The English Challenge Page for:
August 2005


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This page is for advanced ESL English students who want to be challenged!

Every week I post an advanced English lesson on this page. These lessons are intended to be very difficult and challenging. Even the most advanced English as Second Language (ESL) students may find these lessons difficult.


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English Challenge for the week of August 29, 2005

A lesson from Dr. Pat
(Learn the words "unequivocal", "reprehensible" and "safe haven")

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A special guest--Dr. Pat, conducts this week lesson. Dr. Pat is a former teacher who is now a child Psychologist. She is also my mother! You can go to her website by clicking here .

In this lesson you will hear Dr. Pat dictating several long passages. Your job, as usual, is to figure out what the advanced vocabulary means within the passages.

In this lesson you will hear the same passage a few times, as the passage contains several advanced words.





English Challenge for the week of August 20, 2005

How to use the words: travesty,tyranny,horrendous,and catastrophe (TOEFL Vocabulary).

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In this weeks lesson you will practice words that are used to describe something negative. The vocabulary covered in this lesson is very advanced and the sound clips are spoken very quickly.

You may find this English lesson very challenging, but I am positive you will master it with a lot of hard work.

Good luck and have fun.





English Challenge for the week of August 13, 2005

A history lesson about Hot Springs in Japan
(Focuses on the words: composition, unwind, dedicated, soothe and extraordinarily.)

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I travel to Sapporo, Japan at least once a year. One of the things that I always look forward to is spending a night at a hot spring resort (onsen).

This weeks' lesson features several passages about Japanese Hot Springs. You will learn about the history of one of the most famous Hot Springs in Japan, which is located in the Hokkaido village Jozankei.

The lesson will test your knowledge of advanced English vocabulary. As a bonus you may learn something new about the history of the hot springs in Jozankei.

In this lesson the history of the Shika-no-Yu hotel is featured. After you finish this lesson you can visit this historical hotels website by clicking here .