30 April, 2014 Class

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today is beautiful.  Hot sun, but chilly breezes.  


We finished the fable about the lark and the farmer.  Too conceptual, and not compelling.  Suitable for some, too difficult to get for others.  Don’t do that again.  More straight forward story-like material to read.


We reviewed Regular Verbs – Simple Present only to keep the level even.  

  • Simply adds S for Third Person Singular (he, she , it)
  • Spelling for commonly used verbs like Try, Cry
  • Worksheet for Simple Present.  Attach worksheet here.


We continued the computer exercises – Vocabulary Building from my Computer Lab page.  Link here.


I gave them a sheet of commonly used verbs.  Attach verb list here.
Next week I will verbally quiz them on the definitions.

Next Week

Introduce To Have, along with Have/Must

23 April, 2014 Class

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today is my birthday.  It was spectacular.  I will write more later.

16apr Class

April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today we had 2 students. Y and G.  It was a good class.  A lot of verbal work and discussions.  I am impressed.


Prepositions of Place: on, above, over, in front of, beside, below, under, behind.
I reviewed then had them demonstrate each. 

Prepositions of Time: at, in, during, since, from – to, for until, on
We did AT today.  With examples.  We will do more each class.

Also: before, after, in time use.  Done.


The Book pg7

The CD conversation was too difficult.  So I asked questions about the people in the pictures.

Answers:  in complete sentences verbally.

Person 1).  He is the father.  His name is Mark.  He is middle aged.

Person 2).  She is the daughter.  Her name is Victoria.  Victoria is young.

Person 3).  His name is Eddie.  He is Victoria’s brother.  He is young.

We discussed age:

Defined ages:  very young, young, middle age, old age

We are all middle aged.  Ha ha!


Create link to lab work.
Continued where each student left off.
Continue next week.
Y had some confusion about pictures – coat, shirt and suit.  So we made flash cards after class today.


The Lark and Her Young Ones. Aesop’s Fable.  Create link to site post of story online

I assigned the story for G and Y – at home.  (My mom’s idea) We have gone over the entire story already.  G will help Y with the story – the goal is to have Y tell me the story in English.  Not verbatim.   At the same time I will be checking G’s comprehension.  We will do this as a group.  Then, I will also ask simple questions.
  • Student reads aloud one paragraph. 
  • Student re-tells paragraph, group discuss is probable.  Ask leading questions to help.
  • Ask questions for comprehension.  
  • Be sure they understand which character does what.
If other members of the class show up next – I will still have the same plan.  
Next week Y and G need to be prepared with the first paragraph of the story.
Last: remember to discuss the moral of the story upon completion, again.


  • I have created a set of questions on The Goat and The Mule online.
  • I need to do the same for The Lark story.
  • Perhaps we will play Go Fish!  with animal cards.
Next week will have have a party for my birthday!  I had forgotten my birthday.  I said, champagne and tequila for everyone!






April 14, 2014 coTutor E’s Class

April 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

April 14, 2014.

5 min Review alphabet sounds then do a 5  short word dictation

15 min Conversation Game: Students will be asked to shout out noun vocabulary that they know. As students speak, I write down all the words. Then, I circle one word. I use a timer to talk about that word for 2 minutes.  Each student in class takes a turn picking a word. Then they talk about their word for two minutes in front of the class. Encourage students not to worry about grammar or mistakes. This is a confidence and vocabulary review.

40 min Use a chart to explain “the simple present” Do worksheets as a class, then individually. Journal writing assignment will be for each student to write 5 simple present sentences about themselves and 5 simple present sentences about a family member or friend. Examples will be written on the side board for reference. Brainstorm topics as a class and have the ideas written on front board for reference.

10 min Ask to see each students notebooks & folders. Explain the importance of organization for studying. Offer suggestions to each individual student.

50 min Start the story “A Super Soaker & A Super Kid” Before reading students will use highlighters to highlight new vocabulary within the story. Do a review of how to use a dictionary. Check to see students are writing down the definitions. Students report to each other the new words they encountered.

9apr 2014 In Class Plan

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today I am adding things that we will likely not have time to do.  I will adjust what I present spontaneously – as usual.

