Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Day to Remember


Gilberto De Jesus.
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008
A Day to Remember
A year ago had the experience of my life. My friend Ana called to invite me to see her jump from an airplane. I was really impressed because I new she was a crazy girl but no that much and I thought I want to see when she says “Oh I can not do it”, so I went to see the show. When we got to the place she told that one of her friends was going to jump with her. We were waiting for her more than an hour but the time was up. She was so angry and sad because she had paid for the tickets two months ago more than 400 dollars. She said I cannot do it myself, so let's get out of here. She broke my heart when I saw her face and I had to something. After a couple minutes I asked her “If you want I can jump with you” and she said right away yeah go, go, go. I never new how but when I opened my eyes I was 10,000 feet up there. A man behind me sad ready go and we were flying like eagles. When I was flying I felt that my body, my mind and my soul were free like never before. Now I know why God did not give us wings. I never ever thought to do something like these but it was incredible. Some things are not like they look like. I will remember it for the rest of my life.

My Lucky Experience


Israel Soriano
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008
My Lucky Experience
My lucky experience happened three years ago at work. I was with my cousin when we started to work. I was cutting the grass, and then everything happened so quickly. As I was cutting the grass, the lawn mower was not cutting the grass well, so I thought to check the machine. I turned off the machine and put my hand down on the blade to touch it. That is when I cut my fingers. I was scared when I looked at my hand because my two middle fingers were not only covered in blood, but the tips were hanging off. I didn’t know what to do. I told my cousin what happened, and he took me to the hospital. When I got there I thought they would completely cut off my fingers, but they told me don’t be scared, you will be well. I got eight stitches in each finger, but I kept my fingers. Now I have scars where the cuts were. In conclusion, it was a lucky day for me.

My Saddest Moment


Micaela Padilla
Level 5
Oct 30, 2008
My Saddest Memory
My saddest memory happened four years ago was when left my boyfriend in Mexico City to come to the United States of America . I didn’t have guts to tell him, I was going to leave him. I called him to tell him that I was already here. He told me to forget about him and I felt that my heart shattered in pieces. I was breathless and didn’t know what to at that moment .for much time I was sad . In conclusion, if you go to another country ,you need to tell with the truth , but now I am happy.

My Scariest Moment


Cristina Aguilar
Oct, 28, 2008
Level 5
MY Scariest Moment
My scariest moment, for me and my family was when we visited Morelos, Mexico. My sons and daughters were happy to go because they had never seen their cousins and aunts, but when we came back to the United States the airplane flew up to the sky. Then there was a storm , the airplane shook, and they started crying, because of the terrible situation. I couldn’t do anything. The storm lasted for 15 minutes. When the airplane landed safely on the ground, we were very happy because the scary moment was over. In the end, everybody was very happy, but it was the most frightening moment of my life. In conclusion I think that life is short and that we need to appreciate life. We need to enjoy life with the family.

My Best Experience


Saulo Regalado
Level 5
Oct. 30, 2008
My Best Experience
My best experience happened On January 22, 2005 when my brother Edras and family were having a BBQ at 8:00 pm. His wife Ana invited her co-worker Julia and family, and that is when my future girlfriend and her two girl. We ate fish, chicken, and beef and drank some wine and got to know each other. I was so happy to know an American woman here in California. Now my girlfriend and I have been together for four years. We are happy and are trying to unite our family.

My Funny Experience


Flaviana Ortiz
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008
My Funny Experience
My funny experience happened 14 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico. I was playing with my friend. We were climbing up a tree, and suddenly when we were at the top we heard a noise. The noise came from a branch that broke causing both in me and my friend to fall from the tree. In conclusion, make sure a tree is strong enough to hold you before you climb it.

My Best Day


Isabel Rodriguez
Level 5
Oct .30, 2008
My Best Day
My best day happened 20 years ago because I was young and had fun because I usually went out with my friends. I had never gone to a Halloween party and was very happy because all the people were dressed up. I was dressed up as a vampire. Before In my country my mom celebrated, the Day of the Dead by putting a table covered with fruit, flowers, candles, and food. The people who had passed away this are a Mexican tradition. There were children that came out to request their sugar skulls, but my mom did not like the we went out I feel now very happy for that day and it is one of my best memories.

