Monday, December 29, 2008

Kimchi 1

The First of Three videos: An demonstrates how to make kimchi in the Advanced Conversation class at Milpitas Adult School.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Canapes are Good with Champagne!

Ingredients for the Holiday Canape:

  • fresh dill (like a tiny christmas tree)
  • cherry tomato (christmas ornament)
  • cheese (monterey jack)
  • poppy seed dressing (or honey mustard)
  • melba toast (or small square cracker)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

VOANews: Christmas in America During the 19th Century

Conversation classmates toast each other
with eggnog and sparkling apple cider.

Christmas in America During the 19th Century
On THE MAKING OF A NATION: Christmas slowly developed into a national holiday that combined traditions from many cultures

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

VOANews: The Gift of the Magi

Mr Shen attends the ABE/GED class
and Mrs Shen attends the Senior ESL class.

A husband and wife give each other the most special Christmas gift of all.

ESLPod's Blog: “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry (updated 122809)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

VOANEWS: Foreign Student Series: TOEFL or IELTS?

Foreign Student Series: TOEFL or IELTS?
On EDUCATION REPORT: In part 15, we look at the two major English language tests accepted by colleges and universities in the U.S.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Chat 121608

ESL Podcast 433 – Describing People’s Voices
How do you describe your voice? Learn the words in English we use to talk about someone’s voice in this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Decorating

ESL Podcast 226 – Holiday Decorating We buy a Christmas tree and the kids decorate it with ornaments that we’ve bought and made over the years, and with silver and gold tinsel. ...Download Podcast

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Foreign Student Series: The SAT and the ACT

Foreign Student Series: The SAT and the ACT

In part 14, we talk about the two competing college-admissions tests in the U.S., and about schools that require neither. Transcript of radio broadcast: 10 December 2008
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chat 121108

Discussion Topics:

  • Appropriate Small Talk topics for social and interview situations.
  • Describe your education background.
  • How has your education prepared you for this job?
  • What academic courses have you liked the most/least?
  • Do you have plans for further education?

ESL Podcast 139 - Job Layoffs
It's not just the salary. It means losing benefits, too. You know, I hope it's not going to be Sebastian. With three kids and a wife who's sick, ...Download Podcast

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


More and More Bloggers Are Expressing Their Thoughts and Opinions on the Internet
Also: A question from China about Bobby Fischer. And music by the 18-year-old singer Taylor Swift. Transcript of radio broadcast: 04 December 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chat 120908

ESL Podcast 121 - Cooking Dinner
I'm not a very good cook but I decided to surprise my wife by making a three- course meal. I went to the supermarket to get the dessert...Download Podcast

Coconutwheel's Videos (including Uygher Food & Culture)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Uyghur Noodles 1

More info about the Uyghur People:

The Uyghur (also spelled Uygur, Uighur, Uigur, Uyghur: ئۇيغۇر; simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Wéiwú'ěr) are a Turkic people of Central Asia. Today Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known by its controversial name Uyghurstan or East Turkistan) in the People's Republic of China.
(Source: Wikipedia Uyghur People)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Foreign Student Series: Admissions Tests

Foreign Student Series: Admissions Tests
In part 13, we start to discuss entrance exams; plus, a new report warns about the rising costs of higher education in the U.S. Transcript of radio broadcast: 12/03/08.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chat 120208

Discussion Questions:
  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. How would you describe yourself?
  3. If you could change on thing about your personality, what would it be? Why?
  4. How would a (close friend,supervisor, co-worker) describe you?
  5. What are your strenghts and weaknesses?
  6. What are three skills you would like to improve?
ESL Podcast 428 – Getting a Dream Job
Is your dream job sitting on the beach and watching the waves? Learn about how to get the job you really want in this episode. Download Podcast