New Lesson Plans

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!

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

A poem with a past (past simple, that is!)

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!


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?

Help Wake Tech’s ESL Instructor Raise Money to Help Children with Cancer

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.