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” 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’.
February 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today we said goodbye to Ania and Alma. They and Joanna are advancing to level 3. Ania had brought a cake she baked. Incredible as always. We chatted for some time. Ania and Alma worked on reading a piece about Eng and Chang, the 19th century Siamese twins – with follow up questions. They were waiting to take the placement tests.
Officially we did The Paragraph. (TP) super simple to start:
“Today we are in class. We study English. We have 2 new students, Guadalupe and Yesenia. Guadalupe is from Mexico. Yesenia is from Honduras.”
Verbs conjugated Simple Present, Past, Future: to Be, to Study and to Have
Then TP: past and future. No person changes. The concept of matching the noun to noun change with the verb change was not clear for one (We are to we were, not we are to I was) – a simple matter of practice.
Siamese Twins reading – Guadalupe is interested in the Siamese Twins story. So we will do that. It is advanced, but interesting.
Vocabulary – Check the Siamese Twins story.
Prepare for something on the computer. Yesenia is extremely keen to get started. So awesome!
– Create simple exercises matching person to verb with verb tense changes.
December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
This is a quick, basic grammar review for nouns, verbs, and the sometimes confusing usage of lay versus lie, and rise versus raise. This reference can be used for term papers, grammar class reviews, or simply for anyone confused or curious about the basics of English grammar.
Read more at http://www.englishgrammar.org/rules-review/#LDipiM8tBCb8mxdk.99
Grammar Rules Review from http://www.englishgrammar.org/
Available as a PDF on site to download
Available from my Evernote storage to print:
November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
The plan for class tomorrow. Draft
Print lists of verbs and explanations
1). Tongue Twister
2). Vocabulary/grammar – correct wildly erroneous information I provided on verbs. Regular vs Irregular.
English regular verbs change their form very little (unlike irregular verbs). The past tense and past participle of regular verbs end in -ed, for example:
work, worked, worked
Make note of, but do not dwell on: regular verb exceptions/confusions
…But you should note the following points:
1. Some verbs can be both regular and irregular, for example:
learn, learned, learned
learn, learnt, learnt
2. Some verbs change their meaning depending on whether they are regular or irregular, for example “to hang”:
|regular||hang, hanged, hanged||to kill or die, by dropping with a rope around the neck|
|irregular||hang, hung, hung||to fix something (for example, a picture) at the top so that the lower part is free|
3. The present tense of some regular verbs is the same as the past tense of some irregular verbs:
|regular||found, founded, founded|
|irregular||find, found, found|
Irregular verbs are an important feature of English. We use irregular verbs a lot when speaking, less when writing. Of course, the most famous English verb of all, the verb “to be”, is irregular.
What is the difference between regular verbs and irregular verbs?
|Base Form||Past Simple||Past Participle|
|With regular verbs, the rule is simple…|
|The past simple and past participle always end in -ed:||finish||finished||finished|
|But with irregular verbs, there is no rule…|
|Sometimes the verb changes completely:||sing||sang||sung|
|Sometimes there is “half” a change:||buy||bought||bought|
|Sometimes there is no change:||cut||cut||cut|
One good way to learn irregular verbs is to try sorting them into groups, as above.
Review lists of verbs – both
3). Describe events in sequential order: another class, no time today
NOTE: Sequential events for Glitter Book exercise
4). Glitter book
Write a letter to someone: a friend or relative or an official like a president of their countries. (Joanna? We have talked about the president of Argentina before.)
List some ideas to include, if needed.
The status of family, any new friends
Unusual observations about the US/Austin and anecdotes
What they miss about their home countries
What they like about the US
President: suggestions, grievances, reality check
5). Lab. Perhaps nothing with headphones. Epic equipment fail last class. My purchases are cheap crap.
No reading passages.
November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
A series of online self study lessons to glean from: complete lessons, explanations and exercises…I have no shame.
English at Home http://www.english-at-home.com
This week we start right from the beginning so that you can talk about yourself accurately and confidently. In Week 1, there are two grammar pages: \”Nationalities and the verb to be\”; and \”Pronouns and Possessives\”. Both these pages give you grammar explanations and examples, and then there\’s a multiple-choice exercise for you to test your understanding. There are answers for the exercises.
There\’s also a vocabulary page with useful words and phrases to talk about you and your family (also with an exercise); and there\’s a speaking page with useful phrases to say hello, introduce yourself, and introduce other people.
On the speaking page, you can also practice five conversations to help you improve your fluency and your pronunciation. You will need a microphone so you can record your voice, and speakers (or a headset) so you can hear the conversation.
Here are the links to the four lessons:
– Use the verb “to be” in the present simple and past simple tenses (affirmative, negative and question forms)
– Give your nationality
– Use subject and object pronouns accurately in sentences
– Understand and use possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns
– Talk about your marital status and the people in your family
– Give simple greetings, and make simple introductions
For more phrases on saying hello, see our page on English greetings.
For more vocabulary to talk about your family, see our page Talking about your family.