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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Week of October 15th

For the next two weeks, our theme will be money. We will discuss many things, but I want you to think about any specific questions you have.

Below is a video about 11 phrasal verbs used for talking about money in English.

There is a saying that money cannot buy love or happiness. Do you agree? The Beatles wrote a song about this idea which we will listen to in class.

Here are two listening activities you can do about the topic of money. Once you listen, scroll down to "Vocabulary Activities" and complete the online exercises. You can also click on "quiz script" to read as you listen.

ABCs of Money Matters (difficult)                        College Scholarships (medium)

Did you know only about 40% of Americans use a budget? Here are a few resources to help you develop a budget:

Every Dollar
Well Kept Wallet
Dough Roller

We will also read an article called Can We Keep Schools Safe in our newspapers this week. There is a video below with an explanation of a lockdown drill in an elementary school. The language is slow and good for practicing your listening skills. You can write down any new vocabulary.

Grammar: Using "Do"

Questions with Do     Do - Negative     Learn English Online

Grammar: Present Unreal Conditionals


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Week of October 8th

This week we will continue our theme of Careers and Employment. We will learn some good resume and job interview tips. There are many resources in the Job & Career Placement section of this blog.

Read and listen about a successful job interview (level 4.5): A Successful Job Interview
Reading and listen about good employees (level 5.0): A Good Employee Gets the Good Jobs

Using English Grammar: Other, Others, Another

Exercise 1          Exercise 2          Exercise 3

Why do Leaves Change their Colors?

Have you ever wondered why leaves change their colors in the fall? Read the article below (there is an easy reading option) and complete the handout you received in class to discover why.

Science Made Simple

You can also watch a video about changing leaves. Write down new vocabulary words you learn.

Pronunciation Video

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Week of October 1st

This week we will practice expressing our opinions. We will learn how to agree and politely disagree with someone. Below is vocabulary to help you do this.

We will continue learning about simple present tense and present continuous verbs. There are some verbs, called non-action verbs, that are not usually used in the present continuous tense. Below is a chart of these verbs and exercises to practice them.

Spelling in English is not easy! Below is a list of common spelling rules for when you add "ed" or "ing" onto a verb.

The first week of class, we briefly discussed using an apostrophe (') to form contractions. Below is a listening activity to learn more about forming contractions.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Week of September 24th

Happy Fall Season! Fall is also called "autumn". It is the only season with 2 names.

For your homework, click the link below to learn 7 English idioms for the autumn season. Listen to the video, write the definitions and an example sentence for each one.

7 English Idioms for the Autumn Season

This week we learned about the present continuous (also called present progressive) and simple present tenses. There are many online activities below to help you practice this.

There are several ways to pronounce the American English "T" sound. Below is a website to help you with your pronunciation. Watch the videos and repeat the speaker.

Finally, below is a bonus video to help you listen about the American education system.