Please see the new lesson plans posted under “ESL and Civics Lesson Plans Online” (below, left-hand column). There is an excellent series of lesson plans on Current Events: Exploring News Sources (Level 5), a Database Lesson on the International Birthrate (Level 3 and 4), and a lesson on Telephone English, using Skype (Level 2 and 3) — all by Shanna Stinehour. These were designed for specific levels but could be adapted for higher or lower classes. Thank you, Shanna!
EL/Civics Online Lesson Plan Project (Fall 2011)
Wake Tech ESL Instructors, please click on the link on the side-bar — below, left: **For Instructors – Online Lesson Plan Project, Fall 2011** — to find the details for this year’s EL (English Literacy)/Civics Lesson Plan Project. Thanks!
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!
To all WTCC Basic Skills Instructors,
Please click on the link entitled **Links to Future Forward Material** in the left-hand column to access the links that Dean Payne mentioned at the Dinner with the Dean on Thursday, 9/22.
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
Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church (FVUMC)
Minute Clinic: Good Information for People without Medical Insurance
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!
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!
Reedy Creek Middle School (RCMS)
Present Progressive–I am flinging the teacher! (with a fun, interactive quiz link)
La Fiesta del Pueblo 2011
White Plains United Methodist Church (WPUM)
9-11 Memorial Opens on 10th Anniversary
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
Here is a funny poem by Richard Lederer about the past simple tense in English. How irregular! 🙂
Mr. Lederer is an author, speaker, and teacher, as well as a bit of a comedian. His books include A Tribute to Teachers and Anguished English. You can read more about him by clicking here: About Richard Lederer
Pick out the past simple verbs which are correct and the ones which are incorrect. Send it to us in a comment and we’ll tell you if you’re right!
TENSE TIMES WITH VERBS
BY RICHARD LEDERER
The verbs in English are a fright.
How can we learn to read and write?
Today we speak, but first we spoke;
Some faucets leak, but never loke.
Today we write, but first we wrote;
We bite our tongues, but never bote.
Each day I teach, for years I taught,
And preachers preach, but never praught.
This tale I tell; this tale I told;
I smell the flowers, but never smold.
If knights still slay, as once they slew,
Then do we play, as once we plew?
If I still do as once I did,
Then do cows moo, as they once mid?
The Road to TOEFL
This class will help you prepare for the TOEFL.
Preparation course with an emphasis on improving reading and writing skills. 20 hrs.
F 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
9/16/11 – 11/4/11
Contact: Michael Langer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Ender, Wake Tech’s Crossroads Cafe instructor is going to participate in St. Baldricks. He is going to shave his hair to raise money for children’s cancer.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Read more about it here.
Read more about Tommy Ender and kids he’s trying to help here
Donations can be made here
Thomas Ender is looking for caring people to help donate to the cause.
Dear Students and Instructors,
We are very honored to have you as our readers. To serve your better, we are always looking for new ideas on how to improve our blog. Starting today, I will publish links to our ESL sub-blogs with a short overview. Please leave a comment and let us know if it is more helpful for you.
Week of 1/31/11-2/7/11
Round-up: The Best of the Blogs This Week
This list will be updated as more blog posts are published.
Updated on 2/2/11
Updated on 2/1/11
AEC blog: How to make a comment on the blogs;
Athens Drive HS (ADHS) blog: Wake Co. Library Booksale
(great, cheap books to help you read more in English!)