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Domestic Violence ( TEMA 1 – 2 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Laura was married for 6 months. Her husband was using drugs. She didn’t want her son or her unborn baby to live that way, but she was afraid to ask her husband to leave. She left him a note instead. After reading the note, Laura’s husband waited for her to come home and then beat her and her son.

He smashed dishes, pictures and toys and left the house in a terrible mess. He said it was all her fault. After Laura cleaned up the mess she went to the hospital. She was badly bruised all over her body, but the baby was fine.

Laura had little education and she never had a good paying job. She was ashamed to ask for help from the police, courts or women’s shelters. Laura wanted her marriage and family to work. Sometimes her husband was very nice to her. She decided to try harder so her children could have a home and a father. Laura joined a church and told a priest about her problem.

But her husband kept using drugs and hurting the family. Finally, she told her husband she loved him, but they should live apart for a while. He beat her again. The priest had called and could tell Laura was in trouble. He came over to talk to her. He asked the husband to go out for a while. Laura packed up her kids and left. The next day she lost the baby. Her husband went to jail.

Laura got a lot of help from groups that help women who have been beaten. Now she is in college, has her own apartment and works on special projects at a women’s shelter. “We got out, and it changed life for me and my children. You can do it. You can break the cycle,” Laura said.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Threatened at School ( TEMA 3 – 4 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

A man’s son is leaving California to stay safe. The boy was threatened at school. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him.

The group of boys said they were going to shoot him. They wanted him dead because of his race. The boy said he was very scared.

The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. The father said that they did not do anything about it. The father called the police and filed a report.

The father and son are very upset. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe.

People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. They are looking into the threats. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Smoking Kills ( TEMA 5 – 6 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and crime.

Did you know that 390,000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking? Smoking tobacco causes 1 out of 6 deaths. Smoking can also cause some very serious diseases. Some people become addicted to smoking.

Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer. If a pregnant woman smokes, she has a greater chance of medical problems with her baby.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of cancer death in men. Male smokers over the age of 35 are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases like lung cancer.

Many children start smoking before they reach high school. They run the risk of smoking most of their lives. They could die of smoking-related diseases.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Housing Plan to End Homelessness ( TEMA 7 – 8 )
(9/26/06)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

One county has a problem. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live. This is called being homeless. There are many reasons why people become homeless. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. They beg for money on the streets. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people.

Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. It is not healthy to live on the street. Some cities provide shelters for these people. But the shelters are usually very crowded. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Homeless people are often sick. In shelters, they can spread their illness to others.

Shelters can provide beds, but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people. The homeless often have many other problems. Some homeless people have mental illness. Some are addicted to drugs. Some are alcoholics. Some have lost their families.

One city has decided to help end the problem. City leaders have developed a plan. The plan has two parts. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work.

The first part of the plan will focus on housing. The city will provide stable housing. Clean, safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. No one will be denied an apartment. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. The manager of the complex is a success story. He was once homeless.

The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. Some services will help them find a job. Classes will teach them special skills, and how to keep their job. The plan will also provide mental health services. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life.

There have been many plans to help the homeless. Most plans require that people are healthy. They cannot be addicted to drugs. That is not possible for many. This plan is different. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit.

The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. Local leaders hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

______________________________________________________________________________

Buying and Selling Votes ( TEMA 9 – 10 )(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Every four years there is an election in the United States. We vote for people to help make laws for us. When we vote, we go to a place that has our ballots. To pick the person we want to elect, we mark ballots and put them in a box.

The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong.

A person in charge of the elections is mad. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. He will try to arrest those who are in charge.

The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page.

A college student started this Web page. It was shut down. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. He was told to shut it down as well. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

___________________________________________________________________________

Computers in the Classroom ( TEMA 11- 12 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school. They are using their computers. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They are wired to the Internet through their computers.

Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. They do not even want to go to recess.

Internet has opened the world to many people. Now students can go to any library on earth. They can get information. They can visit a child in another country.

Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. She’s going to Peggy’s page. Peggy is a school student in London, England. She put her own home page on the Internet. It includes pictures of Peggy, her school, her mom, dad and friends. You can send her mail, too.

A scientist helped to wire the school. He says, “There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet.”

Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars.

Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

911 Calls ( TEMA 13 – 14 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People can call 911 when they need help. The police will come quickly. This phone number should be used only in an emergency.

There have been some problems with people using the 911 phone number. More than half of the calls made to it are accidental. These accidental calls are not real emergencies.

Calling 911 when you do not need it can be very bad. It wastes the time of the people answering the calls. It can even force someone who has a real emergency to wait before getting the help they need.

Many accidental 911 calls come from cell phones. Keys are sometimes pushed and the call goes through without the owner of the phone knowing that he has called in an emergency. A group of people is trying to find a way to fix this problem.

One area is trying a new program that might help solve the problem of accidental 911 calls. This program will make callers of 911 calls push another key on the phone if it is a real emergency. People hope that change will reduce the number of accidental 911 calls going through.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

_____________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Safety ( TEMA 15 – 16 )

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Many people are wondering if it is safe to talk on the phone while driving. There have been quite a few accidents while drivers were talking on the phone. Some research is being done to find out if driving while talking on the phone is dangerous.

When there is a car accident police officers will find out if any of the drivers were using a cell phone. They will write this information in a report. The information will be saved and later studied.

There have been some very bad car accidents caused by drivers being distracted by cell phones. Drivers sometimes forget to watch the road carefully when they are using their phones. Not paying attention to the road can dangerous, even deadly.

It is important for drivers to focus on the road. They need to pay attention to what is going on around them. They might need to stop or swerve quickly.

People want to make sure that the roads are safe for everyone. Studies will be done using the information police officers collect at accidents. Maybe someday this information will lead to laws about driving and using cell phones.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

Earthquake Could be Worse than Hurricane ( TEAMA 17 – 18 ) (10/12/2005)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Experts know that a disaster is coming but they do not know when it will happen. They do know that it could cause a lot of damage. They think it will be worse than a hurricane. The disaster they are worried about is an earthquake.

There is a break in the earth’s crust. It is called the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault is in California. Many earthquakes happen along the San Andreas Fault. In 1989 there was a big earthquake on the fault. The earthquake was called the “Loma Prieta Earthquake.” Many people were hurt or died. Many buildings were ruined. Lots of people lost their homes. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

A large earthquake could happen in Southern California. Many small earthquakes have happened in the last year. Earthquake experts think that a large earthquake will happen there soon. They think a big earthquake will happen in the next few years.

The San Andreas Fault has many power lines stretched across it. There are water channels close to the earthquake fault. A large earthquake in Southern California would destroy energy and water supplies. Lots of people would be without power or water for weeks. Buildings that have not been built strong enough would be destroyed. Not all hospitals would be able to help people who were injured. Many people would die or be homeless.

People need to be prepared. They need to know what to do if an earthquake happens. Everyone in California should have a survival kit at home. The emergency kit would include food and water. There should be medication and first aid supplies in the kit. A good survival kit will also have a portable radio, flashlights and spare batteries. All of the supplies in the kit should last at least 3 days.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Civil Service ( TEMA 19- 20 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Civil service offers jobs to thousands of men and women. They work at many different levels of the government. The levels are city, county, state, and federal.

All areas of civil service work on the merit system. This system is set up to protect the employee. It is meant to have each job filled by the people best qualified to have them.

The merit system makes sure each employee gets equal and fair pay. Training is provided for those who need it. Fair treatment will be given to all no matter who they are.

Many kinds of jobs are available through civil service. Some of these jobs could be clerks, cabinet makers, painters, law enforcement, and mail delivery.

