Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Chanel No. 5

CHANEL N°5 - For the first time - Inside CHANEL

For the first time, CHANEL tells its story online at http://Inside-Chanel.com
Chapter 1: the legend of N°5. Journey back in time through the CHANEL archives into the heart of this magical perfume, beginning with the revolutionary moment of its creation.

VOA Learning English: No Online Sales for Chanel

Monday, October 29, 2018

Intro to Coco Chanel

Chanel: Coco - Inside CHANEL

The story of a young orphan who reinvented herself and became Coco Chanel. In Chapter 5 of Inside CHANEL, discover Coco Chanel's humble beginnings, from her birth in 1883 to meeting the love of her life Boy Capel. This new film unveils the woman behind the legend, who in a stroke of genius transformed the female silhouette. Coco Chanel closed one era and launched a new century of fashion. Watch all of the videos here: http://inside.chanel.com/en/coco or on Channel's YouTube playlist: Inside chanel

Alux: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Coco Chanel
Full Article: http://bit.ly/29H4b1E

Essays from thisibelieve.org:
Mar 27, 2011 ... “Fashion Fades, Only Style Remains the Same”~this quote by Coco Chanel helps explain why I believe in style and fashion. In the twelve years ...
Dec 7, 2008 ... The “Little Black Dress” was originally made in the 1920's by the fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel intended the garment to be ...
May 25, 2011 ... This quote was stated by Coco Chanel. People use fashion to express themselves everyday and to show who they are. Fashion is something ...
Jan 16, 2008 ... I believe in being different. The littlest things can make someone different and difference is important. As Coco Chanel once said “In order to be ...
Sep 12, 2008 ... I believe in personal style. Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, but style only remains the same.” What you wear says a lot about you, and I ...
Aug 6, 2008 ... I believe that Coco Chanel was a wise woman: “There are people who have money and people who are rich.” 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Euphemisms 2

BBC Learning English: What They Really Mean: Euphemistic Feedback

BBC English Masterclass: Being polite - how to soften your English
Sian's going to show you 4 ways not to offend people by being too direct. For more, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/towards-advanced/unit-24/session-1

VOA Learning English: Word Master: Finding Comfort in Euphemisms When Words Make Us Feel Uneasy
There's a new book called "Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms.....(Listen to the mp3) and (pdf)

English Club: 50 Euphemism Examples

Fun Trivia: Euphemism Quiz / Answers Explanations

The Economist: Making murder respectable (difficult!)
Phoney politeness and muddled messages: a guide to euphemisms

Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch (British humor)
The sketch portrays a conflict between disgruntled customer Mr Praline and a shopkeeper, who argue whether or not a recently purchased "Norwegian Blue" parrot is dead. It pokes fun at the many euphemisms for death used in British culture. (minutes 2:21 to 2:52)

TED-ed: Playing with Language playlist

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Miranda Rights

VOA Learning English: 8 US Supreme Court cases - Miranda v Arizona

If you have ever watched an American crime show, you know about this Supreme Court case. Listen to what the police officer says.

“You do have the right to remain silent. You also have the right to be represented by an attorney…”

Those rights – the rights not to speak and to have a lawyer – are known as Miranda rights.

Read more at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/arrested-us-miranda-v-arizona/4443758.html

See more important Supreme Court cases at https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/979

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Story Corps: A Christmas memory about a stolen bike and an unexpected lesson about generosity
Dr. William Lynn Weaver grew up during the 1950s and 1960s in Mechanicsville, a black working-class neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Story Corps: Second Chance
While serving time for robbing a bank, Darius Clark Monroe decided to apologize to the people who were inside the bank on that day, including customer David Ned. Seventeen years later, they sat down to talk about what David’s forgiveness has meant to both of them.

thisibelieve: I Believe Everyone Should Go to Jail

Monday, October 22, 2018


Kay Johnston Massar remembers being the first girl to play Little League baseball | StoryCorps

In the spring of 1950, 13-year-old Kay Johnston spent her afternoons playing baseball on the neighborhood sandlot in Corning, New York. Kay wanted nothing more than to play Little League baseball. But at that time, it was unthinkable for girls to play on an official team.

thisibelieve: Second Chances

Whether you call it a do-over or a mulligan, the philosophy of the second chance has saved many a sports endeavor, homework assignment, career, or relationship. To move beyond the mistake or failure and start fresh is an opportunity for redemption at its most fundamental level. Click the links below to read how these essayists have benefitted from a second chance.
  1. The Choice to Do It Over Again
  2. Thank You for This Day
  3. A Second Chance to Redeem Ourselves
  4. Take-Backs and Do-Overs
  5. Getting the Copy Right

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dreams Part 2

EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie! [engVid]: How to talk about DREAMS in English

Do you remember your dreams? Do you want to control your dreams? We all dream, but each of us dreams differently. In this lesson, I'll teach you the vocabulary we use to talk about our dreams in English. You'll learn about the different types of dreams that you can have. I'll also tell you what your dreams could mean, and give you tips to have more interesting dreams. You may forget your dreams, but you won't forget this lesson!  Test your DREAM vocabulary with the quiz! https://www.engvid.com/how-to-talk-about-dreams-in-english/

Also see:

Logic-Puzzles.org - How to Solve a Logic Puzzle
From http://www.Logic-Puzzles.org Watch as we solve a logic puzzle from start to finish, showing some of the more common methods to translate clues into X's and O's on the logic puzzle grid.

Logic-Puzzles.org - How the Grid Works
From http://www.Logic-Puzzles.org Watch as we solve a logic puzzle from start to finish, showing some of the more common methods to translate clues into X's and O's on the logic puzzle grid.

VOANews: Vietnamese Blogger 'Mother Mushroom' Arrives in US After Two Years in Prison
A dissident Vietnamese blogger imprisoned for defaming the country's Communist government is celebrating her first day of freedom on U.S. soil. Marcus Harton reports.

ESL 3, 4, 5 ,6 EL Civics

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 https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/dream

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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Sign up for Rachel's FREE 10-day mini-course in Accent Reduction and mailing list: http://www.RachelsEnglish.com/newsletter

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