Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lang Lang!

LANG LANG!

Lang Lang: His Life So Far By ANTHONY TOMMASINI, NYTimes
The story of a gifted boy, his father and his love of the piano. Video

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

What are you the most thankful for?

Mr. Panchal is most thankful for his classmates!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Citizen Tran Thi Cuc!

Fang Qing Fang and Tai Guey-lan welcome
Tran Thi Cuc to the Milpitas Sisterhood of New US Citizens.
Next year, Shen Hsu Mei Huei will join the club.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America

In Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America, Andrew is a Chinese man living in the United States, working hard, and trying to make a better life for himself and his fiancée, YaoLin. While adapting to a new language and customs, Andrew faces an even bigger challenge when his credit card is charged with purchases that aren't his. Andrew learns that his identity has been stolen, but with the help of his friends, he sets things right and begins a new life for himself in America.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

Monday, November 17, 2008

To spend or save in China


The Chinese government wants the traditionally good saving Chinese to spend more. CNN's Emily Chang reports.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Royal funeral in Thailand


Mourners attend a lavish funeral for a Thai princess that shows the importance of the monarchy. ITN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

When a Stroke Is Silent

When a Stroke Is Silent
A study shows that seemingly healthy adults can suffer a brain attack without knowing it.
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Statin Study: More Patients at Risk for Heart Disease



Healthy People Apparently Benefit From Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people with high C-reactive proteins. According to a new study, apparently healthy people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs can dramatically reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. VOA's Jessica Berman reports. 11 November 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Arrested!


Today, we will talk about the election and read the ninth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. (Hint: someone gets arrested!). You can also re-read eighth chapter.

ESL Podcast 381 – Watching the TV News
Our top story: A man suspected of murdering his business partner ...Download Podcast

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday?

Today we will start with a crossword puzzle about computers, then we will finish the Brack Obama handout. Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

ESL Podcast 424 – Being in Debt Learn how to talk about owing money to other people in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Famous People Lessons 2

On Friday, we read and listened to a short biograrphy of Barack Obama from a new website: Famous People Lessons. There are many, many biographies, but here are a couple more to check out:

Hu Jintao PRC President from China
Jackie Chan Actor from Hong Kong
Yao Ming Basketball player from China
Zhang Ziyi Actor from China

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Famous People Lessons 1

Yesterday, we read and listened to a short biograrphy of Barack Obama from a new website: Famous People Lessons. There are many, many biographies, but here are a couple more to check out:

Aung San Suu Kyi Democrary Leader from Burma
Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General from S. Korea
Diana, Princess of Wales from England
Hillary Rodham Clinton US Senator from New York

Thursday, November 6, 2008

CNN: Obama win impacts China


Obama win impacts China 2:45
CNN's John Vause reports on the challenges China will pose for the incoming administration.

Korean "Goose Fathers"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote!



Today, we will vote in class, then host a breaktime snack.

English Café 118
Topics: How to become the president of the United States, tailgating parties, seize versus arrest versus detain, pronouncing “the,” expressions for showing sympathy . Download Podcast

Word:
constitution
amendments
natural-born
naturalized
term of office
term limits
primaries
general election

Monday, November 3, 2008

Countdown to the Election


Today we will go to the computer lab and practice voting in tomorrow's election.

Today, we will talk about the election and read the eighth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. (Hint: someone gets caught snooping!)

English Café 161
Oct 28, 2008 ... election mandatory to register to vote to fill out democracy to get out the vote voter drives soldier veteran benefits economy ...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Spring Forward, Fall Behind!


On Sunday, Nov 2 2am, we turn back the clocks 1 hour (yeah, one more hour of sleep!). Safety experts also advise people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Click here to see a very interesting interactive exhibit about Daylight Savings Time.