YOUNG BECOMING HOSTAGES TO HANDHELD DEVICES

[EDUCATION ★]

YOUNG BECOMING HOSTAGES TO HANDHELD DEVICES

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(P1) Future generations of young people risk becoming “HOSTAGES to handheld devices” and DISENGAGED from physical activity, a sports charity says.

(P2) The Youth Sports Trust report suggests that nearly a quarter of children see playing computer games with friends as a form of physical activity.

(P3) The trust called for technology to be INTEGRATED with physical education (PE) in schools.

(P4) The government said it had given schools £300m to improve school sports, and PE was a PRIORITY.

(P5) The Leicestershire-based trust describes itself as an independent charity DEVOTED to changing young people’s lives through sports.

(P6) It commissioned a survey of children’s ATTITUDES to sports, as part of its report on the future of sports in schools.

(P7) This poll of 1,000 five- to 16-year olds suggested 75% of young people enjoy PE at school, and two-thirds feel better after TAKING PART IN sports.

(P8) But the SURVEY REVEALED the SCALE of the challenge from digital technology.

(P9) Some 23% of children said they viewed playing a computer game with a friend as a form of exercise.

(P10) And a third said they spoke to their friends more on social media than in person.

(P11) The report said “there is no resisting” the march of technology.

(P12) “Policy makers can feel nostalgic for a time before the challenges new connected technologies have brought in engaging young people, or they can HARNESS these technologies to their ADVANTAGE,” the report said.

(P13) “It will also become increasingly IMPERATIVE for every child to have ACCESS to new technology in school, and for greater efforts to be made to ENSURE that there is little difference among the tech CAPABILITIES of young people.

(P14) “FURTHERMORE, in order to get children active from a young age, a more HOLISTIC APPROACH to PE is needed, one which integrates technology and the delivery of a SEAMLESS, INTUITIVE and digitally ENHANCED form of physical activity.”

(P15) Children’s minister Edward Timpson said: “It is pleasing that the Youth Sport Trust’s research shows that millions of young people are enjoying PE lessons.

(P16) “We want to encourage all young people to get into the healthy habit of playing and enjoying sport – both inside and outside school – which is why PE remains a government priority.”

(P17) Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sports Trust, said: “The digital revolution presents opportunities and challenges with young people POTENTIAL hostages to their handheld devices.

(P18) “This report clearly SIGNALS that action is needed now to MODERNIZE the approach to PE and school sport and in doing so, GUARANTEE the best possible future for generations to come.”

WORDS: 444

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-33227471

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 that children today play as much physically as you did when you were a child?
  3. Did you enjoy physical education classes in school, or were they difficult for you?
  4. Do you consider yourself a “hostage” of your smartphone and other handheld devices?
  5. The Youth Sports Trust suggests integrating technology and physical activity. But how can this be done?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Take part

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WHY MONEY ISN’T ENOUGH TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE AT WORK

[BUSINESS ★★]

WHY MONEY ISN’T ENOUGH TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE AT WORK

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(P1) Many small-business people believe that if you get the right people ON THE BUS, they won’t require EXTERNAL MOTIVATION.

(P2) While these high performers will INSIST on receiving MARKET RATE COMPENSATION, they don’t require EXTRINSIC motivation. They are DRIVEN. They couldn’t CONCEIVE of doing less than their absolute best, regardless of the CIRCUMSTANCES.

(P3) That may be true for top performers who are well above average. Unfortunately, most of us don’t live on LAKE WOBEGON.

(P4) In the real world, the average employee is, well, average. The fact is that the average employee does need extrinsic motivation. The NOTION that you can remove motivation and people will continue to work hard, because they are INTRINSICALLY motivated IGNORES human nature.

(P5) In general, people will work harder if they believe there are rewards for good results and PENALTIES for poor ones. ELITE employees NOTWITHSTANDING, the VAST majority of companies do need to motivate their people.

