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Do Now #74: Earth Day

Do Now | April 13, 2013 | 277 Comments

Do Now #74: Earth Day

The first Earth Day celebration was held on April 20, 1970. Its founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson, developed the idea over a seven-year period after he realized that political leaders were not making environmental issues a priority.

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Restarting Your Career with Upwardly Global – Monica’s Story

ESL Insights | April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Restarting Your Career with Upwardly Global – Monica’s Story

By Mary Voelbel Monica came to the US in 2006 from Columbia with a Masters degree in Child Abuse Prevention and years of experience in public health. Originally an ESL student, she spent 5 years working minimum wage jobs until she learned about Upwardly Global and how to rebuild her career. “El que persevera alcanza” […]

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KQED and CUE Partnership

PBS LearningMedia | April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

KQED and CUE Partnership

KQED is proud to announce a new educational partner in Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. The two non-profit organizations are excited to begin working collaboratively on resources and programs that will reach a larger audience of educators and students both in Northern California and beyond. KQED is a leader in distributing valuable educational programming on air and […]

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Do Now #73: An Acidic Ocean For All?

Do Now | April 10, 2013 | 24 Comments

Do Now #73: An Acidic Ocean For All?

Over the past hundred years or so, the ocean has absorbed the carbon dioxide (CO₂) released into the environment from burning fossil fuels. Absorbing these emissions makes our oceans more acidic. This change in the ocean’s pH level is called ocean acidification.

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Congressional Art Competition

Arts | April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Congressional Art Competition

This Friday, April 12, is the deadline for The Artistic Discovery Contest, an art competition initiated by Congressman Eric Swalwell that is open to all high school students in California’s 15th congressional district.

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The Listening and Speaking Center at De Anza College – We Help You Lower Your “Affective Filter”!

ESL Insights | April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Listening and Speaking Center at De Anza College – We Help You Lower Your “Affective Filter”!

If you are an ESL/EFL educator, you must remember the Affective Filter Hypothesis … right? It is one of the five hypotheses about second language acquisition proposed by Stephen Krashen. It refers to a psychological barrier that can hinder or promote progress in learning a second language. The Affective Filter can be raised or lowered as a result of the quality of the learning environment – and low anxiety facilitates success in practicing and learning a second language.

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Do Now #72: North Korea’s Threat of Attack

Do Now | April 5, 2013 | 246 Comments

Do Now #72: North Korea’s Threat of Attack

How do you think the U.S. should respond to North Korea’s threat to deploy nuclear weapons on its neighbors and even the United States? Why? Is this a credible threat?

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Work Voices 10: Marjan Javanmard, Building Auditor in Energy Conservation

Post-Secondary ESL | April 3, 2013 | 3 Comments

Work Voices 10: Marjan Javanmard, Building Auditor in Energy Conservation

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Marjan Javanmard came to the US from Iran 12 years ago and now works in energy conservation for Solar City as a building auditor. She attended San Mateo Adult School for ESL classes and trained at Skyline College on the HERO Program (Home Energy Retrofit Occupations) – a […]

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