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Class Lab – Feb. 25, 2015

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You will need speakers or headphones today. Vocabulary – listening and matching. Action Verbs 1 – words that describe things you do Action Verbs 2 – words that describe things you do Appointment Words – things you need to make a doctor’s appointment Appointment Questions – questions asked at a doctor’s appointment At the Clinic things that are used in […]


“To Have” – Uses of the Verb for ESL Learners

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The verb to have is used in a number of different ways in English. Here are the main uses of the verb to have for reference, self-study and in-class use. To Have – Main Verb To have is used as a main verb to indicate possession of objects, characteristics, relationships or other qualities. Examples: He has three books by Hemingway.Jane has […]


Verb Combinations in English

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Verbs can be combined in English in a number of ways. Here is a look at the most important verb combinations in English with links to resources for further practice and study for each type of verb combination. There are two main patterns for verb combinations. 1. Verb + Verb One verb can immediately follow another […]


Volcano Erupts in Mexico L1 | Quiz

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  Volcano Erupts in Mexico from News in Levels Here is news from Mexico. There is a volcano there. It erupts. Smoke comes out of it. This is the volcano’s 30th eruption. People live around the volcano. They are ready for evacuation. The volcano interests scientists. They often come out to the volcano. Difficult words: erupt […]

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18jan 2015 Class

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Gorgeous chilly, sunny, day!  Though it did warm up this afternoon.  Both Ss today, Y and G.

The Story

A One-Mile Race continued 

  • Each S read the entire story aloud.
  • I asked questions – Who did what? Etc.
  • S used the index cards – in order of the story – to retell the story.


Simple question and answer formation.

Reverse subject verb order.

I asked a question – Ss formed the answers.  Based on the story.

Were there girls in the race?
No, there were no girls in the race. 

Was the race a six-mile race?
No, the race was a one-mile race.

I asked generic questions. Ss form answers. And change person to I.

Are you sleepy?
No, I am not sleepy. 

Are you hungry?
Yes, I am happy.

I present statements, Ss form questions.  Simple subject verb switch, and person.
i am tired.
Are you tired?

Do in questions

Simple Present vs Present Continuous – in general vs right now

What are you doing?  (Meaning right this moment).
i am teaching.
i am studying English.
i am mopping the floor. 

Also can be used for the future
What are you doing __future time__?  
What are you doing tomorrow?

Simple Present Do

What do you do?  This typically is referring to occupation when asked alone.

What do you do on Wednesdays?  In general, each Wednesday past, present and future.
i study English on Wednesdays.

What do you do every day?
I mop the floor every day. 

Simple Past Do/Did

What did you do?  The past is indicated by “did”.

What did you do on Monday?  Use time words again.
i studied Enlgish on Monday.

What did you eat yesterday?  You do not change the verb tense of the other verbs in the question.
i ate chicken for dinner.  You use the past, without do, for the answers.

What did you drink yesterday? 
I drank coffee with dinner.

Yesterday, I ate bread and drank coffee.


Spatial and question/answer forms.

What is this?  About something I am near.
That is a door.

What is that?  I point to something away from me, near a S.
This is my cell phone. 


Started to do Ventures Workbook pg 6, but taught from charts on page 121.

Do Workbook page 6 next class.  Make photocopies of page for Ss.

Create wordsearch using infinitives.  Ss to find tenses in puzzles – the answer is not given as clues.

My sites were unavailable mid-session.  Change site host today: done!

Find or create paragraph from Vatican Paintings.  Create comprehension quiz.

Computer Lab

Continued with last lab.

Y did cloze sentences and sentence word order – skipped crossword puzzle.

G finished dictation, the final segment of the last lab. Went on to do wordsearch puzzles on my site and another story to do the dictation segment.


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Personal Descriptions – ESL/EFL Writing Lesson

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From ESL Learning to write personal descriptions is important to provide information about yourself or others. This guide to writing personal descriptions is perfect for beginners, or beginning level English learning classes. Begin by writing about yourself by reading the paragraph below, and using the tips to help you write your own personal description. […]


English Vocabulary Word List – Buildings & Places

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airport apartment building bank barber shop book store bowling alley bus stop church convenience store department store fire department gas station hospital house library movie theater museum office building post office restaurant school mall supermarket train station list used in several activities via English Vocabulary Word List – Buildings & Places.