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CASAS Practice Advance ESL

Child Abuse - Child Molesting

1. Video 1- Discussion

2. Video 2- Trial Statement

3. Video 3- Investigation

Holiday Reading- Listening

ESL Movies

ESL Interactive Games

ESL Listening


Gerund vs. Infinitive

Direct vs. Indirect Speech


Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5 - links to other

Exercise 6- Reading and Answering Questions

Video- Listening and Speaking activity



Grammar Exercises- NOUNS

Exercise #1 - Count vs. Non Count Nouns

Exercise #2 - Count vs. Non Count Nouns

Exercise #3  - Regular vs. Irregular Plural Nouns

Exercise #4 - Plural vs. Singular Nouns

Grammar Exercises- ARTICLES

Exercise #1 -

Exercise #2 -

Exercise #3 -  Definite Article "THE" or zero article

Exercise #4 -

Exercise #5 - Definite Article "THE" or zero article

Exercise #6 - Definite Article "THE" or zero article

Exercise #7- Articles with Geographical names

Exercise #8 Articles with uncount nouns

Exercise #9 - Definite Article "THE" or zero article with geographical names

Grammar Review


Adjective Clauses


Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Exercise 6

Exercise 7

Exercise 8

Exercise 9

Exercise 10

Test #1

Test #2

Test #3

Test #4

Conjunctive Adverbs


Exercise 1

Exercise 2


Coordination conjuction 1

Coordination Conjuction 2

Coordination Conjuction 3 - easy

Coordination Conjuction 4

Subordination Conjuction 1-  easy

Subordination Conjuction 2

Subordination Conjuction 3

Subordination Conjuction 4

Correlative Conjuction 1

Correlative Conjuction 2

Comprehensive 1

Phrasal Verbs

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3 ***

Exercise 4 ***

Exercise 5 ***

Exercise 6 ***

Exercise 7 ***

Exercise 8

Exercise 9

Exercise 10

Exercise 11

Exercise 12

Exercise 13

Exercise 14

Exercise 15




Exercise 1-10

Articles- Beginning to Advance

Sentence vs. Runs-On

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4 - comma splices

Exercise 5 - comma splices

Exercise 6


Sentence vs. Fragment

Exercise 1

Excercise 1B

Exercise 1C

Exercise 1D

Exercise 2

Exercise 3


Quotation Mark Exercises


Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Exercise 6 - Advance

Exercise 7 - Quotation with Titles 1

Exercise 8 - Quotation with Titles 2


Conditional Exercises

Conditional Explanation

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Exercise 6

Exercise 7 If vs. When

Final Test


Exercise 8



 Past Perfect vs. Past Perfect Progressive

Explanation for Past Perfect

Explanation for Past Perfect Progressive

Past Perfect Exercise 1

Past Perfect vs. Past Perfect Progressive 1

Past Participle

1. The Past Participle Practice

2. The Past Participle Practice #2

Present Pefect vs. Simple Past

3. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #1

4. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #2 : Do the exercises at the bottom of the page

5. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #3

6. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #4

Pesent Perfect vs. Present Perfect Progressive

1. Exercise #1 *-*

2. Exercise #2

3. Exercise #3

4. Exercise #4

5. Exercise #5

Passive Voice


Subject Verb Agreement

Computer Lab 09.03.2015


Welcome to Room 405

To all my dear students,

"Practice makes perfect," , and hopefully you'll have plenty of practices on this site. Take it with you wherever you go, and just an exercise a day that could make a different in your language acquisition :)


Thao Nguyen


Happy Happy Spring

Happy Happy Spring

Happy Birthday to J :)

Happy Birthday to J :)

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Halloween 2015


19.6 Immigrant Rights

Task 2- Inquire about fees


  1. Greet and identify self
  2. State the reason for the call
  3. Explain the problem
  4. State the immigrant rights involved in this problem
  5. Give some information to the problem (answer examiner questions)
  6. Ask if the agency has helped others with that kind of problem
  7. Clarification question
  8. Ask about the fees
  9. Clarification question
  10. Make an appointment to come into the office
  11. Clarification question
  12. Close conversation




Sample #1

Teacher: Asian Law Alliance. Can I help you?

