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The huge Oakland, California Freight yard is featured in this second part of Freight Trains.  This is also the part that takes viewers inside a mockup of a locomotive cab - where a volunteer explains the use of braking on mountain grades. This video supports Ramping Up your English, a content-based approach to improving English proficiency for intermediate-level English Learners from all language backgrounds. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Trains, Freight Trains, Rail Yards, Southern Pacific Railroad, Content-based ESL, ESL, English...
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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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Beginning with stunning scenery in Jasper National Park, viewers travel Westward toward Vancouver, B. C. aboard Via Rails' Canadian. There's lots of great scenery enjoyed from the Dome Car. This is the final day for cross-country travelers. This video is featured in the Unit on Trains and Railroads on Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV Voices. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Via Rails, Canadian, Canada, Passenger Trains, Rail Journeys, Transcontinental Railroad, English...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Passenger trains take people from one place to another, but some trains featured here take people back in time or to incredible scenic wonders. All aboard!....for learning about Passenger trains. This is Part One of Two videos on passenger trains seen in episodes of Ramping Up your English. Visit the website LetzCreate.org and see the support we offer free for Intermediate-level English Learners.
Topics: Trains, Passeneger Trains, Amtrak, Content-based ESL, Train Videos
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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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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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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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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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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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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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We roll along the Virginia Countryside on Amtrak's Cardinal train. We're near our destination of Washington, D.C. We're moved by the Lincoln Memorial and we see the Capitol and the Native American Museum. This video supports an episode  of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English, plus the support materials for each episode.
Topics: Amtrak, Cardinal Train, Virginia, Washington DC, U.S. Capital, Lincoln Memorial, Native American...
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Dogs are called Man's Best Friend. Wolves are the ancestors of today's dogs, and it's impossible to know whether dogs are humans decided to first share their meat. Paul Handover, writer of Learning From Dogs, along with his wife share their houseful of dogs with producer John Letz. This is one of two videos produced about dogs for Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for the episode on dogs and all other episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Dogs, wolves, Animals, John Letz, Ramping Up your English, Content-based ESL, Learning from Dogs
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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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Learn all about Pullman Porters in this video featured in Episode 5 of Ramping Up your English. Pullman Porters created a fundamental base for the Civil Rights Movement. Using information from Robert Tye's Rising from the Rails, we explore the amazing history of the Pullman Porters - their secret union, and how they helped African Americans rise toward better lives following the American Civil War. We also include the Pullman Strike of 1894 - a strike that didn't involve the Pullman Porters,...
Topics: Pullman Porters, Pullman cars, Pullman strike of 1894, Labor Unions, Labor Movement, Civil Rights...
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Whales! Breaching Gray Whales! That's what we saw from Amtrak's Coast Starlight train. You'll see them too in this video. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV Voices.
Topics: Gray Whales, breaching whales, Cuesta Pass, Amtrak, California Coast, Pacific Ocean, Trains,...
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Host John Letz of Adventures in Education remembers Takelma Indian Elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim with guests Tish McFadden and Thomas Doty. Known fondly as Grandma Aggie, this great light in our world passed away in November of 2019. Tish McFadden is author of Upriver to Morning. Thomas Doty is a Takelma Storyteller. They share moments they had with Grandma Aggie As Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony, founding member of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, and environmental advocate. This is part one...
Topics: Takelma, Native Americans, Indians of Southern Oregon, Indian Elder, Upriver to Morning, Doty Coyote
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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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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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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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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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"Horses are four-legged shaman," RUE Director Denise Ross explains in this video about Horses. We began with what horses need, which supported our language objectives in an episode of Ramping Up your English. Then Denise and I went on talking more about horses. You can watch the entire episode of Ramping Up your English by visiting LetzCreate.org. From the HOME page, select Animals Unit. You'll see all our episodes on animals there. Choose the one you want to see, and the page for...
Topics: Horses, Caring for Horses, English instruction, Content-based ESL
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Start this journey aboard the Skunk Train  in Coastal California. A steam engine pulls the Skunk deep into the Redwood forest, headed toward Willits. This video is part of the inaugural episode of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for more.
