International EFL Cafe Circa 2003-2007


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Content is from the site's 2004 - 2007 archived pages.

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International EFL Cafe  
 
English as a Foreign Language
 

                         

 

 
The coolest English language site on the Internet
 
Knowledge is the key to success in a global environment - Howard Steven Hayman

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Meet the team

Howie Hayman  Cafe owner and designer
Akiko Iwamoto  Cafe promotion - Japan
Rie Fukumoto  Cafe translation - Japanese
Chiaki Kamimoto  Cafe translation - Japanese
Wei Chueh Chiu  Cafe translation - Chinese

Cafe contributors
Rob Shaffer  American Language Institute of San Diego State University
Annisa Outeldait French translation
Chris Baker Computer and technical support

More information on:
Howie Hayman
Education

B.S. degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate from San Diego State University.
A.A. degree in Japanese studies from Grossmont College in San Diego, California 
Certificate in Japanese studies from Grossmont College in San Diego, California.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate from the American Language Institute of San Diego State University.
Member of TESOL, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Member of TESOL, special interest group English as a Foreign Language.

Experience
I have more than 8 years experience teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language to non-native speakers both individually and in small groups. I spent most of 2003 working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at the American Language Institute (ALI) of San Diego State University. I taught conversational English, pronunciation and business English. In addition, I have traveled to many countries and have had the fortunate opportunity to experience a variety of cultures while teaching English to International students. I am currently writing three books and teaching English conversation classes in the Nara prefecture of Japan. I am continuously updating the International EFL Cafe in order to make it the best International English cafe on the Internet.

Focus of the cafe
The focus of the International EFL Cafe is American English. Right or wrong, this has become the standard of English taught in many language schools around the world. I am half American and half Canadian, however, I have lived mostly in the United States. I am familiar with American English grammar rules, idioms, slang, reductions and vocabulary.

Message
I have studied several foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, French and Spanish. Having been a non-native speaker in each of these languages, I know how frustrating learning a language can be. That is the reason I created the International EFL Cafe. I wanted to make a place where people from all over the world could come and learn English at any time. Please accept my invitation to use this site and experience the enjoyment and satisfaction learning a language can bring. If you have comments concerning this site or have something you would like to see in the future, please let me know. Thanks for visiting the International EFL Cafe.

Akiko Iwamoto
Hi. My name is Akiko. My friends call me the boss.
I am from a small town in Nara.
I have traveled to many countries, including the United States.

Rie Fukumoto
Hi. My name is Rie and my friends call me....ummmm....Rie. Actually they call me Riechan.
I am originally from Nara, Japan but I have spent the last few years living in San Diego, California.
I translate cafe email from Japanese to English and from English to Japanese.
No problem now that I am like a native English speaker. hehe

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AN ASIDE: I ran across this site in 2004 when I was in Japan as an exchange student and was asked by some of my Japanese friends to help them with their English. The International EFL Cafe "lessons" were really helpful in organizing my teaching approach. I wasn't really into teaching slang usage, but I did explain the use of idioms and I spent some hilarious lessons teaching them. However I mainly worked with my friends (students) teaching traditional English usage. Slang would have to wait.


Jump ahead to 2020. I am sheltering in place in NYC with my wife and school age kids. The public schools have opened this fall but we decided to have them go to school remotely. Over the summer my wife and I alternated working on math and reading / writing with our 10 and 12 year olds. We both are lucky to be able to stay at home, but it is challenging working remotely and overseeing and augmenting the kids' remote schooling. There aren't enough hours in the day. Today for instance my boss tasked me with finding a local New York SEO company that had expertise in social media. The company has it' own webmaster / seo person, but we really needed a social media / google ads expert. I now have a list of SEO firms that I have whittled down to a half a dozen. My favorite is SEO Zen NYC. They are a small boutique SEO company who works with small to medium companies. One of the partners is touted as a social media specialist.

I hear the timer go off. I am now up to work with the kids on their reading comprehension. I take off my remote working hat and put on the teaching cap. We are reading about the American election process and how our government transitions after an election when the opposite party takes over the reins of the government. A bit heavy, but I think my kids will be able to grasp the basics. They are very concerned that President Trump won't leave the White House. I hope my "lesson" today will help assuage their concerns.

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March 14, 2004
This weeks quiz

Reading comprehension

Read the article and then answer the questions

The U.S. flag has undergone many changes since the first official flag of 1777. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which said that the flag would be made up of thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on a blue field. Stars have been added to the flag as new states join the union. Currently, the flag contains 50 stars. Ever wonder why the flag is red, white, and blue? While the flag's colors did not have a specific meaning at the time, the colors were significant for the Great Seal of 1782.
White: Signifies purity and innocence
Red: Signifies valor and bravery
Blue: Signifies Vigilance, perseverance, and justice
 
Why stars and stripes? Stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.

