Friday, November 18, 2011

We Are a Very Diverse Class!

The students in our class speak nine different languages. We follow the news in our own languages, but we also watch and read news in English. We like the Simple English news website.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Report about My Partner

My name is Tram Nguyen. I have a report about my partner. I interviewed her for about 15 minutes.

Her name is Huichen. She came from Taiwan. She told me that she likes to exercise with her husband every morning in a park near her house and come back home to eat breakfast. She does some chores in the house.

Her hobby is reading Chinese books, especially history books. Her most memorable event is when she climbed to the top of a high mountain in Taiwan and looked down feeling very scared. She told me that she wants to pass an interview to become a U.S. citizen.

She usually follows the news on TV. She wants to watch about her country and what happened at there. She believes her husband. When she wants to get a clear view of things talked about in the news, she always discusses with her husband. I don’t always believe news either. I think that some news is just speculation only and I am not sure whether it has happened or not.

Thank you for reading my report.

Posted by Tram Nguyen

My Interview

My partner is Ngoc, who comes from Viet Nam. Her hobby is traveling all over the world. She said she and her husband want to make a lot of money to travel when they can. She also said she feels comfortable and happy when she goes to many foreign countries, because she can get more knowledge about the culture, traditions, customs, and things like that from there. Everyday, she follows the news on internet, especially the weather news, and she said she wants to make sure about the weather of the countries before she decides to go. On the other hand, she also likes the world news. She said she cannot travel if the war happens. It is difficult for her to travel to the countries where the war is happening. She usually finds some sources to get news from, or radio with AM 1290, a local Vietnamese radio station. When I asked her “who do you believe and do you think news is presented objectively especially when news from her home country is involved”, she said she just believes herself. And she only believes 50 % about the news, and she will find other sources which are related to that news. Because she said after she came to America, she has gotten a lot of differences about the political news from her country, which are not true. That is the reason why she wants to know news from her country from all different sources.

By Anh Ngo

Report about My Interview

Today, I interviewed Mrs. Petrov. She came from Russia, and she is studying English
at Milpitas Adult School. She told me about herself. She like to go to the gym every day, and she enjoys running too. Her most memorable event is when she got married.
Her dream is to make a long voyage to Antarctica.

She usually listens to music on the radio and she watches world news, sport news on TV on First Channel, a Russian channel. She often uses for Russian news. She does not believe any news, and she just believes herself.

By Bich Nguyen

My Interview

My partner’s name is Bich. She is from Vietnam. Bich is interested in cooking. It is her hobby. Her memorable event was when she got married. Bich dreams about buying a new house. She follows the news, but she doesn’t watch American channels, and she watches Channel 35, a Vietnamese channel. Bich is interested in world news, local news, and weather forecast. Usually she watches TV when she has dinner. She believes in the news, but not always, because sometimes the news is the truth and sometimes it is a lie. She never gives feedback.

By Natalia

Interview with My Partner

This morning, I interviewed my partner, May, who is a beautiful younger girl and who came from China last year. She is interested in cooking and paying attention to fashion things. She often goes to nightclubs with her friends on weekends. When she was 18 years old, she got the first pay in her life. She recalled this as her most memorable event. She dreams to open a fashion shop in the future. Before this, she wants to become a fashion buyer and she always follows this kind of news.

Her interests also include world news, national news, and health news…etc. Besides, she told me that looking at fashion news every day is very important to her. She often goes to because this website talks about fashion topics. She often reads magazines such as Vogue and EllE, which I think also regard to the same things.

When I ask her “who do you believe”, she said that she chooses to believe herself, because one thing always has two sides and people usually cannot objectively comment on both sides. I agree with her.

By Yuming Chao

My Interview

My interview

I interviewed my partner, whose name is Hisking Tien. He is an old man. He is 78 years old. He is from Taiwan. He likes using computer to watch news. His dream is to live for a long time. I hope he will. He and his daughter live in the U.S.A. but they don’t live together.

In my interview, he said he always follows the news, headlines or top stories, and weather forecast. He looks news on the internet using Google and listens to NPR before he goes to sleep every night. He likes to watch weather forecast, because he wants to know about everyday weather. He doesn’t like entertainment, and he thinks that is what young people are interested in. He never watches CNN news, because he doesn’t understand English very well. If important and serious news are discussed in the news, he believes himself. He doesn’t believe everything that he sees, and he only believes his own feelings.

By Xueqin Weng

My Interview

I interviewed Ms. Xueqin Weng. I want to know about her background and interests,
such as where she comes from, her education, family, and etc.
She told me that she comes from China and she has been here for nearly two years. She intends to go to college next year. Now she studies ESL at Milpitas Adult Education Center.

