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Weekly Activities

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Activities for Week 1:

 

This week we will review present continuous and write a paragraph.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

 

Present Continuous Tense new.ppt

 What is happening.ppt 

 

Here are links for practicing online:

Review:  http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pcont.htm

Practice:  http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pcont1.htm

and http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pcontnq1.htm 

and http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pcontnq2.htm

Having Fun in Old Montreal:   Flash quiz on progressive forms(1)

Hurricane on the Way:  A news report (1)

What are you doing? Asking Questions + Listening (1)

I'm Going to a Party:  Asking questions (2)

Fun and Games: A Clothes Test, or rather, a fun puzzle (1)

Quiz yourself:  http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/grammarexpress1/ (click Unit Self Tests and Unit 1)

 

 

First Writing Assignments

You will also write the self introductions for your wiki pages.  Here are the questions to consider.  The instructor will show you samples.

 

Name:

Age:

Occupation:

Interests:

 

About Me:

  • Where are you from originally?
  • Where do you live now?  How long have you lived there?
  • Why did you move to the USA to live? 
  • What is your family situation (married/single with or without kids)?  Who do you live with?
  • What is your job?
  • What kind of person are you?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What is your personal motto, belief, philosophy, or outlook on life?

 

Last, you will write a paragraph using present continuous:  What I am Doing Now.  The instructor will show you a sample.

 

 


 

 

Activities for Week 2:

 

This week for grammar, we will review simple present tense and adverbs of frequency.  We'll compare present continuous with simple present and have a quiz next week.   Last, we'll have the first vocabulary and spelling/dictation quizzes next week, so below are links for practice.

 

This week  in the computer lab:
  • set up your wiki page
  • type in your personal introduction
  • type in your first paragraph (What I am Doing Now)
  • practice grammar, vocabulary and spelling online

 

Here are the PowerPoints for grammar:

 

Simple Present Tense.ppt 

and

Advs of frequency.ppt 

 

Here are links for practicing grammar online:

 

Present Tense:

Almost a double quiz:  Negative, use/non-use of s ending, etc. (1)

Asking Questions? Flash quiz with as-you-write feedback.

Bill Gates and I:  Use/non-use of s ending, plus antonyms (1)

Bill and I (again):  Negative forms (1)

Hurricanes Happen:  Difference between the two present tenses (1)

Questions:  Flash multiple-choice quiz (1)

What do we do?  Flash quiz on questions, negative, etc. (1)

I'm Doing a Quiz:  Non-progressive verbs (2)

     See also: Double quiz on affirmative forms (1)

     See also: Double quiz on question forms (1)

Quiz yourself:  http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/grammarexpress1/ (click Unit Self Tests and Unit 2)

 

Adverbs of Frequency:

http://esl.lbcc.cc.ca.us/eesllessons/adverbfreq/adfreqz.htm

http://www.fortunecity.com/bally/durrus/153/gramex24.html#1

http://www.fortunecity.com/bally/durrus/153/gramex24.html#2

http://quizzes.englishclub.com/quiz2000-09q.htm

http://www.johnsesl.com/scrambledtxt/adverbs/

 

 

 

Vocabulary / Spelling:  Personality

Vocabulary and Spelling

 

 


 

 

Activities for Week 3

 

This week on Monday will be the spelling/dictation and vocabulary quizzes on the personality words.  We'll begin studying the next group of words. 

 

This week for grammar, we'll finish up the present tenses and have a quiz on present continuous v. simple present and then we'll work on prepositions of location and have a listening quiz. 

 

For writing, we'll begin personal seal project.  Here are the directions for making a personal seal using PowerPoint:  Illustrations.docx

 

We are going to practice reading comprehension by reading about mysterious places.  You can read more about these and other fascinating locations around the world here:  http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/.  We'll also write a paragraph about an important place, as time permits.

 

Location Words

In / On / At PowerPoint: 

Prepositions.ppt

 

Links to practice location words online:

http://home.nordnet.fr/~rmaufroid/pupitre/prepositions/prepositionslien.htm

http://www.skyblues67.tk/ (click prepositions)

http://a.w-z.webpark.pl/asking_the_way.htm

 

 

Online Vocabulary and Spelling practice: Vocabulary and Spelling (Library)

 

 

 

Personal Seal Project: 

Personal Seal Project.docxYou will create a personal seal with images, colors, and symbols that represent who you are, your character, and what is important in your life.  First you will sketch out your personal seal.  Later you will use Microsoft PowerPoint to make your seal on one slide and save it as a .jpg image.  You will also write a paragraph about your personal seal.  The paragraph needs the following:

  • a title
  • a topic sentence
  • descriptions / explanations of the parts of the seal
  • a conclusion
 
Later you will post your personal seal and your paragraph on your wiki page.  You will also make a brief presentation to the class.  The instructor will show a sample.
 

