Class Lab – Coffee 3.28.2016

We know about Donald Trump.  There are other candidates for president in 2016.  This candidate has very different ideas than Donald Trump.  His name is Bernie Sanders.

 

This part of lab is about coffee.

From: Listen A Minute: Coffee http://www.listenaminute.com/c/coffee.html

  1. Listen and read.  Take a quiz.
  2. When you finish do these next:

Coffee | Listen a Minute

Scientists and doctors can’t make their minds up about coffee.  One study says it’s really bad for us and the next report says it’s good for us.  I’ve even read that 10 cups a day is good for our brain.  I like a cup of coffee at certain times of the day.  I must have a coffee first thing in the morning.  I can’t survive without my morning coffee.  I have another cup or two when I get to work.  And that’s it.  I never drink coffee after lunchtime.  If I do, I can’t sleep at night.  The only time I drink coffee in the evening is if I go to a nice restaurant.  Coffee seems a lot more complicated these days. When I was younger it was just coffee.  Now it’s latte, frappucino and all kinds of other strange words.

Source: http://www.listenaminute.com/c/coffee.html

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US Senator Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution

bernie-all-do-welldateline: 10 February 2016/English Club

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • political revolution: a new system of government
  • Democratic: representing the US Democratic Party (as opposed to the Republican Party)
  • primary: an early vote that helps decide a political party’s leader before a presidential election
  • corruption: dishonest behaviour
  • influence: to have an effect on

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution

US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. his presidential , Sanders has been speaking out against corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and tuition free.Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Bernie Sanders?
  2. Why does the report mention Hillary Clinton?
  3. What two words are used to describe the super-rich?

Discussion Questions: Young people often rebel against their parents but respect the opinions of their grandparents. Do you think this is why so many young Americans are rallying around a 74-year-old presidential candidate?

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ANSWERS

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution
US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. Throughout his presidential campaign, Sanders has been speaking out against political corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds elections and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and universities tuition free.

  1. Bernie Sanders is a US senator who hopes to be chosen as the Democratic leader in the next presidential election.
  2. The report mentions Hillary Clinton because she is Bernie Sanders’ Democratic opponent. She is also running for president and hopes to win the Democratic nomination.
  3. The terms “billionaire class” and “1%” are used to describe the super-rich.

 

Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

Source: US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it | Saying

This page is about the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Source: English Club

Possible interpretation: If something is not faulty or damaged, don’t try to repair it.

Note: ain’t (verb): [contraction of] am not, are not, is not | broke (adj.): broken; damaged; faulty | fix (verb): repair; mend | The British English equivalent of this saying is: “Let well alone.”

Origin: American businessman Bert Lance (born 1931) writing in Nation’s Business (1977).

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

The saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” implies that if your watch is running on time you should

a. take it in for maintenance

b. sell it

c. do nothing

Answer:
c

Source: English Club if it ain’t broke…

 

 

None so deaf | saying

Meaning: Nobody is deafer than the person who decides he does not want to listen. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance.

Note: none (pronoun) = no person; no one | deaf (adj.) = unable to hear; not having the power of hearing | will (verb) = intend; desire [this is “will” used as a main verb, not as a modal auxiliary verb] | Also found as: “There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.” There is a similar proverb: “None so blind as those who will not see.”

 

Quick Quiz:

“None so deaf as those who will not hear” is a saying that refers to

a. deaf people

b. obstinate people

c. ignorant people

Answer:
b

 

Source:  None so deaf as those who will not hear | EnglishClub.

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency

dateline: 02 February 2016/English Club

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Zika: a forest in Uganda
  • virus: an agent that causes infectious disease
  • pose: to introduce or present something (e.g., a problem or question)
  • mild: manageable; not severe

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency

The Zika virus, which is carried by , is spreading through Latin America, and has become an international public health threat according to the World Health Organization. In most people, Zika symptoms are mild or . However, there is concern that the Zika virus is connected to microcephaly, a serious medical that causes babies to be born with an underdeveloped brain and a small head. American officials have warned pregnant women and those who are planning on getting pregnant to stop travelling to Brazil at this time. There is no known prevention from avoiding mosquito bites.Comprehension Questions

  1. Why does the report mention mosquitos?
  2. Where is the current outbreak of the Zika virus?
  3. Who is most at risk of developing a serious illness from the Zika virus?

Discussion Questions: With six months to go until the Summer Olympics in Brazil, panic is spreading about the Zika virus. Do you think countries should warn female athletes and spectators (of childbearing age) not to travel?

 

Answers

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency
The Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos, is spreading through Latin America, and has become an international public health threat according to the World Health Organization. In most people, Zika symptoms are mild ornon-existent. However, there is growing concern that the Zika virus is connected to microcephaly, a serious medical condition that causes babies to be born with an underdeveloped brain and a small head. American officials have warned pregnant women and those who are planning on getting pregnant to stop travelling to Brazil at this time. There is no known preventionaside from avoiding mosquito bites.

  1. The report mentions mosquitos because the Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus. The only prevention is to avoid mosquitos.
  2. The outbreak of the Zika virus is in Latin America.
  3. Unborn babies are most likely to develop a serious medical condition (brain abnormality) from the Zika virus.

Source: WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency

Computer Lab – March 3, 2016

The story is about Black History Month and a special woman.  She is 106 years old.  She has seen many historic changes during her life.  Please choose a level to read and watch a video.

Black History Month – News In Levels

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Read more:http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/black-history-month-level-1/

Black History Month – level 3

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“Hey!”

“How are you?”

“I’m fine.”

She’s waited over a century to see a black president in office, so how else do you celebrate meeting Obama then to dance?

“She’s dancing. C’mon! So what’s the secret to still dancing at 106?”

And that’s exactly what 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin did. So excited was the South Carolina native to meet the US president and first lady, that she couldn’t help but bust out some moves. Having lived through segregation and the civil rights movement, Virginia expressed her amazement and gratitude at meeting Obama.

“I tell you, I am so happy.”

“We are happy to have you.”

“A black president!”

“Look at him.”

“Yay!”

Mrs McLaurin filed a White House petition in 2014, saying she’d love to meet Obama and his family, and her request was heard. As part of Black History Month, the White House had been hosting events to celebrate African Americans past and present who shaped the US.

And after her hundred-year wait, Virginia made sure she made an effort for her memorable trip to the White House.

“Look at those nails! Woo-hoo!”

Difficult words: native (a local citizen), bust out (to do something special), segregation (the separation of black and white people in the USA), gratitude (being thankful), file (to submit, to send, to put in), a petition (request), make an effort (to try hard).

Source: http://www.ondemandnews.com

Read more: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/black-history-month-level-3/

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