Friday, September 30, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 35

Woodward English: Learn English Present Perfect Tense - When to use the Present Perfect Tense in English   | complete lesson

Elli Library: Present Perfect exercises full pdf (do pg 5 for warmup, then pg 6-7 only)

Puzzles: capitals and school

That's Life: Requirements for College full pdf | teacher's lesson plan

Elli: Meeting with a Counselor full pdf (do pg. 1-3 only) | listen 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 34


Elli: Parent-Teacher Conference pdf | listen

ESL Lounge: Parent/Teacher Meeting 

NYC Dept of Ed: Questions to Ask
  1. What is my child expected to learn at this grade level?
  2. How many years will my child remain in this program?
  3. What are major projects my child will be doing in your class this year?
  4. Throughout the year, how will I know if my child is meeting language and grade-level expectations?
  5. What does my child do well?
  6. What does my child struggle with?
  7. If my child needs extra language supports or wants to learn more about a subject, what are the resources available to help my child learn outside the classroom?
  8. Does my child turn in homework on time?
  9. Does my child participate in class discussions and activities?
  10. Are there ways that I can be involved in the classroom or at school?
More practice:

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 27


Sparkpoint San Jose

Meet one-on-one with a financial coach who will work with you to create a personalized financial path to achieving your financial goals. Learn how to create spending plans, build savings and plan for future expenses.  All coaching sessions are virtual and approximately one hour. 

  • Financial Coaching 
  • Career Coaching 
  • Credit & Debt Coaching 
  • Consumer Rights Legal Clinics
  • CalFresh Screening & Enrollment
  • Free Tax Preparation Services
Locations and Contact Info:
  • San José City College: 2100 Moorpark Ave., Student Center, 2nd Floor  
  • Evergreen Valley College: 3095 Yerba Buena Road, Student Services Center, 2nd Floor,
  • Contact: 408-918-5199 | 408-647-5660 (TEXT) |
SparkPoint San Jose Services Seminar on Zoom for MAE students

Sunday, September 18, 2022

How to Pronounce: Word Stress – Place Names in the United States

VOA Learning English: How to Pronounce: Word Stress – Place Names in the United States

Imagine you are visiting the United States. Perhaps you see major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas. Perhaps you see places like Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Central Park.

In terms of pronunciation, there is something common to all of these place names. 

No, I’m not talking about vowels and consonants. I’m talking about word stress – saying a word louder or in a higher pitch. 

In previous pronunciation videos, we explored word stress in terms of phrasal nouns, phrasal verbs, even abbreviations. But there are certain ways that Americans pronounce place names too. 

In general, Americans place more stress on the last word of a place name. 

What would happen if the stress were placed on the first word? It might sound something like this:

  • New York

Such a pronunciation might sound a little unusual or different to an American. 

But how does the place name sound when stress is placed on the last word?  

  • New York

Listen again to some famous American place names. Note how I stress the last word of the name: 

  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Central Park

That’s all for today! Keep up the good work! 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The Making of the Constitution

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day!

VOA Learning English: The Making of the Constitution 

The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series The Making of a Nation. The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country's founding to the present day.

Learn More at VOA Learning English: 
  • Fu-Chiu Chen: A Quick Interview for US Constitution and Citizenship Day pdf

Friday, September 16, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 25

VOA Learning English: The U.S. Congress


VOA Learning English: U.S. Senate


VOA Learning English: U.S. House of Representatives


Video Slideshow: US Presidents  plus American Presidents playlist


VOA Learning English: Supreme Curt Justices

Constitution Day Handouts
  • uscitizenpod: A Handy Copy of the USCIS 100 Questions (updated) pdf
  • US Constitution Quick Quiz (picture vocabulary) pdf and Google slides (2021)

 More Info:

Thursday, September 15, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 24

N-400 Practice
  • What is US Constitution and Citizenship Day? pptx
  • What is US Constitution and Citizenship Day? pdf
  • Full Constitution pptx
Constitution Day Handouts

 More Info:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 23

uscitizenpod: Elementary Interview

N-400 Practice
  • What is US Constitution and Citizenship Day? pptx
  • What is US Constitution and Citizenship Day? pdf
  • US Constitution Quick Quiz (picture vocabulary) pdf and Google slides (2021)
  • uscitizenpod: A Handy Copy of the USCIS 100 Questions (updated) pdf

