April 22 is Earth Day!


Since 1970, people around the U.S. and around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 each year.

Here is a short video from the National Constitution Center called “The Story of Earth Day.” In this episode, you can find out about  the origins of Earth Day and the history of the environmental movement in the United States. Find out why protecting our environment is so important, and take a look at some easy ways you can make your life more green every day!

Click on this link to see the video:  http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/hall-pass/earth-day



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


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.



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.

Phrase Builder: All Levels

Oxford University Press offers Phrase Builder Activities for all levels.
Open your phrase books, get pens ready and start practicing now. You could listen to a phrase, read it, study what it means and test yourself.
Click here.

Please leave a comment for us. Was this exercise useful for you? Did you like it? What new expressions did you learn today?

John Lennon Would Have Turned 70 on Oct. 9

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Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
lyrics were copied from http://www.lyrics007.com/John%20Lennon%20Lyrics/Imagine%20Lyrics.html


from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM0Z75KEd_o&feature=related

Imagine sung by a talented Connie Talbot
from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPeB6kGxWY0&feature=related
Do we have any Beatles fans here? Please leave a comment.

For Instructors and High Level ESL Students: America’s Perfect Storm

Our nation is in the midst of a perfect storm, according to ETS researchers-and the forecast is grim-unless we invest in policies that will change our perilous course.
Please watch ETS Power Point presentation and a complete ten minute video . This video shows the future of American education if we don’t come together to help educate our population. You as teachers and students at Wake Tech are part of the solution. Please continue to work hard and help improve the future for our entire country – by continuing to be the wonderful educators and students that you are!

We would like to thank  Dean Payne who shared this video with us.

Let’s Sing!

for L1

Happy Birthday Song
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear __________
Happy Birthday to you!

Did you know that the “Happy Birthday Song” started out as “Good Morning to You”? Did you know this song was created by two sisters from Louisville, Kentucky?

Mildred J. Hill, a composer, organist, concert pianist, and musical scholar was teaching at the Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School where her sister, Patty Smith Hill, was principal. Mildred came up with the melody to what we now know as “Happy Birthday” and Patty added the lyrics. They created a song for teachers to use to welcome students to class each day. The song was created in 1893 and called Good Morning To You and went like this:

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good Morning to all.

Nobody really knows who changed the words to Happy Birthday to You and put them to the melody of Good Morning to You but the song was being used in all kinds of musicals, on radio, in telegrams and for birthday celebrations. The Hills were not getting any compensation for the use of the song. Jessica Hill, another sister, who had copyrighted the song on behalf of her sisters filed suit and secured copyrights to Happy Birthday To You.