Student: (1) Hi, my name is Clara. (2) I need help with my green card.

Teacher: What is the problem with your green card?

Student: (3) I need to apply for a new green card because I lost it. What should I do first? (4) I am a permanent resident in the United States.

Teacher: I see. When did you lose your card?

Student (5) I lost my wallet today, and my green card is in the wallet. I already reported to the police.

Teacher: Do you have a copy of the green card?

Student: Yes, I do. (6) Have you helped anyone with situation like mine before?

Teacher: Yes, we have helped many others to get a new green card, but you need to pay for a fee.

Student: (7) Did you say I need to pay for a fee?

Teacher: Yes.

Student: (8) How much is the fee for a new green card?

Teacher: There is no fee for our service, but the USCIS charges $590 to apply for a replacement of a green card.

Student: (10) Did you say $590? That’s a lot.

Teacher: Yes, unfortunately. That is the cost. Do you still want us to help you?

Student: Yes, please.  I must get a new green card. When can I come into your office?

Teacher: Are you available on Tuesday at 1:00 PM?

Student (11)- Tuesday at 1:00 PM? Sure, I’m available.

Teacher: That’s good. Let’s talk more on Tuesday. Please bring in all of your documents.

Student: (12) Thank you so much for your help. I’ll see you Tuesday.

Teacher: Yes, I’ll see you Tuesday. Bye

Student: Bye

Immigrant Resources

Writing Assignments for 4th Quarter

1. Write a professional email

2. Write a memo

3. Write a biography

4. Write a narrative story

5. Write a persuasive paragraph

6. Write a complaint letter

7. Write a report

8. Write a resume

9. Write a cover letter

10. Other

Sample Professional email to teacher

                                                                                        April 8, 2016

Dear Ms. Thao:


My name is ABC. I'm a student in your Level 3 class. I'd like to recommend my friend, Mrs. Y to your class. Mrs. Y is my neighbor, and she has only been in America for 2 months. She is from Brazil. She likes to learn more English so she can find a job later. If you can help my neighbor, please call her at


Thank you very much for your help,






Unit 8- Chapter 1- Gadgets for Work and Play

  1. Gadget (n): a small tool or machine that makes a particular job easier
    1. Ex:  Another thing that makes people happy is to reward them with technology gadget.
  2. Technology (n): a combination for all the knowledge, equipment, method that is used in scientific or industrial work
    1. Older people have difficulty understanding modern technology.
  3. Pager (n): a device used to contact someone quickly with an electronic signal
    1. The doctor wears his pager on his belt so the hospital can reach him.
  4. Wireless (n): a person, room or thing that is wireless has no hidden piece of recording equipment attached to him, her or it
    1. We have wireless connection at our school.
  5. Instant (adj) very fast, immediate
    1. We can’t give instant answers to such difficult questions.
  6. Surf the web (phrase)- using the Internet
    1. I’m going to surf the Internet for the cost of cellular phones.
  7. Digital (adj)- using a system in which information is represented  in the form of changing electrical signal
    1. It’s a digital recording of the concert.
  8. Download (v)- to move information or programs from a computer network to your computer
    1. The software can be downloaded from the Internet.
  9. Take notes( verb phrase)- write down some information on the notebook
    1. We have to take notes when we are studying.
  10. Distract (v)- to do something that takes someone’s attention away from what she’s doing
    1. Don’t distract my attention. I’m trying to study.
    4. Unit 8- Chapter 2- History of the Internet
    5. Communicate (verb)- to exchange information or conversation with other people using words, signs or writing.
      1. We communicate mostly by email.
    6. Without (adv) not having ( a particular thing)
      1. I can’t see anything without my glasses.
    7. In order to (phrase)-  as a means to
      1. He slouched into his seat in order to void drawing attention to himself.
    8. Scientist (noun)- someone who works in science
      1. My husband is a scientist.
      2. Nadia is a scientist; she observes animals and is an expert in biology and geology.
    9. Browser (noun) a computer program that lets you find and use information on the Internet
      1. We often use Google Chrome as a browser when we need to find information on the Internet.
    10. Progress (noun) advancement, movement toward a goal
      1. Progress is being made in building a new highway around the city.
    11. Common (adjective) happening often to many people  or in many places
      1. It isn’t a rare bird; it’s a common bird.
    12. Creation (noun) something that has been created
      1. This house is my own creation.
    13. Link (verb) a word or picture on a website or computer document that will take you to another page or document
      1. You can click on the link to go to my website.
    14. Possible (adjective) capable of existing, happening or being done
      1. Is it possible to get there by bus?
    15. Server (noun) the part of computer that stores and serve information on command
      1. Does anybody here know how to set up a web server?
    16. Successfully (adv) doing well, with success
      1. I successfully pass my test.
    17. Scientists in NASA reports that there is life on Mars.

