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May 2, 2022 John Letz
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Imagine the excitement of heading west for the first time on a train. Imagine the geographic beauty you'd see through the large windows on Amtrak's California Zephyr. Imagination helps, but this video shows some of what you'd see on such a journey. This video is produced for Ramping Up your English as a bonus video in the Trains and Railroads unit. Visit LetzCreate.org for more.
Topics: California Zephyr, Amtrak, Santa Fe Railroad, Mississippi River, Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs,...
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Apr 30, 2022 John Letz
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Heading Back to Chicago from Washington, D.C., riders of Amtrak's Cardinal get to see the New River in West Virginia. This is a bonus video for viewers of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for more.
Topics: Amtrak, Cardinal(train), New River, Washington, D.C., Chicago
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Apr 30, 2022 John Letz
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Heading toward the sunset, Amtrak's Sunset Limited roars through Crowley, Louisiana and points west. We see Lake Charles, cross the Sabine River into Texas, and visit Beaumont, and Huston before bedding down at Sunset. We're still in Texas as the sun rises, crossing Lake Amistad and the Pecos River stopping in El Paso. After another night on the train, the morning greets us at Los Angeles, the terminus of the Westbound Sunset Limited. Visit LetzCreate.org and choose Episode 11 for a link to...
Topics: Sunset Limited, Lake Charles, Sabine River, Houston, San Antonio, Texas Eagle, Pecos River, El...
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Apr 30, 2022 John Letz
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Riding Westbound on Amtrak's Sunset Limited, viewers travel back in history with the first named train by Southern Pacific Railroad. This bonus episode included rice harvest in Acadia Parish and scenery though the American Southwest. This is bonus video number 3 on Ramping Up your English. Visit letzcreate.org and choose Episode 11 to see this video and link to more.
Topics: Amtrak, Sunset Limited, Passenger Trains, Trains, Acadia Parish, John Deere, Rice harvest, Rice...
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Apr 29, 2022 John Letz
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Eastbound on the Sunset Limited! This eastbound journey begins at San Antonio, after the Sunset Limited detaches the cars to join the Texas Eagle to Chicago. In this bonus video, the Sunset limited heads toward the end of its run in New Orleans. We ride as far as Lafayette, Louisiana.
Topics: Amtrak, Sunset Limited, Southern Pacific, American Passenger Railroads, Ramping Up your English
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Apr 29, 2022 John Letz
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This is the unedited interview between John Letz and Tish McFadden about Upriver To Morning,
Topics: Upriver To Morning, Native Americans, Oregon Natives, Takelma, Oregon Senate Bill 13, Indian...
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Apr 18, 2022 John Letz
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The American West lives in myths about the land and the people who live on it and migrate to it. In this 21st part of Native Americans as seen on RVTV, we explore how Native Americans in the Southwest and Southern Plains interacted with each other and with the United States. The longer version is edited here to fit the time slot of Ramping Up  your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for more details.
Topics: American Southwest, American Civil War, Ely Parker, Apaches, Colonel Stephen Kearney, General...
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Apr 4, 2022 John Letz
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The American West lives in myths about the land and the people who live on it and migrate to it. In this 21st part of Native Americans as seen on RVTV, we explore how Native Americans in the Southwest and Southern Plains interacted with each other and with the United States.
Topics: American Southwest, American Civil War, Ely Parker, Apaches, Colonel Stephen Kearney, General...
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Mar 22, 2022 John Letz
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An Introduction to Animals opens a unit on animals for Ramping Up your English. Viewers of RVTV can see all episodes on Southern Oregon. English Language Learners at the intermediate acquisition level can access all episodes at letzcreate.org.
Topics: Animals, Ramping Up your English, Content-based ESL, English Acquisition, ESL
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Mar 22, 2022 John Letz
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This video features a program in Medford, Oregon that rescues stray cats.
Topics: Cats, Stray Cats, Ramping Up your English, ESL, Content-Based ESL, English
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Mar 14, 2022 John Letz
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Aquariums are like zoos, but in the water. Explore the Oregon State Aquarium and the Monterrey Aquarium in this video that's part of Episode 48 of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Aquariums, Marine Mammals, Ocean Life, Discussion Skills, ESL
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Jan 28, 2022 Denise Ross
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Ramping Up your English is a ready resource for Students and Teachers in Southern Oregon and beyond.
Topics: Remote Learning, Content-based ESL
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Jan 16, 2022 John Letz
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Discover the many rock writings that are found throughout North America. Some date back thousands of years. What messages were being left by these artists? This video explores the world of ancient rock writing. This video is included in Episode 86 of Ramping Up your English on RVTV. It's accessible through LetzCreate.org.
