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Students of the Month: Mohammed and Maria

Each month, PELA teachers recognize different, outstanding students. These students daily demonstrate their hard work and dedication to learning English, actively take part in class, ask questions, and serve as a role model to other students.  Help us recognize September’s Students of the Month:  Mohammed and Maria! PELA:  Why study English? Maria: I have studied English since I was in high school… I […]

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August & September 2017 7/31/17-9/28/17 Summer was a BLAST at PELA! Good-bye Summer, hello Fall! The leaves are changing and the weather is looking more like the Portland everyone knows and loves. We had some exciting events and celebrations this Summer, but we are looking forward to some fun Fall activities this year! INSIDE THIS ISSUE […]

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spelling spell English language word vocabulary ESL


Some words, like light, might, and right, show their Germanic origins. Some words, like euphemism, photograph and psychology, show their Greek roots. Others like luminescent and primary, show their Latin background. English spelling is so strange because many languages contributed to its vocabulary. Here is a fun video to watch about the history of English:  […]

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