The Weekly Blog Round-Up

Week of 9/12/11-9/18/11

Adult Education Center (AEC)
Fiesta del Pueblo – Sept. 18, 2011
Independence Days – Sept. 15-26
Additional registration dates for day and night classes (also listed in left column)
Boggles World ESL website

AEC Annex (AECX)
Pedestrian safety
Lesson on reading signs- traffic etc
Bugfest Sept. 17

Athens Drive (ADHS)
Bank Lesson-ATM
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Brooks Ave Church of Christ (CHOC)
Explore All of Our Wonderful Blogs!!
Greek Festival
Bugfest!

Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church (FVUMC)
Minute Clinic: Good Information for People without Medical Insurance
Present Simple
Pronunciation and Vocabulary Practice
What’s Wrong? – Advanced Level Reading Comprehension Exercise

Garner United Methodist Church (GUMC)

Highlands United Methodist Church (HUMC)
Phrase of the Day (September 13, 2011): Looking forward to…
Prase of the Day (September 12, 2011): Way to go!
Practice makes perfect!
Phrase of the Day (September 15, 2011): Hurry up!
Calm down!
Phrase of the Day (September 17, 2011): Piece of Cake!
The International Festival is Coming!
Phrase of the Day (September 18): Paid Off

Hispanic Family Center (HFC)
Greek Festival this weekend with a pointer to website for free tickets
Possessives usage that we covered in Level 1/2.

Millbrook HS (MLBK)
Mid-semester ESL registration tonight, September 15!

Northern Wake Campus (401N)
Look who’s been trained to blog!
2nd Registration for ESL classes – TONIGHT!!!
2nd Annual Rolesville COOK-OFF

Reedy Creek Middle School (RCMS)
Present Progressive–I am flinging the teacher! (with a fun, interactive quiz link)
La Fiesta del Pueblo 2011
Greek Festival

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (SAPC)
Traffic Signs – What do they mean?
Poudel Family – Bhutanese Customs on Death

Western Wake Campus (Millpond)
Stories– Easy Listening
WUNC– Advanced Listening
Hiking the American Tobacco Trail
Visit the State Capitol Building in Raleigh

White Plains United Methodist Church (WPUM)
9-11 Memorial Opens on 10th Anniversary
Pronunciation Practice
Tornado Watch Today
Summer ends – You can say “Fall” or “Autumn” but it begins this week!
Present Perfect Tense Practice
Take a Child Outside Week

“SPENT” – This free online game helps people understand what it’s like to be homeless in America.

From Urban Ministries of Durham, NC:

Challenge the way you think about poverty and homelessness in the United States.

Work hard. Do the right thing. “Homelessness is something that will never happen to me.”

Sometimes, all it takes is one life-changing experience to land you in trouble.

How would you cope? Where would you go? What would you do? Figure something out, right?

We invite you to take the challenge…Play SPENT ( http://playspent.org/)

Read more about it here: http://mashable.com/2011/02/08/spent-homeless-game/

Idioms

Big deal! – So what? That doesn’t really matter.

Example 1: You won five dollars in the lottery? Big deal!

Example 2: Your father has a job with a big company in New York City? Big deal!

(to) give someone the cold shoulder to be cold to someone on purpose; to snub someone

Example 1: When Lisa saw Amber at the mall, she didn’t even stop to talk to her. She really gave her the cold shoulder.

Example 2: I can’t understand why Joe would give you the cold shoulder. I thought you two were good friends!

(to) hit the nail on the head – to be right

Example 1: Dawn hit the nail on the head when she said that Tiffany is jealous of Amber.

Example 2: Steve hit the nail on the head with his idea of moving his company’s manufacturing facility to China.

piece of cake – very easy

Example 1: Nicole finished her physics test in just 25 minutes. It was a piece of cake.

Example 2: The driving test is a piece of cake. Don’t worry about it.

(to) twist someone’s arm – to persuade someone; to convince someone

Example 1: Ted didn’t want to get another tattoo on his back, but Amber twisted his arm.

Example 2: Okay, you’ve twisted my arm. You can borrow my new car and drive it across the country.

Make sentences with these idioms and type them in a comment box.

Useful Vocabulary for the Resume and Interview

acted, accomplished, adapted, administered, advanced, advised, allocated, analyzed, applied, approved, arbitrated, arranged, assisted, attained, blended,brought, built, carried out, changed, classified, collaborated, compared, completed, computed, conceived, conducted, constructed, consulted, contracted, controlled, cooperated, coordinated, corrected, counseled, created, edited, dealt, decided, decreased, defined, delegated, derived, designated, detected, developed, devised, directed, discovered, distributed, documented, doubled, encouraged, engineered, enlarged, escalated, established, estimated, evaluated, examined, expanded, experienced, explored, facilitated, finalized, formulated, founded, functioned, governed, grouped, guided, handled, harmonized, harnessed, headed, identified, implemented, improved, increased, indexed, initiated, inspected, installed, instituted, interpreted, introduced, invented, investigated, justified, led, localized, located, made, managed, maintained, mechanized, merged, moderated, motivated,negotiated, opened, operated, organized, originated, overcame, perceived,performed, pioneered, planned, prepared, presented, presided, processed, programmed, promoted, provided, purchased, raised, recommended, recorded, recruited, rectified, redesigned, repaired, replaced, restored, reversed, reviewed, revised, saved, screened, selected, serviced, set up, solved, sorted, sparked, specified, started,stimulated, strengthened, summarized, supervised, supported, systematized, tested, trained, transacted, transcribed, transformed, tripled, upgraded, validated, varied, verified, vitalized, won, wrote.

Apostrophes

Apostrophes (‘) can be confusing even for native speakers of English, but they aren’t difficult to master if you can remember a few apostrophe rules. Apostrophes in English serve two basic functions; they show possession, and they indicate that letters have been removed from the original words in the process of forming a contraction. They are not necessary for forming plural nouns or possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, their, our, its). In the following story, you will see examples of apostrophes being used for both purposes. Pay close attention to where they are and what they’re doing as you read.
Robert and Lisa Jones have two beautiful children. Amy is nine and Ross is seven. The Joneses’ house has two floors. The children’s rooms are upstairs, and the parents’ bedroom is downstairs. Lisa’s room is always clean while Ross’s room is always messy. The Joneses’ lives are very busy this week. Ross’s sports teams all have games, Amy’s ballet class has a recital, and Robert’s car is in the shop, so the Joneses are trying to get everything done with only Lisa’s car. So far today, they’ve been to school, practice, rehearsal, the grocery store and the veterinarian’s office, and they aren’t finished yet. They’ll be busy until late tonight, and tomorrow, they’ll do it all again.

Rules.

Now listen to a podcast and/or read a transcript on apostrophes here.

Quiz

Passive Voice: Find Eight Mistakes

When I was worked as an engineer in Cali, Colombia, my company awarded a multi-million dollar contract to build a new school. The project was closely supervising by the city officials, and tight deadlines set. Therefore, we had to work quickly and efficiently. I was assigning as a project manager and giving tasks that required me to be on site. The construction was be complicated by constant rains.  However, we managed to complete the school by the next academic year, and the company chosen as one of the best engineering and construction companies in the country.

from K.S. Folse’s workbook

Find eight mistakes and leave a comment. Correct answers will be posted next week.

A Very Difficult Riddle

What nine-letter word in the English language is still a word when each of the nine letters is removed one by one, in no particular order. Take a few minutes to try and come up with a nine-letter word that fits the bill.

Post your answer in a comment box. The correct answer will be posted next week.

We would like to thank Robin A. for sharing this riddle with us.

Click here for correct answer.