class plan 25nov. Monday

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Free form thoughts.  I need to do some vocabulary building. And then we will work on the lab that is yet to be finished.  Thanksgiving theme?  Has lots of useless words – the activities and puzzles. How Indians fared and were treated so poorly?  Kidding, maybe.

There were 2 in class today.  Ania and Alma….Okay, so we talked quite a bit.  Okay, a lot.  I did offer corrections.   I am very impressed.  Alma is stellar, and Ania has already improved in conversation.  Much more work for writing is needed.  Ania is frustrated a bit, she cannot express herself in writing. 

1). Poem:  

An Autumn Greeting
“Come,” said the Wind to the Leaves one day.
“Come over the meadow and we will play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold.
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.”

1).  I had the each read the poem twice. Ania rolled right through it. Alma did quite well.  Got to watch her final ‘s’, she likes to drop them.  Our joke.  Explained quotation marks, in reading. Not writing – could be a Glitter book assignment.    


2).  Got off on a tangent – “Esmerelda has her own markers”. (As do I, but I never remember them!). So we looked at ‘own’:

A.  My own, Your own, His own, Her own…etc.

B. Then the verb : To Own /Regular Verb. Simple Present, Past and Future.  Stressed, never use:  I am owning, -ing etc.

Note: – looks very good!  Add to links.

Note: Evernote has great feature!  I can link to my Evernote pages with bookmarks directly to the file.  See link below:

Giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts had always been a part of Wampanoag daily life. From ancient times, Native People of North America have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child. Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations.

As with Native traditions in America, celebrations – complete with merrymaking and feasting – in England and throughout Europe after a successful crop are as ancient as the harvest-time itself. In 1621, when their labors (…with the aid of the Wampnoag…) were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty in the Harvest Home tradition with feasting and sport (recreation). To these people of strong Christian faith, this was not merely a revel; it was also a joyous outpouring of gratitude.

We started the most of the first paragraph.  Explained ‘Creator’, ‘ceremonies’ and ‘harvest’.  And concluded…Thanksgiving is a harvest celebration.

Interesting conversation ensued when I explained ‘Wampanoag’:  Native People, American Indian or Indians.  They have their own customs and languages – the language was news to Ania. (I did not tell her many many 100’s there are). Another class? Alma described a video she saw about Native People.  It made her cry.  The government made these people walk a long time, and the government would not let a lady bury her dead baby in a place – so she had to carry the dead baby until they found something to put her under, rock or something along the way.  It was about The Trail of Tears, of course.  Her daughter was learning about it in school – and she pulled up a video for Alma.  So awesome.  Alma’s grandmother was an Indian. Different culture and language. (! Cool !)  and so it was for us.  I was very impressed with how well Ania understood Alma and the conversations – they were not ordinary topics.

Trail of Tears topic for lesson and vocabulary.  TONI DO NOT BAD MOUTH ANDREW JACKSON or government – not too much.  

Lots of talking = happy faces, it seems.  Coffee = conversation teacher supreme


idea|exercise for life skills

November 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Create an online quiz using photos and asking related questions.

If possible with quiz software – looks possible.

Take photos of:

  • receipts
  • price tags
  • forms?
  • bills

Class Wednesday 20nov

November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

The plan for class tomorrow. Draft
Print lists of verbs and explanations

1). Tongue Twister

2). Vocabulary/grammar – correct wildly erroneous information I provided on verbs. Regular vs Irregular.

English regular verbs change their form very little (unlike irregular verbs). The past tense and past participle of regular verbs end in -ed, for example:

work, worked, worked

Make note of, but do not dwell on:  regular verb exceptions/confusions

…But you should note the following points:

1. Some verbs can be both regular and irregular, for example:

learn, learned, learned
learn, learnt, learnt

2. Some verbs change their meaning depending on whether they are regular or irregular, for example “to hang”:

regular hang, hanged, hanged to kill or die, by dropping with a rope around the neck
irregular hang, hung, hung to fix something (for example, a picture) at the top so that the lower part is free

3. The present tense of some regular verbs is the same as the past tense of some irregular verbs:

regular found, founded, founded
irregular find, foundfound


Irregular verbs are an important feature of English. We use irregular verbs a lot when speaking, less when writing. Of course, the most famous English verb of all, the verb “to be”, is irregular.

What is the difference between regular verbs and irregular verbs?

  Base Form Past Simple Past Participle
With regular verbs, the rule is simple…
The past simple and past participle always end in -ed: finish finished finished
stop stopped stopped
work worked worked
But with irregular verbs, there is no rule…
Sometimes the verb changes completely: sing sang sung
Sometimes there is “half” a change: buy bought bought
Sometimes there is no change: cut cut cut

One good way to learn irregular verbs is to try sorting them into groups, as above.

Review lists of verbs – both

3).  Describe events in sequential order: another class, no time today

NOTE:  Sequential events for Glitter Book exercise

4). Glitter book
Write a letter to someone: a friend or relative or an official like a president of their countries. (Joanna? We have talked about the president of Argentina before.)

List some ideas to include, if needed.
Write about:
The status of family, any new friends
Unusual observations about the US/Austin and anecdotes
What they miss about their home countries
What they like about the US
President: suggestions, grievances, reality check

5). Lab. Perhaps nothing with headphones. Epic equipment fail last class. My purchases are cheap crap.
No reading passages.
Verb exercises?


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after class 11nov

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Class Session:

  • We did the Tonugue Twister
  • Vocab: bittern, bitter, biter
  • And conjugated To Bite, regular verb – simple present, past and future
  • Missed Modals
  • Computer lab completed and finished puzzles – Joanna did the games too (she liked it very much) – I had them post their interpretation of the photograph in comments, if they had an email address.

Maribel and I stayed late to finish a puzzle – food
A very successful class! Yay! Except the headphones were a problem again. I requested speakers. They may buy headphones again too.

Next class:

Preferably printouts:

  • Bring is lists of some Regular and Irregular Verbs
  • Also reflexive pronouns: himself, myself, themselves etc.
  • Modals in general – intro
  • Modal – CAN

Postcard exercise for writing – Glitterbook.  Possibly a letter instead – no card or mail…unless they have someone to send something to in English

  • Write postcard/letter in GB
  • Copy to real postcards
  • Post cards to someone, themselves, me?  Whichever.

hey, wrong blog

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Note to self….

Review blog entries and transfer the INFO ones to

ENGLISH PAGE – Modal Verb Tutorial note

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

What are Modal Verbs?

This page may be better in Web Notes than here, see complete

Modal verbs are special verbs which behave very differently from normal verbs. Here are some important differences:

1. Modal verbs do not take \”-s\” in the third person.


He can  speak Chinese.
She should  be here by 9:00.

2. You use \”not\” to make modal verbs negative, even in Simple Present and Simple Past.


He should not be late.
They might not come to the party.

3. Many modal verbs cannot be used in the past tenses or the future tenses.


He will can go with us. Not Correct
She musted study very hard. Not Correct

Common Modal Verbs

  • Can
  • Could
  • May
  • Might
  • Must Ought to
  • Shall
  • Should
  • Will
  • Would

via ENGLISH PAGE – Modal Verb Tutorial.

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