ESL Program at St. Matthew's

ESL Program at St. Matthew's


I'm glad for having class on zoom today. It was very interesting. I like this unconventional way to have lesson. Thanks Hayden and all my schoolmates. I hope we will meet often and continue to have class.
Good morning ESL students. Here is the lesson for today :> ESL Online Lesson, March 26, 2020 Good morning! 1. News headlines for vocabulary – soar s. sag a. Antsy – nervous, can’t sit still, also – “ants in your pants” – the person can sit down or be still, constantly moving b. Hunker down – this means to take cover, stay in a safe place and wait for something to pass, people “hunker down” in their houses during a hurricane c. “An inevitable move” to delay games – this headline is talking about the decision to delay or postpone the Olympic games. In this case, “inevitable” also can mean “can’t be helped” because there is really nothing people can do to help or improve the delay because of the virus. 2. Reminder – check on your classmates – send a quick facebook message, or call or text them. Just say hi and let them know that you are thinking about them. 3. Conversation review from previous lessons – a. How are you doing? b. How are you feeling? c. What are you doing? I’m staying busy, taking walks, trying new recipes, reading to my kids, cleaning out the garage, painting the bathroom, organizing the pantry, learning something new, talking to my neighbor, checking on my loved ones, having a “meltdown” (getting upset, crying or screaming) 4. Daily reading – “The Future Comes early for Grocers”, Wall Street Journal, Business Commentary, 3/26/20 Summary: This article is about the change many people are making to buying food online. The article states that investors should be careful before investing in the packaged consumer goods that people are buying. But the article also says that the shift to online grocery shopping was “inevitable” because people can compare prices and it is very convenient. Vocabulary: abated – decreased; dipped – went down; shift – a move or a change; across the board – overall – “this will effect everyone across the board” (all people); plummet – go down rapidly vs. soar – go up quickly – “prices have soared” 5. Fun speaking practice A: What did you eat for dinner last night? B: I ate chicken and rice. A: How did you cook it? B: I boiled water, then put in rice, and chicken. A: How long did you cook it? B: For half an hour. A: How did it taste? B: Pretty good with hot sauce!

Non-native English speakers practice their English and improve listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, vocabulary, grammar and writing.

Spring Classes for 2018 start Tuesday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m. New students register on site, and take the speaking test. They are then placed into a class based on their speaking test score. All classes are led by native English speakers who enjoy working with non-native English speakers. Please join us!

Mission: Teaching and improving English speaking skills for work, family and independent life in the US.

A Brief History Of Mount Rushmore

This was our agenda for today's ESL class.
ESL Online Summer Class
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Check in and questions.
I saw a sign at Wendy’s that said “Please bear with us, some of the items on the menu are not available …” They are asking us to be patient with them, or to have patience with them.. You can say “bear with me a minute, while I try to find your file.” This is similar to asking someone to give you a minute to do something, or telling someone to hold on a minute, or to wait while you do something.
Other: on my plate, on the ball, to keep an eye on something/someone; to go overboard; wait for/ on ______ Ex. I will wait for you. (similar to spend time); wait on - this is what a waitress does when she takes your order, or the sales clerk when he or she gets the shoes in your size. They are waiting on you - similar to helping you.; stick to it, or stick with it - keep doing what you are doing - Stick with it and I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it. This means to keep on doing your practice of the skill and then you will learn how to do the activity.
3. Famous Places - Mount Rushmore
*Note - You can sign up to receive emails about interesting places to visit.
4. Listening/ video about camping -
Questions -1. What are some different campling activities? 2. Why do people like camping? 3. Why DON’T some people like camping? What do you think people could do to make camping more enjoyable? What kind of vacations do you like? (for example - adventurous or relaxing?)

5. Grammar review - Practice using explaining the purpose of things with relative clauses. Camping vocabulary - flashlight, axe, knife, sleeping bag, tent, matches, lighter, cooler, bug spray, tarp, tent, binoculars. Example - A flashlight is something that you use to help you see in the dark.
An axe -
A Knife -
A sleeping bag
A tent
Matches Mount Rushmore – America's iconic national memorial and gigantic, cliffside-carved sculpture. Read on to learn its history.

[06/18/20]   Having trouble connecting to Zoom this morning. Hang on. I will keep trying.

Johnny Loves Camping | ESL Conversations | Natural English

Do you like camping? We'll be talking about another famous place in the US tomorrow and camping.