(P6) Compensation is perhaps the most frequently used motivator. It works, but studies show that only the prospect of receiving money in the near future is a strong enough motivator to change behavior. Once the employee receives the money, its power to motivate ends very quickly, some studies say within a week. Further, the same studies indicate that to truly change behavior, the amount of the INCENTIVE must be at least 10 percent of base compensation for the period.

(P7) Money is important, but we all want and need more than compensation alone. Our work indicates that people also want to be RECOGNIZED, contributing members of a winning team. This means that people want to know that the ENTERPRISE with which they are involved is succeeding. They want to know that what they are doing is contributing to that success and they want these efforts to be recognized.

(P8) Take every opportunity to celebrate successes. DISINGENUOUS HOOPLA won’t work and if a company is underperforming, management needs to ACKNOWLEDGE that reality.

(P9) However, even when a business is in trouble, if it begins to move in a positive direction, the progress should be acknowledged. Celebrations communicate to employees that the company is succeeding, the first of the three things needed to motivate.

(P10) Second, employees need to understand how what they are doing is contributing to that success. How will they know this? Their manager needs to tell them. If you can’t come up with a way that an employee is contributing to the success of the company, then you should ask if you need that position or that employee.

(P11) Finally, employees want their contributions to be recognized. Monetary recognition is one way. But, simply saying thank you when an employee does a job well can be powerful.

(P12) Instead of speaking to employees only to correct them, catch employees doing something right and praise them. When you praise an employee, be specific about what you liked and link their behavior to a company or professional goal. A well-timed gift certificate, recognition at a company meeting, extra TIME OFF, or even a sincere “job well done” will GO A LONG WAY towards motivating employees.

(P13) CARROTS are good, but our experience is that to be most EFFECTIVE, there needs to be some STICK as well. Employees need to know that there are CONSEQUENCES associated with poor performance.

(P14) Yes, there are a few SUPERSTARS who don’t need motivation, but most employees do. The superstars are expensive. Small businesses often can’t afford them. Therefore, small businesses need to focus on motivating their employees to get superior performance.

WORDS: 603

SOURCE: http://www.businessinsider.com/money-isnt-enough-to-motivate-employees-2015-6

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 motivates you personally to do a good job at work? What makes you work harder, the carrot (reward) or the stick (penalty)?
  3. For most people, do you think that money or recognition is more important?
  4. Would you rather work for a small business or a big business?
  5. Is your workplace very social, a little social, or not social at all?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • On the bus
  • Market rate
  • Time off
  • Go a long way
  • Carrot and stick

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HOW SCARY ARE THE CHEMICALS AROUND US?

[OPINION ★★★]

HOW SCARY ARE THE CHEMICALS AROUND US?

Chemicals

(P1) Chemicals are a UBIQUITOUS presence in our lives. Given this reality, most Americans are ASTONISHED to find out how little we truly know about many chemicals’ effect on human health.

(P2) Chemicals are all around us — in our homes, our workplaces, our schools and the ENVIRONMENT. They’re FUNDAMENTAL to items as COMPLEX as our automobiles and computers and as simple as a SCENTED candle. They play a central role in medical equipment and keep our clothes from WRINKLING and staining.

(P3) Yet, of the over 80,000 chemicals in major production and use, only a tiny FRACTION have ever been studied THOROUGHLY for their effects on human health.

(P4) It’s time for that to change.

(P5) Congress is working on a major OVERHAUL of the ANTIQUATED TOXIC SUBSTANCES Control Act. First passed in 1976 to ESTABLISH an INITIAL FRAMEWORK for REGULATING chemicals, TSCA has UNDERGONE no MEANINGFUL changes for nearly 40 years.

(P6) Since this law was first passed, the Cold War ended, the Internet was created and the human genome was mapped. But TSCA did not change. As a result, thousands of chemicals entered COMMERCE with little or no information available about their LONG-TERM effects.

