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Computer Assisted Teaching of English
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Classics Canada Book 1
Authentic Readings for ESL Students


by Patricia Brock (Dawson College) and Brian John Bushy, Prentice Hall Regents Canada, Scarborough, Ontario: copyright 1995. ISBN 0-13-328972-9

by U Kyaw Tun (UKT) (M.S., I.P.S.T., USA) and staff of Tun Institute of Learning (TIL) . Not for sale. No copyright. Free for everyone. Prepared for students and staff of TIL Research Station, Yangon, MYANMAR :  http://www.tuninst.net , www.romabama.blogspot.com

UKT 141116:   This file was last updated on 020409Tue, when TIL was still a research branch of Soft Guide Computer. My intention was just to show my staff and students how ESL was taught. I have picked up this book among others because of its Canadian content. I have changed the original format of the ink-on-paper book to suit the TIL style which I believe is more suitable for the Internet. In my old format I have divided the contents into 2 files. I am now dividing it into six to the show how the lessons are organized.

The book is no longer available on the market. However you can get other similar online books, such as:
- http://www.esl-literacy.com/readers/index.html 141118

Now watch a video with another Canadian content:
#1. Canada, the second largest country in the world - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dthNwfVBK9E 160116

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Preface - roman-09
Each lesson, called Chapter, is divided into: Text, Glossary, Activities . The ink-on-paper book was written before the Internet came into use. At present, libraries are disappearing, taken over by the online libraries. These online libraries used together with Internet Search Engines gives the ESL student a much wider source of information.

Acknowledgements - roman-07
The ink-on-paper book gives Acknowledgements first and then Preface. I have now rearranged the two.

The first story about the First Nations aka  Amerindians that I had read as preteen child was "Little Footsteps Upon the Water" in an English Reader. Then I read many more while volunteering for the library of Ramakrishna Society on Thompson Street (now renamed Botahtaung Pagoda Rd). You can read these stories in Fireside Stories, in pdf format from the link below. At that time soon after WWII, my parents (U Tun Pe and Daw Hla May - both ethnic Burmese, and both  English speakers) and I, together with my cousin (U Saw Tun) were living at 221 Thompson St. just across the Ramakrishna Society building. I was going to a European Code private school - the SilvaDale English Primary School ran by Miss Nancy DeSilva, and her sister Miss Annie DeSilva. My thanks to them all. -- Fireside Stories (link chk 141120)

UKT notes :
There are two files which were under preparation when I stopped working on ESL because of lack of interest from all those I met in Yangon -- even from my own staff -- at the turn of the century. You can see them:
¤ ClassicsCanada1_Listening_Activity. htm
¤ ClassicsCanada1_Teacher's_Manual.htm

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Classics Canada: Authentic Readings for ESL Students is a reading series of authentic texts of Canadian literature for young adult and adult learners of ESL (English as a Second or a Foreign Language).

We have tried to reflect the many social, cultural, and linguistic groups that make up Canadian society. You will be exposed to the different ways Canadians write and speak so that, when you leave the classroom, you will be prepared to communicate with English speakers from all regions of Canada.

There are four levels in the series. In each level, there are two components:

• a student's book
• an audio cassette tape : UKT 141117 - I don't remember getting the tape

We suggest that you keep a journal in a notebook or a loose leaf binder. In the journal, you can write your answers to all the warm-up and reading activities, keep track of new vocabulary words and expressions, and experiment with the topics in the discussion and writing activities. If you wish, you may also record your thoughts and impressions of the reading selections and the library books.

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The student's book contains 15 chapters with a variety of texts and tasks. Each chapter follows this pattern:
 • warm-up activities
 • text
 • glossary
 • reading comprehension activity
 • listening comprehension activity
 • discussion and writing activities
 • library books


The Warm-Up consists of brief activities that are designed to acquaint you with the context of the selection and to interest you in reading it.


Each student's book in Classics Canada consists of short stories, poems, scenes from plays, and chapters from novels, reprinted in their complete, unaltered forms.

Although a few minor corrections have been made for the sake of accuracy, the literary texts are reproduced as published. As a result, there are some variations among the texts in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and the use of accent marks.

