in Class 29oct 2014

October 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today we had Ye and B.  So I changed the plan.  It was a chance to review some basics.   A couple of situations came up.   Ye phoned G – how to say G did not answer? A question came up with “What do you do”.  So I started with those.  We eventually  went on to the To Be exercises on the computer.  I also downloaded Google Translate to Ye’s phone – she rocks it!


The phone:
“She is not answering the phone” when you are calling and waiting for an answer.  This is Present Continuous.
“She did not answer the phone.” After the call, after you hang up. This is Simple Past.

“What do you do?”
When someone asks you, “What do you do?” They usually mean – what to you do for a job, your work.
“I teach.”  “I clean houses.”  Use the Simple Present form meaning “in general”.

“What do you do?”  Vs. “What are you doing?

  • “What do you do?” Is usually about your work.  “I teach.”  It is Simple Present, in general.
  • “What are you doing?” This means right now, the present.  While you are talking.  This is Present Continuous (-ing).
    A friend may call you and ask, “What are you doing?”  You answer, “I am watching TV.”  “I am cooking.”

There can be more words added to “What do you do…?”  to be specific:

  • “What do you do for fun?”  You answer about something that you like to do, “I like to walk in the park.”
  • “What do you do on Wednesdays?”  Notice that is WednesdayS.  More than one.  This mean what do you do every Wednesday.  “I go to class.” Simple Present  Again, something you do in general, regularly – not  just one special time.
Reviewed Simple Present and Simple Past:
  • To Be
  • To Want – to desire something (Went is the Past Tense of To Go)
Reviewed: Regular Verbs and Irregular Verbs
  • Regular with verbs means normal, predictable: they all work the same.
  • Regular Verbs add -ed in the Simple Past Tense.
  • Irregular Verbs are not normal, not predictable:  they change to different words in Simple Past.
“To Want” is a Regular Verb: in Simple Past you add -ed
Simple Present
I want
You want
He, she, it wants – you add as -S here
We want
They want
You want
Simple Past
Wanted – all use wanted, I wanted, you wanted…
“To Go” is an Irregular Verb: it changes to a different word in the Simple Past
Simple Present
I go
You go
He, she, it goes – here you add an -S
We go
They go
You go
Simple Past, the word changes
Went – all use this.  I went, you went, ….

Computer Lab

  • We started the Simple Present and Simple Past of To Be, plus negative – “not”.
  • There are 10 pages to do.  It starts simple and gets more difficult with each page.
  • We got through Exercise 5.  B stayed after class and kept working.  I don’t know how far she finished.
We will continue next week.
We will do the vocabulary worksheets next week – see 29Oct 2014 Class Plan
I think I will present an easier and shorter reading for Ye.  She did very well reading it on her own and doing the exercises.  It was awesome!




9apr 2014 In Class Plan

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today I am adding things that we will likely not have time to do.  I will adjust what I present spontaneously – as usual.

Notes from last class:


Tongue Twister

A tutor who tooted the flute
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor:
“Is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”

To Toot – make short sharp sounds eg. on flute or horn

Tooter – one who toots

Tutor – private instructor or coach


To Be 
  • Forming questions with To Be – basic word order
  • Worksheets today – Simple Present, also with “not”.
Save To Have for next class:
  • To Have:  Simple Past, Present, and Future
  • To Have worksheets

Aesop’s Fable

The Lark and Her Young Ones

A LARK had made her nest in the early spring on the young green wheat. The brood had almost grown to their full strength and attained the use of their wings and the full plumage of their feathers, when the owner of the field, looking over his ripe crop, said, “The time has come when I must ask all my neighbors to help me with my harvest.”

One of the young Larks heard his speech and related it to his mother, inquiring of her to what place they should move for safety. “There is no occasion to move yet, my son,” she replied; “the man who only sends to his friends to help him with his harvest is not really in earnest.”

