American culture

  • Learn about the life of one of America's first female pilots.
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  • Learn about the life of one of America's first female pilots.
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  • Listen to the following extract as many times as you like and fill in the gaps with the missing words. It speaks about American concern for the popularity of Spanish and the possibility of the USA becoming a bilingual country. It discusses the pros and cons of adopting Spanish as the official second language. Next go on to do a crossword to check your understanding of some of the key words in the text.
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  • Listen to the recording once, or twice if necessary, and answer the quiz. Then listen again if you need to and fill in the blanks exercises The recording relates the anti-war movement that started outside a New York draft office in 1863, during the American civil war.
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  • Listen to the recording once, or twice if necessary, and answer the quiz. Then listen again if you need to and do the ‘Fill in the blanks exercise’ Barbara McClintock was a prominent scientist in the field of genetics. She made important discoveries about genes and chromosomes.
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  • Listen to the recording once, or twice if necessary, and answer the quiz. Then listen again if you need to and do the ‘Fill in the blanks exercise’ Barbara McClintock was a prominent scientist in the field of genetics. She made important discoveries about genes and chromosomes.
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  • Listen to the recording once, or twice if necessary, and answer the quiz. Then listen again if you need to and fill in the blanks exercises. This relates the life and work of Langston Hughes, one of the leading voices of the Harlem Renaissance (a period of great artistic creativity among black people in NY in the 1920s-30s).
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  • Listen to the following extract as many times as you like and fill in the gaps with the missing words. The extract details the interesting and sometimes unusual history of the rise of Marlboro thanks to its strong advertising campaign. Then listen to another extract and do the quiz. Go on to watch an unbelievable cartoon which was sponsored by Winston cigarettes and do a comprehension with a partner.
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  • Listen to the recording once, or twice if necessary, and answer the quiz. Then listen again if you need to and fill in the blanks exercises. The National Arboretum is a park where thousands of species of trees have been grown and studied. The recording offers information on the park and how to get there.
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  • Listen to this short extract as many times as you like and fill in the gaps with the targeted language. The audio file speaks about a new type of summer program in the United States – not for repeat students but for those wishing to ease their class load during the school year.
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  • Listen to the recording once, or twice if necessary, and answer the quiz. Then listen again if you need to and fill in the blanks exercise' In this document, you will find an overview of the history of the State of the Union Speech in the US, and its significance through out the US history.
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  • Listen to this extract as many times as you like and complete the gap-fill exercise which follows. The audio file talks about “Vocation Vacations” a company which specializes in letting Americans use their vacation time to 'test-drive' their dream job instead of laying on a beach or spending their time at Disneyland.
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