Improve your English vocabulary and listening skills with our fun, animated videos. In this video Johnny talks about his love of camping and the summer. Want...

Learn English meaning of solo travel - Solo Travel

This is the listening activity for tomorrow's class. Learn vacation English with this ESL lesson about solo travel

Snack Attack

Don't forget to watch this very short film for tomorrow's class. What happens and what do you think the meaning may be? What example of a "stereotype" do you see?

Snack Attack | Animated Short Film

Here is the link to the homework for the Summer ESL class.

#snack #attack #animation #shortfilm

Hit the road Jack!

This was a very popular song that used the idiomatic expression "hit the road" meaning to leave or go away. The musician was Ray Charles, an extremely talented and well-loved musician from the US. Notice the "background singers" - the women singing with him. They help add to the enjoyment of the music.
These are the lyrics - see if you can sing along!

What'd you say?
Woah, woman, oh woman, don't treat me so mean
You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen
I guess if you say so
I'll have to pack my things and go (that's right)
What'd you say?
Now baby, listen, baby, don't ya treat me this-a way
'Cause I'll be back on my feet some day
(Don't care if you do 'cause it's understood)
(You ain't got no money you just ain't no good)
Well, I guess if you say so
I'll have to pack my things and go (that's right)
What'd you say?
Well (don't you come back no more)
Uh, what'd you say? (don't you come back no more)
I didn't understand it! (don't you come back no more)
You can't mean that! (don't you come back no more)
Oh, now baby, please! (don't you come back no more)
What you tryin' to do to me? (don't you come back no more)
Oh don't hurt me like that!
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Percy Mayfield
Hit the Road Jack lyrics © Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd., Tangerine Music Corp.

In memory of Jack. Ray Charles Lyrics Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack -----------------------------------------------...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hi, students. I will be teaching the lesson tomorrow from the Outreach Center which has a better internet connection. Please review the following agenda for our class tomorrow. Summer ESL Multi-Level Online Class Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Welcome and review of backups in case of emergency. Locate the shared folder in Google Docs. I will: put the agenda by date in the Google Doc folder; post on the ESL Program page or email it to you. Please review it and look at ...

[06/04/20]   Sample lesson from the Zoom summer classes.

My First Padlet

This was our lesson for today in the Summer class.
Summer ESL Multi-Level Class
Dates: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Greetings and checking in with other students. National “Hug Your Cat Day” How many are working on phone, tablet or laptop?
Information about Zoom link and place to pay online. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, SC. Then go to “giving” link and look for the box with ESL fees.
Tell us about yourself - see Padlet example

Listening - Tips for Learning English.

Lesson focus - Famous Places in the US - The Grand Canyon - What do you already know. What would you like to learn? How deep is it? Would you like to go there?
Vocabulary - Academic Word List practice - write sentences if time allows to show examples.

Homework - Choose one of the following to send to me each week: 1. Watch an Expedia travel virtual tour (see link below) and write about an aspect of the country that you found interesting. 2. Write at least 5 sentences with 5 of the new vocabulary that we learn each week. 3. Take a 1 -2 minute video of yourself talking about your country, your family or an interesting aspect of your life. Text the video to me. 4. Make a Padlet presentation board about something we study

Vocabulary from video - to overwhelm, accessible, spectacular, a squirrel; the rim - the edge of something - the rim of the cup or the rim of the canyon, vast - very large and wide, astonishing, breathtaking, Colorado River, erosion - land or soil being washed away, caves - in video they are called “granary” a place for storing grain; white water rafting”, a mule - small horse (can’t reproduce), donkey is similar. Made with a little nervousness

9 Secrets of the Statue of Liberty Most Americans Don't Know

Practice listening to spoken English and find out some of the secrets about the Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most (if not THE most) famous monuments in the world. Anyone visiting New York City can see her, but not everyone knows t...

[06/01/20]   Quick reminder that ESL Summer classes start tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for Hayden's multi-level class. Please get in touch with me if you would like to join. See you on Zoom tomorrow.

[05/31/20]   Feeling very sad and sorry over so many businesses and restaurants that have been vandalized or severely damaged in Charleston, SC. Many of the owners and employees have been or are ESL students and they are just trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.

