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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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 likely 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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

America's Independence from Great Britain

Past Progressive (Continuous) vs Simple Past Tenses

Online excercises to practice:

Class Activity:

Write down as many past progressive sentences as possible while watching a segment from the movie Hugo.  

Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Using Past Participles

The following videos can help you practice some common past participles.