Topics: Fremont Culture, Mesa Verde, Newspaper Rock, Frijoles Canyon, Rock Art, Rock Writing
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Jan 11, 2022 John Letz
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This is the third reading from Jaime De Angulo's Indian Tales. It's a taste of the visit to the Hawk Village. The ISBN of Indian Tales is 8090-0049-0/0770.
Topics: Indian Tales, Jaime De Angulo, Pit River Indians
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Jan 10, 2022 John Letz
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Takelma Storyteller Thomas Doty addresses the language barriers between the small native communities in Southern Oregon, and how people overcame those barriers. This video was included in Episode 95 of Ramping Up your English, produced in March of 2020 in Ashland
Topics: Takelma, Native Americans, Native American Storytelling, Thomas Doty, Native Americans of Southern...
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Jan 10, 2022 John Letz
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Join host John Letz as he explores the role of catastrophic events on the settlement of Paleo Indians in the Northwest. Favell Museum Curator Pat McMillan explains how the earliest of Oregon residents survived and adapted to the drastically changing environment as the Ice Age ended in North America.
Topics: Favell Museum, Paleo Indians, Native Americans, Native Americans of Oregon, Cataclysmic Floods, Ice...
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Jan 3, 2022 John Letz
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The pressure on Native American communities to give up their land caused deep divisions within tribal groups. As Native Americans from the East were pushed onto the Great Plains, they were in conflict with groups of indigenous Americans already living there. The Great Plains region was also seeing changes, as horses allowed some tribes to vanish others who hadn't been as early to master hunting and warfare on horseback. The Comanches broke away from the Shoshone to develop their own warrior...
Topics: Indian Captives, Oregon Trail, Comanche, Cheyenne, Great Plains, Pawnee, Kiowa, Apache, Crow, Nez...
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Dec 22, 2021 John Letz
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This is a tribute to Takelma Elder Gramma Aggie as part of Episode 94 of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Grandma Aggie, Takelma Elder, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Native Americans, Native American Elders
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Dec 22, 2021 John Letz
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Takelma storyteller Thomas Doty shares the role that language plays in the culture of Native Americans.
Topics: Native Americans, Native American Storytelers, Native American Languages, Takelma Language, Native...
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Sep 9, 2021 John Letz
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In the 1800s, Native Americans were moved west of the Mississippi River onto the edge of the Great Plains. The forced removal of the "Five Civilized Tribes" and others created conflict with the Tribes like the Osage who were already living in these areas. Explorers like Pedro Vial and Jedediah Smith lived between the European and Native American worlds, experiencing welcome, friendship, and protection from indigenous Americans as they travelled and traded across the Great Plains and...
Topics: Black Hawk, Black Hawk War, Sauk, Fox, William Herny Harrison, Treaty of St. Louis, Pedro Vial,...
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Jun 28, 2021 John Letz
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This is the long or less-edited version of Part 18 in the Native American series, The focus is on Tecumseh's War, the War of 1812, The Creek Wars, the Seminole Wars, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Indian Removal Act resulting int he Cherokee Trail of Tears.
Topics: Tecumseh, Osceola, John Ross, Major Ridge, Northwest Territory, The Northwest Territory Act,...
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Jun 21, 2021 John Letz
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Across North America, the need to unite is embraced by various stakeholders. From the Ottawa tribe in the Great Lakes region, war chief Pontiac gains support from a collection of Native American groups to push the British out of the region. As France gave up claims on all of North America, Indigenous allies of France reject the treatment given them by the English. Pontiac's War shows early signs of success in stopping the influx of settlers from English colonies. Early victories are matched...
Topics: Pontiac, Pontiac's War, French and Indian War, American Revolution, Revolutionary War, Fort...
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Jun 11, 2021 John Letz
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The French and Indian War is the main focus of this, the 16th part of Native Americans, produced for Ramping Up your English. Both the French and English depended on Native American warriors for much of the fighting on land during this conflict. The power of the English Navy turned the tide of early French victories of land, resulting in the loss to France of Nouvelle France and Louisiana.  Borders changed as a result of the French and Indian War, but Native Americans had thousands of years of...
Topics: French and Indian War, Pontiac, Native Americans, Intermediate English Learners, ESL
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May 31, 2021 John Letz
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English colonization was begun so they could most easily attack the Spanish Treasure Fleet. Then the objective was to find gold north of Spanish claims. They found tobacco instead, while Dutch traders entered the beaver trade. Both had major effects on Native Americans living on the Atlantic coast, south of French colonies. This video focuses on the actions of the English and Dutch and how they treated the Native Americans who welcomed them.
Topics: Sir Francis Drake, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, Powhatan, Secotan, James Town, Roanoke,...
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May 25, 2021 John Letz
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We share voices from way up north - Native American voices from the Chippewa/Cree and other Native American groups living in the Great Lakes region. 
