November 2013 E-News from Elizabeth Claire
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Contents of this November E-NEWS
Website News: Supplementary Activities - Refunds Coming
Alas, the grand attempt to package the cloze exercises
and short answer tests for each month's Easy English NEWS
into one packet of Supplementary Materials and sell them to offset the
cost of producing them has failed. The modest cost of $10 didn't put people
off...it seemed worth it for the entire year's worth. But the process
was not smooth, instructions were not clear, locations not easily found, teachers were frustrated.
So, for the matter of your convenience and ours,
the Supplementary Activities will again be free. I promise
to get them to the website by the first of the month of the current issue.
You can check to see if the current one is already posted when you get
your newspaper, but please don't call or email that you can't find them
until you give me a chance to actually write them. (Can't do them too
much faster than that, because the newspaper has to be complete and off
to press as well as the Teacher Guide before I can turn to producing the
Supplementary Activities. Sometimes I even do laundry first. :-)
We are preparing the checks to return the $10 to
anyone who has paid for the Supplementary Activities. You can download
them as you did last year. Or if you never downloaded them before (as
two separate documents 1. Cloze Exercises and 2. Short Answer Tests) you
can click here to find September and
October, packets. If by some miracle November is already there,
how lucky we are.
Do you miss the articles by Dr. Ali? The Reproducible E-Book packet of
31 articles from past columns of Your Health by Dr. Ali, in Simple
English can be purchased on line at the website for $10. Click
Likewise, Treasure Chest #1, a potpourri of reproducible
games, songs, and useful stuff is also $10. Check them out: Click
here to see description below.
At elizabethclaire.com, add the item to your
cart, pay by credit card, and then look for an email with instructions
about finding these PDF documents in "My Account" and downloading
them and saving them to your own computer to print out as many copies
as you need for your students...this year and next and the next.
of Easy English NEWS for November 2013
With the news from Washington changing by fractions
each day of the shutdown, it was hard to put a final stamp on the front
page article. I had to keep rewriting it to keep it current...At last,
it was time to go to press, and the article didn't fit the space...Far
too many money troubles and ifs and arguments.
What to do? I hopefully projected that the conversation
about the debt ceiling would be resolved by the time students see the
paper, so I cut that. It was far too much bad news for an immigrant to
contemplate in his or her new country, and needed too many conditional
sentences...if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling...if interest rates
go up...if people can't afford to borrow...if ...home
sales and car sales go down...if more people are out of work...if our
credit rating goes down...if other countries stop trading in U.S dollars...So
I hope you are glad I didn't tackle that.
Many people were touched by the shutdown...Luckily, I hadn't booked the
planned mid October flight to see the Grand Canyon with my sister, nor
the tour, nor the hotel ...but would have lost all that had my sister
been well enough to travel. My son works with a government contractor,
so was on hold, no work...and since he isn't a government employee, no
salary in the interim. Everyone knows someone who has been impacted, including
Page 1. Shutdown! Builds
vocabulary and discussion of how the shutdown may affect students...Mentions
some reasons Democrats and Republicans are at odds over this legislation.
Events in November covered
in Easy English NEWS:
U.S. Measuring System, part 2. Weights
- American Indian Heritage Month
- All Saints' Day/All Souls' Day
- Dia de Los Muertos
- Election Day
- Daylight Saving Time ends
- Veterans Day
- November 22 (Anniversary of JFK assassination)
- The Great American Smokeout
- Black Friday
Ask a Speech Coach...Pronouncing medial
t. (Surprisingly inconsistent.)
the Beautiful: Plimoth
Heroes and History: Squanto, friend of the
Obamacare, Part 2: I
illustrate the levels of health insurance: bronze, silver, gold, platinum,
and vocabulary of insurance policies: premium, deductible, co-pay, etc.
(Next month, we'll explain how much the government will
subsidize people, based on their income, and describe how to get help
at healthcare.com to buy insurance.)
Watch out for Scams: With
the online health care exchanges, the setting is perfect for identity
theft. Warn emphatically.
regular features: This Is Your Page (readers' stories),
Funny Stuff, Idioms, the Crossword Puzzle, Let's Talk About It, and Word
Are you new to teaching with Easy English
NEWS? FREE Downloads Click
here for the FREE 24-page generic "How To Use Easy English NEWS
in Your ESL Classroom" with 9 reproducible graphic organizers.
You can still download the Constitution
in Simple English and Hurricane Safety
in Simple English, as well as a few other
Treasure Chest #1: Reproducible Activities in downloadable format
of 47 reproducible activities for teachers of muliple levels of students: Treasure Chest #1. In
addition to the wonderful non-verbal acting out game Show Off,
the Treasure Chest includes:
Just $10 for the collection
of all 47 of these reproducibles.
- Presidents of the U.S.
Metric/U.S. conversion chart
extensive list of words that English has borrowed (and kept)
from dozens of other languages
- A reproducible Holiday
Song Book (large print, one song to a page, illustrated and
with word help on the page) and
- Lincoln's Gettysburg
Address with word help and a translation to simple English,
plus teacher's guide.
Hundreds of hours of use each year.
here to get more information on Treasure
Claire's books on Kindle are available at Amazon.com, which you can access
through my website.
- ESL Teacher's Activities Kit Part One ($0.99)
- ESL Teacher's Activities Kit Part Two ($2.99)
- ESL Teacher's Activities Kit Part Three ($2.99)
- Kristina, 1904, the Greenhorn Girl ($2.99)
- Voices of Our New Neighbors Volume One ($0.99)
- Voices of our New Neighbors Volume Two ($2.99)
- Voices of our new Neighbors Volume Three
- English Language Learners in the Mainstream
Class (from Classroom Teacher's ESL Survival Guide) ($3.99)
- What's So Funny? An International Student's
Introduction to American Humor. ($4.99)
- Phonics for English Language Learners? What
the ESL Teacher Needs to Know ($0.99)