English as a Second Language

VESL Tutor Tips

The Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project of Calgary supports the professional development of volunteer ESL tutors. It is a collaborative effort of Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. It has produced a VESL (Volunteering with ESL Learners) Tutor Tips guide. This 50 page document was created y ELL… Read more

An Orientation to ESL for ALL

The Alberta Government and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) have launched a new online self-study course, An Introduction to ESL for ALL. An Introduction to ESL for ALL is a 20-hour online, asynchronous training course based on Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adult Literacy Learners (ESL for ALL). This… Read more

Language Learning for Health

If you are an ESL/LINC instructor and would like to include health topics in your teaching, Language Learning for Health is a series of resources, developed by Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, which you can use. The most recent additions in this series focus on physical activity, dental health, and mental health…. Read more


Would your learners be interested in reading about Minecraft? Recycling? Tokyo Disneyland? Street Magic with David Blaine? History of Sushi? You’ll find these topics and much more at Dreamreader.net, a website created by two experienced EFL instructors. It provides free online reading practice at various reading levels, organized into: Easy English, Interesting English, Fun English,… Read more

Law-related ESL lessons

The Clicklaw Wikibooks Learn & Teach series has two resources of special interest to adult ESL instructors and settlement workers in BC. Law-related ESL Lessons are designed to provide sample lessons on legal topics of interest to newcomers to Canada. These lessons are geared to different LINC levels and are aligned with Canadian Language Benchmark… Read more

Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for ALL

The Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL) is the newly-released update of the CLB 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners. The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) framework is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language (ESL), containing 12 benchmarks or reference points, from basic to advanced. Within the CLB… Read more