Writing about an Important Place

 

  • Where do you go when you are very happy?
  • Where do you go when you are very sad?
  • Is there a room in your home where you always feel comfortable?
  • Or is there a natural place, such as in the forest or mountains, at a lake or in a park, where you like to go to?

     

Sample Parapraph:

 

My favorite place is my bedroom.  My bedroom is comfortable.  My bedroom is a relaxing place.  My bedroom has photos of my family on the walls.  My bedroom has photos of my friends on the walls.  My bedroom has paintings of my niece on the walls.  My bedroom has two posters of my favorite movies on the walls.  My bedroom smells like candles.  My bedroom smells like perfume.  I like my bedroom more than any place in the world.  My bedroom is the place where I like to spend the most time.

 

Better!

My favorite place is my bedroom because it is a comfortable and relaxing place.  It has photos of my family, my friends, paintings of my niece on the walls.  There are also two posters of my favorite movies...

 

 

 

 

New York City

 

New York City is in the United States.

New York City is located in New York State.

It borders on the Atlantic Ocean.

It was founded in 1625 as "New Amsterdam.”

It was first settled by the Dutch.

It is important for commerce.

Wall Street is located in New York City.

It has many national and international banks.

It has many important skyscrapers.

The World Trade Center is located in New York City.

The Empire State Building is in New York City.

New York City is an important city for immigration.

Ellis Island used to be the entry point for many immigrants at the turn of the century.

There is an interesting immigration museum on Ellis Island.

 

 

 

Possible paragraph:

 

New York, New York is located on the Atlantic Coast of the United States of America. It was first settled as "New Amsterdam" in 1625 by the Dutch. Today, New York City is an important commercial and banking center which includes Wall Street. Among its many important skyscrapers are the World Trade Center and The Empire State Building. One of the most interesting museums is on Ellis Island which served as the entry point for many immigrants who passed through New York City at the turn of the century.

 

Source:  http://esl.about.com/library/lessons/blwriteparagraph.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paragraph Questions:

 

  1.  What is your favorite place?

     

My favorite place is …

 

  1.  Where is it located?

     

  2. What can you see there?

     

  3. How did you find it or how did it become your favorite place?

     

  4. When did you find it or when did it become your favorite place?

     

  5. Have you shared your favorite place with anyone or spent time there with someone special?  If yes, with whom?  When?  If not, why not?

     

  6. How does this place make you feel?  Why? 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Activities for Weeks 4 and 5:

 

 

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, SEPT. 1:  It's Labor Day, so head to the beach, fire up the grill for a barbecue, and enjoy the three-day weekend!  See you on Tuesday.

 

During these weeks for grammar, we'll begin our review of simple past tense.  We'll work on pronunciation of regular verbs and begin to memorize the most common irregular verbs. We will be practicing listening, speaking, and problem solving using this story: 

TheBrahmansWish.pps

 

For writing, we'll revise all assignments, as needed, and will write the personal seal paragraph and record it.  Then we'll see presentations about your personal seals. 

 

We'll also review biography vocabulary: biography vocabulary.ppt and create a timeline using PowerPoint.  Here is the template for you to download (the instructor will demonstrate and show you an example): TimeLine Template.pptx  

 

Last, we'll have spelling/dictation and vocabulary quizzes on the library words and will begin to practice the next set of words (life events), which you can practice online Vocabulary and Spelling.

 

For Grammar Practice:

 

Regular Verbs

View the PowerPoint and use headphones or a speaker to hear and repeat the pronunciation of common regular verbs in past tense.

 

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by kreyes

 

Here are some links to websites for practicing regular verbs:

 

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/michel.barbot/hotpot/prononciation/ed.htm

 

http://www.isabelperez.com/pastendings.htm

http://evaeaston.com/pr/t-d-Id-pattern.html (wait for this to download)

 

Irregular Verbs

This is a list of the 50 most common irregular verbs:  50 most common irregular verbs.pdf

View the PowerPoint and use headphones or a speaker to hear and repeat the pronunciation of common irregular verbs in past tense.

