Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, and Comparatives

Dear students,

I would like you to explore some of the idioms and phrasal verbs I found in “5 MinuteEnglish:) You can check them out under the “Reading” tab in this blog (look for Slang/Idioms)

Slang and Idioms about Money

Colorful Idioms

Phrasal Verbs with “Take”

Phrasal Verbs with “Go”

Here are some links to practice comparative adjectives. You asked for a refresher, so here it goes! :) Have fun!


CCCC participated in the We Care Fair event organized by the First United Methodist Church in Siler City. We enjoyed sharing about our programs and upcoming classes. We look forward to seeing most of you at the Siler City Center! 


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Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

Summer Reading Program
Date: 7/31/2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Chatham Community Library
197 Hwy 87N
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312

Ron Cromer – Specialist in Herpetology 

 A unique “Hands On” experience with approximately two dozen, native harmless
reptiles including snakes and lizards, all specially tamed for petting!

A Burmese python is the show’s finale!

This event is limited to 200 people, seating will be first come first seated.

For more information contact Children’s Services at 919-545-8085 or visit the link below



USCIS Lanza Nuevos Recursos en Español


Nos sentimos entusiasmados de lanzar la nueva página Facebook en español y el nuevo hogar del nuevo blog en español Compás, que se ha movido de nuestro blog en inglés a su propio espacio en USCIS en español. Crearemos contenido nuevo y original en español exclusivamente en español para reafirmar nuestro compromiso de llegar a nuestros clientes de habla hispana.


Nuestra meta es compartir noticias e información general relacionadas con USCIS, así como historias y noticias únicas para nuestra comunidad hispana. Estamos comprometidos en fortalecer nuestra misión con nuestra nación y continuar brindando servicios a nuestros clientes. Es un momento dinámico en términos de inmigración para nuestra nación y reconocemos la necesidad de comunicarnos y compartir ideas e historias con nuestra comunidad hispana.


Agradecemos sus opiniones y esperamos que apoye estos esfuerzos a medida que mejoramos los servicios que les ofrecemos.


Para más información acerca de USCIS y sus programas, visite Síganos en nuestros canales en español: Facebook (/, Twitter (@uscis_ES), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS Compás.

TESOL Toronto 2015

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1) Making the Most of Online Video: Using History and Biography to Teach Language Skills by Heather Gregg Zitlau  – TESOL 2015 / Electronic Village

The History Channel and The Biography Channel websites are outstanding resources for EFL teachers. Both sites…
• can be used to engage students with meaningful, authentic content
• can be used in class or for homework
• can be used to teach virtually any skill at any level
• can be used effectively without unreasonable prep time

Bio. has numerous videos of varying lengths, including many short (3-4 minute) mini-biographies of political leaders, authors, athletes, entertainers – almost anyone you and your students might like to learn more about. Videos are accompanied by related text.

Example 1: Amelia Earhart, J.K. Rowling, Jim Jong Il, & Steve Irwin
• question formation
• information gap
• pre-listening
• discussion

Example 2: Lionel Messi
• listening for details
• verb tense test (editing task)

Example 3: Bill Gates
• question formation

Example 4: Martin Luther King & Margaret Thatcher
• listening for details and main ideas
• information gap

At you’ll find countless videos of varying lengths, including many short (3-4 minute) videos about the history of American holidays.

Example 1: Bet You Didn’t Know: Witches
• grammar review: verb tenses, modals, and comparative and superlative adjectives
• cloze

Example 2: History of Valentine’s Day ; Bet You Didn’t Know: Valentine’s Day
• verb tense review
• students identify and write examples for the assigned verb tenses

Example 3: Bet You Didn’t Know: Thanksgiving
• active and passive – identify examples of the passive voice; change active to passive

Example 4: Bet You Didn’t Know: Saint Patrick’s Day; History of Saint Patrick’s Day
• vocabulary
• listening for main ideas and details

Email to request handouts with the activities described above :)

2) ‘Pronunciation through Practice: Utilizing Apps and the Web’ by Amanda Yousuf-Little

3) Tech Lessons for Adult English Learners by Jody Wiley Fernando

This site is intended to help beginning level adult English language learners improve their English language and basic technology skills.  It is maintained by Jody Fernando, an adult ESL teacher in the California community college system.

4) Promoting HOTS with Apps

Stick Pick the go-to teacher tool for building equity, differentiating instruction, promoting critical thinking, improving classroom management, collecting formative assessment data, and supporting the Common Core (CCSS).

 Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. The apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Demo Video:

5) TED Talks

TedTalk for ESL Beginners: True Colors

TedTalk for Intermediate ESL Ss: Don’t eat the Marshmallow

Tedtlk for Advanced ESL Ss: I Wish I had (see example activity in the long link above)

6) Teacher, I need More Words! by Laurel Pollard

Stage 1: Meet The Words (initial exposure to new words)

Stage 2: Work with Words (manipulating and recycling words)

Stage 3: Make The Words My Own (deeper understanding and long-term retention)

7) Listening with a purpose by Staci Johnson and Rob Jenkins PPP

Summary from TESOL Blog

8) Five Ways to Integrate Workplace Readiness Skills in ESL Classes TESOL 2014 by Donna Price