Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Are you looking for a job?

Image result for job search

Here's a survey to help you figure out what kind of jobs  may be right for you based on your interests.  It also shows the City College Programs you could take to study for these jobs.  And it tells you about career opportunities, projected salaries, estimated training time, tuition and more. 



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Week Two Review

Click here to practice vocabulary from last week. Remember, if you have trouble getting the premium activities, you need to sign in as:

teacher: deniselleck@sbcglobal.net
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

A (very bad) joke for the day

A teenage boy tells his father, "Dad, there's trouble with the car, it has water in the carburetor."
The father looks confused and says, "That's ridiculous!"

But the son insists. "I tell you, the car has water in the carburetor."

His father, is still skeptical. "You don't even know what a carburetor is.... but I will check it out. Where is the car?"

"In the pool," replies the son.
Image result for car in swimming pool clipart

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Listening is a skill....

so listen to these podcasts to help practice.  There are some good topics here.  You can just listen, or listen and read along.  Enjoy!


Here's what our class has been thinking about

Thought Cards – 1
I will never forget my feeling when I came to S.F. in February 1995.  A day before we had to leave our country, our city, our friends.  It was evening, very cold and snowing, all seemed dark, like my mood.  My friends and I hardly kept back the tears.  I was upset.  A day later, our plane landed in S.F.  It was again evening, but very bright, fresh air, people smiling.  All things were different!  I was surprised and happy.
I am very sad and angry.  Two weeks ago, I drove my husband to work in the early morning.  After I dropped him off I turned left from 2nd Street to Mission Street.  A policeman told me to stop and gave me a ticket.  He said that I mustn’t turn left.  You know why?  It is because that street changed the rules that day.
I have never forgotten an incident that made me feel extremely embarrassed.  I invited my old friends to dine in a famous restaurant and ordered a lot of delicious food.  We spent a harmonious and delightful time together chatting, making a lot of jokes about what occurred in the past.  We drank ate and talked until midnight.  I asked the waitress to give me the bill.  When I went to pay, I found my wallet was gone.  It might have been stolen or lost.  I felt very embarrassed and scared.  I called my wife and asked her to bring some money to the restaurant to pay the bill.  The bill was $500.
I came to S.F. last November.  I found that communication in English is a big problem for me.  I can read well, however, my pronunciation is bad.  So when I talk to somebody, they cannot understand me well.  Thus, I want to know how I can improve my pronunciation.
I came to S.F. 18 years ago.  I was so excited and happy when I came.  But now I think I was wrong because everything is difficult for me.  I can’t imagine a good thing in my future.
I never ate turkey in my country.  I knew that it was eaten on Thanksgiving in the USA.  I imagined what it tasted like.  Then I came here and I had a chance to eat it, but I didn’t like it!  But I cook it every year and it’s my favorite food now.
Yesterday I ran into my old friend in Golden Gate Park.  We hadn’t seen each other for four years.  Last year I heard her son had a great job with a good salary.  I congratulated her, but she said her son just lost his job and is depressed.  Oh!  I put my foot into my mouth.
For me the Yin Yan symbols mean that nobody is completely good/right and nobody is completely bad/wrong.  People can be good most of the time but they may do something wrong/bad to someone sometimes; on the other hand, people who society considers as a bad guy, may do something good to someone sometimes.  So we shouldn’t judge each other.

I always intended to go on vacation with my whole family.  Finally, I did and it was an amazing trip.  We went to many beautiful places in a week.  One of my favorite places is Yellowstone National Park.  It is a fantastic park.  It’s huge and there are a lot of animals, waterfalls, and we saw the amazing “Old Faithful.”

Here's a link to "Old Faithful" in action  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE8NDuzt8eg

 That geyser is in Wyoming.  Although it is not as big or powerful,  here's one closer to San Francisco

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Christine Ha, the blind chef

Here is Christine cooking: 

And this is Christine -- who is BLIND! -- putting on makeup.  Very impressive!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Week One Review

OK, the first week of school is nearly over and we covered a lot of stuff in class.  Click here to practice  this week's vocabulary.  If you have trouble getting it, you can sign in as:


and use the password:




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Welcome To Fall 2016!


I hope you had a good summer.

I encourage you to go back through this blog to see the links I posted this summer.  There are some great sites for you to check out.

I hope everyone is in the pink.*  Here's a link to the CCSF Student Help Services page.  It has links to a variety of sites that can help keep you happy and healthy:  http://www.ccsf.edu/en/student-services/student-health-services/Resources.html.

Have a great semester!


*in the pink = idiom that means "healthy."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Agree or Disagree

Here's a great website where you can read about and watch videos on controversial topics.  This is not a site for ESL students!  It is in fast American English, but give it a try.  You can do it!!