Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that everyone can celebrate, no matter what your religious or ethnic background. It is simply a time to be with friends and family and think about the things that you are grateful for.

Tell us, what are you most grateful for?

Students, teachers, everyone….please leave us a comment and let us know!

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

A Very Difficult Riddle

What nine-letter word in the English language is still a word when each of the nine letters is removed one by one, in no particular order. Take a few minutes to try and come up with a nine-letter word that fits the bill.

Post your answer in a comment box. The correct answer will be posted next week.

We would like to thank Robin A. for sharing this riddle with us.

Click here for correct answer.


Choose to do one or both activities. The writing can be done in class or as a follow-up homework assignment.

What is Veterans Day?

Go to the AEC-X blog and read the short paragraph about Veterans Day and then click on the link for elcivics.com. Take a close look at the photos and read the captions from the Veterans’ Day Lesson (3 pages).

To commemorate Veterans Day this year, try one of these activities:

1) Do you know anyone who has served or is currently serving in the US military? Imagine what it is like to be a member of the US armed forces, especially those who are stationed abroad. What do you think their life is like? How would you feel? Would you be homesick? What if you had a Write a short note (or letter) of encouragement to a current service member of the US armed forces.

2) Talk to former or current active duty military personnel to learn about their experiences. First think of what you would like to ask them. Write up a list of questions. Afterwords, write up your notes as a short essay or in interview format.

We would like to thank Sheila and Anne T. for these activities.

Haunted House by Runke, L5/6 ESL Student

Directions:  Write a scary story about spending the night in this haunted house on Halloween.  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What happens?  How do you feel?  What do you do?

I did not know why I made a bet with my friends whether I could stay in the haunted house or not, so I needed to spend the whole night on sleeping inside. I was so scared that I had never been to the haunted before. If I did not go to the haunted house , I would lose $100 to my friend. Although I did not believe there are ghosts in the world , I was afraid that I would sleep inside alone.
The wind blew stronger and stronger, the moon was covered by the heavy cloud. I  saw the house was dark inside. I opened the door, walked into the house and wanted to turn on the lights. Suddenly, the door closed itself. Though the moonlight , ash covered the old furniture and I found an old clock still worked. Few minutes later , I walked throughout the house and there is nothing but a lot of wastes in the house. It was silent now, and I could not imagine that how I could stayed in here the whole night. Then I wanted to clean the floor so that I could sleep on the floor. I walk into the kitchen and turned on the tap in order to wet the cloth but I found it ran out something liked blood instead of the water! I want to leave now! But I was cared about $100 more than the thing that I was doing now. I made up my mind that I must insist until tomorrow morning . I cleaned the floor with closed my eyes, then I laid down the floor and tried to not think about anything but sleeping. However , I heard someone walking in the upstairs. Should I go and have a look? I thought. What’s more, I found someone whisper beside me. I could not open my eyes but I really wanted to see whether there was someone beside me or not. The wind blew the window and the window shoot a lot. It seemed something wanted to come in! I must stay in here until tomorrow! I told myself. Suddenly ,all the thing had gone ,the wind blew my skin, and heard the leaves shook. I was too scared to think about anything, then I lost my mind and did not know what else was going on.
I woke up and found it was morning and I was so surprised to see my surrounding. I saw I lay on the ruins ! there was no the haunted house !

Spelling Bee Time

A spelling bee is a competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words. The concept is thought to have originated in the United States. Today, National Spelling Bee competitions for English are held in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Indonesia, among others.

Spelling Bee Interactive Game-listen to a word and spell it.

Official Spelling Bee Website

How to Sign a Card

We continue our topic “How to Sign a Card” and today we will focus on thank you cards.

It’s a wonderful American tradition to give someone a thank you card to show your appreciation of someone’s gift, time, or help. Write from your heart and your “thank you” will be appreciated.

Part 1. From Student to Teacher
Dear Mrs. Gale:

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class this year. I know it’s not easy to teach people who don’t speak much English but you managed to keep us all interested and we always had fun. I wish all my teachers were like you. Thanks a lot!


Dear Ms. Sylvia:

Thank you for all your hard work this semester. I love our ESL school thanks to you.
You’re doing a fantastic job!

Dear Andrea,

Thank you for teaching a great class this semester. I learned a lot and know you helped prepare me for the next level. Thanks for always being patient and in a good mood. I always looked forward to your class.

Best wishes for a great summer!

Dear Ms. Jill:

I hope you know how much I’ll miss you! I really loved your class and know I learned a ton.
Thank you!!


Dear Ms. Robin,
Thank you very much for being my wonderful teacher this semester. I couldn’t wish for a better teacher.
You’re the best!
Thank you very much.

Dear Mr. Gary:
We are very lucky to have you in our school. We hope you know how much we appreciate your hard work!
Best wishes from us all.
Level 3 Students.

to be continued

Birthday Card Phrases

Is it difficult for you to sign a card in English? One of our readers asked us to post some phrases she could use in the future. Great idea for the post! Today we will focus on Birthday cards.

Wishing you a year filled with love and joy.
Happy Birthday, NAME!

May all your hopes and dreams come true
and your future be filled with happiness.
Happy Birthday, NAME!

Best Wishes on Your Birthday!

Have A GREAT Birthday!

May All Your Wishes Come True.
Happy Birthday!

Wishing you every happiness this special day brings.
Have a wonderful birthday!

In this busy world we often take those closest to us for granted,
and we don’t stop to tell them what’s in our hearts…
But today seems like the perfect time to tell you how special you are
and how much you mean.
Happy Birthday!

May today be filled with all the thing you’re wishing for.
Happy Birthday!

Hope your Birthday is something special,
just like you!
Have a Great Day!

Have a sunny and happy,
bright and beautiful
magical kind of day!
Happy Birthday!

Just want to tell you that you’re special,
and to wish you all the joys of a wonderful birthday!
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cards Verses For Someone Special

Happy Birthday NAME,
I’d just like to say that (son, daughter, teacher) like you are hard to find!
Have a very Happy Birthday!
Love You.

Happy Birthday to You, NAME!
I’m so happy to have a son/daughter/teacher like you.

You are…
and much more.
I’m proud to have a son/daughter like you.
Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the world’s most special daughter/ son/teacher!