Do You Trust Your Friends?

[VIDEO★] Do You Trust Your Friends?

Watch the following video before the lesson, and read the script out loud with the Cambly tutor during the lesson.

0:01    Hey! It’s Yessica. Would you sell out your friends to make a quick buck? Are we hard-wired to be selfish? I don’t know. Let’s hit the streets and find out.

0:16    [Voiceover] You and another person have just been caught after a recent crime spree. The detectives on the case have put you each in a room for interrogation. The detectives give you two options: You can snitch on your partner, giving them three years in prison, but you go scot-free, or you can stay quiet and spend one year in the slammer. Your partner in the other interrogation room is given the same two options with the same outcomes. If you both snitch on one another, you both get two years, since you cooperated with the cops, yet are both still guilty of the crime.

0:46     This leaves you with four possible outcomes. If you both stay quiet, everyone benefits from spending the least amount of time combined in prison. But, do you trust your partner to make the same selfless decision?

0:57     We went to the street to see how people would react, but instead of prison time, we offered them cold, hard cash. So what would you do? Snitch or stay quiet?

1:07     My name’s Yessica. What’s yours? – Catherine.

1:08     Hi Catherine. – Susan.

1:10     Hi Susan. Ok, how do you guys know each other? – From work.

1:13     Cool. Do you guys like each other?

1:14     Yeah. – Yeah.

1:15     Yeah? You guys are decent, cool.

1:17     So you guys are brothers, right? – Correct.

1:20     Do you think Robbie’s a good person?

1:22     Ok, do you think Stephanie over here’s a good person? – I love her!

1:25     We‘re gonna play a game, you guys ready? – Yup.

1:27     We‘re gonna pretend you guys did something, you guys stole something, ok? And you guys are both being interrogated. If one of you snitches and the other one doesn’t, one of you gets three dollars. But if you both snitch, you both only get one dollar. But if no one snitches, you both get two dollars. Does that make sense to you guys? – Ok.

1:47     I need you guys to stand back to back. Write down what you’re gonna do. If you snitch on your brother or if you don’t. One, two, three, go. – In three, you guys are gonna show each other. One, two, three.

2:07     Never! – (both laugh) Yay!

2:12     All right. You guys are good brothers. Good job.

2:16     So we’re not gonna rat on each other. – Good.

2:18     [Voiceover] The people on the street were all being very nice. So we decided to raise the stakes to see if that would change anything.

2:24     How do you guys know each other?

2:26     We‘re dating. – We’re dating.

2:27     Ooh, fun. How long have you guys been dating?

2:29     A few days. – A few days. – A few days? Cool.

2:31     A long time. – Pretty dope.

2:35     Are you gonna take the money and run? And then, on the count of three, show each other. One, two, three. – (both laugh) – Yeah! – Wooo!

2:50     Wait, does this mean we get money?

2:52     [Voiceover] Even with higher stakes, most of the contestants preferred to go with the prize that benefits the group. – Mutually advantageous.

2:58     Yes, mutually advantageous. – And we’ve know each other a long time, we went to school together.

3:00     How long have you guys known each other? – Like three years?

3:02     Three years. – Ok. – Yeah. – Yeah.

3:04     So you guys have been friends for awhile. – Right. So, you know… – Cool.

3:08     We’re bam. – So yeah.

3:09     [Voiceover] So far, everyone who’s played knew each other beforehand. Let’s see what happens when we grab two complete strangers.

3:15     Bobby. – Hi, Bobby.

3:16     Aermome.Aer— wow. – Wow!

3:20     Ok, perfect. And here’s your pen. And on the count of three, I want you to write on the board whether you would snitch on the random person you just met. Ok, so in the count of three, I want you to show the camera. One, two, three.

3:37     I’m ashamed! – And now, show each other.

3:42     Perfect! We’re both snitches.

3:44     You guys would both snitch? – Yeah. – Yeah.

3:46     I thought about it.. – Yeah.

3:48     And I don’t know him, and he committed a crime, so… – Yeah. I wanna protect my own life.

3:52     It‘s just not that… I mean– – Emotional.

3:56     Yeah. – Yeah. I don’t have that emotional connection to you. – There you go.

3:58     [Voiceover] So why were people more likely to cooperate with people
that they knew? I’m not a psychologist, but it could be because humans are social beings. We tend to cooperate when we believe the payoff is not worth the potential risk. It’s possible that we view the risk as higher when playing against someone we know because there’s a chance of it hurting our relationship. But what if the prize was a hundred? Two thousand? Or six million dollars? How much money would it take to sell out your friends?