Topics: Steam Engines, Age of Steam, Trains, Railroads, Skunk Train, Excursion Trains, Redwood Forest, ESL,...
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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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More Horse video! I this part, Michelle - daughter of Director Denise Ross - demonstrates the various gaits of horses for our first Ramping Up your English episodes in the unit on Animals. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English, including many episodes on Animals.
Topics: Horses, Horseback riding, Animals, ESL
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It's daylight in Arizona as we start the first full day aboard Amtrak's Setset Limited. We're going East from Los Angeles, the same direction in. which the United States' second transcontinental railroads was built. It's called the Sunset Route. Enjoy the ride!
Topics: Arizona, Sunset Limited, Sunset route, transcontinental railroad, Passenger trains, Southern...
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Follow the first Americans across Beringia into North America. This is the 2nd in a series on Native Americans produced for RVTV's Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Native Americans, Beringia, Peopling of America, Ramping Up your English, ESL, Paleoamericans
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Young English Language Learners share what they learned about whales after a content-based ESL unit. This video is featured in an episode of Ramping Up your English.  Visit LetzCreate.org to view the entire episode - and all episodes. From the HOME page, select Animals Unit. From there, you can select any episode during the unit on animals, including the one containing this video.
Topics: Whales, English Language Learners, ESL Students, Animal Science, Environmental Science, Science, ESL
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In part two of Passenger trains, we move beyond Amtrak and ride other passenger trains. We reinforce some facts about passenger trains to help viewers comprehend spoken English. Visit LetzCreate.org for more on this Content-based ESL approach to English instruction.
Topics: Trains, Passenger Trains, Trains and Railroads, Amtrak
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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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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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It's almost magical, descending Raton Pass on our way to Santa Fe. These are the old Santa Fe rail lines - the track where the Santa Fe Railroad's Chief and Super Chief carried passengers between Chicago and Los Angeles. Because of the bright lights it carried in the other direction, the Chief was known as the Train of the Stars. For us, the star was the awesome scenery as we're welcomed into the American Southwest. Visit LetzCreate.org for more train videos.
Topics: Raton Pass, American Southwest, Sant Fe Railroad, Santa Fe, Mew Mexico, Amtrak, Better English, ESL
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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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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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Traveling westward on Amtrak's Sunset Limited, we greet the day in dry country between San Antonio and Del Rio, Texas. We cross Lake Amistad, and the stunning canyon holding the famous Pecos River on the highest railroad bridge in North America. We also see Alpine - the Texas gateway to Big Bend National Park. We keep following the sunset to California.
Topics: Amtrak, Sunset Limited, Lake Amistad, Pecos River, Alpine, Bg Bend National Park, Trains, Passenger...
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Jaw-dropping scenery greets riders of Amtrak's California Zephyr heading westbound for San Fransisco. This video includes some of the Rocky Mountain area, and a lot of the Sierra Nevada. This video is featured in an episode of Ramping Up your English - the award-winning Educational program on RVTV. All episodes of Ramping Up your English can be accessed from LetzCreate.org. Each episode has a page with supporting material.
Topics: California Zephyr, Epic Rail Journeys, Amtrak, Passenger Trains, Trains, Colorado, California,...
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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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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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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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Travel Northbound on Amtrak's Coast Starlight. We board in Los Angeles Union Station and travel up the coast for a stunning Pacific Ocean sunset. We end this segment at San Luis Obisbo. Welcome aboard one of the most scenic trains in North America.
Topics: Trains, Railroads, Amtrak, Coast Starlight, Pacific Ocean, California, California Coast, Sunset,...
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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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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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Excursion trains are all about the journey; not the destination. Riders feel the joy of moving on the rails and are often treated to gorgeous scenery. Welcome aboard! Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Excursion Trains, Excursion Railroads, Tourist Trains, Ramping Up your English, Trains and...
