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

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.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week of December 3

This is a short month for our class - only 3 weeks! Let's learn as much as possible. December usually brings snowy weather. We will talk in class about what to do in case of an emergency. Below is a video you can watch on driving in the snow.

Have you heard about AAA? AAA is an inexpensive road service that can help you if you get stuck in the snow, your battery dies, or you need roadside assistance.

Do you know how to use the past continuous verb tense? In the first video below you will hear several examples. The second video teaches you how to use the grammar.
Now you can practice using the past continuous tense:

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3

Do you know how to use quotation marks when you are writing in English? It is not something you do very often, but it is useful to understand the basics.

You can practice your pronunciation with word stress in the two videos below. We will also practice this in class.

Finally, you can watch a video and practice a dialogue about THE BIG SNOW on Voice of America (VOA) English. You will also learn some new vocabulary words.