Teaching Resources

A New ESL Conversation Website-Real English Conversations

Real English Conversations provides ESL resources for both teachers and students that focus on developing stronger speaking and listening skills for the real-world communication. There are various free resources on the website (as well as paid options) that are helpful to students between the pre-intermediate and upper advanced levels including full lessons from their top-rated podcast.

A teaching tip to include CNC material to teach low level LINC Classes

A good way to review the Canadian map is to share material from the childminding room. Teachers do not need to develop their own puzzle and it is a good activity as a warm up. Ss in small groups will complete the Canada map together and review the name of the provinces, territories and its capitals or main cities. Visit the childimiding room to check materials or games that may be useful in your classroom. Liliana Dominguez(CLB1-2 Instructor at Saskatchewan Intercultural Association)

A Video Resource for Employment Related Language Programs

A useful video resource for our members and any institutions who are involved in pre-employment and other employment-related language programs. This is a video production originally shared by ISANS, an organization for immigrant settlement services in Nova Scotia.

Password: 123spider

COVID-19 Fact Sheet in Multiple Languages

35 languages are currently supported in this resource.

All of these materials are reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals. These materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing. These materials are freely available for download and distribution without copyright restrictions.

COVID-19: Video Health Message (Tagalog)

Dr. Effie Savoy explains COVID-19 in Tagalog for ESL speakers.

This video is in Tagalog and can be shared with learners. Dr. Savoy is a family doctor based in Swift Current, SK.

English Language TV Series

CITY SASKATCHEWAN will be broadcasting a new ESL series that may be of interest to your organization or members.

This new series is a 120-episode, half-hour TV series that will be shown for the first time in this province. The series has been reviewed by and will be incorporated into the LINC program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. This is a great resource for newcomers to Saskatchewan who want to improve their English language skills – and will be of interest to learners at many levels. The episodes are segmented and cover many social, cultural and business topics and language skills.

Let's Talk English is a variety-style program with 6-7 features per episode designed to help viewers learning English improve their communication skills — speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary, grammar and cultural knowledge.

The series differentiates itself from traditional classroom resources by approaching lessons in a contemporary manner similar to the online videos and internet learning communities.

And Let's Talk English is more than just vocabulary. The show helps newcomers integrate into the community by developing soft skills — raising cultural awareness in North American behavior and customs.

WEDNESDAYS AT 2:00 pm and 2:30pm REPEATS FRIDAYS AT 1:00pm and 1:30pm – Channel info is below.

Location not listed? contact your cable provider for channel number

Jigsaw Instruction Videos

Two instructional videos.

The first one is 3 minutes and best for teachers who really are not familiar with how a jigsaw lesson works:

The second one is 9 minutes and best for teachers who want to learn how use a jigsaw most effectively or how to make their own:

New TESL Program at the University of Manitoba

Extended Education at the University of Manitoba launched a new program in 201, a Letter of Accomplishment in Teaching English as a Second Language (LOA: TESL 1).

Some exciting aspects of the new program include the following:

  • It is comprised of 100 hours of course content ranging from Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Second Languageto Teaching in Practice: Reading and Vocabulary to Resources Development and Integration, and 20 hours of a practicum for a total of 120 contact hours.
  • It is accredited by TESL Canada for Professional Standard One.
  • It is offered fully online, with the exception of the practicum which is offered face-to-face.
  • It can be completed in a minimum of two terms or up to a maximum of five years.

For more information on the program and courses, please visit their website.

SARN (Saskatchewan Action Research Network)

Our previous monthly blogs have focused on heroes/heroines that history has largely forgotten. But not this month. This month, our blog focuses on Jane Addams–a true EAL heroine remembered for helping establish the Settlement House movement in the U.S. which, in turn, helped thousands of the immigrants pouring into America in the early 20th century. Moreover, she is remembered for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership for women's rights, worker's rights, the rights of children and her courageous fight to avoid World War I with Germany.

Settlement Mobility Issues Due to COVID-19 (via IRCC & IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has shared analytical snapshots regarding migration and mobility issues stemming from COVID-19. Information and snapshot links below are provided in both official languages.

COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots


International Organization for Migration (IOM) | Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM)

Published online March 30-May 1, 2020 | Publié en ligne du 30 mars au 1er mai 2020

The IOM has produced COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots, a series of 1-2 page snapshots on the latest analyses from around the world on the migration and mobility-related issues stemming from COVID-19.

L'OIM a produit « COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots », une série d'instantanés de 1 à 2 pages sur les dernières analyses du monde entier sur les questions de migration et de mobilité découlant de COVID-19.

“These COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots are designed to capture the latest information and analysis in a fast-moving environment. Topics will be repeated from time to time as analysis develops. If you have an item to include, please email us at [email protected].”

Current topics | Sujets d'actualité :

  • #1 – Tools and Resources
  • #2 – Modern mobility systems and pandemics
  • #3 – Travel restrictions & mobility
  • #4 – Consular and other assistance for stranded migrants and travellers

FR Assistance consulaire et autre forme d’assistance pour les migrants et voyageurs bloqués

  • #5 – Migration research & analysis
  • #6 – Stigmatization & discrimination

FR – Stigmatisation et discrimination

  • #7 – Displaced population impacts
  • #8 – Displacement events
  • #9 – Immigration detention
  • #10 – Economic impact on migrants

FR – Impacts économiques sur les migrants

  • #11 – Implications for development

FR – Implications pour le développement

  • #12 – Global migration governance

FR – Gouvernance mondiale des migrations

· #13 – Irregularity, protection & smuggling

FR Irrégularité, protection et trafic

· #14 – Human trafficking

FR – Traite des êtres humains

· #15 – Migrants on the front line

· #16 – International remittances

· #17 – Impacts on migrant children and youth

· #18 – Migrants & global food supply

· #19 – Misinformation on migration & migrants

· #20 – Migration research & analysis UPDATE

· #21 – Tools and resources UPDATE

· #22 – Cities & local authorities

· #23 – Travel restrictions and mobility UPDATE

· #24 – Technology to support analysis and responses

· #25 – Gender dimensions

· #26 – Stranded migrants

· #27 – Child protection

· #28 – Impacts on Immigration Policies

· #29 – Stigmatization and Discrimination UPDATE

Download the Snapshots | Télécharger les «Snapshots » (en anglais) :


French translation is ongoing | La traduction française est en cours. Actuellement disponible :


See also | Voir aussi : MRS No. 60 – Migrants and the COVID-19 pandemic: An initial analysis

“Authored by Lorenzo Guadagno, this Migration Research Series paper offers an initial analysis of the specific ways migrants have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also presents the diverse measures which have been adopted in receiving and origin countries to prevent, mitigate and address the negative impacts of the pandemic. Its objective is to provide insights for more inclusive and effective COVID-19 responses as the pandemic unfolds to ensure that migrants are duly included.”

Other key IOM resources | Autres ressources clés de l’OIM (en anglais) :

TED & USask Talk by Dr. Hyunjung Shin

Talk title: What a PhD couldn't teach me about diversity.

Dr. Hyunjung Shin, professor at University of Saskatchewan gives a talk on diversity. Dr. Shin was a session presenter at TESL Sask / SK TEAL Conference in Saskatoon in April, 2019. 

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