(P7) In recent decades, the presence of chemicals in HOUSEHOLD products, consumer goods, building materials, FURNISHINGS, transportation and even sporting goods has increased DRAMATICALLY. That means that the average individual, whether adult or child, is coming into contact with hundreds of chemicals throughout each day.

(P8) Even fewer have been studied to DETERMINE whether they affect the health of VULNERABLE groups such as pregnant women and young children.

(P9) Research studies have shown that many chemicals can be DETECTED in blood and breast milk, but without a proper regulatory system, there is no way to be sure that the chemicals being used are safe at their levels of EXPOSURE. For many decades, our federal laws have been allowed chemicals to be used widely despite a lack of strong evidence DEMONSTRATING their safety.

(P10) This lack of knowledge has PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS for human health.

(P11) Today, we have no way of knowing which chemicals are safer or more dangerous for EXPECTANT mothers or young children.

(P12) In some studies, certain chemicals have been associated with higher risks of birth DEFECTS, PREMATURE birth, low birth weight, and other poor pregnancy OUTCOMES. But we don’t fully understand if certain chemicals or products should be avoided or which ones would be safe SUBSTITUTES. Parents are KEENLY interested in knowing whether toxic chemicals are in the products they purchase for their families, but we don’t know enough to advise them how to protect their and their children’s health appropriately.

(P13) We can and must do better.

(P14) The BIPARTISAN legislation under consideration in the U.S. Senate would leave behind the weak, failed TSCA framework and establish a modern chemicals regulation, taking advantage of the latest technology and research. This bill would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to PRIORITIZE EVALUATION of those chemicals already suspected to pose a higher risk, and to collect information about their IMPACT on all groups, especially on vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and children.

(P15) The TSCA reform bill would ensure that chemicals are evaluated, and that any APPROPRIATE RESTRICTIONS are put in place through a TIMELY, DELIBERATE process. Moreover, states are ENLISTED in co-ENFORCING the EPA rules and given FLEXIBILITY in many cases to IMPOSE their own safety STANDARDS.

(P16) We have a long way to go in CATCHING UP on 40 years of INACTION, and we cannot AFFORD any further delay. Congress should pass TSCA reform SPEEDILY, and President Barack Obama should sign it into law, so that scientists, manufacturers and the EPA can protect the public health under a SENSIBLE, meaningful chemicals regulation law.

WORDS: 634

SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/24/opinions/mccabe-udall-vitter-chemicals-regulation/index.html

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 worry about your own exposure to chemicals?
  3. Some products that used to be commonly used, such as asbestos, turned out to be very dangerous to human health. Do you think that some of the chemicals we use now are that dangerous?
  4. Do you think that the government in your country does a good job of protecting the public from health risks?
  5. Some people prefer to use “natural,” traditional products for cleaning and other activities. Have you ever tried these sorts of natural products?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Long-term
  • Catch up

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PARIS BECOMES FOURTH CITY TO JOIN RACE FOR 2024 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

[SPORTS ★★]

PARIS BECOMES FOURTH CITY TO JOIN RACE FOR 2024 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Paris

(P1) Paris declared its candidacy for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the fourth city to enter the race and setting out its vision for bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.

(P2) The Paris BID, which has been IN THE WORKS for months, was formally launched in a ceremony at the headquarters of the French Olympic Committee that was attended by leading French athletes.

(P3) “We believe that this bid and our goal to HOST the 2024 Games will excite, unite and ENTHUSE the people of Paris, our entire nation and lovers of Olympic and Paralympic sport all over the world,” bid chairman Bernard Lapasset said.

(P4) Paris joins Rome, Boston and Hamburg as declared bidders, with Budapest also expected to join the contest.

(P5) Paris has scheduled a second bid ceremony on Bastille Day on July 14, with French President Francois Hollande and other top political figures expected to take part.

(P6) Paris hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924 and bid unsuccessfully for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Games.

