Thursday, November 15, 2018

Week of November 19

First - a funny Thanksgiving video!

Thanksgiving is an American holiday where people celebrate with family, friends, food, and football! Many people watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade which is in New York City. It is also a time where many Americans begin thinking about buying gifts for Christmas and many stores have good sales. Black Friday is the name of the day after Thanksgiving. You can look at some websites to help you learn more about Thanksgiving.

Here is a video where you can hear the Thanksgiving story and practice your listening.

This is a short video where you will learn some idioms related to Thanksgiving. 

Complete a short crossword puzzle

Read this article about Black Friday and answer the questions on a separate piece of paper,

You can watch a slideshow about the Macy's Parade and read about each picture.

It's time to review your Word of the Day and Phrase of Day vocabulary again! Go to Quizlet to practice in 7 different ways.

This past week we learned about holidays and celebrations. Challenge yourself by learning more Holidays and Special Events Vocabulary in English. 

 Tipping in the USA. During the holidays, many people eat out more while they are shopping and running errands. How familiar are you with our tipping policy?

In this lesson, you will learn new vocabulary, 10 phrasal verbs, and watch a video about tipping customs. You can also read about a man who things we should end the tipping custom in the USA.     Tipping Waiters and Waitresses

Friday, November 9, 2018

Week of November 12

Veterans Day is November 11th every year. It is also called Armistice Day. Below is a video to learn more. You can also read about it and print out exercises to practice your vocabulary at this website:

This past week we practiced adjectives ending with -ed and -ing. Watch the video below for a quick review. Practice more here and here.

What do you think about this Dutch man who wants to legally change his age?

Here is another video to help you with your pronunciation.

Finally, you can practice your listening and writing skills by listening to dictations. There are elementary, intermediate, and advanced options. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Week of November 4

November is a time for voting, falling leaves, comfort food, warm clothes, and Thanksgiving. What is November like in your country?

Vocabulary for warm clothes

Holidays in the USA: Reading

Practice your pronunciation of dropping the letter "h" in connected speech. Engvid 

Soon we will begin practicing our irregular past tense verbs. Try this Quizlet to see how much you already know.

Irregular Verb Jeopardy (type your name and choose 1-player game)

Irregular Verbs I

Irregular Verbs II

Irregular Verbs III

Irregular Verbs IV

Practice your reading! 
There are many opinions about getting the flu vaccine (flu shot). Reading an article about a new drug recently approved.

A New Drug is Approved for Flu

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Week of October 29

Halloween is an exciting time of year for many people. Children enjoy dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and getting treats from neighbors.

Below are some videos and readings about Halloween:

Reading 1
Reading 2
Reading 3
Reading 4

Learn 100 Common English Phrases and Sentence Patterns - practice listening

Daylight Saving Time is on Sunday, November 4. Most people turn their clocks 
back one hour before they go to bed on Saturday night. 
Learn more about Daylight Saving Time in the video below.

Election day is Tuesday, November 6! In order to vote, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • by 18 years old
  • not be a convicted felon

Here is another video to watch and an election day reading activity.

November and December are big shopping months in the U.S.A.

Practice this shopping vocabulary. You can also watch the video to learn more vocabulary.

Vocabulary exercise
Listening exercise 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Week of October 22

Review all of the word-of-the day and phrase-of-the day vocabulary we have learned so far. There are eight activities you can do.

Last week we learned how to agree with the words so, too, either, and neither. You can watch the videos below to review the rules.

Grammar Rules          Exercise 1      Exercise 2          Exercise 3

This week we will discuss weddings and marriages this week. Below are some related idioms you can learn.
Idiom Connection

Do you know how to write an American check? Watch the video below or see step-by-step directions.