Class 21 Sept. 2015

September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Class 21 Sept. 2015

Beautiful, kind of hot, day. Clear blue sky with slight, occasional, breezes.


To Have

  1. Simple present
  2. Negative
  3. Question

Home work assigned to do exercises and vocabulary from ***** book.

3 chapters.



The students prepared information about the symbolism of their nation's flag. I pulled up an image of the flag while each student presented the info to the class. Very interesting!!!

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Mexico

Next Class

  1. Review homework
  2. Practice conversation
  3. I will present the US flag






Class 16 September, 2015

September 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

We started off in an unplanned direction.  I found out the yesterday was Mexico Indepence Day.  So I had the students look up info online about their country’s independence day dates.  History and reference practice.

  1. When is independence day?
  2. What is the year of indepence?
  3. Was there a war?
  4. Who fought in the war?
  5. From whom did their country gain independence from?

Class 29july, ,2015

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Last week we went out to celebrate J’s birthday.  It was blazing hot, just like today.


Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were walls.

– Joseph Campbell

We discussed what bliss is – “the highest happiness”

We discussed what the quotes means.  I did ask and lead, but I talked too much.

Get a copy of J interpretation.  Outstanding.


From Very Easy True Stories A Face on Mars

Very short, about the 1976 photo of the “face” on Mars.  And that it is formed by shadows on a hill.

Remember: Earth v earth.  Capital e Earth is the planet.  Small e earth is soil.

Vocabulary with story.

Assigned homework with the story. Review homework



Infinitive – base form of a verb, does not express time

Simple present, part, future.  To Be, To Do

Do as axillary verb in expressing a negative of a verb – don’t

Noun, verb, adjective

Computer Lab

Exercises on the computer – my site

  • quiz for positive and negative of verbs.
  • distinguish noun, verb v adjective in sentences.


Activities and exercises for speaking.

Class prep 8july, 2015

July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment


Introduce students to Voice of America  “Listen and Read Along News”


Future:  will vs. will be
1). Review:
Base form of verb = not conjugated
Action verbs
2). [ Future with “will” and “will be” | Quiz | Practice Your English 
From my post:  “Future with “will” and “will be” | Quiz
by toni on December 4, 2014 in Easy, Labs, Quiz
Grammar Explanation:
If there is a base form of a verb after “will”, such as “cook”, “bake”, “play”, “talk” indicating action, then just use the subject with “will”.  
If “will” is not followed by an action but by a noun or an adjective, then use “will be”.
Verbal examples and exercises for nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Just use the quiz?
Note for exercise vocabulary – 
Get married
Water your lawn
Try the following exercises. Use a contraction if there is a subject pronoun.  Check the drop down menu on the right of the sentence for the answer.
Go here: ESL Grammar Practice: Future with “will” and “will be”.”
 C).  Frida Khalo
Painting from quiz page:
[ ESL Grammar Practice: Future with “will” and “will be” 
 “”Self Portrait on the border between Mexico 
and The United States” 1932, by Frida Khalo” ]
 [ Frida Kahlo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
 “Frida Kahlo de Rivera born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits.
Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as folk art.  She believed that her work reflected more of her reality than her dreams.” ]
 [ Folk art – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
 “Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic.  Folk Art is characterized by a naive style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed.  Closely related terms are Outsider artSelf-Taught Art and Naïve art” ]



Class 15 June, 2015

June 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today there were 2 of us in class.  One student, S, was taking the placement exam.  Y and I reviewed last week’s work with possessive pronouns and determiners.  Wen went through several verbal exercises together.

See last week’s post.

I created online exercises for this as well. Post link here.



Class 8june, 2015

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today was bright, sunny, and a bit hot.  It was not bad for June in Texas.  We talked for a moment about the weather.  I asked them to describe it and say whether or not they liked it.


Pronouns take the place of nouns in different ways. Pronouns are used instead of some nouns so that we do not need to repeat a name or idea every time we talk about it in a conversation, or in writing. e


Without Pronouns:  Toni has 3 students in her class.  Toni likes to teach the 3 students English because the 3 students are very nice and work hard in class.

With Pronouns:  

  • Toni has 3 students in her class.  She likes to teach them English because they are very nice and work hard in class.
  • I have 3 students in my class.  I like to teach them English because they are very nice and work hard in class.

There are different pronouns for different uses.  Today we will look at Possessive Pronouns.

Determiners tell about a noun.  When you use a determiner it must be with a noun.  We already know some determiners – a, an, the, some, any, those, these, some, many…There are a few other determiners.  Today we will look at Possessive Determiners.


This means to own, ownership, to have something, belongs to.  
There are 3 ways to show possession.  You can use possessive pronouns, possessive determiners or ‘s.  Do not worry about the words “pronoun” and “determiner”.   Those are important ideas for teaching and learning, but it is more important to be able use the correct words.

Possessive Pronouns and Determiners

Subjective pronouns Possessive determiners Possessive pronouns
 I  My  Mine
 You  Your  Yours
 He  His  His
She   Her  Hers
 It  Its   Its
 We  Our  Ours
 They  Their  Theirs
 You  Your  Yours

Possessive Determiners

These words tell about ownership of a noun. Determiners are always followed by nouns.  There may be other words worth the noun, but there must be a noun.

Examples:  Whose car is this?  This is my car.  This is my red car.  This is my old, red, car.

“Car” is the noun.  “My” is the possessive determiner.  It is not just a car, it is my car.

Possessive Pronouns

These words replace nouns.  You do not use another noun with possessive pronouns.  

Examples:  Whose car is this?  It’s mine. (It is my car.)  It’s ours. (It’s our car.)

What is your problem?  It’s your problem, not mine!  It’s my problem, not yours.

Apostrophe S (‘s)

We use ‘s with a noun to show ownership.  

Examples:  Whose car is this?  That’s Toni’s car.  

The child’s toy is small.  The children’s toys are colorful.  The book’s pages are wet.

Classroom work

We worked on 3 worksheets.

  • Find the possessive nouns, and categorize nouns as person, place or thing
  • Match possessive nouns with object that is owned
  • Categorise list of nouns ending with S as plural or possessive
Next Week’s notes
Create excercises online for 
  • possessive pronouns
  • Possessive Determiners

Class 1 June, 2015

June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Finally!  A bright sunny day in Texas.



To have 

  • means to possess
  • this is used with nouns.  
  • to have something.  There must be a thing.
  • Examples:  I have 3 children.  I don’t have children. He has a new car.  

To have to

  • means must do, obligated   
  • this is used with verbs.  
  • to do something.  There must be another verb.
  • Examples: I have to work.  I don’t have to work.  They have to go.

To like

  • means something that you think is good, it makes you happy.
  • must be used with a noun.
  • to like something
  • Examples: I like ice cream.  I don’t like ice cream.

To like to

  • means something you like to do
  • must be used with another verb
  • to like to do something
  • Examples: I like to read.  I don’t like to read.

Computer Lab

“Very Hot Weather in India”

  • Read and listen to the news story
  • Take the quiz

Story and video from News in Levels


Fix quiz
  • One answer is incorrect
  • Need Retake button
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