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Homework

Have a wonderful summer!
but, 
 don't stop practicing your English.
 
I will write a post on some things you can do to keep English alive in your life throughout the summer, but here's few quick tips. 
  • Keep using the blog - especially for your weakest skills
  • Meet some English speaking people. 
  • Practice listening in the real world.
 
Thank you for the lovely lunch last week. I'm sorry that some of you couldn;t make it, you would have loved the food and the delighful company. 
Both my husband and I enjoyed it a lot. 
 
Here are a few pictures. If you have more, just send them to me and I will post them.
 
 

 

 

EVERYDAY MATERIAL YOU WILL FIND USEFUL

Useful Dictionaries 
   If you want to know the meaning of a word, idiom, expression or even "set collocation" try one of dictionaries below,, or simply type in the words you want + definition + the name of the dictionary.
You can also get example sentences in which the word or expression is used by going to Google, typing in the expression, the name of the dictionary + example sentences  
DAILY READING PRACTICE
 (Critical Thinking Skills)      
Daily NEWS Listening Links  
  Daily Dictation Practice
Daily Pronunciation Practice

Daily Pronunciation Practice  ( Do these exercises everyday. It will help you   improve your pronunciation.



Preparation for Final Exams

Remember that you have a final grammar test on Wednesday. Come to class at the regular time. 

I have posted some grammar practice further below, but I will post more. 

 GRAMMAR:  


Go to theGRAMMAR PAGE.  Scroll down to


specific grammar points you want to practice and click on the link. There are THOUSANDS of practices.

A the bottom of the page  there is a list of  online multiple choice quizzes on mixed grammar points. 

Even though we have not studied Conditionals this term, the department's Advanced Grammar Final does include questions on conditionals, so make a point of reviewing some the rules - at least by practicing some conditional multiple choice tests.  

Also, there will be gerund/infinitive/ verb tense/ adverb clause/ noun clause/ reported speech/ adverb clause questions among others.

A few multiple choice tests from the bottom of the Grammar Page. 

 REVIEW SPECIFIC GRAMMAR POINTS 
 

PRACTICE FOR FINAL READING TEST
As you know, your reading final exam is on Thursday. Go to the READING PAGE  
for some reading practice, or try some of the quizzes below.

Keep working on the RFU passages. They really make a difference 

Make sure you TIME yourself when doing these reading quizzes. You are practicing how to read under pressure. 

 
Prepare for your Speaking Test !

  Your final test is based on the format of the IELTS test.  Here are some strategies and examples from this international test that can be helpful to you.







STRATEGIES FOR THE IELTS SPEAKING TEST:   



SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF STUDENTS TAKING THE TEST:

PART 1:  Vietnamese Student 
Part 1: Vietnamese Student ( with comments from examiner)

 PART 1 and 2: : Korean student.    
PART 1 and 2: Chinese student    

STRATEGIES FOR PART 3:
  • Srategies for Part 3   One BIG difference in your test is that the topics for part 3 will NOT be connected to part 2. 


EXAMPLES: THREE STUDENTS TAKING PART 3 OF THE IELTS TEST 


Whole Test: Vietnamese Student  
EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT BAND SCORES WITH WRITTEN COMMENTS  

Click on about to read the comments  

SAMPLE TESTS WITH COMMENTS 

Homework Practice for Your Final Exams June 12, 2014

As you know, next week you have final exams.  Here are a few online practices for different exams. 


PRACTICE FOR LISTENING FINAL  


The final exam includes:  conversations ( dialogues), correct responses, announcements, weather, commercials,  two mini lectures and the CBC news.

I will  add some some new practice for you  later, but make sure you  scroll down the HOMEWORK PAGE and do  any of the listening practices you have not done. Also go to the LISTENING PAGE and try some of the listening quizzes there. 

Make sure you do some NEWS listening practice as there WILL be news questions on your final exam.

NEWS: ( Interactive Online News Quizzes with answers)



 TOEIC TEST PRACTICE 
 Skip the section on photos 


Announcements, Commercials etc. 

Canadian Language Benchmark Listening Practice 
( Each of the following includes many activities)  

Mini Lectures on Canadian Topics 

Easier Mini Lectures and Conversations ( Canadian Topics) 

 GRAMMAR: 

Go to theGRAMMAR PAGE.  Scroll down to specific grammar points you want to practice and click on the link. There are THOUSANDS of practices.

A the bottom of the page  there is a list of  online multiple choice quizzes on mixed grammar points. 


Even though we have not studied Conditionals this term, the department's Advanced Grammar Final does include questions on conditionals, so make a point of reviewing some the rules - at least by practicing some conditional multiple choice tests.  


A few multiple choice tests from the bottom of the Grammar Page. 


PRACTICE FOR FINAL LISTENING EXAM: 



The final exam includes:  conversations ( dialogues), correct responses, announcements, weather, commercials,  two mini lectures and the CBC news.

I will  add some some new practice for you  later, but make sure you  scroll down the HOMEWORK PAGE and do  any of the listening practices you have not done. Also go to the LISTENING PAGE and try some of the listening quizzes there. 


Make sure you do some NEWS listening practice as there WILL be news questions on your final exam.


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HOMEWORK JUNE 10, 2014 
Reading: 
Grammar: 
  • Reported Speech/ Noun Clause Test  tomorrow.
  • Do the sentence completion exercises from the handout. 
  • Finish the chapter 12  in your textbook, including Error correction activities. 
  • Do some of the online noun clause/reported speech activities below.


HOMEWORK JUNE 9, 2014 

LISTENING: You have a listening test tomorrow. 
  • Do some of the practices on this page.  The test will be similar to the last one and will include: questions, conversations, news, announcements, talks, commercials, and short lectures.
GRAMMAR:  Reported  Speech  
  • Reported Speech:  Handout  Cartoons: Turn each conversation into reported speech.
  • The Polite Robber  ( Watch the video. Do ALL of the activities. Bring them to class. We will go over the answers and discuss them in class. 



HOMEWORK JUNE 6-9, 2014 

PLEASE READ: 
This week you will have a listening test, a grammar test on noun clauses and reported speech as well as your FINAL writing exam. 

  WRITING:


Rewrite your last in class composition  Make sure you revise it for CONTENT, ORGANIZATION AND grammar.  Hand it in on Monday. You will not get your mark for the original composition until I check the rewrite. 

This means
  • adding details where they are necessary, or where I have asked questions,
  • moving time words, time clauses and other clauses to the front of the sentence. 
  • rewriting non-English sentences into English.
  • revising "and" sentences so that they show the real relationship between ideas ( i.e. time, adjective clause, cause effect etc)   
  • fixing the grammar mistakes. (Really look at your common mistakes - verb tenses, fragments, run-ons, word form etc and try to figure out why you made the mistake and what the rule is. 


COHERENCE:  Read both versions of the example paragraph on coherence./ Read the "bad paragraph" first.  What do you notice? Try to build more coherence in your own rewrite. 

GRAMMAR:  REPORTED SPEECH 
HANDOUTS:
  • Reported Speech ( 73,74,75) + sentences 
  • Said vs Told 
  • Textbook: Chapter 12 - p. 258-261 
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:
ONLINE PRACTICE: 


 Three songs in the listening section below have reported speech activities. Bring them to class.  

READING: 

 LISTENING 

 From Thursday's class handouts:answer keys on Monday   
  From last week: you have the handouts


SONGS:
All 3 songs have a grammar focus: noun clauses or reported speech. In addition to listening to the song, do the reported speech activity and bring it to class on Monday.  


Toefl Longer Conversations: 


TOEIC  
Click on "about" for answers. No transcripts available 


 LISTENING TO REAL CONVERSATIONS:

ELLLO ( English Listening Lessons Library Online) 
Natural "Real Life" conversations or monologues with native speakers of English from different countries)  

INSTRUCTIONS: 
  • Listen to conversation WITHOUT the transcript. Then do the vocabulary and comprehension activities on the right side. 
  • If the transcript is on the screen, click on the - (minus symbol and it will disappear)  
  • Listen and read the transcript after you have listened without it several times
ESL Lab : Every day conversations about real life topic
Announcements and Talks 
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Listening 

HOMEWORK June 2-5th,  2014 

June 3rd, 2014 


READING: 
You  have a midterm reading test on Wednesday(30%)




GRAMMAR: NOUN CLAUSES ( CONT'D) 

 Textbook UUEG (Chapter12 - p. 242-248) -+ 
 Do all of the exercises, including the listening AND the speaking exercises). 
  • Try to speak the sentences OUT  LOUD even when yo write them to help yourself " internalize"the grammar and help yourself remember how to recognize  say the sentences correctly. 
 Useful Videos introducing noun clauses (not reported speech)  

Some online practice with noun clauses ( embedded questions WHO, WHAT  ETC.
QUIZZLET Oral Prractice with Noun Clauses ( question Words- Embedded Questions 

HOMEWORK WEEKEND  MAY 30TH- JUNE 1ST, 2014 

READING: 
REMEMBER:  You will have a midterm reading test on Wednesday(30%)

GRAMMAR:  NOUN CLAUSES

 Textbook UUEG (Chapter12 - p. 242-248) -
  •  Do all of the exercises, including the listening AND the speaking exercises). 
  • Try to speak the sentences OUT  LOUD even when yo write them to help yourself " internalize"the grammar and help yourself remember how to recognize  say the sentences correctly. 
 Useful Videos introducing noun clauses (not reported speech)  

Some online practice with noun clauses ( embedded questions WHO, WHAT  ETC.


LISTENING: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS 

Watch the following videos on random acts of kindness that  have had an impact on people. 

Try to answer the following basic questions  about each of the videos" 

1.    What was t he specific act of kindness? 
2.    Why did the person do it? 
3.    What  was the result? 
4.  What  was the longer result? 

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation






You have the handouts for these. We will go over them in class 







Homework Wednesday May 28th, 2014 

GRAMMAR : Adjective Clause test tomorrow 

Review Chapter 13 Adjective Clauses in your Grammar textook. Make sure you do the exercises on areas where you have problems ( i,.e  prepositions, punctuation etc.) Check the answer keys.  