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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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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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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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Black Bears are found throughout North America - higher numbers being in rural and wild areas.. This video is featured in Episode 44 of Ramping Up your English. Here, viewers are building skills to describe the physical features of animals - as they'll do when they research an animal of their choice. Visit LetzCreate.org for report guidelines and for access to all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Black Bears, bears, bruins, Animals, Animal Report, Content-based ESL, Ramping Up your English
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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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This rescue farm on Southern Oregon takes care of abandoned and abused animals. It's called Sanctuary One, and it welcomes visits by school children to learn about their animals and about humane treatment.They also have a powerful volunteer and work program that often transforms the lives of people and well as animals. This video is featured in an episode of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org.
Topics: Animal Rescue, Rescue Farm, Animals, English Instruction, Ramping Up your English
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All Aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight as it pulls out of Seattle and heads South toward California. This video has scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Visit LetzCreate.org and explore the unit on Trains and Railroads.
Topics: Trains, Coast Starlight, Amtrak, Passenger Trains, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Eugene,...
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Alaska Rails takes us through the wilderness between Denali National Park and Talkeetna. We see lots of natural beauty including beaver dams and ponds. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV Voices. This video was used during the unit on Trains and Railroads.
Topics: Alaska Rail, Denali National Park, Excursion Trains, Passenger Trains, Talkeetna, ESL
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Student in the sixth grade at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School share a demonstration on Newton's law of Motion in this video. Lots of fond memories working with these kids. Visit LetzCreate.org to see all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV Voices.
Topics: Steam Power, Isaac Newton, Laws of Motion, Steam locomotives, Physics, English instruction,...
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Imagine you're embarking on a journey to the great American West! It's happening in this video. Amtrak's California Zephyr pulls out of Chicago, heading west toward San Fransisco, crossing the Rocky Mountains and the vast Nevada desert. This route used to involve 3 railroads - The Burlington, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific. This video support an episode of Ramping Up your English - a content-based ESL series seen on RVTV. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English,...
Topics: California Zephyr, passenger trains, Chicago Union Station, Rio Grande Railroad, Content-based ESL,...
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Via Rails' Canadian takes viewers Eastbound from Vancouver to Jasper National Park, as seen on Ramping Up your English on RVTV Voices.
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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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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.
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Native Americans soon felt the effects of fever-paced discoveries by Spanish navigators and conquistadors. This is the 9th installment in the Native American series produced for Ramping Up your English on RVTV. From Balboa's sighting of the Pacific Ocean to Magellan's first circumnavigation, Spanish activities impacted Native Americans in profound ways.
Topics: Native Americans, Age of Discover, Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Balboa, Cortez, Pizarro, Magellan,...
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Rail switching action begins this video of the Cardinal train heading West toward Chicago. There's lots of scenery along West Virginia's New River - including the awesome New River Bridge. This part ends our westbound trip on Amtrak's Cardinal. We feature more train videos on Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org.
Topics: West Virginia, New River, New River Bridge, Illinois, Chicago, Ramp Up your English, ESL
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On our Southbound journey aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight, we pull out of Eugene, Oregon. Next are the tunnels, snow sheds, and trestles of the Cascade Mountains. We awake in California after a slow journey through the mountains of Northern California. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of the Trains and Railroads Unit of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Eugene, Oregon, Trains, Cascade Mountains, Sacramento River, Sacramento, Mount Shasta, ESL, English
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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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This is Part 2 of a Tribute to Takelma Elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim, known fondly as Grandma Aggie. Upriver to Morning Author Tish McFadden and Takelma storyteller Thomas Doty share their priceless experiences with Garndma Aggie, who passed away in November of 2019.
Topics: Takelma, Native Americans, Southern Oregon, Siletz
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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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Native Americans in Southeast Alaska are the focus of this video.
Topics: Native Americans, Alaska, Cruise West, Uncruise
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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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Tis video features Committed Alliance for Strays, an organization in Medford, Oregon that finds homes for stray kitties. It's featured on an episode of Ramping Up your English as part of the unit on animals. Find all 100+ episodes of Ramping Up your English at LetzCreate.org. You can view the entire episode and use the support materials on each episode's web page.
Topics: Cats, Stray Cats, Animals, Pets, Animal shelters, Content-Based ESL, High English Proficiency,...