A problem with trying to get a civil service job is that it takes a long time to get placed in a job. Another problem is that applying for a job can be time consuming. However, once you get a civil service job, you will be secure in the job for a long time, as long as you work hard.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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6 Ene

PARA ACCEDER A LOS LISTENING DE SU NIVEL HAGA CLICK EN LE SIGUEINTE LINK :

http://aprendamosfacil.com/8.html

_____________________________________________________________________________

Domestic Violence ( TEMA 1 – 2 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Laura was married for 6 months. Her husband was using drugs. She didn’t want her son or her unborn baby to live that way, but she was afraid to ask her husband to leave. She left him a note instead. After reading the note, Laura’s husband waited for her to come home and then beat her and her son.

He smashed dishes, pictures and toys and left the house in a terrible mess. He said it was all her fault. After Laura cleaned up the mess she went to the hospital. She was badly bruised all over her body, but the baby was fine.

Laura had little education and she never had a good paying job. She was ashamed to ask for help from the police, courts or women’s shelters. Laura wanted her marriage and family to work. Sometimes her husband was very nice to her. She decided to try harder so her children could have a home and a father. Laura joined a church and told a priest about her problem.

But her husband kept using drugs and hurting the family. Finally, she told her husband she loved him, but they should live apart for a while. He beat her again. The priest had called and could tell Laura was in trouble. He came over to talk to her. He asked the husband to go out for a while. Laura packed up her kids and left. The next day she lost the baby. Her husband went to jail.

Laura got a lot of help from groups that help women who have been beaten. Now she is in college, has her own apartment and works on special projects at a women’s shelter. “We got out, and it changed life for me and my children. You can do it. You can break the cycle,” Laura said.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

______________________________________________________________________________

Threatened at School ( TEMA 3 – 4 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

A man’s son is leaving California to stay safe. The boy was threatened at school. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him.

The group of boys said they were going to shoot him. They wanted him dead because of his race. The boy said he was very scared.

The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. The father said that they did not do anything about it. The father called the police and filed a report.

The father and son are very upset. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe.

People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. They are looking into the threats. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Smoking Kills ( TEMA 5 – 6 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and crime.

Did you know that 390,000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking? Smoking tobacco causes 1 out of 6 deaths. Smoking can also cause some very serious diseases. Some people become addicted to smoking.

Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer. If a pregnant woman smokes, she has a greater chance of medical problems with her baby.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of cancer death in men. Male smokers over the age of 35 are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases like lung cancer.

Many children start smoking before they reach high school. They run the risk of smoking most of their lives. They could die of smoking-related diseases.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Housing Plan to End Homelessness ( TEMA 7 – 8 )
(9/26/06)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

One county has a problem. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live. This is called being homeless. There are many reasons why people become homeless. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. They beg for money on the streets. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people.

Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. It is not healthy to live on the street. Some cities provide shelters for these people. But the shelters are usually very crowded. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Homeless people are often sick. In shelters, they can spread their illness to others.

Shelters can provide beds, but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people. The homeless often have many other problems. Some homeless people have mental illness. Some are addicted to drugs. Some are alcoholics. Some have lost their families.

One city has decided to help end the problem. City leaders have developed a plan. The plan has two parts. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work.

The first part of the plan will focus on housing. The city will provide stable housing. Clean, safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. No one will be denied an apartment. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. The manager of the complex is a success story. He was once homeless.

The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. Some services will help them find a job. Classes will teach them special skills, and how to keep their job. The plan will also provide mental health services. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life.

There have been many plans to help the homeless. Most plans require that people are healthy. They cannot be addicted to drugs. That is not possible for many. This plan is different. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit.

The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. Local leaders hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

______________________________________________________________________________

Buying and Selling Votes ( TEMA 9 – 10 )(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Every four years there is an election in the United States. We vote for people to help make laws for us. When we vote, we go to a place that has our ballots. To pick the person we want to elect, we mark ballots and put them in a box.

The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong.

A person in charge of the elections is mad. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. He will try to arrest those who are in charge.

The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page.

A college student started this Web page. It was shut down. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. He was told to shut it down as well. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

___________________________________________________________________________

Computers in the Classroom ( TEMA 11- 12 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school. They are using their computers. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They are wired to the Internet through their computers.

Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. They do not even want to go to recess.

Internet has opened the world to many people. Now students can go to any library on earth. They can get information. They can visit a child in another country.

Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. She’s going to Peggy’s page. Peggy is a school student in London, England. She put her own home page on the Internet. It includes pictures of Peggy, her school, her mom, dad and friends. You can send her mail, too.

A scientist helped to wire the school. He says, “There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet.”

Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars.

Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

911 Calls ( TEMA 13 – 14 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People can call 911 when they need help. The police will come quickly. This phone number should be used only in an emergency.

There have been some problems with people using the 911 phone number. More than half of the calls made to it are accidental. These accidental calls are not real emergencies.

Calling 911 when you do not need it can be very bad. It wastes the time of the people answering the calls. It can even force someone who has a real emergency to wait before getting the help they need.

Many accidental 911 calls come from cell phones. Keys are sometimes pushed and the call goes through without the owner of the phone knowing that he has called in an emergency. A group of people is trying to find a way to fix this problem.

One area is trying a new program that might help solve the problem of accidental 911 calls. This program will make callers of 911 calls push another key on the phone if it is a real emergency. People hope that change will reduce the number of accidental 911 calls going through.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

_____________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Safety ( TEMA 15 – 16 )

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Many people are wondering if it is safe to talk on the phone while driving. There have been quite a few accidents while drivers were talking on the phone. Some research is being done to find out if driving while talking on the phone is dangerous.

When there is a car accident police officers will find out if any of the drivers were using a cell phone. They will write this information in a report. The information will be saved and later studied.

There have been some very bad car accidents caused by drivers being distracted by cell phones. Drivers sometimes forget to watch the road carefully when they are using their phones. Not paying attention to the road can dangerous, even deadly.

It is important for drivers to focus on the road. They need to pay attention to what is going on around them. They might need to stop or swerve quickly.

People want to make sure that the roads are safe for everyone. Studies will be done using the information police officers collect at accidents. Maybe someday this information will lead to laws about driving and using cell phones.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

Earthquake Could be Worse than Hurricane ( TEAMA 17 – 18 ) (10/12/2005)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Experts know that a disaster is coming but they do not know when it will happen. They do know that it could cause a lot of damage. They think it will be worse than a hurricane. The disaster they are worried about is an earthquake.

There is a break in the earth’s crust. It is called the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault is in California. Many earthquakes happen along the San Andreas Fault. In 1989 there was a big earthquake on the fault. The earthquake was called the “Loma Prieta Earthquake.” Many people were hurt or died. Many buildings were ruined. Lots of people lost their homes. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

A large earthquake could happen in Southern California. Many small earthquakes have happened in the last year. Earthquake experts think that a large earthquake will happen there soon. They think a big earthquake will happen in the next few years.

The San Andreas Fault has many power lines stretched across it. There are water channels close to the earthquake fault. A large earthquake in Southern California would destroy energy and water supplies. Lots of people would be without power or water for weeks. Buildings that have not been built strong enough would be destroyed. Not all hospitals would be able to help people who were injured. Many people would die or be homeless.

People need to be prepared. They need to know what to do if an earthquake happens. Everyone in California should have a survival kit at home. The emergency kit would include food and water. There should be medication and first aid supplies in the kit. A good survival kit will also have a portable radio, flashlights and spare batteries. All of the supplies in the kit should last at least 3 days.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Civil Service ( TEMA 19- 20 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Civil service offers jobs to thousands of men and women. They work at many different levels of the government. The levels are city, county, state, and federal.

All areas of civil service work on the merit system. This system is set up to protect the employee. It is meant to have each job filled by the people best qualified to have them.

The merit system makes sure each employee gets equal and fair pay. Training is provided for those who need it. Fair treatment will be given to all no matter who they are.

Many kinds of jobs are available through civil service. Some of these jobs could be clerks, cabinet makers, painters, law enforcement, and mail delivery.

