10. High Intermediate

Midterm Exam III - Final

Tips and Tools for a Job Interview and Social Interaction

Job Interview Material Links.pdf Job Interview Material Links.pdf
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Midterm Exam I

Choose a topic from this list and post your choice in the central Chat by typing the phrase "My topic choice is number #"

You can only post your choice after 24 hours effective now (that is August 21st at 10 pm)

You can't put it back to choose another. Once chosen it cannot be turned back. 

You can exchange it with a classmate within the next 48 hours after you posted it (between Aug 22nd and 23rd). In such case, a formal email is to be sent within those two days to your professor informing of the change. This exchange can only happen once.

The topic needs to have a local approach (CR). Even when its origins and general aspects are international, or from another country, the local effects in Costa Rica are the relevant content of your speech. 

The topic selected has to be researched and developed in full extension and all aspects. Questions will be asked about it. Prepare thoroughly.

   Evaluation of Midterm I

  • 20% Content
  • 30% Grammar and Mechanics
  • 20% Presentation Techniques (to be taught in a class)
  • 30% Pronunciation (rhythm, intonation, accent, pitch, articulation, clarity)

If a term is not clear, google it. Do not go on in doubt.

A Good Presentation

Tips and Tricks for a Professional Presentation Online

A Good PresentationINA 2020.pptx A Good PresentationINA 2020.pptx
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8. Intermediate English

9. Writing

Editing My Assignment Before Handing In.pdf Editing My Assignment Before Handing In.pdf
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Indirect Speech

Theory and Exercises

Indirect Speech All Aspects.docx Indirect Speech All Aspects.docx
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Wish Clauses

Theory on Wish Clauses and refresh in If's.

If Refresh and Wish Clauses.docx If Refresh and Wish Clauses.docx
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Document from Class on Type III

Examples of Type III If Clauses, explanation of Conditional I and II, and Exercises

Type III + Review and Exercises.docx Type III + Review and Exercises.docx
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If Conditionals: Types I, II, and III

Theory and many exercises  (Click Here)

Passive Voice with Modal Auxiliaries

Relative Pronouns and 

Subordinate Clauses

Subordinate Clauses.pptx Subordinate Clauses.pptx
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Passive Voice

Troops were sent to the conflict zone. 

Passive Voice Theory and Links.pdf Passive Voice Theory and Links.pdf
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Trump and The Military.pdf Trump and The Military.pdf
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Passive Voice Material.docx Passive Voice Material.docx
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Past Perfect

When he came, she had helped already. 

Past Perfect Reading -Fake Checked Cashed.pdf Past Perfect Reading -Fake Checked Cashed.pdf
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Past Perfect Theory.pdf Past Perfect Theory.pdf
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Theory on Essays and Outlines


ESSAY When Getting a House.docx ESSAY When Getting a House.docx
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2 Outline Styles for a Formal Essay.docx 2 Outline Styles for a Formal Essay.docx
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Types and Linking Words to Introduce your concluding sentence

Topic Sentence

Slideshow from June 22nd
Topic Sentence.pptx Topic Sentence.pptx
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Additional Practice
Topic Sentence and Controling Idea.docx Topic Sentence and Controling Idea.docx
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Composing Emails Like a Pro

Theory on Writing an Email.pdf Theory on Writing an Email.pdf
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20 Phrases for Closing an Email (3. Farewell)

Click Here

Received Confirmation and Follow Up Alerts.pdf Received Confirmation and Follow Up Alerts.pdf
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Setting Up my Outlook Signature.pdf Setting Up my Outlook Signature.pdf
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Module 6: Reading Techniques

For Contents and Details, check the Course File at the bottom of this page.
The Reading Techniques you always wanted to know for reading faster and being more effective a reader.

Topic, Main Idea (Stated and Implied) and Supporting Ideas and Details

How to Find the Stated MI.docx How to Find the Stated MI.docx
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Click here for a Select Choice on Implied Main Idea. This is a warm up.

Implied MI-Compose-Planets.pdf Implied MI-Compose-Planets.pdf
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Implied MI-Compose-Carnival.pdf Implied MI-Compose-Carnival.pdf
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Implied MI-Choice - Storms.pdf Implied MI-Choice - Storms.pdf
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Implied MI-Compose - Anne-Green-Gables.pdf Implied MI-Compose - Anne-Green-Gables.pdf
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Implied MI-Compose (10 Paragraphs).pdf Implied MI-Compose (10 Paragraphs).pdf
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Theory and Various Exercises.pdf Theory and Various Exercises.pdf
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The Reading Techniques Theory Basics.pdf The Reading Techniques Theory Basics.pdf
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A word about Skimming: general sense of the text [ gist ] and Main Idea [central message]

Description of Skimming

Skimming is used to obtain the gist (the overall sense) of a piece of text. E.g. Use skimming to get the gist of a page of a textbook to decide whether it is useful and should therefore be read more slowly and in more detail, of if, on the contrary, it's really not relevant.


