Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Online Test Targets English Learners

VOA Learning English: Free Online Test Targets English Learners

A private company has just launched what it calls “the world’s first free standardized English test.” Anyone with an Internet connection can take the test for free. The test can be found at more) (listen)

Words in this Story
  • launch – v. to offer or sell (something) for the first time
  • prohibitive – adj. so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
  • pilot – v. done as a test to see if a larger program, study, should be done
  • intriguing – adj. extremely interesting
  • game changer – n. an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


1 shopping cart
2 cash register
·         Cash drawer
3 receipt
·         Price
·         Sub-total
·         Sales tax
·     Total

4 credit card machine
5 paper bag
·         Plastic bag
6 price tag
·         discount
7 size tag
·         XS extra small
·         S small
·         M medium
·         L large
·         XL extra large
·         2X extra, extra large
·         3X extra, extra, extra large
8 display case
9 counter
·         customer
10 rack
·         Sales rack
·         Cheap
·         expensive

11 escalator
12 elevator
13 dressing room
·         Mirror
·     curtain
14 customer service
·         Exchange
·         Refund

15 sales ad
·         Ad = advertisement
16 sales clerk
·         Sales associate
·         cashier

Friday, October 10, 2014


She is Jinyuan. She is from China. She has one son.  She goes to school every day.

What is she doing now?
She is not studying English.
She is going to the hospital with her husband.

Yesterday, she went to school, then she went to Costco.

Tomorrow, she will use Skype to talk to her son in China.

Monday, October 6, 2014

What’s Next? Book 2 Lesson 5

What’s Next? by Lia Conklin (Author) is a four book series that follows Samsam, a Somali immigrant, through her daily life in the U.S. where she is faced with learning English, finding a job, visiting a doctor, and more. Here are the audio files for Book 2 Lesson 5.

Planning a Vacation
     Introductory     1:13
     Low-Beginning     1:02
Listening Quizzes
     Part One: Letter Sounds     2:01
     Part Two: Word Families     1:23
     Part Three: Sound Match     1:09
     Part Four: Sight Words     2:03
     Part Five: Dictation     2:27

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Jobs and Employment Reading Practice 1 Jobs and Employment Reading Practice 1

Job 1

Jenny works for the City of Colorado Springs. She cleans up parks in the city. She works five days a week, Monday through Friday.

Job 2

Jerry is the receptionist at the Dental Clinic. He talks to patients and schedules appointments. He uses the computer and answers the phones. He is always busy, and he likes his job.

Job 3

Sue Lee has a seven-year-old son, Kim. Kim has a tooth ache. He has an appointment at the Dental Clinic with Dr. Smith.

When they arrive at the clinic, Sue talks to the receptionist. The receptionist asks her some questions and gives her a form to fill out. Their appointment is at 1:00, but they do not see the dentist until 1:15.