Topics: Cree, Ojibwa, Sugar Maple, Native Americans
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May 6, 2021 John Letz
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When France came to explore America, would they leave the same devastation that Portuguese and Spanish explorers left? This part in the series looks at the activity of French explorers and the effects on Native Americans living along the Saint Lawrence River and beyond.
Topics: Sait Lawrence Iroquois, Iroquois, Jaques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Wendat, Huron, Wyandot,...
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May 6, 2021 John Letz
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Native Americans in Southeast Alaska are the focus of this video.
Topics: Native Americans, Alaska, Cruise West, Uncruise
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Apr 26, 2021 John Letz
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In part 12 of our Native American series, we look at the role that California Missions played in the destruction of Native American communities in that state. Establishing missions was carried our for conversion to Christianity, protection of Indians, and expanding Spanish control in the "New World." From New Mexico to California, the missions brought unimaginable changes to those who loved in those areas. Disease, death, economic collapse and cruel treatment are all part f this...
Topics: Onate, California Missions, Spanish Missions, New Mexico Missions, Bartolomew de Las Casas, Alvar...
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Mar 23, 2021 John Letz
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In this installment of our Native American series, we look to the south where Spanish and Portuguese exploitation destroyed Native American communities. Efforts by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and Viceroy Vela to use Spain's New Laws to win rights for America's indigenous population failed. Over 100 years of missions by Jesuit missionaries provided protection for some, but treaties signed in far-away Europe ended those efforts. Jesuits were expelled from America, but they left at least the gift...
Topics: Guarani, Jesuits, Jesuit Missionaries, South America, Inca Empire, Asuncion, Peru, Potosi, Silver...
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Mar 11, 2021 John Letz
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From Hernando De Soto to Fransisco Coronado, Spanish explorers invade Southern North America searching for riches. Instead, these expeditions spread violence, murder and deadly diseases to Native Americans in their paths. Al Norte - Spanish for TO THE NORTH - is produced for Ramping Up your English. It's the 10th part of a video series about Native Americans. Visit LetzCreate.org for more.
Topics: Hernando De Soto, Fransisco Coronado, Spanish Explorers, Florida Natives, Mississippian Culture,...
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Mar 1, 2021 John Letz
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A Storm like no other! That's how host John Letz describes the coming of Europeans to America. The voyages of Christopher Columbus and others brought terrible changes to the gentle Taino people and other Native Americans. That's the focus of this 8th part of Native Americans, produced by John Letz for Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Tainos, Columbus, Discovery of America, Age of Exploration, Exploration of America, Arrival of...
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Feb 27, 2021 John Letz
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It's the last year before the voyage of Christopher Columbus, and we take a glance at the lives of various Native American groups. From the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest cultures; from the Caribbean Coast of today's Mexico to the Southeast; from the Inca in South America to the Iroquois in the Great Lakes region; we take a last look at Native American life before the arrival of Europeans.
Topics: Olmecs, Maya, Aztec, Palenque, Tenochititlan, Teothuacan, Inca, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Navajo,...
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Feb 23, 2021 John Letz
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In Part 6 of the Native American Series produced for Ramping Up your English, viewers see more of Native American life before long-term contact with Europeans. Norse explorers set up a short-lived presence in extreme Northeast America - predating Columbus by 500 years. 
Topics: Lief Ericson, Eric The Red, Vikings, Vikings in America, Norse Exploration, Native Americans,...
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Feb 9, 2021 John Letz
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Sister Cities in Southern Oregon features international connections with Grants Pass, Medford, and Ashland. Guanajuato, Mexico is Ashland's sister city and is unique in the wide range of connections at the city and university level, as well as personal connections. Many marriages have resulted from this program.
Topics: Sister Cities, Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Alba Italy, Guanajuato Mexico
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Jan 22, 2021 John Letz
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This is an overview of the content unit on Native Americans - part of the TV program Ramping Up your English on RVTV in Ashland.
Topics: Native Americans, Public Access TV, RVTV, Content-based ESL, Ramping Up your English, Rogue Valley...
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Jan 21, 2021 John Letz
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Enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region - where Native Americans from the Iroquois to the Ojibwa and many others created rich lives among challenging conditions for survival. This video is featured in Episode 104 of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Algonquian Trail, Great Lakes, Ojibwa, Moose, white-tailed deer, Black Bears, Beavers, River Otters
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Jan 11, 2021 John Letz
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Every corner of North America supported Native Americans in some way. In this 5th part of Native Americans, we look at the way several Indigenous American groups lived before the arrival of Europeans.
Topics: Native Americans, ESL, Content-based ESL, Pre-columbian America, Great Plains culture, American...
