Sunday, July 31, 2011

TV, Movies & Other Media

Today is Monday, August 1, 2011.

1) Warm-Up

Write 3 sentences and 2 questions about this picture.

from class:
There are three people: grandfather, father & son.They are eating snacks. They are watching a football game on TV.The son is riding on his father’s shoulders. The man is holding his son.The grandfather has a beer in his hand.

  1. What kind of a sport game are they watching?
  2. What type of a sport are they watching? 
  3. Do they watch a movie?What are they watching? 
  4. Are they watching a movie? 
  5. Who are the people in this picture? 
  6. What type of food are they eating?

2) Survey: What kind of movies do you prefer?
    • comedy
    • drama
    • documentary (true)
    • historical fiction
    • romance
    • action
    • horror movies
    • science fiction
    • animation

3) Let's Talk:  How are TV, movies, and radio in the US different from TV in your country?

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    Family Vocabulary & a million more links

    I can't make the colors come out right on this page, so Click here.

    Let's watch the simpsons!

    Wednesday's Poll

    AFTER we vote, write 4 sentences about the poll results. Include the word most, more, fewest and fewer. Write one question asking a classmate about his or her siblings.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Tuesday's notes

    Today is Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Language Awareness p.21
    vocabulary p. 20
    Write 5 sentences about your family.

    • Daily oral language
      • they’re is six problem in this sentense
      • There are six problems in this sentence.

      • today well talk and right about families in english
      • Today we’ll talk and write about families in English.

    Learning about each other
      • Two Truths and a Lie

    The Kennedy Family

    She has two children, Robert and Maria Shriver.  Her husband is Sgt. Shriver.  Her brothers were John and Robert.  John was President of the United States. (JFK)  She has three nieces and two nephews.  Her parents are Joseph and Rose Kennedy.

    Kathleen is the daughter of Robert Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy.  Her grandmother is Rose, and her grandfather is Joseph.  Rose’s grandchildren are Caroline, John Jr, Maria, Kathleen, Robert Shriver, Robert Jr. and Courtney.
    • Side by Side computer practice disk
    • Family
      • Family vocabulary
      • Family listening exercise

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Monday Homework

    2 truths and a lie

    Write three sentences about yourself.  Two should be true and one false.  Also, please explore this website, and practice using one of the online dictionaries I mentioned.

    See you on Tuesday!

    Sunday, July 24, 2011


    Welcome to Betsy's ESL 3-week class! You will find most of the information you need for class right here. I will post assignments, class handouts and worksheets, photos we use in class, and links for you to practice at home.

    This is a class to help improve your English. You will listen, speak, read and write in class every day, complete homework assignments, and take one test each week.

    Click here to see or download any handouts. The full supply list is there as well. Photos are here.

    Class meets every day from July 25-August 12, from 8:30-10:30AM in room 106A. My office is in 106C, and you can come before school 8:00-8:30 from Monday to Thursday if you need extra help. You can also contact me by email or IM. I'll give out those details in class.

    How to do well in this class:
    1. Come on time every day.
    2. Complete all assignments. If you don't finish in class, complete at home.
    3. Talk in English in class. We will do a lot of small group and pairs work. Even if you are working with someone who speaks your language, work together in English. A single word or phrase translation is fine, but all other conversation will be in English.
    4. Participate! Talk in class. Practice the dialogues. You do NOT have to get everything right. I do not expect perfect grammar. The focus is on communicating your message. Can we understand each other?
    5. Practice at home on the computer. I have a links to many practice websites and I can make you a practice CD if you'd like.
    6. Every page of my website has an opportunity for extra credit. Do the activities.
    7. You may instant message with me in the evenings (until 10pm) and on the weekends. I will give you my IM screen names in class. For this purpose, we will use full sentences and correct spelling, which makes it different from any other IM conversation any of us have outside the teacher-student relationship.

    This class focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. We will study grammar and vocabulary, with a focus on communication skills. We will learn about the government, geography and culture of United States, and Austin in particular, and will have an opportunity to visit some important sites in Austin. We will compare Austin to other places we have each lived.

    Other topics will depend on what interests you. We will vote in class on which of the following themes we want as a focus:

    • Getting around (transportation, asking for directions)
    • English for the work place (talking about jobs, applying for jobs, career options in the US)
    • Consumer English (how to shop and talk with store employees)
    • People (families, relationships, famous people)
    Important school rules:

    1. No food, drinks or gum in the classrooms.
    2. No smoking in the building.
    3. You may NOT park in the TIEP parking lot.
    4. Attendance counts! 3 tardies (late) = 1 absence.

    Where are you from?

    You may vote from the computer, or from your phone, but please only vote one time.

    The Supply List!

    Here's a list of what you need for class each day.   Click here to download a copy for yourself.