Monthly Archives: December 2010

Staff development & Christmas Party Pictures

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]Here are some of the pictures from last Staff development & Christmas party!

I hope your’e enjoying our blog.

If you have any question, please contact me and I will be more than happy to help you.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


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Posted by on December 7, 2010 in General Information


Lesson Plan Idea – Giving Directions

Hi fellow Adult Ed instructors!

I wanted to pass along a lesson plan that I did this week with my ESL class at St. Alban’s. It was a hit with the students and really effective. We have been studying food, and this exercise ties in types of restaurants with reading a map and giving directions, all within a scripted conversation. There are several handouts that go along with the lesson, and you can find them all at under “Materials.” I would also suggest doing a pre-teach with the handout under “Optional Materials.”

Although this lesson is geared to ESL students, there are practical life skills taught, as well. There may be some creative tie ins you could make for lower level GED students.

Enjoy! I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this lesson in your classroom!

Erin Halley

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Posted by on December 2, 2010 in General Information


Podcast for this week!

Here is the scrip for this week Podcast

Rebecca: Look, there’s smoke coming from six stories up.

Hugh: Yes, I know. Didn’t you hear the fire alarm go off upstairs a few minutes ago?

Rebecca: No, but I’m really glad there’s a fire station only a few blocks away. Hey look, there’s the fire engine. Here come the firefighters!

Hugh: Yeah, let’s get back to work. I’m sure they’ll have the blaze under control pretty quickly.

Rebecca: How can you work with all of this excitement? Maybe I should get the fire extinguisher from the hallway and go upstairs to help.

Hugh: I think that’s a really bad idea. You can see for yourself that the firefighters are getting ready to fight the fire. They’re getting the ladder out and attaching the fire hose to the hydrant. Anyway, it’s probably just a false alarm.

Rebecca: If the smoke detector went off then I’m sure there’s a fire. We’ll know if we start to see something burning near a window or ashes coming down.

Hugh: I’ve never seen you like this before. Why are you so excited?

Rebecca: I wanted to be a firefighter when I grew up. I’ve always had a fascination with fire.

Hugh: Ah, that explains it. Would it make you feel better if I lit up a cigarette?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in General Information