30oct 2013 post class

October 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today we had three students in class. Ania, Joanna and Maribel. We spent a lot of time talking. And I corrected. They are doing so well communicating! M has not been well, so we spent some extra time in discussion. It was a good exercise for vocab. J would like to learn to read recipes in English. I had sent her a request for instructions to make that cake. She will email it to me.

A brought cake! She is an excellent cook. So we had two weeks of cake!

I had them write in the Glitter Notebooks (from me) about why they want to be American citizens. They were very earnest and diligent, and asked a couple of really good questions about freedom and democracy, so I gave them 30 minutes.

We worked on the computers after cake…see 30oct on ESL Computer Lab
http://classlabs.wordpress.com/. Did the first one. They liked it a lot. We will continue next class.

Next class Monday and Wednesday Toni.

Continue lab Puzzles and Games | ESL Computer Lab

Review writing assignment.


20sept – after class

October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Attendance – Ania and Joanna

Ania has returned!  Yay!   Joanna baked an organic cake using her grandmother’s recipe.  She explained the recipe and instructions to Ania.  That was fun.  It is very simple, moist and delicious.

I am missing my notes from last week.  I need to sit and recall what we did.

Today I reviewed Present Simple vs Continuous per post.   Using Do/Don’t Does/Doesn’t.  Statements and forming questions.  A couple of key phrases – Could you repeat that?  I did not understand what you said, plus.

Somehow – oh yes, Joanna’s bus ride – we talked about Drunk.  Being drunk vs being a drunk=drunkard.  And the verb to Drink.  And crazy people on the bus.

We discussed the, re-assigned, homework about American Citizenship: why yes or no?  I asked questions and noted key terms on the board.  Good discussion.  Next week I will have them write in their notebooks for me to collect and check.  In this case, it is not impromptu, I will be tighter on the corrections.  As I had them think and write it out first.

Next week Ania will bring cake!  I guess my turn is coming up. 😦 Oh dear!


Joanna’s grandmother’s cake

October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

4 eggs
3 flour
2 sugar
1 yogurt
1/2 cup sunflower oil
Baking powder 1 tsp

Use yogurt cup to measure.

I need more instructions…time/temp. Next class.

Note, Simple Present Tense

October 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I need to clarify Simple Present to contrast with doing something currently and in general:

– Use Simple Present Tense to say what someone or something does (or does not do) on a regular basis.

– Use SPT to state facts or to make generalizations.

Form SPT questions:
– Use “do” and “does” to make questions

Negative statements SPT:
– use “don’t” and “doesn’t”

Form statements
– he/she/it = does/doesn’t + infinitive v
– others = do/don’t + infinitive v
– primarily, for our purpose, to form negative.

10oct. post class

October 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

We were interrupted while Maribel took the exam again. Alma could not come.
Joanna and I worked in their absence.

Surprise Wedding: The class only got through 2 sections of the reading activities. Upon M’s return we did a couple more.

  • Homework for the last 2 sections
  • Joanna:
    I wrote the tongue twister on the board. Had her read it a a couple of times. Then I changed the subject and had her conj. the verbs and possessive form.

    New words: duck, lick

    We reviewed Continuous vs Simple using Lick. Had to emphasis To Be with -ing formed verb tenses. I am licking, etc.

    And conversation. We conversed. Until M returned.

    The next class, first do what I planned:

  • Finish story
  • Citizenship writing
  • Computer lab
  • ——————————————–
    Watch email for coffee with J.
    Write email for A and J
    Check if M has email – set up if needed

    9oct 2013 Plan

    October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

    Things to remember to bring to class:

    • Ear phones
    • Extensions
    • Notebooks

    NOTE: from Monday…Vocabulary of the story “The Angel on the Subway”:
    poem, complete, famous, station, crowd, fiance, join, perhaps, professional

    1.) Start with another tongue twister:

    Luke Luck likes lakes.
    Luke’s duck likes lakes.
    Luke Luck licks lakes.
    Luck’s duck licks lakes.
    Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
    Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

    from Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks

    2.) Review homework from Surprise Wedding
    Continue with exercises.

    3.) Writing: US Citizenship: Are you or would you like to be a US citizen?
    Why or why not?

    • If citizen – why did you become a citizen?
    • If not c – why not? Or would you like to be? Or do you plan to become a c?
    • If not interested, why not?

    4.) Computer lab: video songs, and quizzes

    2oct 2013, in class

    October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

    Today we had a new student: Mirabel. Delightful lady.  She understands English well and speaks easily. A great addition to the class.


    Started with a tongue twister – happened to be an excellent challenge.

    Denise sees the fleece,
    Denise sees the fleas.
    At least Denise could sneeze
    and feed and freeze the fleas.

    1.) reviewed the 5 senses and what you use for each:
    Smell. You use your nose to smell. Etc.

    2.) briefly conjugated each of the 5 as verbs.

    3.) a crossword puzzle, on the senses, followed by accompanied questions.

    – I had to review: “I like” and “I don’t like” as incomplete answers. Must have an object. Etc.

    4.) started working on the Surprise Wedding true story. I read the story aloud – we hashed out comprehension and vocabulary. They understood the story quite well.

    5.) I assigned the first subsequent exercise for home work. Short.
    They liked the crossword puzzle a lot. Had to explain how to answer questions – one word. And ‘across’ vs ‘down’. Even one letter per space. Interesting.

    And they like the stories with the exercises, a lot.

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