ANSWER KEYS to various exercises from handouts: 




Homework Tuesday May 27th, 2014
PREPARATION FOR LISTENING TEST 
( You have the handouts for these. We will go over them in class 
If you haven't done some already, do some of the TOEIC practices below.  Your listening test will be in a similar format  with conversations, short talks, announcements, commercials . It will include NEWS + mini lectures as well.  
GRAMMAR:  Adjective Clauses
  • handouts on Where vs Which.
  • Necessary vs Unnecessary Clauses - ( comma, no comma) handout +  textbook pages 285-290
  • Textbook UEG p. 281-(listening) + 282- 284 ( Adjective Clauses to Modify pronouns)  
I WILL TRY TO POST ANSWER KEYS SOON.
READING:  
  • Inference handout
  • Six Way Paragraphs #39 (38- 2nd time)  
  • Continue practicing RFU. Students who practice these cards regularly, make a huge improvement both in their reading and their reading scores on tests.  Practicing with these cards really does make a difference.
  • Reading for Understanding 2 
  • Reading for Understanding 3 
  Weekend Homework May 23rd, 2014

SONGS: 


SPEAKING: 


English Central   (take the one minute tour) Register  and try to do some of the exercises. Do ALL of the exercises, including the speaking. 
  • Try several of the video lessons with green( beginning) blue (intermediate). Do ALL of the activities to get a sense of what you can actually do.  
  • Conversation 1 Course  


READING: 


  • NEWS JOURNAL: Choose YOUR OWN newspaper story. Read it, make sure you understand it and can explain the story to your group.  Articles must be longer than 6 paragraphs. No letters to the editor. No entertainment, financial or sports news.  You can use newspapers, OR the INTERNET. 
  •  Matter of Compassion Part 2: ( handout)  ( I will post some vocabulary and comprehension questions. Do the sentence combining 
  • Vocabulary and Comprehension A Matter of Compassion Part 2
 WRITING:


Rewrite your in class composition . Hand it in on Monday. You will not get a mark until I have seen your rewrite. 



GRAMMAR: Adjective Clauses + articles, prepositions and adjectives with preps 


       



Other Grammar Points You are Having trouble with 
  • I WILL POST SOME OTHER EXERCISES LATER  


 LISTENING: 
You will have a listening test on Wednesday 

  • MOVIE JOURNAL: Watch an English movie. You can use subtitles, but do NOT watch it in your own language. Try watching chunks ( 15 minutes) in English only. Then use captions. 
  •  A Few Movie Recommendations (Michelle's Movie Page.com) This is a list of movies that I have compiled with several of my classes. These are movies they specifically recommended as being enjoyable for ESL students of  any culture. 

  • TOEIC LISTENING:


TOEFL LISTENING 





MORE LISTENING TO COME  


Weekend Homework May 16-20th, 2014 

As you know, this is a long weekend. There will be no class on Monday. 
Have a safe and pleasant break, but don't forget that you should dome SOME homework every day, and not save it all up for Monday.



Vincent  by Don McLean (learn about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and his famous paintings " Sunflowers and  Starry Night." 


Speaking/Listening: 
  • CONTACT ASSIGNMENT Cell phones due next Thursday. ( talk to two native speakers + your telephone partner.
  • TELEPHONE PARTNER DICTATION ( as usual. Make sure you check each other's dictation on Tuesday before class begins)
Reading



Writing:
    Rewrite your in class composition on "characteristics of a     good cashier, store manager, or flight attendant. Pay     
     attention to content  ( adding specific details and examples)  
  a well as to sentence structure and grammar.  



   Keep in mind that content counts for half your marks. If      there is no improvement to the content,  you are not learning or    improving and will continue to remain at the same level. Real    learning takes place when you analyze your first draft, revise   and improve  the content, analyze the grammar and structure mistakes,  and correct them in a 2nd rewrite.

Work on improving the content FIRST. Then,  correct the grammar,, rewrite, proofread as many times as possible. 

I will include  a composition on Characteristics of a Good Bus Driver written by a former Low Advanced student as an example.

SAMPLE REWRITE: 

GRAMMAR

Adverb Clause/and Sentence Connector  test on Tuesday.

The test will include: sentence combining, sentence completion and error correction. 

You will need to show that you understand how to actually use adverb clauses and connectors such as however, therefore and on the other hand. 
  • Review chapters 17 and 19, all handouts and adverb clause activities below.
  • Do the error correction exercises Gary gave you on Thursday.
  • I will post more adverb clause practice and answer keys for the editing exercises.
  • If you are still having problems go to the GRAMMAR page and scroll down to Adverb Clauses. if you need to practice with prepositions, articles, or any other grammar issues that come up in your writing, check on the GRAMMAR, or EDITING page. 
Some Practice for your test 

TEST PRACTICE: Sentence Combining with Adverb Clauses Using a Variety of Subordinating Conjunctions  ( MY OWN EXERCISE) 


LISTENING:
 Do at least one listening from every category. If your listening is weak, do more  



Listening to Everyday Conversations 
Do all of the activities at the bottom ( vocabulary etc.)  



Rental Shop  (ESL Lab) 



Airline Safety  (ESL Lab) 

A Japanese Bath  (ESL Lab)  

Listening in the Real World   

ELLLO (English Listening Lessons Library Online) 


Natural "Real Life" conversations or monologues with native speakers of English from different countries)  

INSTRUCTIONS: 
  • Listen to conversation WITHOUT the transcript. Then do the vocabulary and comprehension activities on the right side. 
  • If the transcript is on the screen, click on the - (minus symbol and it will disappear)  
  • Listen and read the transcript after you have listened without it several times
ACADEMIC LISTENING PRACTICE  

TOEFL 


    LONGER CONVERSATIONS: 
Practice with Mini Lectures 
Same  Meaning Sentences: Practice with Paraphrase 

TOEIC  ( English for  Work) 





TOEIC Target Unit 4 Part 2 Question / Response  ( Do the questions before  you look at the transcript) 














Homework May 14th, 2014 
Reading:  
Writing: 
  • Prepare for in class narrative composition Thursday. 
  • Read the handout and example composition carefully. Read the composition out loud.  
  • Write out the main idea. 
  • Write what happened in point form. First, Second, Third,  Fourth etc. 
  • Note the conclusion - what did the writer learn from the experience. 
  • Read the composition again.  Circle all the time words, and phrases. Put brackets [  ] around all the adverb clauses.  Underline all the other clauses.  Note the transitions that are used. 
  •  Pay special attention to the fact that time clauses all go at the beginning of the sentence NOT at the end.  
  • Although grammar rules say it is okay to put them at the end of the sentence, writing and coherence rules say that they should go at the beginning of the sentence in order to help the reader follow the story's time line.  The writing rules are much more important than basic grammar rules.  In writing, your main purpose is to communicate - not to confused the reader. Coherence really matters. 

Grammar: 

Homework Weekend May 8-11, 2014 
Grammar/ Sentence Structure
PRACTICE ADVERB CLAUSES  
Online Practice with various adverb clause structures 
Grammar in Context: 
Read the article and answer the comprehension questions. Then, put a bracket around  every adverb clause  [. ]  Put a circle round the connecting word. Put two lines under each verb - the verb in the adverb cvlause and the verb in the main clause. 


LISTENING PRACTICE: 

TOEFL: 
Two Line Dialogues 



 I will try to put more on the blog tomorrow if I'm feeling a little better. 
Watch the front page for Mother's Day songs and activities ( this is a post I did last year, but it is still good) 
Homework Weekend May 2-5th, 2014 


Answer Keys for Last week and weekend homework  

Reading/ Vocabulary:


Grammar/ Sentence Structure 

Next week  you have three tests: 
  • MONDAY: quiz on both types of compound sentences ( and, but, so , nor + adverbial conjunctions ( however, therefore, on the other hand, otherwise etc.). Yhis will be a short test.   
  • WEDNESDAY : midterm reading test ( 20%) 
  • WEDNESDAY:  midterm listening (15%) 

PACE YOURSELVES: DON'T SAVE ALL YOUR HOMEWORK FOR SUNDAY NIGHT. 
Do some homework on EACH SKILL EVERY DAY ( two hours a day). 
Focus on your weaknesses 




SPEAKING/ PRONUNCIATION:  
  • Partner Dictation + interview from contact sheet  
  • Contact Assignment  ( Television - due Thursday) 
READING 


  •  Newspaper Article : for retell on Monday. Use index/recipe cards new vocabulary (use large printing with a marker). Be prepared to help your classmates this way.    
  • Six Way Paragraphs Readings #19, 20, 21  ( Don't forget to do the
  •  vocabulary and referents)
  • Reading Practice for Wednesday's Reading Test (Time yourself - 5 to /6 minutes  per reading - less if possible) 
  • READING: What's Your Nutritional I.Q ?( handout -for Tuesday)


DON'T FORGET  CRITICAL READING SKIS/ FAST THINKING PRACTICE:  
It can make a big difference in improving your skills - especially for reading tests.  Time yourselves ( maximum 8 minutes per card) 
    
Reading for Understanding 2  ( record your card # and scores) 
Reading for Understanding 3  ( record your card # and scores) 


WRITING: 
Rewrite Paragraph "Ways to Meet a Mate" in Blue Writing Book - double spaced. 
If you haven't done this yet, rewrite ( include content and corrections) - DUE MONDAY  



GRAMMAR: 

Review both types of compound sentences ( and, but, so etc.) + transitions ( however, nevertheless, therefore, on the other hand etc. 
  • Handout on Coherence should give you more practice  
  • Punctuation Review:  Rules for commas ( handout)   
  • Comma Rules + practice
  • Punctuation Practice:    Practice adding periods, commas and capital letters. The following two paragraphs have no punctuation or beginning of sentence capitalization. 
  • Begin studying adverb clauses : handout+ sentence combining 
  • Textbook  Chapter 17 p.  to p. 
  • Sentence Fragments  (Handout - focused practice with type of error)  
  • Run Ons and Comma Splices (handout)  
  • Answer Keys to come  

NEWS: 
READ THIS!
As you know the CBC News is read very quickly, so we want to give you the chance  to listen to it in two ways: the regular way, and in a slowed down version ( CLB 6 level)  that is easier to understand, but, still not aimed at low level ESL students. 

LISTENING FOR IDIOMS 

Academic Listening Practice : TAKING NOTES 


TOEIC  LISTENING PRACTICE

VIDEO QUIZZES: 
MOVIE, TV CLIPS AND TRAILERS 


more to come 

  Homework Week 5

Homework Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 

IMPORTANT  PLEASE READ THIS: 

Make sure your rewrite of your paragraph on Best Ways to Meet a Mate is done in your BLUE BOOK. I want to keep everything together so that you can see your own improvement. 


WRITING/SENTENCE STRUCTURE  



  • Handout on Coherence ( Pronouns and transitions) 
  • Handout on Supporting Details 

READING: 
You will have your first midterm reading test next Wednesday May 7th 

Don't forget to practice reading, especially critical thinking and short readings. Time yourself. 
Vocabulary: 
  • Finish character adjectives if you have time.    


Tuesday April 29th, 2014 

Reading: 


Vocabulary: 


  • personality adjectives (handout) 
  • Look at some of the adjectives that would be useful in applying for a job. What kind of examples could you give to show you  or someone had these qualities. 
Grammar/ Writing: 
  • Sentence Fragments (handout) . These are all errors from your own writing.  
  • Rewrite your paragraph on best places to meet a mate. 
  •  You will be writing your first in class composition on Thursday. 
  • Rewriting your last paragraph, correcting errors etc. will help you improve your writing. The real improvement in your writing , vocabulary and grammar comes in the analysis of the errors you make and the correction of those errors. 
Listening: 
  • Do some of the listening from the weekend. 