The owner of the field came again a few days later and saw the wheat shedding the grain from excess of ripeness. He said, “I will come myself tomorrow with my labourers, and with as many reapers as I can hire, and will get in the harvest.” The Lark on hearing these words said to her brood, “It is time now to be off, my little ones, for the man is in earnest this time; he no longer trusts his friends, but will reap the field himself.”
Self-help is the best help

computer activity


Post Class/Next Class  

  • We did everything planned for the day.
  • We need to continue the computer work.  Clothing vocabulary, 2 sets of games.
  • Review the story more slowly.  Plus 2 students were absent – so we will need to start over.
  • We need to continue To Be worksheets – word order and questions.

worksheets To Be and To Have

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’ Sentence Re-Ordering Exercise
Answer Sheet
Another re-ordering exercise concentrating on the verb ‘to be’.

“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’.

“Have” Expressions Matching Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Matching worksheet to practice expressions with the verb ‘to have’.

Have Expressions – Short Answer Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Worksheet that focuses on short answers to sentences that contain expressions using the verb ‘to have’.

“Have” Expressions Re-Ordering Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Students put words into the correct order to make sentences, all which have expressions using ‘to have’ in them.

2apr 2014 Class

April 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Everyone was here!  That was wonderful.  The class was not.  I was off my game.  It was not interesting, but apparently necessary practice.

Grammar: review basic

We reviewed Present Tense only

  • To Be Simple Present 
  • Regular Verbs – emphasis on 3rd person singular: just add an ‘s’ (or ‘es’) – the rest are the same.  Simple, but difficult it seems.  Short cuts don’t work well for some. 
  • Present Contiuous

I handed out 4 worksheets total, 2 on Present Continuous.  I spent time spread eagle at the board, rocking back and forth between the To Be and the Present Participle halves of the board. To create a quick, automatic, response.  No time to stare and think.  Just do!  It is easy!  And entertaining.   


The Book

Unit 2 – the first page with an illustration of people at a mall.

A verbal exercise.  I asked questions and they answered.  We were able to use Present Continuous a lot.  Plus some observation questions:  What is this place?  Why do you think that?  What kind of store is that? (A baby store – where you buy things for babies) – why is the couple looking at the baby store?  What is he doing?  Etc.  Complete thoughts and sentences.

It went very well, I was impressed by their answers.

(I happened to note that Unit 2 goes into Continuous – luck!)

Next class

  • Forming questions with To Be
  • To Have
  • Unit 2 continue
  • Something interesting – a story, computer activity.
  • The Paragraph


Class site 4:  
I am creating extremely simple grammar quizzes on for the computer.   Short, easily repeatable when needed.  Especially To Be – then I don’t have to keep taking up class time to drive it into their brains.  Maybe.  I have just barely begun and not planned out the organization yet:

  • I need to list what quizzes I have created somewhere – for easy reference/access…an archive page on the site.
  • Try: publish quizzes as posts, not pages.  
  • Categorize quizzes carefully for archive page and to list categories on site pages.
  • Use detailed tags


transition, and class plan

February 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

We have talked with the advanced students – my gals! – to moving on. They are quite ready for the next level. I will miss them dearly.   I am in contact with them, so it will not be cold turkey. 

We will be getting new level 2 students soon.  I have been told there is no level 1 class currently.  Likely the new students are not computer users…yet.  I will take care of that.  And email accounts.  Vital basic skills.  The keyboard, mouse, text boxes and double clicking are daunting for first time users.  This time I shall write everyone’s email and password. 

Where shall we start?  With the book a bit – verbal descriptive.  As much as I can figure out how to use the book. Very complicated teacher directions in it. Grammar is not presented in a helpful fashion, so that is number 2.  Present a list of nouns and verbs with definitions.  Do The Paragraph exercise – switching out person and tenses.  Then computer exercises. 

  1. *Remember books.
  2. Notebooks – make sure they date session notes and use for computer work.
  3. Grammar – review To Be, try to explain nouns and verbs.
  4. *Create online quizzes – determine if a word (from the presented list) is a noun or verb, and To Be – Simple Past, Present, Future.
  5. Set up Gmail accounts – allow for extra extra time for this. Use my address for back up – lost pwd retrieval. 
  6. Make sure they write down their login info in their notebooks, correctly!
  7. Perhaps introduce Flashcards – they will create some each class?
  8. *Buy notecards for Flashcards. 

May 1st

May 1, 2013 § Leave a comment  chart that shows the verb tenses of to Be.

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