ESL Teachers' Blog of Substance

ESL Teachers' Blog of Substance

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How to Teach ESL

February 27, 2015 OTAN has a nice downloadable package with instructions on how to teach English as a Second Language classes. It is a great resource for Adult Ed teachers who are new to the field. I wish I had been given this educational resource when I first started teaching ESL. I had no idea what I was doing or suppose to do. Luckily, I had some help from mentor teachers. The most useful experience I had was observing other teachers as they taught their classes.

ESL Mardi Gras Lesson

February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras is today, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. I have a created an ESL lesson with photos that will show well on classroom interactive whiteboards. Near the bottom of the page are downloadable worksheets that are free and printable. Be sure to preview the lesson and the photos before presenting the material to the class.

State of the Union Address 2015

January 20, 2015

President Obama will give his sixth State of the Union Address tonight at 6:00 Pacific Time, 7:00 Mountain Time, 8:00 Central Time, and 9:00 Eastern Time. He is expected to talk about increasing taxes on the rich to help the middle class, job creation, gas prices, the War on Terror, free junior college for two years, etc. You can stream the State of the Union Address online at the White House website.

College Grads Lack Civics Knowledge

November 15, 2013

This is a quote from TIME magazine regarding new college graduates per information from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni: "half know that the U.S. Constitution establishes the separation of powers. Forty-three percent failed to identify John Roberts as Chief Justice; 62% didn't know the correct length of congressional terms of office." I think they need to use my website to review their civics knowledge.

Hidden Picture Worksheets - Printable and Free

June 20, 2013

Summer school should be FUN for K12 and ESL students. Here are some free hidden picture worksheets that I posted to this website. I usually have my students describe the picture and practice saying the vocabulary words after they have found the hidden items in the picture. These worksheets are perfect for classrooms because they have the English vocabulary words listed on the bottom of the downloadable pages. The pdf files may take a little longer than usual to download because of the images. Enjoy and have a fun game day.

Google Invited Me...!

April 12, 2011

Google has invited me to an AdSense conference in Irvine. I'm thrilled. It's from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They discuss how website owners can improve traffic and ad income. The neatest thing is that they also give one-on-one customized SEO recommendations for one of your sites. I imagine they will have some great suggestions about ad placements and colors. I think they are also interested in signing people up for their Double Click program. The notice they sent said that 400 people in Southern California attended last year's event. It's invitation only, so I'm glad I made the list. Can't wait to hear what they have to say.

ESL Teachers Applying for Unemployment

June 25, 2010

Like many other ESL teachers, I'm off for the whole summer this year. Bummer! I usually work summer school, so I'm going to miss the income. I filed for Unemployment and had my phone interview on Tuesday. I filed using the online form on California's official website. You can go to www.ca.gov and click on the link near the top that says "Jobs" and then select "Unemployment and Disability".

If UI denies your case, be sure to appeal. I was denied benefits last year, but I won on appeal. I cited a California legal case called Cervisi et al. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. You can look up this case online and learn more about it. I'm not a lawyer, so I don't want to mislead anyone.

Here's a quote: "The Superior Court concluded that "under the statute, an assignment that is contingent on enrollment, funding, or program changes is not a 'reasonable assurance' of "employment." The Court of Appeal adopted the Superior Court's findings and held that a contingent assignment is not a "reasonable assurance" of continued employment within the meaning of Section 1253.3."

Hope this helps. I'm glad we live in a country where the courts protect our rights. (I'm going to leave this blog post up so that you can find it next summer.)


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