Friday, December 31, 2010

Americans Prepare to Celebrate New Year's Eve



VOAVideo: Americans Prepare to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Around the world, millions of people will welcome the new year on Friday night by taking part in small, intimate gatherings - or larger, more boisterous celebrations. Throughout the United States, many will break out party hats and uncork champagne or other libations.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Americans Develop a Taste for Cooking, Even If Just on TV


VOA Learning English: Americans Develop a Taste for Cooking, Even If Just on TV

TV shows are helping to feed a food culture in a time-starved nation; so are cooking teachers like Judy Harris (shown) THIS IS AMERICA download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recommended Amount of Vitamin D Increased



VOAVideo: Recommended Amount of Vitamin D Increased

It's the vitamin that is associated with the sun, that helps strengthen our bones, and may do a lot more. The U-S Institute of Medicine has increased the recommended levels of vitamin D that it says people need to stay healthy. But the panel's statement is not the last word on this vitamin. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snowflakes and Sugarplum Fairies? Yep, It's the Season



Why ''The Nutcracker” ballet is a Christmastime favorite EXPLORATIONS download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some New Yorkers Don't Miss the Train -- They Miss the Old Station



VOA Learning English Video: Some New Yorkers Don't Miss the Train -- They Miss the Old Station

One hundred years have passed since New York's Pennsylvania Station opened its doors. The building stood in the middle of Manhattan for more than 50 years. Today, only the underground area remains. Lorraine Diehl wrote a book about Penn Station. She remembers playing there as a child.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Senior ESL!



Senior ESL Christmas Party 2010



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Senior ESL. See you Monday, January 3, 2011 8:45am for more English (and fun) in the new year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

More Americans Opt to Cut Down Their Christmas Trees



VOAVideo: More Americans Opt to Cut Down Their Christmas Trees

Many roadside lots spring up at this time of year, selling pre-cut trees for half or a third as much. Hardware stores and other places sell them, too. And artificial trees are becoming increasingly popular. About 12 million reusable plastic trees sold last year, up from about 10 million in 2003. But choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms remain the most popular place for Americans to buy a tree, accounting for a third of sales.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

Mr Kim (not Santa Claus) singing Christmas carols

VOANews: Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Strong Asia Recovery Dogged by Worries Over Risky Capital Flows



VOAVideo: Strong Asia Recovery Dogged by Worries Over Risky Capital Flows

Asia rebounded strongly from the global financial crisis. But large capital inflows have raised fears about inflation and market volatility. As Heda Bayron reports from Hong Kong, some economists say Asia's experience in the 1997 financial crisis left it better able to withstand the challenge.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Technique Avoids Major Surgery If Aneurysm Caught In Time



VOAVideo: New Technique Avoids Major Surgery If Aneurysm Caught In Time

The American Heart Association reports that the death rate from diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels has dropped by almost 30 percent since the 1990's. Still, heart disease remains a major killer in the United States. It is what claimed the life of US diplomat Richard Holbrooke who died of a burst aorta December 13.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Human Trials Start for Universal Flu Vaccine



VOAVideo: Human Trials Start for Universal Flu Vaccine

The World Health Organization says about 500,000 people die every year from seasonal flu. To combat that, doctors recommend getting a flu vaccine at the beginning of each flu season and researchers are now working on a universal vaccine that could protect people from all strains of the flu. What's more, they say the vaccine could work for several years. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has more.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Aspirin Can Reduce Cancer Death Rates, But Can Cause Serious Side Effects



VOAVideo: Aspirin Can Reduce Cancer Death Rates, But Can Cause Serious Side Effects

It's a common medication with uncommon benefits. Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. And a new study just out shows that one low-dose aspirin a day - about 80 milligrams - can significantly reduce the risk of death from some common forms of cancer. But there are some precautions you ought to know about. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Combination of Weights, Aerobics Works Best for Diabetics



VOAVideo: Combination of Weights, Aerobics Works Best for Diabetics

The World Health Organization says diabetes is a major threat to global public health that is rapidly growing worse. But the most common form of the disease, Type Two, can be managed by a healthy diet and more physical activity. A recent study shows that by combining aerobic exercise and resistance training, Type Two diabetics can improve their blood sugar levels and lose weight.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Neediest | A Teacher in Training



