Visit the following website and listen to the newscast:
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/audio/Audio/295045.html

** Write the answer and the time in the show when you hear the answer.

1. Where is the host?
2. Are car sales increasing or decreasing in China?
3. What is happening in South Africa?
4. Where did the large group of Chinese visit South Africa 5. What did they do there?
6. Where did South Africa add visa-processing offices?
7. Who was Cape Town’s tourism market directed at before? 8. How much have auto sales increased in China?
9. How many vehicles will they sell this year?
10. How many will be sold in the US?
11. Where is the auto show?
12. Dave Shoke says there are how many customers?
13. Are hybrid vehicles and electric technology important in China now? 14. How have SUV sales changed recently?

ANSWERS ARE LINKED HERE:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/VOA%20Listening%20-%20China%20Auto%20Show.pdf

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I recently stumbled upon this website which is a new and interesting idea. It collects writing from anyone on the web. You can write articles and submit them to the site. The site is called Helium. I’m not sure why, but if you are interested, I looked at the “English Language” catagory and there are about 80 articles on the English Language. Some are obviously aimed at ESL students. If you want to check it out go here:

http://www.helium.com/channels/807-English-Language

http://www.helium.com/knowledge/48486-speaking-good-english

scroll down until you see this part…

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and select an article. Don’t forget you can go to the next page at the bottom to look at all the articles.

Cheers

Here is a new article I have written about trees. I think trees are great and the many different types of trees amaze me! So, I decided to write an article to describe some of the many amazing types of trees. I will await the comments of Shirley, a tree expert. 😉

Awesome Trees

Have you ever wanted to find a word in the dictionary but you…. surprisingly… can’t find the right word? Have you ever thought: “Gee it would be nice to be able to find a word by the definition”? I have some good news that can hopefully easy some of that painful feeling you get when you want to remember the perfect word for the situation. It’s called a reverse dictionary. Here’s how it works:

1) You type in words that might be in the definition of the word. For example, try making a question you would typically ask to your teacher. Like this: “Is there a word for someone who is afraid of technology”?

2) Then you can isolate the “key” words from that sentence (in this case, “technology” and “afraid”) and put them into the reverse dictionary. Here are the results of searching one reverse dictionary for these terms.

3) Look through the results to find the word you were looking for, or to find a new better word. You can also try to rearange the order of your search words. This can help sometimes. If you click on the link in the last paragraph, you can find the suggested words for “afraid” and “technology”. You can see the first on the list is “technophobia”. That’s the word I was looking for, however you can also see that the third suggestion is “cyberphobia”. Oh great.. that’s my new favorite word! I can click on the word to see how many online dictionaries have this word, then I can choose a dictionary to give me the definition. I like Dictionary.com because it gives me related words at the bottom, very clearly. Here is the definition for my new favorite word!

Here is a link to the best reverse dictionary in my opinion, however do an internet search for reverse dictionary yourself to see if you can find a better one!
http://www.onelook.com/

Here is the new lesson plan, and audio.  This story is tough, and has lots of difficult vocabulary and phrases.  Enjoy!

Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses

Mp3 Audio

Here is a new Recent News Lesson Plan with audio Mp3 file.  Hope you enjoy this one as well.  The Audio file has little extra news bits at the beginning for your interest and to help you with listening.  I try to go slow, but let me know if you have any suggestions about my reading speed.

US Withdrawing 12,000 troops from Iraq

Audio Mp3