Homework Weekend April 25th-27th 

Answer Keys: 

Look at the red answer keys  above for weekend keys
Speaking: 

Add caption
telephone partners: paired dictation  + conversation questions  (neighbourhood) due Monday 
  • Contact Assignment : Interview two native speakers about neighbourhoods  due next Thursday 
  • Newspaper Retell:  Prepare to tell ( not read) your newspaper story in class on Monday. 


READING: 

Six Way Paragraphs  Readings #14, 15  ( Answer key to come)  

 Newspaper Story (Make sure you understand it very well so that you can tell the story in your own words without reading. Use smaller words that your classmates can understand. use index cards for new vocabulary ( 5 words maximum) 

Article: Are these the Best Years of Your Life ( handout)  for Tuesday. 
Reading for Understanding 2  ( record your card # and scores) 
Reading for Understanding 3  ( record your card # and scores) 

If you are a very slow reader, go to the speed reading section on the READING PAGE  and learn some strategies to improve your speed, as well as to practice.  


VOCABULARY: 

  • Context Clue practice ( 2 handouts) - one has an answer key. I will post the answer key to the other.  Work on this all week 
  • Personality Characteristics (handout).  by Wednesday. I will post the answer key 
QUIZLET practice with personality characteristics vocabulary  .  

GRAMMAR:  

Review verb tenses, parts of speech, word order, sub/verb agreement, phrases and clauses ( dependent/independent)  for test Monday. 

Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses #1 

Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses #2 
  • Compound Sentences with transitions ( However, therefore, etc) (handout)  
I will post more practice on this on line. 
  • Textbook UUEG Chapter 7 Nouns p. 100-110  ( Review regular, irregular plurals, count/non-count nouns.  Make sure you do the listening. You need to hear whether words have "s" or no "s". You tend to NOT HEAR them. 
  • Textbook UUEG Chapter 7 Articles 114-121 ( if you have time) 
Writing: 
  • Blue handout  on the paragraph  ( p1-7)  = 21/2 pages. Read the first part. Do the first two activities. 
LISTENING: 


SONGS: 



NEWS:

CBC News April 22, 2014  ( you have the handout with questions). I will give you the transcript on Monday. 
 Transcript CBC News April 22, 2014


Listening to Every Day Conversations 



Flower Shop  ( difficult)
Driving Test  ( difficult)
Towing Service  ( difficult)






Videos: 

Film Clips and Trailers

Listening to Lectures  


Lecture Practice with Teacher Phil
 advanced- but easier than TOEFL) 

 All of the lessons include vocabulary instruction (words) , a reading of the lecture, your turn to read the lecture while Phil is reading it, and finally some questions). 
 1. For the first listening, try listening WITHOUT reading. 
2. Take notes - not dictation/ main points/ key words
3.  Then, see if you can answer the questions. 
4. Listen again while reading. Then check your answers. 

TOEFL 

2 Line Dialogues Skill Practice (IBT)


Longer Conversations ( Bookstore) 
Mini Lectures 
TOEIC  
If these practices are too easy, let me know. There are more difficult practices. EMAIL ME, or tell me in class.  

The questions are on the screen. The answers are at the back. There is NO transcript


Listening to Numbers, Dates and Times 


HOMEWORK WEEK 4  April 22nd - 24th  

ANSWER KEYS 




Homework Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 

Grammar: 
  • Compound sentences with transitions ( however, therefore etc) ( handout_ 
  • Review for grammar test tomorrow
  • Go back and review or do some of the exercises on verb tenses, parts of speech, error correction basic grammar, error correction word order, subject/verb agreement, sentence, clause practice  from this page.
  • Make sure you have finished Chapter 3 in your  grammar textbook 
  • Check the answer keys above 

Reading:
LISTENING:

VOCABULARY: 
  •  Context Clues ( you have the handout)  


READING: 


GRAMMAR: 
You will have a grammar test on Thursday 
  • Coordination: "Using nor handout" 
  • Past Perfect:  You have the handout 



Homework Easter Weekend April 17-20



HAPPY EASTER! 

READING: MUST DO 

Short story:The Lady and the Tiger + comprehension (handout).for Wednesday.  Vocabulary coming 
  • NEWSPAPER STORY+ news journal: for Tuesday.   Make sure you really understand your story so that you can retell it without reading and using your own "more simple words."  Put new  vocabulary on your flashcards.
  • Skill Based Reading Practice   MUST DO  You will be practicing a variety of critical thinking/reading skills: predicting, inference, reaching , conclusions, understanding complex meaning based on grammar clues, vocabulary in context .
  •  Reading for Understanding 2 
  • Reading for Understanding 3  ( It should work NOW) 
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW: 
  •  WEAK READERS:  ( 14 or less on Assessment Reading Test)
  • Choose RFU #2. Start at Card #35 A. 
  •  STRONGER READERS: ( 15 or more on Assessment Reading Test)
  • Choose RFU 2 or RFU 3.   Start at card #45 A
 ALL OF YOU
  • Give yourself 10 minutes per card ( one minute per questions). 
  • If you score 100% move up one or two cards numbers. . 
  • If your score 7-9 ( do cards B and C) 
  • If you score  less than 7, go down one or two card numbers. Keep moving up or down based on your abilities. 

VOCABULARY:  

GRAMMAR: 
You will have a grammar quiz this week.

It will include verb tenses, parts of speech, parts of the sentence and subject/verb agreement. 

Make sure you review past vs present perfect . If you haven't tried the internet practices below or on the Gramamr Page, I suggest that you do. 

 Remember, you CAN'T use the past tense with stated time ( in 1997, five years ago etc.)  From your homework, it is clear that you have forgotten this.      

Answer Key Compound Sentences ( handout)
Answer Key Faulty Coordination
  • Grammar Textbook  UUEG: Chapt 6 - Subject-Verb 
  • Agreement ( p. 84-97 - Make sure you do the listening activities so that you can hear the "s" vs no "s" 
  • Subject/Verb Agreement  Grammar quizzes.com ( includes practice with count/non count nouns/ some vs some of few vs a few etc. )
  • Compound sentences handout - finish sentence completion. 
  • Faulty Coordination: ( handout - I will post an answer key) 
  • Capitalization ( Handout) - You have the answer  key  
  • Grammar Textbook UUEG:  Chapt 16 -  Parallel Structures p. 362-356  

LISTENING: 
Do at least one listening from every category. If your listening is weak, do more  

SONGS: 
Fast English 
Every Day Conversations

SPECIAL NOTE: PLEASE READ 
The biggest problem most ESL students at your level have is lack of vocabulary.  This means that you need to do extra vocabulary practice to help with your listening.

Click on the next link and read ALL OF IT.  

ESL lab Vocabulary Practice from conversations   MUST DO
explanation of WHY and HOW how you should do ALL the vocabulary and grammar activities that go with the listening activity. ould do the activities 

Listening to Every Day Conversations 

Do ALL of the activities at the bottom of the page ( vocabulary , text completion and grammar)  
Commercials and Announcements 
Telephone Listening Practice

Discussions and Opinions 
with Native Speakers and People from around the world

These monologues and discussions are very useful because you can hear how "natural" fluent speakers speak about their opinions on a variety of topics. 
 THIS is useful in helping you to see what kind of response you might give on your speaking test.  

VIDEOS: 


Movie Trailers and Film Clips 

Catch Me If You Can ( Info squares.com

The Wedding Crashers  ( Info Squares.com) 

Spirited Away  ( Info Squares.com) 


CHILDREN'S ANIMATION: SHORT STORIES ON VIDEO   


TOEFL (You Tube)  
TOEIC (Listening Strategies Practice)
A

TOEIC Listening Preparation Part 3 ( Short Conversations)  YOU TUBE ( Kenton County Adult English as a Second Language listening preparation series) 

TOEIC Listening Preparation for Part 4 (Short Talks)  YOU TUBE ( Kenton County Adult English as a Second Language listening preparation series







MORE TO COME 


WEEK 3: 

Monday April , 2014 

Reading: 
  • Six Way Paragraphs + vocabulary 
  • Vocabulary practice  in sentences for readings 1-3 
Critical Thinking, Conclusions, Logic Practice 
 Follow the procedure I gave on the weekend.   I will talk about this in class tomorrow

GRAMMAR:  Present Perfect/ Present Perfect Continuous 
  • Textbook UUEG Chapter 3 
  • Handouts from today
ONLINE PRACTICE AND EXPLANATIONS 
Read the explanations carefully. Then do the exercises. Most of them involve using the verbs tenses in context.
From the weekend: 
If you need more grammar, go to the  GRAMMAR PAGE. 

LISTENING: 


Listening to Conversations 

GRAMMAR BASED READING/VOCABULARY 
Underline the verbs. Ask yourself why that particular verb tense is being used.  


Do some of the listening from the weekend that you didn't have time for.  I strongly suggest that you start listening to short lectures & news.  


Home work for Weekend April 10, 2014

Email me at atomick1@gmail.com . I need your email address for google circles. 

SORRY GUYS. Something crashed and part of the information I had here yesterday has disappeared.  O'm working on getting it back. 

Reading/Vocabulary 

  • (handout - article/Mother Tongue by Amy Tan)   MUST DO 
  • Six Way Paragraphs # 5 MUST DO  
  • Newspaper story from large handout:  MUST DO
  •  Be prepared to tell your story to your group without  reading it in a way that the group understands. This means you need to put it in your own words and change the more difficult vocabulary to easier words everyone understands. News Journal Form ( click and download) 
 

Skill Based Reading Practice   MUST DO  You will be practicing a variety of critical thinking/reading skills: predicting, inference, reaching , conclusions, understanding complex meaning based on grammar clues, vocabulary in context . 


Follow the instructions below: 
  •  WEAK READERS:  ( 14 or less on Assessment Reading Test)
  • Choose RFU #2. Start at Card #35 A. 
  •  STRONGER READERS: ( 15 or more on Assessment Reading Test)
  • Choose RFU 2 or RFU 3.   Start at card #45 A
 ALL OF YOU
  • Give yourself 10 minutes per card ( one minute per questions). 
  • If you score 100% move up one or two cards numbers. . 
  • If your score 7-9 ( do cards B and C) 
  • If you score  less than 7, go down one or two card numbers. Keep moving up or down based on your abilities. 
VOCABULARY: SIX WAY PARAGRAPHS  (1-3)
These are the flashcards. For more practice, go to STUDY MODE on the bottom right hand side.   
To go the whole set of practices go to  view this study set on the bottom right hand side, or go to  Quizlet: Six Way Paragraphs 1-3     All of the methods of studying the words are on the top, click on any one. If you click on MORE TOOLS, you can print the words and definitions out in a number of ways.
GRAMMAR: 
Answer Key Error Correction Basic Grammar ( Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns etc)  

  • Handout:  Error Correction in sentence word order, question word order. Look at the appendix for question word order. MUST DO
  • - Yellow Handout : Word Order - Write 5 long simple sentences. Include adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases. Follow the formula we used in class.  MUST
Online Verb Tense Practice: 
If you need any more practice with word order, questions, prepositions, articles etc., go to the  GRAMMAR PAGE. and scroll down to the appropriate section. There are MANY practices. 

