Week83

[Animals ★] Two pandas in Vienna

[Travel News ★] Sleep with sharks

[Food ★★] Very expensive kebab

[Business News ★★] Discount for bringing own cup to Starbucks

[Culture ★★] Sweden Introduces Six-Hour Work Day

[Environment News ★★] New device keeps air in your house safe

[World News ★★★] Balloons fly to North Korea

[People ★★★] 14-Year-Old Adventurer Aims to Make History With Triple Trek

[Science ★★★] Levels Set to Rise Much Faster Than Expected

[World News ★★★] To Help Cops, Kids Make a Human Arrow

Very expensive kebab

[Food ★★]

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(P1) Meet the so-called King of Kebabs, the Royal. It’s new to London, and you can get a very good and very expensive kebab there. It costs 925 pounds and its creator says that it is worth every penny.

(P2) He uses the finest ingredients from around the world to put in the kebab. What makes it so pricey? He uses Japanese Wagyu beef, milk-fed lamb, and minced goat. A salad tops the kebab, and it is drizzled with a 25-year old vinegar. A bottle of this vinegar costs 180 pounds. That’s just to start!

WORDS: 95

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/very-expensive-kebab-level-2/

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. Did you ever eat a kebab? If so, where? Did you like it?
  3. Would you pay 925 pounds for a kebab? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think a lot of people buy the creators kebab? Why or why not?
  5. Is kebab popular in your country?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • So-called (P1)
  • Worth every penny (P1)
  • Milk-fed (P2)
  • That’s just to start! (P2)

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Image Source: By Maderibeyza – Yükleyenin kendi çalışması, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2738331

Two pandas in Vienna

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Only once a year, the mating season for pandas happens. The females are only able to get pregnant for two or three days in a year, which makes getting pregnant difficult.

(P2) In a zoo in Vienna, Austria, two pandas mated a few times, which is a rare event in a zoo. The zoo filmed the act and released the video.

(P3) The length of a panda’s pregnancy is up to 163 days, so the zoo must wait to see if the mating was a success.

WORDS: 84

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/two-pandas-in-vienna-level-2/

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 seen a Panda in real life? Where?
  3. Do you like going to zoos? Why or why not?
  4. Do you like animals? If so, which ones?
  5. Do you have zoos in your country? Which cities?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Mating season (P1)
  • Getting pregnant (P1)
  • Filmed the act (P2)
  • Up to (P3)

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Image Source: By Chi King, CC BY 2.0  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pandas!!_(GIANT_PANDA-WOLONG-SICHUAN-CHINA)_(2150603391).jpg

Sleep with sharks

[Travel News ★]

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(P1) Do you use Airbnb? If so, you can win a prize. You can win a stay in a special room. This room is see-through and it is in a tank.

(P2) The tank is ten meters deep in the water. There are 35 sharks in the tank. You can see them very well. The room is in Paris.

WORDS: 57

Source: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/sleep-with-sharks-level-1/

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 afraid of sharks? Why or why not?
  3. Would you stay in this room? Why or why not?
  4. Have you ever won a prize? If so, what did you win?
  5. Do you like to swim in the ocean/sea where sharks live? Why or why not?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Airbnb – app (P1)
  • Ten meters deep (P2)

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Image Source: By Albert kok – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6699558

Balloons fly to North Korea

[World News ★★★]

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(P1) Taking off into the sky, these balloons filled with anti-Pyongyang messages were launched by South Korean protesters headed to North Korea.

(P2) Three balloons carrying around 50,000 leaflets were released in the border city of Paju. The packages can be seen floating over the border amid tension following the North’s nuclear test and rocket launch.

(P3) “We sent the leaflets carrying a message denouncing Kim Jong Un’s succession and North Korea’s nuclear missile program. The leaflets also condemn North Korea’s armed provocations against the Republic of Korea.”

(P4) Tensions have been high on the Korean Peninsula since the North conducted a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in February, prompting the United Nations Security Council to issue new sanctions.

(P5) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently been making official appearances in military drills and rocket engine testings which, if genuine, could indicate that an intercontinental ballistic missile is being developed.

WORDS: 151

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/balloons-fly-to-north-korea-level-3/

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. Were you ever involved in a protest? If yes, what did you protest about?
  3. Do you think the relations between North and South Korea will get better some day? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think this is a good way to protest? Why or why not?
  5. Why do people protest?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Taking off (P1)
  • Anti-Pyongyang (P1)
  • Long-range (P4)
  • Intercontinental ballistic missile (P5)

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Image Source: By Own work – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2674946

14-Year-Old Adventurer Aims to Make History With Triple Trek

[People ★★★]

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(P1) Jade Hameister might soon become the youngest person to travel to the ends of the Earth. The 14-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, is about to embark on a three-week trek to the North Pole that will see her skiing 140 miles across sea ice while pulling a sled that weighs as much as she does. Think that’s impressive? It’s only her first stop on a quest to complete the “polar hat trick”—crossings of the North Pole, South Pole, and Greenland, totaling 1,243 miles, reports Mashable. Jade plans to attempt the Greenland crossing in April 2017 and the South Pole later that year, and she’ll be accompanied by her dad, a polar guide, and a cinematographer who will document the adventure for National Geographic. The goal is to “inspire and empower young women around the world to be more active and chase their dreams,” says Jade, per the BBC.

(P2) She got the idea after meeting a woman at Everest Base Camp—Jade’s father has climbed Everest—who had crossed the South Pole alone. Training included a five-day camp in New Zealand, where she learned survival skills and how to ski. She’s also been doing CrossFit, dragging a sled around on the beach, and training in a special altitude facility. There are plenty of risks— hypothermia, polar bears, and falling through sea ice are just a few—but Jade says she’s ready. “She has always been very independent, driven, active, and passionate about health and fitness,” her dad tells the Herald Sun. “I have no doubt she can do this.” The group flies to Norway this week before starting the trek on Monday. (North Pole expeditions may soon be impossible.)

WORDS: 278

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/222832/girl-14-aims-to-make-history-at-the-poles.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. Would you go to the North Pole or Antartica? Why or why not?
  3. What’s your opinion about people who climb Mt. Everest?
  4. If you were lost in the wilderness, do you have the survival skills to live?
  5. Do you think Jade is an inspiration to young women? Why or why not?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Ends of the Earth (P1)
  • Polar guide (P1)
  • “Polar hat trick” (P1)
  • Survival skills (P2)

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Image source: by jadehameister https://www.instagram.com/p/-lCr9dzd9s/

Discount for bringing own cup to Starbucks

[Business News ★★]

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(P1) Starbucks U.K. will give customers a discount if they bring their own cup. It wants to cut down on trash and recycle more. Starbucks U.K. said: Reusable cups are a key part of our overall waste reduction strategy.” Customers who bring their own cup will not get a discount on the cheaper filter coffee.

(P2) Paper cups have been in the news a lot. Around seven million cups are thrown away every day. Some cafes lie about how many cups they recycle. Customers might think a cafe is environmentally friendly, but it is not. Fewer than one in 400 paper cups at cafes are recycled. A coffee drinker said: “I am disappointed that cafes recycle so little.”

WORDS: 116

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1603/160322-coffee-cups-0.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 drink coffee? If not, what do you drink instead?
  3. Would you bring your own cup to Starbucks for a discount? Why or why not?
  4. Does your country have a recycling program? If not, should they?
  5. Do you think it’s important to protect the environment? Why or why not?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Cut down (P1)
  • Key part (P1)
  • Environmentally friendly (P2)

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Image source: by psfk http://www.brandingmagazine.com/2012/04/05/an-american-coffee-company-in-paris-starbucks-rebrands-french-stores/#