Learning English Podcast – New Catholic Synod, Raising math scores, And learn the word spontaneous

Learning English Podcast – New Catholic Synod, Raising math scores, And learn the word spontaneous

Are you “spontaneous?” Find out in our Lesson of the Day!
Dan Novak and Ashley Thompson are the hosts of the Wednesday, October 4, 2023 podcast.

01:05 The program starts with Anna Matteo’s report on a Vatican meeting called a synod to discuss contentious issues among Catholics. Mario Ritter says food prices are rising again around the world. Observers blame export restrictions, weather conditions, and the war in Ukraine.

13:25 For the Education Report, Caty Weaver reports on the successful efforts of a small school in the American state of Alabama to raise its math scores.

20:34 Weaver then discusses with Novak the Nation’s Report Card. The report informs schools and officials on how well schools perform in measures like reading and math.

22:43 In Lesson of the Day, Dan Friedell and John Russell teach the vocabulary “spontaneous” and its many uses. The word comes from a fascinating story about London artist Ben Wilson who paints on a piece of dried gum that has been crushed flat into the ground.

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