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A Little Winter Break Homework

Hey, students! Your winter break homework is to visit all of these sites and use them to practice your English! See you January 3!

LISTENING

1.   English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLO)

Listening exercises on a variety of topics, with transcripts and quizzes.

2.   StoryCorps

Real-life stories told by real people, accompanied by great animation that aids comprehension.

3.   Educational Opportunity Center Student Stories

Audio and transcripts of immigrants’ own stories.

4.   Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Numerous listening exercises on a variety of topics with accompanying quizzes.

5. The Learning Edge

Online articles that you can read and listen to at the same time, as well as vocabulary and comprehension exercises.

6.  ESOL Listening Practice Tests

A few good listening practice tests, from beginning to advanced, from Seminole State College of Florida.

PRONUNCIATION

1. ABC Fast Phonics

Simple, basic English pronunciation.

2. Rachel’s English

More advanced pronunciation practice.

3. Pronunciation Symbol Chart with Audio and Animation 

Good guide to symbols and sounds of pronunciation

GRAMMAR

1.   OWL Grammar Exercises

Online grammar exercises.

2.   Self-Study Grammar Quizzes

An assortment of many quizzes that you can take to test your grammar skills.

3.   English Club

Good grammar lessons and quizzes.

4.   Handbook for Writers

A companion site to Pearson’s Handbook for Writers composition textbook. Some very useful grammar exercises and links.

5. Summary of Best Grammar Sites for ESL

Good summary of beginner, intermediate and advanced grammar websites.

6. Verb tense timelines

Visual guide to help you understand different verb tenses.

MISCELLANEOUS

1.   Rong-chang.com

Reading, listening, and grammar exercises, plus some good dialogs and links.

 

2.   GCF Learn Free

Interactive lessons on everything from applying for jobs to computer skills to reading.

3.   Manythings.org

Grammar exercises, games, read-alongs, and videos.

4.   We Are New York

Great videos about people in New York, plus study guides and reading material.

5.   Healthy Roads Media

Excellent videos and readings on a variety of health-related topics in a variety of languages.

6.   REEPworld

Videos, listening exercises, and life skills activities for beginning and intermediate students focusing on health, family, and work.

7. Multi-Cultural Educational Services

A website with listening, reading, grammar exercises, and many other things.

8. Real English

Great videos and grammar exercises.

9. Easy World of English

Simple grammar, pronunciation, and reading activities.

10. CDLP Adult Learning Activities

Intermediate to advanced reading and vocabulary exercises about jobs, health, government, and other subjects.

11. ESOL Help Games

A bunch of online grammar and vocabulary games. Fun!

12.   Study Zone

A few interactive grammar, reading, and vocabulary lessons from the University of Victoria.

13.   Language Guide

A site that lets you listen to vocabulary words and look at pictures at the same time – a great way to learn new words!

14.  Step Forward

A very nice series of interactive listening, reading, vocabulary, and grammar activities from Oxford University Press, from levels 1 to 4.

15. Vocabulary Spelling City

A great website to help you practice and remember new words. It also has games and videos.

16.  ESL Fast

365 short stories and vocabulary and comprehension exercises for intermediate learners.

17.  Ventures Arcade

A great collection of interactive lessons and games that supplement the Ventures textbook series.

18.  My English Pages

A website that has just about everything: reading, vocabulary, listening, idioms, and more.

NEWS

1.   Voice of America

Articles, audio, and comprehension activities from Voice of America.

2.   Breaking News English

Advanced-level current events stories with accompanying comprehension and vocab activities.

3.   BBC Learning English

A smorgasbord of online lessons, videos, and games from the BBC.

4.   NY1

A 24-hour news source for New York City.

5. The Times in Plain English

A great online newspaper with news articles and a special New York section.

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US Adult Literacy

Presidents Day is a United States federal holiday that celebrates the birth of George Washington. The holiday is on the third Monday in February. This also celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which is February 12.

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. He was also the commander in chief of all American forces during the American Revolutionary War. For his central role in the beginning of the United States, he is often called the father of his country.

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809  – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He served as president from 1861 to 1865, during the American Civil War. Lincoln is remembered as the “Great Emancipator” because he worked to end slavery in the United States.

To take a quiz about Abraham Lincoln, click here.

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Weekend Classes Cancelled

Just an update for everyone, Weekend Classes are cancelled.

As of now, we plan to be open on Monday for Daytime classes and Tuesday for Evening classes.

If anyone has any questions or concerns please write it in the comments section, and we’ll respond.

Hope everyone is doing all right and we see you soon…

Do You Know This Man?

“And my father always took me to the library. We were both book addicts.”
-Cornelia Funke

“A great library contains the diary of the human race.”
– George Mercer Dawson

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
– Jo Godwin

“As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her.”
– Erma Bombeck

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
– Cicero

Do you have any good library stories or quotes? Share them in the comments section…

 
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