Intermediate

Total lunar eclipse creates rare blood moon

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© REUTERS via BBC Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you taken a picture of an eclipse before? How was it? Would you like to visit the moon? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. eclipse /ih-KLIPS/ [noun] – an occasion when the sun disappears from view, either completely or partly, while the moon is moving between it and the earth, or when the moon becomes darker while the shadow of the earth moves over it Lunar eclipses are rare phenomena. shade /sheyd/ [noun] – a type or degree of a color She…
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Six-year-old boy discovers a massive megalodon shark tooth on Bawdsey beach

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you usually find on the beach? Have you already seen animal fossils? Could you tell me something about it? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. discover /dih-SKUH-er/ [verb] – to find information, a place, or an object, especially for the first time We looked for the missing papers all morning and eventually discovered them in a drawer. attached /uh-TACHT/ [adjective] – to like someone or something very much I’m very attached to my old house. dig /dig/ [verb] – to break up and move soil using a tool, a…
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Starbucks adds a new chocolate-flavored coffee to its menu

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you prefer iced coffee to hot coffee? Why? What are some popular chocolate-flavored snacks in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. addition /uh-DISH-uhn/ [noun] – something that has been added to something else This painting is a great addition to the restaurant! expand /ik-SPAND/ [verb] – to increase in size, number, or importance, or to make something increase in this way The government needs to expand access to broadband internet. seasonal /SEE-zuh-nl/ [adjective] – relating to or happening during a particular period in the year I would like…
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Heatwaves leave millions unable to cope in India

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you think of today’s temperature? How do you cope with hot temperatures? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. severe /suh-VEER/ [adjective] – causing very great pain, difficulty, worry, damage, etc.; very serious There is a severe food and water shortage in areas of Africa. prime minister /prahym MIN-uh-ster/ [noun] – the leader of the government in some countries In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. steady /STED-ee/ [adjective] – not moving or changing suddenly This year, most rental prices have remained steady….
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Airbnb plans to redesign its offices

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What decorations do you have in your home? Would you be interested to work as an interior designer? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. view /vyoo/ [noun] – an opinion, belief, or idea, or a way of thinking about something Harry has an interesting view of what makes an artwork valuable. predict /pri-DIKT/ [verb] – to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience He predicted that it will rain all week. decline /dih-KLAHYN/ [noun] –…
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The toxicity of a cut-throat culture

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What drives you to work hard and grow? Do you think competitive people are more successful in general? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. hyper- /HAHY-per-/ [prefix] – having a lot or too much of the stated quality Hyper-active children have difficulties concentrating. cripple /KRIP-uhl/ [verb] – to make something much less effective; damage The lack of supplies crippled the country’s economy. competition /kom-pi-TISH-uhn/ [noun] – the situation in which people or businesses are trying to be more successful than each other, for example by making more…
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Scientists suggest lab-grown meat and insects “good for planet and health”

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Based on your prior knowledge, what do you think are the advantages of lab-grown meat? Please explain your answer. How will producing lab-grown meat affect climate change? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. consume /kuhn-SOOM/ [verb] – to eat or drink, especially a lot of something He consumes bread with every meal. willingness /WIL-ing-nis/ [noun] – the quality of being happy to do something if it is needed She shows a willingness to work independently. adjust /uh-JUHST/ [verb] – to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or…
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Primary school in Northern Ireland to be closed

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©Google via BBC Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What can you say about your primary school? Which do you prefer, a large or small class? Why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. rural /ROOR-uhl/ [adjective] – in, of, or like the countryside Poverty still exists in some rural areas. case /keys/ [noun] – a particular situation or example of something Public transport is not a good option in this case. agreement /uh-GREE-muhnt/ [noun] – a decision or arrangement, often formal and written, between two or more groups or people Two schools have reached an agreement to…
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The Spider-Man movie that brought life to comic books

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©Alamy via BBC Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your all-time favorite movie? Please tell me more about it. Which do you prefer, watching movies or reading comic books? Why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. sequel /SEE-kwuhl/ [noun] – a book, film, or play that continues the story of a previous book, etc. Peter has started on the sequel of his novel. prompt /prompt/ [verb] – to make something happen His suspicious answer prompted another question from the police. interchangeable /in-ter-CHEYN-juh-buhl/ [adjective] – able to be exchanged with each other without making any difference…
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Cyclists pay up to £107 for bike hangar usage annually

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Who are cyclists in your family? Could you tell me about them? Why is a bike hangar important? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. storage /STAWR-ij/ [noun] – the act of putting things in a special place for use in the future, or the place where you put things The majority of the art they’ve collected is still in storage. discouraging /dih-SKUR-ijing/ [adjective] – making you feel less confident, enthusiastic, and positive about something, or less willing to do something The discouraging news from his doctors has left him disappointed. acquire…
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