Food Distribution Sites and COVID-19 “Hotline” Information

Here are 2 resources for anyone with food insecurities. This is a very recent and updated list of Food Pantries and their current hours of operation.

Also, here is a link from Wake County Public Schools with a list of locations, addresses, and times for FREE lunch pickup. Students do NOT have to be present and NO ID is required. 

There is also a “hotline” that people can call. NC 2-1-1 can help people with health and human services needs including food, shelter, and much more. For COVID-19 resources, assistance, and updates, residents can just call 2-1-1 (TTY 888-892-1162) or text COVIDNC to 898211.

NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages. NC 2-1-1 cannot provide direct medical services and COVID-19 can only be diagnosed by a health care professional.

Civics website – for student use, teacher resource, & lesson planning

Here is a recently-discovered Civics website, with some excellent resources, as well as lesson plans and interactive games.

About the website: iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. It was founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. You can read more about the organization here:

Thanks to Holly Williams for this contribution.

Wake Tech’s TOEFL classes – Fall 2014

Wake Tech plans to have two TOEFL classes running this fall, 2014. These courses are for ADVANCED English learners, especially those who wish to attend university in the U.S.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language. See this site  for more information:

*If you have any questions regarding registering for a continuing education class contact or call 919-866-5800 or 919-335-1044.

You may also contact one of the course instructors, Emma Dempsey, at

NOTE: If too few students register, these classes will not run.


Olympic Lesson

  • Ask students if they enjoy the Olympics. What is their favorite sport to watch in the winter? Do they know when the next Olympics are?
  • Have your students go to the Olympic website:  From there you can click “Olympic games” and choose “Sochi” or just have students follow this link:
  • Here are a few vocabulary words you may want to review beforehand:  motto, compete, competition, athlete, torch

Below are questions that students can work with a partner to answer, using the website.

Work with a partner to answer the following items:

  1. When are the 2014 Winter Olympics?
  2. Where are the 2014 Winter Olympics?
  3. How many days until the Olympics begin?
  4. Can you find any information about the host city, Sochi? Share 3 facts you learn.
  5. Name 3 sports that you know are in the winter Olympics.
  6. On the website, find the motto of the Olympics.
  7. The Olympic torch went to a very unusual place; where did it go and when?
  8. Click on the “countries” link and see if your country is participating in the Olympics. Name 5 other countries that you are not familiar with, that are competing.
  9. Which country is the closest to Sochi, Russia? Which is farthest?
  10. There are 12 new sports; can you name 5 of them? (find the article on the opening page)
  11. Click on the “games” link and find how many athletes compete in the winter Olympics and how many compete in the summer games.
  12. Who are some of the athletes to watch, who might be winners in this Olympics? (find link for athletes to watch)
  13.  What has been in the news lately that might be a concern for some athletes and fans?

Other ideas for lessons on the Olympics:

1) The top of this website looks uninviting, but scroll down to find good activities and exercises on the Olympic Games. 

2) Language Arts lesson on the Winter Olympics (designed for Grade 3 reading level)

3) The origin of the Olympic Games.  This website from the BBC is designed for elementary-age kids but has fun links and activities 



2014 Winter Olympics – Lesson

ESL instructors, take a look at this lesson on the 2014 winter Olympics.  This year the winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia and will run from February 7 to 23rd.

There are also several other “computer-based” lesson plans on this page.

Please let us know if you use them and send us a comment. We welcome your feedback. Thanks!


Wake Tech’s AEC Proudly Introduces its “Safe Space” Page

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We call the page “Safe Space,” which refers to the training program for educators who want to make LGBT students feel welcomed and accepted.  Although the Safe Space page will be especially interesting to LGBT students, all ESL students are invited to check it out (=look at it) and explore some of the informative and educational articles and stories.

For example, one of the links on the Safe Space page connects you to a list of almost 50 links to articles of interest to LGBT students and their friends and allies.  The articles are organized by topic and each one includes a brief description so readers can decide if the article sounds interesting enough to check out.

We would also like to invite students to submit their own website links of interest to the blog.  More information about this will be posted later.

Please click here to see the “Safe Space” Page.

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: