Friday, March 29, 2019

Do We Have School Today?

Do we have school today?

Polaris Career Center:  Check the Polaris Career Center website.  Even if the high school is closed, adult education classes will remain open.

English and Pathways for Healthcare Professionals:  if Cleveland State University is closed, there will be no class.

You can sign up to receive school closing alerts for your phone or check the Internet:  

Fox 8 News

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Week of January 21

Does this look familiar to you? I hope everyone stayed warm and safe this weekend.
Let's begin by reviewing our words and phrases from last week:

WOD: considerate, indulge
POD: to bite the dust, to hit the spot

On Monday there is no school because we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 3rd Monday of every January. You can read more about him here and listen to his famous "I have a Dream" speech with subtitles below.

Watch the video from Speak English with Vanesa to see how how to use the word "though" in normal conversation.

Learn about some common English vocabulary mistakes. Choose the correct answer and see how well you did.

Please do not forget to continue practicing your past participles with the Quizlets and game from last week. We will continue to work on this in class for a few more days and then take a quiz on the 3rd form.

Guess what time it is? Time to begin thinking about filing your 2018 tax return. To learn more about filing taxes (and to practice listening in English), watch the 3 videos below.

You can also practice your business and tax vocabulary by taking some quizzes (they are a bit difficult!):

Friday, January 11, 2019

Week of January 14th

Welcome back to ESL class! This past week we watched 2 videos about creating mini-goals for improving our English in 2019. If you keep your goals short, you are more likely to reach them. We also wrote sentences in future tense. You can review the videos below.

Some people make financial goals for a new year. Here is a budget worksheet to help you keep your money organized so you can save for future goals such as traveling, education, buying a home, etc.

Make a Budget

This week in class we will begin learning about the present perfect tense. I have created 2 Quizlets for you to practice the simple past tense and past participles with irregular verbs.

Past Participles A-K

Past Participles L-Z

I believe I can Fly

Please watch the video below to learn more about the present perfect tense and when we use it. (The second video is in British English, but spoken slowly).

Most of you are aware that the federal government has been shut down for 21 days as of Friday. The video below explains more about the situation.

You can read about it in the article The Partial Government Shutdown.

Finally, let's review our words and phrases of the day from the past week:

WOD: abundant, compromise
POD: take a crack at it, to be swamped

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Week of December 17

It's time for our 3rd Quizlet! Practice your vocabulary words:

Read about the origins of Christmas on

Find out why Christmas is celebrated on December 25.

Learn the difference between "by" and "until" in the video below.

Do you know what a phrasal verb is? The English language has many of them. The video below focuses on phrasal verbs with "GET". 

Practice using "get" as a phrasal verb:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Week of December 10

This past week we focused on the theme 'traveling' . In case you were absent, you will have the opportunity to give a presentation on December 12 (Wed.) or 17 (Mon.).

You will answer the question: Where would you recommend people go if they visit your country?

You will have 3-5 minutes to complete your presentation. There is a sign-up paper in the classroom for each class for you to choose a date. You should discuss 3-4 things people can do in the city you recommend and can use powerpoint or bring photos on a flashdrive.

You will also write your presentation and turn it in. Here is a sample paragraph and you can listen to a sample presentation.

We also listened to a long dialogue called Meg's Travels. I recommend you listen again and practice.

Below is a video called 4 Secrets to Having an American Accent. Let me know what you learn!

Several of you are still struggling with common irregular verbs and understanding the past continuous tense. We will continue practicing more in class next week if we have time.  In the meantime, here are more exercises:

Next week is post-testing! Please do your best to attend class either Monday or Wednesday, but I hope you can come both days. You are required to take a pre-test and post-test to participate in our program.

Finally, if you find the USA Learns website helpful, continue practicing your reading and comprehension.

Do you ever send greeting cards to friends and family? Perhaps you are unsure what you should write inside. The websites below give you ideas for many occasions.