The Westcoast Reader at the Vancouver Christmas Market


A giant Nutcracker mannequin
Photo credit: Ana-Maria Gheorghiu

The Westcoast Reader was at the Vancouver Christmas Market.

The Market is a German-style event.
In Germany, Christmas markets are
a tradition of over 700 years.

Thousands of visitors come every year
to see the attraction.

At the Market, you can find delicious German foods,
handmade Christmas ornaments and wooden toys.

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Happy Hanukkah from the Westcoast Reader team!


Children watching a Hanukkah menorah
Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam (elana’s pantry – Flickr)

Today is the first night of Hanukkah,
the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights.
A well-known symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah,
a nine-branch candle holder.

If you want to learn more about this holiday
or teach about it in class, click here
to find an extensive teacher’s guide with stories,
images, lesson plans and activities.

How to play dreidel

Shalom Sesame: The Missing Menorah

Happy Hanukkah!

Our Haiku Contest winners – Congratulations!


BIG NATE © 2010 Lincoln Peirce.
Reprinted by permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK for UFS.
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Many thanks to all of you who entered The Westcoast Reader Haiku Contest.

We enjoyed reading every one of your poems!
All entries this time were from adult learners,
so the three prizes will go to adults.

Congratulations to our three winners
who wrote their haiku about the topic “school”!
We will be in touch.

The winners are:

I am a mother
I want to love English class
as much as coffee
Julia, LINC 3, Windsor School in Burnaby

The sun is sleeping
Students in the little class
Teacher is smiling
– Yuebo Fang, LINC 4, Educacentre College in Vancouver 

Before, we felt lost
Today, we study at school
Tomorrow, we win.
–Aileen and Nicolas, LINC 3, Educacentre College in Vancouver