(1) Read the title, subtitles and subheading to find out what the text is about.
(2) Look at the illustrations to give you additional information about the topic.
(3) Read the first and last sentence of each paragraph.
(4) Don't read every word or every sentence. Let you eyes run over the text, taking key words.
(5) Continue to think and meditate about the meaning of the text.

When to Use It

(1) When one needs to know the overall sense or the main ideas of a text.
(2) When there are large amounts of reading and limited time to review it in detail .
(3) When one is seeking overall message rather than reading for comprehension or pleasure.
(4) When it's necessary to find out if a book should be read at all or in more detail.
(5) When one needs to know if a text may be relevant in one’s research.

Click here for practice on skimming.

A word about Scanning: imagine you are a hunting dog sniffing for your prey. When you scan, you're looking for a specific piece of information detail.

Description of Scanning

Scanning is a fast reading technique. It's a way of reading to look for specific information in a text. Scanning can be used to look up a phone number, read through the small ads in a newspaper, or for browsing TV schedules, timetables, lists, catalogs or web pages for information. For these tasks you don't need to read or understand every word.

Scanning is often confused with skimming, but is in fact a distinct reading strategy involving rapid but focused reading of text, in order to locate specific information, e.g. looking for particular details such as dates, names, or certain types of words. It is processing text at a high speed while looking for answers to specific questions. When you scan, you must begin with a specific question which has a specific answer. Scanning for information in this way should be both fast and accurate. For example, if you need to know the hospital's phone number in an emergency: you scan for numbers in two groups of four numbers each. If you need to find in a text someone's birth date: you scan for month+number. One more: if you need to buy the ingredients for the recipe, your eyes run to the word Ingredients. And there they are. 

Types of materials appropriate for scanning:

  • Simple: lists, dictionaries, phone directory, tables, signs, classified ads.
  • Less Simple: yellow pages, Bibliographies, tables of contents, indexes, websites.
  • Complex: continuous prose - documents, articles, books, long descriptions.
How to use it
  1. Start at the beginning of the passage.
  2. Move your eyes quickly over each line, looking for key words related to the information you want to find.
  3. Stop scanning and begin reading as soon as you find any of the key words you're looking for to confirm the relevance of that line.
When to use it
  1. When one needs to find a particular or specific piece of information.
  2. When one only needs to extract specific details from a text.
  3. When studying or looking to find specific information from a book or article quickly as there is not always time to read every word.
    • For example:
      • The "What's on TV" section of your newspaper.
      • Departure times in a train/airplane schedule
      • Topics of the exam in a content list
      • Homework hand in and midterm exam dates/time in a calendar.
  1. Don't try to read every word. Instead, let your eyes move quickly across the page until you find what you are looking for.
  2. Use clues on the page, such as headings and titles, to help you.
  3. In a dictionary or phone book, use the 'header' words to help you scan. You can find these in bold type at the top of each page.
  4. If you are reading for study, start by thinking up or writing down some questions that you want to answer (Pre/reading technique here!!). Doing this can focus your mind and help you find the facts or information that you need more easily.
  5. Many texts use A-Z order. These include everyday materials such as the phone book and indexes to books and catalogues.
  6. There are many ways to practice scanning skills. Try looking up a favorite recipe in the index of a cookbook, search for a plumber in your local Yellow Pages, or scan web pages on the Internet to find specific information.
Reading Comprehension

Some Main Strategies for Reading Comprehension

  1. Identify your purpose in reading a text.
  2. Apply spelling rules and conventions for bottom-up decoding.
  3. Use lexical analysis (prefixes, roots, suffixes, etc.) to determine meaning.
  4. Guess at meaning (of words, idioms, etc.) when you aren’t certain.
  5. Skim the text for the gist and for main ideas.
  6. Scan the text for specific information (names, dates, key words).
  7. Use silent reading techniques for rapid processing.
  8. Use marginal notes, outlines, charts, or semantic maps to understand and retain info.
  9. Distinguish between literal and implied meanings.
  10. Capitalize on discourse markers to process relationships.

Module 7: Reading Comprehension

For Contents and Details, check the Course File at the bottom of this page.