N.Y./Region: Neediest A Teacher in Training - nytimes.com/video

After losing her eyesight, Libin Zhang, alone in a new country, rediscovers an old dream.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

In a Land of the Aging, Children Counter Alzheimer’s

In a Land of the Aging, Children Counter Alzheimer’s By PAM BELLUCK, NYTimes

South Korea is training thousands, including children, as “dementia supporters,” to recognize symptoms and care for patients.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

What, No Digital Camera? Capturing the Beauty of the Grand Canyon With a Brush



VOA Learning English Video: What, No Digital Camera? Capturing the Beauty of the Grand Canyon With a Brush

It is a clear morning on the south side of the Grand Canyon. This is the starting point for Linda Glover Gooch. Little by little, the image starts to form. Thousands of people take pictures of the Grand Canyon every day in hopes of capturing its beauty. Linda Glover Gooch could have stayed home and copied a photograph of the canyon. But she says that would not be the same....

Friday, December 3, 2010

ESL Podcast 637 – Planting Flowers and Trees


ESL Podcast 637 – Planting Flowers and Trees

If you are good at gardening, we say you have a green thumb. Get your green thumb on in this episode that will explain how we talk about flowers and trees. Download Podcast

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How To Make Greek Salad


How To Make Greek Salad video

Typical Greek Salad Recipe with feta cheese and black olives: an appetising lunch! A Greek classic.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Elderly Getting HIV/AIDS

A poster campaign (by Andy Chen Design) that encourages older people to protect their sexual health bears the message 'Sex never gets old. And neither does keeping yourself protected.'

Most people think of HIV/AIDS as a young person's disease but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control predicts that - five years from now - half of Americans with HIV/AIDS will be at least 50 years old. Most of them will be people who've survived into their fifties, thanks to effective drugs. But the number of people who are contracting HIV at age 50 or older went up 16 percent between 2005 and 2008. Researchers worry it will keep rising unless this age group starts thinking about prevention...(read and listen to the full article)

HIV Patients in Asia Still Face Discrimination



VOAVideo: HIV Patients in Asia Still Face Discrimination

Despite public awareness campaigns, people with HIV-AIDS in Asia say they still face social stigma and discrimination. Nearly 5 million people in the region have been infected by the virus. Heda Bayron has this report from Bangkok.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

US Holiday Shopping Season off to Good Start



VOAVideo: US Holiday Shopping Season off to Good Start

Early indications show the holiday shopping season in the United States is off to a promising start. The National Retail Federation says the number of Americans who visited stores and websites during the so called "Black Friday" holiday weekend was up significantly from last year. As Mil Arcega reports, retailers are hoping the online equivalent, called Cyber Monday, turns out to be just as successful - as the

Monday, November 29, 2010

Chinese Increasingly Hit the Road in Their Own Cars



VOAVideo: Chinese Increasingly Hit the Road in Their Own Cars

As China's economy grows, salaries rise, and more city residents are feeling the need to hit the road in what has become a symbol of individuality and freedom - a car.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

China's Economic Growth Leads to Packed Roads, Push for Expanded Railways



VOAVideo: China's Economic Growth Leads to Packed Roads, Push for Expanded Railways

China's rapid economic growth is causing some strains - and they are increasingly evident on the roads of the country's big cities. Traffic jams fill news headlines and create headaches for a growing number of people.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Shopping Rush Begins in US



VOAVideo: Holiday Shopping Rush Begins in US

Shoppers turned out in large numbers on Friday, looking for bargains as the traditional holiday shopping season kicked off in the United States. Falling the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., the day is widely known as Black Friday because it is the day when retailers often start moving into the black, the common term for making a profit. American consumers wasted no time, some camping for hours to get the best deals.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Survey Shows US Consumers Plan to Spend More During Holiday Season



VOANews: Survey Shows US Consumers Plan to Spend More During Holiday Season

There are more signs that American consumers are coming back as the key holiday shopping season gets underway. Revised figures show the U.S. economy grew faster than initially reported during the third quarter, thanks in part to an uptick in consumer and government spending. Retailers are hoping consumers will continue spending as the traditional holiday shopping season begins in the U.S. As Mil Arcega reports, a new consumer survey seems to think so.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