SPEAKING: MUST DO
  • Contact Assignment:  Interview two native speakers about families and children 

LISTENING
Do at least one listening from every category. If your listening is weak, do more  



PRACTICAL CONVERSATIONAL LISTENING 
  • Career Search  ( ESL Lab) ( includes vocabulary practice) 
  • Car rental   (ESL Lab) ( includes vocabulary practice) 
  • College Majors ( ESL Lab) 
  • Social Media Web Sites  ( practice this as a telephone message before you answer the questions.  Take notes/ write the main details you would write for a phone message that you would give to someone.   Then, do the other activities.  Check your notes with the script. 
  • Airplane Announcement

Interviews and Conversations from ELLLO  English Language Learning Lab Online)

Practical Every Day Conversations: DRIVING   (60 Dialogues about 20 different driving topics. Listen and read the conversation. Very practical every day life topics - Very Useful) 


Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)Listening 
 VIDEOS:

  


Movie Trailers and other Fun Videos 


TOEIC: 

TOEIC Announcements and Talks  ( You have the handouts) 
TOEIC Practice News and Weather  ( you have the handouts) 
PART 2: Questions and Responses from YOU TUBE   
(strategies, practice and explanation) 



 TOEFL
 TOEFL Two line Dialogues (10 questions each)
 2 line dialogues #7   
  2 line dialogues # 3    
 2 line dialogues #4   
2 line dialogue #5  
 
Homework Week 2

Wednesday April 9th, 2014 
Email me at atomick1@gmail.com . I need your email address for google circles. 

WRITING:
  • Finish writing your composition about your partner that was based on your interview. Hand it in for marking tomorrow.  DOUBLE SPACED. You can type it and send it as a word document attachment on email. 

READING AND VOCABULARY: 

GRAMMAR: 
  • Elements of the Sentence ( yellow handout Read and do the exercises from p.34-40.  Pay special attention to it is and there is sentences.  
  • White handout: Identify subjects, verbs and prepositional phrases .
  • White handout #2: Expanding sentences with adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases. 
LISTENING: 


GRAMMAR FORM AND FUNCTION: Conversations, Advertisements & Lectures)  

Unit 1:   Conversation #1     - practice quiz + script) 
Unit 1: Advertisement about California  (quiz, no script) - 
Unit 2:  Unit 2: Conversation # 1 practice quiz + script) 
Unit 2:   Unit 2 : Lecture (Big Bands) ( quiz, no script)


NEWS

Tuesday April 8th, 2014 

WRITING:
  • Finish writing your composition about your partner that was based on your interview. Hand it in for marking tomorrow.  
READING and VOCABULARY 
VOCABULARY:

  Try the vocabulary practice from Quizlet, just to see how it works 

GRAMMAR: 
  • Yellow Verb handout - finish.
  • White Verb Tense Consistency Handout - finish 
  • Long 11 X 14 handout - error correction (finish) 
  • Grammar Assessment Test + answer key: Check through your grammar book to find out what areas you are weak in.  Look at the description of the grammar point being tested. 
Grammar Based Reading from Textbook  U.U.E.G   Chapter 1: Overview of Tenses 

Monday April 7th, 2014 

READING:  Six Way Paragraphs #2 p4-5  + vocabulary for #1 (handout)
  VOCABULARY:



SPEAKING:  Prepare to introduce your partner WITHOUT READING. Review what you found out in your interview and put key words on an index card. ( NO SENTENCES) 

GRAMMAR: 
LISTENING:
  • Do some of the weekend listening you didn't do  ( especially news)


Homework Weekend April 4th, 2014

Reading and Vocabulary: 
  • Pink Handout: Characteristics of Successful Language  Learners  (MUST DO) 

Writing: (MUST DO) 

  • send me an email so that I can set up a group email circle on google. My email address is atomick1@gmail.com
  • Write a paragraph about your partner based on your in-class interview. 
  • Try to include a topic sentence ( main idea sentence)  that indicates YOUR IMPRESSION of the classmate you interviewed. 
  • ( e.g.  Michelle Morissette is a an enthusiastic, energetic teacher who has high expectations of her students. 

Grammar: 


1.  PARTS OF SPEECH REVIEW  ( handouts)  MUST DO
      practicing with nouns, verbs, adjectives etc.

2.  RULES/ ERROR CORRECTION BASIC GRAMMAR  
     a)  reviewing the rules of basic grammar at the word level.
     c)  practicing by correcting errors of specific parts of speech.

3.  The VERB PHRASE  ( MUST DO)
     Explanation, rules and practice ( including error correction)  of       the whole verb phrase (from one word to longer phrases)

                                             4.  VERB FORM CHART 
                                                As a review, try to fill in all five forms of the verb from memory.

Go the GRAMMAR PAGE  if you want more review on nouns, adjectives and adverbs and BASIC word order. Save the verbs, prepositions, articles etc. for next week.


 LEARNING STRATEGY: 

As you do this error correction THINK about which kind of "basic" errors YOU often make in your own writing.  Write the problem and the rule down on flashcards you can stick at the front of your binder. 

LISTENING: 

 NEWS:

  • CBC News Feb 4,. 2013 Interactive online quiz  ( these quizzes are designed to give you practice with "real" radio newscasts. It doesn't matter if the news is recent. What you are practicing is developing skills to listen to the news.

Listening to conversational English

ESL LAB
Focus on REALLY listening to the conversation. Listen to the conversation ONCE. Then answer the questions. Listen a second time and answer the questions again. Do this until you  get 100%.
DO ALL of the activities (including  vocabulary) to get maximum benefit. Write new vocabulary.




TOEIC PRACTICE

Part 2:  Correct Response  Group 1 

1      2         3        4      5    6      7         8       9      10


Short Conversations: Group 1: 

  • Answer ONE extra question for each conversation.
  • What was the topic? What was this conversation about?
1       2       3      4       5     6       7        8      9       10


Announcements, Weather. Commercials, Short Talks : Group 1 

  • Answer ONE extra question for each announcement.
  • What was the topic? What was this  about?
1     2       3      4       5   6    7        8     9     10


IELTS  
Movie CLIPS and TRAILERS 

Trailers can be from 1:30 to 3 minutes long. Trailers are an excellent way to get an idea of what a movie will be about and whether you want to watch it or not.
 A  movie clip is a small segment taken from a regular movie. It is usually from 1:30 to 5 minutes.  A trailer is a short film clip that promotes ( advertises) a movie by showing many of the exciting events that you will see in the movie. Its purpose is to convince you to go and see the whole movie.  Trailers can be from 1:30 top 3  minutes long.  They are an excellent way to get an idea of what a movie will be about and whether you want to watch it or not.




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End of Term Lunch

March 26th, 2014 

Dear students, 

Dim sum Sunday!Boiled live prawns with premium soy sauce

Our class lunch will be at the Pink Pearl Restaurant on Saturday, March 29th at 12:30. 

Here is the  address.1132 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1S2 (604-253-4316.  There is lots of parking, so don't worry about driving.

If you want to read some reviews of the restaurant, click on the link below. 

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pink-pearl-chinese-seafood-restaurant-vancouver

See you there, 

Michelle



REGISTRATION UPDATE:

Lower level spots open - especially Upper  Intermediate 

The college is now opening up a limited number of spaces lower level students. 

There are now three Upper Intermediate/Low Advanced classes. Beginner, Pre-Intermediate and Low Intermediate students will be allowed to register into existing classes for International students.  

To register, go to the registration office on the fourth floor.  






MARCH 25, 2004 

Dear students, 

Report Cards 

Come to class tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1:15 p.m. Our class will not be registering until 1:45, but I want to talk to each of your as I give you  your report card. T

This will change our plans about going out for lunch, so we can discuss this on Tuesday.

Using the Blog and Homework Page in the Future 

Several of you have asked if you can use the blog after you leave this class. Of course you can. My blog is for anyone in the world who wants to improve their English. I have not made the homework page available in the past, but  I am now opening it up to anyone who wants to practice specific skills on a scheduled basis.   

All ESL classes below Low Advanced at VCC  cut  

I will also be discussing the sad news that VCC is cutting all classes below Low Advanced as of April 1, 2004 
This means there will  be NO CLASSES  for anyone in Upper Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Lower Intermediate or Upper Intermediate classes. 

The ELSA classes, however,  will continue as usual. 

This is a major blow, not only  to ESL students who are already registered at lower levels at VCC as well as to any new people trying to register for those levels.



WRITE LETTERS TO PROTEST THE CUTS 

This is why we need you to write those letters to the Minister of Advanced Education, the Premier Christie Clark  and anyone else in government you can think of. 

Your voice WILL make a difference because YOU are an immigrant. If, you remain passive and don't show that you care about this, the situation will NOT change. The government will assume that you approve of this move.  It's up to you to prove them different. 

If you write a letter, discuss 
  • why ESL instruction is important , specifically at VCC. 
  • what  are the specific benefits to students. Try  use as many specific details as possible. 
  • What do immigrants actually learn? - Don';t just say grammar - give more details. 
  • How does this help them - in society, at home, at work, as citizens and voters. 
  • What will happen now that the government has decided to eliminate classes at lower levels. 
  • The government says these classes will be available in the community - but as far as we know, there will be very few opportunities to attend these classes except through the Vancouver School Board night classes. 
  • If you are a citizen discuss the possibility that you might change your vote. 


I hope you will ALL write letters and get your children, friends, relatives and neighbours to also write letters about this issue. The more letters to government gets the better. Numbers matter, particularly if they are coming from the people who actually need the service. 


Don't worry about your grammar or spelling.  This is one time where making mistakes in your writing is a very good thing. Your errors will show that you DO need ESL.  Getting someone to proofread, correct and make your letter perfect will show the opposite - that you DON'T need ESL 


Don't fiorget to mention your past profession in your own country and what kind of  good job you hope to find here. 


Michelle  


Everyday


The only way to improve your listening is to listen - a lot - to a variety of types of things. I will be posting a wide variety of things for you to practice listening.to.
However, you should do news, dictation and pronunciation practice every day. Then, choose other activities that you can manage or that are useful.


NEWS:
  •  Listen to a radio or television newscast every day. 
  •  Keep a news vocabulary notebook. 
  • Learn news vocabulary in categories - words commonly used in environment stories, economic, labour, education, health, sports, disaster, weather etc.  the more you listen, and focus on topic related vocabulary, the more you will begin to understand these type of stories.