A problem with trying to get a civil service job is that it takes a long time to get placed in a job. Another problem is that applying for a job can be time consuming. However, once you get a civil service job, you will be secure in the job for a long time, as long as you work hard.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

LISTENING A1- A2

6 Ene

PARA ACCEDER A LOS LISTENING DE SU NIVEL HAGA CLICK EN LE SIGUEINTE LINK :

http://aprendamosfacil.com/8.html

_____________________________________________________________________________

Domestic Violence ( TEMA 1 – 2 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Laura was married for 6 months. Her husband was using drugs. She didn’t want her son or her unborn baby to live that way, but she was afraid to ask her husband to leave. She left him a note instead. After reading the note, Laura’s husband waited for her to come home and then beat her and her son.

He smashed dishes, pictures and toys and left the house in a terrible mess. He said it was all her fault. After Laura cleaned up the mess she went to the hospital. She was badly bruised all over her body, but the baby was fine.

Laura had little education and she never had a good paying job. She was ashamed to ask for help from the police, courts or women’s shelters. Laura wanted her marriage and family to work. Sometimes her husband was very nice to her. She decided to try harder so her children could have a home and a father. Laura joined a church and told a priest about her problem.

But her husband kept using drugs and hurting the family. Finally, she told her husband she loved him, but they should live apart for a while. He beat her again. The priest had called and could tell Laura was in trouble. He came over to talk to her. He asked the husband to go out for a while. Laura packed up her kids and left. The next day she lost the baby. Her husband went to jail.

Laura got a lot of help from groups that help women who have been beaten. Now she is in college, has her own apartment and works on special projects at a women’s shelter. “We got out, and it changed life for me and my children. You can do it. You can break the cycle,” Laura said.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Threatened at School ( TEMA 3 – 4 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

A man’s son is leaving California to stay safe. The boy was threatened at school. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him.

The group of boys said they were going to shoot him. They wanted him dead because of his race. The boy said he was very scared.

The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. The father said that they did not do anything about it. The father called the police and filed a report.

The father and son are very upset. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe.

People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. They are looking into the threats. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Smoking Kills ( TEMA 5 – 6 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and crime.

Did you know that 390,000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking? Smoking tobacco causes 1 out of 6 deaths. Smoking can also cause some very serious diseases. Some people become addicted to smoking.

Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer. If a pregnant woman smokes, she has a greater chance of medical problems with her baby.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of cancer death in men. Male smokers over the age of 35 are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases like lung cancer.

Many children start smoking before they reach high school. They run the risk of smoking most of their lives. They could die of smoking-related diseases.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Housing Plan to End Homelessness ( TEMA 7 – 8 )
(9/26/06)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

One county has a problem. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live. This is called being homeless. There are many reasons why people become homeless. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. They beg for money on the streets. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people.

Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. It is not healthy to live on the street. Some cities provide shelters for these people. But the shelters are usually very crowded. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Homeless people are often sick. In shelters, they can spread their illness to others.

Shelters can provide beds, but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people. The homeless often have many other problems. Some homeless people have mental illness. Some are addicted to drugs. Some are alcoholics. Some have lost their families.

One city has decided to help end the problem. City leaders have developed a plan. The plan has two parts. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work.

The first part of the plan will focus on housing. The city will provide stable housing. Clean, safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. No one will be denied an apartment. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. The manager of the complex is a success story. He was once homeless.

The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. Some services will help them find a job. Classes will teach them special skills, and how to keep their job. The plan will also provide mental health services. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life.

There have been many plans to help the homeless. Most plans require that people are healthy. They cannot be addicted to drugs. That is not possible for many. This plan is different. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit.

The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. Local leaders hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Buying and Selling Votes ( TEMA 9 – 10 )(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Every four years there is an election in the United States. We vote for people to help make laws for us. When we vote, we go to a place that has our ballots. To pick the person we want to elect, we mark ballots and put them in a box.

The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong.

A person in charge of the elections is mad. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. He will try to arrest those who are in charge.

The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page.

A college student started this Web page. It was shut down. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. He was told to shut it down as well. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Computers in the Classroom ( TEMA 11- 12 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school. They are using their computers. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They are wired to the Internet through their computers.

Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. They do not even want to go to recess.

Internet has opened the world to many people. Now students can go to any library on earth. They can get information. They can visit a child in another country.

Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. She’s going to Peggy’s page. Peggy is a school student in London, England. She put her own home page on the Internet. It includes pictures of Peggy, her school, her mom, dad and friends. You can send her mail, too.

A scientist helped to wire the school. He says, “There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet.”

Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars.

Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

911 Calls ( TEMA 13 – 14 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People can call 911 when they need help. The police will come quickly. This phone number should be used only in an emergency.

There have been some problems with people using the 911 phone number. More than half of the calls made to it are accidental. These accidental calls are not real emergencies.

Calling 911 when you do not need it can be very bad. It wastes the time of the people answering the calls. It can even force someone who has a real emergency to wait before getting the help they need.

Many accidental 911 calls come from cell phones. Keys are sometimes pushed and the call goes through without the owner of the phone knowing that he has called in an emergency. A group of people is trying to find a way to fix this problem.

One area is trying a new program that might help solve the problem of accidental 911 calls. This program will make callers of 911 calls push another key on the phone if it is a real emergency. People hope that change will reduce the number of accidental 911 calls going through.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

_____________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Safety ( TEMA 15 – 16 )

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Many people are wondering if it is safe to talk on the phone while driving. There have been quite a few accidents while drivers were talking on the phone. Some research is being done to find out if driving while talking on the phone is dangerous.

When there is a car accident police officers will find out if any of the drivers were using a cell phone. They will write this information in a report. The information will be saved and later studied.

There have been some very bad car accidents caused by drivers being distracted by cell phones. Drivers sometimes forget to watch the road carefully when they are using their phones. Not paying attention to the road can dangerous, even deadly.

It is important for drivers to focus on the road. They need to pay attention to what is going on around them. They might need to stop or swerve quickly.

People want to make sure that the roads are safe for everyone. Studies will be done using the information police officers collect at accidents. Maybe someday this information will lead to laws about driving and using cell phones.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Earthquake Could be Worse than Hurricane ( TEAMA 17 – 18 ) (10/12/2005)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Experts know that a disaster is coming but they do not know when it will happen. They do know that it could cause a lot of damage. They think it will be worse than a hurricane. The disaster they are worried about is an earthquake.

There is a break in the earth’s crust. It is called the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault is in California. Many earthquakes happen along the San Andreas Fault. In 1989 there was a big earthquake on the fault. The earthquake was called the “Loma Prieta Earthquake.” Many people were hurt or died. Many buildings were ruined. Lots of people lost their homes. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

A large earthquake could happen in Southern California. Many small earthquakes have happened in the last year. Earthquake experts think that a large earthquake will happen there soon. They think a big earthquake will happen in the next few years.

The San Andreas Fault has many power lines stretched across it. There are water channels close to the earthquake fault. A large earthquake in Southern California would destroy energy and water supplies. Lots of people would be without power or water for weeks. Buildings that have not been built strong enough would be destroyed. Not all hospitals would be able to help people who were injured. Many people would die or be homeless.

People need to be prepared. They need to know what to do if an earthquake happens. Everyone in California should have a survival kit at home. The emergency kit would include food and water. There should be medication and first aid supplies in the kit. A good survival kit will also have a portable radio, flashlights and spare batteries. All of the supplies in the kit should last at least 3 days.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Civil Service ( TEMA 19- 20 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Civil service offers jobs to thousands of men and women. They work at many different levels of the government. The levels are city, county, state, and federal.

All areas of civil service work on the merit system. This system is set up to protect the employee. It is meant to have each job filled by the people best qualified to have them.

The merit system makes sure each employee gets equal and fair pay. Training is provided for those who need it. Fair treatment will be given to all no matter who they are.

Many kinds of jobs are available through civil service. Some of these jobs could be clerks, cabinet makers, painters, law enforcement, and mail delivery.

