Week119

[Lifestyle ★] Man has many Barbies

[Food and Culture ★] Squid and Chips

[Business ★★] Coffee Heats up Homes

[Entertainment ★★] 5 fun facts about Youtube

[Culture ★★] 1.2 million people accept birthday party invitation

[Jobs, Training, ★★★] JetBlue To Test Ab Initio Training Program

[Jobs, Travel ★★★] New Flight Plan Format to Take Effect in January

[Jobs, Travel ★★★] High-Altitude Flying: What You Need to Know

[Technology, Travel, Lifestyle ★★★★] Find Love in the Skies With This New Dating App

[Health ★★★★] 10 tips to healthy eating

 

1.2 million people accept birthday party invitation

[Culture ★★]

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(P1) A father invited his family and friends to his daughter Rubi’s 15th birthday party. His Facebook post went viral and 1.2 million people said they would come. He said they could all come. Everybody was invited. Many people might go to the party so there will be a lot of police officers.

(P2) A 15th birthday is important for a girl in Mexico. She has a party with many guests. She wears a beautiful dress and makeup. At Rubi’s party, there will be music bands and a horse race. There is a joke online. It shows Donald Trump and Mexico’s president saying Mexican migrants in the USA can go to Rubi’s party.

WORDS: 111

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1612/161209-birthday-party-0.html

VOCABULARY: viral, makeup, horse race, joke, migrants

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. How are birthdays celebrated in your country?
  3. Are there any special ages for birthdays in your country?
  4. Do you like birthday parties? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many people said they would go to the birthday party?
  2. Because a lot of people might go to the party, _______________ will be there for security.
  3. Turning 15 is a special age for young Mexican female teenagers. (T or F)
  4. What does a girl in Mexico wear to her 15th birthday party?
  5. There won’t be music at the party. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • said they would come (P1)
  • could all come (P1)
  • might go (P1)
  • music bands (P2)

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Coffee Heats up Homes

[Business ★★]

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(P1) Around 200,000 tons of used coffee end up in London’s landfills a year. A young man named Arthur Key, however, knows how to make use of the coffee grounds.

(P2) First, his factory takes out the oils from the used coffee grounds. The oils are basically biodiesel, which smells of coffee. The coffee grounds without the oils are then turned into little logs.

(P3) You can use these logs instead of wood in your fireplace. 25 cups of coffee make one log. The coffee logs burn hotter and longer than wood.

(P4) Key’s factory produces 50,000 tons of the logs a year. That is enough to heat hundreds of thousands of homes.

WORDS: 109

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/coffee-heats-up-homes-level-2/

VOCABULARY: tons, landfills, oils, biodiesel, logs, fireplace, factory

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. Would you use these coffee logs to heat your home? Why or why not?
  3. What are some other things that can be used again (recycled)? (I.E. newspapers)
  4. How do you heat and cool your home?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Annually, approximately _________________ of used coffee grounds end up in landfills in London.
  2. What’s the name of the businessman that reuses the coffee grounds?
  3. The coffee grounds without the oils are _____________ logs.
  4. How many cups of coffee does it take to make one log?
  5. How many houses can be heated with Key’s logs per year?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • used coffee (P1)
  • end up (P1)
  • takes out the oil (P2)
  • turned into (P2)
  • make one log (P3)

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Squid and Chips

[Food and Culture ★]

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(P1) Fish and chips is a famous dish in England. Two types of fish are used in the dish. The problem is that there are not enough of these fish. There is less fish in the sea. This is because the sea is getting too warm for these fish.

(P2) If there are not enough fish, the dish will be in danger. Scientists say that squid must replace the fish. Squid numbers are growing fast in the seas around Britain.

WORDS: 78

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/squid-and-chips-level-2/

VOCABULARY: dish, problem, warm, danger, squid, replace

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 tried fish and chips? If so, did you like it? If no, would you try it?
  3. What are some dishes in your country?
  4. What is your favorite dish to eat?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where is the dish famous?
  2. How many types of fish are used?
  3. The fish don’t like __________ water.
  4. Who said that squid must replace fish?
  5. There is enough squid in the seas near Britain. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • two types (P1)
  • not enough of these fish (P1)
  • too warm (P1)
  • in the seas (P2)

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Man has many Barbies

[Lifestyle ★]

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(P1) A man has many Barbie dolls. He is from Singapore. His collection is very big.

(P2) There are 6,000 Barbie dolls in his collection. The man has a favorite doll. It is his first Barbie. This Barbie is old. It is from the year of 1984.

(P3) The man’s hobby is expensive. Barbies cost a lot of money. The most expensive Barbie is $3,600.

WORDS: 62

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/man-has-many-barbies-level-1/

VOCABULARY: dolls, collection, favorite, hobby, expensive

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. What things do people in your country collect?
  3. Would you pay $3,600 for a Barbie doll? Why or why not?
  4. Are Barbie dolls popular in your country?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where is the man from?
  2. How many dolls does the man have?
  3. Which Barbie doll does he like to most?
  4. barbie dolls don’t cost a lot. (T or F)
  5. How much did the man pay for the most expensive doll?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • very big (P1)
  • in his collection (P2)
  • first barbie (P2)
  • cost a lot of money (P3)

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10 tips to healthy eating

[Health ★★★★]

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1. Eat a Variety of Foods

You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health and no single food can supply them all. Today’s food supply makes it easy to eat a wide variety of foods whether or not you are buying fresh foods to cook, taking advantage of ready-prepared dishes and meals, or buying “take-away” foods. Balance your choice over time! If you have a high-fat lunch, have a low-fat dinner. If you eat a large serving of meat at dinner one day, perhaps choose fish the next day.

