Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Milpitas Senior Center Ground Breaking Ceremony!


Milpitas public officials and senior citizens gathered together on Monday, March 30, 2009, 9am for the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the new Milpitas Senior Center. The old Milpitas Library will become the new Milpitas Senior Center. After the Ground Breaking ceremony, Senior ESL students from Milpitas Adult Education, Barbara Lee Senior Center, and DeVries Senior center will tour the new Milpitas Library and the DeVries Senior Housing project.

You can read more details about each photo here.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: More lessons about Women from Breaking News English

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Senior Center!


The City of Milpitas cordially invites you to the
Ground Breaking Ceremony
for the new Milpitas Senior Center.
Monday, March 30, 2009 9:00 am
40 N. Milpitas Blvd.
(former library/next to City Hall)
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (408) 586-2775.

Construction is scheduled to begin March/April 2009, with an estimated completion date of July, 2010.

After the Ceremony, we will tour the new Milpitas Library and DeVries Senior Housing.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: VOANews: 5 Women in the Arts

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Garden 7: The White House Vegtable Garden

The White House Blog: Spring Gardening
The First Lady and two dozen local students broke ground on the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Garden 6: Bush Beans


Working Magic in the Garden With Beans
Specialists at the University of Illinois Extension say bush beans need the least work. The plants do not need supports to stand...Unlike bush beans, pole beans need supports to climb.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: Ten Women Activists!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Garden 5: Tomatoes


VOANews: Do-It-Yourself: Growing Tomatoes
Advice for growing a fruit used as a vegetable in cooking.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: Eleanor Roosevelt. Also check out: Women's Stamp on History, a special online exhibit from Arago, the Smithsonian Postal Museum--AMAZING!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Garden 4: Potatoes


True or false? Potatoes are root vegetables. False. Potatoes are underground stems called tubers.

ESL Discussions: Potatoes Do you like potatoes?

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: OPRAH!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring Garden 3: Cabbage


VOANews: Putting Your Head to Growing Cabbage
Think about it if you live where the temperature is cool and the soil is moist and fertile.

ESL Discussions: Gardening Do you like gardening?

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: Christiane Amanpour.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Garden 1: Beets

Beets are a tasty root vegetable that do not require much work to grow.
ESL Riddles Q: What are two things people never eat before breakfast? (Answer?)

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: Mother Teresa.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Listen to Jokes

Three "mice" playing Health Bingo.

You can read and listen to jokes at Many Things: Jokes in English. Here is an example:

Joke - 3 Mice Read - Download MP3

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hero and Heras: Teacher Ibrahim Ahmed Sane and the Kenyan Pro-Choice/Pro-Life leaders.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The DeVries Seniors: VTA Bus Service Part 2



More VTA Ideas from the DeVries Seniors

During the past week, US Citizen Podcast has featured posts that respond to the question:

USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

Beginning last week, we talked about students exressing their opinions during a school board meeting. Another local example of democratic participation is the DeVries Senior ESL class attendence at a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Community meeting about the bus service in Milpitas.

Before attending the meeting, the Seniors completed transportation surveys, studied transportation vocabulary and supporting grammar, made two videos, and attend a VTA community meeting.p>

In the second of two videos, the DeVries Seniors offer three suggestions for the improvement of the VTA bus service in Milpitas:

1) Increase bus frequency.

2) Lower the Senior Citizen fare.

3) Add later buses (8am, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm) buses to #104

The DeVries ESL is sponsored by Milpitas Adult Education, and hosted at DeVries Senior Housing.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: Alexandra Avakian.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The DeVries Seniors: VTA Bus Service Part 1

During the past week, US Citizen Podcast has featured posts that respond to the question:

USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

The Citizenship Students, together with their fellow schoolmates at Milpitas Adult School, attended a school district board meeting. In honor of Adult Education Week and impending budget cuts, the students gave their elected officials their opinion on the issue of the importance of Milpitas Adult School.

Another local example of publicly supporting or opposing an issue or policy is the DeVries Senior ESL class attending a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Community meeting about the bus service in Milpitas.

First, the Seniors completed transportation surveys. Second, they made two 5-minute videos in which they made further suggestions for improved service. And third, they attended the VTA Community as a group, presented the surveys and their DVD to the VTA Sommunity Relations Offficer, and talked one-on-one with the VTA staff.

In the first of two videos, the DeVries Seniors offer two suggestions for the improvement of the VTA bus service in Milpitas:

1) Add a public restroom to the Great Mall Transit Center.

