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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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.

 

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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.

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01-03-2016 15:00Level 1Level 2Level 3

“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

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Very Hot Weather in India | level 2

1-06-2015 07:00  Level 1Level 2Level 3

Temperatures in India soared to 47°C in some parts of the country. The heat claimed 1,700 lives in just one week. It was so hot that even the roads melted.

The electricity grid was overused, and tens of thousands of people were left without power supply. Hospitals struggled to help all he people who are sick because of the extreme weather.

People should stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink a lot of water. Cooler, rainy weather is on its way to India, but it will be weeks before the whole subcontinent cools down.

Difficult words: soar (to increase, go up), melt (to change from a solid thing to a thing that is like water), struggle (to do something difficult and to have problems doing it).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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1. What is India?

 a city
 a state
 a country

2. What was the weather like in India?

 very rainy
 very cold
 very hot

3. It was so hot that 1,700 people __________  in one week.

 lived
 died
 got sick

4. When people were left without power supply, they didn’t have _______________.

 electricity
 food
 gas

5. The hospitals struggled to help people.  It was ___________ to help people.

 very easy
 not inportant
 very difficult

6. Many people were ___________ because of the extremely hot weather.

 summer
 died
 sick

7. Different weather is on its way to India.  It will be ________________.

 extreme weather
 very hot
 cooler and rainy

8. When the weather is very hot people should __________________.

 drink a lot water
 stay in the sun
 sit outside

9. It was very hot in India.  The roads melted.  The roads were ___________.

 like water
 a lot of cars
 hard

10. When the temperature soars it goes ________ a lot.  It gets very hot.

 down
 cools
 up

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B.B. King is Dead | level 2

21-05-2015 07:00 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3

The King of Blues, guitarist and singer BB King, died. He was 89 years old.

He influenced a generation of rock guitarists and was one of the world’s best guitarists. King performed in at least a hundred concerts a year.

Recently, he had an illness and people took him to hospital. Earlier this month, he said on Facebook that he was in hospice care at home. He died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

 

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Vocabulary:

Difficult words: influence (to change something or to inspire somebody), hospice care (care for people who are going to die soon).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

Source:  News In Levels

 

 

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