2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates

Most people do not eat enough of foods such as bread, pasta, rice, other cereals, and potatoes. More than half the calories in your diet should come from these foods. Try whole grain bread, pasta, and other whole grain cereals, too, to increase your fiber intake.

3. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables

Most of us do not eat enough of these foods either although they provide important protective nutrients. Try to eat at least five servings a day and if you do not enjoy them at first, try some new recipes or see what ready prepared dishes are available in the supermarket.

4. Maintain a healthy body weight and feel good

The weight that is right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Being overweight increases your risk of a wide range of diseases including heart disease and cancer. Excess body fat results when you eat more calories than you need. These extra calories can come from any caloric nutrient like protein, fat, carbohydrate or alcohol, but fat is the most concentrated source of calories. Physical activity is a good way of increasing the energy (calories) you expend each day and it can make you feel good. The message is simple: if you are gaining weight, you need to eat less and be more active.

5. Eat moderate portions

If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat all the foods you enjoy without having to eliminate any. For example, some reasonable serving sizes are 100g of meat, one medium piece of fruit, half a cup of raw pasta and 50ml of ice-cream. Ready-prepared meals can offer a handy means of portion control and they often have the calorie values on the pack to help those who are counting. If you are eating out, you could share a portion with a friend.

6. Eat regularly

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much as to substitute for proper meals. Don’t forget to count your snacks as part of your total calorie intake.

7. Drink plenty of fluids

Adults need to drink at least 1.5 liters of fluid a day! Or more if it’s very hot or they are physically active. Plain tap water is obviously a good source of liquid but variety can be both pleasant and healthy. Alternative choices are juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk etc.

8. Get on the move

As we have seen, too many calories and not enough activity can result in weight gain. Moderately physical activity helps burn off those extra calories. It is also good for the heart and circulatory system and for general health and well-being. So, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Use the stairs instead of the elevator (up and down!). Go for a walk in your lunch break. You don’t have to be an athlete to get on the move!

9. Start now!

Gradual changes in your lifestyle are much easier to make than major changes all at once. For three days, write down the foods and drinks you consume at meals and as snacks – Do you have too few fruits and or portions of vegetables? To start with, try to eat just one extra piece of fruit and vegetables a day. Are your favorite foods high in fat and making you gain weight? Don’t eliminate those foods and feel miserable, but try to choose low-fat options or eat smaller portions. And start using the stairs at work!

10. It’s all about balance

There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, only good or bad diets. Don’t feel guilty about the foods you love, rather eat them in moderation and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.

WORDS: 745

SOURCE: http://www.eufic.org/article/en/expid/10-tips-healthy-eating/

VOCABULARY: carbohydrates, intake, heredity, miserable, moderation

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. How many of the 10 tips do you actually do?
  3. Do the schools in your country provide healthy meals to their students?
  4. In your opinion, why do people like to overeat and eat unhealthy food?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Most individuals eat way too many foods loaded with carbohydrates. (T or F)
  2. You hunger can increase if you __________ meals, especially ____________.
  3. Drinking fluids are important, but only consider water, juice, and tea in your diet. (T or F)
  4. An alternative to using an elevator is the ___________.
  5. Junk food should be avoided altogether. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • “take away” foods (#1)
  • the weight that is right for you (#4)
  • help curb hunger (#6)
  • plain tap water (#7)
  • burn off (#8)

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Find Love in the Skies With This New Dating App

[Technology, Travel, Lifestyle ★★★]

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(P1) Whether you’re a passenger prone to making eyes across the aisle or just thinking about the mile high club every time you board a plane, singles have more fun in the skies. And now there’s a new dating app specifically designed to make flights an opportunity to meet new people.

(P2) AirDates, which bills itself as “the only in-flight dating app,” strives to make air travel an opportunity to find love, before, during, and after a flight.

(P3) Users start by building a profile and spell out exactly what (business, social, party, dating) and whom (age, gender, sexuality, location) they’re looking for. Then users are suggested to update their status and let everybody around know their travel plans.

(P4) Before taking off, users can share their itineraries and find travelers that are going to be on the same flight. The app can also be used to find other singles hanging out in the same airport at the same time.

(P5) And while in the air, travelers can open their app and connect with other singles onboard. The app uses WeChat technology (turn on airplane mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth) to connect without using data or relying on spotty plane Wi-Fi.  However, the chat feature only works up to 70 meters (230 feet), so those looking to connect with everyone possible on the flight should probably book a seat in the middle of the plane.

(P6) But the app is also practical. For those who travel too frequently to ever use the app to find a relationship, AirDates’s website points out that you can chat with nearby users to share a cab into the city, find out what’s cool a destination, or even uncover secret frequent traveler’s airport hacks.

(P7) The app is currently in beta on iOS but, according to Mashable, will be more widely distributed and updated by February 2017.

WORDS: 302

SOURCE: http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/in-flight-dating-app

VOCABULARY: prone, strives, spell out, onboard, spotty, hacks

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. Would you use this app to find love in the air? Why or why not?
  3. Do people in your country use dating websites? If so, which ones?
  4. Do you think it’s possible to find the love of your life in an airport or onboard a plane? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Airdates claims it’s the only _________________________.
  2. Users of the app should give out their travel arrangements to find other people. (T or F)
  3. Airdates doesn’t use another app’s technology to connect people on flights. (T or F)
  4. It’s best to reserve a seat in the _______________ of the airplane because the maximum distance of the technology is limited.
  5. When will the live version of the app be available to some of the public?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • to making eyes across the aisle (P1)
  • to find other singles (P4)
  • what’s a cool destination (P6)
  • widely distributed (P7)

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