Students write to a newspaper


A traffic jam in Vancouver
Mark Woodbury/Flickr

Submitted by: Jennifer Partridge, West Point Grey United Church,
ESL teacher

Jennifer Partridge’s students wrote letters to a newspaper.
They wanted to write about Vancouver’s traffic problems.
The learners also wanted to talk about solutions.
Here are three of their letters:

Think about what issues affect your community.
Write to your mayor or city council or local newspaper.
Jennifer’s class did!

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Why can’t girls play baseball?

South Vancouver Little League team wins the Canadian championship. Photo courtesy of Connie Mah.

South Vancouver Little League team wins the Canadian championship.
Photo courtesy of Connie Mah

A girl from Vancouver becomes part of history.

Adapted from The Province by Nancy Carson
Level 2

South Vancouver’s Little League
baseball team was in the U.S.
for two weeks this summer.

The team won the Canadian
championships in Quebec,
in early August.

So, they won the chance to go to
the Little League World Series.
The series is always in the U.S.

Someone unusual
People at the series closely watched
one Vancouver player, Emma March.
They watched an American girl, too.
Why? Emma and Mo’ne Davis,
are only the 17th and 18th girls
to play in the series in 68 years!

Take a look at these Little League players in action:

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Listen to the story Why can’t girls play baseball? – Level 2 
Reading by: Corey Muench

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October is Foster Family Month


Chris Tait lived in 30 different foster homes. Photo: Jenelle Schneider / The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul

October is Foster Family Month in B.C.
Foster care is a way to give a family life
to children and teens
who cannot live with their own 

There are about 3,200 foster parents in B.C.
They care for 5,900 children and teens in B.C.
Many of these parents are reaching retirement age.
So B.C. needs more foster parents, says Stephanie Cadieux,
the Minister of Children and Family Development.

Becoming a foster parent
Foster parents can come from any cultural, social and ethnic background.
If you are 19 years or older,
you can apply to become a foster parent.
The ministry will check your background and
check your references. It will also do a criminal record check.
The process takes about three months.

Read the story about Chris Tait. He is a success story.

For information on becoming a foster parent, visit or call the Foster Line toll-free at 1-800-663-9999.