Sunday, February 28, 2010

ESL Podcast 558 – Being a Strict Parent

ESL Podcast 558 – Being a Strict Parent

I’m the grandmother after all, so I have special privileges. Nobody tells me what to do with my own granddaughter. Download Podcast

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lesson 6b - WORD STRESS - English Pronunciation



JenniferESL: Lesson 6b - WORD STRESS - English Pronunciation

This is PART TWO of four parts. Topic: Word Stress. In this segment I explain syllable separation and how to learn the placement of word stress. The main exercise of this lesson begins: How to pronounce the 50 states and capitals of the USA. Level: All levels, though the vocabulary and rate of speech in the interviews with native speakers will challenge beginners.

Friday, February 26, 2010

What Next for Health Care Effort?

VOAVews: What Next for Health Care Effort?


Obama's meeting with Democrats and Republicans could mark a final push to pass reform, with or without the Republicans | IN THE NEWS

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Dangers of Counterfeit Drugs (First of Two Parts)

VOANews: The Dangers of Counterfeit Drugs (First of Two Parts)

Medicines that are not what they seem are a widespread problem in developing countries. They are a dangerous and sometimes deadly trick for a quick profit. Transcript of radio broadcast: 22 February 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lesson 6a - WORD STRESS - English Pronunciation



JenniferESL: Lesson 6a - WORD STRESS - English Pronunciation

Topic: Word Stress. This is a lesson in four parts. In this first segment I explain what word stress is and why it's important. Levels: All levels.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Less Salt Can Mean More Life

VOALearningEnglish: Less Salt Can Mean More Life

This is the VOA Special English Health Report, from http://voaspecialenglish.com. Even a small reduction in salt in the diet can be a big help to the heart. A new study used a computer model to predict how just three grams less a day would affect heart disease in the United States.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Scientists Seeking Better Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

VOANews: Scientists Seeking Better Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

On SCIENCE IN THE NEWS, scientists have yet to find a cure for MS. But they are developing a better understanding of the disease.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Treating an Abnormal Heartbeat



VOANews: Treating an Abnormal Heartbeat

A new study offers good news for patients who are not helped by drugs for atrial fibrillation. Also, an explanation of Bill Clinton’s heart treatment. (video)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lesson 5c (second part) - R and L - English Pronunciation

JenniferESL: Lesson 5c (second part) - R and L - English Pronunciation

Topic: "R" and "L". Level: All levels, though some vocabulary in the explanations and exercises will challenge beginners.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Getting to the Heart of How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Work

VOANews: Getting to the Heart of How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Work

Also on SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: New findings about the limits of antidepressant drugs, the dangers of salt in the diet and the possible risks of running shoes.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Chocolate Has a History as Rich as Its Taste

VOANews: Chocolate Has a History as Rich as Its Taste

On EXPLORATIONS: Exploring the history and industry of chocolate.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

JenniferESL: Lesson 5c - R and L - English Pronunciation



JenniferESL: Lesson 5c - R and L - English Pronunciation

Topic: "R" and "L". Level: All levels, though some vocabulary in the explanations and exercises will challenge beginners.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Best Films for the 50 Plus Audience



VOAVideo: Best Films for the 50 Plus Audience

Each year, the editors of AARP Magazine choose the winners of the Movies for Grownups awards, The Golden Chairs. When the magazine started presenting the awards honoring filmmakers and actors over 50, the challenge was to find enough movies, in every category, by, about or for mature adults. Now, as editor Bill Newcott says, it has become difficult to pick winners because there are so many films for older audiences. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the winners were recently announced. On February 16, an awards gala will celebrate them. Carol Pearson narrates. (Read more...)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Former President Clinton Has Common Heart Procedure



VOAVideo: Former President Clinton Has Common Heart Procedure

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is home after undergoing a common medical procedure where wire tubes called stents are inserted into a blocked coronary artery. Mr. Clinton is now one of at least 500,000 Americans who have had the procedure. VOA's Melinda Smith has details on what led the former president to go to the hospital and the procedure he had. (Read more...)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

President Obama Extends Best Wishes for Lunar New Year



VOAVideo: President Obama Extends Best Wishes for Lunar New Year

The President wishes peace, prosperity and good health to Americans and people across the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming the Chinese Year of the Tiger. February 12, 2010.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lesson 5b - R - English Pronunciation



JenniferESL: Lesson 5b - R - English Pronunciation

Topic: "R" as a consonant sound. Level: All levels, though some vocabulary in the explanations and exercises will challenge beginners.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lesson 5a - R - English Pronunciation


JenniferESL: Lesson 5a - R - English Pronunciation

Topic: "R" as a vowel sound. Level: All levels, though some vocabulary in the explanations and exercises will challenge beginners.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Words and Their Stories: All About Names

My parents proudly display my SJSU MATESOL diploma.
If you look closely, you will see
the Governor of California signature.

VOANews: Words and Their Stories: All About Names

Some names have special meanings in popular American expressions.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lesson 4c (continued) - L - English Pronunciation



JenniferESL: Lesson 4c (continued) - L - English Pronunciation

Topic: /l/ in the final position. Level: All levels, though some vocabulary in the explanations and exercises will challenge beginners.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Some US Students Learn Mandarin With China's Help

VOANews: Some US Students Learn Mandarin With China's Help

The Confucius Classroom program is offered in more than 50 American schools and universities, and almost 40 countries worldwide.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lesson 4c - L - English Pronunciation

JenniferESL: Lesson 4c - L - English Pronunciation

Topic: /l/ in the final position. Level: All levels, though some vocabulary in the explanations and exercises will challenge beginners.

Monday, February 1, 2010

CT Scan Radiation Draws more Concern



VOAVideo: CT Scan Radiation Draws more Concern

Doctors use x-rays to view internal organs, obtain clear images of possible disease and to treat cancer. For years radiation has been used to save lives, but there is growing concern that some patients are getting more than they ask for when they undergo what's called a CT (Computed Tomography) scan. Research has shown that exposure to radiation can cause cancer. VOA's Melinda Smith has details on recent studies that raise doubts about the safety of CT Scans.