January E-News from Elizabeth Claire:
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In January's Easy
English NEWS, we mistakenly said that Harry Reid
was now the minority leader in the Senate. He is still the majority
McConnell is the minority leader.
Free Holiday Songbook
New Feature by Richard Lederer
Preview of January's Easy
Teacher Aids for Easy English
Free Holiday Song Book
This has just been posted at the website, December 12. I'm hoping you
may find a few days left before winter break to use it. There are 18
songs in the public domain, printed in 24-point type, one song to a page,
with illustrations and word help, just the way English language learners
need it. Feel free to download and reproduce the Holiday Songbook for
I checked with the constitutionality of singing Christmas
carols in schools, (since some schools have banned the singing of Silent
and the Supreme Court has declared that as long as there is a secular
purpose (sharing cultures; learning English) and there are secular songs
included in the choice of songs (we included such) the singing of these
are permitted in public places including schools. Have students share
their own native language winter holiday songs to round out the protection
from being accused of establishing a religion in your classroom. Partial
contents: Over the River and Through the Woods, Jingle Bells, Here
Comes Santa Claus, Joy to the World, Auld Lang Syne, Silent Night, O
New Feature by Richard Lederer
A new year, and a new feature in Easy English NEWS: Language
learners and language lovers will enjoy this new column by Richard Lederer,
author of Crazy English, Anguished English, and dozens of other
close-up looks at how English serves us and befuddles us. Richard Lederer
is perhaps the foremost and funniest collectors of the ways and wherefores
of English sounds, spellings, grammar, cliches, marvels and annoyances.
See page 5 in Easy English NEWS
Preview: Easy English NEWS
for January 2011
Richard Lederer on Crazy English: The
Strange Case of the English Language
- The 112th Congress This
article gives the political make up of the new Congress, and the challenges
before it, as well as photos of the main players.
- Life in the U.S.A. The U.S. Legal system--part
4: "You're Under Arrest!" What happens when a person is arrested:
Miranda rights, false arrest, types of crimes and punishments.
- Events in January covered in Easy English NEWS:
- New Year's Day
- Mummers Parade
- The Calendar
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- State of the Union
Your Health: Dr. Majid Ali:
Water: a great medicine
America the Beautiful
Yosemite National Park
Heroes and History: Mark Twain
(whose autobiography, incidentally, is now on the best seller list, published
100 years after his death.)
Plus our regular features: This Is Your
Page (readers' stories), Funny Stuff, Idioms, the
Crossword Puzzle, Let's Talk About It, and Word Help
Aids for Easy English NEWS
Easy English News comes with a great variety and supply
of Teacher Aids, all included in the cost of your subscription:
* Word Help each month for 160 to 180 words needed for adult discussion
of the topics, but out of the 2nd year English language learners' vocabulary
* Let's talk about it each month with fact gathering, opinion
sharing, and culture sharing questions for discussion and writing assignments.
A Monthly Teacher's Guide with background, objectives, and procedures
for approaching the articles in the newspaper. This contains three reproducible
short answer quizzes: multiple choice
* A 24-page How to Use Easy English NEWS in Your ESL Class,
with special tips for using the newspaper with beginners, intermediate,
and advanced students, plus 8 reproducible, generic graphic organizers
and student self-evaluation activity sheets.
* Cloze Tests: Sections of
the newspaper are reprinted with ten words missing. There is a word bank
to help students choose the best words for creating sense of the topic.
Which-word-doesn't belong Test. Vocabulary and explaining skills are challenged.
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