      The server was down. I couldn’t go on line to turn in my test.

      Which browser do you use when you surf the Internet?

      The creation of the Internet is the best technology of the 20thh century.

      Is it possible for babies to walk when they are 5 months old?

      How is the progress in the building of a 12 floors towel in Milpitas?

      The police successfully rescued the missing boy from the lion.

      People cannot live without water.

      Don’t click on bad link if you don’t want to have viruses on your computer.

      Green tea is a very common flavor in cooking.

      I need a tall ladder in order to fix my roof.

      Nowadays, people use social media like Facebook to communicate with their friends.


      My teacher prefers to communicate with her students via email.

      The creation of Jurassic Park helps us to understand more about dinosaurs.

      My teacher said that I made a big progress in learning English.

      I open my browser several times but it still freezes.

      Google makes it possible to drive a car for a handicapped person to drive a car.

      He successfully passed the interview to get the job.

      At my school, we have two different servers: one for students and one for teachers.

      I cannot do my homework without the book.

      In order to find the dog, we need to know where it usually goes.

      The link that you’ve sent me didn’t work. I cannot open the webpage.

      Scientists said that whales are the biggest mammal on Earth.

      A common toy for children today is the Ipad.


Unit 7- Chapter 1- What’s Your Sign?

  1. Ancient (adj) very old.

In school, we studied the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

  1. Zodiac (noun)- a circular picture divided into 12 equal periods with names and signs related to the placement of stars and planets, often used in astrology.

The zodiac shows that a person born between Nov. 22 to Dec. 21 is called Sagittarius.

  1. Character (noun)- the general goodness of a person’s behavior.

He is a man of good characters.

  1. Connect (verb)- to put or join together.

I connected the TV antenna to the TV.

  1. Sign (noun)- a person’s zodiac

My sign is Aries.

  1. Adventurous (adj) exciting and slightly dangerous

An adventurous expedition to the Amazon is my dream.

  1. Foretell (v)- to say what will happen in the future especially by using special magic powers

In China, people believe the Chinese zodiac can foretell future events.

  1. Match (v)- people of things that go well together

There is a nice match between the color of his suit and his tie.

  1. Describe (v)- to explain or report in detail

The police asked me to describe the thief.

  1. Calm (v)- to become quiet after you have been angry

I separated the boys and tried to calm them down.

  1. Honest (adj)- someone who is honest does not lie, cheat or steal; not hiding the truth or the facts about something

The honest answer was that I didn’t know.

I need you to be honest with me

  1. Talkative (adj) – liking to talk a lot

Thao, my teacher, is very talkative.

Each person has several good and bad characters.

Lana is an adventurous person. She loves to travel alone to exotic places.

People in the ancient time used to write on wall of caves.

Do you think orange and yellow is a good match?

Do you think cards or palmistry can foretell your future?

