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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Online General Interest Magazines: A Source of Authentic Meaningful English

ESL textbooks provide the foundation students need to improve their English skills. To be able to advance to higher levels of English though, these books are simply insufficient and students have to be exposed to other sources of language input beyond the classroom walls.
 
A variety of printed materials (newspapers, magazines, travel brochures, restaurant menus, catalogues etc.) are valuable sources of high-quality easily-accessible language input that open a window to understanding ‘the real English’ our students are eager to learn. In addition to being unscripted, these resources are motivational as they can  be selected based on students’ personal interests and relevance to their lives.
 
Help your students develop a habit of daily reading of materials that haven’t been especially adapted to ESL programs.
 
Below is a list of Canadian magazines that expose learners to current, relevant and stimulating language in a variety of contexts. Canadian content is an additional bonus for Canadian ESL learners or anyone interested in Canadian culture specifics. Let your students find and choose their own input:
 
http://thewalrus.ca/ - a general interest magazine about Canada

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/ - in-depth articles about Canadian people, places and issues with stunning photography

http://rd.ca - considered to be the most-read Canada’s magazine featuring real-life stories, remarkable Canadians, humor, health, lifestyle

http://www.canadashistory.ca/

http://www.canadianliving.com/ - a lifestyle magazine (food, fashion, health, family relationships)

http://www.chatelaine.com/ - women’s lifestyle

http://www2.macleans.ca/ - a current affairs magazine

http://sgnews.ca/ - a news magazine

http://www.faze.ca - a magazine for young Canadians (youth culture, style, music, health and fitness etc.), great for students who have teen-aged children

http://glow.shoppersdrugmart.ca/ -a health and beauty magazine

http://www.lawnow.org/columns/ - a magazine that focusses on legal issues

http://www.ivillage.ca - content-based community for women

http://www.arcticjournal.ca/ - topics related to world’s polar regions

http://www.alive.com - a health and wellness magazine

http://www.geist.com - a literary magazine, look for articles that don’t require subscription such as http://www.geist.com/topics/francis-daniel/article written with a good sense of humor
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:14 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment



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