 

 

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by kreyes

 

Past Tense Negatives and Questions: 

Past Tense Q & Neg.pptx 

 

 

Links to practice irregular past tense verbs online:

Flash quizzes on irregular forms:     A - B     C - D     E - F     G - H     K - M (1)

Flash quizzes on irregular forms:     P - S    S     More S     T - W (1)

Flash review quizzes on irregular forms:     Quiz 1     Quiz 2 (1) 

A Disastrous Day  Flash quiz on irregular forms (1)

My Beard  Flash quiz on irregular forms (1)

A Little Accident  Flash quiz on irregular forms (1)

 

Links to practice past tense online:

Flash quiz on regular/irregular verbs. (1)

A Birthday Party:  Past tense questions (1)

 

Quiz yourself on past tense.  Click on the link and then click Unit Self Tests 6, 7

 Also try Part Self Tests Self, Self Test II:

Section One

Section Two

 

For grammar, we'll also review in/on/at prepositions of time.  Here is the PowerPoint: 

In On At for Time.ppt

 

Here are some online exercises:

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/230.html

http://www.autoenglish.org/gr.time.i.htm

http://www.englishpage.com/prepositions/time_prepositions_1.htm

http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/words/activities/prepositions_time.html

 

 

In-class practice past tense and listening/reading with this story: 

Do What Your Heart Asks For.ppt 

 


Activities for Week 6:

 

This week, our reading, grammar, writing, and computer project will focus on "used to" for the past. 

 

Computer project:  Make a PowerPoint about your life changes using used to and simple present tense:  life changes presentation.docDownload this template (the instructor will demonstrate), and add your sentences and images:  Life Changes PowerPoint template.ppt This is the instructor's sample:  Life Changes Instructor Sample.ppt

 

Practice “used to” for the past, as needed with these online exercises:

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/usedto/exercise1.html

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/usedto/exercise2.html

Grammar Express Unit 8 (click this link, click Unit Self Tests, Unit 8).

 

 


 

Activities for Week 7:

 

This week for grammar we'll review past continuous (with simple past).  PowerPoint:

 

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by kreyes

 

Practice online with these exercises:

Online Exercises:

Was Playing / Played:  Flash quiz on past and past in progress (1)

http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/Tenses10.cfm

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

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pascon.htm

Quiz yourself on past continuous and past.  Click on the link and then click Unit Self Tests 9, 10.

 

We'll practice speaking and reading with this story: A Man with the Right Attitude.ppt

 

We'll also work on vocabulary related to medical emergencies:Medical Emergencies.ppt 

 

For writing, we'll practice the grammar we're studying by writing a description of a hectic scene.

 

Vocabulary / Spelling:  Never Too Old to Learn

Vocabulary and Spelling

 

CASAS reading test:  Sept. 25


 

Activities for Weeks 8 - 9:

 

During the final two weeks of this term, we'll review future tense (will and be going to): 

future.ppt 

 

Online future tense practice exercises:

  • Will:  click below, read, and click First Exercise at the bottom of the page.

     

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/futwil.htm

 

  • be going to:  click below, read, and click First Exercise at the bottom of the page.

     

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/gofut.htm

 

 

Practice for quiz (test yourself):  click the link, then click Unit Self Tests, and click Unit 19:  http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/grammarexpress1/

 

 

Computer Assignment:  Reality Check Reality Check Assignment.docx

How much money do you need to make to support your lifestyle? What are careers that can help you earning the money you need to live the life you want? Use California Career Zone to find out. Go to the website: http://www.californiarealitycheck.com/start.htm.  Follow the instructions on the handout provided by the instructor.  Then copy and paste your results to your wiki page.

 

Listening and discussion:  We watched this inspirational video about a successful immigrant and answered questions on a handout provided in class.

 

Original source of video (with accompanying transcript):  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/25802159/>1=43001 

 

 

Final Writing Assignment:  Personal Goals Letter

In class you will brainstorm your personal goals for the future.  Then you will write a letter to yourself about your personal goals.

 

 

Date

 

Dear Me,

 

I am writing this letter to myself about _______ (#) goals I have for the future.  First, in (length of time/month/year) I will/am going to ...  Next, in (length of time/month/year) I will/am going to ...  Finally, in (length of time/month/year) I will/am going to ...  In conclusion, I have set these goals for myself.  I think I can accomplish them if I ...

 

Sincerely,

 

(your name)

 

Example:

 

Oct. 10, 2008

 

Dear Me,

 

I am writing this letter to myself about three goals I have for the future.  First, in five years I will buy a house.  I will start saving $100 extra every month in a savings account.  Next, in I am going to get my American high school diploma in five or six years.  After I finish my ESL classes, I will enroll in the adult high school classes at MiraCosta College.   Finally, in 10 years I will start my own business.  I am going to learn about how I can do it in the USA, and then I will have a landscaping company with my brother-in-law.  In conclusion, I have set these goals for myself.  I think I can accomplish them if I continue to work hard, save money, and study every day.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pancho Carrancho

 

 

 

Vocabulary / Spelling:  Beat the Crowd and Managing the Work

Vocabulary and Spelling

 

Last class:  October 9 -- Certificates and Awards 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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