1.  The first official flag of the United States was in the year ________?
2.  The Flag Act said that the flag would have thirteen alternating red and white ________?    
3.  The Flag Act said that the flag would have thirteen white stars on a ________?        
4.  Stars are added to the flag when new states join the ________?         
5.  The current United States flag has 50 ________?          
6.  The white stripes and stars on the flag represent ________?   
7.  The red stripes on the flag represent ________?           
8.  The blue field on the flag represents perseverance, justice, and ________?   
9.  Stars are considered to be a symbol of the ________? 
10.  Stripes are considered to be a symbol of the ________ emanating from the sun?

TYPICAL LESSON PLANS

Grammar

Adjective
Attributive, predicative, comparative, superlative    
Adverb
Manner, place or location, time, degree
Article
Definite, indefinite
Conjunction
Coordinate, subordinate, correlative
 Modifier
Modifier order
 Phrasal verb
Verbs containing a verb and a particle
 Modal verb
Express possibility, intention, obligation and necessity

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Sentences

Subject/Verb agreement
Questions

1.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  We was very happy to see them again.
b.  We were very happy to see them again.

2.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  She like eating sushi.
b.  She likes eating sushi.

3.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  They are really interested in studying English grammar.
b.  They is really interested in studying English grammar.

4.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  The people who live in the blue house are having a really noisy party.
b.  The people who live in the blue house is having a really noisy party.

5.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  Her friends and John is going on vacation this weekend.
b.  Her friends and John are going on vacation this weekend.

6.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  Talking to friends is useful when you have a personal problem.
b.  Talking to friends are useful when you have a personal problem.

7.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  Most of my luggage is red.
b.  Most of my luggage are red.

8.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  I has been planning to go to Japan for a long time.
b.  I have been planning to go to Japan for a long time.

9.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  Everyone who came to the party is important to me.
b.  Everyone who came to the party are important to me.

10.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  They were very angry when they heard about the pay cut.
b.  They was very angry when they heard about the pay cut.

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Sentences
Verb Tense/Aspect

1.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  John was knowing the answer, so he raised his hand.
b.  John knew the answer, so he raised his hand.

2.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  My friend had already been cooking dinner when I arrived.
b.  My friend had already cooked dinner when I arrived.

3.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  Did you find your car keys?
b.  Did you found your car keys?

4.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  Last year, I traveled to New York.
b.  Last year, I have traveled to New York.

5.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  John and Joan have been going to the park three times so far this week.
b.  John and Joan have gone to the park three times so far this week.

6.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  John is having a new car.
b.  John has a new car.

7.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  The teacher comes to the class on time.
b.  The teacher is coming to the class on time.

8.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  John has known Joan for many years.
b.  John has been knowing Joan for many years.

9.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  It rains outside. We should close the windows.
b.  It is raining outside. We should close the windows.

10.  Pick the correct sentence from the following pair of sentences.
a.  I have read that book several times.
b.  I have been reading that book several times.

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EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL HOME PAGE

Asia Relief 2004

Recent earthquakes and tsunami caused unprecedented destruction and loss in many parts of Asia and Africa.

The International EFL Cafe and visitors of the Cafe extend our deepest sympathy to those who have suffered losses due to this terrible tragedy.

News

       
 

IEFLC

    International EFL Cafe celebrates one year on the Internet
 

Events

    Events - Upcoming English language related events, and holidays - check the calendar
 

 

    News - English language news from the United States
 

Worldwide

    News - English language news from around the world
       

Cafe Information

       
 

Important

    To properly view this site, set your PC resolution to the highest setting
 

Cafe

    Meet Howie, the designer of the International EFL Cafe
 

Site Map

    Get a more detailed look at the International EFL Cafe
 

Comments

    Cool - Make a comment or read comments from other International EFL Cafe visitors
 

Newsletter

    International EFL Cafe site changes
 

Google

    The International EFL Cafe is listed in Google along with many other search engines
       

Classroom

       
 

Important

    Voice of America links require RealPlayer - Click >RealPlayer to download - FREE
 

Listening

    Voice of America - Music Mix - Internet Radio broadcast - (live)
 

Listening

    Voice of America - News & Music - Internet Radio broadcast - (live)
 

Listening

    Voice of America - News in Special English for Beginning students - (taped)
 

Listening

    Voice of America - NewsLine - Internet TV broadcast - (taped)
 

Listening

    Voice of America - This Week - Internet TV broadcast - (taped)
 

Speaking

    Speaking program - (ESP) English Sounds Pronunciation program - learn the sounds of the English language
 