A problem with trying to get a civil service job is that it takes a long time to get placed in a job. Another problem is that applying for a job can be time consuming. However, once you get a civil service job, you will be secure in the job for a long time, as long as you work hard.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

LISTENING A1- A2

6 Ene

PARA ACCEDER A LOS LISTENING DE SU NIVEL HAGA CLICK EN LE SIGUEINTE LINK :

http://aprendamosfacil.com/8.html

_____________________________________________________________________________

Domestic Violence ( TEMA 1 – 2 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Laura was married for 6 months. Her husband was using drugs. She didn’t want her son or her unborn baby to live that way, but she was afraid to ask her husband to leave. She left him a note instead. After reading the note, Laura’s husband waited for her to come home and then beat her and her son.

He smashed dishes, pictures and toys and left the house in a terrible mess. He said it was all her fault. After Laura cleaned up the mess she went to the hospital. She was badly bruised all over her body, but the baby was fine.

Laura had little education and she never had a good paying job. She was ashamed to ask for help from the police, courts or women’s shelters. Laura wanted her marriage and family to work. Sometimes her husband was very nice to her. She decided to try harder so her children could have a home and a father. Laura joined a church and told a priest about her problem.

But her husband kept using drugs and hurting the family. Finally, she told her husband she loved him, but they should live apart for a while. He beat her again. The priest had called and could tell Laura was in trouble. He came over to talk to her. He asked the husband to go out for a while. Laura packed up her kids and left. The next day she lost the baby. Her husband went to jail.

Laura got a lot of help from groups that help women who have been beaten. Now she is in college, has her own apartment and works on special projects at a women’s shelter. “We got out, and it changed life for me and my children. You can do it. You can break the cycle,” Laura said.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

______________________________________________________________________________

Threatened at School ( TEMA 3 – 4 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

A man’s son is leaving California to stay safe. The boy was threatened at school. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him.

The group of boys said they were going to shoot him. They wanted him dead because of his race. The boy said he was very scared.

The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. The father said that they did not do anything about it. The father called the police and filed a report.

The father and son are very upset. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe.

People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. They are looking into the threats. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Smoking Kills ( TEMA 5 – 6 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and crime.

Did you know that 390,000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking? Smoking tobacco causes 1 out of 6 deaths. Smoking can also cause some very serious diseases. Some people become addicted to smoking.

Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer. If a pregnant woman smokes, she has a greater chance of medical problems with her baby.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of cancer death in men. Male smokers over the age of 35 are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases like lung cancer.

Many children start smoking before they reach high school. They run the risk of smoking most of their lives. They could die of smoking-related diseases.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

____________________________________________________________________________

Housing Plan to End Homelessness ( TEMA 7 – 8 )
(9/26/06)

Read the story. Click the “LISTEN button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

One county has a problem. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live. This is called being homeless. There are many reasons why people become homeless. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. They beg for money on the streets. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people.

Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. It is not healthy to live on the street. Some cities provide shelters for these people. But the shelters are usually very crowded. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Homeless people are often sick. In shelters, they can spread their illness to others.

Shelters can provide beds, but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people. The homeless often have many other problems. Some homeless people have mental illness. Some are addicted to drugs. Some are alcoholics. Some have lost their families.

One city has decided to help end the problem. City leaders have developed a plan. The plan has two parts. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work.

The first part of the plan will focus on housing. The city will provide stable housing. Clean, safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. No one will be denied an apartment. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. The manager of the complex is a success story. He was once homeless.

The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. Some services will help them find a job. Classes will teach them special skills, and how to keep their job. The plan will also provide mental health services. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life.

There have been many plans to help the homeless. Most plans require that people are healthy. They cannot be addicted to drugs. That is not possible for many. This plan is different. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit.

The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. Local leaders hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

______________________________________________________________________________

Buying and Selling Votes ( TEMA 9 – 10 )(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Every four years there is an election in the United States. We vote for people to help make laws for us. When we vote, we go to a place that has our ballots. To pick the person we want to elect, we mark ballots and put them in a box.

The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong.

A person in charge of the elections is mad. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. He will try to arrest those who are in charge.

The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page.

A college student started this Web page. It was shut down. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. He was told to shut it down as well. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

___________________________________________________________________________

Computers in the Classroom ( TEMA 11- 12 ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school. They are using their computers. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They are wired to the Internet through their computers.

Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. They do not even want to go to recess.

Internet has opened the world to many people. Now students can go to any library on earth. They can get information. They can visit a child in another country.

Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. She’s going to Peggy’s page. Peggy is a school student in London, England. She put her own home page on the Internet. It includes pictures of Peggy, her school, her mom, dad and friends. You can send her mail, too.

A scientist helped to wire the school. He says, “There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet.”

Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars.

Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

911 Calls ( TEMA 13 – 14 )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People can call 911 when they need help. The police will come quickly. This phone number should be used only in an emergency.

There have been some problems with people using the 911 phone number. More than half of the calls made to it are accidental. These accidental calls are not real emergencies.

Calling 911 when you do not need it can be very bad. It wastes the time of the people answering the calls. It can even force someone who has a real emergency to wait before getting the help they need.

Many accidental 911 calls come from cell phones. Keys are sometimes pushed and the call goes through without the owner of the phone knowing that he has called in an emergency. A group of people is trying to find a way to fix this problem.

One area is trying a new program that might help solve the problem of accidental 911 calls. This program will make callers of 911 calls push another key on the phone if it is a real emergency. People hope that change will reduce the number of accidental 911 calls going through.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

_____________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Safety ( TEMA 15 – 16 )

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Many people are wondering if it is safe to talk on the phone while driving. There have been quite a few accidents while drivers were talking on the phone. Some research is being done to find out if driving while talking on the phone is dangerous.

When there is a car accident police officers will find out if any of the drivers were using a cell phone. They will write this information in a report. The information will be saved and later studied.

There have been some very bad car accidents caused by drivers being distracted by cell phones. Drivers sometimes forget to watch the road carefully when they are using their phones. Not paying attention to the road can dangerous, even deadly.

It is important for drivers to focus on the road. They need to pay attention to what is going on around them. They might need to stop or swerve quickly.

People want to make sure that the roads are safe for everyone. Studies will be done using the information police officers collect at accidents. Maybe someday this information will lead to laws about driving and using cell phones.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

__________________________________________________________________________

Earthquake Could be Worse than Hurricane ( TEAMA 17 – 18 ) (10/12/2005)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Experts know that a disaster is coming but they do not know when it will happen. They do know that it could cause a lot of damage. They think it will be worse than a hurricane. The disaster they are worried about is an earthquake.

There is a break in the earth’s crust. It is called the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault is in California. Many earthquakes happen along the San Andreas Fault. In 1989 there was a big earthquake on the fault. The earthquake was called the “Loma Prieta Earthquake.” Many people were hurt or died. Many buildings were ruined. Lots of people lost their homes. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

A large earthquake could happen in Southern California. Many small earthquakes have happened in the last year. Earthquake experts think that a large earthquake will happen there soon. They think a big earthquake will happen in the next few years.

The San Andreas Fault has many power lines stretched across it. There are water channels close to the earthquake fault. A large earthquake in Southern California would destroy energy and water supplies. Lots of people would be without power or water for weeks. Buildings that have not been built strong enough would be destroyed. Not all hospitals would be able to help people who were injured. Many people would die or be homeless.

People need to be prepared. They need to know what to do if an earthquake happens. Everyone in California should have a survival kit at home. The emergency kit would include food and water. There should be medication and first aid supplies in the kit. A good survival kit will also have a portable radio, flashlights and spare batteries. All of the supplies in the kit should last at least 3 days.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Civil Service ( TEMA 19- 20 ) (before 2003)

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Civil service offers jobs to thousands of men and women. They work at many different levels of the government. The levels are city, county, state, and federal.

All areas of civil service work on the merit system. This system is set up to protect the employee. It is meant to have each job filled by the people best qualified to have them.

The merit system makes sure each employee gets equal and fair pay. Training is provided for those who need it. Fair treatment will be given to all no matter who they are.

Many kinds of jobs are available through civil service. Some of these jobs could be clerks, cabinet makers, painters, law enforcement, and mail delivery.