Daily NEWS Listening Links  
  Daily Dictation Practice
Daily Pronunciation Practice

Daily Pronunciation Practice  ( Do these exercises everyday. It will help you   improve your pronunciation.



AWinter Term:

Useful Dictionaries 
If you want to know the meaning of a word, idiom, expression or even "set collocation" try one of dictionaries below,, or simply type in the words you want + definition + the name of the dictionary.
You can also get example sentences in which the word or expression is used by going to Google, typing in the expression, the name of the dictionary + example sentenxces  
READING PRACTICE: EVERYDAY   
SPEAKING/PRONUNCIATION/LISTENING 

English Central Class Page  ( Make sure you SIGN IN so that any work you do is recorded on the teacher page)  








PRACTICE FOR LISTENING FINAL 

NEWS: ( Interactive Online News Quizzes with answers)




Announcements, Commercials etc.  

As you know, next week you have final exams.  Here are a few online practices for different exams. 


GRAMMAR: 


Go to theGRAMMAR PAGE.  Scroll down to specific grammar points you want to practice and click on the link. There are THOUSANDS of practices.

A the bottom of the page  there is a list of  online multiple choice quizzes on mixed grammar points. 


Even though we have not studied Conditionals this term, the department's Advanced Grammar Final does include questions on conditionals, so make a point of reviewing some the rules - at least by practicing some conditional multiple choice tests.  


A few multiple choice tests from the bottom of the Grammar Page. 


PRACTICE FOR FINAL LISTENING EXAM: 



The final exam includes:  conversations ( dialogues), correct responses, announcements, weather, commercials,  two mini lectures and the CBC news.

I will  add some some new practice for you  later, but make sure you  scroll down the HOMEWORK PAGE and do  any of the listening practices you have not done. Also go to the LISTENING PAGE and try some of the listening quizzes there. 


Make sure you do some NEWS listening practice as there WILL be news questions on your final exam.


READING: 









I will post more specific test practice later.    





HOMEWORK  FOR THE WEEKEND MARCH 7TH, 2014  


LISTENING: 

You have your 3rd in class listening test tomorrow.  Practice listening to the CBC news, and any other news you need to.  Also, practice some of the TOEIC, TOEFL, etc material that you haven't practiced. 

CBC News March 3, 2014  ( You have the handout with the questions)  





           Homework for the Weekend March 6th,  2014 

LISTENING: 


SONGS: 




NEWS: 




LISTENING TO REAL CONVERSATIONS:


ELLLO ( English Listening Lessons Library Online) 
Natural "Real Life" conversations or monologues with native speakers of English from different countries)  

INSTRUCTIONS: 



  • Listen to conversation WITHOUT the transcript. Then do the vocabulary and comprehension activities on the right side. 
  • If the transcript is on the screen, click on the - (minus symbol and it will disappear)  
  • Listen and read the transcript after you have listened without it several times
ESL Lab : Every day conversations about real life topics 
Announcements and Talks 

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Listening 



Academic Listening Practice 


TOEFL
You have the handouts for these. They were part of your listening handouts on Wednesday.
Toefl Longer Conversations: 

TOEIC: 
Click on "about" for answers. No transcripts available 


 
WRITING: 

Rewrite your last in class composition  Make sure you revise it for CONTENT, ORGANIZATION AND grammar.  Hand it in on Monday. You will not get your mark for the original composition until I check the rewrite. 

This means

  • adding details where they are necessary, or where I have asked questions,
  • moving time words, time clauses and other clauses to the front of the sentence. 
  • rewriting non-English sentences into English.
  • revising "and" sentences so that they show the real relationship between ideas ( i.e. time, adjective clause, cause effect etc)   
  • fixing the grammar mistakes. (Really look at your common mistakes - verb tenses, fragments, run-ons, word form etc and try to figure out why you made the mistake and what the rule is. 


READING:   


Textbook: Active Skills for Reading 4 : 
  • Where Inca Kings Lie p. 154-159 
  •  Review Unit 3: Trans Fats in Trouble -p. 161-164 ( Follow the instructions on p. 161 exactly as they are written )    
Newspaper stories: read them. Make sure you understand them very well and be prepared to retell the stories to your group on Monday. 


GRAMMAR: 
  • Answer Key Communicate What You Mean Part 3: Reported Speech
  • HANDOUTs:  answer key to come 
  • Textbook: Communicate What You Mean p. 86 -99 (continue working on reported speech- FINISH IN textbook 
  •  Do ALL  activities if possible),
  •  but make sure you do exercise 14, which involves combining ideas and reporting longer conversations. This ls learning how to do writing for the real world rather than just a grammar exercise. 
ONLINE PRACTICE 




Noun Clauses: 
  • Communicate What You Mean: Lesson ten Noun Clauses p. 153-163 ( Introduction to Noun clauses, Noun clauses as subjects and objects of the sentence)  
ONLINE PRACTICE: 



WORD FORMS: 
prefixes and suffixes ( noun, verb, adjective + problems with "ing"





Homework Wednesday March 5 th, 2014 

GRAMMAR:  Review Reported Speech 

Remember, you have one more in class composition before your finals. You may need to know how to use the rules for reported speech when you write your paper. 

TEXTBOOK:Communicate What You Mean  p. 79- 85  exercises 1,2,3, 4, 5 


GRAMMAR EXPLANATION AND PRACTICE  

READING:
  • Textbook: Unit 9:The Search for Cleopatra p.148-153
  • Reading for Inference, Critical Thinking, Speed   
READING: You have your second midterm reading test tomorrow. it is worth 30% of your total mark. : 

1)     Handout: Reading practice ( the answer Key was on the board) 
Reading for Inference, Critical Thinking, Speed   
2)  Online Test-based reading Practices from Test Store 
   PLEASE READ THIS 

 Each practice is one reading with up to five question. At the top of the page there is   a  TIMER that gives you 10 minutes to  read and the answer the comprehension questions. 

Keep your eye on the timer and try to do each reading + comprehension in five minutes rather than 10 minutes. .You will not have  a huge amount of time on your test. 

More Online Practice

Homework for the Weekend Feb. 28th, 2014

 READING: 


Textbook: 1) Active Skills for Reading 4: 1) Unit 6 Let Brains, Right  Brains and Board Games  p. 100-106 
2) Timed Readings Review:  Treat these as timed readings. Read quickly and efficiently.  Do not go back.   
 So You Want to Be a Fiction Writer p.113 -115 
 The  Theory of Multiple Intelligences p.116-118  
HANDOUTS : Reading Practice for Midterm REading Test on Wednesday.  (Read these as timed readings- Try to do each reading + questions in 6 minutes or less) 

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS PRACTICE ( Continued practice DOES improve scores)  



GRAMMAR:  Adjective Clauses and Phrases 
TEXTBOOK: Communicate What You Mean 
 Adjective Clauses p. 144- 148 (Make sure you do exercise 17) 
Adjective Phrases p. 149-153 
HANDOUTS:  Adjective Clauses, Adjective Phrases, ERROR correction + adding adjective clauses 

ANSWER KEYS: 
More answer keys to come

LISTENING:Remember that real life is NOT a multiple choice test. You don't get to answer A,B,C. or D out in the real world. 





If you want to improve your listening for the real world rather than just listening tests, make sure that you listen to as many different types of listening material  as possible. This includes "real life" material such as videos and news.
  •   If  you only focus on test listening, it will remain very weak.   



Listening to Conversations: 


Video Quizzes:  



Movie Clips and Trailers:  

Clips from Popular Television Shows 

International Test Listening Practice
Make sure you practice some TOEFL and IELTS  material as well as TOEIC 

TOEFL  Listening  Practice

Short Conversations { Two Line dialogues}



TOEFL Longer conversations 




TOEIC Practice from TOETAL
 
Part 2: Question/Response: Question Response  ( 11-46) 
Part 3: Short Conversations:  Short Conversations ( 10 conversations 41-81)



Lecture Practice: 








 Week 9 Feb. 24th -March 2nd  

SPEAKING: 


  • Telephone Partners:  Discuss the questions on the pink handout from class with your partner. Take turns. Since very few of you speak English  outside of class, this is an opportunity for you to improve your speaking. Use it!!! 

READING:   
VIDEO QUIZ: Don't Eat the Marshmallow 
Watch the Video below and do the Quiz AFTER You read the article on Emotional Intelligence in your textbook  



GRAMMAR:  Adjective Clauses 

  • Yellow Handout : Please do this as I am using the answers to find out where you are weak and strong. 
  • Textbook: Communicate What You Mean p . 128-131 Exercise 1 and 2 
LISTENING: 

News:
 Other  Listening  
  • IELTS Practice  (BELOW)   You will have a listening test this week based on the IELTs. Make sure you practice the format. I posted some practice on the weekend. 
  • Interview with J.K Rowling 



Homework Weekend  Feb 21st, 2014 

More Answer Keys  





SPECIAL NOTE: This is a big midterm week. You will have a grammar, listening AND writing test this week, so be prepared. 



 WRITING:  ( Number ONE priority. To be handed in MONDAY, NOT  Wednesday)  

Brainstorm material for concrete details to support your rewrites of Problems in My City
  • You will have an  in class NARRATIVE composition on Thursday, so I do NOT want to have to correct two sets of compositions on the weekend. 

  •  I will be discussing narrative methods etc. at the beginning of the week.   

READ THIS:  WHAT I EXPECT IN YOUR REWRITES:  


  • Your rewrite must include revisions to content ( i.e. follow instructions/ develop your ideas) AND correction of coherence ( transitions) ,grammar, sentence structure and translations)    CLICK ON ABOVE "Brainstorm material..." 
  • You MUST hand in BOTH your rewrite AND the original composition 
  • You MUST also hand in your ERROR ANALYSIS ( GREEN PAPER) - What kind of mistakes did you make? how many? carelessness/ lack of knowledge? What kind of sentences did you write? How many adjective, adverb, noun clauses etc.  

READING: 


Short Story: The Journey - ( including vocabulary + adverb clause review. This is a good way to review the grammar for your test and the content of the story itself.) 

ON LINE PRACTICEREADING PAGE 

I will post some specific skill based on line practice, but I also recommend going to go the READING PAGE ge and scrolling down to check out all the different options and types of practice. Some practices include exam type practice - all skills. Other categories include working on specific skills ( i.e. speed/ inference/ context clues etc.). There is also a category with on line textbook practice which are divided into skill based practices.)


GRAMMAR:  Grammar test on Monday! 




On Monday, you will have a grammar test on adverb clauses and phrases and sentence connectors ( therefore, on the other hand etc)  

Your test will NOT be multiple choice. It will include sentence completion, sentence combining, sentence transformation ( changing one type of clause into; another. Example changing a because sentence into a due to sentence, changing an even though sentence into an in spite of sentence.  



