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Students of the Month: Mohammed and Maria

Each month, PELA teachers recognize different, outstanding students. These students daily demonstrate their hard work and dedication to learning English, actively take part in class, ask questions, and serve as a role model to other students.  Help us recognize September’s Students of the Month:  Mohammed and Maria! PELA:  Why study English? Maria: I have studied English since I was in high school… I […]

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Students of the Month: Nancy and Hiro

Each month, PELA selects two outstanding students who have demonstrated their hard work and dedication to learning English, actively taken part in class, asking questions, and being a role model to other students. Help us congratulate this months recipients:  Nancy and Hiro! PELA: Why did you decide to study English? Nancy: I need to use English in my […]

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News & Fake News

I’m guessing that you know this, but: Don’t believe everything you read on-line. Much of it is fake news, stories that are mostly hype or click-bait, designed to get you to click and share without thinking very hard. The internet spreads information instantaneously. People see something that shocks or frightens them, or pushes their buttons, or even […]

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What’s the Big Deal about Cheating? Everybody Does It.

 Most of us have cheated at some time in our academic career. We usually think of cheating on a test. This might mean: Copying another student’s answers during a test. Using our phone or secret cheat sheets during a test. Leaving the room to “use the bathroom” and looking for test answers along the way. […]

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Hiking Etiquette (Is This a Thing?)

Oregon is a very beautiful state. It has many opportunities for hiking. Hikers from other countries sometimes don’t realize that just as they must learn a new culture’s etiquette (expectations for polite behavior) for going to a dinner party or attending classes, they must learn polite behavior for being on the trail. [aesop_parallax img=”” parallaxbg=”fixed” […]

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