Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Octuplets

Octuplets? Octet? 八仙?

Several websites have information about the Octuplets (not "octet").

Breaking News English: U.S. woman gives birth to eight babies
Word Doc PDF Doc Listening

ESL Podcast Blog has a very good article about the Woman Gives Birth to Octuplets and includes the following information about the terms for multiple births:
  • 2 = twins
  • 3 = triplets
  • 4 = quadruplets
  • 5 = quintuplets
  • 6 = sextuplets
  • 7 = septuplets
  • 8 = octuplets
  • 9 = nonuplets
  • 10 = decaplets
According to the website Incredible Births, Decaplets is the highest number of multiples to be BORN at one time. Though higher multiples have been CONCEIVED, ten is the most to be born.

  • Decaplet Cases:
    Birth Date: April 22, 1946
    Birth Place: Brazil
    There were 2 girls and 8 boys. Whether they survived or not was never recorded.

Friday, January 30, 2009

VOANews: The Rise of a Folk Hero Who Landed on a River

"Just doing my job."
Tai Guey-Lan working at the Ginsing and Abalone Counter
@ Ranch 99, Barber lane, Milpitas

VOANews: The Rise of a Folk Hero Who Landed on a River
Future generations may sing about the "hero on the Hudson" -- the pilot who saved his passengers when he crash-landed on a river.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Small Talk while Traveling

A delicious New Year Dessert from Fang Qing Fang


Airplanes can sometimes be a good place to meet new people and use Small Talk. Find out if romance is in the air in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chinese New Year Decorations

Fang Qing Fang is proud to be an American Citizen.
She decorated our classroom for Chinese New Year.

ESL Holiday Lessons: Chinese New Year's Day
Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The DeVries Seniors New Year Card

The DeVries Senior Housing Project is across the street from the new Milpitas Library.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Milpitas New Year Card


The Senior ESL/Citizenship students of Milpitas Adult School wish everyone--especially President Obama--Health, Happiness, and Good Luck in the Year of the Ox!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

ESLPod Blog: President Obama’s Inauguration Speech Explained


Click the far right bottom button, & choose CC for subtitles.

President Obama’s Inauguration Speech Explained
Dr Jeff McQuillan: Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday. All presidents deliver (give, say) a speech after they are sworn in (take an official oath or promise). These speeches are often difficult to understand for non-native speakers, since they usually contain some poetic language and difficult vocabulary. Below is the entire text of President Obama’s inauguration speech, with difficult words explained in parentheses. You can watch the actual speech on YouTube here. I have given the entire speech without explanations at the bottom of the page.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Milpitas: Yes We Can!


We, the people of Milpitas Adult School, celebrated the Inauguration of President Barack Obama with a Parade of Nations!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration Thursday


Simple English News: A Miracle on the Hudson (Airplane Crash)



ESLPod Blog: The Oath
Today Barack Obama becomes the first African American president of the United States.

How will you survive financially after you stop working? Find out more in this episode. Download Podcast

Learn how to talk about possibly dangerous drugs and medical devices in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

VOAVideo: President Obama and Wife Attend Inaugural Balls



VOAVideo: President Obama and Wife Attend Inaugural Balls

Following President Barack Obama's historic inauguration Tuesday, he and wife Michelle had a busy first evening attending inaugural balls. Thousands of people also celebrated Mr. Obama's inauguration, both at the ten official balls the First Couple attended and the many unofficial parties held around the city of Washington, DC. Deborah Block has the story.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CNN: President Obama's Inauguration Speech



Starting today,
we must pick ourselves up,
dust ourselves off,
and begin again the work of remaking America.

Read President Barack Obama's Speech

Inauguration Day!

VOANews Video: Obama Will be Sworn-In with Lincoln's Bible
President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn-in as 44th president of the United States with the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used when he took the oath of office more than a century ago. The Lincoln Bible is in the collection of the Library of Congress and was shown to the media last week. Producer Zulima Palacio was there and has the story. Jim Bertel narrates.


Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on 20 January 2009.

Listen and Watch the events unfold with LIVE VOA coverage!

Live Video of Swearing In Events: 1630-1800 UTC (11:30A-1:00P EST)

Live Radio Show: 1600-2100 UTC (11:00A-4:00P EST)

Watch VOA's HD Preview of the Barack Obama's Inauguration BelowTrue Fullscreen Viewing Available!

Monday, January 19, 2009

MLK Day!

VOAVideo: Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday a Time for Tributes

On January 19th, Americans will pay tribute to the legacy of slain civil rights leader The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the annual national holiday that celebrates his birthday (January 15th). Reverend King would have been 80 years old if he were alive today. More than 50 years ago, Dr. King campaigned across the United States, leading non-violent marches and demonstrations for equal rights for African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins looks back at his life and the impact his work had on the country.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Prep for MLK Say and Inauguration Day 4



VOAVideo: A Walking Tour of the Inauguration
Correspondent Jim Malone walks you through the major locations of Inauguration Day and provides interesting highlights of previous inaugurations. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and there are traditions to follow on this history-making day.

Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on 20 January 2009.

Listen and Watch the events unfold with LIVE VOA coverage!

Live Video of Swearing In Events: 1630-1800 UTC (11:30A-1:00P EST)

Live Radio Show: 1600-2100 UTC (11:00A-4:00P EST)

Watch VOA's HD Preview of the Barack Obama's Inauguration BelowTrue Fullscreen Viewing Available!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Prep for MLK Day and Inauguration Day 3

I have a dream . . .

What are your hopes for the Obama administration?

The New York Times asked more than 200 people in 14 states (half red, half blue) to identify their greatest hopes for what Barack Obama might accomplish during his time as president. Their answers do not represent any kind of scientific sample—they come from people who shared their thoughts outside supermarkets, at parks, in restaurants. We grouped their responses into the 29 "hopes" below. Click on each speech bubble to hear their voices, and then choose the hopes you agree with by clicking on "I Hope So Too." Use the tabs to see which hopes are the most popular. If your hope is not represented below, include it in the comments section.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Prep for MLK Day and Inauguration Day 2

Tom Toles, Washington Post, 06/08/08

Famous People Lessons.com English Lesson Plan on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important leader of the American civil rights movement. (We will do pages 2 and 3)
Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

ESL Discussions.com Conversation Questions on Racism
What kind of world would it be if there was no racism?

We will continue to work on the blackline flag masters to make flags for the Parade of Nations on Inauguration Day.

And we will begin to put up decorations for Chinese NewYear.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prep for MLK Day and Inauguration Day

by Ben Heine
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USCitizenpod's MLK Day Special!

Today we will read about Martin Luther King, Jr. You can get the MLK Day handout here. Also check out the following links.

  1. MLK Center
  2. Simple Wikipedia: MLK
  3. VOA News: MLK Remembered (many stories)
  4. Enchanted Learning: Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will also use blackline flag masters to make flags for the Parade of Nations on Inauguration Day. Here is some more info about Inauguration Day:

A schedule of events for Obama's inauguration - San Jose Mercury News 11:30pm
Also see the Official Inauguration website and the background of this year's theme: A New Birth of Freedom’ which commemorates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and expresses Lincoln’s hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the nation shall lead to “a new birth of freedom” for it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Flying 3


Learn how to ask for things on an airplane in English in this episode. Download Podcast

ESLDiscussions: Flying
Do you think flight attendants like flying?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Millions Search the Web for Medical Information



VOANews Video: Millions Search the Web for Medical Information
Millions of Internet users in the U.S. have searched online at one time or another to see what could be making them sick. There is no guarantee that people can find an answer or a reliable source on the Web. But for many, the Internet could be a life saver. Producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Jim Bertel narrates.

ESLDiscussions: Health Are you a health-conscious person?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Flying 2

A Chinese Papercut at the SF Craft and Folk Art Museum.
There are many animals in this papercut:
pandas, monkeys, birds, elephants, deer, etc

Sometimes flying cheaply is not the same as flying comfortably. Learn how to talk about low-cost flights in this episode. Download Podcast

Simple English News: A Woman Gives Birth on a Plane
Key word: transatlantic flight.

ESLDiscussions: Flying
Do you prefer to buy a "no frills" cheap ticket or pay more money for better service?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wisdom

Filmmaker and photographer Andrew Zuckerman says Western society today is youth obsessed and is missing out on a wealth of knowledge that comes with years of experience. In his latest project, he set out in search of that knowledge. The result: a book of portraits and interviews and a 60-minute video, packaged together under the title -- "Wisdom." VOA's Susan Logue reports.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Milpitas Library Grand Re-Opening!!!


The Milpitas Library re-opened to the public on January 5.

The Milpitas Library Grand Re-Opening ceremony begins Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m., at 160 North Main Street, on the front steps of the historic Milpitas Grammar School with a traditional ribbon cutting. Activities occurring from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include activities for children, tours, art and local history displays, artist talks, cultural performances and historic perspectives.

ESLPodcast 55 - A Trip to the Library
I read in the local paper that a new public library had just opened two weeks ago in my neighborhood. I wanted to check it out. ...

ESLDiscussions: Libraries
Would society be better if there were ten times more libraries?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mrs Lin's Sushi


Learn how to talk about cooking in English in this episode. Download Podcast

ESLDiscussions: Food
What kinds of international cuisine do you like?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Citizen: Shen-Hsu Mei-Huei!

ESL Podcast 270 – Airport Announcements
Learn about airport announcements in English in this episode. Download Podcast
ESLDiscussions: Travel
Do you like travelling?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Flying 1

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, "Little Christmas." The Bible says that Three Kings followed a star for many, many miles to find the Baby Jesus. During the next couple of weeks, many people will travel to their home countries to celebrate the New Year. In honor of these travellers, we will study conversations about Travel.

Find out what the common airplane announcements mean in English in this podcast. Download Podcast

1. Do you like flying? (more . . . )

Thursday, January 1, 2009