Intermediate

Orangutan treats wound with medicinal plant, captures scientific interest

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you know about orangutans? Where do they live, and what are some of their distinctive characteristics? How do you think humans and animals might be similar or different when it comes to problem-solving abilities? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. wound /woond/ [noun] – a damaged area of the body, such as a cut or hole in the skin or flesh made by a weapon He received a deep wound on his arm during the accident. chew /choo/ [verb] – to crush food into smaller, softer pieces with the…
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New television series sheds light on Mahatma Gandhi’s formative years

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Can you name any historical figures from your country? What do you know about them? Are you interested in learning about history through entertainment media? If yes, what aspects of history do you find most interesting to learn about this way? If not, what other methods do you prefer for learning about history? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. ambitious /am-BISH-uhs/ [adjective] – having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed She set ambitious goals for herself this year, aiming to climb the corporate ladder while earning her master’s…
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NotCo launches an AI-designed turtle soup alternative

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How do you feel about plant-based foods? What are some potential benefits of using plant-based ingredients instead? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. combination /kom-buh-NEY-shuhn / [noun] – the result or product of combining two or more elements, substances, or ingredients together The artist experimented with different color combinations until she found the perfect palette for her painting. technological /tek-nuh-LOJ-i-kuhl/ [adjective] – relating to, or involving, technology The company invested heavily in technological advancements to improve their production processes. intensive /in-TEN-siv/ [adjective] – involving a lot of effort or activity in…
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New regulations to combat Salmonella in chicken products

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is Salmonella? How does Salmonella contamination affect food safety? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. producer /pruh-DOO-ser/ [noun] – someone who makes goods or grows food for sale The farmer is a producer of fresh vegetables, selling them at the local market. substance /SUHB-stuhns/ [noun] – a particular type of matter with uniform properties Water is a substance essential for life, found in rivers, lakes, and oceans. specific /spi-SIF-ik/ [adjective] – clearly defined or identified Can you give me specific instructions on how to operate this machine? safety /SEYF-tee/ [noun]…
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Japan turns to coastal eelgrass in pioneering effort to neutralize carbon emissions

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©REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What environmental impacts or changes related to climate change do you observe or feel in your local area? What shifts in behavior or lifestyle choices do you think could have a positive impact on the environment? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. critical /KRIT-i-kuhl/ [adjective] – extremely important or essential The surgeon’s quick decision-making was critical to the success of the operation. restore /ri-STAWR/ [verb] – to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position After years of neglect, the community worked together to restore…
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Deadpool & Wolverine movie stirs up excitement among fans

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©20th Century Studios/Marvel Studios via AP Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you watched a movie about Deadpool/ Wolverine? If so, could you tell me about it? If not, would you like to watch one? Why or why not? What do you think are some of the notable characteristics or abilities of these two characters? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. take charge /TAYK CHAARJ/ [phrasal verb] – to assume control or responsibility for something During group projects, it’s important for each member to take charge of their assigned tasks to ensure success. unforgettable /uhn-fer-GET-uh-buhl/ [adjective]…
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Russian programmers outsmart censors in digital cat and mouse game

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is a VPN? What might lead a government to restrict internet content? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. struggle /STRUHG-uhl/ [noun] – a determined effort or fight to achieve or resist something The struggle for civil rights was a long and arduous battle, but it eventually led to significant social change. liberty /LIB-er-tee/ [noun] – the state of being free from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s actions, thoughts, or beliefs The constitution guarantees the liberty to express opinions without fear of government retaliation. media /MEE-dee-uh/ [noun] – the…
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Storm surge overwhelms Cape Town’s Turtle Conservation Center

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is a storm surge? How do you think a storm surge might affect coastal areas? What kind of animals do you think might be affected by a storm surge, and why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. conservation /kon-ser-VEY-shuhn/ [noun] – the act of protecting and preserving natural resources, wildlife, or the environment The conservation of endangered species is crucial for maintaining biodiversity. volunteer /vol-uhn-TEER/ [noun] – a person who offers to do something willingly without payment, often for a charitable or community organization Many volunteers help clean up beaches…
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Barbie marks 65 years amidst expanded doll diversity

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Can you name any famous toys or dolls that have been popular for many years? What do you think makes a toy or doll popular among children? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. inspiration /in-spuh-REY-shuhn/ [noun] – someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something The breathtaking scenery of the countryside served as inspiration for the artist’s latest painting. skin tone /skin tohn/ [noun] – the color of the surface of someone’s skin The makeup brand offers a wide range of foundations to match every skin tone perfectly. disability…
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British girl and father uncover gigantic marine reptile fossils

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©Sergey Krasovskiy/Handout via REUTERS Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What does the term “evolution” mean? What are some examples of prehistoric marine creatures you know? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. indicate /IN-di-keyt/ [verb] – to suggest, show, or be a sign of something The presence of fresh footprints indicates that someone was here recently. distinguished /dih-STING-gwisht/ [adjective] – used to describe someone or something that is characterized by excellence, renown, or notable achievement She received an award from a distinguished panel of experts for her innovative research in environmental science. combined /kuhm-BAHYND/ [adjective] – describes…
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