 More Info:

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 22

uscitizenpod: B-1 Easy Interview

N-400 Practice

More Info:

Monday, September 12, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 21

City of Mount Vernon, WA - Government Television: Community Policing 101: Reporting A Crime

How to report a Crime in Milpitas
How to report a Crime in San Jose
  • Phone: Call 9-1-1 (emergency), 3-1-1 (non-emergency) | (408) 277-8911 
  • Report a Crime Online: English 
  • Go to the San Jose Police Department Headquarters | 201 W Mission St, San Jose, CA 95110
More Info:

That's Life: Stolen Purse

Elli: Gerunds and Infinitives pdf

Friday, September 9, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 20


Today is California Admissions Day!

I have created and uploaded a simple pdf about the State of California. I included info about our local government officials for the students of Milpitas Adult School.  Edit the pdf for your own officials.

  • USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
  • USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.
  • USCIS 100:43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
  • USCIS 100:44. What is the capital of your state?*

Monday, September 5, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 16--LABOR DAY (no class!)



Labor Day honors American workers on the first Monday in September. Here are some suggestions on how to make your Labor Day something to celebrate!

Step 1: Go to beach
Gather sand toys, beach balls, and water toys, and head to the beach. Labor Day happens at the end of the summer season, so there are few chances left to enjoy the sun and sand!

Step 2: Go to a parade
Take the kids to see the floats, marching bands, and clowns at a Labor Day parade.

Arrive early to get a good spot.

Step 3: Go camping
Pack up the fishing poles, marshmallows, and tents, and go camping at your favorite campsite. Labor Day weekend is a perfect three-day holiday to get away from civilization.

Step 4: Enjoy the water
Enjoy the water by renting jet skis or going on a boat ride.

Step 5: Pack a lunch
Take the family to the park to play Frisbee, fly a kite, or have a picnic.

Step 6: Spend the day with friends
Enjoy the day with friends and family by eating together at a cookout.

Step 7: Stay home
Grab your favorite drink, a lawn chair, and a good book, if you'd rather stay at home and enjoy the peace and quiet. However you celebrate, remember that honoring workers means taking the day off!

Did You Know?
Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday in 1894.



Saturday, September 3, 2022

The 50 Most Common Irregular Verbs in English | Grammar & Pronunciation Lesson

7esl: The 50 Most Common Irregular Verbs in English | Grammar & Pronunciation Lesson

The English language has a large number of irregular verbs. What are Irregular Verbs?

Irregular verbs (or irregular past tense verbs) are common verbs in English that do not follow the simple system of adding “d” or “ed” to the end of the word to form the past tense (the past simple and/or the past participle) Grammar:

Thursday, September 1, 2022

MAE Fall 2022 ESL 3 Class 14: Local Immigration Resources in Santa Clara Valley


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated Form I-485. Use this application to register for permanent residence or adjust your status. The update includes the form instructions.  Lean more at How Do I apply for a Green Card

DOJ: List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers (all states)

The full List is divided into separate sections that correspond to the individual immigration courts around the country. Click the state, then check the pdf (organized by county) for the nearest DOJ-approved immigration legal service provider near you.


Asian Law Alliance

Asian Law Alliance, established in 1977, is a non-profit organization providing equal access to the justice system for Asian Pacific Islander and low-income populations in the Silicon Valley. We offer services in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean and other languages as needed. 

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

For legal consultations, please call our receptionist at (408) 468-0100 about our consultation procedure. Please be ready with your Full Name, Phone Number, and Email Address (if you have one). Consultation is $50.   

International Rescue Committee

The IRC provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. 

Pars Equality Center 

PAR’s mission is to catalyze social, civic, and economic integration of immigrants from Persian-speaking and other underrepresented communities into American society. 

Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network 

SIREN provides free legal consultations on Thursdays for general immigration questions and Free Removal Defense consultations on Fridays for low income immigrants and refugees.  All appointments and legal consultations are offered via phone or zoom and we are not currently offering in person appointments.  

MORE RESOURCES has a searchable database ESL classes and social service resources currently offered by Santa Clara County Adult Education, Community Colleges, Community and Faith Based Organizations, most of which are free.

That's Life: Green Card

Oxford Picture Dictionary: Life Events and Documents 40-41 BH

Oxford Picture Dictionary: Life Events and Documents 40-41 Int