People become more talkative when they are talking to their best friends.

I often try to calm down in an accident.

Could you please help me to connect the DVD to the TV?

Many people believe in the sign of their zodiac.

Can you describe your wallet? I can help you to look for it.

Being honest is the best virtue of a good student.


In a job interview, it is not good to be too talkative.

The teacher asks us to describe our best friend.

What to you is the most important character of a person? For me, I think being honest is the best character.

The man says he can foretell my future if I let him see my hand.

What is your sign? In the Chinese Zodiac, I’m a goat.

One of many good ways to learn vocabulary is to match the word with the meaning in your language.

I often connect my phone to the car via Bluetooth while I’m driving.

It’s difficult to stay calmed when we are in a fight.

Even adventurous people are scared of going into a pyramid. They can get lost.  

Ancient people did not use money; instead, they exchanged good to one another.

My mother has always taught me to be honest when taking tests.


Unit 7- Chapter 2- The Art of Palmistry

  1. Palmistry (noun) the ancient art of studying the lines on the palm of the hand
    1. Ex: Palmistry is different from one country to another. In China, people look at the right palm for women and the left palm for men.
  2. Carefully: (adv.)- be aware of dangers
    1. Ex: You should drive carefully when you come near a school.
  3. Index finger (noun)-  the finger next to the thumb
    1. Ex: People often point at things with their index finger.
  4. Energetic (adj.) very active
    1. Ex. Sam’s children are very active.
  5. Competitive (adj.)- liking to compete, liking to win
    1. Ex: Ge is very competitive in football. He likes to win.
  6. Faint (adj) unclear, weak
    1. Ex: The image is too faint to see what it is.
  7. Peacemaker (noun) a person who tries to persuade people or countries to stop fighting
    1. Ex: Someone who tries to persuade people or countries to stop fighting
  8. Decisive (adj.)-  good at making decisions quickly
    1. Ex: We need a decisive leader.
  9. Clever (adj.) smart, intelligent
    1. Ex: She is a clever student.
  10. Messy (adj.) dirty
    1. Ex: The kitchen floor is messy with spilled food.
  11. Creative (adj.) showing artistic skill and imagination
    1. That artist has the creative ability to paint beautiful pictures.
  12. Mark (noun) a stain or a spot
    1. Ex: There is a mark on the wall where I hit it with a ball.


  1. People usually don’t wear a ring on their index finger.
  2. After New Year’s Eve, Time Square is very messy with all the left-over food, pillows, etc.
  3. A leader must be decisive to solve many problems.
  4. My puppy was born with a mark on his face, making it half white and half black.
  5. Without my glasses, everything is very faint to me.
  6. Preschool teachers must be very creative because they can make many paper toys.
  7. My cat is very clever. He hides in a bush to wait for a bird.
  8. When we are young, we are very energetic. We can play all day without being tired.
  9. Please drive carefully. This is the school zone.
  10. Every mother is a peacemaker. They stop the fights among siblings.
  11. In a game, it’s good to be competitive because you want to be a winner,
  12. Do you believe in palmistry? People can foretell your future by looking at your palm.


  1. I’m not a decisive person. When I go shopping, I can’t tell which item I need or want.
  2. My room is very messy with all the food from the party last night.
  3. Please be carefully when you carry the machine. It is very heavy.
  4. I left the mail out in the rain, now I can’t see the sender’s name anymore. It’s too faint to read.
  5. My friend is very interested in learning about palmistry. She wants to be a good fortune teller.
  6. I can’t be energetic anymore. I have been working for more than 16 hours.
  7. The business world is very competitive. We must try all ways to get the business done.
  8. Aladdin is a clever man. He tries all mean to win the heart of Princess Jasmine.
  9. We all need a peacemaker at our worksite, so that everyone can be stopped before a fight starts.
  10. I think all musicians are very creative. They compose songs from their feelings.
  11. I accidently cut my index finger while I was cooking last night.
  12. People get mark or scar on their body after a bad burn.