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Jan 5, 2021 John Letz
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Follow the rise of earthen mound cities in Louisiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Native Americans developed the Mississippian Culture - large agricultural cities in the Eastern North American area. Cohokia was perhaps the largest of these, and archeologist have done a great deal of research on this World Heritage Site. Also looking back to Native Americans ancient cultures, explore the ruins at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde where extensive trade networks supported large indigenous populations before...
Topics: Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Hopewell Exchange, Mississippian Culture, Cahokia, Native Americans,...
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Nov 29, 2020 John Letz
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Featured in Episode 85 of Ramping Up your English, Part 3 of Native Americans reviews the epic journey of the first Americans across the land bridge and goes forward to the dispersal of Native Americans to various regions in North America. Ruins at Poverty Point give light to mound builders who were hunters/gatherers in Louisiana thousands of years ago.
Topics: Poverty Point, Kenniwich Man, Mound Builders, Paleo Indians, Native Americans, Content-based ESL
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Nov 4, 2020 John Letz
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In this Episode of our Overview of Native Americans, we fast-forward past the time of human arrival on the North American continent to the mound cities of hunter-gatherer cultures. Watson Brake and Poverty Point were constructed over hundreds of years in present-day Louisiana. Their discovery caused researchers to re-think their stories. It had been thought that only agricultural societies could organize the labor involved in building large-scale mound cities. This dash through time also...
Topics: Watson Brake, Poverty Point, Archaic Period, Native Americans, Hunter-gatherers, Early American...
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Nov 4, 2020 John Letz
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We share a second segment of Jaime DeAngulo's Indian Tales so viewers of Ramping Up your English can identify some values and other aspects of the Pit River Indians.
Topics: Jaime DeAngulo, Pit River, Pit River Indians, Native Americans, Ramping Up your English, English...
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Nov 2, 2020 John Letz
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By sharing some of Jaime DeAngulo's Indian Tales, viewers of Ramping Up your English look for patterns that reveal the values held by Pit River Indians - with whom DeAngulo spent 40 years. This is the first of several reviews of Indian Tales.
Topics: Pit River Indians, Pit River, California Indians, Jaime DeAngulo, Indian Tales, Native Americans,...
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Nov 2, 2020 John Letz
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In the high desert of Eastern Oregon, Cougar Mountain Cave holds objects that are over 13 Thousand years old. These objects tells us volumes about the people who lived here all those millennia ago. From spear points to footwear, these objects have survived all this time due to the dry climate and shelter from weather. The objects are housed at the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Curator Pat McMillan tells Ramping Up your English viewers about the significance of these articles found in...
Topics: Paleo Indians, Western Hunting Points, Spear Points, Atlatl, Cougar Mountain Cave, archeology,...
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Oct 9, 2020 John Letz
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Monarch Butterflies are the focus of this video. As their population numbers decline, many are concerned about the future survival of these amazing insects. This video is featured in Episode 78 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all of Episode 78 - the last episode in the unit on Animals. Episode 79 will begin our unit on Native Americans.
Topics: Monarch Butterflies, butterfly migration, Pesticides, Habitat, Milkweed, Adaptations, ESL, English...
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Oct 9, 2020 John Letz
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Wildlife from Southwest Alaska includes humpback whales, Stellar Sea Lions, and more.  This video was featured in Episode 78 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode and all episodes.
Topics: Alaska Wildlife, humpback whales, sea Lions, Seals, Animals, Marine Mammals, ESL, Better English
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Oct 8, 2020 John Letz
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Following an animal folktale, special guest Will and his friends play a matching game at the RVTV Studios. This video was featured in Episode 77 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the whole episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Animals, English Activities, English Proficiency, Match Games, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Oct 7, 2020 John Letz
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Nice, fun video that shows footage of a few animals to a music bed. This video was featured in Episode 77 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Animals, Blacktail Deer, Wild Turkeys, English Proficiency, English Language Development,...
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Oct 6, 2020 John Letz
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If you're like me, you'll quickly fall in love with Little Blue Herons - the stars of this video. My thanks to Susan Roulette for her images of these wonderful birds living and raising their young in the Mobile Delta in Alabama. This most popular video was featured in Episode 75 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org to enjoy the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Little Blue Herons, Mobile Delta, Alabama Wildlife, Wildlife sanctuary, Birds, Content-based ESL,...
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Oct 6, 2020 John Letz
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Tufted Puffins - one of the joys of nature - take the spotlight in this short video. Seen in the Oregon Coast Aquarium and in Alaska's Glacier Bay, these amazing birds are central to the Northwest ecosystem. This video is featured in Episode 75 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for Episode 75 in its entirety as well as an index to episodes involved in writing a report on an animal.
Topics: Tufted Puffins, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Birds, Animals, ESL, Content-based ESL, Glacier Bay, Alaska
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Oct 6, 2020 John Letz
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A fun video of kids putting together a map puzzle. This video was shown during an episode of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire Episode 75. This is the episode that includes a list of RUE episodes addressing various aspects of writing a report on an animal of choice. The webpage functions as an index to help learners find and watch previous episodes that address report topics.