2) Improve connections between 66, 70, and AC 217.

The DeVries ESL is sponsored by Milpitas Adult Education, and hosted at DeVries Senior Housing.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: The National Women's Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

In America, people celebrate St Patrick's day
by wearing green clothes, eating green food, and drinking green beer.

ESL Holiday Lessons: Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.

ESL Discussions: Ireland

  • What do you know about Ireland’s culture?

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: Máiread Corrigan and Betty Williams.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Play Date!

Two kitty cats with blue whiskers playing in the school hall.
(Mama Cat, Li Jiayan, became a citizen last week).
Take your kids to the playground for some fun. Download Podcast

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: US First Ladies.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ides of March


Rome was a republic. Rome did not have a king but was ruled by the Senate.

Julius Caesar (July 13, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC) was a general who conquered many countries for Rome. Caesar returned to Rome with his army and decided that he wanted to be the Emperor. The Romans did not want a king or an emperor to rule Rome. They were not happy that Caesar had so much power.

On the Ides of March - meaning the middle of that month - March 15 44 BC, Caesar was called to the Senate and was killed by a group of people including some Senators who had been his good friends before he died.

Learn about a common type of news and opinion program in this episode. Download Podcast

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday's Smile

Yeon Soon Kang goes to the gym every day.

Breaking News English: Warmer weather causes headaches
Scientists in the USA have found a strong link between headaches and warmer weather.
Downloads: Word Doc PDF Doc Listening

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Heras: Arab Women in the Gulf.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday's Smile

Mr. Jivan Pragji Kamalia

See the latest Senior ESL pictures.

Also, Senior ESL Pictures 2008.

ESLPod: English Café 180 Topics: Medical/dental tourism; warehouse club stores; yell versus shout; to be depended on; to last; kind versus kindly Download Podcast

ESLPodcast 107 - Going to the Dentist
Dec 15, 2005 ... I went to the dentist to get a check-up and cleaning.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera & Hero: Aung San Suu Kyi.

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Week of Smiles!

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

This week we will talk about Jokes and American Customs: Smiles. Here is the first list of jokes:

We will also discuss:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

International Women's Day 2009

UNHCR video for International Women's Day 2009:
Men and Women United for Gender Equality.

Equality is a Journey.

The Journey Begins...

With Me

With You

With Us.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

VOAVideo: Cancer Patients Practice Yoga in New York Hospital


VOAVideo: Cancer Patients Practice Yoga in New York Hospital
According to Yoga Journal, an estimated 16 million people in the United States practice some form of yoga, a set of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. And a third of Americans seek alternative treatments such as yoga for their ailments. Like the Eastern medicinal practices acupuncture and massage, yoga is often used to heal the mind and body. Paige Kollock reports on a program that has yoga breathing new life into cancer patients at one hospital in New York.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: Susan B. Anthony.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Preview of International Women's Day

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. ESL lessons about women from our favorie sites will be posted daily. Here are some examples of lessons from some of out favorites ESL sites:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Proverbs: Proverbs: Famous Sayings About Love, War and Other Issues

Proverbs: Famous Sayings About Love, War and Other Issues: Examples of proverbs that Americans use. Transcript of radio broadcast: 21 December 2008
Today we talk about proverbs. A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are found in most cultures and are often very old.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Coffee

ESL Podcast 418 – Getting Bad Service
Oct 20, 2008 ... Buck: I’m never going to that coffee house again! Star: Why? ... She gave me a dirty look and finally turned around to get my coffee. ... Download Podcast

San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen survives bitter recall attempt SJMercuryNews
In a hard-fought display of political tenacity, San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen on Tuesday was beating back a fervent recall attempt that saw her pitted against the same Vietnamese community that vaulted her into office more than three years ago

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Square Root Day

Today, voters in SJ's District 7 will be voting for against the recall of Council Member, Madison Nguyen.

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. Today's Hera: Wangari Maathai.

ESL Podcast 454 – Hailing and Taking a Taxi Learn how to take a taxi in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Happy Square Root Day!
Today is 3/3/09 -- a rare kind of day where the square root of the year is the month/day. The next is April 4, 2016.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

ESL Lessons for Women's History Month

The National Women's History Project (NWHP) teaches people about the important activites of women. NWHP sponsors Women's History Month. This year's theme is Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet .

MilpitasChat.blogspot.com is hosting a new series: ESL Lessons for Women's History Month. ESL lessons about women from our favorie sites will be posted daily. Here are some examples of lessons from some of out favorites ESL sites:

See MilpitasChat.blogspot.com for more details.