We all tell our students that 6 hours/week of class is not enough time to learn to speak English well and we encourage them to find opportunities to speak English beyond the classroom. Last term, I told my class how important it was to be exposed to English as much as possible. This is especially important if you are not in class now.
The students were assigned the homework below. Most of them did the homework and practiced speaking English with more people.
Find someone who speaks English and whom you have never spoken to before. For example: post office clerk, supermarket cashier, waiter, etc and try to speak to them in English for a few minutes.
Write 4 or 5 sentences describing this experience – who, what, when where, etc.
Is it a new and different job, or a promotion? Good for you!
At the end of the process of searching for a new job, you will probably have an interview with the hiring manager of the company or organization where you would like to work. The interview is a conversation during which you talk about yourself, your skills, knowledge and experience.
Here are a few ideas, or tips, for having a successful interview:
Be on time—not too early and Not Late.
When you think about the time you will need to get to, and be ready for the interview, remember to include extra time for:
Possibility that you will get lost
Time to find a parking space
Time to find the building and room where you will interview
Time to take a deep breath, and relax a little before the interview starts
Dress appropriately – There is agreement that both men and women should wear a suit.
Many English words end in the sound /s/. This final /s/ plays several important and quite different grammatical functions—and confuses new English learners. Sometimes the final /s/ indicates a plural noun (like girls or cats). In other cases it signals a possessive noun or pronoun (as in Anna’s or hers). The final /s/ is also used for third person singular simple present tense verbs (she runs, he runs, it runs).
The girls have cats.
Possessive nouns and pronouns
The girl’s name is Anna. This is Anna’s cat. Whose cat is this? It’s hers.
Playaway is a device that is pre-loaded with one audiobook. Listen to the Playaway book while you read the printed book to improve your comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. You can borrowPlayawayfor free at most public libraries.
Eastleigh Farm is a large (111 acres) historic farm in the northwest corner of Framingham. It’s open to the public for free every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00. There are free wagon rides and a few shops. You can walk around, see the animals, and bring a picnic to have lunch there.
On Sunday, July 23rd from 10AM to 5PM, there will a special free event with some demonstrations about life during the Civil War. There will also be an antiques flea market, an ice cream truck (from Uhlman’s in Westborough), and a food truck.
You can check their other upcoming events on Facebook, including their “Dinner on the Farm” from 4 to 8PM on August 12th.