What is the topic of the text? 

What is the main Idea?

Put it simply, Topic: what the text is about, the Main Idea is the point of the text, in other words, what is said about the topic. The message, the essence... the juice...

Theory Finding the Main Idea.docx Theory Finding the Main Idea.docx
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01. Exercises on MI.pdf 01. Exercises on MI.pdf
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02. Exercises Implied Main-Idea.docx 02. Exercises Implied Main-Idea.docx
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There are 6 major text types:

  1. Narrative: where a story is told. It uses sequence and order to narrate. It includes any type of writing that relates a series of events and includes both fiction (novels, short stories, poems) and nonfiction (memoirs, biographies, news stories). 
  2. Descriptive: where a description is made, Colors, shapes, places are used. Descriptive Text is a text which says what a person or a thing is like. Its purpose is to describe and reveal a particular person, place, or thing. ... Most descriptive text is about visual experience, but in fact experience other than the sense of sight, we can also use it to make descriptive text.
  3. Directive: where directions are given. Imperative mode is very common here. They also describe the plans to be done in the future as a way of guideline. Basically they tell you what to do or what you or others will do. 
  4. Expository: where concepts and ideas are presented. Proposals are normal here. This is a type of informational text that provides factual information about a topic using a clear, non-narrative organizational structure with a major topic and supporting information. Expository texts can include topics such as historical, scientific or economic information. The basically present information. 
  5. Argumentative: where reasons are given to convince to do something (like buying a product) or change your mind. In an argumentative text you discuss a subject or a problem, often with no obvious solutions. In this type of text you should discuss the topic from different angles, compare and contrast, and give your own opinions as arguments.
  6. Cause-Effect: Where something is explained and the effects it causes. 
The .pdf file in the pink bubble at your left explains types 1 to 5. The four .jpg files to your right are the material explaining Cause-Effect texts. 
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Practice for Midterm Exam #1 on May 14th
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Assignment #1
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The Arcadians Questions.jpg The Arcadians Questions.jpg
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Assignment #2 

The Atlantic Coastal Plain

acprc.pdf acprc.pdf
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Module 5: Pronunciation II
Document to complement your understanding of The Help, a movie portraying the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi. 
The Help.docx The Help.docx
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Practice for Midterm II
IPA to English Transcription
Practice MT2 Pronu II ONLY IPA.pdf Practice MT2 Pronu II ONLY IPA.pdf
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Vocabulary on Consonants
Points and Forms of Articulation.docx Points and Forms of Articulation.docx
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Points and Forms of Articulation.pdf Points and Forms of Articulation.pdf
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Module 4: Pronunciation I

Transcription Exercises
Transcribing to and from IPA. Reading aloud from IPA.
IPA Practice.docx IPA Practice.docx
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gr.phonetics.pdf gr.phonetics.pdf
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Words to IPA.docx Words to IPA.docx
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Song sound to IPA.docx Song sound to IPA.docx
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Full-size image here  > > >
The Vocal Apparatus Labeled.jpg The Vocal Apparatus Labeled.jpg
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Image for practice (no labels)
B&W to label.jpg B&W to label.jpg
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The Respiratory System: 
What happens when we breathe?

How does it work...?

Vocal Cords

What Are Vocal Cords?
Steven Tyler's Vocal Folds

Module 3: High Basic

Ordering at a Restaurant - ESL Students

Watch the video and answer the questionnaire.
Ordering in a Restaurant Video.docx Ordering in a Restaurant Video.docx
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Complementary: Defining Personal Space in the US
(for Quiz on Fri 26th)
Etiquette Rules in Personal Space.pdf Etiquette Rules in Personal Space.pdf
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Body Language and Gestures in American English
Quiz on Friday, Feb 26th
Body Language and Gestures.pdf Body Language and Gestures.pdf
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1. La falacia etimológica
2. Agramaticalidad en los teclados predictivos
De gramatica y etimologia.pdf De gramatica y etimologia.pdf
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Practice Materials on Feb 3-7 contents
Short Answers
Tag Questions
Agree or Disagree
So, Too, either, neither
 So, too, either, neither

(Examples and Exercises)

