September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Class 21 Sept. 2015
Beautiful, kind of hot, day. Clear blue sky with slight, occasional, breezes.
- Simple present
Home work assigned to do exercises and vocabulary from ***** book.
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!!!
- Dominican Republic
- Review homework
- Practice conversation
- I will present the US flag
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.
- When is independence day?
- What is the year of indepence?
- Was there a war?
- Who fought in the war?
- From whom did their country gain independence from?
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
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.
July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
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.
FORGOT PLURAL POSSESSIVE – s’
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.
- 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|
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.
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.
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
- possessive pronouns
- Possessive Determiners
June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
Finally! A bright sunny day in Texas.
- 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.
- 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.
“Very Hot Weather in India”
- Read and listen to the news story
- Take the quiz
Story and video from News in Levels
- One answer is incorrect
- Need Retake button