This blog is dedicated to all English as a Second Language learners. Here, you can find links for learning and practicing grammar, listening, reading, conversation and more.
There's a lot to do here. Visit here often!
John Robinson - Creator of this blog:
Our beloved friend and CCSF instructor, John Robinson passed away at the beginning of 2015.
He is sorely missed by his colleagues and students, all of whom remember him with that gleam in his eyes, his great sense of humor and his ability to be totally focused on each person he was talking to.
Not only was John a great teacher and human being, but he was also a well-respected playwright who produced plays in the Bay Area.
This is his introduction he had written about himself:
I have taught English as a Second Language for 45 years. I loved the position very much because it brought me in contact with people from all over the world. I experienced so much respect and effort from my students. I equally wanted to give them as much as I could. I learned from them also. I got the overwhelming sense that what links us as human beings is our astonishing capacity for curiosity about the world we live in.
We are fortunate to have many of John's dialogues that he wrote for his English students. You can practice them by clicking on 'Grammartalk' or 'Dialogue Workout' as well as practice pronunciation with 'Index to Vowels' and 'Index to Consonants'.
The reading/listening exercises are excerpts from and credited to Voice of America and include comprehension questions John wrote up for students to use. These are sections on the right titled 'American Short Stories, History, Biography, Explorations, etc (all have the last word 'Index').