To prepare for  the test, 
  • Finish all the grammar practice handouts I gave you over the past two weeks + the exercises in your textbook) 
  • ALL yellow handouts on adverb clauses. I will include answer keys if they are not attached. 
  • Communicate What You Mean - extra exercises that I have not assigned (  pp115 -exercise #16, p.  121 Exercise 22. pp122-124 - Exercises 23/24 - Reduced Adverb clauses)  ANSWER KEY FOR WHOLE CHAPTER ABOVE 
  • Sentence Completion and Sentence Combining in The Journey
  • Make sure you really understand the difference between so and so that

LISTENING 


Listening to Numbers, Dates and Times 

Conversations Listening Quizzes





TOEIC Strategies for Conversations : 
You have the questions and the transcripts 



IELTS LISTENING TEST  
Please read the explanation below before you listen. 

Difference between IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC Listening 

The big difference between the IELTS listening test and other international listening tests is that you must answer the questions right on the question paper as you listen.  You then get  some time at the end to go over your answers.

There are four sections. Some of the test includes multiple choice questions. Other parts of the test involve filling in gaps on forms and other documents/.

The IELTS test  provides practice for many real life situations where you would have to take notes and write down important  information that you would deal with in "daily, work-related, professional and academic life.

IELTS Preparation Materials from Academic English Help.com  

INTRODUCTION, EXPLANATIONS, TIPS AND STRATEGIES 
TEST PRACTICE: 
Homework Week 8  
Reading: 

Grammar: 
  • Handouts on plurals + sentence fragments from last week. YOU REALLY NEED TO DO THIS. ALL OF YOU ARE VERY WEAK HERE.  

Listening: 

I put up the wrong file for the questions on the weekend, so here is the right one. Download it onto your computer. Rotate the questions. Then, play the audio. 
 Answer Keys and Transcripts 


Monday Feb.17th, 2014  

Answer Keys: 

 Listening: 

I put up the wrong file for the questions on the weekend, so here is the right one. Download it onto your computer. Rotate the questions. Then, play the audio.
Grammar: 

Adverb Clauses
Handouts:   Even though, although, in spite of, despite/ However  


Homework for the Weekend Feb.14th, 2014 
Answer Keys: 
LOVE  SONGS: 

Since it is Valentine's Day weekend, I thought I would throw in a few of the most popular long songs requested  for this day. 

READING: 

 Active Skills for Reading 4- unit 7 - Reading #2: Genetically Modified Food p. 126-132 This  was for last week, so read if you haven't already. 


Active Skills for Reading Unit 5- A Good Read - What is a Short Story? p. 80-85  




OLYMPIC NEWS STORIES:  READ AND RETELL 



  • Olympic Story handout I gave you.  
  • There are four different stories. 
  • I am posting specific videos that deal with the same topic as your reading. This gives you the opportunity to read about and watch and listen to information about the same story.

  • You will all retell your story in your group.  This is for an oral mark. You will speak - NOT read. This means you need to know your story very well. 



    handouts 



NEWS:  
  • CBC News February 3rd  ( You have questions as part of your Audio Lab package from last week)  I will try to create an interactive quiz, but I'm marking, so I might not have time  
  Listening to Lectures  
 


Lecture Practice with Teacher Phil
 advanced- but easier than TOEFL) 

All of the lessons include vocabulary instruction (words) , a reading of the lecture, your turn to read the lecture while Phil is reading it, and finally some questions). 
  •  For the first listening, try listening WITHOUT reading. 
  • Take notes - not dictation/ main points/ key words
  • . Then, hen, see if you can answer the questions. 
  • Listen again while reading. Then check your answers. 
 TOEFL LECTURE PRACTICE FROM YOU TUBE 



 
Skills and Strategies: 



 Practice Lectures: (Advanced) 


  1. The following lectures are from You Tube. and have been uploaded by an instructor.  There are NO TRANSCRIPTS available due to copyright issues. 
  2. The  questions are at the very end of the video.  
  3. To get the answers, click on ABOUt. 
Practice Instructions: 
  1. Try to listen without looking at the questions first. 
  2. Guess what the questions might be. 
  3. Take notes AS you listen. 
  4. Then, try answering the questions based on your notes. 
  5. Do this again again at  least once before you check your answers. 


TOEIC: Strategy Practice Short Conversations 

You will have to download the questions yourselves and reverse them.  Then, keep your screen open while you play the audio so that you can answer the questions on a separate piece of paper.   


Audio Files: 
Answer Keys and Transcripts 



GRAMMAR: Adverb Clauses: 
  • Communicate What You Mean : p. 100-106,  p108-111 ( ex 9) , p. 113-115- exercise 14, 15) 
  • Handouts:  Result Clauses (so...that/ such...that)  +  Cause/Effect - Because/ Due to/Because of/ Therefore/ Consequently) 
Online Practice 




Week 7: February 11th, 2014 

ANSWER  KEY READING PRACTICE: 

READING: 
  •  HANDOUTS - practice for reading test tomorrow.. I will put the answer keys on later tonight. In the meantime check the answer keys from the weekend for your pink handouts. 
Answer Keys from the weekend: 
GRAMMAR: 
  • Handout #1:  Identify all adverb clauses
  • Yellow HANDOUT: underline all of the adverb clauses. Circle the connecting word for each one. + Read pages 312-315. Do exercises on p 316-317 
LISTENING: (You have the handouts for these from the weekend) 


Homework for the Weekend Feb.6 2014  

Sunday

Hi class, 

 I haven't posted listening material, it is because I've been sick. AND because the college has been closed and I have had trouble getting in to digitize some of the files I gave you handouts for. 

However, I am feeling a LITTLE better, so I will try to post some online listening practice later today. Go to the bottom of this weekend's homework and you will find some listening practice. 


Watch the Sochi Olympics in English   





By the way, I hope you are watching some of the Olympic coverage in English. You can watch it live or specific streaming videos at   Olympics.cbc.ca. There are some VERY interesting videos of the athletes themselves being interviewed, experts discussing everything under the sun and the events themselves    




Answer Keys: 
SONGS: 


WRITING: (This is my number 1 priority) 
  • Rewrite your in-class composition. Be prepared to hand in both the original and the re-write when you come to class on Tuesday. Make sure you make changes to content as well as to the grammar. Follow the guidelines and questions on the handout about your first compositions.  



SPEAKING: 

1.  Telephone Partners: Phone your partner. Discuss the questions on the handout. Practice using gerunds with prepositions  

2.  English Central 
English Central Class Page  ( Make sure you SIGN IN so that any work you do is recorded on the teacher page)  



Free speaking practice on English Central 

If you have not  bought seats that allow you to practice speaking the videos, there is another way you can practice speaking them.  English Central has a Facebook page, where they post  specific videos that give you some free speaking practice. 

Click on the link(s). Each time, you should sign in to your account in order to get points for the videos you watch and listen to. Make sure you practice the speaking part. It will help your pronunciation and help you become more confident. 

ENGLISH CENTRAL VIDEOS ON FACEBOOK 
Check out English Central's main page on Facebook, there is a lot of interesting information there.

Specific Videos to practice speaking

READING: 
 You have a reading test on Wednesday, so you might want to practice a few skills in addition to your longer readings which include all skills. 

Textbook:  Active Skills for Reading 4:                       
  • Fluency Practice -Timed Reading  p.62-65
  • Chapter 7 Mediterranean Diet p. 120-125)   



GRAMMAR:  

Gerunds and Infinitives  
You will have a test on gerunds and infinitives on Tuesday.
 I will post answer keys from handouts and your textbook on the weekend)  
Practice using gerunds or infinitives - as subjects, objects and objects of the preposition - by speaking them out loud.  The more you do this, the more you will internalize the ability to tell which one sounds better.  
  • HANDOUTS: Gerunds and Infinitives + Sentence Fragments
 Communicate What You Mean:  Go over the whole chapter Infinitives ( p. 241-262) and Gerunds p.273-292 ( Make sure you practice p.281- 287 changes in meaning).

Sentence Fragments 

LISTENING: 

Every Day Conversation: 
Each of these titles include 3 different  dialogues/ conversations on the topic of travel.
 All the words to the dialogues are there and there are NO comprehension questions.  These activities are useful practice for shadow reading, fluency and vocabulary building in a topic based way.  







Conversations: ESL Lab - Travel topics: 
The following conversations  all focus on some aspect of the topic of TRAVEL. 

Do ALL of the activities in the following conversation, discussions and announcements to get the benefit of the entire activity. 

ALL of the listening activities include and practical vocabulary and idioms for everyday life. All of the activities include multiple choice questions and a fill in the blanks exercise based on the script. They also include new vocabulary and definitions.

Some of the activities also include extra activities such as vocabulary matching, grammar points, and mixed up sentences. 

Focus on Vocabulary and Listening  
Focus on Conversations + vocabulary, other activities 

More Listening: Travel 
Video Quizzes 


INTERNATIONAL LISTENING TEST PRACTICE 


TOEIC: ( YOU Tube)  


TOEFL ( You Tube)  
TOEFL Listening Preparation : Overview and Conversation (This is part 1 of  a teaching series. It is  50 minutes long, but includes tips, scripts, instructions etc.). Do not watch the whole thing at once. Watch it in segments so that you can pay attention to the ideas. 


 
Week 6
Monday:
Reading:
  • Active Skills for Reading 4: Unit 3: Into the Heart of a Family in Casablanca pp40-45
  •  Inference Reading Handouts from yesterday
  • Reading for Understanding 2 or 3 ( as above) You should be doing at least one per day.
VOCABULARY PRACTICE




Grammar:
  • Communicate What You Mean" Infinitives : pp241-220 ( Exercise 1, 2 , 3, 4, 6, 7,8,9,10, 13, 14, 15, 16) Some of these exercises also act as reading/ prediction/ vocabulary exercises. They are useful practices. 
  • We will do some oral work with both gerunds and infinitives in class tomorrow.


Homework for the Weekend Jan 31, 2014 

Happy Lunar New Year to all of you! 
I hope you had a wonderful family dinner last night! 

Unfortunately, even though this is an important holiday, you still have some homework.   


SONGS: 
Since it is the year of the Horse, I've include a "horse" song in honour of the new year. 






NEWS:
READING:  

1.   Active Skills for Reading 4: Review Unit 1 ( SECTION AFTER job/computer) 


I can't remember the pages. Look in the Table of Contents at the front of the book.  Follow ALL of the instructions and do what they tell you to do. This is part of improving your reading strategies. 
  • Fluency READING: Getting that Job Using Social Media
  • Self Check Muscle Reading Strategy 
  • Review REading 1: White Hat Black Hackers 
 2.   Read and rehearse newspaper article
  • Practice so that you can tell the story to your group without reading it  on Monday. 
  • Use notecards to write key words and new vocabulary. 
  • Put very little information on each notecard.  Do NOT  write sentences.
3.  Reading for Understanding ( RFU or RFY2) go to EVERY DAY PRACTICE above

 4  Context clue practice - (GO TO READING PAGE. Scroll down until you get to the context clue section.

GRAMMAR: ( Handouts + textbook)  



1.     Textbook:  Communicate What You Mean: Gerunds         Lesson 15 - pp 273-279 Gerunds and Gerund Phrases       as subjects, subject complements and direct   objects. 



      p.  288-293 Gerund/Gerund Phrase as Object of Prep.  