In her free time, she prefers playing on computer and she enjoys using Google and Yahoo to link with her key-pals. She's also interested in reading newspapers.
In the meanwhile, I asked her how to judge the objectivity of the information from these papers. She told me that she uses her brain and experience to judge them.

Posted by Hsikeng Tien

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Interview

My name is Vy. Today, I interviewed Bopha, who comes from Cambodia. Her interests are listening to music and cooking. The most memorable event for her is her wedding day. She wants to get a job in a bank first and dreams about becoming a restaurant owner in the future.

She sometimes follows the news. Her interests include world news, local news, national news, headlines or top stories, entertainment, health, technology, education, business, traffic report, and weather forecast. Everyday she gets news from T.V, radio, and internet. Here are some sources she likes: CNN News, ABC News, Bloomberg News, and She believes CNN News, and she thinks they tell the truth.
She also thinks her perspectives are being presented and sometimes she shares news with her husband and her father in-law.

Posted by Vy

My Interview

My mane is Ngoc. My homework today is “My Interview”, which talks about my partner’s opinions to get news. My partner is Anh Ngo, Vietnamese. She likes shopping, seeing movies, and visiting her husband’s relatives. Her dream is to have a good job to buy a big house, and to save a lot of money to open a company in Vietnam.
She lives with her husband. They sometimes follow the news on TV about three times a week. She is interested in World news (especially political news), and local news (especially crime), and entertainment. Her favorite channel is CNN news, and she also likes to go on internet at too.
She just believes in herself. She told me “when I see some news about Viet Nam here, especially politics, I believe half and half”. Because almost people in US follow The Democratic Republic of Vietnam; but in fact in Viet Nam, the people follow The Socialist Republic of Vietnam. They have different political system, and only positive things not negative ones about themselves are talked about. So, she often discusses news with many people and follows many channels. I think she is right, because I am the same.

posted by Ngoc Dinh

My Interview

Today is November 10, 2011. I interviewed my partner, Phuong Nguyen. She is from Vietnam and she has been in the U.S.A. for more than three months. She is interested in surfing the internet and watching TV every day. The most memorable event for her was her wedding in Dalat, Vietnam, which is the most favorite wedding place in her home country. She dreams about owning a new house. Sometimes she doesn’t always believe the news because she thinks it is not 100% true. She likes to read and watch weather forecast, world news, local news, and national news. One of her favorite TV channel for news is BBC. She also enjoys listening to radio on KSJX - 1500 AM, a local Vietnamese radio station, when she drives in her car. She doesn’t comment about the news.

Posted by Anh Lam

My interview

Georgina is from Mexico. She is married and she has 2 children, and she likes clean her house every day. She said: clean house is not work, it’s her interest, clean house can let her happy all day. And she likes cook her home county food to her family to eat. She memorable are her wedding and when her daughter and son born. She has big dream, she want to buy big house.
Georgina need take care her children, so she doesn’t has enough time can watching TV news every day! But she said when she watching news she likes watching world news, local news, national news, and headlines news, health, sports, technology, and education, weather forecast…etc. and she also use internet and TV, and newspaper. She specific source is CNN News.
She believes her country's news is true, but not necessarily advice or to give her feedback, she just wanted to use to seen news to miss her home country.

By Sarah Kuo

My first interview

Today I interviewed my classmate Mr. Zhao. He is a very smart man. He likes to fix things. For example: electrical, radio. He really enjoys family time. He has two daughters and one son. The most memorable event is his wedding day and when he got his first child. He was very touched. If he has free time he likes to drink tea. In the future he wants to visit some places such as Egypt because he enjoys exploring.

He usually reads news after lunch time. He likes to go to Internet, radio or TV to look for every thing. The website he always uses is YAHOO in Chinese language. And every night he watches DONGSHEN ET news, a Taiwanese TV station on channel 57, with family. He can find everything including news, weather forecast, health…If he drives he listens to FM105.1.a Chinese radio station for some traffic report.
So I think he really likes to follow the news. He told me he usually believes all of the news but he will check various resources to make sure his perspectives are being presented.

Posted by Meiyan Piao

Monday, November 14, 2011

How Do You Stay Informed?

After studying the lesson on staying informed in our Side by Side book, we conducted classroom interviews. We found out that we stay informed in six ways: TV news, the newspaper, the radio, magazines, the Internet, and community meetings.