My Tragic Car Accident


Nancy Lopez
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008

My Tragic Car Accident
My tragic car accident was eight years ago. I, My brother, and my father’s family went to visit my cousin in Guadalajara, Jalisco, but before that we went to Mazatlan, which is a beautiful beach in the Sinaloa State. In Mazatlan we stayed one day, and the next day we continued with the trip. When we arrived at my cousin’s in Guadalajara, we had emotion because we had not seen each other for a long time. Everything was fine, but when we went back, we had an accident. In this accident I lost my grandmother and my aunt. This accident was terrible for me because I saw everything that happed. The truck turned over on the highway and I could move my body. When the truck stopped, I got outside to find my brother. I found him fine, but my aunt and my Grandmother died. I will never forget this date. It was July 15, 1999. This was the worst day of my life.

My Best Day


Leobardo Flores
Level5
Oct. 30, 2008.
My Best Day
My best day happened when I got the job I have now. One day I walked on the street and I saw some beautiful Apartments, so I went to the office and I asked about the rent, what is the price of the apartment? And they told me the price but the was the same price, where I lived when I left the office, I saw a worker and I asked him about a job. He told me to get the application in the office. I returned the application. Then two days later they called me for an interview. I passed the interview and they give me the job. They paid me more than the last job. I moved into the apartment building where I work now and I live in the same place .In conclusion, I went looking for an apartment and ended up getting a great job and a place to live.

My Embarrassing Experience


Arturo Aparicio
Level 5
Oct. 30. 2008
My Embarrassing Experience
My embarrassing experience happened when I was dancing, and my shirt ripped in the back, but I didn’t know what happened. Everyone laughed, and I couldn’t understand why. Finally I realized what everyone was laughing about. In conclusion , don’t dance so much that you rip your clothes and have to go home.

Happiest Experience


Victor Barba
Level 5
Oct. 30, 2008
Happiest Experience
My happiest experience happened two years ago on my birthday on July. I went to my favorite place to visit Las Vegas, Nevada, for thee days. This city I like for the different diversions, especially different machines to play. Remember my friend and I went driving in my truck. It was a good experience. At that time, I did not have a lot during those thee days, my friend and I drank, watched the senoritas, and celebrated my birthday. It was one of the best times in my life.

My Saddest Memory

Jessia Garcia
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008

My Saddest Memory
My saddest memory happened nine years ago in my country. I received a phone call from my Uncle telling me that my Aunt had an accident car. She passed away. I will never forget this day and the following day at her funeral because there were a lot problems. I miss her a lot.

My Saddest Memory




Benito Baltadano
Oct. 30. 2008
Level 5

My Saddest Memory

My saddest memory happened four months ago, here in Oceanside CA. I was alone and was driving to my friends house when received a call from my mom in Mexico. She gave me the bad news that my friend had passed away from a heart attack. At that moment, I stopped the car and started to cry like a child because he was like my second dad. His name was Germon Anderson Arvin. He was from Norway and was my cousin’s husband, I had the hope to visit his country, but now maybe I never Will now. Today I feel better, but I lerned something: it is good to keep communication with your parents and friends because they are here today; tomorrow maybe not. God bless you, Mr. G.A.A., wherever you are.

My Bad Experience


Sandra Cruz
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008
My Bad Experience

My bad experience happened last year when I when to the mall in Oceanside with my daughters and I forgot my keys in the car. When I went back to my car, I didn’t see my keys in my wallet, I looked inside the car and I saw my keys inside the car. My baby was hungry, and my baby’s diapers and baby bottle was in the car. I didn’t have any copy of my keys. I called my friend,and he came with a key and opened my car. In conclusion, it is a good idea to have one copy of your keys in your wallet or at your house.

My Funny Experience

Oralia Hernandez
Level 5
Oct. 30, 2008
My Funny Experience


My funny experience happened when I was 18 years old. A friend asked me if we could go eat, I said yes. Later we stopped at 7-11 and he bought two hot dogs for .99 cents and only one drink. He said we could share the drink. I got surprised. I did not say anything. I just learned when you out, always carry some money with you in case you are still hungry or thirsty. Why do you think I married him?

My Funny Experience

Edgar Colon
Level 5
Oct .30, 08

My Funny Experience
My funny experience happened two years ago in Oceanside .I was alone in my car and fell asleep . When I woke up, to my surprise, I was sitting in the back seat, but I did not realize it at first. I looked in front of myself, and I couldn’t find the brake or clutch. I was confused and said to myself, where am I? It was so funny for me.

