II. While Reading Activities
- repercussions |ˌrēpərˈkəSHənˌrepərˈkəSHən| noun (usually repercussions) an unintended consequence occurring some time after an event or action, especially an unwelcome one: the move would have grave repercussions for the entire region.
- *virtual learning A virtual learning environment in educational technology is a Web-based platform for the digital aspects of courses of study, usually within educational institutions. They present resources, activities and interactions within a course structure and provide for the different stages of assessment.
- crisis |ˈkrīsis| noun (plural crises |-ˌsēz| ) a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger: the current economic crisis | a family in crisis | a crisis of semiliteracy among high school graduates.
- diminished |dəˈminiSHt| adjective made smaller or less: a diminished role for local government.
- imperative |əmˈperədiv| adjective of vital importance; crucial: immediate action was imperative | [with clause] : it is imperative that standards be maintained.
- remote rəˈmōt| adjective (remoter, remotest) (of a place) situated far from the main centers of population; distant: a remote Oregon valley | I’d chosen a spot that looked as remote from any road as possible.
- adequate |ˈadəkwət| adjective -satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity: this office is perfectly adequate for my needs | the law is adequate to deal with the problem | adequate resources and funding.
- Carrier- |ˈkerēər| – noun a person or animal that transmits a disease-causing organism to others. Typically, the carrier suffers no symptoms of the disease: the black rat, best known as carrier of bubonic plague.
- grant |ɡrant| verb [with two objects] agree to give or allow (something requested) to: a letter granting them permission to smoke.
- administrative |ədˈminəˌstrādivədˈminiˌstrədiv| adjective relating to the running of a business, organization, etc.: administrative problems | administrative staff.
New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I love my job. It is my calling.
My kid only had one hour of remote learning.
I worry about many students who have unstable homes.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
- Alan, Massachusetts: “I’m the parent of a 12-year-old. Her experience with remote learning was adequate at best.”
- DK, New Jersey:“Teachers should take the proper precautions (masks and sanitizer) and come to school to teach.”
- Anna B, Westchester, N.Y: “Tell me how each child is going to have her own supplies for the day as shared supplies are no longer an option. No more Legos, no more books.”
- Carolyn, Princeton, N.J.:“Give remote learning another chance. You can’t expect students to learn if they aren’t even required to show up.”
- Nikki G., Pahrump, Nev.: “Parents need to step up and step in to educate their kids.”
- Mike L, South Carolina:“It’s fairly obvious to most people that you cannot open schools in high-rate Covid areas like South Florida. The kids will be fine, it’s the adults that need to get their act together.” —
- Molly B., Pittsburgh: “The risk to the health of the children appears to be minimal; severe illness is very rare. In balancing that risk against the real risks of abuse, isolation and neglect, I strongly believe it is better for us to return to school.”