SeniorESL Thanksgiving at Milpitas Buffet



SeniorESL Thanksgiving at Milpitas Buffet

VOANews: A Traditional Thanksgiving Meal, With Modern Shortcuts

Thanksgiving Day is America's version of a harvest festival. The holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November download MP3

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

President Obama Pardons Turkey


WH.gov: President Obama Pardons Turkey

President Obama grants a pardon to 'Apple', the National Thanksgiving Turkey. November 24, 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Traditional Thanksgiving Meal, With Modern Shortcuts

VOANEWS: A Traditional Thanksgiving Meal, With Modern Shortcuts

Prepared foods and restaurants help Americans celebrate a holiday older than the nation itself l AGRICULTURE REPORT (download mp3)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Training Medical Teams to Communicate Better During Operations



VOA Learning English: Training Medical Teams to Communicate Better During Operations

No one wants a pilot to make a mistake. This is why flight crews are trained in teamwork and communication. Now a study finds hospitals that trained their operating room teams had a lower rate of surgical deaths than other hospitals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

US Considers First Genetically Modified Animal for Food



VOAVideo: US Considers First Genetically Modified Animal for Food

Farmers in the United States have grown genetically engineered crops since the late nineteen nineties. Now, a federal agency is deciding whether to let a genetically modified animal into the food supply for the first time. A company, AquaBounty Technologies, has developed the AquAdvantage Salmon.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

PC Recycler Strikes Gold in Old Computer Chips

VOA Learning English: PC Recycler Strikes Gold in Old Computer Chips

Information security, reselling and precious metals are all part of the electronics recycling business TECHNOLOGY REPORT (download mp3)

Monday, November 15, 2010

ESL Podcast 393 – Trash and Recycling

ESL Podcast 393 – Trash and Recycling

Rajid: Don't you recycle? You're supposed to separate out your recyclables. Download Podcast

Lesson 3a - Prepositions - English Grammar

JenniferESL Lesson 3a - Prepositions - English Grammar

This is a lesson in 3 parts. The topic is prepositions of location and direction. The list of prepositions is long, so this is meant to be a review and not an introduction. Level: high beginner - intermediate.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi's Release Sparks Worldwide Celebration and Caution



VOAVideo: Aung San Suu Kyi's Release Sparks Worldwide Celebration and Caution

Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest in Burma, also known as Myanmar, has sparked worldwide celebrations among supporters of the long-time pro-democracy activist. But her supporters are also cautious in noting the daughter of Burma's assassinated independence leader, Aung San, has been previously released before being detained again. VOA's Nico Colombant reports from Washington.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taiwan Animators Mine News for Comedic Gold

VOANews: Taiwan Animators Mine News for Comedic Gold

When news breaks, most reporters focus on the facts captured on tape to bring the story alive. But Taiwan’s Next Media Animation is taking a different approach to create compelling material. Their team of writers, actors, artists and computer programmers create digital animations that depict -- and embellish -- the stories behind the headlines.

Friday, November 12, 2010

ESL Podcast 630 – Making a Medical Diagnosis

ESL Podcast 630 – Making a Medical Diagnosis

If you’re feeling sick, you should go see a doctor. Learn how to understand what the doctor says to you in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Museum of Chinese in America Shows a Little-Known History



VOAVideo: Museum of Chinese in America Shows a Little-Known History

Chinese have been in America since before the United States was founded, though few in numbers until the 1840s. Like other ethnic groups, they faced prejudice and exclusion, until the civil rights movements of the 1960s began to tear down racial barriers in education and jobs. In 1980, a museum dedicated to their story started as the Chinatown History Project. The Museum of Chinese in America opened this year at a new site in New York's Chinatown. VOA New York correspondent Carolyn Weaver has more.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Obama Aims to Expand, Strengthen Relationships on 10-Day Asia Trip



VOAVideo: Obama Aims to Expand, Strengthen Relationships on 10-Day Asia Trip

President Barack Obama sets off this week (November 5) on a 10 day trip through Asia, starting in India, followed by Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. VOA Chief White House Correspondent Dan Robinson will accompany him and reports that Mr. Obama will be seeking to move U.S. economic and security ties forward with each country, while sending a message that the United States intends to remain fully engaged in Asia in economic and security terms.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voters Head To Polls in Midterm Elections



VOAVideo: Voters Head To Polls in Midterm Elections

Voters will decide who will occupy all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, as well as 37 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. Gubernatorial races are also important, as states redraw Congressional districts following a 10-year census. Democrats are hoping for a good turnout so they can deter what many pundits say might be a Republican landslide. VOA headed to the polls today in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Laurel Bowman has the latest.

