newspapers online – don’t forget this ongoing task!

Hi guys,

I wanted to remind you that you have to read an article each week before class. Please, don’t forget to read something.

In case you’ve forgotten all about it, here’s what I presented to you:
I want you to check english newspapers on regular basis. Not only to improve your English, but also to get the needed insight on today’s politics, what’s happening around the world and how other contries perceive the situation.

You can chose your own, but here are some tips:

These are all available for free online, there’s no need to buy anything.

And here’s the deal:

Pick an article you find interesting each week before class, read it carefully, so you can sum up what you’ve read in class!

We are going to practice it before we start.


PLUS: The article I chose and prepared for you:

14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:51 GMT

Brazil builds giant Amazon observation tower

The Amazon rainforest is responsible for absorbing tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change.

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground.

Its instruments will gather data on greenhouse gases, aerosol particles and the weather in one of the largest continuous rain forests on the planet.

Brazilian and German scientists hope to use the data to better understand sources of greenhouse gases and answer questions on climate change.

The tower is being constructed out of steel that was brought thousands of kilometres from the south of Brazil to the site, about 160km (100 miles) from the Amazonian city of Manaus.

Because of its height, the tower will make it possible to investigate the alteration and movement of air masses through the forest over a distance of several hundred kilometres.

“The measurement point is widely without direct human influence, and therefore ideal to investigate the meaning of the forest region for the chemistry and physics of the atmosphere,” said Jurgen Kesselmeier, the project coordinator for the German side, quoted on the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz website.

The Amazon jungle is one of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems, with a powerful influence on the intake and release of carbon into the atmosphere.

“The tower will help us answer innumerable questions related to global climate change,” said Paulo Artaxo, from the University of Sao Paulo.

The tower will be integrated into an existing structure of smaller measuring towers in the region.

When finished, it will complement a similar observatory built in 2006 that already stands in Central Siberia.

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First, you should read this article in order to get an overview.

Second, you should go through it again, checking for vocabulary you find interesting or you don’t know yet – highlight it and put it into your list.

It could look like this:

observation Beobachtung, Überwachung
basin Becken
greenhouse gases Treibhausgase
alteration Veränderung
to quote zitieren
to integrate integrieren, einbinden

Third, you should sum up the essence of the article in your own words. Give it a try!

What’s the topic? What’s the main statement? What’s special? What’s it for?

If possible, apply the “5 W”-rule:

Who – What – When – Where – Why ?

Who is it about?

What happened?

When did it take place?

Where did it happen?

Why did it happen?

It is useful if you know how to use the passive voice.

Here’s an example on how the summary could look like:

An observation tower is being built in the Amazon rainforest in order to observe greenhouse gases and the climate change. It’s being installed right now, in Brasil. Scientists want to gather information.

That’s it! It isn’t that hard, is it?


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