Notes from last class:


Tongue Twister

A tutor who tooted the flute
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor:
“Is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”

To Toot – make short sharp sounds eg. on flute or horn

Tooter – one who toots

Tutor – private instructor or coach


To Be 
  • Forming questions with To Be – basic word order
  • Worksheets today – Simple Present, also with “not”.
Save To Have for next class:
  • To Have:  Simple Past, Present, and Future
  • To Have worksheets

Aesop’s Fable

The Lark and Her Young Ones

A LARK had made her nest in the early spring on the young green wheat. The brood had almost grown to their full strength and attained the use of their wings and the full plumage of their feathers, when the owner of the field, looking over his ripe crop, said, “The time has come when I must ask all my neighbors to help me with my harvest.”

One of the young Larks heard his speech and related it to his mother, inquiring of her to what place they should move for safety. “There is no occasion to move yet, my son,” she replied; “the man who only sends to his friends to help him with his harvest is not really in earnest.”

The owner of the field came again a few days later and saw the wheat shedding the grain from excess of ripeness. He said, “I will come myself tomorrow with my labourers, and with as many reapers as I can hire, and will get in the harvest.” The Lark on hearing these words said to her brood, “It is time now to be off, my little ones, for the man is in earnest this time; he no longer trusts his friends, but will reap the field himself.”
Self-help is the best help

computer activity


Post Class/Next Class  

  • We did everything planned for the day.
  • We need to continue the computer work.  Clothing vocabulary, 2 sets of games.
  • Review the story more slowly.  Plus 2 students were absent – so we will need to start over.
  • We need to continue To Be worksheets – word order and questions.

worksheets To Be and To Have

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Not the greatest formatting, but easy, simple and helpful.

Verb ‘To Be’

‘To Be’ worksheet
Very simple gap fill exercise.

‘To Be’ gap fill worksheet
Another basic gap fill exercise using only the verb ‘to be’.

‘To Be’ worksheet
Gap fill exercise and question formation.

‘To Be’ Sentence Re-Ordering Exercise
Word re-ordering exercise concentrating on the verb ‘to be’ and its correct forms.

‘To Be’ Sentence Re-Ordering Exercise
Answer Sheet
Another re-ordering exercise concentrating on the verb ‘to be’.

“To Be” Question & Answer Match
Students match simple questions using “to be” with the corresponding answers.

‘To Be’ multiple choice
Simple multiple-choice exercise with students needing to choose between the different forms of the verb ‘to be’.

Have / Has

Have / Has Worksheet
Worksheet on the choice between ‘have’ and ‘has’.

“Have” Expressions Matching Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Matching worksheet to practice expressions with the verb ‘to have’.

Have Expressions – Short Answer Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Worksheet that focuses on short answers to sentences that contain expressions using the verb ‘to have’.

“Have” Expressions Re-Ordering Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Students put words into the correct order to make sentences, all which have expressions using ‘to have’ in them.

2apr 2014 Class

April 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Everyone was here!  That was wonderful.  The class was not.  I was off my game.  It was not interesting, but apparently necessary practice.

Grammar: review basic

We reviewed Present Tense only

  • To Be Simple Present 
  • Regular Verbs – emphasis on 3rd person singular: just add an ‘s’ (or ‘es’) – the rest are the same.  Simple, but difficult it seems.  Short cuts don’t work well for some. 
  • Present Contiuous

I handed out 4 worksheets total, 2 on Present Continuous.  I spent time spread eagle at the board, rocking back and forth between the To Be and the Present Participle halves of the board. To create a quick, automatic, response.  No time to stare and think.  Just do!  It is easy!  And entertaining.   

Note: http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-gerunds.htm

The Book

Unit 2 – the first page with an illustration of people at a mall.

A verbal exercise.  I asked questions and they answered.  We were able to use Present Continuous a lot.  Plus some observation questions:  What is this place?  Why do you think that?  What kind of store is that? (A baby store – where you buy things for babies) – why is the couple looking at the baby store?  What is he doing?  Etc.  Complete thoughts and sentences.

It went very well, I was impressed by their answers.

(I happened to note that Unit 2 goes into Continuous – luck!)

Next class

  • Forming questions with To Be
  • To Have
  • Unit 2 continue
  • Something interesting – a story, computer activity.
  • The Paragraph


Class site 4:  
I am creating extremely simple grammar quizzes on for the computer.   Short, easily repeatable when needed.  Especially To Be – then I don’t have to keep taking up class time to drive it into their brains.  Maybe.  I have just barely begun and not planned out the organization yet:

  • I need to list what quizzes I have created somewhere – for easy reference/access…an archive page on the site.
  • Try: publish quizzes as posts, not pages.  
  • Categorize quizzes carefully for archive page and to list categories on site pages.
  • Use detailed tags


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