HAPPY ESL WEEK! (And happy everything else, too!)

It seems every time I check the calendar, there’s another reason to celebrate another aspect of our lives or society.  A few weeks ago, it was National ‘Hug a Drummer’ Day.  I guess drummers in bands don’t get a lot of respect.  And apparently there is an ‘Edible Book Day’.  Did you know about this?  It’s true.  Literature and snacks all in one.

Hug a Drummer Day.  https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net
Hug a Drummer Day. https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net
These books are cakes. http://library.law.wisc.edu
These books are cakes. http://library.law.wisc.edu

Today however, I wish you Happy ESL Week!  Oct. 21st-25 is English as a Second Language Week in Canada.  It is a time to recognize the valuable work our ESL teachers do, the exciting progress our ESL students make, and the significant impact language has in transforming lives.  Canada thrives on change and diversity, and the ESL field contributes so much to the values and identity of Canadians.

If you are studying ESL in Canada, congratulations!  You should be proud of the hard work you are doing to achieve your dreams.

If you are teaching ESL, thank you!  You should be proud to be an ambassador for the new participants in Canada’s culture.

For anyone who has learned a second language, you know how much power it gives you.  From everyone here at CultureWorks, Ontario’s leading on-campus ESL & EAP school, happy ESL week everyone!

In honour of ESL Week,  enjoy the beautiful artwork below submitted by ESL students for a contest held by TESL Ontario.   Aren’t they awesome? Other significant ESL contributors to our society include TESL Canada and Tutela.

Interestingly, it is Canadian Citizenship Week too.  The two go hand in hand, actually.  If you are downtown Toronto or by Niagara Falls tonight, check out the colours!  It should look really cool, and Canadian!

www.teslontario.net
www.teslontario.net
www.teslontario.net
www.teslontario.net

I love all the wonderful days we get to recognize.  It’s great!  I just wish they were holidays.