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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 Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Halloween 2015



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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