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The Pros and Cons of School Uniforms: Reading Practice 1 (discussion)

By | February 15, 2015

Researchers are divided over how much of an impact – if any – dress policies have upon student learning. A 2004 book makes the case that uniforms do not improve school safety or academic discipline. A 2005 study, on the other hand, indicates that in some Ohio high schools uniforms may have improved graduation and attendance rates, although… Read More »

Michael Faraday: Reading Practice 3 (biography)

By | February 13, 2015

Michael Faraday was born on 22 September 1791 in south London. His family was not well off and Faraday received only a basic formal education. When he was 14, he was apprenticed to a local bookbinder and during the next seven years, educated himself by reading books on a wide range of scientific subjects. In 1812, Faraday attended… Read More »

Alexander the Great: Reading Practice 1 (biography)

By | February 12, 2015

Alexander was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia in July 356 BC. His parents were Philip II of Macedon and his wife Olympias. Alexander was educated by the philosopher Aristotle. Philip was assassinated in 336 BC and Alexander inherited a powerful yet volatile kingdom. He quickly dealt with his enemies at home and reasserted Macedonian power… Read More »

Piranha: Reading Practice 1 (report)

By | January 4, 2015

Today, piranhas inhabit the freshwaters of South America from the Orinoco River Basin in Venezuela up to the Paraná River in Argentina. Though estimates vary, around 30 species inhabit the lakes and rivers of South America today. Fossil evidence puts piranha ancestors in the continent’s rivers 25 million years ago, but modern piranha genera may have only been around for… Read More »

The Eiffel Tower: Reading Practice 2 (descriptive)

By | November 24, 2014

The Eiffel tower The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the… Read More »

The City of Chicago: Reading Practice 1 (descriptive)

By | November 23, 2014

The following is a text describing Chicago. Read it carefully, and then answer the questions that follow. Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles. With 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in both the U.S. state of Illinois and the American Midwest. Its metropolitan area,… Read More »