Author Archives: sarahjpurdy

About sarahjpurdy

I am a writer, editor, English teacher, and Spanish student living in Valparaíso, Chile, where I teach English at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. I also telecommute to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where I have worked as a marketing publications writer and editor since 2004. Prior to joining UNR, I worked as a journalist, editing and writing features and news stories for the Reno Gazette-Journal. I earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UNR, where I was chosen for a graduate research assistantship in Victorian literature and graduated with a 4.0/4.0 cumulative GPA. I also taught at UNR for three semesters as a discussion leader for cross-disciplinary Core Humanities 201 and 202 courses, which examine Western literature, history, and culture from Mesopotamia and Ancient Greece through the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution to World War II, the postcolonial era, and postmodernity. For eight months prior to moving to Chile in February 2011, I volunteered as ESL tutor for the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada. In fall 2010 I earned a 50-hour TEFL Certificate from the University of Arizona and a 30-hour Social Media Marketing Certificate from UNR, and completed a graduate TESOL course through UNLV.

Song: “I’m So Tired” – Inglés Esencial 7

Read the vocabulary, listen to the lyrics, and fill in the blanks. The Beatles: I’m So Tired — I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink I wonder should I get … Continue reading

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Christmas at Mom’s House – Inglés Esencial 6

Usually at Christmas, we go to my mom’s house in Truckee, California. Her house is in the mountains where there is a lot of snow. It’s very pretty. She and my stepfather put colored lights around the outside of the … Continue reading

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Video: “Movin’ Out” – Inglés Esencial 5

Watch the video, listen to the lyrics, read the vocabulary, and fill in the blanks. Billy Joel: Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) — Anthony works in the g_____________________ store Saving his pennies for someday Mama Leone left a note on the … Continue reading

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Hola, Te Amo: Inglés Esencial 4

Watch the video, listen to the lyrics, read the vocabulary, and fill in the blanks. The Doors: Hello, I Love You — Hello, I _____________ you Won’t you tell me your _______________? _______________, I love you Let me jump in … Continue reading

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Inglés Esencial 3.5 – Practica

Inglés Esencial 3 Practica My (mai) = mi Mother’s = de mi madre Sister’s = de mi hermana Father’s = de mi padre Is = es / está — My mother’s sister is my aunt. La hermana de mi madre … Continue reading

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Inglés Esencial 3

  Inglés básico para mi familia chilena y otros hispanohablantes. Inglés Esencial 3 Nice to meet you… Conversación 1: Good morning. (Gud morning) [Buenos días] 2: Good morning. (Gud morning) [Buenos días] 1: How are you? (Hauw ar yu?) [¿Cómo … Continue reading

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Inglés Esencial 2

Welcome to the second installment of Inglés Esencial, a series of posts I’m writing to help mi suegra y mi cuñada learn basic English for a trip they’re planning to Europe. They have requested to learn “a few simple English … Continue reading

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