Category Archives: Listening

Parenting the Asian and American Ways

A new book called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is causing a lot of controversy.  It was written by a Chinese-American woman, a professor, who decided to raise her 2 American children the Chinese way.  Her traditional Asian focus on discipline, obedience, and perfection in music and school is very controversial because it is very different from the most common way of raising children in the U.S.  What do you think?  Click here to read or listen to the article.


Excellent NOVA Videos

Want to improve your listening and learn about the world at the same time?  Then check out this website.

    I am interested in history, nature, animals, and even science, so I love to browse the videos on the fantastic NOVA website.  NOVA is an educational TV show that airs weekly on PBS and explores the newest research and up-to-date information about all kinds of topics.  I was so surprised when I saw that the videos today include topics that we explored in my listening class this semester: travel to Mars, animal communication and intelligence, and living longer.

Christmas and This I Believe

When my husband took English 302 at Cosumnes River College, he was fortunate enough to be required to read and respond to numerous essays in a beautiful book called This I Believe. He shared it with me, we sometimes read them aloud in the car to each other, and I bought copies of the book for family for Christmas. Not every essay in that book is fantastic or inspirational to me, but as a whole I found them beautiful expressions of what’s important in life, things we all know but need to be reminded of.

It’s Christmastime again, and This I Believe has a new book on love. Love is maybe my favorite theme these days because of the addition of children to my life and the influence of love-minded friends.

In the spirit of Christmas and love, click here for a This I Believe essay with a lovely little message of peace.  You can read or listen, or listen and read at the same time. The listening is special because it’s read by the author of the essay.

Take a little time to check out the website, too– it’s full of essays on all kinds of topics, by both famous and ordinary people, and provides not only inspiration but also great reading and listening practice!

How to Thrive– An Interview about Happiness Around the World

I love the NPR (National Public Radio) website. You can find articles and interviews about everything, like news, art, books, & music. It changes every day!
Here’s a link to an interesting story about happiness. You can listen, read, or both (to do both, open “transcript” and listen at the same time).

Here are some questions if you want to test your listening: ListeningPrac Happiness