A problem with trying to get a civil service job is that it takes a long time to get placed in a job. Another problem is that applying for a job can be time consuming. However, once you get a civil service job, you will be secure in the job for a long time, as long as you work hard.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

LISTENING A1- A2

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Domestic Violence ( TEMA 1 – 2 ) (before 2003)

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Laura was married for 6 months. Her husband was using drugs. She didn’t want her son or her unborn baby to live that way, but she was afraid to ask her husband to leave. She left him a note instead. After reading the note, Laura’s husband waited for her to come home and then beat her and her son.

He smashed dishes, pictures and toys and left the house in a terrible mess. He said it was all her fault. After Laura cleaned up the mess she went to the hospital. She was badly bruised all over her body, but the baby was fine.

Laura had little education and she never had a good paying job. She was ashamed to ask for help from the police, courts or women’s shelters. Laura wanted her marriage and family to work. Sometimes her husband was very nice to her. She decided to try harder so her children could have a home and a father. Laura joined a church and told a priest about her problem.

But her husband kept using drugs and hurting the family. Finally, she told her husband she loved him, but they should live apart for a while. He beat her again. The priest had called and could tell Laura was in trouble. He came over to talk to her. He asked the husband to go out for a while. Laura packed up her kids and left. The next day she lost the baby. Her husband went to jail.

Laura got a lot of help from groups that help women who have been beaten. Now she is in college, has her own apartment and works on special projects at a women’s shelter. “We got out, and it changed life for me and my children. You can do it. You can break the cycle,” Laura said.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Threatened at School ( TEMA 3 – 4 ) (before 2003)

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A man’s son is leaving California to stay safe. The boy was threatened at school. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him.

The group of boys said they were going to shoot him. They wanted him dead because of his race. The boy said he was very scared.

The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. The father said that they did not do anything about it. The father called the police and filed a report.

The father and son are very upset. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe.

People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. They are looking into the threats. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Smoking Kills ( TEMA 5 – 6 )
(before 2003)

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Smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and crime.

Did you know that 390,000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking? Smoking tobacco causes 1 out of 6 deaths. Smoking can also cause some very serious diseases. Some people become addicted to smoking.

Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer. If a pregnant woman smokes, she has a greater chance of medical problems with her baby.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of cancer death in men. Male smokers over the age of 35 are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases like lung cancer.

Many children start smoking before they reach high school. They run the risk of smoking most of their lives. They could die of smoking-related diseases.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 200 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Housing Plan to End Homelessness ( TEMA 7 – 8 )
(9/26/06)

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One county has a problem. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live. This is called being homeless. There are many reasons why people become homeless. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. They beg for money on the streets. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people.

Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. It is not healthy to live on the street. Some cities provide shelters for these people. But the shelters are usually very crowded. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Homeless people are often sick. In shelters, they can spread their illness to others.

Shelters can provide beds, but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people. The homeless often have many other problems. Some homeless people have mental illness. Some are addicted to drugs. Some are alcoholics. Some have lost their families.

One city has decided to help end the problem. City leaders have developed a plan. The plan has two parts. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work.

The first part of the plan will focus on housing. The city will provide stable housing. Clean, safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. No one will be denied an apartment. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. The manager of the complex is a success story. He was once homeless.

The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. Some services will help them find a job. Classes will teach them special skills, and how to keep their job. The plan will also provide mental health services. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life.

There have been many plans to help the homeless. Most plans require that people are healthy. They cannot be addicted to drugs. That is not possible for many. This plan is different. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit.

The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. Local leaders hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Buying and Selling Votes ( TEMA 9 – 10 )(before 2003)

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Every four years there is an election in the United States. We vote for people to help make laws for us. When we vote, we go to a place that has our ballots. To pick the person we want to elect, we mark ballots and put them in a box.

The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong.

A person in charge of the elections is mad. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. He will try to arrest those who are in charge.

The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page.

A college student started this Web page. It was shut down. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. He was told to shut it down as well. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Computers in the Classroom ( TEMA 11- 12 ) (before 2003)

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Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school. They are using their computers. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They are wired to the Internet through their computers.

Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. They do not even want to go to recess.

Internet has opened the world to many people. Now students can go to any library on earth. They can get information. They can visit a child in another country.

Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. She’s going to Peggy’s page. Peggy is a school student in London, England. She put her own home page on the Internet. It includes pictures of Peggy, her school, her mom, dad and friends. You can send her mail, too.

A scientist helped to wire the school. He says, “There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet.”

Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars.

Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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911 Calls ( TEMA 13 – 14 )
(before 2003)

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People can call 911 when they need help. The police will come quickly. This phone number should be used only in an emergency.

There have been some problems with people using the 911 phone number. More than half of the calls made to it are accidental. These accidental calls are not real emergencies.

Calling 911 when you do not need it can be very bad. It wastes the time of the people answering the calls. It can even force someone who has a real emergency to wait before getting the help they need.

Many accidental 911 calls come from cell phones. Keys are sometimes pushed and the call goes through without the owner of the phone knowing that he has called in an emergency. A group of people is trying to find a way to fix this problem.

One area is trying a new program that might help solve the problem of accidental 911 calls. This program will make callers of 911 calls push another key on the phone if it is a real emergency. People hope that change will reduce the number of accidental 911 calls going through.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 300 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Cell Phone Safety ( TEMA 15 – 16 )

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Many people are wondering if it is safe to talk on the phone while driving. There have been quite a few accidents while drivers were talking on the phone. Some research is being done to find out if driving while talking on the phone is dangerous.

When there is a car accident police officers will find out if any of the drivers were using a cell phone. They will write this information in a report. The information will be saved and later studied.

There have been some very bad car accidents caused by drivers being distracted by cell phones. Drivers sometimes forget to watch the road carefully when they are using their phones. Not paying attention to the road can dangerous, even deadly.

It is important for drivers to focus on the road. They need to pay attention to what is going on around them. They might need to stop or swerve quickly.

People want to make sure that the roads are safe for everyone. Studies will be done using the information police officers collect at accidents. Maybe someday this information will lead to laws about driving and using cell phones.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Earthquake Could be Worse than Hurricane ( TEAMA 17 – 18 ) (10/12/2005)

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Experts know that a disaster is coming but they do not know when it will happen. They do know that it could cause a lot of damage. They think it will be worse than a hurricane. The disaster they are worried about is an earthquake.

There is a break in the earth’s crust. It is called the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas Fault is in California. Many earthquakes happen along the San Andreas Fault. In 1989 there was a big earthquake on the fault. The earthquake was called the “Loma Prieta Earthquake.” Many people were hurt or died. Many buildings were ruined. Lots of people lost their homes. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

A large earthquake could happen in Southern California. Many small earthquakes have happened in the last year. Earthquake experts think that a large earthquake will happen there soon. They think a big earthquake will happen in the next few years.

The San Andreas Fault has many power lines stretched across it. There are water channels close to the earthquake fault. A large earthquake in Southern California would destroy energy and water supplies. Lots of people would be without power or water for weeks. Buildings that have not been built strong enough would be destroyed. Not all hospitals would be able to help people who were injured. Many people would die or be homeless.

People need to be prepared. They need to know what to do if an earthquake happens. Everyone in California should have a survival kit at home. The emergency kit would include food and water. There should be medication and first aid supplies in the kit. A good survival kit will also have a portable radio, flashlights and spare batteries. All of the supplies in the kit should last at least 3 days.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Civil Service ( TEMA 19- 20 ) (before 2003)

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Civil service offers jobs to thousands of men and women. They work at many different levels of the government. The levels are city, county, state, and federal.

All areas of civil service work on the merit system. This system is set up to protect the employee. It is meant to have each job filled by the people best qualified to have them.

The merit system makes sure each employee gets equal and fair pay. Training is provided for those who need it. Fair treatment will be given to all no matter who they are.