2.  Handout ( Agreement - all types - answer key included) 
3.  Handout - Fragments and Run ons 
4.  handout - mixed practice with articles, prepositions and word forms. 



WRITING: 
  1. .Fragment and Run On Practice ( handout)  
  2.  Rewrite the compositions I gave back to you. Correct mistakes on top of the original. Then, rewrite. I want the originals as well. 

LISTENING/SPEAKING:

Every day Conversation Quizzes 


VIDEO QUIZZES: 
Short news items with quizzes 



General Videos ( Educational)  
General  short video quizzes about a variety of topics  - all are helpful to help you listen/ watch/ understand television  and/or in class lectures or lecture quizzes ( IELTs, TOEFL etc.)
Movie/Film Clips and Trailers ( Entertainment) 

 Week 4: Jan.27-30, 2014

WEDNESDAY JAN 27th, 2014 

Listening Practice: 
You have all the necessary handouts for these 
  • Couch Potato   ( Before you try to fill in the blanks, listen to the whole conversation WITHOUT reading.  Try to determine who is speaking ( what is their relationship), where are they?, when is this conversation taking place? what is the topic of conversation? 
  • CBC News January 27th, 2014  ( listen to each story twice - try to fill in the grid with the main information). I will prepare specific questions later. 
Vocabulary:   

Practice some of the vocabulary from  Unit 2 on Quizlet below. I am preparing another list for Chapter 2 of Unit 4. 



TUESDAY:  January 28TH, 20124 

Reading:  
  • Textbook: FOR WEDNESDAY Active Skills for Reading Unit 2 Chapter 2 : 25-32    ( Do ALL THE activities)   
Every day reading practice: 
GRAMMAR: 
You have a grammar test tomorrow on verb tenses, compound sentences 9 both types and error correction nouns, verb form, word order etc. 

 Textbook:  Communicate What You Mean: Lesson 6: Conjunctive Adverbs pp 68-77 


ANSWER KEYS 


MONDAY:  January 27th  2014  

 Reading:  
  • Textbook: FOR WEDNESDAY Active Skills for Reading Unit 2 Chapter 2 : 25-32   ( Do ALL THE activities)   
EVERYDAY
  • CONTEXT CLUES - do the activities in your handout
  • PRACTICE FROM UNIT 2: Active Skills for Reading


GRAMMAR AND WRITING:
  • Verb Tense Practice (handouts + see error correction on EDITING page.
  • Compound Sentences.
  • Weekend - writing handout - adding  details and examples to an essay. We will be discussing this tomorrow.
 LISTENING: 
  • Go to one of the NEWS websites above and listen/watch several news stories. Watch several times to make sure you understand. Think in terms of WHO, what, when, where, why and how.


Homework for the Weekend Jan 23rd, 2014

Answer Keys: 
Grammar: 


 Vocabulary:
 NEWS



SPEAKING/PRONUNCIATION/LISTENING 

English Central Class Page  ( Make sure you SIGN IN so that any work you do is recorded on the teacher page)  




READING: 
  • Textbook: Active Skills for Reading Unit 2 Chapter 1:  pp 25-32   ( Do ALL THE activities 
  •  Critical Thinking Reading Practice:  If you are not happy with #3, go to # 2. Make sure you give yourself a maximum of 10 minutes per card. It would be better if you could do them in 7-8 minutes with only 1 or 2 mistakes.  If you go very fast and make many mistakes, you are reading too fast.  
  • You do NOT need to understand and remember every new word you see. This reading practice is not for remembering, you are practicing different skills: predicting, reaching conclusions, making inferences, using grammar and context to  improve comprehension. 
  • Use the pink handout I gave you to record your answers and your scores. Do it online first.  This is only to help you see if you are improving. 
  • Reading for Understanding 2 
  • Reading for Understanding 3 





GRAMMAR:
You will have a grammar test next week 

I will post some answer keys on the weekend for previous grammar homework, and for some of this weekend's  homework. 

1.
Textbook: Communicate What You Mean 
  • Past Perfect and Perfect Continuous, Future Continuous ( pp 27-38)
  • Compound Sentences: p.53-55. ( Sentence Completion/ Sentence Combining)  
 2. Handout#1:  Verb Tenses and Time Shifts 
 3. Handout #2:  Mixed grammar practice (prepositions/ word forms etc.)  

INTERNET PRACTICE 


If you haven't done any of the previous internet practices, I suggest that you go to the exercises for previous weeks. 

If you want do more practice on  nouns, articles, verbs, prepositions or COMPOUND SENTENCES go to the GRAMMAR PAGE and scroll down to the appropriate category. There are MANY explanations and practices. All of them are listed under their names. 




WRITING: 
 You will have an in class writing test on Thursday
MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS:  
1.    Rewrite your compositions on three ways to improve  9 vocabulary, presentations, 
      reading, speaking, listening .
  • ( Make sure you add real, concrete examples - not just vague general ideas or repetition) 
  • PROOFREAD SEVERAL TIMES OUT LOUD to find and correct careless mistakes. 
  • Feel free to type your compositions as a WORD document and email them to me on Sunday. 
2.     Handout: DETAILS AND EXAMPLES : Practice adding details and examples. Do the exercises on page 2, and add specific support and examples to  the two compositions on the handout ( My Daughter's Boyrfriend and Ways to visit Vancouver Economically . Remember to use the past tense in  My daughter's Boyfriend.


LISTENING:
  • Take Part Unit 3: Telecommuting AND Job Interview  (They are both on the same audio file) Answer the questions for Job Interview BEFORE you read the transcript.  Then, read the transcripts and listen to both conversations at the same time. The third time, try speaking at the same time as the speakers. 
Conversational English Dialogues with Quizzes  




GRAMMAR FORM AND FUNCTION: Conversations, Advertisements & Lectures)  

Unit 1:   Conversation #1     - practice quiz + script) 
Unit 1: Advertisement about California  (quiz, no script) - 
Unit 2:  Unit 2: Conversation # 1 practice quiz + script) 
Unit 2:   Unit 2 : Lecture (Big Bands) quiz, no script)

Practical Every Day Conversations for Real Life 

Practical Every Day Conversations: DRIVING   (60 Dialogues about 20 different driving topics. Listen and read the conversation. Very practical every day life topics - Very Useful) 


International Listening Test Practice 


TOEIC: 


Correct response 
Click on the red play button on the right hand side. Each question has 3 separate question and response  activities. Click on text at the bottom to see the transcript. 
Question # 1          Question #2          Question # 3         Question # 4      Question #5
 Questions # 6       Question #7           Question # 8         Question #9        Question # 10


Short Conversations:
Each conversation includes three questions
Conversation #1       Conversation # 2      Conversation # 3      Conversation # 4    Conversation # 5      Conversation # 6      Conversation # 7      Conversation # 8      Conversation # 9
Announcements, Commercials, Weather
Announcements 1 (7)                   Announcements 2                   Traffic Report          Annoucement/Explanation           Radio Commercial             Announcement 4      
  Meeting Opening                         Weather forecast

 



 TOEFL Two line Dialogues (10 questions each)
 TOEFL Conversations 
 Short Lectures with questions 
Long Conversations ( From the Textbook Open Forum 2)
VOCABULARY: : 

1.  Handouts - Practice with collocations  
2    Quizlet: Practice vocabulary from Active Skills for Reading 4 chapter 2 . 

Click on study mode, or view the study set if you want to practice all of the activities. 



GRAMMAR:  
Verb Tenses: 
SPEAKING/PRONUNCIATION/LISTENING 

English Central Class Page  ( Make sure you SIGN IN so that any work you do is recorded on the teacher page)  





Monday January 20th, 2014 

If you own a lap top computer, bring it to class. 

Reading:   Unit 2: Job Interview Types p 18--24 ( Make sure you do the pre-reading activities/ skimming/ predicting etc. Practice the Strategies.)

Grammar
  • Verb Handout: Exercise 3
  • Mixed verb tense handout. 
  • Textbook:  Communicate What You Mean: Adverbial Time Expressions p. 19-25
Listening

Do the ESL News if you haven' done it already. Be prepared to discuss it, or hand it in tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:Weekend,January 16th, 2014 



SPEAKING/PRONUNCIATION 

English Central Class Page:Advanced 2014
  • I have enrolled a number of you on our class page at English Central and I have put some courses up on our page. The easiest ones are at the bottom of the page.  Go in and try them out. Make sure you try all the activities.
    Some of you have not sent me an email with your Gmail address, so I could not enroll you. lease send me an email.  



  • READING/ VOCABULARY: 
     Textbook: Active Skills for Reading 4  MUST 
  Unit 2: Job Interview Types p 18--24 ( Make sure you do the pre-reading activities/ skimming/ predicting etc. Practice the Strategies.) This is for Tuesday. Do some practice everyday.  I will post some vocabulary practice from Quizlet for both unit 1 and Unit 2. 



Vocabulary Practice for Active Skills for Reading 4: Unit 1
(includes definitions, pronunciation, flashcards, learning practice, spelling, tests and games)  
Click on study mode at the bottom right 
                                                          Click on View this study set on the left hand side. 


Quizlet Practice #2: Using the Vocabulary in Sentences




VOCABULARY: ( PERSONALITY) 



Skill Based Reading Practice   MUST DO 
You will be practicing a variety of critical thinking/reading skills: predicting, inference, reaching , conclusions, understanding complex meaning based on grammar clues, vocabulary in context . 
Follow the instructions below: 
  • Weak readers choose RFU #2. Stronger readers choose RFU #3.
  • Start at Card #50 A.
  • Give yourself 10 minutes per card ( one minute per questions). 
  • If you score 100% move up one or two cards numbers. . 
  • If your score 7-9 ( do cards B and C) 
  • If you score  less than 7, go down one or two card numbers. Keep moving up or down based on your abilities. 
GRAMMAR: 
  • Textbook Communicate What You Mean: Verb"  Tense Review pp  2-19                   ( Read the explanations. Do the written and error correction activities. We will do the listening/ speaking activities in class on Monday 
  • Handout: Comma Rules + punctuation activities  must do 
Scroll down to the verb tenses section and practice some of the present time frame activities (simple present/ present continuous, present perfect and present perfect continuous).

