Answer key: Brookline Student Starts ESL Community

Lesson Plan: Brookline Student Starts An ESL Global Community 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. khaki | ˈkakē |noun (plural khakis) a textile fabric of a dull brownish-yellow color, in particular a strong cotton fabric used in military clothing.
  2. universal | ˌyo͞onəˈvərs(ə)l |adjective of, affecting, or done by all people or things in the world or in a particular group; applicable to all cases: universal adult suffrage | the incidents caused universal concern.
  3. nerve-rack·ing | ˈnərv ˌrakiNG | (also nerve-wracking) adjective causing stress or anxiety: his driving test was a nerve-racking ordeal.
  4. friend | frend |noun a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection: she’s a friend of mine | we were close friends.
  5. freshman | ˈfreSHmən |noun (plural freshmen) mainly North American a first-year student at a university, college, or high school: we invited the freshmen | [as modifier] : a freshman second baseman.
  6. Thailand | ˈtīˌland |a kingdom in Southeast Asia, on the Gulf of Thailand; population 68,000,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Bangkok; language, Thai (official). Former name (until 1939) Siam.
  7. junior ˈjo͞onyər | adjective North American of or for students in the third year of a course lasting four years in college or high school: his junior year in college.
  8. immigrate | ˈiməˌɡrāt |verb [no object] mainly North American; to come to live permanently in a foreign country: the Mennonites immigrated to western Canada in the 1870s.
  9. referred | rəˈfər |verb (refers, referring, referred) [with object] (refer someone to) direct the attention of someone to: I refer my colleague to the reply that I gave some moments ago.
  10. adopt | əˈdäpt |verb [with object] 1 legally take (another’s child) and bring it up as one’s own: there are many people eager to adopt a baby.


Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Language Virtual does not adhere to a specific teaching style. They have lesson plans around storybooks like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” There are exercises around family, food, and animals. And there is room for teachers to cater curriculums to students.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

Lin began to reach out to friends at school and friends around the world who moved away, too. They could be teachers to their peers wanting to learn English.

She created a website, Language Virtual, and put out a sign-up sheet. That first year, there would be three students and three teachers.