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Month: April 2015

Classical music calms cats

Classical music calms cats Adapted from the Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Level 3 Can our pets be affected by music? Research shows that classical music can calm cats and dogs. Music can also calm gorillas and elephants. Music and people We know that music affects humans in different ways. Yoga teachers play music with…

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Signs of a stroke

Signs of a stroke, Level 3 Adapted from The Vancouver Sun, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Statistics Canada, 2012, by Nila Gopaul Illustrations by Nola Johnston Most strokes happen when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood going to the brain. Both children and adults can have strokes. Each year, there are 50,000…

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B.C.’s new soccer star

B.C.’s new soccer star, Steven Beitashour Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The New York Times by Nila Gopaul Level 2 Steven Beitashour*, 28, was born in San Jose, California. His parents are from Iran. They moved to the U.S. in the 1960s. *say: bayt-uh-shoor Growing up Steven always loved soccer. He was 11 years…

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Best Mayor in the world

Best mayor in the world Adapted from CBC News by Nila Gopaul Level 1 In 2014, Naheed* Nenshi was voted the best mayor** in the world. * say:  nah-heed ** say: may-er – the head of a city or town Nenshi is the mayor of Calgary. Calgary is in Alberta, Canada. Nenshi heard the news…

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A man gets a surprise

A man gets a surprise Adapted from The Westerly News by Nila Gopaul Illustrations by Nola Johnston Level 1 Listen to “A man gets a surprise”– Level 1 Reading by Nila Gopaul Ted Benson, 37, lives in Ucluelet*, B.C. It is January 2015. Ted is getting ready for bed. It is late. It is quiet. Earlier, Ted made…

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One-way trip to Mars

One-way trip to Mars Adapted from The Vancouver and The Province by Nila Gopaul Level 3 Twenty-four people will take a one-way trip to Mars. Starting in 2024, a group of four will go to the red planet every two years. The flight will take about seven months. Listen to “One-way trip to Mars“– Level 3 Reading…

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Students talk about their volunteer experiences

Submitted and written by Carrie Jung, Instructor in the English for Academic Purposes Capilano University Photos by Richard Berwick • Videotaping by Hugh Soulis • Interviews by Vilien Chen Video editing and layout by Nila Gopaul Capilano University Capilano University is located in North Vancouver. Many students from different countries come to this university to study. Some…

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Tourists love B.C.

Tourists love B.C. – Level 3 Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province by Nila Gopaul B.C. is beautiful. And the world is noticing. In fact, tourism in B.C is up 39 per cent since 2001. In 2014, there were about nine million overnight stays in Metro Vancouver. In 2016, tourists may bring $18 billion…

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Teacher dances with his students

Teacher dances with students Ray Brendzy encourages square dancing Adapted from The Vancouver Courier by Nancy Carson Level 2 Ray Brendzy likes to be active. He says this leads to a healthy life. Brendzy is a teacher in a Vancouver elementary school. He wants all students to be active. He says kids need to try…

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Food is not garbage

Food is not garbage Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 1 Listen to “Food is not garbage”– Level 1 Reading by Jessica Heafey Metro Vancouver* wants you to recycle your food scraps. Starting in January 2015, food scraps must go into a green bin. Then the city collects the scraps. The scraps make compost…

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Pysanky (peh-SAHN-kee)

Pysanky (peh-SAHN-kee) Level 2 Pysanky* is a special way to make Easter eggs. This art has been around for hundreds of years. It started in Eastern Europe. *Pysanky means “to write”.

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