Unicef donation drive: join us in helping kids get back to school * Intermediate Jetstream is in! * Moving into English for Academic Study: Science * How many conferences can there seriously be in one month?
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October eNewsletter!


We normally start off our newsletter with new publications. We were particularly moved by a current Unicef fundraising campaign, though, and we decided to dedicate top slot to raising awareness... and donations!
Help children living in crisis get back to school
Today, we are faced with multiple emergencies all over the world. Conflict, natural disasters and climate-change events mean that 462 million children now live in crisis-affected areas and 75 million of them have had their education interrupted or have had to abandon it altogether to flee to safety. For these children, back to school may never come.

Education is especially important for children during times of crises, giving them a sense of normalcy and hope for the future in the midst of violence, instability and disaster. It provides them with the skills to build better, safer, healthier lives for themselves, their families and their communities.
UNICEF is there, on the ground before, during and after a crisis hits. Unicef has always provided temporary learning spaces, rebuilt schools, established accelerated and alternative learning programs, trained teachers and provided school children with vital school supplies. But with today’s global emergencies they are seeing a severe education-funding shortfall, in 2015 only 12% of children living in crisis and in need of education were reached.

Please join English Central in donating school supply kits today and help more children receive the essentials they need to continue to learn.

Each kit costs only $3.71 and contains a backpack, an exercise book and pencils. A donation of:
  • $26 will provide 7 children supplies
  • $53 will help 14 children
  • $102 will provide supplies to 27 children
For every person who clicks the link below to donate, English Cental will match the donation*. On Halloween, kids no longer come around with those little orange collection boxes; let's keep the tradition of working with Unicef at this time of year, though, and do some good at little expense. Please join us and donate today!

* We will match any contributions made by October 31st, 2016 up to a maximum of 300 backpacks. Note that this campaign is through Unicef Canada - for our US readers, you can participate nevertheless; plus, the exchange rate means that this is even easier for you to help!
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Intermediate and Beginner levels of American Jetstream now available!

We have said it before and we will say it again: we love Jetstream! The intermediate level grabs your curiosity and attention by the horns and doesn't let go for 174 pages!
Oh, Jetstream, why do we love you so?
  1. The content introduces students and teachers alike to new, interesting things
  2. The underlying approach embraces social media and mobile devices
  3. There is an emphasis on useful everyday language, memory work and communication skills.
We could go on, but there are only so many hours in the day. The point is that it is all good and a breath of fresh air as far as general English, integrated skills courses go. You'd be crazy not to at least take a closer look at it! (Start on our website, where there is a longer description, some sample videos, units and table of contents.)

We have to say that thanks to the unit on music, we have been introduced to the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (their music has been on endless repeat for the past week!).

(We are expecting the Upper Intermediate level in December and the Advanced level in January... and then the seies will be complete!)
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Watch this recorded webinar of Jetstream author Jeremy Harmer walking us through the exciting features of the series... and find out about some more great international musicians at the same time!

A Special Kind of EAP: (Moving into) English for Specific Academic Purposes (Science)

Garnet Education broke the mold a number of years ago when they launched the English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) series. They even won the prestigious English Speaking Union prize for it! In a nutshell, this series was not ESP or EAP; rather, it was language and academic skills for students planning to study particular subjects in English-medium, post-secondary schools. What a non-native speaker of English needs in order to study Engineering in English differs considerably from what another person needs to study Hospitality in English, and this series addresses that reality.

Last year, Garnet launched a lower-level version of the ESAP series and it is called Moving into ESAP. There are now five titles available in this series, the most recent addition being Moving into Science. We got a number of early users for this particular title, so we thought we should make sure everyone knows it is available. As always, contact us if you this this might be a good fit for your program. In the meantime, read more on our website!

Just a reminder: click on the "Sample Pages & Links" tab to see the table of contents as well as sample pages from the student book, teacher's book and workbook.
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Fun and Games for Halloween!

We have been selling the AGO card games for a few years now and they have been quite popular. Why? Well, an obvious first answer is that it is great to have some some appropriate games to use in the ESL classroom. Another answer is that they are very useful pedagogically: they are a fun way of drilling (and automatizing) useful sentence and question patterns!

AGO has now branched out and made some holiday-specific games. It makes sense that at this time of year we would mention that there is a Halloween game available. For more information (including a video walk-through) or to buy, please visit our website by clicking the button directly below.
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The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Hall of Fame I The New School
Is it possible to get enough Scott Thornbury? Here is an interesting talk of his called The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Hall of Fame.
(We are always here to enable teachers getting their geek on!)

Conference season is upon us!

For all the conferences we will and (won't) be going to this month, check out our blog. Note that our new Mid West sales rep, Ellen, has a full dance card, driving to a different conference every weekend!

Industry News

Honestly, we haven't come across too much worth reporting on this month. What stood out for us is an acticle by Vincent Tinto arguing that self-reliance and perseverance play a key role in student success. We also have posted an interesting article on "to ban or not to ban" cell phones in school (sorry to perpetuate the debate!).

Check out our blog for all the news we saw fit to print!


How do you Teach Idioms?

Teachers will sometimes do wonderful things to help their students. Take the 25-year-old English teacher in Vietnam, who created a parody of a popular Vietnamese pop song to teach 19 English idioms. Even though we can't understand anything other than the idioms, it is pretty entertaining!
There seems to be a ridicuous amount of partisanship, bigotry, hatred and conflict at home and abroad these days. We can't help but think that we would be somewhat better off if we simply made a point of truly opening our ears and our hearts to each other. With this in mind, we wanted to share these words from philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965):

It takes a lifetime to learn how to be able to hold your own ground, to go out to the others, to be open to them without losing your ground. And to hold your ground without shutting others out.
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