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Free ESL Lesson Plan: Life In Canada

Free ESL Lesson Plan: Life In Canada

When to use this lesson on life in Canada
This is a great lesson to use with your pre-Intermediate students that are looking to practice speaking, reading, and grammar skills. Also, this is a fantastic lesson to use as a review with students moving to the intermediate level. Since this resource involves several speaking activities, you can rest assured that it is useful in larger classroom settings and for one on one tutoring.

It is important to note that this lesson contains lots of information about Canadian culture, you might want to introduce it to students that plan on moving there. It is also a great lesson to use when you want to introduce some new actions and vocabulary words related to animals, food, and geography. Though in general, I have noticed that most students are excited to learn about a new country— especially one that is home to so many different nationalities.

What skills wills students learn in this lesson?
This lesson contains several different activities that prompt students to speak and read in English. In this lesson, students will answer questions that ask them for information; these questions start with the words who, where, what, which, when, why and how. They will also work on personalizing situations that are presented to them. Finally, they will learn several vocabulary words to use in a variety of situations.

What will students learn about life in Canada?
This lesson plan on life in Canada is not only informative but interesting. As mentioned prior, students will learn to answer questions and new vocabulary words. These words and questions will revolve around Canadian geography, animals, foods, activities and general culture. More specifically, students will learn about the city of Toronto (Canada’s largest city).

How to teach this lesson
This lesson is used to develop speaking, vocabulary, reading and listening skills in English. With this, the lesson is densely packed with pictures and text. This is not to say the lesson is overwhelming, the text portions are short and the pictures are especially useful as references. With that being said, this lesson is conversational and different students answer questions in a variety of ways. My biggest suggestion is to use the warm up as an opportunity to gauge your students’ understanding of the content and then scaffold skills accordingly; start small and build up. Be sure to use the question prompts but also explain concepts that students are uncertain of. In any case, provide constructive feedback and encouragement throughout your time together. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to answer questions using their opinions and vocabulary derived from the slides.

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August 21, 2022

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  3. Welcome to Canada!

  4. Welcome to Canada! Toronto Rocky Mountains Canadian flag Canada The

    Great Lakes Ottawa
  5. Which Canadian animals do you know?

  6. Which Canadian animals do you know? salmon a beaver a

    moose a bear a chipmunk a racoon a skunk
  7. What do you know about Canada’s largest city?

  8. What do you know about Canada’s largest city? University of

    Toronto downtown Chinatown Koreatown Little Italy The Annex
  9. Fun things to explore in Toronto!

  10. Fun things to explore in Toronto! a ravine High Park

    to go cycling a bike lane Toronto Islands
  11. Food in Canada

  12. Food in Canada maple syrup Duck and rice pizza street

    food Vietnamese Pho poutine
  13. My name is Thomas. I live in Toronto, the largest

    city in Canada. Toronto is not the capital city of Canada. Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. Toronto is on the shore of Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are some of the biggest lakes in the world. Canada is a very big country; it is the second largest country in the world! I am a student. I study science at the University of Toronto. I hope to become a doctor when I finish university. The University of Toronto is the biggest university in Canada. The University of Toronto is located in the center of the city. We call the center of our city, the downtown.
  14. For lunch I like to go to Chinatown. Chinatown has

    many Asian restaurants and shops. In Chinatown, I like to order duck and rice. In Toronto we have many other interesting neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Little Portugal and Koreatown.
  15. to be continued… When I finish school I like to

    ride my bike. There are many bike lanes in this city. Toronto has many beautiful parks and ravines. Ravines are forest areas in the city. Each ravine has a river or creek that runs through it. Ravines are great places to ride your bike or to go for a run, because it is quiet and peaceful, right in the middle of the city. Canada has long winters. At the end of winter, we make maple syrup. Maple syrup is very sweet. It is made from sap, which comes out of maple trees at the end of winter and is collected. I love putting maple syrup on pancakes, waffles and French toast. It is delicious!
  16. Think about these questions! What can you remember about Canada?

    What is the capital city? What is the largest city? What animals does Canada have? What food do people eat? What can you remember about Toronto? Which groups of immigrants live there?
  17. Now, tell your teacher! Canada… (Where is it? Is it

    a large country?) Toronto is… (What do you know about this city?) There are many interesting animals like… My favorite animal from Canada is…
  18. Now, tell your teacher! People in Canada like to… (What

    do they like to do?) They also like to… In winter Canadians make maple syrup. It comes from… (Can you remember where it comes from?) If I visit Canada, I would like to…