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Melancholy Revisited

Here’s a song using last week’s Awesome Adjective. Listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the words you hear. When you’re finished listening, click on “Continue reading” to see the answers:

Melancholy Man

by the Moody Blues

I’m a melancholy man, that’s what I am,
All the world surrounds me, and my ____1____ are on the ground.
I’m a very ____2____ man, doing what I can,
All the world astounds me and I think I understand
That we’re going to keep growing, wait and see.

When all the ____3____ are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your ____4____
And you’ll remember what’s been said
By all the good men this world’s ever known.

Another man is what you’ll see,
Who looks like you and looks like ____5____,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn’t ____6____ like you and me,
‘Cause he can’t see what you and I can see.

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A Conversation with Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King is famous for his speeches, so you may not have heard him speak in casual conversation. Here’s a video from 1967 – it’s from a talk show called the Merv Griffin Show – and in it he sits down and talks about his life and work. After you watch the video, take the quiz to test your understanding. To help you a little bit, listen for the answers to these questions:

1.  Did Martin Luther King ever come to New York?

2.  Where was he from?

3.  What was his job? Who did he work with?

4.  Was he married or single?

5.  What disease did he compare racism to?

6.  Did he ever write any books?

7.  Was he optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

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Thankful Revisited

Here’s a song using last week’s Awesome Adjective. As you listen to the song, write down the words you hear in the blanks below. To check your answers, click on “Continue reading” at the bottom:

Be Thankful For What You Got

by William De Vaughn

Though you may not drive a great ___1___ Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back

You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and ____2_____
You can still stand ___3___

Just be thankful for what you’ve got
Though you may not drive a great ___4___ Cadillac
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back

You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and ___5___
You can still stand ___6___
Just be thankful for what you’ve got

Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh

Though you may not drive a great ___7___ Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and ___8___
You can still stand tall

Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh

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Website Spotlight: Fast Forward

Looking for ways to  improve your English outside of the classroom? Striving to become a lifelong learnerFastforwardNY is a great video resource for you to practice your listening skills and learn some valuable life lessons. Some of the topics of the videos on the site are GED prep, Workplace skills, Family situations, information on American Civics and government and even episodes of the TV series designed for English learners, Crossroads Cafe.

You will need to enter an address to watch the videos, you can put your school’s address if you want. Explore the website, watch some videos, comment below and let us know which videos you find most interesting. Enjoy!

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Website Spotlight: ELLLO

Here’s another good website for you. It’s called ELLLO, which stands for English Listening Lesson Library Online. They have many, many, many listening exercises, most of them realistic conversations. While you listen, you can also read. After you listen, you can take a quiz. As you can see on the left side of the screen, you can search by level or topic. Try it! Just click here or on the picture below:

And remember to check out the For Students section to find more useful websites!

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