4:23     I love him for fifteen, I love him for twenty-five, – I love this guy too much. – Twenty?

4:26     No! – No, not twenty either! – We know each other too well. – Hundred?

4:29     Ooh, a hundred, I dunno… – (laughs)1Wow! What?!

4:32     I dunno, a hundred, that’s ten times what I won today, sir.

4:36     It‘s here! It’s here, it’s here! –  (all) It’s here! – It’s here. – It’s here.

4:41     Get it! – Get it! – There! – There!

4:44     I think they got it. Get it! – Yeah! – Yeah, you get it. – It’s here!

Words: 950

Source: https://youtu.be/sqDIGuzt38w?list=PL5vtqDuUM1DkSQgRw3sEy7Vkot_i5y9RA

To Print (KR only): 151208 Do You Trust Your Friends

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. Describe the concept of the prisoner’s dilemma in your own words.
  3. Do you think we are hard-wired to be selfish? Why or why not? Explain your thoughts with examples.
  4. How much would it take for someone to sell out their best friends? A couple millions dollars? A billion?
  5. Is there someone that you would never sell out not even for your own life?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Make a sentence using each expression, and check with the tutor if you are using it in a correct way. Extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Sell out
  • make a quick buck
  • Hard-wired
  • Hit the streets
  • Snitch on
  • Go scot-free
  • Rat on someone
  • Raise the stakes

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MARK ZUCKERBERG IS TAKING 2MO OFF TO BE WITH HIS NEWBORN

[OPINIONS ★★]

Mark Zuckerberg is taking 2 months off to be with his newborn — here’s why Facebook employees say his decision is so importantzuckerbergchan

(P1) Long before it was trendy, Facebook cultivated a company culture where it’s taboo for dads not to take parental leave, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement cements Facebook’s status as a compelling case study for how to make parental leave policies work.

(P2) While it’s unclear how much time he plans to take during the year following his child’s birth — many dads at Facebook split their time rather than take the available four months at once — last week Zuckerberg announced on Facebook that he would take two months of leave following the arrival of his and wife Priscilla Chan’s daughter, citing the benefits that come when working parents take time to be with their newborns.

(P3) The news comes at a critical time for American parents: Currently the US is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t ensure any paid time off for new moms, according to a report from the International Labor Organization.

(P4) In light of the lack of federal policy, some of the country’s biggest tech companies like Netflix, Microsoft, and Adobe have stepped up their paid parental leave policies, while CEOs who have chosen not to take more parental leave themselves have come under fire for not leading by example.

(P5) For the most part, generous parental leave policies are a brave new world for American companies. One vital lesson we’ve learned from Facebook is that taking parental leave from the top is key to seeing it trickle down. “We hear from our people that [parental leave] really matters to them, they care about it, and take it, which is fantastic,” Lori Goler, head of human resources at Facebook, previously told Business Insider. In fact, employees at Facebook love the policy so much that they rate it a resounding five out of five stars on Glassdoor, a workplace ratings and review site.

(P6) But this level of adoption isn’t always the case when it comes to generous leave policies. Stewart Friedman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, previously told Business Insider that when he studied unlimited-vacation policies, the main issue he saw was employees’ fear of using vacation days and looking less committed than their colleagues.

(P7) A study by Boston College’s Center for Work & Family found 86% of men surveyed said they wouldn’t use paternity leave or parental leave unless they were paid at least 70% of their normal salaries. This is devastating, especially in light of research out of Israel that shows the more leave men take to care for children when they’re young, the more the fathers undergo changes in the brain that make them better suited to parenting. And a study by two Columbia University Social Work professors found that fathers who take two or more weeks off after their child is born are more involved in their child’s care nine months later. Simply put, paid paternity leave can help foster better father-child relationships.

(P8) And the more leave fathers take, the more mothers’ incomes increase. In Sweden, where fathers must take at least two months off before the child is 8 years old to receive the government benefits, researchers saw mothers’ incomes increase almost 7% for every month of paternity leave their husbands took.

(P9) Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, vice president of the 600-person ads and pages team, previously told Business Insider that people at Facebook are passionate about what they do, so it’s natural for parents to feel like they’ll miss out on their work. He strongly encourages all his dads and moms to take their full leave — it’s all about making the right guarantee. “You say, ‘Look, this is guaranteed not to affect your career — not just by law, but by the way Facebook operates,” he said. “You know, we have a tremendously deep respect for people building their families,” Bosworth said. “It’s the most important thing for society. So you gotta take the conflicts out of it.”