Chapter 6- Unit 1- The World’s Oldest University

  1. Attend (verb)- to be present at a place

Ex: I attended the wedding at the church.

  1. Train (verb) –to educate instruct
    1. Ex: Trade schools train students in job skills.
  2. Modern (adjective) – new, the latest of something
    1. Ex: Modern computers keep getting faster and faster.
  3. Invention (noun)- the act of creating a thing or the thing is being created
    1. Ex: The invention of the Internet brings people closer.
  4. Mosque (noun)- a building where Muslims go for religious service
    1. Ex: The Muslims pray five times a day in a mosque.
  5. Tutor (noun) a teacher who helps students individually
    1. Ex: She is a tutor who helps foreign students with their English.
  6. Course (noun)- class
    1. Ex: I tool a college course in English literature.
  7. Religion (noun) a system of beliefs in a god or philosophy of life
    1. Ex: Buddhism and Hinduism are two of the world’s major religions.
  8. Discussion (noun) people freely share ideas about a topic
    1. Ex: I wanted to have a discussion about your behavior in class.
  9. Scholar (noun)- someone who knows a lot about a particular subject
    1. Ex: For some people, William Shakespeare was a scholar on classical English literature.
  10. Share (verb)- to let someone have to or use something of yours.
    1. Ex: When we sold the business, y sister and I shared equally in the profits.
  11. Valuable (adj)- having worth value
    1. Ex: Gold jewelry is valuable.
  12. Tradition (noun)- a custom, an old way of celebrating a religious or cultural event
    1. Ex: Eating a turkey is a tradition of American Thanksgiving.


Young people always follow trends and buy modern technologies.

I don’t like discussion time in a class because many people are talking at the same time.

Bobby always loves to train his puppy with new tricks.

I attend Milpitas Adult Education.

Nowadays, not all millionaires are scholars. Some of them even dropped out of school.

Sometimes it’s good to follow a tradition, so we can keep our culture.

When I leave my car at a shopping mall, I must remove all of my valuable things.

I love to share my snacks with my classmates.

What is your religion? I’m a Christian.

There are several courses that I want to study.

My mother hired a private tutor to help me with my English.

I have seen Mohammed going to a mosque to pray.

Which one is the most useful invention in the world? To me, it’s electricity.


The invention of printing happened in the 15th century.

Have you ever attended a vocational school?

At an interview, it is illegal to ask about religion.

My English course is so difficult for me.

It’s very fun to share your room with friends.

I leave all of my valuable things in a safe box at the bank.

In America, discussion is a way to cooperate with others.

Most young children today don’t keep their traditions any more. They don’t know their mother tongue, and some of them don’t eat the native food.

Today, most of scholars work as researchers.

I ask my tutor to help me with my homework.

Most modern cars have back-up camera.

My teacher trains us to check for misspelled words. 

The oldest mosque in the world is in Tunisia. It is built in 670 AD.


Chapter 5- Unit 1- Believe it or not

  1. Dinosaur (noun) many small to huge reptiles that lived millions of years ago.
    1. Example: Tyrannosaurus Rex was a large meat eating dinosaur.
  2. Creature (noun) a living being
    1. Example: The creatures on Earth include humans and animals.
  3. Monster (noun) an imaginary large ugly terrifying creature
    1. Example: A sea monster lives in this lake.
  4. Surprise (verb) to cause or create a surprise; to meet unexpectedly
    1. Example: He surprised us by saying that he was leaving the company.
    2. Last night, he surprised the thief in the office.
  5. Fake (adjective)- not real
    1. Example:  This painting is fake.
  6. Practical (adjective)- sensible, not acting foolishly
    1. Example: They wanted to buy a white couch, but with three small children, it just wasn’t practical.
  7. Prank (noun) a trick that is intended to make someone look silly
    1. Example: Ms. Jong pulled the prank with the help of her college roommate.
  8. Joke (noun) something you do or say that s funny.
    1. Example: I laughed at the joke.
  9. Spread (verb)- to cause something to go a distance to many people: to spread the news, to spread disease.
    1. Example: The girls spreads the news to her classmates.
  10. Upset (adjective) troubled, hurt, emotionally; angry
    1. Example: He was upset by the bad news. 

