Thursday, October 18, 2018


TED-ed: Why do we dream? - Amy Adkins

I Believe in Dreams
Zander - New York, New York, Entered on February 18, 2009

Learn English with Let's Talk: Talking about Dreams

EngVid: Learn English - 6 fun idioms about DREAMS

List of Dream Idioms

Grammar Girl - Quick and Dirty Tips: Dreamed or Dreamt?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Three English Language Resources

Learning English: Your Accent Training Guide to Perfect English | Rachel’s English

Learning how to speak with an American English accent is hard work. You will want to think of it as training. I’ve learned that the best way to think about accent reduction is to liken it to music and athletics. You’ve noticed, I’m sure, how great musicians and athletes got where they are, right? Certainly they’ve got natural talent, but that’s only the beginning. You’ve seen that they have knowledge as well, right? But isn’t it true that the key to their success is the way that they train and practice? The principle absolutely holds for students that are learning English. If you want to be truly great—in this case that means truly conversational with your English language skills and American English accent—you need to train like a world-class musician or athlete. There simply aren’t any shortcuts. There are, however, some simple phases for you to envision and follow as you’re learning English. This video takes you through all five, step-by-step.

If you’re looking to improve your American English accent while you’re learning English, this is a great place to start! In fact, my entire channel is devoted to this one specific task. Learning English is a massive endeavor and getting expertise in many different areas is important for your learning. Think of mean as your American English pronunciation and accent trainer! Let’s get started!
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Grammar Girl


Monday, October 15, 2018

The Temple of Knowledge

StoryCorps: The Temple of Knowledge

Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growing up in a library, creeping down to the stacks in the middle of the night when curiosity gripped him. A story for anyone who’s ever dreamt of having unrestricted access to books.

There Is Always a Way Out
Morris Mchawia Mwavizo - Nairobi, Kenya
In his early childhood days, Morris Mchawia Mwavizo learned a life lesson by watching ants that were determined to get out of a trap. With that same sense of self-determination, he found that he, too, could find a way out of poverty into a life he chose for himself.
The Courage to Change the Things I Can
Mark Olmsted - Hollywood, California
As a recovering addict, Mark Olmsted is familiar with the serenity prayer. But when he got fed up with all the litter in his neighborhood, Olmsted realized there is a difference between the things you must accept and the things you can actually change.

TED-EX Myths from Around the World

Samples of ACT Tests (note: now the essay is optional)
The ACT is an achievement test for college admissions in the United States made by ACT, Inc. The ACT test is made of 4 tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science reasoning. In February 2005, an optional writing test was added to the ACT, like changes to the SAT that took place later in March of the same year. All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Go to Stanford University!

The Campus Quad: Stanford University Campus Tour


The mission of Stanford Continuing Studies is to share the rich educational resources of Stanford University with adult students, to nurture a vibrant learning community, to nourish the life of the mind, and to promote the pleasures of intellectual exploration.

Continuing Studies offers approximately 550 courses per year, attracting more than 16,000 students. We offer a rich lineup of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, creative writing, and professional and personal development. Most courses meet on Stanford’s campus in the evenings, or on a Saturday. And, for those students who can’t easily make it to campus, we now offer a growing number of online courses across various disciplines.

Interested in sampling a Continuing Studies course? You can now find previous Continuing Studies courses and lectures on Stanford's iTunes website.

Open Culture
A blog run by the Director of Stanford Continuing Studies. Among other things, the site features a large collection of free courses from Stanford and other universities.  It's all free!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MAE Student Council Meeting

GVSU Student Life: How To Run A Meeting

Running a meeting for your student organization can be challenging, but there are ways to keep your organization's meetings fun and under control

On Wed, Oct 10 11:30 pm to 12:00 noon, ESL 6 will lead the first 2018 MAE Student Council meeting.

Goals of Student Council
  • Give the student body a "voice"
  • Give input about programs and policies
  • Plan special events or projects
  • Create/strengthen community relationships 
  • Promote the MUSD "Culture of We"
  • Representatives – two from every classroom
  • Staff Advisors: Patty Gairaud (Transition Specialist) and Jennifer Gagliardi (teacher)
  • AM: 2nd/4th Wed of the month (11:30 am to 12:00 noon)
  • PM: 3rd Tue of the month (7:00 to 7:30 pm)
  • Milpitas Adult School Room 407
Oct 10 Meeting Agenda:
  • Introduce student representatives
  • Plan to welcome new students from October Intake
  • Quick report current class activities (ex: EL Civics: Family Problems)
  • Plan for November food donation

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Prepare for Student Council

Sheila L. Davis: Student Council at El Cajon Adult Center (a quick summary of student Council Meeting)

See also an example of a school promo: MVLA ADULT SCHOOL PROMO DEC 2017 (video)

More about Leadership/Grit
More about Leadership/Grit

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Creating bilingual minds

TED: Creating bilingual minds

Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is a researcher studying the brain processing of language in infants and young children. In her talk, she showcases the latest techniques to study the infant brain and explains why all babies have the full potential to learn two languages at the same time. She discusses the benefits of bilingual environments for language and brain development and describes what it takes to create bilingual minds.

Thanks, Patricia!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A More Perfect Union: Voting Rights

StoryCorps: A More Perfect Union

When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age, she was ready to cast her ballot—but she had a long fight ahead of her. During the Jim Crow era, the board of registrars at Alabama's Hale County Courthouse prevented African Americans from registering to vote. Undeterred, Theresa remembers venturing to the courthouse on the first and third Monday of each month, in pursuit of her right to vote.

ESL 6: 
Choose an Essay from This I Believe essay on the topic of voting (see below)

  • Write down the Title of the essay
  • Identify thesis statement
  • Note the topic sentence of each paragraph
  • How does the introductory paragraph prepare the reader for the  essay?
  • How does the concluding paragraph summarize the reader for the  essay?
  • Why did you choose this essay?  Do you have any further comments?
  • Can you imagine your chosen essay as a presentation or a "StoryCorps" video?  Why?
  • Can you imagine the StoryCorps: A More Perfect Union as an essay?  Why?
  • We will discuss your results in class
Jun 9, 2008 ... We as Americans have the privilege of voting. This means that we choose what becomes a law and who we want to represent us as a state or ...
May 23, 2011 ... I know that lawmakers attempted to limit blacks' right to vote with the Voting Rights Act, and I know the abuse that the Little Rock 9 and the ...
Nov 12, 2010 ... The percentage of United States citizens able to vote that actually exercise their right is lower in the United States than almost any other ...
Nov 4, 2008 ... I realized today, that my vote for Barack Obama was not just me exercising my sacred right as an American, speaking my small voice into a sea ...
Sep 29, 2008 ... I Don't Date Non-Voters. I have never understood why so many Americans do not exercise their right to vote. Years ago I dated C, 37, ...
Oct 7, 2008 ... If I thought one was the right person for the job, I'd vote for them…but I don't. My vote is my voice to the government. If I vote for one of them ...

VOANews: What Do the Rest of the Amendments Say?
What do the rest of the amendments say?
What do the rest of the amendments mean?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018