(P10) Bosworth is well known throughout Facebook for his belief that the true test of a leader is how long they can be away from work. “It’s really irresponsible for any member of the company, parent or otherwise, to have information or an ability that [nobody else has], because that means it’s a liability to the company,” he said. “If you’re a single point of failure, especially in an engineering organization like Facebook, that’s strictly a bad thing.”

(P11) Zuck’s announcement demonstrates that this idea is just as much at play for the CEO as anyone else in the company. “From the top to the bottom, I think the nice thing is, the leaders of the company are the ones who are pushing it the most because they know there’s a responsibility there,” said Adam Isserlis, a manager of corporate communications at Facebook who took leave following the birth of his daughter in December 2013.

(P12) He said that new parents can never get those first few months with a child back, so it seemed shortsighted for him to worry more about missing out on work than the first year of his daughter’s life. “That’s the way this was presented to me here at Facebook,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Things will come and go, and we’ll handle them, we’ll deal with them, but you should be with your family’ — that’s a really important and wonderful thing.”

WORDS: 900

SOURCE: http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-just-made-facebooks-parental-leave-policy-even-better-2015-11

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. Why does CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s paternity leave make a strong case study for how to make parental leave policies work?
  3. Why did paid parental leave policies at other tech companies not work? (P4-5)
  4. What are some benefits of paternitiy leaves? (P7-8)
  5. Describe parental leave policy at your company? How has it improved compared to when you were young?

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.

  • Split their time
  • In light of
  • Step up
  • Come under fire
  • Trickle down

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THIS START-UP BRINGS THE BEER TO YOUR DOOR

[BUSINESS ★]

THIS START-UP BRINGS THE BEER TO YOUR DOOR

Beer

(P1) With the $20 billion U.S. CRAFT BEER market growing at 22 percent a year, compared with FLAT SALES for the beer business overall, Seattle startup Tavour is targeting ADVENTUROUS AFICIONADOS.

(P2) Once customers sign up for Tavour’s e-mail service, they get daily offers for highly rated craft beers in limited quantities of 3 to 12 cans or bottles. Options include a wide range of domestic brews—Saison Premiere from De Garde Brewing in Oregon, the Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma—and a decent number of imports, such as Belgium’s Brouwerij Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition. More unusual OFFERINGS include peanut butter PORTERS and single-HOP sours.

(P3) “People have very DISTINCTIVE tastes, and the Internet is allowing them to explore those tastes,” says Tavour Chief Executive Officer Sethu Kalavakur.

(P4) Customers reply to the daily e-mails if they want the beers on offer. Recent prices range from $2.50 to $20 a beer.

(P5) Before starting Tavour, the co-founders did research for six months. “We tried a lot of beer,” Kalavakur says. Mostly, though, they talked to consumers, he says, trying to figure out how to appeal to craft brew ENTHUSIASTS and NEWBIES.

(P6) To brewers, Tavour pitches itself as a new DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL that can reach serious BEER GEEKS.

(P7) With consumers, Tavour relies heavily on STREET CRED. “As craft beer fans, we want to support small, local operations that remain true to their roots,” reads a typical Tavour e-mail.

WORDS: 244

SOURCE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-27/tavour-a-delivery-service-for-beer-geeks

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. $20.00 USD is an expensive price for a bottle of beer. What is the most money that you have ever spent on a beverage?
  3. How much shopping and buying do you do on the Internet?
  4. What is the most popular type of alcoholic beverage in your country – beer, wine, or something else?
  5. People can be aficionados of beer, food, movies, sports, almost anything. What are you an aficionado of?

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.

  • Craft beer
  • Flat sales
  • Distribution channel
  • Beer geek
  • Street cred

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“STAR WARS” CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS BRING THE FORCE TO YOUR TREE

[TECHNOLOGY ★]

“STAR WARS” CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS BRING THE FORCE TO YOUR TREE

Star Wars

(P1) Star Wars fans are EAGERLY AWAITING the day of December 18th, when The Force Awakens will appear at movie theaters around the world, but what about on Christmas Day? How can the Force make its PRESENCE known while families are GATHERED around their Christmas tree? With new official Star Wars Christmas ORNAMENTS, that’s how. Four new sets have just been announced, each with six BAUBLES.