My Scary Experience


Guadalupe Cuevas
Level 5
Oct. 30, 2008
My Scary Experience
I had one scrary experience when I was four years old. My father had a friend and his friend caame to visit sometimes. I was scrared of him, but I did not know why. Time passed by and I continues to bescared. When I 6 years old, I went to school in the morning. I walked on the street with Scary my niece. My pen fell. When I picked it up. I saw a person lying on the ground. I called my niece, Flor to come. I told her there was a man on the ground. I did not know if he was drunk or dead. She didn’t belive me, but I really knew that he was deaad. I was angry. I ran to school butcould not concentrate in my class. At thebreak time, I looked for my big brother. I told hin what I saw. My brother said, Do nat tell anybody. It could be dangerous. After school my brother was waiting for me.He said, come and show me where you saw the man. When got there, he was scared because by then there were many people, cars, and the police. But my surprise was the dead man was myfather’s friend whom I had been scared of for a long time.

My Saddest Memory


David Velazquez
Lev el 5
Octuber 30, 2008

My saddest memory happened two years ago in Tijuana at my home. I was with my family,we were eating when my father asked me, where is your pet? I said it is out ide. He told me, no it is not, and then I went out side and didn’t see my dog! I was very sad because I lost my dog. I could not find it, but I got another dog. In conclusion,if you have a pet, take care of it.

My Worst Memory


Viviana Vazquez
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008
My Worst Memory

My worst memory happened five years ago at my home in Mexicali. When my mother was sick I decided to go to the United States with my friend to work. My mother cried and was very sad. In conclusion if this ever happened to me again, I would never choose to leave her and go such a far distance from her.

My Saddest Day


Erasmo Mendiola
October, 29, 2008
Level 5

My Saddest Day

Seven years ago in Mexico, I was with my friend talking when my sisters called me to say that my parents were fighting, when I arrive at my house, my parents were fighting . I asked them, why fight? They said to me, because we have some problems. But my father was drunk. My father said, I will kill myself, so my father went up to second floor and took some toxic pills, and my father killed himself. I recommend to other people who drink beer to not do the same that my father made.

My Funny Experience


Angeles Vasquez
Oct.30, 2008
Level 5


My Funny Experience
My funny experience happened last Monday here at MiraCosta College. I was alone and was walking to my car. There were two guys who started talking to me, but it was dark. They said they had been my classmates. When I saw their faces, I didn’t recognize them. I entered my car and started laughing because I confused the two guys with my friends. In conclusion, try to open your eyes before you say hi to strangers.

My Scary Experience


Myat Khine
Level 5
Oct.30, 2008
My scary experience
My scary experience happened two years ago in my home when I was staying with my family. I was scared of all snakes. One day I slept in the afternoon .When I woke up, I saw a snake beside my bed. I was really scared. I shouted help, and my mom came. She told me it was not a real snake .My brother put it there . In conclusion, everybody, don’t kid like this .Some people could have a shock.

My Saddest Memory


Lucia Dolores
Oct.28, 2008
Level5
My Saddest Memory
My saddest memory was when I got the bad news that my father had died. I was sad thinking that
I was not going to be able to see him for the last time. During this time I had to leave my job and
children to go see him all the way to Fresno, California because most of the family was over there.
In conclusion I feel sad because this is the first anniversary of my father’s death. I miss him.

My Bad Day


Alberto Landin
Oct.28, 2008
Level5
My Bad Day
My bad day happened three years ago on the day after a party night. Early in the morning I went to work I was very sleepless, and I had a hangover from the party the night before. Then when I arrived, and I started to work, I felt so sick, and a few minutes when I was working, I had an accident with the nail gun. I stuck my hand, and then three hours after, I stuck my finger. The problem was the gun. It was broken. In conclusion, don’t drink too much, don’t be sleepless, and check your tools before starting to work.

My Scary Experience


Dee Russell
Oct.28.2008
Level5
My Scary Experience
My scary experience happened two years ago in the U.S .I was with my husband and I didn’t have a driver’s license because I couldn’t drive. But my best friend told me that was driving in the U.S was very difficult. I remember when I follow my husband to come here to Oceanside from Los Angeles. It was my first time to drive in the U.S, and it was on the freeway. He was driving very fast, about 90 miles per hour in a separate can in front of me .I was very .very scared. Sometime I couldn’t see his car, and I was afraid of getting lost. Then I thought I would crash and have an accident I felt so nervous. Finally we arrived in Oceanside. Now I like to drive travel, and go anywhere. I’m not afraid of driving on the freeway anymore.

