marc Anderson
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Learn to Speak Casual English Every Day Like a Native English Speaker

What is casual speech?

Casual speech is the way you talk with others who are close to you or in everyday informal situations like riding the bus, shopping at the store, chatting on the phone, and talking to your co-workers during work breaks. It is the language that is used on television shows and in the movies and often in [...]

by Alysia Bartley
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Get Rid of the “De” in Demotivated to Become an Empowered ESL Learner

Oxford Dictionaries Online is a free dictionary and language reference site. It is updated quarterly with new words.  An earlier article written on the TalktoCanada site shared some “new words” that were added last year. You might also want to check out the article on how to maximize your learning before reading through the list of new words. It [...]

by Marc Anderson
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Why READ? Why NOT? – Results of an Adult ESL Students’ Informal Reading Survey

What is the value of reading? What does reading have to do with ESL learning… you know, vocabulary and comprehension, spelling and writing skills, listening and speaking skills, etc.? How does it boost confidence in learning and your ESL aptitude?  Well, in a nutshell…

Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it [...]

by Elena Shvidko
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5 Strategies to Become a Better English as a Second Language Reader

I know two categories of people: those who think reading is fascinating and exciting, and those who think reading is the most boring activity in the world.  Regardless of the category you belong to, you need to develop strong reading skills if you want to pass an English test and if you want to study in an English-speaking university.

Reading [...]