Hello All,

Thanks for being so patient with me over the past month.  I have been busy moving apartments and getting settled in.  I am also working on a new project which I hope you can find useful.  I am now preparing my own ESL material.  This material is currently only aimed at lower and intermediate students.  However, I hope to add more material for advanced students.

This projects is mainly because I need more lower and intermediate level material that is based on recent news events.  This help to teach English by using grammar and vocabulary which is relevant to building contemporary English skills.  Each lesson plan will feature a recent news event with excerpted and modified text from an original news story.  I change come grammar and vocab to suit the lower levels students, while continuing to build towards reading mainstream media.  The lesson plans also include possible conversation topics and useful grammar points.  I will include these lesson plans in my blog so you can download and print them, or you can just look using your computer.  They will be in PDF format.  If you cannot read PDF files, let me know.  I think you should not have a problem.

Again, thanks for your patience while I get settled.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Here are links to the first three lesson plans:

Cell Phone Causes L.A. Train Crash.pdf/a>;

Chinese space.pdf

Dont Call Me In Canada.pdf

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!