Thursday, June 11, 2020

Summer Activities Survey

Hello, students of the YMCA!

Please help us out by answering this survey regarding your needs for info sessions and English practice over the summer.

Thank you!

Monday, June 8, 2020

St. Lawrence Seaway

Hello, Amir and other students of the seniors' class!

Amir is a civil engineer. He loves to study English for talking about bridges, dams, tunnels, ports, etc. This week we are talking about the importance of ports and shipping. We can integrate this information with a lesson on Canada by studying the St. Lawrence Seaway, don't you think?

Here are some resources we will be using this week, which is our last week of school until September.

What is the Saint Lawrence Seaway?

Windsor is a port city. Detroit has been a port since 1933.

What is the history of this water transportation system? Warning: this very old video uses ethnic stereotype cartoons. :(

This Seaway Map is fascinating. I love looking up information about the freighters I see on the Detroit River. There is even a Facebook group for people who love to watch the ships and look up information about them.

lock (n.)
dam (n.)
tanker (n.)
freighter (n.)
canal (n.)
cargo (n.)
steel (n.)

Can you use this learner's dictionary to look up definitions?


  • What was the most interesting thing you learned by watching these videos and reading?
  • Talk about the relationship between the big cargo ships and the car manufacturing industry that was so central to the economies of Detroit and Windsor for so many decades.
  • Do you ever watch big freighters pass by when you are down by the river?

Friday, June 5, 2020

Summer 2020

Hello, dear students.

It's been almost three months since we have seen each other. Soon it will be summer break. I'm sorry we cannot have a picnic in Jackson Park nor go together to the Sculpture Park as in years past. We also missed out on a trip to the François Baby House and the long bus ride to the outdoor ping-pong table in Kiwanis Park. Wasn't it fun? If you search for the words "field trip" on this blog, you can reminisce.

Right now I am under isolation orders because I crossed the border last Saturday. I cannot go out for 14 days. My groceries are delivered.

It is my hope that you all take advantage of the many services offered this summer online. Take advantage of Ziad's computer lessons and Conversation Café every other Friday. Stay connected.

If you cannot read this jpg image, contact your orientation worker for the PDF.

Leave me a comment below with your first name if you want me to continue posting here over the summer. I love you all so much! Take good care.