(P7) After being criticized for their PERCEIVED ARROGANCE in their defeats to Beijing and London for the 2008 and 2012 Games, French officials have OPTED for a more CAUTIOUS and HUMBLE APPROACH this time, leaving government officials in a supporting role and making sure all the political HURDLES were cleared before announcing a bid.

(P8) The bid announcement COINCIDED with the annual Olympic Day, which celebrates the INCEPTION of the International Olympic Committee on June 23, 1894 in Paris.

(P9) “As we MOVE FORWARD WITH our bid, it is very pleasing to see today that we already have the full support of the city, regional and national governments as well as the CNOSF and the French sports movement,” Lapasset said. “It is wonderful to also receive SIGNIFICANT public support and real BACKING from our athletes.”

(P10) Paris has until Sept. 15 to submit its candidacy to the IOC, which will choose the host city in 2017.

(P11) The INFRASTRUCTURE budget of the Paris bid has been estimated at 3 billion euros ($4.5 billion), with OPERATIONAL costs of 3.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion). The cost of bidding is projected at 60 million euros ($63 million).

(P12) According to Lapasset, 60 to 80 percent of VENUES have already been built, meaning existing infrastructure would be at the heart of the project. The Stade de France, a new cycling track on the OUTSKIRTS of Paris, the Roland Garros tennis stadium and many Parisian LANDMARKS including the Grand Palais and Champ de Mars are likely to be used. The main construction requirements include an AQUATICS center, Olympic village and media center.

(P13) Denis Masseglia, president of the national Olympic committee, said Paris “promises a FEASIBLE and FLEXIBLE games CONCEPT.”

(P14) Another KEY figure in the bid is IOC member and former Olympic canoeing champion Tony Estanguet.

(P15) Both Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have kept a LOW PROFILE over the past six months but made clear they supported the bid. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was INITIALLY SKEPTICAL about the costs and ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT of the Olympics and questioned whether France should bid for both the 2024 Olympics and 2025 World Expo.

(P16) Hidalgo is now one of the bid’s most FERVENT supporters as a political CONSENSUS SWEEPS the major parties, with only some members of the Green Party remaining OPPOSED, mainly for financial reasons.

(P17) “Paris is looking forward to an exciting and BOLD future whilst remaining true to its rich sporting and cultural traditions,” Hidalgo said Tuesday. “We will be designing an INTEGRATED project with all the talents of the City of Paris and its SUBURBS and with young people playing a key role.”

(P18) The Paris STRATEGY has been praised by IOC President Thomas Bach, who said in April after a meeting with Hollande that “if this candidature continues in this spirit, you have everything in hand to enter the candidature phase in full CONFIDENCE.”

(P19) France decided not to bid for the 2020 Olympics after Annecy was HUMILIATED in the race for the 2018 Winter Games, receiving only seven votes in an election won by Pyeongchang, South Korea.

(P20) The last successful French Olympic bid came from Albertville, which was AWARDED the 1992 Winter Games.

WORDS: 720

SOURCE: http://news.yahoo.com/paris-becomes-4th-city-join-race-2024-olympic-102106488–spt.html

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 the Summer or Winter Olympics ever been held in your country? Would you like them to be held there (again)?
  3. Do you watch the Olympics on TV? What is your favorite Olympic sport?
  4. Hosting the Olympics is very expensive, and some cities have suffered financially from it. Is it economically smart for cities to invest in bidding for and hosting the Olympics?
  5. Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities. Which world city would you most like to visit?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • In the works
  • Move forward with
  • Low profile

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FLOODS HIT RUSSIA’S OLYMPIC CITY OF SOCHI

[WORLD NEWS ★]

FLOODS HIT RUSSIA’S OLYMPIC CITY OF SOCHI

A person standing under an umbrella looks at a partially submerged truck on a street flooded after heavy rains in Sochi, Russia, June 25, 2015. Picture taken with a mobile phone. REUTERS/Kazbek Basaev

(P1) FLASH FLOODS brought the Black Sea resort of Sochi to a STANDSTILL on Thursday and APPARENTLY killed at least one person as it HALTED trains and left cars half-SUBMERGED in the city where Russia STAGED the Winter Olympics.