Some SPECIFIC activities from the grammar page :

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Read the explanations carefully. Then do the exercises. Most of them involve using the verbs tenses in context.
WRITING:

1)   Assignment:  to be handed in on Monday.   MUST DO  
Write a composition with a clear introduction ( main idea), body with main support and specific support, ( i.e. examples) and a conclusion.
Create an outline.   
Write DOUBLE SPACED.
Choose ONE of the following topics :

TOPICS:
  • Three Ways (Methods)  to Improve and Remember New Vocabulary. 
  • Three Important Features of My Hometown OR the region I come from. ( follow the example)  
  • The Advantages of working at Jobs that are NOT REGULAR 9-5  jobs (such as those in the article. 
  • The Disadvantages of working at jobs that are not Regular 9-5 jobs.( such as ...) 


2)  HANDOUT: Fill in the outlines for the 3 compositions: ( Mines, Blueberries and Lakes) and two  others in your handout.  

       Here is some information you might find useful: 

LISTENING PRACTICE: 
Do at least ONE activity from each section

NEWS:
Interviews and Conversations from ELLLO  English Language Learning Lab Online)
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)Listening 
PRACTICAL  CONVERSATIONAL LISTENING 
  • Career Search  ( ESL Lab) ( includes vocabulary practice) 
  • Car rental   (ESL Lab) ( includes vocabulary practice) 
  • College Majors ( ESL Lab) 
  • Social Media Web Sites  ( practice this as a telephone message before you answer the questions.  Take notes/ write the main details you would write for a phone message that you would give to someone.   Then, do the other activities.  Check your notes with the script. 
  • Airplane Announcement

ESL Video Quizzes  ( Do at least one) 
TEST LISTENING PRACTICE


    IELTS  ( Do ALL OF THIS) 




TOEIC Part 2: Appropriate Responses   
Appropriate Responses  ( from YOU TUBE. Includes  answers and explanations) 
TOEIC: Short Conversations 
Go to the bottom of the page to read the transcripts AFTER you have done the listening. 
Short Conversation #1 (group 16)                   Conversation # 7    
Conversation # 2                                                Conversation # 7  
Conversation # 3                                                 Conversation # 8                        Conversation # 4                                                 Conversation # 9 ( Grp. 14)
Conversation # 5 ( group 15) ***                        Conversation #10 ( Grp 14)




TOEFL PRACTICE 

Two line Dialogues(Each practice has 10 dialogues) 

Two line dialogues #1 (14)     Two line Dialogues # 2 (15)   
TOEFL  Longer Conversations 

1)  Listening for Gist: ( Big Picture) What is the topic? What is being discussed?  


2)  Focus on listening for answers to WH questions usually asked in tests: 

  • WHO is speaking?
  • WHAT is the relationship between the speakers? 
  • WHAT is the topic of the conversation? 
  • WHAT problem does X have?  WHAT problem is being discussed?
  • WHAT Does A want to know/ What does x tell Y? 
  • WHEN is this conversation taking place? ( season, time of day etc.)  
  • WHERE is this conversation taking place? 
  • WHY does X do something ? WHY is there a problem? WHY....? 
  • HOW does the situation resolve itself. etc. 
3)  Focus on on vocabulary that relates to the topic  
  •   Listen for key words that will help you understand in general and specific WH questions
  •   Write key content words.  


 Week 2 - Jan 13-19 
January 13-14

Dear students,
I'm  sorry about my absence yesterday and today. I was hit with a very sudden virus that made me extremely ill. I hope to be back in class on Wednesday. 

I hope John is taking very good care of you and that you learned some useful weather vocabulary and terms as  well as some useful words to describe personality. As soon as I find out what  new weather, temperature and climate terms you have learned, I will put them on 
Quizlet so that you can have some on line practice with the new words. 


Homework : January 15th, 2014

READING: 
  • Textbook  Active Skills for Reading 4   p. 8-10.   AND p.12-17
  • ( Read the article twice. Do not use a dictionary the first time. Try to guess the meaning of new words. Write your guess on top of the new word. 
  • Please bring  your reading textbook to class tomorrow
GRAMMAR: 
  • handouts - Types of Sentences ( Write  simple, compound, complex sentences - adjective clause, adverb clause, noun clause + part A ( sentence combining compound sentences) 
VOCABULARY: 

In your emails to me all of you have indicated that your major weakness is lack of vocabulary and problems remembering vocabulary that you DO know. As a result, we will try to do  a lot of vocabulary development. 

Quizlet practice with personality vocabulary. 
For more practice click on the word Quizlet at the bottom of the page, or choose a study mode on the bottom right hand side.

 


Homework for the Weekend Jan. 9, 2014 

SPEAKING:   



1.a)      Finish interviewing your partner. Choose five interesting things you will say about him or her in a presentation to the class. ( Make sure you have some real details to explain these interesting facts). 

1. b)  You will NOT be allowed to read when you present your partner, so  put important words and phrases to help you remember information on  the flash cards  I gave you.  No sentences!!!.  

1. c)  Rehearse several times in front of a mirror, a friend, your children, husband, wife.... Try not to speak too fast. Get some feedback. 


2.    ORAL GRAMMAR:  SPEAK sentences you work on in your grammar review on parts of speech and the error correction included.  Read LOUDLY. Listen to yourself as you speak the sentences. What looks wrong? What sounds wrong?  
You will be making much better use of your time when doing this because you will be "internalizing" some of your grammar rules - making it real rather than just  an exercise

READING/VOCABULARY: 

1)   Characteristics of a Good/ Successful Language learner ( handout). This includes
        comprehension questions ALL + VOCABULARY + THINKING ABOUT DISCUSSION
       QUESTIONS FOR MONDAY.
        I will read the article and record it as a podcast. Read it firs. Then, read and listen at the
         same time.      
       NOTE:
         It is very important for you to do this reading/ vocabulary/ sentence writing homework as
         we will be discussing it in class and also using the article for some grammar instruction
         as  well.

2.  VOCABULARY: On line vocabulary practice from article FROM QUIZLET 


GRAMMAR: 

1.  PARTS OF SPEECH REVIEW  ( handouts) 
   a) identifying, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc.+ sentence and question word order.
   b)  reviewing the rules of basic grammar at the word level.
   c)  practicing the review by correcting errors of specific parts of speech  and word order in    
       sentences.

LEARNING STRATEGY: As you do this error correction THINK about which kind of "basic" errors YOU often make in your own writing.  Write the problem and the rule down on flashcards you can stick at the front of your binder. 

2. Go the GRAMMAR PAGE  if you want more review on nouns, adjectives and adverbs and BASIC word order. Save the verbs, prepositions, articles etc. for next week.

LISTENING: 

SONGS: 
 NEWS: : 

Listening to conversational English

ESL LAB
Focus on REALLY listening to the conversation. Listen to the conversation ONCE. Then answer the questions. Listen a second time and answer the questions again. Do this until you  get 100%.
DO ALL of the activities (including  vocabulary) to get maximum benefit. Write new vocabulary.




Video Listening:
The World's English Mania ( my own resources) 

TOEIC PRACTICE: 
CORRECT RESPONSE

Group 1 


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6      7         8       9      10

LONGER CONVERSATIONS:
Group 1: 

Answer ONE extra question for each conversation.


What was the topic? What was this conversation about?
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6       7        8      9       10

ANNOUNCEMENTS, WEATHER, COMMERCIALS, SHORT TALKS 

Group 1

Answer ONE extra question for each announcement.


What was the topic? What was this  about?

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6    7        8     9     10



Movie CLIPS and TRAILERS 
A  movie clip is a small segment taken from a regular movie. It is usually from 1:30 to 5 minutes.
A trailer is a  short film clip that promotes (advertises) a movie by showing many of the exciting events that you will see in the movie.  Trailers can be from 1:30 to 3 minutes long. Trailers are an excellent way to get an idea of what a movie will be about and whether you want to watch it or not.





Online Reading Tests  















http://www.esolcourses.com/content/topicsmenu/reading.html



http://www.studymyenglish.com/teacherDocs/ReadingPassage1.pdf


http://www.studymyenglish.com/teacher_rc.aspx



http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/reading-intermediate.php


This is Beautiful by Tyrone Wells 


The Canadian Rockies



AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK:

   Dear students, 
   I usually add A LOT of  homework practice in every skill area on the weekend. This is to give     you basic homework I want to cover in class on Monday. It also to give you the opportunity for    some extra  INDEPENDENT PRACTICE in areas you are weak in, or skills  you want to          improve more quickly.

   It does not mean you have to do ALL of the homework. .  
    It does mean, however, that you MUST take some responsibility for your own learning       by knowing your own strengths and weakness. It also means and some goals and a realistic
     picture of what you can accomplish in the amount of time you have.  

   You are adults with families, jobs and other responsibilities. Sometimes you will have time to      do a lot of homework. Other times you will only have time to complete some of it.
   You MUST however do some homework everyday. Otherwise your English will not     
    improve, no matter how much you wish it would. .  
   There is no magic. Leaning a new language well enough to truly use it as a living language       in all areas of your life takes time. 

   All I can do as your teacher in a half time class is offer you instruction, guidance, clarification,     encouragement and a limited amount of practice.  I  CANNOT learn for you. That's YOUR    JOB.  

 HOW TO LEARN:  
  
  LEARNING IS A TWO WAY PROCESS:   The teacher teaches. The students ask questions,    argue, discuss and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

   As students practice, they make mistakes.  These are useful and part of the learning process.   In  fact, practicing means really learning. Practicing and making mistakes means taking   risks, stretching your abilities and moving out of your comfort zones.  The more mistakes you make, analyze and work on , the more you will improve.  

HOMEWORK YOU MUST   DO



I realize that  some of you CANNOT do ALL the homework.  However, I expect you to do the homework I set as a priority– work we will cover and work on in class. I will be unhappy if you don’t do this much. I WILL indicate this in red. 




SONGS: 

Here are a couple of songs to keep English fresh in your mind. Try singing along with them. 
Weekend Nov. 15th, 2013 

SPEAKING: 
Prepare for your speaking test !

Advanced  students:  Your final test is based on the format of the IELTS test. 

Upper Intermediate students:  Part 2 of your test  is based on the IELTs test, but it is useful for you to watch all the tips and strategies, just to get an idea of abilities, levels, vocabulary etc. I




STRATEGIES FOR THE IELTS SPEAKING TEST:   
 SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF STUDENTS TAKING THE TEST:

PART 1:  Vietnamese Student 
Part 1: Vietnamese Student ( with comments from examiner)


 PART 1 and 2: : Korean student.    

PART 1 and 2: Chinese student    


STRATEGIES FOR PART 3:
  • Srategies for Part 3   One BIG difference in your test is that the topics for part 3 will NOT be connected to part 2. 


EXAMPLES: THREE STUDENTS TAKING PART 3 OF THE IELTS TEST 



Whole Test: Vietnamese Student  
EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT BAND SCORES WITH WRITTEN COMMENTS  

Click on about to read the comments  

SAMPLE TESTS WITH COMMENTS 

  



LISTENING: 

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