English as a Second Language Course Registration

We are excited to offer our first online registration form for the ESL Summer Session! Please let Hayden know if you have any problems. Thank you! The Community Outreach Center of St. Matthew's, Charleston, South Carolina

Here is a description of the the ESL summer class. Contact me if you have any questions. The registration form will be posted later this week.

ESL Program at St. Matthew's

For the past 7 weeks dedicated ESL students have studied English on Zoom! We are taking a short break and will be back on Tuesday, June 2. Please message me your email address if you would like to join the upper intermediate/ advanced class. The summer class will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. T/Th June 2 - July 9.

So grateful for these diligent ESL students who have gracefully pivoted to learning English in a Zoom classroom!

[05/11/20]   Please join us for a Zoom lesson. The following is the agenda for our class tomorrow.
ESL Multi-level Online class
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

1. Greetings and review from last week.
2. Listening – What country have you visited that you really liked? Why?

3. Vocabulary – phrasal verb fun
A. a. look up – John always looked up to his older brother and tried to be just like him.
b. look after – My grandmother looked after us (when we were kids) while my parents were at work.
c. look forward to – They are looking forward to the party and opening presents from all their friends.
d. look out – He told the man to look out because a piano was falling out of the window.
e. look around – I don’t need to buy anything, but let’s just look around a bit.

B. AWL -

4. Reading - Dentist Lesson

When was the last time you visited the dentist? Did it make you feel anxious? Going to the dentist isn’t fun for a lot of people. First, you have to fill out pages of forms. Then, you have to wait for a while. When the dentist is ready to see you, you need to sit in the dentist’s chair and open your mouth wide as he looks at your teeth. If the dentist finds a problem, he might want to start drilling! Yikes!

On the other hand, maybe you like going to the dentist. You might listen to music when filling out the forms. You might read a magazine when waiting. If you take very good care of your teeth, brushing them and flossing them every day, maybe the dentist won’t want to start drilling holes in your teeth. You probably think the dentist is helpful, not your enemy.

1. Andy_H: I don’t feel so well.
Jane: What’s the matter?
Andy: I have to go the dentist and I really don’t like going there.
Dominique: I love going to the dentist.
Andy_H: Really? Why?
Dominique: I like getting my teeth cleaned and seeing my x-rays. The hygienist and the dentist are really nice. They ask me about my family and they tell me about theirs. My dentist has 6 children and his wife homeschools them. Can you believe that?
Andy_H: Wow. But don’t you worry that he will find a cavity or a problem?
Dominique: Not really. I know that if he finds a problem. I will want him to fix it, so it doesn’t get worse.
Andy_H: You have a pretty positive attitude.
Dominique: Do you want me to give you the name of my dentist.
Andy_H: I don’t know if it will make a difference, but sure. Why not?
Dominique: You’ll also get a free, new toothbrush, toothpaste and some floss!

Here is some Monday practice for you from Breaking News English.
Do you think animals should "get used to" humans?

Smile Squad

Do people from the US do anything that annoy you? :> Take a look and see if you agree with some of these.

No. 8 is totally true 🤣😂

AWL - sublist 2

Hi, students. Here is our Zoom lesson for today. Message me if you would like to join us.
Online Multi-level ESL Class
Thursday, April 30, 2020

1. Greetings and review
a. eyesight – is one word – I need to get my eyesight checked.
b. say and tell – say/ said – is just speaking words out of your mouth; Ex. I said that I used to play tennis. (mention)
Tell - has to have an object or person to whom you are speaking – Tell me a story. I told him that I had been a famous singer in Spain.
a. My mom _______ she would send me some cookies.
b. He ________ that he would like to visit Panama one day.
c. She ________ him that she would rather visit Japan.
d. I didn’t _______ that you could go to the party. I _______ that I would think about letting you go.
e. I ______ I was sorry.
f. ___________ your brother you are sorry for stealing his video game.
g. I ________ you that I would be late.
h. I am sorry for not _______ you about this earlier.

