Thursday, March 03, 2005

March 4, Fortune Telling Scams

Our lesson for today, March 4, is about preventing fortune telling scams. See


Look at the title and discuss, "what do you think this news is about?"

We'll look at the vocabulary and take the online exercises.

We'll also practice pronouncing words from our vocabulary list, and we'll be using Webster's Online dictionary at

Watch the video and take down notes.

Taking Better Notes

There are two main purposes for taking lecture notes:

* to help you concentrate
* to record information that you can review later

Write the main topics on the left side of the page.
Indent the main ideas slightly to the right.
Indent the supporting facts, details and examples even farther to the right

For example:British and American English are converging
- U.S. soldiers stationed in U.K. during World War II
- Influence of the media
- TV

TRY IT! Listen and watch the news report again and try taking down notes.
Based on your notes, write an outline of the story.
Based on your notes, report what the story is about using the third person point of view, "She thinks..."

All notes will be submitted after class.


Read the question below. Think about how you feel about the question.


1. Have you or anyone you know ever been to a psychic, fortune-teller or card reader? If so, what happened?

2. Do you think they are all fakes, or do you think some of them really have special powers? Explain.

3. Would you feel safer going to one that is licensed by your city? Why or why not?


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