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, February 8, 2019

Week of February 11

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Are you a fan of Ohio's cold weather and snow? Have you ever tried skiing or cross-country skiing? Go on an adventure and try something new! 

Brandywine and Boston Mills ski resorts are within 40 minutes of greater Cleveland. 

You can rent cross-country skis at the Cleveland Metroparks.

How about trying tobogganing

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This is also a good time of year to warm up inside at the West Side Market on Lorain Avenue in Ohio City.

Review from last week

WOD: outraged, simplify

POD: to thumb through, to bring home the bacon

We began learning a new grammar topic: subject and object pronouns. You can practice more with both of those below:
Below you can practice some of the tricky consonant sounds we learned during our pronunciation lesson.


If you missed class last week, this video is a good summary of language we learned (warning: British English).

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Week of February 4

We are all hoping for better weather this week and no more class cancellations! Our present perfect quiz is rescheduled for Monday, February 4. 

We had a short week with only one class, so there is not much content to review on here. Below you will find some information on American football and the Super Bowl championship game (which is tonight). The Super Bowl is not only about football. Many people watch it to see the interesting commercials and halftime performance. This year, the popular band Maroon 5 will be performing. The two competing football teams are the New England Patriots and the Lost Angeles Rams.

Learn about American Football

Listening Activity: Super Bowl Sunday

Slideshow about the History of Super Bowl Commercials

Here is a popular song by Maroon 5

Do you know the names and pronunciation of all 50 states? Learn them below.

50 States of America

Our next grammar topic will be pronouns and possessive adjectives. Learn more about them in the video.

Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives, Reflexive Pronouns

Friday, January 25, 2019

Week of January 28

Don't forget you have a quiz on your past participles on Wednesday. Practice makes perfect!

Last week we studied some tricky consonant pairs. You can continue to practice those sounds at the links below:

/p/ vs /b/ minimal pairs

/p/ vs /b/

/b/ vs /v/ minimal pairs

Listen about the American Government

We will be reading an article in class on Monday about the new U.S. Congress which came into power on January 3, 2019. We will also watch the video. You might want to watch it ahead of time to practice your listening skills.

Below is our vocabulary from last Wednesday:

WOD: deliberate (adj.)
POD: to be in a pickle

Listening Practice

Practice your listening with this podcast : Phrases for being Polite in American English

Reading Practice

You may have recently heard that Prince Philip of England had an accident while driving...and he is 97 years old!

Read about it here

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Week of January 21

Does this look familiar to you? I hope everyone stayed warm and safe this weekend.
Let's begin by reviewing our words and phrases from last week:

WOD: considerate, indulge
POD: to bite the dust, to hit the spot

On Monday there is no school because we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 3rd Monday of every January. You can read more about him here and listen to his famous "I have a Dream" speech with subtitles below.

Watch the video from Speak English with Vanesa to see how how to use the word "though" in normal conversation.

Learn about some common English vocabulary mistakes. Choose the correct answer and see how well you did.

Please do not forget to continue practicing your past participles with the Quizlets and game from last week. We will continue to work on this in class for a few more days and then take a quiz on the 3rd form.

Guess what time it is? Time to begin thinking about filing your 2018 tax return. To learn more about filing taxes (and to practice listening in English), watch the 3 videos below.

You can also practice your business and tax vocabulary by taking some quizzes (they are a bit difficult!):

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