21 May, 2014 Class

May 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

It has been quite warm, almost hot.  But not yet Texas Hot.

Memorial Day – civics http://www.elcivics.com/memorial_day_lesson_1.html  Would be nice to go through on computers together.


The Paragraph – Vocabulary/Grammar

This morning I went to the park.  I had a picnic with Joanna and Anya. We sat on a bench by the lake. We sat in the shade.

Anya made food for us to eat.  We ate and talked about many things.  I had to go to teach class today.  Anya and Joanna stayed in the park.

  1. Read aloud
  2. Discussed or translated words in orange.
  3. Conjugated and translated words underlined.
  4. Went through story.

Memorial Day Worksheet

  1. Read aloud.
  2. Discuss and some translation.  The meaning and importance of Memorial Day, the Indy 500, and summer activities.
  3. True/False exercise.
  4. Writing – What will you do on Memorial Day?  With an eye on spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Next week we will go through some more material on the site and complete more exercises.

Verbs List

Continued with Eat, See, Speak.  In addition to verbs done in The Paragraph.

We are establishing a pattern for verbs, yes!:

  •  – ‘s’ on HE, SHE, IT.
  • Simple Past tense – all use same exact word
  • Future – will + infinitive

note: ESL and English Apps

May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

I have downloaded some apps for Android.  I need to list them here.  The iPhone/iPad apps too. The students have Android.  I want to try the apps and find helpful ones to recommend.

14 May, 2014 Class

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

We have have rain the past two days.  And chilly!  Impossible to believe for May.  Today is breezy, sunny and still a bit of chill in the air.  Incredible weather.  May well not finish all of this today – especially Some/Any.

Intro topics

  • The Weather – have them describe it, write terms on the board.  Possible Paragraph.
  • Mother’s Day

Paragraph :  Today is a sunny and windy day.  The weather is beautiful.  It is not too hot or too cold.  It is not too hot (n)or too cold.  Yesterday it was cold and raining.

We did past, and future – noting “will NOT be”


1). Present slang, idiom and phrasal verb from Daily – in side margin of my page

Do not do side margin stuff – takes too much time and not very useful right now.

2). Verb List I assigned for them to look up definitions.  Easy verbs – should not be a problem – except potential confusion with speak/talk/say, put/set, look/see/watch,  listen/hear, …I had best have dictionary definitions ready.

3 ).  Start review by asking them the definitions, and clarify.  Listed below in groups of 10:

  • walk, open, close, talk, look, listen, wash, watch, clean, smile
  • laugh, stop, cry, try, eat, see, speak, take, make, give
  • write, do, go, sing, drink, sit, stand, say, sleep, keep
  • feel, hear, cut, hit, set, put, come, run, read, think
  • bring, buy
We did the first 12 verbs – Regular Verbs.


  • Conjugate some of the verbs.  Each student to use each verb in a sentence. 
  • Present add S to He, She, It. Past add -ed, Future add will.  We repeated verbally the verbs with s, -ed and will.

Next Class:

  • Review To Have – worksheets 2

Some and Any

Some = a little, a few or a small number or amount
Any = one, some or all

Some and any are used with both countable and uncountable nouns to ask about, confirm and respond negatively about an indefinite amount. Some and any are used with singular and plural verb forms.

Usually, we use some in positive (+) sentences and any in negative (-) and question (?) sentences.

  some any example situation
+ I have some money.   I have $10.
  I don’t have any money. I don’t have $1 and I don’t have $10 and I don’t have $1,000,000. I have $0.
?   Do you have any money? Do you have $1 or $10 or $1,000,000?

Here are some examples followed by the rules: 

Do you have any salt?  There are some chairs in that room. She doesn’t have any money.  

  • Use “some” in positive sentences. We use some for both countable and uncountable nouns.

    Example: I have some friends.


  • Use “any” in negative sentences or questions. We use any for both countable and uncountable nouns.

    Example: Do you have any cheese? – He doesn’t have any friends in Chicago.


  • Use “some” in questions when offering or requesting something that is there.

    Example: Would you like some bread? (offer) – Could I have some water? (request)


  • Use “any” in negative sentences or questions. We use any for both countable and uncountable nouns.

    Example: Do you have any cheese? – He doesn’t have any friends in Chicago.


  • Use “some” words – somebody, someone, somewhere and something – in positive sentences.

    Example: He lives somewhere near here.


  • Use “any” words – anybody, anyone, anywhere and anything – in negative sentences or questions.

    Example: Do you know anything about that boy? – She doesn’t have anywhere to go.

Additional examples:

In general, we use something/anything and somebody/anybody in the same way as some/any.
  • He needs some stamps.
  • I must go. I have some homework to do.
  • I’m thirsty. I want something to drink.
  • I can see somebody coming.
  • He doesn’t need any stamps.
  • I can stay. I don’t have any homework to do.
  • I’m not thirsty. I don’t want anything to drink.
  • I can’t see anybody coming.
  • Does he need any stamps?
  • Do you have any homework to do?
  • Do you want anything to drink?
  • Can you see anybody coming?

We use any in a positive sentence when the real sense is negative.

  • I refused to give them any money. (I did not give them any money)
  • She finished the test without any difficulty. (she did not have any difficulty)

Sometimes we use some in a question, when we expect a positive YES answer. (We could say that it is not a real question, because we think we know the answer already.)

  • Would you like some more tea?
  • Could I have some sugar, please?


Computer Lab

continue http://classlabs.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/easy-vocabulary-practice/


7 May, 2014 Class

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today I was zoned, sleepy, so it was pretty free form – go with the flow.

Quick Vocabulary 

1). Days of the Week:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • The weekend is Saturday and Sunday.  (Sabato Gigante!)
  • Business Days are Monday through Friday.
  • Wednesday is hump day.

I explained Business Days in the context of ordering something to be sent, or to be returned, to you – like documents or purchases.  And when offices are typically open – like gov’t offices.

10 Business Days = 14 week days. Examples, etc.

2).  Numbers: as a side note for clarity – the words spelled out, to twelve.  

3).  Pronunciation, definitions and clarification: Ate vs Eight, Hungry vs Angry.


1). To Have – Simple Present, Past, Future  vs To Be

I have a cold.  I am cold.

I have a fever.  I am hot.

I am hungry.  I am thirsty.

I have a headache.  

Need to finish this post…

I have two dogs. Etc…


2). To Have To – same tenses.  

  • Have To must be followed by a verb.  You have to Do Something.
  • Meaning – necessary

I have to leave early.  I have to go to English class…etc.


3). Too Much vs Too Many:  in general, Non-Countable vs Countable.  And in this context Too indicates a problem.

I ate too much cake.  I ate too many pieces of cake.  I have too many bills…etc.


4).  Too – as in Also.

5).  Reviewed how to form Questions with To Be.
Only the subject and verb switch places, the rest of the sentence remains the same:

You are hungry.  Are you hungry?

They are eating dinner.  Are they eating dinner?

Yesterday he was studying English.  Yesterday, was he studying English?  


Verbal work this class, with review of the presented material.  And I forgot to note the rest!





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