The Times in Plain English

Here’s another good website for you – The Times in Plain English. It has up-to-date news articles in simplified English. If you like to keep up with the news, and you also want to improve your English, why not read the news in English?

The site has a special “New York” section, and you can also choose to translate the stories into your first language if you don’t understand something. Click on the picture below to go to the site:

Remember to look at the For Students page for more great websites!

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Grammatically Speaking

A little grammar review is in order. Click on the picture below to test your knowledge of some grammar points. The test will provide the correct answer as well as an explanation as to why it is the correct answer. Good luck!

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Idiom of the Week: Just Around the Corner

Meaning: Describing something that will happen soon.

Examples:

The new school year is just around the corner.

Christmas is just around the corner. What do you want from Santa?

Have you studied for the final exam yet? It’s just around the corner

 

Pop Quiz:

If Mother’s Day is just around the corner, what should you do?

A.  You should call your mom and wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

B.  You should start thinking about what you’re going to get your mom for Mother’s Day.

C.  You should tell your mom you’re sorry that you forgot to call her on Mother’s Day.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue Reading”:

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Save the Date!

The new school year is just around the corner! If you’re a new or returning student to our program, here are some important dates for you to mark on your calendar:

Student Orientation for Daytime Classes:

Wednesday, August 31, 9:00 am: Classes 0A, 2A, & ABE-1

Wednesday, August 31, 11:00 am: Classes 0P, 2P, & ABE-2

Thursday, September 1, 9:00 am: Classes 1A & 3A

Thursday, September 1, 11:00 am: Classes 1P & 3P

Student Orientation for Evening Classes:

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm

Student Orientation for Weekend Classes:

Saturday, September 10, 9:30 am

 

 

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Bring Change to Our Older Adults

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Much, Many, or A Lot Of?

Time for more grammar. This time we’re going to look at the words much, many, and a lot of.

The key to knowing when to use these words is remembering your count and non-count nouns. To review count and noun-count nouns, click here.

Basically, you use “many” with plural count nouns. For example: many people, many apples, many problems, many friends. You can use “many” in statements and questions, affirmative or negative.

“Much,” on the other hand, is used with non-count nouns. For example: much money, much homework, much coffee, much trouble. But we only use “much” in questions and negative statements. For example: “I don’t have much money. How much money do you have?” We do not say “I have much money.”

In this case, we say “I have a lot of money.” “A lot of” can be used with count or non-count nouns – it doesn’t matter! It can also be used in questions and statements, negative or affirmative. But if we begin the question with “how,” then we have to use either “much” or “many.” We can’t say “How a lot of money do you have?’

Watch this video for some extra practice, then take the quiz to test your knowledge:

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