Chapter 5- Unit 2- April Fool

  1. Celebrate(verb)- to do something special (like having a party) for an occasion
    1. Example: I celebrate my birthday in a restaurant.
  2. Special (adj)- important, meaningful
    1. Example: A birthday is a special occasion.
  3. Century (noun)- a period of time equal to 100 years
    1. Example: My grandparents moved west at the turn of the century.
  4. Common (adj.)- often and too many people or in many places
    1. Example: Car accidents are common events.
  5. Ahead (adv): in front of someone or something
    1. Example: DO you see that red convertible car ahead of us?
  6. Switch (verb)- the change or exchange
    1. Example:  He switched trains in Chicago.
  7. Tail (noun)- the movable part at the back of an animal’s body.
    1. Example: The dog is wagging its tail.
  8. Secretly (adv)- in a secret way, without anyone knowing
    1. Example: I secretly recorded our conversation
  9. Laughter (noun)- the sound of laughing
    1. Example: The laughter from the audience lasted for several minutes.
  10. Shout (verb/noun)- to loud cry, to yell
    1. Example: He shouted, “Here! Over here!”


  1. Brian shouts, “Be careful!”
  2. A pig’s tail is curly and short.
  3. Dinosaurs lived centuries ago.
  4. Leina is driving ahead of me.
  5. I always love to listen to babies’ laughter. It’s very cute.
  6. We often celebrate my mother’s birthday at home.
  7. I asked the teacher to switch my seat because I cannot see from the back the of the class.
  8. Graduation is a special occasion for many people.
  9. I secretly prepared a romantic meal for my husband on our anniversary.
  10. Flu is very common in the winter.


  1. I don’t like to celebrate my birthday because it means I get older.
  2. Hamburger is a common food in America
  3. To surprise my brother on his birthday, we switched off the light and waited for him to come home in the dark.
  4. The moment a baby is born is very special.
  5. We secretly prepare gifts for our friends for Christmast.
  6. Brian is always ahead of me in line because he runs faster than me.
  7. It’s scary to hear some laughter in an empty house.
  8. The Chinese has been in America for more than five centuries.
  9. I heard a shout of my name. I turned but didn’t see anyone.
  10. In some countries, people eat ox’s tail.     

CASAS Practice

Low-income Healthcare Program

Sample My Favorite City

1. What city do you want to visit?

2. How will you get there?

3. Why do you want to go there? List 3 reasons and 3 examples

4. What will you do there? List 2 or 3 activties

5. How long will you stay there?

6. What kind of accommodation will you stay in?

7. How do you feel about the trip?


Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia

I miss the polluted smoke, the horrible traffic and the hot scorching sun in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have been in the United States for a year already, and I plan to go back to Malaysia this Christmas.  My family is still over there. They miss me a lot. I also want to take my husband to my country, because he has never been there. Besides, I’m starving for the authentic Malaysian food. Those spicy tofu and hot mushroom noodle always make my mouth watered.  On the first few days, I think I will tour my husband around the famous capital of Malaysia. I want to show him where I grew up. Then,  I want him to see all of the tourist attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia Heritage Walk, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Center…  Then, we will visit other cities and learn about their cultures.  We can sunbathe on the beautiful long beach of Batu Ferringhi; or we can hike on the top of the mountain on Brinchang. We can also visit different exciting  island attractions like the fund amusement parks Labuan island or the adventurous hiking trail of Tanah Ratah. Finally, we will taste all the authentic food of Malaysia with my beloved family. My husband suggests that we should stay there for at least three weeks, and we will get a one-bedroom studio near my house. I will try to get an inexpensive studio with enough conveniences. I’m very eagerly waiting for my trip.

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