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.

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