Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yoyo dieter and the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle. She goes far beyond the obvious advice of “eat less and exercise more” to help individuals resolve mindless and emotional eating and senseless yo-yo dieting.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxChandler, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxChandler event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
http://www.engvid.com/ Learn how to be a polite English speaker in this lesson. I explain how politeness, formality, and necessity are all important parts of asking permission, when using the following common words and expressions: CAN, COULD, MAY, and DO YOU MIND.
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Songs teach language. Consider a song like “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. An American teaching English overseas once told us that students love that song.Recently we asked people on the Special English Facebook page to suggest other songs that English learners might like. Noemi Nito wrote: I’m one of those English students who love “Tom’s Diner.” I started learning English with “Lemon Tree” by Fool’s Garden. Another favorite is “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden. Another person, Asi Tambunan, suggested the song “God Only Knows” by Orianthi. Gyongyi Jako wrote that ABBA’s songs from Sweden are perfect for class work. Other good songs for learning English are songs by the Beatles and John Lennon, as well as Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World.” Paul Cifuentes says Bob Marley’s songs are amazing for teaching. Another teacher, Joseph Deka, says songs by Johnny Cash have always worked in his classroom. He says his students can hear the words, plus the songs often have stories. He also likes “We Will Rock You” by Queen and “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston. He says young children love “C Is for Cookie” by Cookie Monster from the TV show “Sesame Street.” Nina John Smith suggested these songs: “It’s My Life” and “We Weren’t Born to Follow” by Bon Jovi. Also “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica.Aurelio Lourenco Costa Gusmao says he began to like English after his teacher played the Westlife song “I Have a Dream.” He wrote: That was eight years ago. I was in the seventh grade. And from that day on, my dream of improving my English skills became attached in my mind. Teachers can use this song to convey the message to their students that they should have their own dream for the future. Aurelio’s story was no surprise to another commenter, Katie Kivenko. She especially likes songs by Michael Jackson and Queen. She wrote: When you listen to your favorite songs, you feel emotionally high and it moves you to action.For VOA Special English, I’m Alex Villarreal. Do you have any favorite songs for learning English? You can share other music suggestions for English learners at our website, voaspecialenglish.com or on Facebook at VOA Learning English. We are also on Twitter and iTunes.
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Why does Canada use a voting system that allows the minority of voters to elect a majority government? How does 39% of the vote translate into 100% of the power? How does a voting system that allows a micro-targeted riding-by-riding campaign style lead to negative campaigning, toxic politics and a hyper-partisan, never-ending campaign replacing governance?
Most modern democracies use some form of proportional voting. Canada has a once in a generation chance to improve the quality of our democracy, enhance the power of voters, and ensure that never again will we have a prime minister wielding extraordinary powers, essentially an elected dictatorship, supported by only a minority of voters. It is time for fair voting.
To read the ERRE Committee’s reports visit http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE/Work?show=reports. Other resources can be found at http://www.fairvote.ca/.
Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, an Officer of the order of Canada and the proud member of parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands. For more information visit Elizabeth’s website at http://www.elizabethmaymp.ca/
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