(P2) Policemen, who had been sent to EVACUATE people from some areas outside Sochi after several hours of TORRENTIAL rain, found one male CORPSE, a regional Internal Ministry said in a statement on Thursday evening.

(P3) Russian Railways said train service had been partly RESTORED after a halt to the station in Adler, the district that HOSTED many of the Olympic events. Sochi Airport has also RESUMED partial operation by Thursday evening, the news agency Interfax said.

(P4) A Reuters cameraman said some roads were IMPASSABLE and people were trying to RETRIEVE parked cars that had been left almost completely under water. Others were clearing flooded cellars and COURTYARDS where the water was knee-high.

(P5) “There’s no water, no gas, no electricity. They say it could be back tonight or maybe tomorrow,” said Alla Atakyan, a resident of Adler.

(P6) Rain also affected other areas of southern Russia, including the wheat producing and exporting region of Krasnodar, which started HARVESTING a few days ago.

(P7) “The situation is difficult but the rain should stop in two or three days and dry weather is expected next week,” said Dmitry Rylko, head of the IKAR agriculture CONSULTANCY.

(P8) “There is a possibility that wheat quality will be DAMAGED in some areas but we do not expect any DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES,” he said.

(P9) Further south, in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, severe flooding last week killed at least 19 people in the capital Tbilisi and caused EXTENSIVE damage. Dozens of animals escaped from Tbilisi zoo, including a tiger which killed a man before being shot dead.

WORDS: 314

SOURCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/25/us-russia-floods-sochi-idUSKBN0P51R520150625

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 been caught in a flooding situation?
  3. What types of extreme weather occur in your city and country?
  4. Have you done anything at your home to prepare for emergencies?
  5. Did you watch the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi on TV?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Flash flood

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GROUNDS WORKER TRASHES PIECE AT CONTEMPORARY ARTS SHOW

[CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT ★★]

GROUNDS WORKER TRASHES PIECE AT CONTEMPORARY ARTS SHOW

Trashed Artwork

(P1) It was not the kind of public ENGAGEMENT that organizers of a contemporary art show had in mind: A wood and tile bench DISPLAYED in the SHORELINE town of Madison was removed, torn apart, and put in a DUMPSTER by a MAINTENANCE worker.

(P2) The piece, by New York City artist Jim Osman, was INSTALLED as part of the town’s annual Sculpture Mile event shortly before it went missing this week. The worker told organizers he used a hammer to take it down, believing it was not allowed in the plaza.

(P3) “He didn’t think it was art,” said William Bendig, founder and president of the Hollycroft Foundation, which SPONSORS the exhibition. “All he had to do was call us and we would have moved it.”

(P4) Bendig said a manager from the worker’s property management company told him that the employee believed the structure had been left behind by skateboarders. Bendig said the manager on Thursday offered financial COMPENSATION for the piece, valued at about $10,000, but the OUTRAGED Bendig has PRESSED for the worker to help put it back together.

(P5) The Sculpture Mile opened Monday for its 15th season with 22 works of art in Madison, a town of 18,000 people 100 miles from New York City. The event displays works by well-known American artists in styles from ABSTRACT to TRADITIONAL.

(P6) Osman spent about a month creating his piece, a CONTOURED bench topped with green artificial turf INSPIRED by the designs of French architect Le Corbusier. It was completed two years ago and displayed previously in New York. Soon after setting up the 200-pound piece in Connecticut on Sunday, he said a half dozen people came over and sat on it.

(P7) “People CONGREGATE around it. It was so good to see the piece out in the world,” said Osman, who teaches art at The New School. “So the DESTRUCTION of the piece is a big LET-DOWN.”

(P8) The employee from the real estate company, the Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, declined to comment. The manager did not respond to a message seeking comment. A company spokeswoman, Anne Duggan, said it has REACHED OUT to the Hollycroft Foundation and “will be dealing directly with them on this matter.”

