Technology and More Questions

Hi Everyone,

Please begin this week by typing your email to a friend from last Thursday. I will help you by showing you where you need to fix problems. After you rewrite it, I will make the final corrections.

After you finish, you can practice the grammar for this week. We are working on wh- questions.

wh- questions

yes/no and open ended questions

Writing practice

Listening practice

Finally, here is the link to the video about Steve Jobs and a link to the page about maps.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/06/141120359/read-and-watch-steve-jobs-stanford-commencement-address

Maps of the World

 

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Beginning with the States

Hi Everyone,

Please begin this week by typing your writing from last Thursday about the state you chose. I will help you by showing you where you need to fix problems. After you rewrite it, I will make the final corrections.

After you finish, you can practice the grammar for this week. We are working on count/non-count nouns and quantifiers.

Much/Many

Much/Many/A lot of/lots

Much/many/some/any

Writing practice

Listening practice

Finally, here is the link to the video about ‘how much’ and ‘how many.’

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Finishing Money

Hi Everyone,

Please begin this week by typing your writing from last Thursday about the average person in you first country. I will help you by showing you where you need to fix problems. After you rewrite it, I will make the final corrections.

After you finish, you can practice the grammar for this week. It is the same as last week.

Articles

Wh- Questions

Do or Does Questions

Question word order

Writing practice

Listening practice

Finally, here is the link to the video about question words in English from an excellent college in New York. Listen for the teacher’s pronunciation. It is a little different from the way people speak in Western Washington:

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Welcome to Fall!

Hi Everyone,

Please begin this week by typing your writing from last Thursday about the average person in you first country. I will help you by showing you where you need to fix problems. After you rewrite it, I will make the final corrections.

After you finish, you can practice the grammar for this week:

Articles

Wh- Questions

Do or Does Questions

Question word order

Writing practice

Listening practice

Finally, here is the link to the video about question words in English from an excellent college in New York. Listen for the teacher’s pronunciation. It is a little different from the way people speak in Western Washington:

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Welcome to Fall!

Hi Everyone,

Last week we began our Fall Quarter study and this will be our first Monday in the computer lab. Please take a few minutes to look at the blog pages and find the resources you would like to use. Then begin to practice our material for this week by clicking on these links:

There is/there are

Adverbs of frequency

Articles

Writing practice

Listening practice

Finally, here is the link to the video we watched last week in case you’d like to see it again and think about your goals:

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Finishing Summer Quarter and Looking to the Fall

We are finishing our work for the summer. Today and tomorrow we have final conferences and I’ll talk to each of you about your English levels and what you can study next.

Classes will begin again on September 23rd. I will be testing and registering new students on September 12th and 13th from 9am to noon.

In the meantime, take a look at this video about your body language and how you can use it to improve your English or anything else you’d like to do with your life. It’s 20 minutes long and Amy Cuddy the psychologist is talking to an English speaking audience so the language is fast. But I recommend you take the time to listen. She has a powerful message.

You can also find many wonderful things to do this summer. Here are the parks and recreation sites for Tacoma, Puyallup and Kent.

http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/

http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/files/library/f7950c2f14b58b7a.pdf

http://kentwa.gov/ParksandRecreation/

If you go to the Puyallup Concerts in the park you might see me there!

And of course, remember to do at least a little English study over our break. Speak to your English speaking neighbors, watch English movies and take a look at the website on my ESL Websites and Resources page. Many of you need to practice writing. Take the time to write your thoughts and ideas in an English journal this summer. I would be happy to look at what you’ve written when you return.

I wish you a beautiful summer filled with family and friends!

Karrie

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Fraud Prevention Review, Power Point and A Short Week

Remember! We have no class this Thursday because of the Independence Day holiday on July 4th.

We will have a short test on the verb tenses this Wednesday. You will need to know all 12 tenses. We will practice more in class today and tomorrow.

Last Thursday we had a visitor. Jean Mathiesen spoke with us about Fraud (scam) prevention. She also said that there will be a free budgeting class on Tuesdays: July 16, 23 and the 30th at Pt. Defiance Senior Center. If you are interested, please let me know so I can tell her. If we get enough people interested, we may even be able to do a class here at Bates.

http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/income/finances-50-plus-financial-capability/

Today we’ll work on your presentations by working on your PowerPoint slides. Please follow these directions:

1. Be sure you have finished your paragraphs or essays.

2. Circle 2-4 words in each sentence (or paragraph if you wrote an essay).

3. Use the words to create one slide for each sentence (or 2-3 slides for each paragraph if you wrote an essay).

4. Then follow my example to add pictures. You may need to email me some pictures or bring some from home.

Here is a video you can watch at home for more information about PowerPoint. Our presentations are very simple but I wanted you to have more information in case you need it in the future:

After you have finished this, if you have more time, you can work on the following:

1. Work on spelling and vocabulary. These are the words about Consumer Smarts and computers from last week.

http://www.spellingcity.com/view-spelling-list.html?listId=13364623

4. After practicing vocabulary words, go to the reading site. Choose any one reading and do the exercises with it:

http://www.eslfast.com/

5. Review the grammar tenses for our test. You will not need to remember the conditional.

http://karriezylstra.com/2012/09/

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/tenses_satz.htm

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

6. Practice the Ventures site. We have finished this book but you may still find the exercises helpful.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/venturesadulted/venturesarcade/index.html

Finally, you can work on extra writing and listening exercises if you have the time. I chose a listening practice about driving for you.

http://www.esl-lab.com/expense/expenserd1.htm

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