Saturday, December 8, 2012

Almost Finished - Fall 2012

Hi All, 

I hope you are having a good week. It's almost vacation time.

Next Tuesday, December 18, is our last class for this semester. Your teacher will return the registration papers to you in class. We will also learn some exercises and play holiday songs and games.

There will be an Associated Students party in the afternoon, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. It's in the Annex on Washington Street. Enjoy!

Spring Semester 2013 starts on Monday, January 14. I hope to see you at school next semester/next year. 

We'll look at the interactive Christmas Book if it's available. I'll show you how to use other interactive books in this series. They're very helpful.

Michelle Henry's website also has many holiday-themed links. We'll look at a few of them in class.

We finished Unit 8 - you can review this or any other unit in Ventures 3 online. Look at Unit 9, even though we haven't finished it. 

Ask me if you don't remember how to use the Ventures website. 

I hope you'll keep up your computer skills, either at your home or in our 2nd Floor Library, and that you've enjoyed studying at our new campus. 

I have enjoyed having such intelligent and hard-working students in the class this semester. Good luck with your future studies. 

If you want to keep in touch, here's my email:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Testing and Registration Week

Hi Everyone

Don't be afraid of the rain! I hope to see you in school tomorrow and Friday.

Here's a song to celebrate the rain, or complain about it:              
Rainy Days and Mondays

Here's next week's schedule:

Monday, Dec. 3 - Promotion Test, Reading
Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Promotion Test, Listening
Wed., Dec. 5 - in-class registration for Spring 2013
Thurs. Dec. 6 - regular class (registration last 15 minutes)
Friday, Dec. 7 - regular class (registration last 15 minutes)

Today we'll review Unit 7 - Shopping, at Ventures Arcade 
Remember to choose Book 3, Unit 7 

We'll also look at, a website with many levels and kinds of games to help you learn English.

Thursday Dec. 13 will be our last Computer Lab day. Do you have any requests for things you'd like to learn?  Please let me know. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Week and Time Clauses

Hi All 
This week we have 2 school days, Monday and Tuesday. The Thanksgiving Holiday starts on Wednesday this year. Have a great time! 

This is a very useful TIME CLAUSE exercise. See if it helps you understand how to use before and after clauses.

Here's a VOA report on Thanksgiving that you may enjoy:

Learn about Thanksgiving

November 26 - 30 we'll have regular ESL class. We'll take a practice test sometime during the week.

The week of December 3 - 7 is Promotion Testing and Registration WEEK. 

Let your teacher know if you can't be there for part or all of the week. You'll need to make arrangements to register for SPRING 2013.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Test-taking tips and Thanksgiving

Getting ready for the Promotion Test on December 3 and 4?

Click here for some Test-Taking Tips

What do you do when you don't understand a question? Let's look at these ideas.

Here's more information on test-taking that you can listen to and read. Good practice for the listening test.

Do you know how to make a vocabulary table? Let's look at one in class. Here's a video that may help.
You can list the words you want to study, add photos to remind you, or definitions or translations. 

Don't forget to look at Ventures Arcade, Book 3, Unit 6 to review.

Next week is Thanksgiving Week. We have a 5-day holiday, from  Wednesday November 21 to Sunday November 25.

What do you know about this holiday? We'll look for information using google search and YouTube in class. 

Hint: food is very important for Thanksgiving. Enjoy! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Spelling Words for Unit 6

A BIG THANK YOU to all the students, friends and family who supported City College of San Francisco. Our college is much stronger because of your support. 

Some announcements:

1. Monday, Nov. 12 is Veterans' Day, a school holiday

2. Thursday, Nov. 15, class meets in the Computer Lab Rm. 803

2. Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Sunday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving holiday

We will practice this listening website. You can listen to news stories and answer questions about them. Each story includes a vocabulary list.

Here's more information about dependent clauses.

And here's One more website with dependent clause examples.

Spelling words in Unit 6:

1. chores 琐事

2. tasks  任务

3. prioritize

4. procrastinating  拖延

5. due

6. deadline  期限

7. impatient  不耐烦

I'm practicing Chinese, but I couldn't do #3 and #5.  If the translation is wrong, please let me know. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November is Here

Wow! Today is November 1st. 

We have two holidays this month, 
and we set the clock back one hour on November 4th. 

November 12 - Veterans' Day
November 22 - Thanksgiving Day

In the Ventures text, we are studying Present Perfect tense again.
Here's a video explanation. There are many more videos that you can watch at this address. We will see some of them in class. 

You can also go to these addresses to practice online: 

the perfect tense in English - good explanation with practice

present perfect vs. past tense - explanation and quiz

Pronunciation Practice - this is a very useful pronunciation site

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wendy's Cats Halloween Game

Here's a Halloween Game to play 

First, watch the slide show about witch Wendy and her 13 cats.

Why have 13 cats? What do you think?

Second, take the "Rags to Riches" quiz. 

Answer questions about witch Wendy and her 13 cats. If you can't remember, look at the slide show again.