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Theatre of Arts, Mrs. Johnson's ESL I


What we've been doing
Theatre of Arts People on Location: Mitsuyuki Oishi, Satoshi Nakagawa
Alvaro, back in Chile
Field Trips and Special Activities
with links to pages about the museums, centers, attractions we've visited
Class notes:
prepositions and time signals
January, February, March 1999
Idioms, special verbs
Class Poetry
Haiku from the Japanese American National Museum Field Trip
Books for Theatre of Arts Students
Ali Baba's Books
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Mrs. Johnson's Hot Links
There are lots of good things to find through links here
Back to Mrs. Johnson's Launch Pad
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A page of good reference links for Los Angeles: web cameras around town, Metrolink, Phillippe's....

Books for Theatre of Arts Classes:

The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is unavailable again, the paperback 1995 2nd edition, but some used copies are available through this link to Amazon (to get to the used copies, click on the book title after you get to Amazon: i.e. click the link here and then click on the book title). It is the state-of-the-art dictionary for language learners, with all definitions confined to a 2000-word vocabulary.
Ample examples of usage, both standard and idiomatic, as well as the grammatical function of the words. Lavishly illustrated. Full page color thematics throughout.
In the meantime, while The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English was unavailable (click on book title again to get to used copies, starting at about $17), I suggested trying The Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture, Paperback 3rd edition (January 13, 2000): I've seen older editions and they're amply and clearly illustrated
or the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English, an impressive book worth the approximately $30 it costs (as of April 2001)
Longman Dictionary of American English Workbook, 1998 edition, $10.50 (list $10.50; store $14.95)
Harrap's Giant Paperback Spanish Dictionary (Spanish-English; English-Spanish)
This is an excellent big little dictionary: very complete and clear and full of idiomatic examples.
Fundamentals of English Grammar, Full Text (448 pages) by Betty Schrampfer Azar (Black Book) $34.60; used starting at $15.95 (if available)
Understanding and Using English Grammar, Full Text (512 pages), 3rd Edition, Betty Scrampfer Azar (Blue Book) $36.67, new; used starting at $25.80 (if available)
Side by Side Book 1, by Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss -- This doesn't look like the right isbn number for a text book: I think this one is the workbook
Side by Side Activity Workbook 1, by S. Molinsky
Side by Side Book 3, by Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss
Side by Side Activity Workbook 3, by S. Molinsky Side by Side Book 4, by Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss
Side by Side Activity Workbook 4, by S. Molinsky
Paragraph Practice: Writing the Paragraph and the Short Composition, by Kathleen E. Sullivan
Sentence Combining: A Composing Book 3rd edition (256 pages), William Strong
Speak with Distinction, Edith Skinner, et al.
The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook: An Actor's guide to over 1000 Monologues and Scenes from More Than 300 Contemporary Plays, Ed Hooks
This book does not have the actual scenes, but directs you to where to find them. The reviews in the book give the "flavor of the character, situation, and play," as well as the level of difficulty and the strengths and weaknesses of the selection -- extremely helpful for non-native speakers of English searching for audition pieces.
for interesting reading material, please go to John Fante's Arturo Bandini novels
Ali Baba's Books for ESL Students
Ali Baba's Multicultural Books
I have a selection of books listed on and also sell book lots and collectibles on ebay if you're interested, and I feature items from my auctions on a page here weekly

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