Speaking

    Speaking program - (SEC) Spoken English Conversation program - learn how to use English reductions, idioms and slang
 

Reading

    Reading practice - International articles - good reading practice for beginning and intermediate students
 

Reading

    Reading practice - United States articles - good reading practice for beginning and intermediate students
 

Reading

    Reading practice - English articles - good reading practice for beginning and intermediate students
 

Reading

    Reading practice - Business articles - good reading practice for beginning and intermediate students
 

Reading

    Reading practice - Entertainment articles - good reading practice for beginning and intermediate students
 

Reading

    Reading practice - Science articles - good reading practice for beginning and intermediate students
 

Grammar

    American English - Grammar definitions
 

Vocabulary

    American English - Reductions
 

Vocabulary

    American English - Contractions
 

Vocabulary

    American English - Slang - learn some typical slang used in movies, TV, and everyday conversation
 

Vocabulary

    American English - Proverbs - learn some typical proverbs used in movies, TV, and everyday conversation
 

Vocabulary

    American English - Special English - 1,500 words you should know from Voice of America
 

Vocabulary

    American English - Basic English - the 850 words you should know

 

Students

       
 

Quiz

    Quizzes - good TOEFL and TOEIC practice
 

Study abroad

    Basic information about studying in the United States
 

Study abroad

    Detailed information about studying in the United States
 

    A few study tips for learning English
 

Mystery

    Mystery of the mind - check this out, it's really cool
       

Teachers

       
 

new

    English teaching jobs jobs jobs worldwide - current English teaching jobs in 25 countries
 

Schools new

    English language schools worldwide - more than 900 schools in 51 countries
 

Agencies new

    English teaching employment agencies worldwide - more than 70 agencies in 16 countries
 

Education

    Education information for ESL, EFL teachers
 

Miscellaneous

    Miscellaneous topics for ESL, EFL teachers
 

TEFL

    Teaching English as a Foreign Language - teacher training program at the American Language Institute
 

 

   

English

       
 

Comedy

    Definitions of different types of comedy and lots of funny jokes
 

English

    General information about the English language
 

Pronunciation

    Accents, pronunciation and speaking information
 

Words

    Basic English, loanwords and unusual words

 

EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE SITE OFFERED:

 

Reductions

 

Reduced forms of English word groups

 

Speaking spoken English conversation

Reductions

Word group

Reduction

Mr. Bookman

Mr. Bookman

 

Standard English

Joe College

Joe College

 

Spoken reduction

what + is + up

whassup

Hey, what is up?

Hey, whassup?

word + me

gimme

Please give me the book.

Please gimme the book.

lemme

Please let me go with you.

Please lemme go with you.

word + you

betcha

Bet you can't eat just one.

Betcha can't eat just one.

jya

Did you go to class today?

Jya go to class today?

doncha

Don't you think that exam was hard.

Doncha think that exam was hard.

getcha

I'm planning to get you some new clothes.

I'm planning to getcha some new clothes.

gotcha

I already got you some new clothes.

I already gotcha some new clothes.

wancha

want you to do your homework.

wancha to do your homework.

waddaya

What are you doing tonight?

Waddaya doing tonight?

waddaya

What do you think of this restaurant?

Waddaya think of this restaurant?

word + have

coulda

could have eaten one more donut.

coulda eaten one more donut.

mighta

might have gone to the party if she wasn't going.

mighta gone to the party if she wasn't going.

musta

She must have been really tired after working so many hours.

She musta been really tired after working so many hours.

shoulda

You really should have come with us.

You really shoulda come with us.

woulda

would have come if I wasn't working.

woulda come if I wasn't working.

word + of

kinda

kind of like eating at restaurants.

kinda like eating at restaurants.

kindsa

What kinds of food do you usually eat at restaurants.

What kindsa food do you usually eat at restaurants.

lotsa

I plan on eating lots of food at the buffet.

I plan on eating lotsa food at the buffet.

lotta

There was a lot of food at the buffet.

There was a lotta food at the buffet.

outta

Hey, let's get out of here.

Hey, let's get outta here.

word + to

gonna

I'm going to have to work every day next week.

I'm gonna have to work every day next week.

gotta

got to get up early to go work.

gotta get up early to go work.

hafta

have to work overtime tonight.

hafta work overtime tonight.

hasta

She has to work more than the manager.

She hasta work more than the manager.

oughta

You ought to find a better job.

You oughta find a better job.

wanna

I really want to find a better job.

I really wanna find a better job.

word + know

donno

I really don't know the answer to the question.

I really donno the answer to the question.

dunno

I really don't know the answer to the question.

I really dunno the answer to the question.


 

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