Some of our classmates follow the news more than others and we are interested in many things. For example, Hoa likes to know about local news in our community. Jingsen is interested in world news. Hien reads the Vietnamese newspaper to find jobs or look for an apartment. Behzad from Iran loves cars, so he looks for news about cars in magazines.

Where do we look for news? Yan Ling read the Chinese newspaper and goes online to Chinese news sites. Some Vietnamese students read the weekly Vietnamese paper called Thang Mo. Orawan, who is from Thailand reads the Milpitas Post. The TV news program mentioned most was CNN. Behzad likes to watch CNN for news about his country and world news. Dat enjoys going to the Voice of America website (VOA) to practice his English and read news in Special English.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

An interview with Ja-Yong

By Yuji, Palo Alto Adult School ESL student
Ja-Yong, an engineer, came from Korea. She follows the news via Internet sites such as Joonmedia and NAVER because she feels it’s very convenient. Joonmedia is a Korea news broadcasting site. NAVER is a directory site with many kinds of genre like Yahoo! in the US. Especially, she likes to read entertainment news. Recently, she was interested in news about Korea’s president coming to the US to talk with President Obama. About the whole news, she believes most news sources, but she doesn’t agree with some opinions in the news. And she thinks that her perspectives are being represented.

My Classmate

My classmate’s name is Anh Lam. She is Vietnamese. Her interests include reading, shopping, and surfing the internet. She read Vietnamese books before going to bed and she goes shopping very weekend with her sister. She follows news everyday. In the evening she watches TV (channel 26-5, a Vietnamese channel) for news in the world or local news, and in the morning before going to school she surfs the internet at for news about Vietnam. So she has a lot of news to discuss in her free time. She gets information from a lot of sources and she thinks not everything is presented objectively, and she usually makes her own decisions on what to believe. The most memorable event for her was the day she left Vietnam with her family to go to the US. On that day, it was raining heavily, which made her very sad. And now, she is living with her younger brother and her mom. So she wants to have her own house and own a small business for herself.

Posted by Phuong Nguyen

My friend Ping Wang

Ping Wang is a Chinese woman. She is 48 years old. Every week, she spends her fee time shopping and she is good at cooking.
The most memorable event in her life is the day when her sons were born. When I asked her “How about your wedding?”, she said “I can forgot the day I got married but I never forget the day my sons were born.” She is a great mother!
There are five people in her family: Ping Wang, her husband, two sons and a daughter. They have lived in a small house together for a long time. Her dream is to buy a big house for her family and to help her daughter become a famous musician.
Every morning, she checks the news from computer at and sometimes from some Chinese newspapers or through her friends. She follows the news and she is interested in local news and world news. She didn’t believe anything about news when she lived in China, and now in America she can believe what the news says and sometimes she still doesn’t believe. She would rather believe in herself.
She thinks her perspectives are being presented. Sometimes in some Chinese news, she doesn’t agree with some things so she comments in Chinese but she never gives feedback to world news because she thinks that maybe she can’t understand the news clearly, and she might misunderstand it. Another reason is that her English is poor to write and explain her ideas.

posted by Phuong Lan

My Interview

Today, I want to introduce my classmate. His name is Coung. He is from VN.

He wants to know news but he doesn’t follow the news that often. He likes sports, for example, basketball, soccer and swimming. So sports news is his favorite. And sometimes she looks at world news, entertainment, and technology, which is not only on Internet and TV but also in magazines and through friends. But he doesn’t believe everything he sees, and he said that he only believed himself.

He is good at designing .He got a scholarship for computer programming when he was 20 years old in VN. But he didn’t want to be a computer engineer. He dreams of winning the lottery in the future so that he will have a lot of money.

I can’t do anything for him, so I only give my best wishes for him. Hope his dream will come true.

Posted by Miumiu

Sunday, November 6, 2011

interview ESL66

My partner's name is Suhee, she is from Korea. She usually follow the news three or four times a week. She likes to read the news which about fashion, entertainment and medical problem on the Korea website. She interested in these topics because she is a nurse and she loves fashion, and she enjoy the gossip about some actor. She is not really  trust all the news, sometime is depends on what topic of the news talking about.

Interviewing June.
She is from China, and she is studying at CCSF.She follows news, and contacts the news through the TV, but usually get the information on the internet two or three times a week. She is interested in some pop news or interesting things around us. She believes the news most of the time because sometimes they just against each other. Also, she thinks that her perspective is being represented. 


Friday, November 4, 2011

News She Believes

 By Hiromi, Palo Alto Adult School Student

I'd like to introduce my classmate Nalinee from Thailand. I interviewed her about news what she believes.