Many kinds of jobs are available through civil service. Some of these jobs could be clerks, cabinet makers, painters, law enforcement, and mail delivery.

A problem with trying to get a civil service job is that it takes a long time to get placed in a job. Another problem is that applying for a job can be time consuming. However, once you get a civil service job, you will be secure in the job for a long time, as long as you work hard.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 400 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

LISTENING A2- B1

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No Strike ( TEMA 1- 2 BOOK II )(before 2003)

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More than 2000 San Joaquin County workers planned a strike. Workers strike because they want change. Often, they want more money or changes in their work place.

The strike did not happen because the union and the county reached an agreement in time. Both sides say there are details to settle before the contract is final. Because there was no strike, people can get services at the hospital, the courthouse, and other county offices.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 500 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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DNA Solves Very Old Murder ( TEMA 3- 4 BOOK II )(10/03/2005)

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DNA helped a sheriff solve an old murder. Someone killed an eleven year old girl almost 30 years ago. They could not prove who killed her until now.

The sheriff was able to get new DNA evidence from under the victim’s fingernails and from her clothing. That DNA matched the DNA of a man who died in prison three years ago. The man was put in jail because he was found guilty of killing a college professor in 1982.

The new evidence also linked this man to six other murders. It surprised everyone that this man killed the little girl. They thought that she was killed by a different man.

The man they thought killed the girl is currently in jail. He murdered three other young women around the same time the little girl was killed. He will be in jail for the rest of his life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 500 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Health Insurance ( TEMA 5 – 6 BOOK II ) (before 2003)

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The purpose of health insurance is to help you plan for unexpected, costly emergencies. If you get sick or injured, you need health insurance so the doctors can help you.

Medical insurance can be very expensive. The cost for this kind of insurance is going up. Like most people, you may not be able to afford all of the insurance you might need.

Many people think that if you could only afford one kind of insurance, you should buy health insurance. If you can afford only a small amount of health insurance, it is best to insure yourself against the big unexpected costs and pay the smaller common bills yourself.

There are different kinds of insurance you can get. Hospital Expense insurance will pay for any costs you get while having to be in a hospital. Surgical Expense insurance will pay for the doctor to operate on you. Regular Medical insurance will pay for any non-surgical treatment. Disability Income insurance will help pay for living expenses if you are sick and cannot work.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 500 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Too Many Students Enroll in Summer School ( TEMA 7 – 8 BOOK II ) (6/20/2006)

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The Elk Grove High School has a problem. In that school district, too many students showed up for summer school classes. Teachers were scrambling to register the students for classes. There wasn’t room for all of the students. It was a very busy first day of summer school.

Many different subjects are taught during summer school. On the first morning, the school suddenly realized they had a problem. They didn’t have enough teachers for all of the classes. Students want to take many different subjects in summer school. These subjects include math, English, science and gym. The subjects that the school can offer depend on how many teachers they have. Teachers are not required to teach during the summer. Some teachers want to earn some extra money. They teach summer school.

School officials did not expect so many students to show up for summer school. About three thousand kids arrived on the first morning. Many more students were not enrolled. They showed up anyway. The extra students surprised the principal.

Many students spent four hours in the school gym. They were waiting to be assigned classes. This made many of the students unhappy. One student suggested that some students should go to a different school. He was concerned that he wouldn’t get his classes. A mother was angry that her son didn’t get the classes that he registered for. She said that he enrolled three months ago. Instead of history, her son was enrolled in gym. Her son was happy about it, however. He knew that he wouldn’t have any homework! His mother wants a better system for summer school. She said that the schools are new. They have new technology. They should have a more efficient plan.

Students take summer school classes for many reasons. Some are trying to improve a grade. Some are preparing to take a special exam. Students must pass this exam to graduate from high school. The exam is a new requirement for graduation in California. Many of the students needed these summer school classes in order to graduate. They were out of luck.

Next year, the district wants to improve their summer school system. They will consider offering summer school classes at each school site.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 600 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Marijuana Proposition ( TEMA 9 – 10 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

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People in California voted to let marijuana be used for people who were in pain. The proposition said that people who are sick or dying can smoke marijuana. The marijuana helps get rid of the pain.

Some people really wanted the proposition to pass. They were happy when it did. One person said that it shows how much people care about others who are sick and dying.

Now people in California can smoke marijuana if they are sick. They need to have a doctor say that it is okay first. The federal law still says that it is illegal. The two courts not agreeing causes a problem. California is getting ready to work it out in the courts.

The new laws allow almost anyone who is suffering to smoke marijuana. No written note from the doctor is needed to smoke it. The new law also says that it is legal to grow marijuana for medical use.

Police are worried. They think that some people might smoke it even if they are not sick. Others are scared that the new laws will hurt the war on drugs. Police say they will continue to make people follow the drug laws, including the illegal use of marijuana.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 600 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Home Prices ( TEMA 11 – 12 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

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Owning a home is a dream for a lot of people. Many people want to be able to buy their own home. Many families live in homes all over the world.

Since homes are large, they cost a lot of money. Most people cannot pay all of the money for a house at one time. They need to pay some money each month.

In California, the price of a house has gone up. In just the past year, the prices have risen and are continuing to go up. Many people want to buy a house before the house costs too much.

Many people are rushing to buy a new house. When a new house becomes available, there are a lot of people who want it. Sometimes a house can be sold in a day or two.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 600 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Gas Prices Increase a Penny a Day ( TEMA 13 – 14 BOOK II )
(4/11/2006)

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Most people drive a car every day. They drive to work, school, or shopping. Most Americans are very dependent on their cars. People are concerned about increasing gasoline prices.

It seems as if gasoline prices are going up more than they are dropping. Every day, gas prices go up more. The cost of gasoline has steadily increased all year. One organization says that the price of unleaded gasoline has jumped 29 cents in the past month.

One man has been thinking about why the price has gone up. He knows that crude oil prices have gone up. Gasoline is made from crude oil. That means that the price of gasoline will go up also.

He says that another reason for the price increase is the active hurricane season. Bad weather had an impact on oil drilling. It was difficult and dangerous for companies to drill for oil in the ocean. That meant that less crude oil was available. Special factories use oil to make gasoline. A factory that makes products from oil is called a refinery. A shortage of oil means that less gasoline can be produced.

Many people like to take long car trips in the summer. The weather is nice so they go on vacation. More trips will create more demand for gasoline. This will make the price go escalate even further. In California, the price has gone up $0.33 in the last month.

High demand for gasoline has made the price go up. This makes it hard for people to afford to travel by car.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 700 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Video Games ( TEMA 15 – 16 BOOK II ) (before 2003)

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There are many kinds of computer games. Some games let you shoot a gun at people on the screen. If a body is hit, blood and body parts come off the body. Another game shows a monster eating a person.

In another game, many of the pictures show violence. Some pictures show women with very little clothes on. The people who make the games are worried that these kinds of games are not good for people to play.

One game company wants less violence in the computer games. They want their games to not have women shown without much clothing.

Some people think that the violence in the games is like growing up. Some boys like to fight and they will use the computer to pretend to fight.

These games were made by young men. The violence and sex are put in the game for boys. But what about girls? Girls need to be comfortable with computers so they can use them when they grow up.

Most computer games are not violent. Playing computer games help kids to get involved with computers. The problem now is to get girls to learn computers while they are still young.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 700 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Holiday Traffic ( TEMA 17 – 18 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Many people go out of town for this long holiday weekend. Sometimes traffic can get very bad. Be ready for bad traffic if you are going to drive to the Lake Tahoe area.

Some are saying that people will have lots of time to look out their windows. Traffic will be very bad in the Lake Tahoe area. You will be sitting in your cars for a very long time.

Police officers will try to help. Many of them will go to the Lake Tahoe area. They hope to direct traffic and keep cars moving.