Exercise on So, Too, neither, either.docx Exercise on So, Too, neither, either.docx
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Preparation Exercise
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preffixes-suffixes.png preffixes-suffixes.png
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Everything You Need To Know About Affixes.docx Everything You Need To Know About Affixes.docx
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prefixes_suffixes.pdf prefixes_suffixes.pdf
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Affixes in Vocabulary building.pdf Affixes in Vocabulary building.pdf
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Modal Auxiliary Verbs
What are modal auxiliaries (1).docx What are modal auxiliaries (1).docx
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All_Modals_Explained_Revised.pptx All_Modals_Explained_Revised.pptx
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Compound Adjectives
( Two-word Adjectives )
Using Hyphens in Compound Adjectives.docx Using Hyphens in Compound Adjectives.docx
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Linking Words
Linking words list.jpg Linking words list.jpg
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25 Tongue-twisters.docx 25 Tongue-twisters.docx
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Participle Adjectives - 2 Lists
Participle Adjectives.docx Participle Adjectives.docx
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Exercise on Aarticiple-Adjectives.jpg Exercise on Aarticiple-Adjectives.jpg
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Syntax - Parts of the Speech
Parts of Speech.pptx Parts of Speech.pptx
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participle_adjectives_short_list.pdf participle_adjectives_short_list.pdf
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participle_adjectives_long_list.pdf participle_adjectives_long_list.pdf
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Based on the theory above*
The origin of the name Bluetooth.pdf The origin of the name Bluetooth.pdf
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The origin of the name Bluetooth.pdf The origin of the name Bluetooth.pdf
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Module II: Basic English
Understanding the Differences Between Future Tenses
The difference between Futures.docx The difference between Futures.docx
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Modal Auxiliary Verbs
What are modal auxiliaries.docx What are modal auxiliaries.docx
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All_Modals_Explained_Revised.pptx All_Modals_Explained_Revised.pptx
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Answers to the Listening Exam
Reading: Read this passage and answer the questions. 
Abbu and the Pot.pdf Abbu and the Pot.pdf
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Abbu and the Pot.docx Abbu and the Pot.docx
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Simple Past
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Click on these links for practice online
Used to
Used to.docx Used to.docx
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Click here for Practice
Module I: English for Beginners
Comparatives and Superlatives
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Recipes from Costa Rica 
RECIPES from CR.docx RECIPES from CR.docx
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Tuna dip.docx Tuna dip.docx
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Lemon Pie.docx Lemon Pie.docx
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CAN Modal Auxiliary Verbs.docx CAN Modal Auxiliary Verbs.docx
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Vocabulary of the City
(from Florencia Town by Students in Class on Sept 13th)
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Vo_City.xlsx Vo_City.xlsx
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Parts of the House
The Individual Image Files >>>>>
Parts of the house.rar Parts of the house.rar
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Seasons.pptx Seasons.pptx
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professions.png professions.png
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Parts of the House
(Click on the image to download the Digital Book.)
The Family
Arbol genealógico - Family Tree.pptx Arbol genealógico - Family Tree.pptx
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Family Tree (Full) --REVISED--.jpg Family Tree (Full) --REVISED--.jpg
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Additional Practice for the Midterm Exam of September 4th, 2019
Click on the names to access the exercises
Simple Present
(Lists of Links to Select From)
Greetings and Farewells
greetings.xlsx greetings.xlsx
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Possessive Case
Possessive Case (Spa-revised).docx Possessive Case (Spa-revised).docx
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Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of Frequency.docx Adverbs of Frequency.docx
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Countries and Nationalities
Interchange_I_appendix.jpg Interchange_I_appendix.jpg
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Table of verbs (FULL).xls Table of verbs (FULL).xls
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Interchange Verb List (Appendix).jpg Interchange Verb List (Appendix).jpg
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Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Clocks for time practice.docx Clocks for time practice.docx
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Simple Present
Jimmy's Agenda (SP).xlsx Jimmy's Agenda (SP).xlsx
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Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
Days and Months
Days & Months PRONU.xlsx Days & Months PRONU.xlsx
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Monday, August 26th, 2019
The Alphabet (The ABC)
ABC_pronu_AS-IN.xlsx ABC_pronu_AS-IN.xlsx
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A as in.png A as in.png
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Simple Present Basics
Simple Present Basics ESPAÑOL.doc Simple Present Basics ESPAÑOL.doc
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Simple Present Basics.doc Simple Present Basics.doc
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Dawyne Johnson.docx Dawyne Johnson.docx
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Dawyne Johnson.pdf Dawyne Johnson.pdf
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Saying Dates and Numbers.pptx Saying Dates and Numbers.pptx
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Ordinal-Cardinal Numbers.xlsx Ordinal-Cardinal Numbers.xlsx
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table of pronouns.png table of pronouns.png
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Table of Pronouns.xlsx Table of Pronouns.xlsx
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Exercises on Pronouns
Exercise 2 on Subject Pronouns (Select from list.)