Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Diagnostic Tests and Imaging

Hello, students of the seniors' class!

Here is an excellent video to explain both computerized axial tomography (CT Scan or CAT Scan) and the concept of a contrast material to help the doctor see certain systems or organs better.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Get Your Family's KI Kit

You expressed an interest in getting your household's free Potassium Iodide (KI) kit from Windsor-Essex Health Unit.

Here is the link. Read the agreement carefully before you request the pills.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tests and Screenings - Routine


Before we get into special tests and screenings, let's spend some time on routine tests and screenings that every patient needs. We also want to learn about the tests and screenings recommended just for men or just for women, just for young people, or just for older people.

For example, a yearly physical exam may include giving a urine sample.

The nurse will check your blood pressure.

The doctor will order blood work, so you will have to go to a lab.

Here is a short news video about the annual physical exam or "check-up."

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Health History

Hello, students!

We have reviewed parts of the body. Monday we will start a bit of in-depth study of the body systems. Meanwhile, we have learned to answer questions about our family medical history and our personal medical history.

Here is the video of a dialogue between a doctor and patient's mother.

Here are some short conversations between a doctor and a patient.

This is a link to the BODY SYSTEMS dictionary.

Friday, February 8, 2019

And Back to Health Again

Hello, seniors!

We have returned to your favourite topic: health and navigating the healthcare system. This week we are learning to describe symptoms.

Since I have taught health topics many times before, I would like you to learn how to find those old blog posts for yourself. There are many good links on each one. To do this, you will  need to find the Search This Blog box at the top of the sidebar of this website. Do you see it? If you put in the word "symptoms" and click the Search This Blog button, you will be taken to a blog post about that. Next try putting in the word "health."

Did it work?

Here is the audio for Lily.

Here is the audio for Jim.

Have fun exploring all those resources!


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Police, Witness, Victim

Hello, students of the seniors' class!

This week we continue with our topic of the police and crime.

Below is a very interesting story of a mugging that had an unexpected ending. Can you understand what he's saying? If you want to read the transcript, click this button.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Describing People for Police

Hello, students!

This week we are learning to describe people.

In this video, we hear two people discussing the physical descriptions of escaped prisoners.

This week we talked  about linking. Watch Rachel's lesson on linking.

You can also practice spelling and sentences with games.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays 2018

We wrapped up 2018 with a class potluck, speeches, games, song, and breaking bread together. I hope to see everyone again in the new year.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Indigenous Peoples (Continued)

Hello, students.

Please log into Spelling City to practice ten new sentences and words.

There are many short films on NFB that you can watch.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

Hello, students.

Sign in HERE to practice spelling and sentences.

This week we are taking a short break from the theme of law / police. We are learning about the Indigenous Peoples of this land, the people who were on this continent before the Europeans.

We are learning about the legacy of Canada's residential schools.

We heard about a child named Chanie Wenjack. This is a short film about him. It is animated.

Interactive map of Aboriginal Peoples:

Together we will watch Waking Up the Nakota Language. It's from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).


On another note, some of you said you would like to have a link to the Health Unit's Supervised Injection Services (SIS) Community Consultation

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Crime and Punishment

Hello, students!

We have begun our module on LAW. We have started by learning some legal vocabulary.

Here is a picture dictionary page of "law and order" words you can listen to.

Your spelling list is HERE. You have to log in with your username and password.

Friday, October 12, 2018


Hello, students!
This week we are preparing for a guest speaker's visit. It's Dr. Harrison Oake, ND.

Here you can practice spelling and play games with our words.

Dr Benjamin Snider, Naturopathic Doctor, talks about his practice.

If you want to practice grammar, I recommend English with Jennifer.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello, students!

This week we gave our brains a break from the theme of health. We will return to it. That is called interleaving; it helps us get language into long-term memory--or so say the cognitive scientists!

We wove in a topic in the theme of Canadian culture, and that is the topic of thanksgiving.

If you wish to practice spelling, word meanings, syntax, etc., then log into SpellingCity. You have an assignment waiting. After you do the spelling test, play a game like Sentence Unscramble or Match-it Sentences.

Here is a video that relates to our topic.

Native Americans Share their Associations with Thanksgiving

In our morning news review and in talking about topics under the theme of LAW that we may wish to explore, the subject of the new cannabis legislation came up. Here is information on that.

If you want to practice causative verbs, try this quiz:
Causative Verb Practice Exercise

Have a great LONG weekend!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Our Heroes, Our Videos

Hello, students!

Our video is not searchable on YouTube.

Let me know if you are not able to view it using this link.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Pleasant Day

We had good weather for our field trip.

Dr. Peng made a slide show from the pictures she took. It is HERE.

We took more pictures after that.

I told everyone about an assignment I'd been given to do a 'random act of kindness' before midnight Friday. I chose to give some of our chocolates to the city park workers who were in the hot sun preparing the flower beds. Bushra said SHE wanted to do the act of kindness in my stead.

And she did.

Here is a link to our Flipgrid for talking about our heroes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Who Are Our Heroes?

Hello, students of the seniors' class!

We are gearing up to visit Jackson Park with all of its war memorials and other monuments. This is a good time for us to share with others who our heroes are.

We will start with the story of Viola Desmond and how she came to be considered a Canadian hero. Then we will create our own tributes to the heroes in our lives.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

You and the Police

See if your phone is Alert Ready here.

In May we will go to the Police Training Centre in Sandwich to see a mock rescue and enjoy our annual ESINC Day.

This video was made in London, but the same rules apply here in Windsor.

Listen to these conversations:

Being pulled over

Reporting a break-in

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Library

Two years ago, the seniors' class visited the library and were given a tour by the librarian.

After the tour, students went on a scavenger hunt and proved to me that they could use the self-check machine. Actually, they showed me that they could not use it and that we should have done more practice runs in class. Ha!

Scavenger hunt

new library card
Hamdi can use the self-check.
at the information desk

Here is a wonderful collection of library dialogues for you to listen to.

Listen to this tour of a big library, then answer the questions.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Our Field Trip to Windsor Sculpture Park

Hello, students of the seniors' class!

photo of Louis Odette from
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Next week, weather permitting, we will take a field trip to Windsor Sculpture Park. This open-air art museum started life as Odette Sculpture Park, named after the generous benefactors who established the collection with commissioned and purchased works of sculpture, Louis and Patricia Odette and the L and P Odette Foundation.

I have created a little book to help us prepare for our adventure.

Watch this video about washing Tembo.

To continue with our study of articles, let Jennifer teach you about articles with geographical names.

When you finish, check out some of the links in the sidebar or watch more videos with Jennifer.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The First Europeans in Canada

Good morning, class!

If you choose to, you can watch this 30-minute documentary about L'Anse aux Meadows. Don't worry if you can't understand all the words. Just relax and watch. When you finish, ask me for the worksheet. I have five questions for you. Don't worry; I will tell you exactly where to find the answers.

Also here are some photos of the historic site as it is today.

This week we are learning about the first settlers in Canada and in this area. We know that the French settled Windsor first. This Thursday we will visit The Francois Baby House and Museum. We will study a bit about the foundation of Windsor and also a bit about the War of 1812 before we go. This may help us appreciate the historic site more.