Topics: Animal Report, Animals, Report Writing, Maps, Ramping Up your English, RVTV Studios, ESL
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Oct 5, 2020 John Letz
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Chimpanzees are the stars of this video. It features segments from RVTV's Getaway Girl with host Regina Ayars. From her travels to Africa, Ayars shares what she discovered about chimpanzees. This video is featured on Episode 74 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org to view the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Chimpanzees, African Animals, Primates, Africa, Animals, Getaway Girl, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Oct 5, 2020 John Letz
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This video about gorillas was featured in Episode 74 of Ramping Up your English. It's an example of collaboration between RVTV producers. The video features Regina Ayars, producer and host of Getaway Girl. Regina shares her experience with Gorillas during her travels to Africa. Visit LetzCreate.org to see the entire episode.
Topics: Gorillas, Getaway Girl, Great Apes, Africa, African Wildlife, Content-based ESL, Animals, English...
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Oct 2, 2020 John Letz
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Bird watching is the focus of this video, featured in Episode 73 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV.
Topics: Birds, Birdwatching, Animals, Ramping Up your English, Ramp Up your English, ESL
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Oct 2, 2020 John Letz
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Not known for being shy around people, sea gulls are often sighted and heard near oceans and other bodies of water. In this video, we watch a single seagull in Monterrey, California as he/she ignores the flock and feasts on crawfish. This video is featured in Episode 73 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org to see the entire episode on Smart Birds. You can access all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV.
Topics: Sea Gulls, coastal birds, shore birds, birds, Animals, ESL, English Instruction
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Oct 2, 2020 John Letz
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Parrots, the birds that talk - that's the focus of this video. We learn about parrots during a visit by Wildlife Safari. This video is featured in Episode 73 of Ramping Up your English. The episode name is Smart Birds. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode, and for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV.
Topics: Parrots, Wildlife Safari, Birds, Habitat, Animals, Content-based ESL, Adventures in Education, ESL
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Sep 30, 2020 John Letz
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Ramping Up your English host John Letz shares footage of birds in Louisiana. This video is featured in Episode 72 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the full episode and access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Birds of Louisiana, Birds, Louisiana Wildlife, Louisiana Birds, Avian Life, Wildlife Refuge,...
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Sep 14, 2020 John Letz
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Executive Director Dave Siddon explains the role that Wildlife Images plays in rehabilitating wounded wildlife and educating students about wildlife in Southern Oregon. This video is featured in Episode 71 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  to see the entire episode and wildlife conservation.
Topics: Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Images, Wildlife rehabilitation, ESL, Content-based ESL, Animals
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Sep 14, 2020 John Letz
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Klamath Bird Observatory plays a major role in protecting birds by the rigorous scientific methods it employs to present reliable data to land managers in Oregon and California. Director John Alexander and Science Director Jaine Stevens share the work they do with John Letz on an episode of Adventures in Education. This is a small part of that interview featured on Episode 71 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  for the entire episode on Wildlife Conservation and all episodes of...
Topics: Birds, Indicator Species, Klamath Bird Observatory, ESL, Content-based ESL, Animals, Habitat
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Sep 14, 2020 John Letz
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Kristi Mergenthaler shares the mission of Southern Oregon Land Conservancy as part of Episode 71 - Conservation - on Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Conservation, Land Conservancies, Souther Oregon, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, ESL,...
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Sep 14, 2020 John Letz
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The title says it all ... Ducks. This is s very short video of a duck and duckling featured on Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  for Episode 70, and all episodes.
Topics: Ducks, ESL
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Sep 12, 2020 John Letz
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Geese fly in V formation over Acadia Parish, Louisiana. This video is featured in Episode 70 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  for the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Geese, Birds, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Sep 12, 2020 John Letz
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Fairly new to evolution, birds bless our planet in countless ways. This video is all about birds, and is featured in Episode 70 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  to see the entire episode and to access all episodes of Ramping Up your English. 
Topics: Birds, Avian Life, ESL, Content-based ESL, Animals, Ramping Up your English
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Sep 11, 2020 John Letz
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Learn about the Wildlife Refuge System in the United States. This video is featured in Episode 69 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode along with support and learning materials. All episodes are accessible from the website.
Topics: Wildlife Refuge, Lower Klamath Lake Refuge, Klamath Lake, Wildlife Habitat, ESL, Content-based ESL,...
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Sep 11, 2020 John Letz
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Birds of Souther Oregon - That's the name of this video. It's featured on Episode 67 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  to access the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Birds, Avian Life, Southern Oregon Birds, Klamath Bird Observatory, Griffin Creek, Bear Creek, ESL,...
