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This class is no longer held. You may find some information below of interest.


Here are some confusing pairs of words. Can you write a good sentence for each one? Write one sentence (10 words) for each word in the pair. We will correct and share sentences after a few minutes practice.













Collective Nouns
May 14, 2004

Subject-verb agreements cause a lot of difficulty. REMEMBER: A verb must agree in number with its subject.

Collective nouns are singular when we think of them as groups and plural when we think of the individuals acting within the whole (sometimes, but not often).


 A Table of SINGULAR Collective Nouns
































Some Examples of Individuals Acting Within the Whole (Plural)

*We say of eggs: "A dozen is probably not enough." BUT for friends:, "A dozen are coming over this afternoon." (a dozenindividuals, therefore PLURAL)


The jury delivers its verdict. BUT we say: The jury came in and took their seats. (a dozen individuals, therefore PLURAL)

 Practice Sentences:

Write 10 practice sentences using singular collective nouns from the table. Use at least 10 words in each sentence you write. Use AND or BUT in 2 of the 10 sentences.

 Your teacher will help you to correct your sentences.



WORD LIST for Confusing Word Pairs (May 7, 2004 class)

emigrate, fewer, good, immigrate, its, lay, lead, led, less, lie, loose, lose, passed, past, weather, whether, Who's, whose


English Skills 3B-C 
February 6, 2004

Name six common punctuation marks.

Write one sentence to demonstrate each punctuation mark you know.


English Skills 3B-C 
Idioms using the Word “Head” 
January 23 and 30, 2004

In English, a number of idioms use the word “head.” Try to write a sentence for each of the idioms below. After the class has tried each one, the teacher will explain the correct use. See example sentences. The second week, each student will write sentences that show the correct use.

to head up (verb)


a heads up (noun)


a head start (noun)


to head off (verb; two meanings)


to head out; to head in (verb)


a head-on _______ (adjective)


to be head over heals (adjective)


a head hunter (noun)




 Worksheets from Fall 2003 Term

English Skills 3B-C 
November 7, 2003

What are FANBOYS?

They are For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So, the CONJUNCTIONS. They join two sentences (clauses) into one COMPOUND sentence. Learn and use them well. The certificate test requires you to know conjunctions and how to use them to join two sentences.

How do we make sentences with FANBOYS?

For (meaning “because”)

And (to join two equal ideas)

Nor (using question word order after “nor”)

But (to show a contrast)

Or (each idea is acceptable)

Yet (another way to say “but” or “however”)

So (the result of an action or idea)



Hallowe’en Sentence Writing 
October 31, 2003


Today, as you know, is Hallowe’en. In order to celebrate, we will write some good sentences using Hallowe’en adjectives, nouns, and verbs. Also, we will review writing good compound sentences.

Adjectives, Verbs, and Nouns for Hallowe'en Writing

Adjectives: Scary, horrible, terrible, haunted, loud, tricky . . . .

Verbs: Carve, scrape, scream, shriek, moan . . . .

Nouns: Ghosts, goblins, witches, treats . . . .

Can you think of more good adjectives, verbs or nouns?


Write a good compound sentence using the conjunction “and.”

Write a good compound sentence using the conjunction “so.”

Write a good compound sentence using the conjunction “but.”

Write a good compound sentence using the conjunction “for.”


September 26 Class Discussion on Water Conservation

Today, we will spend a short time discussing, in small groups, our answers to the following four questions. After the discussion, the teacher will record your answers and help with the vocabulary you need to work with this topic.

1. Why do Lower Mainland (Vancouver) people need to worry about saving water this fall? Write an answer in one or two full sentences.

2. Where do the people here get their water? Answer in a full sentence.

3. Name three ways people can conserve (save) water in their homes. Write each way in a full sentence.

4. What, in your group’s opinion, is the best way for us to prevent future water supply problems in our cities?


English Skills Notes Page for January to June, 2003

This term was a "dog's breakfast" of different topics, depending on student needs and your teacher. Be sure to visit the pages below to learn from our previous term's study of idiomatic English! (A "dog's breakfast" is something mixed up and varied!)

English Skills Notes Page for September to November, 2002

Worksheet on Exercise Vocabulary (September 27, 2002)

January through May, 2002
(Learning Idiomatic English)

This term, we will work on idiomatic English through reading, writing, and oral work. 

English Skills Notes Page (full notes and explanations for idioms discussed in class)

Quizzes on Idiomatic English

The Eyes Pop Out, The Ear Plays; The Nose Leads

Nine Idioms

Wrap Your Head Around This!