Monday, November 1, 2010

San Francisco Giants Win World Series

VOANews: San Francisco Giants Win World Series

The San Francisco Giants have won Major League Baseball's World Series for the first time since 1954, when the team was based in New York City. The National League champion Giants beat the American League champion Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series to clinch baseball's 2010 overall title, four-games-to-one.

ESL Podcast 619 – Packing Clothes for a Trip

ESL Podcast 619 – Packing Clothes for a Trip

If you’re leaving on a jet plane, and don’t know when you’ll be back again, then you better bring a lot of clothing. Learn all about it on this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Fun is Serious Business on US Farms



VOAVideo: Halloween Fun is Serious Business on US Farms

Farmers looking for ways to stay profitable are finding a growing source of income in farm tourists.

Especially near urban centers, welcoming visitors is becoming increasingly lucrative while raising crops and livestock are becoming less so.

Autumn is a particularly popular time for farm tourism. This weekend's Halloween celebration of all things scary draws visitors to scenic farms around Washington, DC, to pick pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

VOTE!



VOTE!

My name is Nadejda Iontcheva and I live in Milpitas.

I need to say why it is so important to vote on November 2, 2010.

There are many reasons.

First, voting is one of the most important rights of American citizens.

It is a democratic way to take into account the will of the majority of the population for changing:the governing persons of the cities and of the country and the system of laws and rules governing the life of American citizens.

Second, the country is still under the effect of the recent deep recession.

It needs to choose the best people that are able to make the best decisions for saving and improving the education system of the country.

Education is the most important factor for success in any area of the business, science, etc.

A country that has a highly educated population is a rich country, because this human factor leads to new discoveries, developments, and the future success of young people. They are our future!

Our leaders must take urgent measures for generating new jobs and improving the health system and any other systems (financial, political, business, transportation, etc) that are not in good shape and are harming the development of country.

If the citizens do not vote, they will depend on decisions made by people who are influenced by special interests and groups that are not working for the success of the whole population but just value their private success.

On November 2, 2010, all people should take the responsibility for the future of America and must vote.

They must do their best to find out which candidates are the best and vote for them.

Thank you.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lesson 2f - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2f - Conditionals - English Grammar

This fifth lesson on conditionals is presented in 2 parts. This is the second part, and we review form and use of unreal conditionals in the past. Exercises invite students to practice using this structure. Level: high intermediate - adavanced.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Better for Patients and Caregivers



VOAVideo: Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Better for Patients and Caregivers

Alzheimer's affects more than 35 million people globally, robbing them of their precious memories and, over time, their lives. It is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. In a recently published study, experts proposed new guidelines that encourage clinical procedures to secure early diagnosis of the disease. They also want to see new drug trials aimed at eliminating Alzheimer's. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has more.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Political Surrogates Rally Voter Base in the Run-Up to U.S. Elections



VOAVideo: Political Surrogates Rally Voter Base in the Run-Up to U.S. Elections

First Lady Michelle Obama, former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and former President Bill Clinton have been enlisted by their respective parties to campaign for candidates in trouble in November's midterm elections. Why do these people appeal to American voters, while actual party leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama are struggling? VOA's Laurel Bowman explains.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

US Election Campaign Heads Into Final Two Weeks

VOANews: US Election Campaign Heads Into Final Two Weeks

There are less than two weeks left in the U.S. congressional midterm election campaign, and analysts say opposition Republicans appear poised to make significant gains on November 2 (download media)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Secrets of Centenarians


The Secrets of Centenarians by NYTimes

What is it like to live until 100? Eight men and women, 99 to 103, speak about their century of life.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lesson 2e - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2e - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the fifth lesson on conditionals. It will be presented in 2 parts. This first part is mainly explanation of form and use of unreal conditionals in the past. Level: high intermediate - adavanced.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What Is Your Favorite Song About Autumn?

Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme (longer version)!

tiad :The Track "Yumeji's Theme" is taken from the fantastic soundtrack album of the movie "In the mood for love" (2000, Original title: "Fa yeung nin wa", Director: Wong Kar Wai, Photographer: Christopher Doyle, Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung). "Yumeji's Theme", written by Umebayashi Shigeru, was originally used in a Seijun Suzuki film called "Yumeji" (1991) barely seen outside of Asia. It is one of the most dramatatic, emotional and beautiful soundtracks ever written. Listen and enjoy it.Music composed by: Shigeru Umebayashi

VOANews: What Is Your Favorite Song About Autumn?

Here are some favorite songs about autumn. (Download MP3)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Senior ESL Birthday Party



Senior ESL Birthday Party --Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday party!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Miners in Chile Raised to Freedom after More Than Two Months Underground



VOAVideo: Miners in Chile Raised to Freedom after More Than Two Months Underground

Those 33 trapped miners in Chile are being pulled to freedom one by one after being underground since early August. VOA's Elizabeth Lee tells us about the rescue operations and the celebrations at the mine site.








VOANews: Chile Completes Rescue of All 33 Miners

The flawless operation to bring the miners to the surface ended earlier than expected

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

VIVA CHILE!







Rescue of Chilean Miners Advancing Smoothly
Chilean officials say operation to rescue 33 trapped miners moving smoothly

Final Preparations Underway for Miners' Rescue



VOAVideo: Final Preparations Underway for Miners' Rescue

Anticipation is mounting as the rescue of 33 miners in northern Chile approaches. The mission to end the more than two month ordeal for the trapped miners is expected to begin by midnight Tuesday local time. On Monday, workers finished reinforcing the escape shaft and successfully tested the rescue capsule, designed to carry rescue workers to the miners and hoist each miner, one by one, to the surface. VOA's Robert Raffaele has more.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Senem's Journey to a New Beginning



batman7003: Turkish Islamic art of Marbling (Ebru)

The word marbling is in Turkish EBRU (cloud, cloudy) or abru (Water face). EBRU is used for covering some manuscripts and other holy books. EBRU may have come from China, where a document from the T'ang dynasty (618-907) mentions a process of coloring paper on water with five hues. Through the Silk Road this art came first to Iran and picked up the name Ebru. Subsequently this art moved towards Anatolia (Turkey).

In Senem's Journey to a New Beginning (modified), Senem is a Turkish woman living in the United States and taking care of her family—her husband, Tarkan, and their son, Hasan—while adapting to a new language and new customs. Her task becomes even more challenging when Hasan is kidnapped and when she gets word of a natural disaster back home. With the help of her family and her new friends, however, Senem manages to find the strength to thrive in her unfamiliar setting and make new beginnings in her life.

The files below are in PDF (Portable Document File) format. To view PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To find out more, please visit www.press.umich.edu/pdf/pdf_instuctions.jsp.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Lesson 2d - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2d - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the fourth lesson on conditionals. In this lesson we turn our attention to unreal conditional statements in the present time. Level: high intermediate - advanced.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

2010 Double Ten Day Fireworks



2010 Double Ten Day Fireworks

AP: 10-10-10: Vegas chapels busy on symmetrical date

Wedding-related businesses said the day was perhaps the most sought-after wedding date since July 7, 2007, when the lucky 07-07-07 marked the calendar. Some 10-10-10 couples even chose to take their vows at 10 a.m.

Double Ten 2010



Double Ten 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chinese Human Rights Campaigner Wins Peace Prize



VOAVideo: Chinese Human Rights Campaigner Wins Peace Prize

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize what the Nobel Committee called "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." The Norwegian committee said it has long believed there is a close connection between human rights and peace. Jennifer Glasse reports on the announcement and the reaction.