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Sep 11, 2020 John Letz
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See and learn about animals that live in the ocean. This video is featured in Episode 66 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode as well as all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Oceans, Ocean Animals, Marine Biology, Ramping Up your English, ESL, Animals, Content-based ESL
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Sep 11, 2020 John Letz
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There she blows! That's the cry we know when whales were spotted by whalers of the 19th Century. Today, it's all about whale watching, not hunting. The excitement is still there. In this video we see Orcas, Gray Whales, and Finback Whales. This video is featured in Episode 66 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire Episode 66; an episode in our series on Animals focused on adaptations.
Topics: Animal Adaptations, Marine Mammals, Whales, whale watching, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Cetaceans,...
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Sep 7, 2020 John Letz
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Seems they're everyone's favorite marine mammal - Sea Otters. Sea otters are seen floating on their back, either glooming themselves of feeding on shellfish. This video features sea otters above and below the water. It's featured in Episode 65 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org to see this entire episode as part of our unit on Animals. Access to all episodes can be found at that website.
Topics: Sea Otters, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, Marine Mammals, Ocean Life, Endangered Species, ESL, Better...
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Sep 7, 2020 John Letz
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Marine Mammals Seals and Sea Lions are the focus of this video. The two are easily confused, but this video helps with making their identities. This video was featured in Episode 64 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode and for access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Seals, Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, Marine Mammals, ESL, Content-based ESL, Animals,...
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Sep 7, 2020 John Letz
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Amazing microscopic creatures form the base of ocean food chains. This video represents these extremely tiny lifeforms in astonishing ways, thanks to the interactive display at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in California. This video was featured in Episode 63 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org to see the entire episode and access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Microorganisms, Ocean Food Web, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Sep 4, 2020 John Letz
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One of nature's great mysteries is the spawning migration of salmon. They swim upstream to the water of their birth after years spent in the ocean. They don't eat as they travel upstream. They prepare a place for their eggs, lay and fertilize the eggs, then die. Nutrients from their corpses find their way throughout the forest - nurturing trees and wildlife. This video is all about that migration. It's featured on Episode 62 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  for the entire...
Topics: Salmon, Salmon Migration, Salmon Spawning, Fish, smolts, fry, ESL, High English Proficiency
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Sep 4, 2020 John Letz
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In their largely secret world, fish have blessed our planet long before there were people. This video is featured in Episode 62 of Ramping Up your English - part of our unit on Animals. Visit LetzCreate.org  for the entire episode and all episodes of Ramping Up your English. The website has access to the episodes, videos used in the episodes, outside links, and support materials.
Topics: Fish, marine life, aquatic life, Animal Classification, Animals, ESL, Content-based ESL, Better...
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Sep 2, 2020 John Letz
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Science teacher George Duran of Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners help English Learners appreciate the role that Marcroinvertebrates play in the ecosystem. This video is featured on Episode 61 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  and navigate to Episode 61 in the Animals unit.
Topics: Macroinvertebrates, Insect Life Cycle, Life Cycles, River Ecology, Salmon, Salmon Lifecycle, Water...
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Sep 2, 2020 John Letz
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It's amazing what lives in the creek bottom, yet more amazing still when you get to see these critters with your own eyes. Marcoinvertebrates include the larva stages of various insects that are on the menu for fish and other aquatic life. Not only that, these amazing animals can tell us a great deal about the water quality of the streams where they're found. Watch English Learners as they make these discoveries while learning the language to describe the cause/effect relationships involved....
Topics: Insect Life Cycles, Macroinvertebrates, Water Quality, Mayflies, Stone Flies, Habitat, Gills, ESL,...
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Sep 2, 2020 John Letz
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Watching a honeybee hive - that's what this video is. It's featured in Episode 60 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the full episode.
Topics: Honeybees, Insects, Ramping Up your English, ESL, Animals, Science
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Sep 2, 2020 John Letz
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English Language Learners learn from darkling beetles about insect metamorphosis by watching larva turn to pupas and then to adults. This video is featured in Episode 60 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  for access to this entire Episode. Choose the Animals  Unit, then find Episode 60 . Click on it for the webpage that accesses the entire episode, along with support materials for the language used in describing life cycles .
Topics: Insects, Darkling Beetles, Insect life cycles, Life Cycles, ESL, Content-based ESL, Better English,...
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Sep 2, 2020 John Letz
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English Language Learners learn a bit about insects in this video. Students got to see darkling beetles go through metamorphosis from larva to pupa to adult - awesome changes they used English to describe as part of a science unit. This video is featured in Episode 60 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org  to see the entire episode. From the home page, click on  Animals then find Episode 60 and click on that. From that web page, you can access the entire episode and use the...