(P2) Three of the sets are based on the original Star Wars trilogy, and each ornament is designed as one of the many ICONIC characters. The art style used has a very MINIMALIST and CARTOONY look, but each character is still INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE.

(P3) First up is the A New Hope set, which has ornaments for R2-D2, C-3P0, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.

(P4) The Empire Strikes Backset has Yoda, Chewbacca, Han Solo, a Snow Trooper, Boba Fett, and Lando.

(P5) Next is the Return of the Jedi set, with Jabba the Hutt, Admiral Ackbar, Wicket, an Imperial Guard, Emperor Palpatine, and a Scout Trooper.

(P6) There’s also a bonus Imperial Death Star set with five Stormtrooper ornaments and one for the iconic Death Star itself.

(P7) The ornaments are all officially LICENSED from Disney, and each set is available now, priced at $31.99.

WORDS: 213

SOURCE: http://www.slashgear.com/official-star-wars-christmas-ornaments-bring-the-force-to-your-tree-27416130/

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 you looking forward to the new “Star Wars” movie, or could you NOT CARE LESS?
  3. Is Christmas celebrated widely in your country?
  4. Have you ever decorated a holiday tree? What sort of ornaments did you use?
  5. Do you enjoy major holidays, or are you glad when they are over?

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.

  • Not care less

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BECOMING AN ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER

[CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT ★★]

BECOMING AN ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER

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(P1) We spoke with Rodrigo Dávila, an ARCHITECTURAL photographer based in Bogotá. When he was a teenager, Dávila INHERITED a camera from his grandfather and NEVER LOOKED BACK. After working as an architect for two years and taking pictures in his FREE TIME, Rodrigo moved to Melbourne, Australia to study photography. Back in Colombia, Dávila established a photography business through which he expresses his passion for design and contemporary buildings.

(P2) 1. Are you an architect?

(P3) I studied architecture at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and I worked in the offices of architect Daniel Bermúdez before becoming a photographer.

(P4) 2. When and how did you start to photograph architecture?

(P5) Photography was always my great passion.  When I was 14 years old, I inherited my grandfather’s old camera and I started to photograph in black and white. When I graduated from university, I was able to travel and photograph buildings designed by important architects. I had the opportunity to study commercial photography in Melbourne, Australia. By joining my experience as an architect and a photographer, I became an architecture photographer.

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(P6) 3. What do you like about your job as an architectural photographer?

(P7) Finding the ideal moment when all external VARIABLES come into play to create a “perfect moment.” One waits until the weather, the light, and even the people in the building are at an ideal point in order to take the picture.

(P8) 4. Favorite architect?

(P9) My favorite architect is Alvar Aalto. I love his ORGANIC shapes, which at the same time are not OVERLOADED or EXTRAVAGANT.

(P10) 5. Favorite work?

(P11) The Sydney Opera House by Jorn Utzon.  It is a perfect example of how a building can change a city.

(P12) 6. Favorite architectural photographer artist?

(P13) I like the OLD SCHOOL, the work of architecture photographers Ezra Stoller and Julius Shulman. Through their photography, I see that they understand the function of space in modern architecture.

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(P14) 7.  How would you define your style?

(P15) I seek strong and clear COMPOSITION in my photographs.

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(P16) 8. What advice would you give to a person who wishes to start to photograph architecture?

(P17) Take many, many, many pictures and always keep in mind what the idea behind the building being photographed is. One should keep in mind that an image is a combination of emotion, NARRATIVE, and TECHNIQUE.

WORDS: 386

SOURCE: http://www.archdaily.com/777148/architectural-photographers-rodrigo-davila

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 enjoy taking photographs? What sort of camera do you use?
  3. What are the most famous buildings in your country?
  4. Describe the architecture of the house or apartment building that you live in.
  5. Davila suggests taking many pictures in order to become a good photographer. What skill did you have to practice a lot in order to become good at it?

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.

  • Never look back
  • Free time
  • Old school

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GREENHOUSE GASES IN ATMOSPHERE AT ALL-TIME HIGH

[ENVIRONMENT ★★]

GREENHOUSE GASES IN ATMOSPHERE AT ALL-TIME HIGH

Chinese Smog

(P1) Levels of GREENHOUSE GASES trapped in Earth’s ATMOSPHERE reached an ALL-TIME high in 2014, according to a new report by the World METEOROLOGICAL Association (WMA).

