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ESL Stories


The following links will take you to stories submitted by educators. Each story documents specific experiences, challenges and success stories of ESL students and their teachers. These stories range from insights into the experiences of the ESL student in the Canadian classroom, to their education experiences in their home country. In addition, you will hear about teacher's ESL strategies used in Canada and abroad.

Teaching ESL Students in Canada

Teaching ESL/EFL Abroad

ESL Students’ Canadian Experiences

ESL Students’ Experiences Abroad

Issues of Cultural Diversity

The Need for More ESL Support

Learning a Second Language



Teaching ESL Students in Canada


Teaching technique for teaching ESL students (adults)

Affecting waves: coaching newcomers

Student teacher

Working together

Communication between the ESL and classroom teachers

First language and culture in the classroom

If you care, student will learn

ESL in the gym

Being an ESL teacher

The benefits of cooperative learning

First experiences

An interesting conversation

The problem of the mole role

“Come back!”

Strategies for teacher/parent communication

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Teaching ESL/EFL Abroad


Teaching ESL in South Korea

Grade 1 and 2 ESL teacher

By the end of the year they grasped the English language

An experience that changed my life

Connexion de Toronto à Jonquière

The Taiwan experience

Being an EFL teacher

A whole new world

Learning Thai: Rising tone/falling tone? I still don’t understand

The benefits of learning a new language

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ESL Students’ Canadian Experiences


Why Canada?

Student to student connections

“Language difference effects friendship”

Diverse immigrant experiences

Coming to Canada

Some English learning tips

The story of my immigration to Canada

Humber College students ESL learning experience

Canada vs. the home country

Coming to Canada

Studying abroad

An immigrant’s experience

“I feel comfortable in Canada”

“I like Canada”

“My experience in Canada”

“The more English I learn, the more friends I made”

ESL and immigration

Goodbye, Canada!

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ESL Students’ Experiences Abroad


New country, new self

A brief story on my studying in the States

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Issues of Cultural Diversity


Not just a language, but a whole new culture!

A challenge with some newcomer ESL students

Cultural differences

Easing newcomer students into the Canadian culture

Ethical dilemma with a neighbour

Teacher candidate

Critical incident

Why are they laughing at me?

Challenge encountered by an ESL student

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The Need for More ESL Support


A lack of time

To be an ESL teacher


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Learning a Second Language


Learning in Coimbra 

Learning Hindi 

Kindergarten in Mexico

Student exchange

Somewhat the same

Second language learner

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