2. Vocabulary around you – words that have similar meanings
a. hurt – injure – Did you hurt yourself? Did you injure yourself?
b. leave – depart – The plane leaves at 7 p.m. The plane departs at 7 p.m.
c. like – enjoy – I like swimming in the ocean. I enjoy swimming in the ocean.
d. mad – angry – Don’t get mad at me. Don’t get angry at me. My dad was angry when we told him about the car accident. My dad was mad when we told him about the car accident.
e. analysis = a careful study of something – Our company did an economic analysis of the area before we moved there. (This is the noun form. Analyze is the verb form – We analyzed a lot of data before moving our company.)
e. Academic Word List

3. Reading – What was the most important thing the students learned?
HARLINGEN, Netherlands — Greeted by relieved parents, pet dogs, flares and a cloud of orange smoke, a group of 25 Dutch high school students with very little sailing experience ended a trans-Atlantic voyage Sunday that was forced on them by coronavirus restrictions.
The children, ages 14 to 17, watched over by 12 experienced crew members and three teachers, were on an educational cruise of the Caribbean when the pandemic forced them to radically change their plans for returning home in March.
That gave one of the young sailors, 17-year-old Floor Hurkmans, one of the biggest lessons of her impromptu adventure.
“Being flexible, because everything is changing all the time,” she said as she set foot on dry land again. “The arrival time changed like 100 times. Being flexible is really important.”
Instead of flying back from Cuba as originally planned, the crew and students stocked up on supplies and warm clothes and set sail for the northern Dutch port of Harlingen, a five-week voyage of nearly 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles), on board the 60-meter (200-foot) top sail schooner Wylde Swan.
As they arrived home, the students hung up a self-made banner saying “Bucket List” with ticks in boxes for Atlantic Ocean crossing, mid-ocean swim and surviving the Bermuda triangle. Sublist 2

So grateful for these diligent ESL students who have gracefully pivoted to learning English in a Zoom classroom!

Dutch students complete Atlantic crossing forced by virus

This is an interesting story about some brave students :> HARLINGEN, Netherlands (AP) — Greeted by relieved parents, pet dogs, flares and a cloud of orange smoke, a group of 25 Dutch high school students with very little sailing experience ended a...

AWL Sublist 1 - Exercise 1a

Here is our lesson for Tuesday. Message me if you want to join the Zoom lesson with the other students!
Online Multi-level ESL Class
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

1. Greetings and review
a. pronunciation – pattern / partner – I followed a pattern to make this dress. / My partner and I have been together for 20 years. My lab partner and I failed Biology because the teacher said we talked too much and never did our work.

b. “call it a day” – to finish working – I usually call it a day by 4:00 p.m.
2. Vocabulary around you
a. answer = reply – I did not answer. I did not reply. (Sometimes they are equal when used as a verb, but not when used as a noun) Do you know the answer to the question? Do you know the response to the question?
b. bag = sack – Give me the bag. Give me the sack. (Sack is sometimes older. One would not say “I just bought a new Gucci sack.”)
c. buy= purchase – We buy gas every week. We purchase gas every week.
d. delicious = tasty – The meal was quite delicious. The meal was quite tasty.
e. Academic Word List:

3. Reading - How well can you see? Do you have perfect vision? Many people have bad vision, but don’t want to wear glasses. Luckily for them, there is another option. Contacts are a great choice for people who cannot see very well, but want to wear something other than glasses.

There are many different kinds of contacts. Hard or soft. Clear or tinted. Contacts that can stay in one’s eyes for months, or contacts that one can throw away at the end of each day. It all depends on the type of person who needs them.

Jessica uses contacts but is tired of wearing them. How does Gary feel about putting things in his eyes? (adapted From website: English, Baby)

4. Speaking:
Jessica: Gary, I am so tired of wearing contacts.
Gary: That must be frustrating!
Jessica: Yes, but I’m so blind, I have to wear either glasses or contacts.
Gary: It does help your vision, though. Right?
Jessica: Yes, and I like playing around with colored lenses.
Gary: Really, I thought that was your natural eye color.
Jessica: No, my real eyes are green.
Gary: Really? Isn’t it weird having to touch your eyes? I think it is kind of gross.
Jessica: No, I’m used to it. I’ve worn them since high school. I take them out when I swim or when I go to sleep.
Gary: I don’t think I could get used to them.
Jessica: We do what we have to do.

Discuss: Do you have bad vision? Do you prefer contacts or glasses?
5. Closing – Think about and respond: Would you rather be rich or famous? Why?

Link for reading on school kids sailing home.

Our Story

Greetings! The mission of the English as a Second Language Program at the Community Outreach Center of St. Matthew’s is to improve students English speaking and listening skills for their work, family and independent life in the US. Please join us for our Fall Classes starting Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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