Week123

[Environment ★] Car Ban in Madrid

[World News ★] Scissors Inside Man

[Thoughts ★★] Zombies would wipe out humans in 100 days

[Technology & Environment ★★] Swedish Taxi-pod

[Geography ★★] The Hudson Bay – Canada’s Icebox

[Places ★★★] Queen Says ‘Friendly’ Ghosts Haunt This Palace

[Sports ★★★] Cyclist Born in 1911 Sets World Record

[Lifestyle ★★★] New Year’s Resolutions

[Health ★★★★] Is Spirulina a Miracle Cure-all?

[Literature ★★★★] Delhi’s Jamia Millia teaching Bob Dylan’s songs as literature long before Nobel recognition

Car Ban in Madrid

[Environment ★]

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(P1) There is too much pollution in Madrid. That is why there is a ban on some cars now. These cars cannot go into Madrid on some days. The plan is to end the ban when the level of pollution is down.

(P2) Madrid is too warm now. This is unusual for this time of the year. That is why the level of pollution is high. It is above European Union pollution limits.

(P3) The speed limits on Madrid´s roads are also lower to reduce pollution. Madrid has almost 4 million cars plus almost 1 million trucks.

WORDS: 93

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/car-ban-in-madrid-level-1/

VOCABULARY: pollution, ban, level, limits, speed, reduce, trucks

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Is there pollution in your country? If yes, what kind?
  3. Do lots of people drive cars in your country?
  4. What are the speed limits in your country?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Madrid has a lot of _____________.
  2. When will the ban end?
  3. It is not warm in Madrid nowadays. (T or F)
  4. Cars and trucks have to drive slower or faster?
  5. How many trucks are in Madrid?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • is down (P1)
  • too warm now (P2)
  • this time of the year (P2)
  • speed limits

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Image source: By Zakysant at the German Wikipedia – Uploaded by its author to the German Wikipedia as Air-pollution.JPG – Derivative works of this file: Air-PollutionEchappementTruck.JPG

Scissors Inside Man

[World News ★]

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(P1) This news is about a man. He is from Vietnam. He has a traffic accident. He goes to the hospital. Doctors operate on him.

(P2) He leaves the hospital. He is not OK. He is in pain.

(P3) Doctors take an X-ray of his belly. There are scissors inside him! The doctors left the scissors inside him 18 years ago!

(P4) The scissors must come out. The man goes to the same hospital. Doctors take out the scissors. Now the man is OK.

WORDS: 80

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/scissors-inside-man-level-1/

VOCABULARY: accident, operate, pain, x-ray, scissors

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever had an x-ray? If yes, on what part of your body?
  3. Have you ever had surgery? If yes, what for?
  4. Have you ever been in a car accident? If yes, were you injured?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where is the man from?
  2. When the man leaves the hospital, he is in ________.
  3. The x-ray was taken of his chest. (T or F)
  4. What was inside his belly?
  5. The man went to two different hospitals. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • goes to the hospital (P1)
  • leaves the hospital (P2)
  • inside him (P3)
  • doctors take out the scissors (P4)

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Image source: By U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Arwen Chisholm – This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 080622-N-0827C-031

Zombies would wipe out humans in 100 days

[Thoughts ★★]

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Image source: by “unknown” http://www.ripzombie.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/zombies.jpg

(P1) Zombies are only in horror movies. Or are they? An article in a university physics journal predicts that zombies could kill most of us in 100 days. Students said there would only be 273 survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The students pretended zombies were a deadly virus. The virus infected someone. The person had a 90 percent chance of giving the virus to another person. That person spread the virus around the world.

(P2) A professor explained why students wrote about zombies. He said: “We ask students to write short papers for the ‘Journal of Physics Special Topics’. It lets the students show off their creative side and use some of the physics they know.” It also gives students writing practice. The professor added that it tested how students use their understanding of physics in imaginary situations. This could help us in the future to prepare for disasters.

WORDS: 147

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1701/170110-zombies-1.html

VOCABULARY: wipe out (title), survivors, pretended, infected, imaginary, disasters

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like TV shows and movies about zombies? Why or why not?
  3. What types of disasters occur in your country?
  4. What types (genres) of movies do you like? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How long would it take them to wipe out most humans?
  2. How many people would still be alive?
  3. Who explained the reason why the students wrote about zombies?
  4. Students wee able to practice their English ____________.
  5. What else could this writing assignment help with in the future?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • could kill most of us (P1)
  • that person spread the virus around (P1)
  • creative side (P2)
  • write short papers (P2)
  • prepare for disasters (P2)

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Swedish Taxi-pod

[Technology & Environment ★★]

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(P1) Students in Goteborg, Sweden, need to travel in the busy city center. But now they do not need to take a bus or a taxi. They can use a Taxi-pod, a little yellow battery-powered car with three wheels.

(P2) The company, Burst, wants to solve the problem with traffic in big cities. It would like to offer a perfect service for short trips in the city.

