About my ESL teaching blog

I’m using this blog as a place to collect useful information, links, photos, and ideas, especially for my ESL students who are new to Edmonton.  Some posts are about local activities, events, and places of interest.  Some are about ways to improve your English skills.  Other posts will include photos and things that I have done, with or without my students.  Check the categories to find what you’re looking for.

My ESL career probably started when my family moved to Thailand for 2 years, when I was a young girl. Because we lived there, we had the opportunity to travel around the world. It was so exciting to see so many places at a young age. I always wanted to travel some more, but I got busy with a career in Social Work, marriage, and raising children in Canada. Once my kids grew up, it was time to return to world travel.

I took a short TESOL course to learn how to teach ESL, and chose Viet Nam as an interesting place to live. I didn’t really know much about Viet Nam except that there was a very long war there, and I knew that I liked the food and it had a very long coastline. It seemed like a good place to begin. I thought I would go for at least 3 months, and see how things worked out. 3 years later, it was finally time to return to my family and my homeland.

While I was living, teaching and travelling in Viet Nam, I realized that I loved teaching ESL, and I chose that as my second career. I took the CELTA certificate from Cambridge University, and then a diploma in TESOL from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Next it was time to get ESL work in Canada. Luckily, I found CCI/LEX before returning to Canada. I’ve been teaching here since August/2011, and it’s a lot of fun to teach students from all over the globe (nobody from Antarctica yet!).

Please explore this site and use any information and links that are useful to you. Leave a comment anywhere, and let me know if you have any questions. Happy Learning!

Rain fell every afternoon around 4 or 5, flooding many streets and businesses

Rain fell every afternoon around 4 or 5, flooding many streets and businesses

18 comments on “About my ESL teaching blog

  1. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

    • Hey, thanks Martin! It’s not exactly a standard blog of my thoughts and feelings, but I think of it more as a bulletin board where I can post everything that I think might be useful or interesting for my students.

      • I kind of feel the same way about my ESL blog. I started another blog more dedicated to my feelings and thoughts that aren’t teaching or education related. Still I wanted to nominate your blog for that reason.

  2. Thanks for the follow! I teach in Taiwan so I am very excited to connect with your site 🙂

  3. Wonderful blog! I was searching desperately for a reading to do with summer as I begin a new class and came across your post about camping at Maligne Lake. Great writing and Canadian. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Karen! My blog is a mixture of things, but I primarily have my students in mind, as I share events in the city, different experiences, and helpful links for language study.

  4. Hi Ellen!

    I wanted to reach out to you about private tutoring. Is there an e-mail I can reach you at?

    If not, please feel free to send me an e-mail at the address attached. Thanks!

  5. Hello, I would like to study English in Edmonton and need to know if you could direct me to a school that offers English classes for 8 weeks because I did not find on the Internet or, if you could give private lessons in English and what would be the cost, quantity times per week, and duration of the class. Please wait your return via email, you have my address. Thank you.

    • Hi Marcelo: CCI/LEX (780) 944-0792, where I teach, has continuous enrollment and a lot of students study for only 1-2 months, if they’re only around for a short time. I can do a little bit of private tutoring, but I don’t have much free time in the summer. My email is ellenjoannecampbell@gmail.com I didn’t see yours.

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