Class 25 March, 2015

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Sunny, breezy, and a little humid today.  Full class.

Conclusion: Did not go to plan at all today.  Saved original plan to repost separately.

We went through thoroughly, with each S giving examples and answering questions.

Class 25 March, 2015


When we say the date we use ordinal numbers, but we do not write them: we say March 25th, we write March 25.
When we say the year we use pairs:  2015 is 20-15 twenty fifteen, 1972 is 19-72 nineteen seventy-two.

What day is it?  This means, “what day of the week is it?”.
Today is Wednesday.

What is the date?  What is the date today?  This is asking about the month, and day in numbers.  That is the date.
Today is March 25(th).  You usually do not need to say the year in conversation.

When were you born?  I was born on November 25(th), 1972.

When is your birthday?   My birthday is on November 25(th).

What month is your birthday?  My birthday is in November.

What month were you born?   I was born in November.

What year were you born?  I was born in 1972.

When do you have class?  I have class on Wednesdays.  I have class every Wednesday.

When do you get up in the mornings?

When do you go to bed?



Some review from Monday class: prepositions of time with in, at, on
We reviewed their homework from Monday – the first section.

We need to do this again next week as written here:

  • in – (time of day, days, weeks) months and years
  • on – a day or date
  • at – specific time, clock times

I was born in 1972.  I was born in November.
I was born on November 23.  I was born on a Tuesday.
I was born in the morning.I was born at 7:30 a.m.
I was born at midnight.

Create exercises for prepositions of time next class.

Tongue Twister

“Whether the weather is warm, whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not.”


  • Whether and weather pronounced the same – and are not water or wetter.  Whether/weather are not related.
  • Whether is similar to if.   Whether is used with “or not”.  Do not worry about using “whether”.
  • “Put up with” – tolerate.  This is the simple present, meaning in general.
    I put up with traffic when I drive to class.  I put up with stupid people. :)


whatever else I may have forgotten.


Computer Lab

G and S:

We added this, listen, read, word search for plural forms – do more of these:

Y: The Red Ball exercises. Cloze and sentence order.





Class 25 March, 2015 was originally published on Notes for Class


Spring Break 18 March Coffee

March 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

This week is Spring break, so no class.

We are going to meet at the regular class place and time, then go together for coffee!

What will we chat about?

In Class Mar11, 2015

March 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

A great day!  S came back to class.  So we’re 4 today.  It was free form today.  Nothing went as planned, didn’t make it from the first thing:

Review Monday:  I got sidetracked from this.
What did you do in class Monday?

  • We listened to a song. 
  • Who was the artist? Pink
  • What was the song title?  Who Knew
  • What was the song about? Per Y – lovers.  

Next class, I did not get to discuss the song.  (“Punch in the face” excellent and useful phrase.)


  • To Weigh – You use a scale to weigh things.  At the store, you weigh fruit and vegetables.  You weigh yourself.  for future review: What do you weigh?  How much do you weigh?  What is your weight? 
  • To Trick
  • To Try
  • Raw
  • “running low” on something (on a note from the boss at work – good one!)

Finish this list from Ss notes


  • Conjugate Fry, Cry, Try 
  • Concept of multi-use words – as Adjectives 


Verbs that end in Y.

Simple Present – 3rd person sing. -ies 
Simple Past – ied 
Finish next class and use in sentences – to continuous all 3 tenses.


Coffee cup v Measuring cup: when they describe “cup”, they’re both adjectives.
Coffee is a noun/thing
Measuring is a verb
Review definition next class:. An adjective is a word the talks about, describes, something.  How something looks, smells, sounds – what your 5 senses can sense.  
We did adjective word pairs:
Opposites: tall/short, heavy/light, wet/dry, long/short, thin/thick – things are thick, thin/fat – animals and people are this (fat is not polite), raw/cooked – with things that you usually eat cooked like meat and some vegetables.  
– Raw potatoes, ” Toni liked to eat raw potatoes when she was a child.”
– “Toni and Sharon do not like cooked carrots.”
– “Toni likes to eat raw fish, not cooked fish.”
–  We say, “You need to eat fresh (and/or raw) fruits and vegetables”.  We don’t describe fruits and vegetables as raw in a grocers, instead we say, “fresh”.  “Where are the fresh vegetables/fruit?”
Review next class: using the phrase, “The opposite of _____ is _____.”

Examples of words used as adjectives:

Light is a noun, a thing.  It can use a verb.
Light is an adjective – when it describes something.  The paper is light, not heavy.
Example with potatoes…
This started with french fries.  French fries are “French fried potatoes”.  We just say, “French fries”,  unless you are in a fancy restaurant?
How can you prepare potatoes?  Boil, Bake, Fry, Mash
These are verbs.  You can boil, bake, fry, and mash potatoes.
– quick conjugation – simple present. 
Verbs as adjectives
I like to eat ____ potatoes.  boiled, baked, fried, mashed
Use the past tense here (these are regular verbs -ed):  I did not emphasise this as a rule.  Just our examples today.
This means you like to eat potatoes that are made are certain way.
NOT that you like to cook them a certain way.  That would be, “I like to ____ potatoes.”
We could say, “I like to eat potatoes that have been ____-ed”.  But we don’t.

Computer Lab

Get links – 
G and S:
Quiz Hungry Birds
Easy Reading #29 about soup – started exercises
Very Easy Reading #? A Red Ball – copied story correctly and started exercises

class 4 March, 2015

March 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Rats! I hit delete and lost the day.  I do remember it was rainy and warm.  Crazy, heavy, misty rain.  Like being in a cloud.


The key is, in this case – today, is to stretch out the long vowel sounds.  Not choppy,  like they speak in Spanish.
  • Lots on chip v cheap, slip v sleep, fit v feet
  • Practiced “er”, especially at the end of words (-er, not -or)
    I hate that -er sound, but it’s an important one if you want to be well understood.
We need to do more next, if not each, class – review and more difficult ones.
Were v. Wore,  Warm v. Worm, Hot v. Hat, Caught v. Cat, Hate v. Heat, Hit v. Heat, Neck v. Nick
Vowel Sounds A,E,I,O,U
We did several examples of each.
Including a note that in English you do not always pronounce each letter, especially vowels that are together.
Long v. Short
Name v. Nap
Sleep v. Slept
Time v. Tin
Coat v. Cot 
Cute v. Cut

Computer Lab

Hungry Birds reading passage.

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