(P3) People on buses usually travel a long way. They are not in a hurry and they do not need to get to their final point. For lots of people, it is very important to travel quicker.

(P4) This service is not only about speed. The makers of these cars also want to improve air quality. They also want to solve traffic jam problems.

(P5) One of the passengers thinks that the Taxi-pods are good for cleaner air, cheap, easy to use in the city, and fun.

WORDS: 150

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/swedish-taxi-pod-level-1/

VOCABULARY: wheels, offer, trips, makers, improve

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think taxi-pods are a good idea? Why or why not?
  3. How do you move around in a busy city?
  4. Would you buy a taxi-pod if they were available in your city? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

  1. The Taxi-pod moves on __________ wheels.
  2. Burst is the name of a ____________.
  3. A lot of people want to travel quickly. (T or F)
  4. The Taxi-pod is a service that’s not only concerned about faster transportation. (T or F)
  5. What 4 things did a user of the Taxi-pod say about the transportation?

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • battery-powered (P1)
  • solve the problem (P2)
  • a long way (P3)
  • their final point (P3)

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Image source: By Jongleur100 Own work – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coco_taxis.JPG

The Hudson Bay – Canada’s Icebox

[Geography ★★]

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(P1) The Hudson Bay is a large body of water in the northeastern part of Canada. It has an area of about 1.2 million square kilometers and is connected to the Atlantic Ocean. The Hudson Bay is very shallow. Although it is a part of the open sea, the salt level of The Hudson Bay is low because many rivers bring fresh water into the bay. While the eastern coastline is rocky with many islands, the western coast is low and swampy.

(P2) Canada’s greatest body of water lies in the middle of the Canadian tundra. The Hudson Bay is, geologically, the center of the Canadian Shield, an area of Canada that consists of old rock formations.  The weight of the ice during the last Ice Age lowered the surface of the land. After the ice had melted, water filled the bay.

WORDS: 140

SOURCE: http://www.english-online.at/geography/hudson-bay/hudson-bay.htm

VOCABULARY: icebox, shallow, rocky, swampy, tundra, formations, melted

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are there any big bodies of water in your country? If yes, describe one.
  3. Are there rock formations in your country? If yes, describe one.
  4. What are some large bodies of water in the world?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. In what part of Canada is the Hudson Bay located?
  2. The Atlantic Ocean and the Hudson Bay are joined together. (T or F)
  3. The western part of the Hudson Bay is ___________ and __________.
  4. What is the Canadian Shield?
  5. The water in the Hudson Bay originally came from what?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • northeastern part of Canada (P1)
  • connected to the Atlantic Ocean (P1)
  • eastern coastline (P1)
  • the weight of the ice (P2)
  • filled the bay (P2)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://www.english-online.at/geography/hudson-bay/hudson-bay.htm

Queen Says ‘Friendly’ Ghosts Haunt This Palace

[Places & Travel ★★★]

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(P1) The home of the Swedish royal family is apparently “spook central”. But Queen Silvia says not to worry, the “small friends … ghosts” that haunt the 17th-century halls of Drottningholm Palace mean no harm and don’t scare her, reports the AFP. “They’re all very friendly but you sometimes feel that you’re not completely alone,” the 73-year-old queen says in a new documentary by the country’s public TV network SVT. Located on Lovön Island off Stockholm, Drottningholm is the principal home of Queen Silvia, Sweden’s longest-serving queen, and King Carl XVI Gustaf, her husband of 40 years. Its UNESCO World Heritage listing describes it as “the finest example of an 18th-century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles.”

(P2) While the queen doesn’t get into specifics about individual spirits, Time cites a 2010 Swedish article that references a “gray man” and a “white lady” said to roam there. As for backup, the king’s sister, Princess Christina, agrees the castle is indeed a phantom favorite. “There is much energy in this house. It would be strange if it didn’t take the form of guises,” she tells the filmmakers. The Local reports that those who want to seek out the paranormal guests can indeed do so: Only the southern wing is off-limits to the public.

WORDS: 213

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/236363/queen-says-friendly-ghosts-haunt-this-palace.html

VOCABULARY: spook, halls, spirits, phantom, guises, seek out, paranormal

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you believe that ghosts actually exist? Why or why not?
  3. Would you like to stay for a weekend in this palace? Why or why not?
  4. Are you frightened of anything? If so, what and why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What roams the corridors of the palace?
  2. Where is the royal palace situated in Switzerland?
  3. The architecture of Drottningholm Palace was in influenced by _______________.
  4. According to a writing in 2010, supposedly a ____________ and a ___________ wander in the palace.
  5. Which part of the royal palace is closed to visitors?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • is apparently spook central (P1)
  • Located on Lovön Island off Stockholm, Drottningholm (P1)
  • said to roam there (P2)
  • off-limits (P2)

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Image source: by AYImages/Getty Images http://www.newser.com/story/236363/queen-says-friendly-ghosts-haunt-this-palace.html