Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Welcome to Fall 2017

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School will be starting soon.  Here's the handout for the first day:

Spring 2016
ESLN 3560, Intermediate Low Levels 5/6 – CRN 82320
Instructor:  Denise Selleck
Room 317 – 8:15

Congratulations!  You are now in intermediate non-credit ESL at City College of San Francisco.  Here’s what you need to know about this class:

Book:              Touchstone 3, Second Edition
Top of Form
Author: McCarthy
ISBN: 978-1-107-66583-5
Copyright Year: 2014
($32.50 new at CCSF Bookstore)

Class Rules

  • Everyone must have a book.  You will have one week from your first day in class to get a book.

  • You are responsible for bringing your book, as well as pencils or pens, highlighters, paper or notebook, and a binder or folder to class every day.

  • If you are going to be absent for several days or have to stop coming to class, please tell or email Denise.

  • If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed.  Extra copies will be in the file box

  • Turn off your cell phone ringer in class.  If you must have your phone on, turn it to vibrate.  If you must talk on the phone, go outside of the classroom.

Besides our book:

  • We’ll study an idiom every day.
  • We’ll study 8 irregular verbs a week and have weekly tests on them.
Students who want to pass the Level 4 writing test or plan to take credit classes can do extra writing assignments.  Talk to Denise about this.

Learn English faster:

*      Speak English to your classmates.
*      Do your homework.
*      Go to Denise’s website.
*      Check out books from the library.
*      Ask Denise for extra work.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Recognize spoken English containing some unfamiliar words in mostly familiar contexts.
  • Outcome 2: Engage in English conversations in formal and informal settings on familiar topics with increasing ease and accuracy.
  • Outcome 3: Use an increasing variety of word analysis skills to determine the meaning of new words in context.
  • Outcome 4: Differentiate fact from opinion in simplified reading material and some authentic material.
  • Outcome 5: Organize relevant ideas and appropriate details into one or more clearly organized short paragraphs or speeches.
  • Outcome 6: Use Intermediate Low language structures and forms.

You are going to learn a lot this semester and have fun too!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Walk Down Market Street

This short movie is from 1906, just four days before San Francisco's big earthquake and fire.  None of the buildings were standing after the quake -- except the Ferry Building which you can see at the end of the street.

There is a camera on the front of a streetcar.  Look at how crazy everyone is!  Bikes, cars, horses, streetcars, people are all going in front of each other.  It was crazy!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Great Listening Practice...

... to wonderful stories.  Go to  You can listen, read transcripts and watch wonderful animation of some of the stories. And, if you want to tell your own story, you can go to

San Francisco Public Library
6th Floor
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Booth Hours
Thursday: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Schedule times and dates may vary and are subject to change. This includes major holidays.
StoryCorps is also offered around the US.  You can find out where at: