Welcome to your ESL012 class website!  On this site, you will see links to many of your speaking and writing assignments and to extra grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other types of English practice exercises.  New assignments will be added each week.

Spring 2013 Monday & Wednesday 7:15-8:30PM

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Week 17 

Mon. 5/6

In class this week:

 

We'll have the final exam on Monday evening!

 

We will not meet on Wednesday, 5/8.  Monday is the last time you'll come to this class.

If you want to know your grade on the final exam and if you passed the class or not, you can email Diane at diane.stonebrink@estrellamountain.edu

You can also call or make an appointment with the ESL advisor, Rebecca  Bahr, to find out if you passed the course or not and to register for Fall classes.  Rebecca will also give you an "achievement award" (paper with the college's name) showing which classes you have passed.  

Rebecca's telephone number is 623-935-8829. 

You can also see your grades (if you passed or not) for all of your classes by logging in with your MEID number and password at http://my.maricopa.edu/

 

 

Week 16

Mon. 4/29

&

Wed.5/1

 

In class this week:

1. We'll review writing past tense sentences from the  When clauses handout

2.  We'll read stories about happy experiences in the past on pages 32, 43, and 53.
3.  We'll review sentences about
Coming to Arizona

 

For homework due Monday 5/6:

 

Study for the final exam.  Click here for the study guide.
 

For homework due Wednesday 5/1:

 

This is it - your last written homework assignment!  For graded homework #10, please write a story about something good or happy that happened to you. Read the example paragraphs on pages 32, 43, and 53 of your textbook. When you write your story, be sure to:
1. Write on a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.
2. Use dark pencil or a black pen.
3. Write your name, date, class (ESL012), and assignment number (Homework 10) in the upper right corner of the paper.
4. Write the title (A Happy Memory) of the assignment on the top line of the paper.
5. DOUBLE-SPACE!
6. Use a capital letter to begin each sentence.
7. Use a period to end each sentence.
8. Use the simple past tense.
9. Write between 100-120 words.

 

Week 15 

Mon. 4/22

&

Wed.4/24

 

In class this week:

1.  In class, we'll share the homework on page 75 of the textbook about your own experiences and feelings after you came to the United States for the first time. 

2.  We'll also review the example sentences on the handout, "Some Feelings about New Things".  Following the example sentence structures, write 1-2 sentences about your own feelings when you first arrived in the United States.   
 
If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

3.  Then we'll read the story on page 17 about the first days at a new school, and you'll share your own experiences.

 

4.  Finally this week, we'll look at the story on page 32 and practice writing with past time clauses.  When clauses handout

 

For homework due Wednesday 4/24:

1.   Graded Homework #9 titled "First Days", please write two paragraphs about your feelings on two different first days:  the first few days you were in the United States and the first day you attended school in the United States. What did you do?  What did you see?  What did you think or feel about what you saw?  Did anything surprise, confuse, excite, or disappoint you?   Read the example paragraphs on pages 17 and 74 of your textbook.

If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

Week 14 

Mon. 4/15

&

Wed.4/117

 

In class this week:

 

1.  This week  we'll read the stories on pages 68 -71.
 

2.  We'll also look at the example sentences on the handout, "Some Feelings about New Things".  Following the example sentence structures, write 1-2 sentences about your own feelings when you first arrived in the United States.     If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

For homework due Monday 4/22:
Complete the reading and writing activities on pages 74-75.
 

For homework due Wednesday 4/17:
Graded homework assignment #8:
please write the story of why, when, and how you came to the United States.  Title this assignment, "Coming to the United States".   If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

Week 13 

Mon. 4/8

&

Wed.4/10

 

In class this week:

 

1.  Test on Monday!  Click here for the study guide.

 

2.  On Wednesday, we'll begin writing with the past tense.  Click here and here for handouts on the rules for forming the simple past tense in English.

 

For Homework due Monday, 4/15:

 

1.  Study the regular and irregular past tense verb forms on the handout that we discussed in class. 

If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

 

Week 12 

Mon. 4/1

&

Wed.4/3

 

In class this week:

1.  Share the homework paragraphs.

2.  Read & discuss pages 65-66 and pages 90-92 in the textbook.

3.  Start reviewing for next Monday's test:  Click here for the study guide.
4.  Click here for review of comma rules
 

For Homework due Wednesday, 4/3:

1.  For graded homework #7, please write two paragraphs to describe a typical day in your life AND a typical day in the life of someone you know (a friend or family member).

 If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.  Click here for a handout with another example (in addition to the examples in the book).

 

Week 11 

Mon. 3/25

&

Wed.3/27

In class this week:

 

1.  Share the paragraph you wrote for graded homework #5 - Favorite Food
2.  Read the paragraphs about New Year's Eve on page 48
3.  Practice the grammatical structures on the handout "Celebrations and Holidays".   If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it..
4.  Read the paragraphs on Honduran Independence Day and Mexican Mother's Day on pages 56-60.

 

Homework due Monday, 4/1:

1.   Please write one or two paragraphs (100-120 words total) to describe your favorite holiday (from your native country or the United States) or celebration (such as a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or graduation).   Explain when the holiday or celebration is, where and why it is celebrated, and what people usually eat, say, and do on that day.  Look at the example paragraphs in the book about Chinese New Year, Ethiopian New Year, Honduran Independence Day, and Mother's Day.  If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

Homework due Wednesday, 3/27:

1.  Read the second story about New Year's on page 49, then answer the questions on page 50 about both of the stories. 

2.  For writing practice, write 5 sentences to describe what you usually do to celebrate the new year.  You can use the space at the bottom of page 50 to write this description.

 

Week 10 

Mon. 3/18

&

Wed.3/20

Welcome back from Spring Break!

In class this week:

 

1.  Take Test #2 on Monday!!

2.  On Wednesday, we'll discuss commas with lists and read the story on page 37.
 

Homework due Monday, 3/25:

Graded Homework #5 - Write a paragraph of 100-120 words to describe one of your favorite foods.  Include information about when you eat this food (any time?  only on a certain holiday?), where you eat this food (your home? a restaurant?  another person's home?), who eats this food (only you?  your family?  is it a popular food in your native country or in the United States?), what ingredients are used to prepare the food, and why you like this food.  Please study the examples in your textbook on page 37 and on the handout Diane gave you in class on Wednesday before you start writing.

  If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

 

Week 8 

Mon. 3/4

&

Wed.3/6

Remember:  No classes next week(Week 9) March 11-15.  See you again on Monday, March 18. 
Have a great spring break !

In class this week:

 

1.  Continue practice with describing leisure activities.

 

2.  Review for Test 2.

 

 

Syllabus change:  You will take Test 2 after Spring Break on Monday,  March 18th.

 

Homework due Monday, March 18:

 

Study for the next test.  Click here for the review and study guide if you were absent from class on Wednesday, March 6. and didn't get it then.

 

 

Week 7 

Mon. 2/25

&

Wed. 2/27

 

In class:
1. Review the handout There Is/Are and Has/Have If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.
2.  Discuss page 22 and the handout Using Be and Have to Describe People.

3.  Read the story on page 23.

4.  Discuss grammar/vocabulary for describing clothing.
5.  Discuss the handout "Hobbies, Sports, and Leisure Activities".

Homework due Monday, March 4:

1. Graded homework #4:   Please write two paragraphs of 5-7 sentences each to describe favorite activities.  In the first paragraph, write about hobbies, sports, or other activities that you like to do in your free time.  In the second paragraph, write about the hobbies, sports, or other activities that someone you know likes to do in her or his free time.  For example, what does your friend do for fun?  Look at the example paragraphs on the handout Diane gave you in class on Wednesday.   If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

Homework due Wednesday, February 27:
1.  Graded homework #3:  on a separate piece of paper, write a paragraph of 10 sentences or 100 words minimum to describe one of your friends.   Include information about what your friend looks like (height, weight, hair, eyes), your friend's personality, what kind of clothes your friend likes to wear, where you first met, what you like to do and talk about together, where your friend lives now, and any other information you would like to share.  Give this paper to Diane on Wednesday.  It is worth 25 points towards your final grade.
 

Extra Practice on Grammar, Vocabulary, and Spelling:

Choosing the verb Have or Has - http://www.geocities.com/pccprep/havehas.htm

Choosing the verb Have, Has, Doesn't Have, or Don't Have - http://www.geocities.com/pccprep/haveneg.htm

Writing with forms of Have - http://www.geocities.com/pccprep/haveneg2.htm

Choosing forms of Be (am, is, are) - http://www.eslpartyland.com/quiz%20center/bepresent.htm

Tutorial on using There + Be (is, are) - http://www.virtual.yosemite.cc.ca.us/lumanr/902_stuff/there_be_files/frame.htm

Choosing A or An - http://a4esl.org/q/h/9801/cg-a_an.html

Tutorial on Possessive Adjectives - http://www.virtual.yosemite.cc.ca.us/lumanr/902_stuff/possess_adject_files/frame.htm

Possessive Adjective Practice - http://a4esl.org/q/h/fb005-bp.html

Age, Height, Weight Listen & Spell - http://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL013/Description/speak1.swf

Hair Picture Sentence Matching - http://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL013/Hair/HairpicMC.htm

Hair Picture Phrase Matching - http://www.quia.com/mc/695354.html

Hair Listen & Spell - http://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL013/Hair/speak1.swf

Hair - Listen & Match - http://www.elllo.org/yeartwo/march20th/main_hair.htm

Clothing - Complete the sentence - http://esl.vcc.ca/eslvoc/ESLWEB/clo1jbc.htm

Clothing - Read a story & answer questions - http://esl.vcc.ca/eslvoc/ESLWEB/readclth.htm

Clothing Quiz - Read a question & choose grammatical answer - http://www.geocities.com/pccprep/jillq2.html
Clothing Patterns - http://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL012/clothingpatterns.html

Using Commas in a Series (List) http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/index_tj.asp?objID=ABC301

 

Week 6 

Wed. 2/20

No class on Monday, February 18.  The college is closed for the Presidents' Day holiday.
In class on Wednesday, February 20, we will:

 

1.  Read the story on page 20 of the textbook and then answer the questions on page 21.  On the bottom part of page 21, write 5-6 sentences to describe Estrella Mountain Community College.