VOANews: Relatives: Nobel Winner Liu's Wife to Visit Him Sunday

Relatives say she can tell him he just won Nobel Peace Prize for advocacy of democratic reforms in China

VOANews: Jailed Chinese Activist Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced last December to 11 years in prison for 'inciting subversion of state power'

VOANews: China Outraged Over Nobel Peace Prize Selection

Statement on Foreign Ministry's website calls award 'obscenity' that goes against aims of award

VOANews: Three Questions: China and the Nobel Peace Prize

Awarding a jailed Chinese dissident the Nobel Peace Prize pressures the Beijing government in a very public way

Friday, October 8, 2010

ESL Podcast 622 – Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

ESL Podcast 622 – Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

This episode is dedicated to my neighbor’s screaming children. Learn how to describe the little monsters in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, October 7, 2010

US Considers First Genetically Modified Animal for Food

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VOANews: US Considers First Genetically Modified Animal for Food

A salmon grows faster with genes from two other fish, but the idea raises debate AGRICULTURE REPORT (download MP3)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In Study, B Vitamins Lessen Brain Shrinkage in Some Older Patients

VOANews: In Study, B Vitamins Lessen Brain Shrinkage in Some Older Patients

Today, we will tell about possible good news for people seeking to prevent Alzheimer's disease. We will also tell about two ancient creatures that scientists believe were close relatives of a famous dinosaur. (download MP3)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lesson 2c - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2c - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the third lesson on conditionals. In this segment we look at conditional statements with "unless." Level: high intermediate.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Diabetes Drug Avandia Faces Stricter Regulation



VOAVideo: Diabetes Drug Avandia Faces Stricter Regulation

The U.S. and European drug regulatory agencies recently issued rulings that restrict the use of the diabetes drug Avandia, which studies show increase the risk of heart attack and stroke as it controls blood sugar levels. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has more.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Test is 90 Percent Accurate in Detecting Prostate Cancer

VOANews: New Test is 90 Percent Accurate in Detecting Prostate Cancer

Researchers say test could dramatically reduce number of costly and often unnecessary biopsies

Friday, October 1, 2010

China Currency Bill Wins House Vote



VOAVideo: China Currency Bill Wins House Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure to punish China and other countries that allegedly undervalue their currencies. American lawmakers accuse China of keeping the yuan artificially low to give its manufacturers a competitive edge in world markets. Mil Arcega has the latest.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

American Voters Rate Economy, Jobs as Major Concerns



VOAVideo: American Voters Rate Economy, Jobs as Major Concerns

Americans will go to the polls November 2 to select all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and more than one-third of the 100-member Senate. In survey after survey, Americans rate the economy as their top concern. Voters say they are looking for candidates who will spur job creation and restore prosperity. (read more, especially about California's upcoming election)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lesson 2b - Conditionals - English Grammar



Jennifer ESL: Lesson 2b - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the second lesson on conditionals. There is a review and expansion on present factual conditionals, and then we move on to look at factual conditionals in the future. Level: intermediate - high intermediate.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

China Growing Increasingly Assertive Along Its Coast



VOAVideo: China Growing Increasingly Assertive Along Its Coast

In recent months, China has taken an increasingly aggressive stance along its coastal borders from the Yellow Sea in the north to the hotly disputed South China Sea. Regional security analysts say this increased assertiveness highlights China's growing economic might and its desire to project its military might beyond its borders. VOA's William Ide has more from Washington.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lady Bird Johnson

VOANews: Lady Bird Johnson: First Lady Worked to Make America Beautiful

The wife of President Lyndon Johnson showed great strength during a very tense period in American history.(download mp3)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Senior Citizens and the Affordable Care Act



WH.gov: Senior Citizens and the Affordable Care Act

Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hosted a conference call with senior citizens from across the country to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for senior citizens. September 23, 2010.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mooncake! Mooncake!


Mid-Autumn Festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival (traditional Chinese: 中秋節; simplified Chinese: 中秋节; pinyin: Zhōngqiūjié

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lesson 2a - Conditionals - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Lesson 2a - Conditionals - English Grammar

This is the first of several lessons on conditionals. In this lesson we begin with factual conditionals in the present. Level: intermediate - high intermediate.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Study Indicates Better Way to Care for Patients



VOAVideo: Study Indicates Better Way to Care for Patients

In medical school, students learn how to diagnose and manage a patient's medical concerns. But non-medical issues - a patient's emotional state, caretaker responsibilities, job status or access to care can be just as important. A new study finds that medical students who are trained to ask about issues affecting patients' lives in addition to their physical problems are better able to help their patients. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Why Vitamins Are Important to Good Health

Reynaldo Venegas makes great fruit salad!


