Lesson 73 – Swiss Time Bank (Level 2 +)

St Gallen is the first Swiss city to introduce a novel banking scheme in which retired care volunteers “deposit” hours worked looking after elderly people. In return they can use any time saved up for their own care provision later in life. …

Lesson 72 – The Stray Puppy

Laila was sleeping when she heard a soft whimpering sound outside her window. I wonder who is making that sound, she thought. She got out of bed and looked outside. She saw a small brown puppy sitting under the window. “Amma,” Laila called. “There’s …

Lesson 71 – Vinay Kumar and the Thieves

Vinay Kumar was a taxi driver for many years. Recently, he became a bus driver. He does not regret switching jobs because he finds his new work far more exciting. Last week, Vinay was driving down the Ring Road. He …

Lesson 70: Alexander Graham Bell (Level 2+)

Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 3, 1847. His father was Professor of Elocutionand the Art of Speech at Edinburgh University. Along with his two brothers, Alexander was at first taught at home by their mother, Eliza …

Lesson 69: Natural Disasters (Level 2+)

A natural disaster is an adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis are all examples of natural disasters. The August 2018 floods in Kerala are an example of a natural …

Lesson 67: A Green Fuel-Jatropha (Level 2+)

National newspapers on August 28, 2018 carried exciting news. A blend of oil from jatropha seeds and aviation turbine fuel powered an aircraft on Monday between Dehradun and Delhi. The biofuel was extracted from the jatropha plant.  Jatropha is a tropical, drought-resistant, …

Lesson 66: The Potato Story (Level 2+)

The Inca Indians of Peru prized the potato as food. When they first started growing potatoes 10,000 years ago in the high, cold Andes Mountains, they were small, about the size of lemons, and full of lumps and bumps. The potato …

Lesson 65: The Importance of Trees (Level 2+)

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Each year a mature tree produces enough oxygen for ten people. Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion by absorbing thousands of litres …