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VOA Learning English Lesson 6

Students’ Writing and the Web: Motivator or OMG? Web browsers first appeared on computers in the early nineteen nineties. Since then, the Internet has greatly changed the way people communicate. But some teachers think the changes are not all for the better. Eleanor Johnson is an English professor at Columbia University in New York City. Professor Johnson says she thinks text messaging has made students believe that it is acceptable to make bad spelling and grammatical errors. She says her students have increasingly used less formal English in their writing. She says words and phrases like “guy” and “you know”
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VOA Learning English Lesson 5

Getting Schools Not Just to Go Green but Teach It, Too Charter schools operate with public money but without many of the rules that govern traditional public schools. In the United States the rules for charter schools differ from state to state. But in general these schools have greater freedom to decide what to teach and how to teach it. A charter school might be independent or connected to the local public school system. It might be started by teachers, parents, community groups or, in some cases, a profit-making business. The “charter” is a performance contract. It establishes the goals
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VOA Learning English Lesson 4

A Military Education at West Point Today we answer a question from a listener in Brazil who wants to know about the United States Military Academy at West Point. West Point is a college for future Army officers. It has more than four thousand students. The students are called cadets. The school is located about eighty kilometers north of New York City. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. General George Washington built a fort there during the Revolutionary War. The aim was to protect the Hudson River from the British soldiers. He moved
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VOA Learning English Lesson 3

John Dewey, 1859-1952: Educator and ‘America’s Philosopher’ This is the VOA Special English Education Report. We had a question from China from a listener who wanted to know about John Dewey. John Dewey was an influential thinker and educator. The New York Times once called him “America’s philosopher.” Larry Hickman is director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He was not surprised that the question came from China. Mister Hickman told us he just returned from two weeks of meetings in Beijing in December. He and Chinese educators discussed the close relationship between Dewey’s ideas
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VOA Learning English Lesson 2

A Review of Education Reports This Past Year In two thousand nine, Special English Web site users began posting comments about our stories on our Web site. The Education Reports have received many of those comments. We began the year in the middle of our Foreign Student Series. These were reports about how foreign students could attend a college or university in the United States. The report that received the most comments–seventy-three–told how to qualify for free training at an American community college. The next highest number of comments was forty-nine. They were about a report on services at American
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