VOANews: Why Vitamins Are Important to Good Health

A look at the different vitamins and their effects on disease prevention SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download MP3)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Constitution Day!



Here is a slide show of the US Constituion.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal holiday that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution. Citizenship Day also recognizes all who have become citizens due to either coming of age or naturalization. It is celebrated on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Before Constution Day, students study the US Constitution, focusing on the rights and responsibilites of American Citizenship. On Constitution Day, students sign a large copy of the Constitution and are given pocket-sized copies of the Constitution. Many Adult Schools honor the students who were naturalized as American citizen during the previous school year. The school also encourages the students who are preparing for naturalization during the upcoming school year.

For more info, see:

ELCivics.com: The US Constitution
Learn about the US Constituion with Pictures, Easy Lessons, and Fun Activities

ESLPOD English 92
LISTEN to the Preamble to the US Constitution.

National Constitution Center: Home
The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, is the worlds only museum devoted to the US Constitution.

US Citizenship Podcast
Check back every day for updated materials for Constitution Day. Here are some pictures from last year's celebration.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

El Grito de Milpitas!


El Grito de Milpitas

Viva Mexico!
Viva Milpitas!
Viva San Jose!
Viva Milpitas Adult School!
Happy Mexican Independence Day
from Milpitas Adult School!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Asian Youth Forgetting How to Write

Tammy taught 1st and 2nd graders
how to read and write for over 30 years!

Breaking News English: Asian Youth Forgetting How to Write

A new study commissioned by the China Daily Youth newspaper has found many young Chinese people are forgetting how to write traditional Chinese.

Monday, September 13, 2010

JenniferESL Lesson 1: Preferences



JenniferESL: Lesson 1 - Preferences - English Grammar

  • Which would you rather have ______?
  • Which would you prefer (infinitive / gerund) _______ or _______?
  • I prefer ______.

Friday, September 10, 2010

How Failure Can Lead to Long-Lasting Knowledge

VOANews: How Failure Can Lead to Long-Lasting Knowledge

No one likes to make mistakes. But a new study says organizations learn more from their failures than their successes, and keep that knowledge longer. (download MP3)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

ESL Podcast 614 – Experiencing an Earthquake



Do you feel the earth move under your feet? You may be experiencing an earthquake. Learn how to talk about it in English before it’s too late. Download Podcast

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Millions Of People Likely Suffering From Computer Vision Syndrome



VOAVideo: Millions Of People Likely Suffering From Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome is a medical condition associated with our addiction to digital devices -- from computers to smart phones, hand-held video games and e-books. Doctors estimate that nearly 80 million people in the U.S. could suffer from it. And that does not include the growing number of children developing eye problems related to electronic devices. Producer Zulima Palacio talked to the experts and filed this story.

For more info, see: Occupational Glasses and Computer Glasses.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Kim's Story: Journey to Harmony


Modified Version of The Kims
The Kims' Journey to Harmony is a story about one Korean family's journey to the United States following the death of Hyo Kim's father. After the funeral, Hyo's brother asks him to stay and take his father's place in their engineering company. But tension between the brothers disrupts the harmony in the lives of their mother, wives, and children as they try to adjust to life in America. With the help of new classmates, colleagues, and friends, the Kims embark on a different type of journey to balance their responsibility to family with their dreams for life in America and restore harmony to everyone.

