October 2013 E-News from Elizabeth Claire
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Contents of this October E-NEWS
Trouble at the website fixed...new
After weeks of writing, planning, tweaking, testing,
and getting rid of glitches, our downloadable products are available for
sale at the website. Some have asked, "Why are you charging for the Supplementary Activities which were free
in the past?"
We apologize for the annoying surprise.
The cloze exercises and short answer tests take
quite a bit of time and effort to write, layout, check, copyedit, and
post to the website. I can't farm the job out to anyone else, as the items
depend on an inside knowledge of the articles in the upcoming newspaper,
which isn't finished until the day before starting the tests. Teachers
would like the tests to be available at about the same time they get their
I was going to abandon the effort altogether,
as it uses up my only two free days in the month, but thought if people
are willing to pay for them, it may offset the fact that I didn't raise
the price of subscriptions even in the face of rising costs of everything
that goes into the paper.
If using the Supplementary
Activities saves you many hours of time, the price is modest
enough: $10 covers all ten months September 2013 to June 2014.
(No, there isn't a lower price for those who start their subscription
in October) Figure that it's ten dollars a month, and you only pay for
one month and get all the other months free, whether you subscribe to
our monthly newspaper or not. The exercises are valuable even for students
who don't have access to Easy English NEWS. Cloze exercises
provide practice in awareness of sentence structure as well as a check
on reading ability. Short answer questions test the general knowledge
we feature in Easy English NEWS, but can be used for many
other purposes. If you've never used the cloze exercises or the short
answer tests, click here to see a sample.
Easy English NEWS is guaranteed to be
delivered to U.S. addresses by the first of the month, although you may
get it earlier than that. Likewise, the tests are promised to be posted
by the first of the month, so if you don't get them as early as you get
your paper, just try again a few days later.
Your Health, by
Dr. Ali: We surveyed teachers and readers to learn which articles in Easy
English NEWS to keep for the 2013-2014 year, and which to let
go to make room for more news. The results for Dr. Ali's articles were
mixed: teachers of adult students and advanced high school readers definitely
wanted these articles to continue. Teachers of younger students and less
advanced in English said they had to skip the article as it was over the
students' heads. To compromise...we cut the articles from the paper, but
have created a pdf book of reproducible articles from the past four years,
31 articles, with word help.
The price is $10 for all 31 articles, plus an extensive
word help section. Each of
the Your Health articles has word help directly
on the page, so a teacher can reproduce these without producing the glossary
at the back of the book.
Click here to see samples
from Your Health.
For the past few years, many items were available
free at my website, so if you got them, I'm sure you are making good use
of them and know their value. You can still download the Constitution
in Simple English and Hurricane Safety
in Simple English, as well as a few other
free materials (E-Books section on website.) These
required months of preparation, but I offer them free as a public service.
Other items will no longer be free but available at a very modest cost.
I bundled up the game, Show Off (Ready to use, simple to
explain, training in non-verbal communication, hours and hours of fun
in your ESL classes for years and years) with five other items. I call
the bundle of 47 reproducibles: Treasure Chest
#1. In addition to the 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.
Click here to see samples from
Treasure Chest #1.
Contents of Easy English
NEWS for October 2013
Will Obamacare affect you? Part 1. Our students are going to be hearing almost daily about Obamacare,
the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, so I try to break
the 2200 pages of the law down into manageable, comprehensible chunks
before the deadline to get insurance by January 1. Part One covers the
advantages of the law to some groups, the various kinds of coverage, the
penalties for not being covered, and the important facts for those here
In November we'll discuss the four levels of coverage, and mention the
reasons some Americans don't like Obamacare. In December, we'll explain
how much the government will subsidize people, based on their income,
and describe how to get to the website for the marketplace to buy insurance.
Events in October covered
in Easy English NEWS:
- Hispanic Heritage Month (pt 2)
- German-American Day
- Columbus Day
- Patriot Day
- Fire Prevention Week
- United Nations Day
- Eid al-Adha
the Beautiful: Valley
of Fire State Park (in Nevada).
Heroes and History: Harry Houdini, Master
Magician. Serves as springboard for discussions of magic tricks, immigrant's
success, name changing (his name was Erik Weisz) and debunking charlatans.
Ties into Halloween, date of Houdini's death.
U.S. Measuring system, part 1. Length, distance.
regular features: This Is Your Page (readers' stories),
Funny Stuff, Idioms, the Crossword Puzzle, Let's Talk About It, and Word
here for the FREE 24-page generic "How To Use Easy English NEWS in
Your ESL Classroom" with 9 reproducible graphic organizers.
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)