It is important for everyone to stay safe when they are on the road. Holidays usually bring more traffic. Everyone needs to be ready for longer waits and stay calm.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 700 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Mall Makeovers ( TEMA 19 – 20 BOOK II )
(4/25/2007)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Lots of people love to shop in Los Angeles. Their malls have a great look and feel to them and are called “lifestyle centers”. Owners of other malls in California want that look and feel too. They hope that the new look will make people want to shop even more.

One mall in Sacramento, California is getting a new look. It is located downtown. The city is working with the mall’s owner to open it up to the surrounding streets. They want to stay competitive with other malls.

They want to create a lifestyle center.” Lifestyle centers are not only about shopping but dining, working, and living as well. The first change they will be working on is to make the food court face the street instead of the interior of the mall.

The owner of the mall is spending a billion dollars to make similar changes to its malls in Southern California. People really seem to love these new lifestyle centers.

One man who recently moved from Los Angeles said that he thinks people love all of the flash. He says that they are drawn to the music and lights. He thinks that it all makes people want to go to the mall and spend money.

Other malls in the Sacramento area are also going to be undergoing facelifts soon too. Others will be updating their storefronts but are keeping the same layout. The city wants to maintain an assortment in the shopping experience. People will have choices for shopping. They will be able to choose between the new lifestyle centers and improved malls. They may even choose both!

One shopper said that it really doesn’t matter to her what the lifestyle center or mall looks like. She just wants to make sure that they have the shops she wants to go to.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 800 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Hunting Whales ( TEMA 21 – 22 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

There were many whales swimming in the ocean a long time ago. Then they were hunted and killed by Native American tribes. They used the whale for food, oil, and other items. Seventy years ago, they were told to stop killing them because the number of whales was so small.

Now the Native Americans were told that they could start hunting them again. The problem was that other people did not want the whales to be killed. They told the Native Americans that the whales should be left alone. Many people were upset.

During a celebration, guards were asked to protect the Native Americans. There were no problems. One Native American felt good about that. He just wanted to enjoy his celebration.

The Native Americans wanted to do what their ancestors had done for many years. They want to teach their children about their past. They think that it helps the group to stay together.

Other people are afraid to let the Native Americans kill the whales. They think that other countries will start killing them, too. If too many people start killing the whales, then there will soon be no more whales.

Some people will try to stop anyone from killing whales. They will sue the people who help to kill them. They will get in the way of those trying to kill a whale. Everyone will be watching to see what happens the first time the whales are hunted

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 800 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Looking for a Job ( TEMA 23 – 24 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Are you looking for a job? More and more people are looking for work. Also, more people are changing jobs as job markets change. How do you find out about new jobs? Besides the local newspaper, there are many places to check for more information on possible jobs.

Public libraries in most towns and cities have information about jobs and different careers. This information includes lists of local, state, and federal government job opportunities. The information tells you how to apply for the jobs.

Government offices provide services in locating jobs. Federal, state, and local governments offer many civil service job opportunities. Civil service jobs are jobs with the federal, state, or local government like forest rangers, post office clerks, and highway workers.

Many businesses hire workers through employment agencies. Employment agencies handle both temporary and permanent jobs. Many employment agencies list jobs in the want ad section of newspapers. You can also find the names of employment agencies in the telephone directory. Employment agencies usually charge a fee.

Your friends and relatives who are working are another source to learn about jobs. They can tell you about job openings where they are working or about other jobs.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 1000 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Lawmakers Want to Ban Cell Phones ( TEMA 25 – 26 BOOK II )
(6/19/2006)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People of California are arguing whether or not it should be legal to use handheld cell phones while driving. Some people think it should be okay. Other people do not think it is safe.

One man is trying for a law that would only allow drivers to use hands-free cell phones while driving. He thinks that the bill could save lives. Similar bills have been introduced in the past. They have never passed.

Other people do not think the bill should pass. They say that studies have not proven that hands-free cell phones make driving safer. They think that drivers can become distracted by other things too. Having pets in the car, putting makeup on, or brushing your hair can be distractions also.

The proposed bill would fine people $20 the first time they are caught talking on their handheld cell phone while driving. They would be fined $50 every time they are caught after that.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 1000 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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No Strike ( TEMA 1- 2 BOOK II )(before 2003)

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More than 2000 San Joaquin County workers planned a strike. Workers strike because they want change. Often, they want more money or changes in their work place.

The strike did not happen because the union and the county reached an agreement in time. Both sides say there are details to settle before the contract is final. Because there was no strike, people can get services at the hospital, the courthouse, and other county offices.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 500 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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DNA Solves Very Old Murder ( TEMA 3- 4 BOOK II )(10/03/2005)

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DNA helped a sheriff solve an old murder. Someone killed an eleven year old girl almost 30 years ago. They could not prove who killed her until now.

The sheriff was able to get new DNA evidence from under the victim’s fingernails and from her clothing. That DNA matched the DNA of a man who died in prison three years ago. The man was put in jail because he was found guilty of killing a college professor in 1982.

The new evidence also linked this man to six other murders. It surprised everyone that this man killed the little girl. They thought that she was killed by a different man.

The man they thought killed the girl is currently in jail. He murdered three other young women around the same time the little girl was killed. He will be in jail for the rest of his life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 500 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Health Insurance ( TEMA 5 – 6 BOOK II ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

The purpose of health insurance is to help you plan for unexpected, costly emergencies. If you get sick or injured, you need health insurance so the doctors can help you.

Medical insurance can be very expensive. The cost for this kind of insurance is going up. Like most people, you may not be able to afford all of the insurance you might need.

Many people think that if you could only afford one kind of insurance, you should buy health insurance. If you can afford only a small amount of health insurance, it is best to insure yourself against the big unexpected costs and pay the smaller common bills yourself.

There are different kinds of insurance you can get. Hospital Expense insurance will pay for any costs you get while having to be in a hospital. Surgical Expense insurance will pay for the doctor to operate on you. Regular Medical insurance will pay for any non-surgical treatment. Disability Income insurance will help pay for living expenses if you are sick and cannot work.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 500 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Too Many Students Enroll in Summer School ( TEMA 7 – 8 BOOK II ) (6/20/2006)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

The Elk Grove High School has a problem. In that school district, too many students showed up for summer school classes. Teachers were scrambling to register the students for classes. There wasn’t room for all of the students. It was a very busy first day of summer school.

Many different subjects are taught during summer school. On the first morning, the school suddenly realized they had a problem. They didn’t have enough teachers for all of the classes. Students want to take many different subjects in summer school. These subjects include math, English, science and gym. The subjects that the school can offer depend on how many teachers they have. Teachers are not required to teach during the summer. Some teachers want to earn some extra money. They teach summer school.

School officials did not expect so many students to show up for summer school. About three thousand kids arrived on the first morning. Many more students were not enrolled. They showed up anyway. The extra students surprised the principal.

Many students spent four hours in the school gym. They were waiting to be assigned classes. This made many of the students unhappy. One student suggested that some students should go to a different school. He was concerned that he wouldn’t get his classes. A mother was angry that her son didn’t get the classes that he registered for. She said that he enrolled three months ago. Instead of history, her son was enrolled in gym. Her son was happy about it, however. He knew that he wouldn’t have any homework! His mother wants a better system for summer school. She said that the schools are new. They have new technology. They should have a more efficient plan.

Students take summer school classes for many reasons. Some are trying to improve a grade. Some are preparing to take a special exam. Students must pass this exam to graduate from high school. The exam is a new requirement for graduation in California. Many of the students needed these summer school classes in order to graduate. They were out of luck.

Next year, the district wants to improve their summer school system. They will consider offering summer school classes at each school site.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 600 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Marijuana Proposition ( TEMA 9 – 10 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People in California voted to let marijuana be used for people who were in pain. The proposition said that people who are sick or dying can smoke marijuana. The marijuana helps get rid of the pain.

Some people really wanted the proposition to pass. They were happy when it did. One person said that it shows how much people care about others who are sick and dying.

Now people in California can smoke marijuana if they are sick. They need to have a doctor say that it is okay first. The federal law still says that it is illegal. The two courts not agreeing causes a problem. California is getting ready to work it out in the courts.