The files below are in PDF (Portable Document File) format. To view PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To find out more, please visit www.press.umich.edu/pdf/pdf_instructions.jsp.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Modal Verbs to Express Past Possibilities - Lesson 26 - English Grammar



JenniferESL: Modal Verbs to Express Past Possibilities - Lesson 26 - English Grammar

TOPIC: Modal verbs to express possibilities in the past ("must have gone"). Levels: Upper Intermediate to Advanced

STUDENTS: Additonal practice is available on EnglishCafe. Try the listening quiz I created.
http://www.englishcafe.com/quiz/modal-verbs-express-past-possibilities-listening-quiz-88150

TEACHERS: Classroom ideas are available on my WordPress blog.
http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/magic-mysteries-and-modals/

Sunday, September 5, 2010

English Cafe 49: The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, Labor Day Weekend

Jerry Lewis and the 2010 MDA Poster Child

ESLPod's English Cafe 49 Topics: Labor Day, charitable organizations in the U.S., safety vs. security, clutch vs. grip vs. grab (Download MP3)

Comedian Jerry Lewis hosts a Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystropy Association. The telethon is always on Labor Day weekend. It lasts about 20 hours or so. It
is very successful in getting people to donate money. Last year, people watched the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and donated 55 million dollars.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Global Uncertainty Drives Demand For Gold



VOAVideo: Global Uncertainty Drives Demand For Gold

Demand for gold is expected to rise as a weak US dollar and persistent fears of a double dip recession weigh on investors. Despite falling slightly from historic highs earlier this year, the precious metal remains a safe and attractive investment. Analysts expect the price to stay strong for the rest of the year, thanks in part to accelerating demand from India and China. Mil Arcega reports.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Osteoporosis Increases Danger of Broken Bones

VOANews: Osteoporosis Increases Danger of Broken Bones

Researchers say young people who drink too much alcohol could develop bone problems later in life SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (listen)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

ESL Podcast 611 – Having an Overbearing Father



ESL Podcast 611 – Having an Overbearing Father

Parents want to protect their children, even when they grow older. Sometimes the children, however, don’t want the protection. Learn more in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier


VOANews: For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

A study found that by age 85, people are happier with their life than they were at 18

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Massive Egg Recall Raises Food Safety Questions

I love tea eggs!

VOANews: Massive Egg Recall Raises Food Safety Questions

The recent egg contamination is one of the largest salmonella outbreaks ever recorded in the US. Congress is considering new food laws. (listen)

Monday, August 30, 2010

WELCOME BACK, SENIORS!



It is really great to have SENIOR ESL back at Milpitas Adult School. Here is this morning's presentation with more info about the ESL skills levels.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Senior Class Level 4-6, M-TH 10 am-12 noon

Due to overwhelming demand, there will be two Senior ESL classes:

Senior Class Level 1-3
Monday-Thursday 10 am-12 noon
Teacher: Judy Connell, Room 407
Class Size: 36 students
Check the class lists posted on the front door of the school.

Senior Class Level 4-6
Monday-Thursday 10 am-12 noon
Teacher: Jennifer Gagliardi, Room 703
Class Size: 36 students

There is a waiting list for each class.

Senior Class Level 4-6 Class Roster:

  1. Chang, Hui Li
  2. Chen, Fu Chiu Tammy
  3. Chen, Ming Hua
  4. Dinh, Loc T.
  5. Dominguez, Leticia
  6. Espinoza, Daisy M
  7. Fung, Kum Lee Anita
  8. Gao, Lixin
  9. Ho, Bich Chau Thi
  10. Ho, Nu
  11. Iontcheva, Nadejda G.
  12. Joshi, Jayadevi M
  13. Karamanaga, Minire
  14. Kosel, Mark
  15. Lam, Cindy Ngoc
  16. Leon, Rosario
  17. Lin, Cheng Hsiung Charles
  18. Liu, Willson
  19. Mendoza, Nolberto
  20. Ngo, Quang Van
  21. Nguyen, Chile Thi
  22. Nguyen, Viet Quang
  23. Park, Hae S.
  24. Phan, Le T
  25. Sheth, Ashwin Nataranjan
  26. Souvannavong, Kitima K.
  27. Tan, Mi Fang
  28. Tom, Pak
  29. Ugarte, Rosa Felicia
  30. Valdez, Antonia
  31. Valencia, Isabel De Vazquez
  32. Vazquez, Araceli
  33. Xu, Xiaozhong
  34. Yepez, Silvina YST
  35. Zhang, Mei Qin
  36. Zhu, Dianna H.


See you on Monday, August 30, 10am- 12 noon!