She follows the news with the newspapers and internet in English and her own language. Her sources of information are yahoo and dailynews and so on.
She is interesting in headline news so she doesn't care it's economics, politics or health if it's big news.

Not only one resource but various resources she checks and her perspective sometimes being represented.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I interviewed my classmate about News.

Hi, everybody This is Abdulla Naim. I am from Bangladesh. I want improve my learning English. That is why i am taking ESL 66. In the picture the handsom guy standing in my left side he is Thant Zin Aung. He is a student of CCSF and he is my classmate. Few days ago we were discussing about news and its reliability. I asked him few question and he answered me deliberately. The first question that i asked him it was weather he follow the news or not ? In reply he told me that he follow different sources of news. Being a representative of new generation he likes to follow the news on internet. He has special interest in various sector For example Fashion, Sports, Entertainment, Science, Economics and International News. He told me that some News Agencies publish fabricated news for their own economical benefits. That is why he don not rely on any particular news agencies. He look into different sources and compare the news to get actual story., These are the main news agencies he likes to follow.

A interview Yumi

by Masami, Palo Alto Adult School student

Yumi comes from Japan and she is a nice lady. She usually follows the news by KQED radio in her car, and sometimes watches and reads CNN on TV and website. She is interested in business, particulaly jobs market, because she is searching her job. And she has two children, so she is interested in education too. KQED radio is public radio supported by donation that's why she believes the radio. But she thinks news source is limited to her, therefor her perspective is't represented.

An interview with a pretty girl from Belarus

----------- By Ziyan LUO, Palo Alto Adult School ESL Student

Yuliya is a pretty and smart girl from Belarus. She usually wakes up early in the morning around 7:00 am and spends about 30 mins on reading news during the breakfast time. Normally she would skim all titles and headlines of all news from some websites and dig more details on those she is really interested in. The websites she always use for news include in her native language ( a very nice website with a collection of all different subjects of news such as education, politics, society, entertainment, life and arts from different local newspapers and magazines in Belarus) and also and after she moved to Mountain View. CNN is one of her favorite websites for reading news as well. Most of these websites are just presenting facts and information and hence with an objective view. So she always trusts what they told to the public. Yuliya also made some list of favorite websites which make her easy to get the appropriate website directly for specific purpose. For instance, she always uses and to watch movies online. I am so glad to have this chance to know her more.

An Interesting Boy By Bella Lin CCSF ESL 66 student

My partner Anlai who is
interested in politics, sports, and touched story follows the news every day. He
likes to go to the Internet, radio, or TV to look for news. He doesn’t believe
anything because some people say something that’s fabricated. Anlai thinks his
perspectives are being represented. What he thinks about the government that is
represented in a piece of news. He told me it’s funny to watch news.

My interview

I interviewed my classmate from Myemama.

She likes to read Myemama political, San Francisco weather and criminal. And coupons on the

news or web are intersting to her.

Usually she reads news from CNN,BBC,GooGle and Yahoo. She doesn't care about edtor and

writer she reads everythinh she is able to read.

And she reads new from internet.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New classmate from Japan

A short interview with japan guy

 Thant Zin Aung, City College of San Francisco ESL Student. I have been in the U.S for around 8 months. I really like lifestyles in here. Everything is I have to do it my own.  
Last Monday, i have interviewed with my new classmate who is from Japan. The reason of calling new classmate is that I haven't talked to him in the class before. His name is Yohei.
Do you follow the news?  
I am surprised about him because he doesn't like to follow the news on channels, journals, magazines and so forth. He doesn't seems to get up-to-date information from the crucial news. 
What Interests you?
He likes to do sports.
Where do you look?
He look Live sports on the television.
Are your perspectives being represented?
No.He doesn't care about the news including the weather predictions, earthquakes,political news,etc.
Who do you believe? 
He believes teachers because this is the only way to improve English skills for him. =D

my classmate Thant

I'd like to introduce my classmate, Thant, came from china.
He often checks news via internet and some TV programs. He's interested in some kinds of news such as economics, business and so on. Above all things, what he's most interested is the sport news especially soccer and table tennis. He believes what the news says, and his perspectives are presented in the news.

By Yohei Arai, a student of esl 66.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

bella, City College of San Francisco ESL 140

I want to introduce my partner bella, who is from China, is a beautiful girl. She sometimes follows the news. She is interested in some stragic, entertaining news and some touched story. She always catches the news from the TV( channel 26 and 38), Internet or the radio. Bella thinks that the news perspectives being represented. Also she believes fact or the person who tells us the truth.