I recently stumbled upon this website which is a new and interesting idea. It collects writing from anyone on the web. You can write articles and submit them to the site. The site is called Helium. I’m not sure why, but if you are interested, I looked at the “English Language” catagory and there are about 80 articles on the English Language. Some are obviously aimed at ESL students. If you want to check it out go here:



scroll down until you see this part…

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and select an article. Don’t forget you can go to the next page at the bottom to look at all the articles.


Here is a new Recent News Lesson Plan with audio Mp3 file.  Hope you enjoy this one as well.  The Audio file has little extra news bits at the beginning for your interest and to help you with listening.  I try to go slow, but let me know if you have any suggestions about my reading speed.

US Withdrawing 12,000 troops from Iraq

Audio Mp3

Here are the latest lesson plans. I hope you enjoy them!

How The City Hurts Your Brain
Peru Court Backs Drunken Worker

Ok, I promised that I would start a blog today in class at the train station branch.  Sometimes we have unanswered questions after class.  I want to answer these questions.  Sometimes we don’t finish the article, and sometimes I have some important information that I don’t think of until after the class! 😀  So, I write this blog when I have time, and try to give some useful information about my class.  I will also try to post some other interesting stories, and ESL exercises on my blog for you to try!  Hope you enjoy, so here goes!

I remember one question from today’s class:  What is an eye doctor called?  I remember telling you that an optometrist helps you find the right prescription of glasses.  An Ophthalmologist (click on the word to hear my pronunciation) is an eye doctor.  Ophthalmology is the study of ocular medicine.  Ocular is an adjective to describe something that relates to the eye.  For example ocular cavity, ocular surgery, ocular rash, etc.  Octology sounded like the right word for science of the eyes, but it really means a series of 8 books (rare), similar to the word trilogy (being three books in a series).  Anyway, he was kind and gentle with me, and reminded me to always wash my hands alot!

BTW if you have any questions about something you read here you can make a comment at the bottom and I will try to answer your questions.


Teacher Joe!