Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bye For Now





So we've come to the end of another semester at City College of San Francisco.  Next semester will start up again August 16.  Check back here from time to time  (an idiom which means occasionally or sometimes) because I may write a post if I find something interesting.  Until then, I hope the resources below will be helpful.


Me:              dselleck@ccsf.edu
                    www.ccsfcvc.blogspot.com

Radio Stations:  (These are mostly all talk)
                    KCBS 740 AM, 106.9 FM:
                    KQED 88.5 FM: http://www.kqed.org
                    KALW 91.7 FM: http://kalw.org

Podcasts:     (These are for English speakers so could be challenging.  They are all  people telling true   
                    stories.)
                   This American Life:  http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast
                   Snap Judgment:  http://snapjudgment.org/podcast
                   The Moth:  http://themoth.org/about/programs/the-moth-podcast

                   http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~vcook/alemlab.html
                   http://www.elllo.org
                   Storycorps: http://storycorps.org

Other:         Free walking tours of San Francisco: http://www.sfcityguides.org
                   Cheap & free things to do in S.F. http://sf.funcheap.com

Happy Summer!

Denise

 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Getting a Job

 



This week we've been talking about careers in class.  Here is a fun link where you can find out the right job for your personality as well as learn about different kinds of jobs.

Thursday will be the last day of the semester, so my post next week will have lots of links to keep you busy over the summer.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ARE YOU FEELING HAPPY?

Summer's almost here.  Time to celebrate with this fun video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DePFiF-nNoE

Here are the lyrics of Happy by Pharell Williams





It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take away
I'm a hot air balloon, I could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don't hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I'll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don't waste your time
Here's why
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
Happy, bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
Happy, bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Night Words




Hi,


Today I'm putting up 20 words and expressions from my High Intermediate Level 7/8 class.  The theme was saving money, but there is other vocabulary there as well.  For example, do you know what the verb to hog means?  Click here to find out that and more!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Mishmash of Vocabulary



Hello!

What does mishmash mean?

a.  A way to prepare potatoes.
b.  A collection of unrelated things.
c.  A part of speech.

You have a few seconds to guess the answer:
Ready?  The correct answer is B.  Today's vocabulary comes from very different topics -- war and peace and on the road.  Click here to practice them.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Two Artists & More

Diego Rivera
http://www.ccsf.edu/content/dam/ccsf/images/Diego_Rivera/Panel2.jpg
Pan Unity Mural at CCSF





















This week we read about muralist Diego Rivera from Mexico. Above is an example of one of his murals that we have here at City College of San Francisco.  Click here to see more of it.

We also read about Vincent Van Gogh from the Netherlands.

Van Gogh

Here's a video of a song by Don McLean called Starry, Starry Night named for one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings.  The video shows many of his paintings.  Below are the lyrics.



"Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)"

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night

You took your life, as lovers often do
But I could've told you Vincent
This world was never meant for
One as beautiful as you



Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame-less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget

Like the strangers that you've met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know
What you tried to say to me


And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they're not listening still
Perhaps they never will

And, finally, here's some vocabulary from this week.                                                                                             















Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Spring Holidays!

 


People who are Jewish have been celebrating Passover this week, and Christians here will celebrate Easter on Sunday.   Although this is a religious holiday, many celebrate it with a visit from the Easter Bunny who brings chocolate eggs.  Little kids go on egg hunts.  Every year, there is a big Easter egg roll at the White House.   Check it out here.

Special Vocabulary Practice for Level 7/8 (High Intermediate):

We had some very tough vocabulary over the last couple of weeks.  Click here to practice some of the words we had from our problem solving unit.  We did the crossword in class but there are many other activities you can do.

This week's Level 5/6 Vocabulary is here.

Bye for now.