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