(P9) Bendig said owners of nearby spaces have been trying to find new tenants, and he heard there had been complaints about the piece, known as the “Corbu Bench.” Bendig said there may have been a BREAKDOWN in communication partly because he did not realize there was a change two years ago in the management for the local property.

(P10) The worker initially refused to RECOVER the piece from the dumpster, saying it was covered with garbage, but he agreed to do so after the manager INTERVENED, Bendig said. If the piece can be RESTORED, Osman said, he will fix it.

WORDS: 485

SOURCE: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/grounds-worker-trashes-piece-contemporary-art-show-142321155.html#PDAqWeF

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 appreciate contemporary art, or do you like traditional art better?
  3. Have you ever attended an OPEN AIR art show like the one described in the article?
  4. Do you believe the worker’s story about why he destroyed the piece, or does it seem UNLIKELY to you?
  5. What do you think should happen now? Should the worker put the piece back together, or pay for it, or be excused because he made a mistake?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Let-down
  • Open air

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THIS COUPLE SOLD EVERYTHING THEY OWN TO SAIL AROUND THE WORLD

[LIFE ★]

THIS COUPLE SOLD EVERYTHING THEY OWN TO SAIL AROUND THE WORLD

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(P1) It takes GUTS to sell everything you own and begin sailing around the world.

(P2) But that’s exactly what Matt and Jessica Johnson did when they realized they were spending too much time in front of the TV.

(P3) Instead of taking up yoga or JOGGING, the change they OPTED for was RADICAL. They sold their house, learned to sail, and began an EPIC adventure at sea.

(P4) Their blog DOCUMENTS every step of their journey.

(P5) Before beginning their adventure, neither Matt nor Jessica had ever SET FOOT on a sailboat.

(P6) Matt was a successful sales manager at a car dealership and Jessica was a billing specialist for an auto INSURANCE company.

(P7) After spending three years learning how to sail, they sold their house and left everything they knew.

(P8) So far, they’ve explored 16 countries, traveling from New York City to Peru.

(P9) In 2012, the couple ADOPTED a cat named Georgie to join them on their travels. Matt, Jessica, and Georgie all seem to THRIVE on the MARINER lifestyle.

(P10) Georgie, “loves sitting on the deck and watching the fish over the side of the boat when we are at ANCHOR,” Jessica told the Daily Mail.

(P11) Georgie is attached to a leash for safety reasons unless the boat is anchored.

(P12) But this SEAFARING cat can swim! When the couple traveled to the Grand Cayman, Georgie jumped OVERBOARD, swam around the boat, and then climbed back on it.

(P13) As for spending all of their time together, Matt and Jessica “don’t mind at all. We have always liked to be around each other.”

(P14) Here’s the most amazing part — the traveling couple is still supporting itself from the savings they built when they sold their house, car and other belongings.

(P15) They live FRUGALLY, PINCHING PENNIES to make their savings last. In 2014, they spend only $12,619.19.

(P16) They document all of their expenses on their blog so that others who are thinking of exploring the world by sailboat will know how much it will cost.

(P17) This ADVENTUROUS couple hopes to continue on their journey for as long as they possibly can.

(P18) They’ve heard too many CAUTIONARY tales “from so many others that had been PUTTING THEIR DREAM ON HOLD until retirement.” The Johnson family is determined to explore the world while they are young.

(P19) Four years after leaving Michigan, they’re “exploring the world while it’s still large.”

WORDS: 421

SOURCE: http://www.businessinsider.com/matt-jessica-and-georgie-johnsons-sailboat-journey-2015-6

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 like to GET AWAY FROM IT ALL like this couple?
  3. Do you save a lot of your earnings, or do you spend everything you make?
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, what places would you like to visit?
  5. Do you think that the Johnsons will eventually go back to corporate jobs, or not?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Set foot
  • Pinch pennies
  • Put on hold
  • Get away from it all

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