Spiderman "There's a Hero" Team

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War of the Worlds Team 2

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Week 3 Activities


Happy Halloween!
This week, students will post their paragraphs about a life experience here. Feel free to comment!

For grammar, we'll study past continuous. See the PowerPoint here:






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Grammar Practice Online:
Was Playing / Played: Flash quiz on past and past in progress (1)
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/Tenses10.cfm
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastcontinuous.html
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pascon.htm
Quiz yourself on past continuous and past. Click on the link and then click Unit Self Tests 9, 10.

Students will work on their scripts for the "Speaking with the Stars" project.
Here are the video clips to view, listen to, and practice with: Click here.

Plus, we are preparing for the EL Civics Assessments: Reporting an Accident / Crime. Here are some related links from last week:

Games / English practice:
In the coming weeks, we will be preparing for the EL Civics assessments on reporting crimes and accidents and safety/hazard and crime prevention in the home.

What do you know about reporting emergencies?
Click here and write your answers to each question (37 total)
And then click here to check your answers:
Answers for EL Civics Emergencies Quiz
Listening: Police Interrogation and 911 Call

Other Games:
Here is a game to test your memory skills (related to being a witness of a crime): What was there?

…and, for fun and English practice, here are online mystery, crime solving, detective, witness games:

How good are your detective skills? (witness game)
Inspector Wombat. Game
Madame Fate Game (good to practice vocabulary!)
Special Investigations Unit Game
Detective Grimoire Game
Found Lost Game
Prissy Has Gone Missing Game

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Week 2 Paragraph Writing

This week students learned about and practice paragraph writing. Together as a class, we wrote a paragraph about the story told in the pictures above, from the textbook Get Ready to Write.

Next week students will write their own paragraphs about a life experience.

See them here!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 2 Activities

This week we will begin our "Speaking with the Stars" project. For this assignment, students will choose a movie clip and be videotaped reciting the script of a short scene from the clip by our CLC librarian/videographer Richard Ma. Students will get feedback on their pronunciation, stress, intonation, volume, etc., over the coming weeks as they perfect their roles.

Then they will be post-videotaped in a few weeks. Special prizes will be awarded to the students who show most improved speaking skills.

Here are the video clips to view, listen to, and practice with:

“Mi Corazon” scene from Beverly Hills Chihuahua
“G’day, mate” scene from Dumb and Dumber
“Chucho and father fight” scene from Mi Famila *Warning: Scene contains strong language.
“I’ll be back” from Terminator
“Empty Seat” scene from Spider Man 2
“There’s a Hero in all of Us” scene from Spider Man
“Take Care of our Kids” scene from War of the Worlds
“Yu” scene from Rush Hour 3

Students will practice the scripts, available (with more information about the project) at
Video Projects to Teach Oral Skills.


For grammar, we will focus on past tense. Below is the PowerPoint for practicing pronunciation of regular verbs in past. Also is the PowerPoint of some of the most common irregular verbs in past tense.

Here are links to online exercises for practicing past tense:


Games / English practice:
In the coming weeks, we will be preparing for the EL Civics assessments on reporting crimes and accidents and safety/hazard and crime prevention in the home.


What do you know about reporting emergencies?
Click here and write your answers to each question (37 total)
And then click here to check your answers:
Answers for EL Civics Emergencies Quiz

Listening: Police Interrogation and 911 Call

Other Games:
Here is a game to test your memory skills (related to being a witness of a crime): What was there?

…and, for fun and English practice, here are online mystery, crime solving, detective, witness games:

How good are your detective skills? (witness game)
Inspector Wombat. Game
Madame Fate Game (good to practice vocabulary!)
Special Investigations Unit Game
Detective Grimoire Game
Found Lost Game
Prissy Has Gone Missing Game

Regular Past Verbs


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Common Irregular Verbs


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Friday, October 10, 2008

Welcome to Week 1!

Activities for the Week of Oct. 13:

This week we will study modals of ability. Here are some links to online activities for practice:

You'll also write a brief self-introduction for your voki/avatar project (see instructor's sample at right).

I look forward to working with you!