Topics: Insects, Darkling Beetles, Metamorphosis, Life Cycles, Insect Life Cyles, Animals, ESL, Better...
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Sep 2, 2020 John Letz
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English Learners encounter "meal worms" - actually the larva of Darkling Beetles. First reaction are very different from the way the kids regard this insect in its early stage of life. This video is feature in Episode 60 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode and for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV.
Topics: Meal Worms, Darkling Beetles, Insects, Metamorphosis, Larva, ESL, Content-based ESL, Animals, Life...
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Sep 1, 2020 John Letz
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Tortoises seems like such friendly reptiles, and they do live fascinating lives. Summer Campers at Oregon's Wildlife Images spend some quality time with tortoises in this video, which is featured in Episode 59 of Ramping Up your English. We also see kids learning about tortoises during summer camp at Wildlife Safari. Visit LetzCreate.org to see this entire episode about Reptiles, and how to use academic English to compare and contrast alligators and crocodiles.
Topics: Wildlife Images, Wildlife Safari, Tortoises, Reptiles, Animals, Content-based ESL, Compare and...
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Sep 1, 2020 John Letz
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Snakes and Lizards and Alligators....all are cold-blooded killers. That's true enough, but they kill a variety of prey to eat, and there's cold-blooded because they're Reptiles. That's what this video is about. It's featured in Episode 59 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode, and all other episodes of Ramping Up your English. Choose the Animal Unit, then choose Episode 59. All the support materials are there.
Topics: Reptiles, Snakes, Lizards, Alligators, Crocodiles, Compare and Contrast, English Language skills,...
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Aug 28, 2020 John. Letz
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Simple: African animals to music, featured on Episode 58 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the full episode.
Topics: African Animals, ESL
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Aug 28, 2020 John Letz
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Gaye Bradshaw, PhD in animal Nuero-psychology explains how a group of young African elephants suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - pointing to the conclusion that animals have emotions. This interview - originally from a TV program entitled "Animal Matters" is part of Episode 58 of Ramping Up your English. See the entire episode and more at LetzCreate.org.
Topics: Trans-species Psychology, Animal Behavior, Animals Science, Elephants, Animal Matters, ESL,...
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Aug 28, 2020 John Letz
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This is a video used in Episode 58 of Ramping Up your English. The clip is a section of an episode of Life Passages by Nancy Bloom. It features Author Virginia Morell talking about her work "Animal Wise." Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode.
Topics: Virginia Morell, Nancy Bloom, Life Passages, Animals, African Animals, Animal Behavior, Animal...
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Aug 27, 2020 John Letz
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I first sighted a coati in Chiapas, Mexico and thought it was an ant eater. I had been the Southern end of its range - which extends north into the American Southwest. This video follows campers at Oregon's Wildlife Images as they prepare food that's healthy for coatis - then go to watch the coatis find the food in their habitat. This video is featured in an episode of Ramping Up your English. It's the episode that focuses of Latin American Animals. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to the entire...
Topics: Wildlife Images, Latin American Animals, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Animal rescue, Animal Diet,...
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Aug 27, 2020 John Letz
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American Bison - also known as Buffalo - were major components of the grasslands we call the Great Plains. This video is featured on an episode of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV in Ashland, Oregon. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: American Bison, Buffalo, Land Mammals, Grasslands, Great Plains, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Aug 27, 2020 John Letz
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A bit about Chimpanzees...that's what this video provides. It's featured in Episode 58 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the entire episode. At LetzCreate.org, you can access all episodes of Ramping Up your English. The website links you to archive.org where you can watch an episode and even download it. The website also has support materials for the skill we're building toward a higher level of English proficiency.
Topics: Chimpanzees, African Animals, Primates, Animal Science, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Aug 26, 2020 John Letz
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They're the fastest land mammal on Earth - Cheetahs. This video features cheetahs, including siblings that go to schools in Oregon to teach children about habitats, adaptations, food web, and other concepts in animal science and ecology. These cheetahs are in the educational outreach program of Wildlife Safari, and they're part of the WS's Cheetah breeding program - the largest in the United States. This video is featured in Episode 57 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all...
Topics: Wildlife parks, Cheetahs, Cheetah Breeding Program, Wildlife Safari, Ramping Up your English, ESL...
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Aug 26, 2020 John Letz
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These baboons were once worshiped as gods. Those appearing this video are merely enjoyed and appreciated at the Oakland Zoo. This video - including the baby baboon interacting with adults - is featured in Episode 57 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as we use a content-based approach to helping intermediate-level viewers achieve higher levels of English proficiency
Topics: Hamadrayas Baboons, Baboons, Animals, Mammals, Social Animals, Content-based ESL, Intermediate...
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Aug 26, 2020 John Letz
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Zebras are horse-like mammals of the African Grasslands. Learn a few things about zebras in this video - featured on Episode 57 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV in Ashland.