You will listen to the text on cassette and read it silently at the same time. You should not stop reading if you come across an unfamiliar word. Try to figure out the meaning of new words and expressions from the context.


The glossary defines new words and expressions according to the context of the story. As you listen to and read the story silently a second time, you should refer to these definitions.

If time permits, you can read the story a third time and write any words or expressions that are still unfamiliar to you in a journal. You may look them up in a dictionary, ask another student, or ask the teacher for the definitions, and write them in the journal.

Reading Activity

The reading comprehension activities are intended to teach you, not test you. There are activities on reading for the main ideas, reading for details, understanding the meaning of words from the context, and inferring meaning from what is not stated directly.

Listening Activity

The listening comprehension activities are designed to provide you with short, interesting texts spoken in English. There are meaningful tasks such as aural cloze, short responses, dictation, and interactive dictation.

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Discussion and Writing Activities

Several activities are suggested in each chapter. Some activities are more appropriate for oral work, others for written work. You could either choose one or more of these activities, or use an original idea of your own. It is best to vary these activities so that you do some on your own, others in pairs, and still others in small or large groups.

Library Books

The Library Books section lists reading material by the same author or on the same topic as the text. We strongly encourage you to read more on the topic outside of class time. That is, after all, the aim of the series.

We hope you enjoy reading the book as much as we have enjoyed writing it. We also hope you come to know and love Canada as much as we do. Please let us know what you think and how you feel about this book in the series. We look forward to meeting you again in Book 2 of Classics Canada: Authentic Readings for ESL Students.

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We are grateful to the following copyright holders for permission to reproduce and record the following texts:

"Loup-Garou" from Legendary Creatures / Creatures Légendaires 1990. Courtesy of Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario.

"Laura Secord" from Legendary Heroes / Heros Légendaires1992. Courtesy of Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario.

"Jerry Potts, Plainsman" from Legendary Heroes / Heros Légendaires 1992. Courtesy of Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario.

"The Blue," "A Sudden Measure," "The Grass," and "Indian Summer" from Rocky Mountain Foot by George Bowering. Used by permission of the Canadian Publishers, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto.

"Chinook" from Folktales / Contes Populaires 1991. Courtesy of Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario.

How Summer Came to Canada by William Toye, © Oxford University Press Canada, 1969. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. This retelling was freely based in part on the version in Canadian Wonder Tales by Cyrus Macmillan © The Bodley Head, Limited.

"Raven and the Whale" from Raven Creator of the World by Ronald Melzack. Reproduced by permission of the author.

Scenes from The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr © 1992 by Jovette Marchessault, English translation © 1992 by Linda Gaboriau, Talon Books Ltd., Vancouver, Canada.

The Fire Stealer retold by William Toye, © Oxford University Press Canada, 1979. Reproduced by permission of the publisher.

Roses Sing on New Snow. Text copyright © 1991 by Paul Yee, illustrations copyright © 1991 by Harvey Chan. A Groundwood Book/Douglas & McIntyre Ltd. (p.rom06end-p.rom07)

"A Poor Cottage" from "A Woman of the Foxes" in Yellow-Wolf and Other Tales of the Saint Lawrence by Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, English translation © 1990 by Jane Brierly. Published by Véhicule Press, Montréal, Québec.

"River of My Eyes" by Saint~Denys Garneau. Reprinted from Complete Poems of Saint-Denys Gameau, translated by John Glassco. Used by permission of Oberon Press, Ottawa.

"North Stream" from Selected Poems by F. R. Scott. Used by permission of the Canadian Publishers, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto.

"Waiting for the First Drop" by Raymond Souster is reprinted from Collected Poems of Raymond Souster by permission of Oberon Press, Ottawa.

The Enchanted Caribou by Elizabeth Cleaver. Used by permission of the author's estate.

Chapter 6 of Naomi's Road by Joy Kogawa. Used by permission of the author.

"What Do I Remember of the Evacuation?" from A Choice of Dreams by Joy Kogawa. Used by permission of the Canadian Publishers, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto.

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