(P2) Greenhouse gases, like CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2), come from everyday activities such as turning on a light and driving around town. They are released in larger amounts by factories and farms. These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, which makes the Earth warmer.

(P3) “We can’t see CO2,” WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, said in a statement. “It is an invisible threat, but a very real one.”

(P4) The WMO reported that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere reached 397.7 parts per million (ppm) in 2014. In the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE it rose to above 400 ppm—a SYMBOLIC MILESTONE. Scientists say that CO2 levels should stay below 400 ppm to avoid LONG-TERM climate issues, like HEAT WAVES and floods.

(P5) “Carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and in the ocean for even longer,” said Jarraud. “Past, present and future EMISSIONS will have a [growing] impact” on the world’s environment.

(P6) WMO’s report comes at an important moment for CLIMATE SCIENTISTS and world leaders. A recent New York Times report revealed that China, the world’s leading source of emissions, had burned 17% more coal in recent years than it had previously admitted to. Chinese President Xi Jinping, however, promised that by 2030, his country would cut CO2 emissions by more than half. China has also spent $83.3 billion on RENEWABLE ENERGY sources, such as WIND POWER and SOLAR POWER.

(P7) China’s plans are part of a global effort to address climate change. More than 100 world leaders will meet in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, as part of the United Nations World Climate SUMMIT.

(P8) Organizers also expect more than 40,000 people to attend the conference, including people who work to protect human and environmental rights. Climate scientists say that it is IMPERATIVE to take action immediately. “Every year we report a new record in greenhouse gas levels. Every year we say that time is RUNNING OUT.” said Jarraud.

(P9) “We have to act now to SLASH greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a chance to keep the increase in temperatures to MANAGEABLE levels.”

WORDS: 375

SOURCE: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/turn-heat/307576

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 is the quality of the air in your area? Is it good to breathe, or sometimes not so good?
  3. What steps is your country taking to reduce emissions? Are there any laws or regulations that people have to follow?
  4. What do you think the effects of climate change will be 50 years from now?
  5. Have you taken any steps personally to reduce your energy consumption?

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.

  • Greenhouse gases
  • All-time
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Long-term
  • Northern Hemisphere
  • Heat wave
  • Climate science
  • Renewable energy
  • Wind power
  • Solar power
  • Run out

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THE DARKEST SKIES IN THE WORLD

[TRAVEL ★★★]

THE DARKEST SKIES IN THE WORLD

Sark Skies

(P1) The Channel Island of Sark is a British Crown DEPENDENCY with around 600 INHABITANTS – but no cars or street lights. It measures only two square miles. Its CLAIM TO FAME, though, came in 2011: the International Dark-Sky Association, which encourages global efforts to COUNTERACT LIGHT POLLUTION, named Sark the world’s first Dark Sky Island. While some places that receive Dark Sky status are barely inhabited and almost impossible to get to, Sark – located just 25 miles west of France’s NORMANDY coast – earned the award not only for its skies, but for its community’s efforts to preserve their darkness and share it with others.

(P2) And now Sark has another ATTRACTION for sky watchers: its own OBSERVATORY, which opened in October 2015. To match the island’s MODEST size, Sark’s observatory is a tiny wooden SHED in the corner of a farmer’s field.

Sark Observatory

(P3) The TELESCOPE rests on a PLINTH in a COSY space big enough for half a dozen people to take turns GAZING through the sliding roof.

(P4) Money to buy the SECOND-HAND telescope was raised by DONATIONS and FUNDRAISING from YARD SALES.

Sark Bicycle Path

(P5) Sark is IDIOSYNCRATIC in other ways besides its MAGNIFICENT night skies. The ban on street lights means that any night-time walks are generally led by TORCHLIGHT, while the lack of cars means people get around by foot, bicycle, or HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE.

(P6) Until 2008, Sark was ruled by a single HEREDITARY figure, the Seigneur, who OVERSAW a PARLIAMENT made up of DESCENDANTS of 40 families who SETTLED Sark in 1565. Queen Elizabeth I offered the island to the original settlers in return for them ELIMINATING the PIRATES who used the island at the time.

WORDS: 279

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20151119-the-tiny-island-of-shooting-stars

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 it difficult the see the stars at night where you live?
  3. What is the most REMOTE location you have ever visited? Did you see amazing stars at night there?
  4. What is your favorite island that you have ever visited? Would you like to live on an island?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a very small community?

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.

  • Claim to fame
  • Light pollution
  • Second-hand
  • Yard sale
  • Horse-drawn carriage

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