King Cakes Around The World

Click on the picture to read the article, “Guide to King Cakes Around the World”

There are great recipes, too!!

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons by ProtoplasmaKid – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

What are the similarities and differences among these three cakes? Which is your favorite? Why? (Don’t forget to post your comment! :))

Here’s another great article about king cakes:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/02/02/464764078/new-orleans-a-city-in-the-grip-of-king-cake-madness?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160202

 

Direct and Indirect Questions

Do you want to practice making indirect questions? In the month of lovers, I have an activity that you will LOVE♥ to do :)  Listen to Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and write at least 5 of the direct questions he asks his lover. By using any of the introductory expressions below, turn the direct questions into indirect questions.

I wonder…                  I want/need to know….           I’d like to know…

Can you tell me …                  Tell me…             Do you know…

CHALLENGE: Write down some of the indirect statements in the song and then turn them into direct question.

The Paragraph: Topic Sentence and Supporting Sentences

In English, each paragraph should be about only one main idea. The main idea is what the paragraph is about. All the sentences in the paragraph should be about the main idea. If a sentence is not about the main idea, the sentence is irrelevant.

( Source: Writers at Work Chapter 1)

 

The Night

Writers at Work: The Paragraph Cambridge University Press 2007 Photocopiable

The Morning

Writers at Work: The Paragraph Cambridge University Press 2007 Photocopiable

The topic sentence tells us the main idea in the paragraph. All of the other sentences or “supporting sentences” should always be relevant to the main idea of the paragraph. Supporting sentences help the reader understand the main idea by giving more information about it. What would be the supporting sentences of the paragraph above after your editing?

 

EXTRA PRACTICE ON THE PARAGRAPH: http://www.cengage.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=9781424051007

Click on “Web Activities” and then select “Chapter 1”

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Write the first draft of your paragraph. Be sure to write about why you like the morning or the night, what you do then, and how you feel then.

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

­ CCCC Christmas Tree Lighting brings out Chatham County community

SILER CITY — Great music by Jordan-Matthews High School’s band, a visit by Santa Claus, and lighting of the Christmas tree all added to the festivities Dec. 7 as Central Carolina Community College hosted its Christmas Tree Lighting celebration for the Chatham County community at the CCCC Siler City Center.

The Christmas Tree Lighting was planned and coordinated by the CCCC Foundation and college volunteers.

George Lucier, a member of the CCCC Board of Trustees, read the holiday classic, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“This is a great way for the college to start the season,” said CCCC President T.E. Marchant.

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Those who had pictures taken with Santa can view and download them at the college’s website, www.cccc.edu/santapics.

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit www.cccc.edu.

Santa Claus visits with Jisselle Perdomo (left), ESL instructor at the Siler City Center, and Julia Herbon (right), Lead ESL Instructor for Chatham County, during Central Carolina Community College’s Christmas Tree Light celebration at the Siler City Center.

Santa Claus visits with Jisselle Perdomo (left), ESL instructor at the Siler City Center, and Julia Herbon (right), Lead ESL Instructor for Chatham County, during Central Carolina Community College’s Christmas Tree Light celebration at the Siler City Center.

The Jordan-Matthews High School band entertained guests at the Central Carolina Community College Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at the Siler City Center.

The Jordan-Matthews High School band entertained guests at the Central Carolina Community College Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at the Siler City Center.

CCCC ESL program receives grant to expand computer literacy

SANFORD – CentraComputer 2015l Carolina Community College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program has received funding from the North Carolina Community College System to extend computer literacy education to students across the college’s target area of Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. Funds in the amount of over $80,000 have been applied to the academic years 2013 through 2016 in response to ESL students’ need to acquire basic computer skills that will enhance their success in the workplace and in further educational pursuits.

The ESL program applied for funding each year, receiving a total of $30,202 for 2013-2014, $28,800 for 2014-2015, and $28,000 for 2015-2016. The funds have been used to increase the number of ESL students served, over 300 across the area; enhance the instructional faculty’s capacity to incorporate both civics and technology into the ESL curriculum, and engage students more fully with additional classroom materials and technology. Other program objectives include expanding the topics in the current ESL computer literacy curriculum, redefining content objectives and redesigning the CCCC ESL blog by adding links and ESL content contextualized instruction in career pathways to support workforce preparation and WIOA (the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). In addition, the technology section of the CCCC ESL blog will have new links, learning resources and activities for each monthly course. Through both in-state and out-of-state training, lead ESL instructors will enhance their instructional capacity for incorporating civics, technology, and WIOA into current classroom practices.

“Of the 143 students surveyed in the college’s tri-county service area, 81 percent reported a need for some additional training in such basic computing areas as Internet navigation, e-mail, and office productivity software,” said Julia Herbon, Lead ESL Instructor College and Career Readiness at the Siler City Center. “A total of 85 percent of all students surveyed, meanwhile, reported an interest in taking computing courses through CCCC.”Computer 2 2015

Herbon, who has been employed with the ESL program since 2012, wrote the first and second grants and co-wrote the third grant with Teradee Hagan, Lead Instructor for College and Career Readiness at CCCC’s Lifelong Learning Center at the W.B. Wicker Center in Sanford.

ESL teachers create an excellent learning environment that makes it possible to retain students and foster success, said Herbon. In addition to the ESL computer literacy class, both centers offer a distance learning program, “Crossroads Cafe,” in which students watch an instructive video at home and complete an assessment sheet. They later meet with a Crossroads Cafe instructor, who corrects their homework and assesses their comprehension skills. CCCC also provides ESL students with class supplies

“The ESL program is highly beneficial for students. As they make progress in their English, they can get a better job, pursue a GED in English, start a career, and take continuing education courses at CCCC,” said Herbon. “Our program can create a career pathway for students who never thought they had an opportunity to succeed in America,”

The CCCC ESL program really changes lives, said Hagan. “I love everything about my work, but I most enjoy watching students go from speaking almost no English to communicating well enough to get jobs or further their education!”

For more information about the ESL program at Central Carolina Community College, contact Julia Herbon at 919-545-8667, jherbon@cccc.edu, or Teradee Hagan at 919-777-7716, thagan@cccc.edu.

For more information about Central Carolina Community College, visit www.cccc.edu.

By Susan Welch, CCCC Correspondent