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

“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 (

Read more about it here:


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 (‘) 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.


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


Interview with a Wake Tech ESL Instructor

We’re excited to introduce our new blog column where we will feature an interview with a Wake Tech ESL Instructor.
If you would like us to interview your teacher, please post a comment with your teacher’s name and place where he/she teaches. Please suggest questions for the interview.

Today we are honored to interview Susan Hoffman.

photo courtesy of Keum Hi

photo courtesy of Keum Hi

Q:How long have you been teaching ESL?
SH: I have been teaching ESL for ten years, going on eleven – all with Wake Tech. and all at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church.

Q:What do you love about your job?
SH: I love watching the students progress in their English. It is very rewarding to to see them gain confidence in their speaking abilities and in themselves. You form a bond with some of your students. You see their struggles but also their accomplishments.

Q: What do you usually eat for breakfast?
SH: I usually have an english muffin or half a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. I always have coffee!

Q: Are you a sports fan?
SH: I am a sports fan. I’m currently watching the World Series but I like football, soccer, basketball, golf, and tennis. I’m a big Roger Federer fan.

Q: Do you enjoy watching wrestling or car races?
SH: I am not a race car or wrestling fan.

Q: If you could have any super power, what power would you like to have?
SH: If I could have a super power, I would like to be able to fly. It would be fun to see where the hawks and eagles live and view the world through their eyes. Plus, you could go places quickly with no traffic!

Q: Do you have a pet?
SH: I have a pet dog. He is a “Sheltie” – a Shetland Sheep Dog. He weighs about 30 pounds and is a member of our family. I talk to him all the time. We solve a lot of problems on our walks!

Q: What is in your refrigerator right now?
SH: If you were to look inside my fridge, you would find fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, and leftovers.

Q: Please tell us about your best vacation.
SH: Many years ago I went on a sailing trip to the West Indies. It was an awesome experience. I went snorkeling, scuba diving, and toured many of the Windward Islands. I had never been to such beautiful but impoverished places.

Q: Please give some advice to our ESL students.
SH: Keep practicing! Work on your pronunciation. If you have questions, ask them!!!

Q: Please give some advise to future ESL instructors.
SH: Relax. The students want to learn. Ask the students what they want to learn. That will help you with your lesson planning. Use your sense of humor and make the class fun.

Thank you, Susan!


How to carve a pumpkin

We would like to thank Jack for this video.

Lesson Plans for Lower Levels.

Haunted House Writing Activity for L4-6

Tracing Activity for Pre-Lit Students

Crossword for Higher Level

Crossword for Intermediate Level

Interactive Jigsaw Puzzles

Listen to a scary story. High level

Read a scary story. L 4-6

Look at home-made Halloween costumes and guess who these children are.