Topics: Zebras, African Mammals, African Fauna, Animals, Grassland Animals, ESL, Content-based ESL, John...
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Aug 25, 2020 John Letz
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Sometimes called the "King of Beasts," African Lions are the apex predators in their habitats. This video is featured in Episode 55 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV in Ashland. The footage used in the video is from the Oakland Zoo in California and Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon
Topics: African Lions, Oakland Zoo, Wildlife Safari, RVTV, RogueTV, African Animals, ESL, Content-based...
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Aug 25, 2020 John Letz
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African giraffes are the stars of this video. Filmed at Wildlife Safari Wildlife Park in Oregon, we get close up with two of the park's giraffes. One starts to wrap its tongue around a cameraman's microphone, but decides it doesn't taste very good. This video is featured in episode 55 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to all episodes.
Topics: Giraffes, Animals, Wildlife parks, African animals, ESL, Improve your English, English Proficiency,...
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Aug 25, 2020 John Letz
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Elephants! It seems that every zoo has them. Oregon students learn about elephants and other mammals during summer camp at Wildlife Safari in Oregon. This video is featured on Ramping Up your English as part of the unit on animals. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English, along with the support pages for each episode.
Topics: Elephants, Zoos, Wildlife parks, Animals, African elephants, Asian Elephants, Content-based ESL
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Aug 25, 2020 John Letz
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Meet the second-largest rodent in the world - the cavy. Her name is Patty, and she appears on Adventures in Education with Julieanne Rose and Leah Goulet. This segment is featured on Episode 55 of Ramping Up your English as part of the science unit on Animals. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Cavy, Rodents, Wildlife Safari, Wildlife parks, South American Mammals, Content-based ESL, RUE,...
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Aug 25, 2020 John Letz
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English Language Learners study mammals as part of a science unit. Deer, cows, bison - they're all seen in this video that's featured in Episode 53 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of this Souther Oregon Television Award winner for Best Education Show in 2017 and 2020.
Topics: Mammals, Animal Classification, Animals, Deer, Life Science, Science, Content-based ESL
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Aug 24, 2020 John Letz
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Big Horn Sheep, seen along the Snake River between Oregon and Idaho, are the stars of this video. It's featured in Episode 52 of Ramping Up your English - an English improvement program for intermediate English learners. Visit LetzCreate.org of all episodes of Ramping Up your English, including those in the unit on animals.
Topics: Big Horn Sheep, Oregon, Idaho, Snake River, Animals. Content-based ESL, Better English
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Aug 24, 2020 John Letz
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There's lots of footage of squirrels in this video. You can see one squirrel strip a fir cone and fill its mouth with seeds. This video is featured in Episode 51 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV.
Topics: Squirrels, mammals, animals, ESL, Content-based ESL
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Aug 24, 2020 John Letz
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Meet Violet, a Virginia Opossum I had as a guest on Adventures in Education, along with Leala Goulet and Julianne Rose from Wildlife Safari. This part of that program is featured on Episode 51 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the Episode 51 support page and all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Virginia Opossum, Possum, Marsupials, Mammals, Wildlife Safari, Oregon Wildlife, Animals, ESL,...
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Aug 21, 2020 John Letz
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River Otters steal this show. Indeed, one of the otters featured is a retired movie star. Watch and learn! Summer campers at Wildlife Images are included as they prepare food for Nestle, the resident otter at the wildlife rehabilitation and Education center. Wildlife Images offers tours to the public. This video is featured in Episode 50 of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to all episodes.
Topics: River Otters, Wildlife, Oregon Wildlife, Rivers, ESL, Content-based ESL, Ramping Up your English
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Aug 21, 2020 John Letz
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River Otters play and live along rivers in Oregon. This short video features river otters. It's featured in Episode 50 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: River Otters, Oregon Wildlife, Animals, Mammals, ESL
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Aug 21, 2020 John Letz
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This short video features footage of river otters. It's featured in Episode 50 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org to access all episodes of Ramping Up your English, a service to intermediate English learners who want to up their game in English proficiency.
Topics: River Otters, wildlife, Oregon Wildlife, Animals, Ramp Up your English skills, LetzCreate.org
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Aug 21, 2020 John Letz
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When it warms up in Grants Pass, Oregon, people start counting the bears on nearly every street corner. Cameras out, they get close enough to fill the frame with a bruin, but there's no danger (unless they back into the street). These bears are made of - well, I'm not sure - anything but living cells. There's a lot of history behind this artistic endeavor, but this video just shows the product. You have to watch to see the diversity of expression. This video is feature in Episode 50 of Ramping...
Topics: Bears, Bruins, Animals, three-D Art, Grants Pass, Oregon, ESL, RVTV, RVTV Voices