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|The Wacky, the Hopeful, the
Hardworking and the Wild
Our new resources include the wacky, the hopeful, the hardworking,
the educational and the wild.
Every year on July 4 a bunch of crazy people gather to consume
as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes. The 2011 men's
world champion has an interesting eating style and for the
first time there is a woman's world champion. ('Lots
of Hot Dogs!' Elementary Instant Lesson)
A ray of hope for the US economy? Some manufacturers are choosing
to base their production in the US rather than China. Why?
Do the lesson and find out. ('U.S. Makers Moving
Homeward?' - Advanced Instant Lesson)
Our new Intermediate Instant Lesson
reveals how hard mothers work and how bad they are at asking
for help from their partners. ('Mom Salary')
We bring you more rules and exercises for 'in spite
of' and 'despite' ("Despite"
Anna Grammar) and a worksheet on size prefixes
(Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Prefix 3 - 'Size'
And for anyone who thinks a sleepover at home is too tame
for a bunch of stir-crazy seven-year-olds. Now your local
zoo may provide an answer: a sleepover at the zoo. ('Wild
Sleepover?' - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson)
Something for everyone? We think so!
Have a good month.
The English-to-go team
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of Hot Dogs! - Elementary Instant Lesson
year on July 4 the world hot dog eating competition is held in
New York. The 2011 mens champion has an interesting eating
style. (World records, hot dogs, food, competitive eating,
expressions of quantity).
- Wild Sleepover? -
Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
For wild animal
lovers not content with watching tigers and gorillas during
the day, a growing number of zoos are offering overnight
stays. (Sleepovers, zoos, writing questions using the
present simple tense, present perfect simple, role play using
present simple and present perfect simple, completing a
- Mom Salary - Intermediate
Many U.S. mothers feel like single
parents, whether they are married or not, and two out of three
resent handling all the household chores even when they prefer
their partners to stand aside, a new survey shows.
(Mothers, jobs, occupations, income, subordinate
- The Running Of The
Bulls - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
lesson looks at the running of the bulls events in Spain and
Mexico. Tourists love them, the locals say it's a tradition
and animal rights activists want the events stopped.
(Festivals, Spain, Mexico, animal rights,
- U.S. Makers Moving
Homeward? - Advanced Instant Lesson
production from the world's low-cost workshop back to a
unionized U.S. factory where wages are six times higher than
in China? (Efficiency. Business, China, the United States,
brainstorming, despite and however).
Natural Disasters - Fires - Weekly Warmer - Intermediate and
This activity encourages communication
between students using speaking, listening and reading skills.
- Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Prefix 3 - 'Size'
Prefixes - Intermediate
A vocabulary worksheet
looking at prefixes connected with size.
"Despite" Anna Grammar
Exercises on the use and
position of despite and in spite of.
- U.S. Makers
Moving Homeward? - Instant Workbook -
Reading comprehension, Vocabulary - words
for business and finance, homonyms. Grammar - past perfect
simple and continuous.
For access to these and more than 1,800
|This month's Point
|This month's Teaching
Point comes from Advanced Instant
Lesson, 'U.S. Makers Moving
Surging China costs
turn some U.S. makers homeward
On a recent morning at Master Lock's 90-year-old
factory in Milwaukee, a cluster of machinery was
whirring, every 2 seconds spitting out one of the
combination locks used by American high schoolers as the
company readied for the back-to-school rush. The
seven-day-a-week, three-shift-per-day whirlwind of
activity marked a change from two years ago, when the
machine normally ran for just a few hours a day because
the unit of Fortune Brands Inc was ordering more
padlocks from suppliers in China instead of making
Why move production from the world's
low-cost workshop back to a unionized U.S. factory where
wages are six times higher than in China? Efficiency:
The machine in Milwaukee is about 30 times as fast as
the Chinese factories the company had been buying from,
more than making up for the difference in wages. "I
can manufacture combination locks in Milwaukee for less
of a cost than I can in China," said Bob Rice, a
senior vice president at the largest U.S. padlock
manufacturer. The factory has added about 78 workers
over the past two years, boosting its workforce to
Master Lock is not alone. General Electric
Co and Boeing Co are also part of the small group of
U.S. companies that are boosting production at their
U.S. factories. A variety of factors are driving the
shift, including rising wages in parts of Asia, surging
fuel prices and the complexity of transporting goods
across the Pacific.
"What you're starting to
see is the economics shifting more into the United
States' favor regarding sourcing from the United States
versus sourcing from a low-cost country," said
Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist at the Manufacturers
Alliance/MAPI, a Washington trade group.
an element of irony here. The United States' sluggish
economic recovery, coming at a time when emerging
economies including China and India are enjoying brisk
growth, is helping its manufacturers to close the cost
gap on their foreign rivals.
rate hit 5.5 percent in May, well ahead of the United
States' 3.6 percent headline rate. With Chinese wages
rising at 15 to 20 percent per year, the labor costs of
manufacturing in the two countries could pull even by
2015, a Boston Consulting Group study predicted in May.
Rising oil prices, which drive up the cost of shipping
goods by boat or plane, are also eating in to China's
Automation also helps tilt the balance
toward the United States. Bruce Crass, the Master Lock
plant's general manager, estimated that his plant --
where the average worker oversees the operation of six
high-speed machines -- produces 24,000 locks a day with
about one-sixth the number of workers needed by the
company's Chinese suppliers and rivals....
Thomson Reuters 2011
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