The new laws allow almost anyone who is suffering to smoke marijuana. No written note from the doctor is needed to smoke it. The new law also says that it is legal to grow marijuana for medical use.

Police are worried. They think that some people might smoke it even if they are not sick. Others are scared that the new laws will hurt the war on drugs. Police say they will continue to make people follow the drug laws, including the illegal use of marijuana.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 600 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Home Prices ( TEMA 11 – 12 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Owning a home is a dream for a lot of people. Many people want to be able to buy their own home. Many families live in homes all over the world.

Since homes are large, they cost a lot of money. Most people cannot pay all of the money for a house at one time. They need to pay some money each month.

In California, the price of a house has gone up. In just the past year, the prices have risen and are continuing to go up. Many people want to buy a house before the house costs too much.

Many people are rushing to buy a new house. When a new house becomes available, there are a lot of people who want it. Sometimes a house can be sold in a day or two.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 600 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Gas Prices Increase a Penny a Day ( TEMA 13 – 14 BOOK II )
(4/11/2006)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Most people drive a car every day. They drive to work, school, or shopping. Most Americans are very dependent on their cars. People are concerned about increasing gasoline prices.

It seems as if gasoline prices are going up more than they are dropping. Every day, gas prices go up more. The cost of gasoline has steadily increased all year. One organization says that the price of unleaded gasoline has jumped 29 cents in the past month.

One man has been thinking about why the price has gone up. He knows that crude oil prices have gone up. Gasoline is made from crude oil. That means that the price of gasoline will go up also.

He says that another reason for the price increase is the active hurricane season. Bad weather had an impact on oil drilling. It was difficult and dangerous for companies to drill for oil in the ocean. That meant that less crude oil was available. Special factories use oil to make gasoline. A factory that makes products from oil is called a refinery. A shortage of oil means that less gasoline can be produced.

Many people like to take long car trips in the summer. The weather is nice so they go on vacation. More trips will create more demand for gasoline. This will make the price go escalate even further. In California, the price has gone up $0.33 in the last month.

High demand for gasoline has made the price go up. This makes it hard for people to afford to travel by car.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 700 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Video Games ( TEMA 15 – 16 BOOK II ) (before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

There are many kinds of computer games. Some games let you shoot a gun at people on the screen. If a body is hit, blood and body parts come off the body. Another game shows a monster eating a person.

In another game, many of the pictures show violence. Some pictures show women with very little clothes on. The people who make the games are worried that these kinds of games are not good for people to play.

One game company wants less violence in the computer games. They want their games to not have women shown without much clothing.

Some people think that the violence in the games is like growing up. Some boys like to fight and they will use the computer to pretend to fight.

These games were made by young men. The violence and sex are put in the game for boys. But what about girls? Girls need to be comfortable with computers so they can use them when they grow up.

Most computer games are not violent. Playing computer games help kids to get involved with computers. The problem now is to get girls to learn computers while they are still young.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 700 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Holiday Traffic ( TEMA 17 – 18 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Many people go out of town for this long holiday weekend. Sometimes traffic can get very bad. Be ready for bad traffic if you are going to drive to the Lake Tahoe area.

Some are saying that people will have lots of time to look out their windows. Traffic will be very bad in the Lake Tahoe area. You will be sitting in your cars for a very long time.

Police officers will try to help. Many of them will go to the Lake Tahoe area. They hope to direct traffic and keep cars moving.

It is important for everyone to stay safe when they are on the road. Holidays usually bring more traffic. Everyone needs to be ready for longer waits and stay calm.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 700 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Mall Makeovers ( TEMA 19 – 20 BOOK II )
(4/25/2007)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Lots of people love to shop in Los Angeles. Their malls have a great look and feel to them and are called “lifestyle centers”. Owners of other malls in California want that look and feel too. They hope that the new look will make people want to shop even more.

One mall in Sacramento, California is getting a new look. It is located downtown. The city is working with the mall’s owner to open it up to the surrounding streets. They want to stay competitive with other malls.

They want to create a lifestyle center.” Lifestyle centers are not only about shopping but dining, working, and living as well. The first change they will be working on is to make the food court face the street instead of the interior of the mall.

The owner of the mall is spending a billion dollars to make similar changes to its malls in Southern California. People really seem to love these new lifestyle centers.

One man who recently moved from Los Angeles said that he thinks people love all of the flash. He says that they are drawn to the music and lights. He thinks that it all makes people want to go to the mall and spend money.

Other malls in the Sacramento area are also going to be undergoing facelifts soon too. Others will be updating their storefronts but are keeping the same layout. The city wants to maintain an assortment in the shopping experience. People will have choices for shopping. They will be able to choose between the new lifestyle centers and improved malls. They may even choose both!

One shopper said that it really doesn’t matter to her what the lifestyle center or mall looks like. She just wants to make sure that they have the shops she wants to go to.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 800 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Hunting Whales ( TEMA 21 – 22 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

There were many whales swimming in the ocean a long time ago. Then they were hunted and killed by Native American tribes. They used the whale for food, oil, and other items. Seventy years ago, they were told to stop killing them because the number of whales was so small.

Now the Native Americans were told that they could start hunting them again. The problem was that other people did not want the whales to be killed. They told the Native Americans that the whales should be left alone. Many people were upset.

During a celebration, guards were asked to protect the Native Americans. There were no problems. One Native American felt good about that. He just wanted to enjoy his celebration.

The Native Americans wanted to do what their ancestors had done for many years. They want to teach their children about their past. They think that it helps the group to stay together.

Other people are afraid to let the Native Americans kill the whales. They think that other countries will start killing them, too. If too many people start killing the whales, then there will soon be no more whales.

Some people will try to stop anyone from killing whales. They will sue the people who help to kill them. They will get in the way of those trying to kill a whale. Everyone will be watching to see what happens the first time the whales are hunted

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 800 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Looking for a Job ( TEMA 23 – 24 BOOK II )
(before 2003)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

Are you looking for a job? More and more people are looking for work. Also, more people are changing jobs as job markets change. How do you find out about new jobs? Besides the local newspaper, there are many places to check for more information on possible jobs.

Public libraries in most towns and cities have information about jobs and different careers. This information includes lists of local, state, and federal government job opportunities. The information tells you how to apply for the jobs.

Government offices provide services in locating jobs. Federal, state, and local governments offer many civil service job opportunities. Civil service jobs are jobs with the federal, state, or local government like forest rangers, post office clerks, and highway workers.

Many businesses hire workers through employment agencies. Employment agencies handle both temporary and permanent jobs. Many employment agencies list jobs in the want ad section of newspapers. You can also find the names of employment agencies in the telephone directory. Employment agencies usually charge a fee.

Your friends and relatives who are working are another source to learn about jobs. They can tell you about job openings where they are working or about other jobs.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 1000 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS

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Lawmakers Want to Ban Cell Phones ( TEMA 25 – 26 BOOK II )
(6/19/2006)

Read the story. Click the LISTEN” button at the bottom of the page to hear the story. When you are done, click the “NEXT” button.

People of California are arguing whether or not it should be legal to use handheld cell phones while driving. Some people think it should be okay. Other people do not think it is safe.

One man is trying for a law that would only allow drivers to use hands-free cell phones while driving. He thinks that the bill could save lives. Similar bills have been introduced in the past. They have never passed.

Other people do not think the bill should pass. They say that studies have not proven that hands-free cell phones make driving safer. They think that drivers can become distracted by other things too. Having pets in the car, putting makeup on, or brushing your hair can be distractions also.

The proposed bill would fine people $20 the first time they are caught talking on their handheld cell phone while driving. They would be fined $50 every time they are caught after that.

EXERCISE

1 .PICK OUT THE VERBS , NOUNS,ADJECTIVES,AND THE ADVERBS IN THE FOLLOWING STORY.
2. WRITE A COMPOSITIONS OF 1000 WORDS ABOUT IT.
3. PREPARE 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS