Tag Archive: Business & Economy – Intermediate

Baltimore Port’s main shipping channel fully reopens after Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you know about the importance of shipping routes for global trade? Can you think of reasons why ports are crucial for local economies? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. primary /prahy-MER-ee/ [adjective] – more important than anything else; main The primary reason for his success is his hard work. disrupt /dis-RUHPT/ [verb] – to prevent something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected The sudden storm disrupted the outdoor concert. gradually /GRAJ-oo-uh-lee/ [adverb] – slowly over a period of time or a distance…
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Important summit brings together South Korea and African nations

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you know about summits? What kind of events or meetings are they? Why do you think countries hold summits with other nations? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. cooperation /koh-op-uh-REY-shuhn/ [noun] – the act of working together towards the same end The two companies decided to engage in cooperation to develop a new product. long-term /LAWNG-turm/ [adjective] – lasting for a long period of time Investing in education is a long-term strategy for a country’s development. strengthen /STRENGK-thuhn/ [verb] – to make something stronger or more powerful The government…
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Marriott International leads massive environmental cleanup in Bali

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are some common environmental issues that communities around the world face? What might be the impact of plastic waste on natural environments? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. volunteer /vol-uhn-TEER/ [noun] – a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task Last weekend, many volunteers joined the beach cleanup to remove plastic waste from the shore. ton /tuhn/ [noun] – a unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds (approximately 907 kilograms) The delivery truck carried three tons of food supplies to the disaster-stricken area….
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Biden Administration unveils $207 million financial commitment to boost domestic fertilizer and renewable energy projects

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the significance of agriculture in the economy of a country? Why do you think reducing energy expenses is important for those involved in agricultural production? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. substantial /suhb-STAN-shuhl/ [adjective] – of considerable importance, size, or worth The company made a substantial investment in research and development to improve its products. agriculture /AG-ri-kuhl-cher/ [noun] – the practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil and the rearing of animals Agriculture plays a crucial role in providing food for the growing population. supplier /suh-PLAI-er / [noun]…
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Global coffee creamer market anticipates a 4.5% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2024 to 2032

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the purpose of adding coffee creamer to coffee, and why do some people prefer using it? Do you think the popularity of coffee creamers is influenced by cultural factors, or is it more about personal taste preferences? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. steadily /STED-uh-lee/ [adverb] – in a stable and continuous manner, without sudden or extreme changes The company’s profits have been growing steadily over the past few years. primarily /PRY-muh-ruh-lee/ [adverb] – mainly or chiefly; fundamentally The success of the business is primarily attributed to its innovative…
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MEA Water Treatment Chemicals Market surges as industrial development, regulatory policies, and water scarcity awareness drive growth

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Why is water considered a critical resource in industrial and urban development? In what ways can industrial activities affect water quality? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. growth /grohth/ [noun] – the process of developing or increasing in size, quantity, or degree The city’s population growth led to a higher demand for clean water. industrial /in-DUHS-tree-uhl/ [adjective] – relating to or characterized by industry, typically manufacturing or the production of goods The city’s economic success was tied to its thriving industrial sector. policy /POL-uh-see/ [noun] – a course or principle of…
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Microsoft offers free cybersecurity tools amid rising threats

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is a cyberattack? How do you protect yourself from cyberattacks? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. posture /POS-cher / [noun] – a way in which a government or other organization thinks about and/or deals with a particular matter The school’s posture on student well-being included providing mental health support services. impact /IM-pakt/ [noun] – a powerful effect that something, especially something new, has on a situation or person The construction project had a negative impact on the local wildlife and ecosystem. boundary /BOUN-duh-ree/ [noun] – a real or imagined line…
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Lucid Motors expands global presence with new EV factory in Saudi Arabia

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©Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are electric vehicles (EVs) and how do they work? What are the environmental benefits of using electric vehicles? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. momentous /moh-MEN-tuhs/ [adjective] – very important or significant, often with a sense of historical importance The moon landing was a momentous event in human history. thrilling /THRIL-ing / [adjective] – very exciting or exhilarating Riding a roller coaster can be a thrilling experience. investment /in-VEST-muhnt/ [noun] – the act of putting money, effort, or resources into something with the expectation…
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Facebook Messenger’s new parental controls enhance child safety

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you think parents should have access to their children’s Messenger? Why or why not? Would you feel safe if your parents had access to your social media? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. interaction /in-ter-AK-shuhn/ [noun] – an occasion when two or more people or things communicate with or react to each other In an online gaming community, players have the opportunity to engage in virtual interactions with individuals from all around the world. privacy /PRAHY-vuh-see/ [noun] – someone’s right to keep their personal matters and…
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Gallup-Amazon partnership develops tool to help youngsters navigate career paths

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What career line would you like to pursue in the future? What are your main concerns about your future career? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. readiness /RED-ee-nis/ [noun] – willingness or a state of being prepared for something The school regularly conducts fire drills to ensure the readiness of students and staff in the event of an emergency. insight /IN-sahyt/ [noun] – a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation The documentary provided viewers with thought-provoking insights into the environmental impact of human activities. evaluate…
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