December 2012 E-News from Elizabeth ClaireClick here if you'd like to unsubscribe.
Contents of the December E-News:
What a hurricane can do If your Easy English NEWS hasn't gotten
to you yet, you are experiencing a bit of Hurricane Sandy even if you're
on the West Coast or Midwest. With New York and New Jersey without power
for 8 to 14 days, things were bound to get backed up. Our editors were
in the dark, printers and packers with no electric power for a week, webmaster
working night and day to undo the damage to his Atlantic City home filled
with sand... Who knows how delayed the mail and UPS will be still with
Thanksgiving delays and the beginning of Christmas mail?
So if you're a subscriber, be patient. The paper went to press November
15. So has the teacher's guide. It will get to you as soon as the mails
and UPS make it possible.
We here in Virginia Beach could have felt the brunt
of it had the monster Hurricane Sandy turned west a few hours sooner.
We were lucky; and only a flicker of lights. The sights on TV of the devastation,
ruin, trauma, and heartbreak of the coast farther north was shocking and
unsettling. That could be us; those are our readers, our teachers, our
friends, our sons and daughters and grandchildren in the mess up there.
Unthinkable that people stayed in their sopping wet, unheated, unlit homes
to protect them from heartless looters. Yes, we do indeed need electricity...and
government. And the Red Cross, Salvation Army, churches, temples, and
each other. This is big.
More than 3,000 people downloaded my free booklet
"Hurricane Safety in Simple English" presumably to reproduce
and use with classes in some cases. I have to say, ordinary preparations
were totally inadequate for the storm surge. The effective part of the
book for those closest to the oceans was that a person had to heed warnings
when told to evacuate. I'm hoping that it may have saved some lives. That's
why we wrote it and made it freely available. Let me know.
As I write this, the aftermath of Sandy is gone
from the evening news, replaced by the scandals and hearings of Benghazi
and Petraeus. One wonders if a new Watergate is coming up. What a large
cast of characters...and behaviors.
Contents of Easy English NEWS
for December 2012
Will the U.S. Go Over the Fiscal Cliff?A clear-as-we-could-make-it
outline of the tax laws and spending cuts that are looming and in the
in December covered in Easy English NEWS:
Dr. Ali: Your Health: Ginger, the Darling
of Spices (His
first aid for the pain of inflammation of all sorts.)
- Bill of Rights Day
- Anniversary of Flight
- Winter begins
- Who is Santa Claus?
- Holiday Customs in the U.S.
- New Year's Eve
Ask a Speech Coach: voiced and voiceless
the East Coast Details and photos of Hurricane Sandy's devastation
all along the East Coast
History: The Bill of Rights The
first ten amendments to the Constitution in simple English; photos of
challenges to rights currently in the news.
Plus our regular features:
This Is Your Page (readers' stories), Funny Stuff, Idioms, the
Crossword Puzzle, Let's Talk About It, and Word Help.
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It's my holiday gift to you. Some splendid gift
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teacher aid and support exercises at www.elizabethclaire.com:
Also the FREE 24-page generic "How To" with 9 reproducible
- The Teacher's Guide if you didn't get it with your mailing
- Cloze exercises for the current issue and previous issues
- An Odd-Man-Out exercise: Which Word Does Not Belong
- And six Short Answer Tests to help readers focus on the facts presented.
My books on Kindle: (They're selling quietly; I never get to see the
names of who bought them. It's different from selling directly. I'd love
to get feedback!)
- ESL Teacher's Activities Kit Part One ($0.99)
- ESL Teacher's Activities Kit Part Two ($0.99)
- ESL Teacher's Activities Kit Part Three ($0.99)
- Kristina, 1904, the Greenhorn Girl ($4)
- Voices of Our New Neighbors Volume One ($0.99)
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- Voices of our New Neighbors Volume Two ($0.99)
- Voices of our new Neighbors Volume Three ($0.99)
- 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. ($0.99)
- Phonics for English Language Learners? What
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Carry on your good work!
© Elizabeth Claire 2012.