 

2.  Discuss the handout There Is/Are and Has/Have If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.
 

Homework due Monday, February 25:
1.  Practice with vocabulary, spelling, and handwriting:  campus vocabulary and classroom vocabulary

2.  Write a paragraph of 10-12 sentences (100 words minimum) to describe one place in the community (don't describe an entire city or country - that's too big).  You can choose to describe Estrella Mountain Community College, a different school such as your child's school, your home, your yard, your workplace, a store, a movie theater, or any other place.   Practice using there is, there are, and the verbs have/has.

 

Week 5 

Mon. 2/11

&

Wed. 2/13

1.  Discuss pages 8-12 in the textbook.
2.  Review for Test 1.  It is on Wednesday, February 13.

No class on Monday, February 18.  The college is closed for the Presidents' Day holiday.

No homework due for next class.  Relax after the test and enjoy the long holiday weekend.

Homework due Wednesday, February 13:

1.  Study for Test 1 Click here for the study guide if you didn't get it in class Monday evening.

 

Week 4 

Mon. 2/4 

&

Wed. 2/6

1.   Practice the information on the handout, "Prepositions of Place" and write in answers where it asks you to.

 If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.  Here's the powerpoint show of the same material

 2.  Complete the handout "Writing Practice - Simple Present Tense".    If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

3.  Discuss pages 5-12 in the textbook.
 

Homework due Wednesday, February 6:

1.  Write a paragraph of 100-120 words (10 sentences minimum) to describe your street and neighborhood.

      If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

Week 3

 

Mon. 1/28 

&

Wed. 1/30
 

1.  Discuss information on the handouts "Where are you from?  Where were you born?"
2.  Discuss the handout "Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns" and complete the sentences on 3rd and 4th pages.    If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

3.  Start pages 4-7 in the textbook.

4.  Practice the information on the handout, "Prepositions of Place" and write in answers where it asks you to.

 If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.  Here's the powerpoint show of the same material

Homework due Monday, February 4:
1.  Read the story on page 6 of your textbook.  Answer the questions about it on  page 7.   Finally, write 4-5 sentences to describe your street on the lines at the bottom of page 7.

 

Homework due Wednesday, January 30:
1.  Write a paragraph of 100-120 words (minimum 10 sentences) to describe your family on a separate piece of lined 81/2 by 11 inch paper.  Be sure to use the American academic style of writing.  Follow the directions on the handout, "Homework Assignment 1 - About My Family".    If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

 

Week 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 

&

Wed. 1/23

 

There is no class on Monday, January 21.  The college is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
In class on Wednesday, January 24:

1.  Review capitalization rules.    6 practice
2.  Practice information on the handouts:   Using the verb Be with Age - How old...? and Writing Dates - Rules
3.  Read the story on page 3 in the textbook.

Homework due  Monday, January 28:
1.  Finish writing sentences on the second side of the pink (how old/age), purple (dates), and orange (capitalization) handouts.

 

Week 1

Mon. 1/14 

&

Wed. 1/16

 

In class:

1.  Discuss information on the course syllabus.

2.  Ask classmates about themselves and their family.

3.  Do a ten-minute writing sample.
4.  Discuss spelling and handwriting. 

5.  Discuss capitalization rules.  
     1 capital & lowercase  2 places & times  3 people & titles  4 companies & products  5 pronoun I & review  6 practice

 

There is no class on Monday, January 21.  The college is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Homework due Wednesday, January 23:

1.  Study the first side of the orange handout "A Few Basic Capitalization Rules".   Complete the exercises on the second side.  If you were absent and didn't get the handout in class, click here to download it.

2.  Study the first side of the pink "Using the Verb Be with Age" handout.

3.  Practice your spelling and handwriting on the handouts.   Family    Days  Months  Introductions

Homework due Wednesday, January 17:

1.  Bring a photo of your family.  You will show it to classmates in class as you talk and write about your family.
2.  Study and complete the two-page handout on capital letters  ( 1 capital & lowercase  2 places & times - this is the white handout you received in class Monday evening).

3.  Buy the textbook.

 

Course Textbook - Beginning Stories from the Heart by Ronna Magy
 

Click here to download Course Syllabus for the Monday and Wednesday, 7:15-8:30 PM class.

 

Your Instructor:  Diane Stonebrink
Office Location: Ocotillo Hall, office OCT151

Telephone: 623-935-8584
Email: diane.stonebrink@estrellamountain.edu

 

 

Diane's photos