Improve your computer skills – from basic to advanced

Do you want to get better at using computers?

Here are some sites that are very helpful:

1) The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) has many wonderful resources.

2) This video is a basic computer class for ESL students:

3) This website is from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). It uses British English, but has some very useful lessons.

Wake Tech Celebrates Earth Week — April 23-27

Next week, in honor of Earth Day, Wake Tech will have several events around campus, including a recycling campaign.

There will be eye glasses and cell phone recycling in collection bins for the whole month of April.

On Friday morning, April 27th, you can drop off electronics and computers to be recycled in You may bring your items to Parking Lot P of Main Campus between the hours of 8am and 12 noon.

For more information about the other events, including a showing of the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” go to:

Information about Continuing Education at Wake Tech

We hope that, as you learn English, you will consider taking classes in other subjects to prepare yourself for higher paying jobs and a better life.  Whether you are ready to take these classes very soon or much later, it is a good idea to search school websites to learn about your options.

At Wake Technical Community College, we offer a wide variety of academic and career readiness programs. Check our Highland (HUMC) blog for more posts about this in the future.  First, try to get familiar with the websites, and try to find information about affordable GED classes, associate degree programs, or certificate programs for jobs that interest you.

For more information about GED classes at Wake Technical Community College, click here.

If you are considering getting a 4-year degree, a masters degree, or a doctorate in the United States, two local public universities are North Carolina State University and the University of Chapel Hill. There are also many smaller universities in the area, such as Shaw and NC Central. For a list of public and private universities in Raleigh and Durham, see the VisitRaleigh website.

Thank you to Diana for this information. You can see her blog at HUMC. One of her most recent posts contains answers to student questions about the GED.

Sheila, you will be greatly missed

As some of you may already know, one of our wonderful ESL teachers at Wake Tech, Sheila,  passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on December 22, 2011.  We’ll certainly miss her happy smile and warm, encouraging words.

A celebration of Sheila’s life will be held this Friday, January 13, at 1:15 pm in the fellowship hall at the Brooks Avenue Church of Christ. This will be a relatively informal gathering. A microphone will be available for everyone who wants to say a few words about Sheila, and light refreshments (food) will be served.

The church is located at 700 Brooks Avenue, Raleigh NC 27607, just off of Wade Avenue near the NC State campus.

Sheila’s Brooks Ave CHOC ESL colleagues feel that it is important for Sheila’s many ESL students and Wake Tech friends to have an opportunity to share their fond memories of Sheila and the way she touched all of our lives.

This gathering to honor Sheila is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please feel free to forward this information to Sheila’s former ESL students, colleagues, or anyone you feel would like to be aware of the memorial.

If you can’t attend the memorial, please feel free to share a comment or story here if you would like.

Parent Info Sessions for Wake County Schools

Are you the parent of a child in the Wake County Public School System? Do you have questions about where your child can go to school next year? Do you have questions about Wake County’s new Student Assignment Plan? If so, you can go to any of the sessions listed at the link below.  Some of the sessions will have Spanish interpreters available. One session, as the Islamic Association of Raleigh, will have an Arabic interpreter.

*Centro para Familias Hispanas, 2013 N. Raleigh Boulevard, Raleigh

Wed., Nov. 30, 5:00 p.m.

*Islamic Association of Raleigh, 808 Atwater Street, Raleigh  (Arabic interpreter available)

Fri., Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.

For a list of all the sessions, see:

New links to great ESL websites

Check out the list of  Links below (left column, below the list of WTCC blogs). Three new links have been added:

The British Council “Learn English” page – a wonderful website with activities for listening, reading, videos, grammar and vocabulary

The “English Page” – a site with Grammar, Vocab, Reading, Listening and more!

The “Road to Grammar” – a site with Grammar Practice, Quizzes and Games for every grammar point you can imagine!

Happy clicking!

Tarheel of the Week: Our ESL Volunteer, Mary McLaurin!

Wake Tech’s own Mary McLaurin was featured in a News and Observer article this Sunday! Mary has been a volunteer in our ESL classes for over a decade (10 years), and she now helps teach a music class, with ESL instructor, Susan Ballard, to help students learn English through songs and songwriting.

You can find links to the article and to a video of Mary singing at our CHOC blog (click on the link in blue, below): Congratulations to Mary!

Several students have already congratulated Mary by commenting on this blog post. Hooray Mary!

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

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