II. While Reading Activities
- consultant |kənˈsəltnt| noun a person who provides expert advice professionally.
- confined |kənˈfīnd| adjective (of a space) restricted in area or volume; cramped: wear a dust mask and goggles when soldering in confined spaces.
- interactiv |ˌin(t)ərˈaktiv| adjective allowing a two-way flow of information between a computer and a computer-user; responding to a user’s input: a fully interactive map of the area.
- empower |əmˈpou(ə)r| verb make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights: movements to empower the poor.
- goal |ɡōl| noun the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result: going to law school has become the most important goal in his life.
- nonpartisan |ˌnänˈpärdizən| adjective not biased or partisan, especially toward any particular political group.
- e-commerce |ˈēˌkämərs| noun commercial transactions conducted electronically on the Internet.
- sophistication |səˌfistəˈkāSH(ə)n| noun the quality of being sophisticated: her air of sophistication and confidence | the technological sophistication of their products.
- zest |zest| noun great enthusiasm and energy: they campaigned with zest and intelligence | [in singular] : she had a great zest for life.
- resign |rəˈzīn| verb [no object] voluntarily leave a job or other position: he resigned from the government in protest at the policy.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
“The good news, though, is the level of sophistication of online education is increasing and more access is coming to rural communities,” Mr. Kamber said. It’s a brave new world of learning for people, and that gives me hope.
For Ms. Livingston, that means continuing to take and teach classes at GetSetUp.
“Learning at any stage of life is what stimulates creativity and joy,” she said. “So much energy emerges from connecting the dots, having ‘aha’ moments and gaining skills. I love that I can help others keep their zest for life and help myself in the process.”
Identify The Speakers
- Deb Livingston, a former business consultant: “When the pandemic hit, I was at home and found myself diving into online exploration.”
- Jeff Mihm, a former chief executive for Noven Pharmaceuticals: “I have a love of learning, and it was an opportunity to step back, study and explore.”
- Luke Yoquinto, a research associate at the M.I.T. AgeLab: “The need for workers to keep pace with fast-moving economic, cultural and technological changes, combined with longer careers, will add up to great swaths of adults who need to learn more than generations past — and faster than ever.”
- Gene O’Neill, the chief executive of the North American Veterinary Community : “Virtual learning has become “the great equalizer.”
- Neil Dsouza, GetSetUp’s chief executive and co-founder: “The traditional way of designing training and reskilling is a long, drawn-out program where you get a certificate or a degree. By the time you get that certificate, the skill is already outdated. We’re changing that model.”
- Tom Kamber, the founder and executive director of OATS, in New York City: “I really wanted to create a program that would be able to get older adults to use technology and give them the kinds of training and support in environments where they could succeed.”