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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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Excursion Trains are all about the journey; not the destination. It's about the joy of feeling the rails and often enjoying gorgeous scenery. This video features several excursion railroads, including the Combres and Toltec as well as the Skunk Train. Welcome aboard! Visit LetzCreate.ord for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topic: Excursion Trains, Tourist Trains, Steam Locomotive, ESL, Ramping Up your English, English...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Deer and their kin, that's what you'll see inn this video. It's featured in Episode 44 of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English. This video is part of the unit on Animals.
Topics: Deer, Elk, Caribou, Moose, Animals, Ungulates, Wildlife, Animals, Content-based ESL
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Lions and tigers and bears - Oh My! They're all in this video about Wildlife Safari and the educational mission they have to children in Oregon. This video is featured in an episode of Adventures in Education - seen on RVTV's Public Access Channel. It's a roaring good video. Enjoy!
Topics: African Lions, Bears, Tigers, Wildlife Parks, Animals, Winston Oregon, Adventures in Education,...
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Amtrak's Cardinal crosses the Ohio River on its Eastbound journey to Washington, D.C. This is the second part of the journey that started in Chicago. Visit LetzCreate.org for the Ramping Up your English episode that includes this video.
Topics: Amtrak, Cardinal Train, Ohio River, Passenger Trains, Trains, Railroads, Content-based ESL, Improve...
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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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All aboard for the final leg of Amtrak's Coast Starlight Northbound! This segment on the northbound journey takes viewers through the Cascade Mountains, as the train rolls through countless tunnels and snow sheds. A few hints along the way include possible side trips to the Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens. Darkness falls as the train crosses into Washington State. This is part 3 of the Cost Starlight Northbound.
Topics: Trains, passenger Trains, Amtrak, Coast Starlight, Portland, Oregon, Cascade Mountains, Williamette...
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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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The New River in West Virginia, along with railroad video are featured to the song "Waiting for the Train" performed by Siskiyou Summit. Enjoy the ride!
Topics: New River, West Virginia, Amtrak, Cardinal Train, Siskiyou Summit, Ramping Up your English, ESL
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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
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Native Americans living along the Columbia River caught tons of migrating salmon for thousands of yers as their main food source. As Europeans and their descendants arrived, they engage in activities that reduced the once abundant schools of salmon - harshly impacting these indigenous Americans. This video charts the decline in salmon stocks and offers possible causes. Columbia River Salmon is featured on an episode of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for access to all episodes of...
Topics: Columbia River, Salmon, Nez Perce, Native Americans, Dams, Hydro-electric Dams, Columbia River...
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Amtrak's Sunset Limited enters Texas on its way to New Orleans in this Eastbound journey. The visual highlight is the crossing of the Pecos River on the highest Railroad bridge in North America. The view is priceless! Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English as seen on RVTV Voices.
Topics: Pecos River, Pecos River Rail Bridge, Southern Pacific, Sunset Limited, Historic Passenger Trains,...
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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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Board Amtrak's Southwest Chief in Chicago and begin the adventure to the American Southwest and Los Angeles. This segment features the countryside of Illinois as we approach the Mississippi River. Visit LetzCreate.org for more train videos and more to improve your English proficiency through the TV program Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Chicago, Southwest Chief, Illinois, Galesburg, Trains, Passenger Trains, Union Station, Ramping Up...
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Footage of some adult black bears for description work. This is used on Ramping Up your English for viewers to practice describing a wild animal. Visit LetzCreate.org for more.
Topics: Black Bears, Describing an Animal, ESL
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Southern Oregon's railroad history is the topic of this video, used in Episode 4 of Ramping Up your English. Filling the gaps of the transcontinental railroads was the challenge of Southern Oregon.  As seen on RVTV Voices, Episode 4 of Ramping Up your English looks at railroad history as part of the unit on Trains and Railroads. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Southern Oregon Railroad History, Souther Oregon, Oregon and California Railroad, Trails,...
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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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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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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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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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Visit the Dallas Zoo with Cousin Luke. This video is featured in an episode of Ramping Up your English. Visit LetzCreate.org for all episodes of Ramping Up your English.
Topics: Dallas Zoo, Zoos, Zoo Animals, Animals, ESL, Discussion Skills
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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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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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A quick tour of Spain's Seville.
Topics: Seville, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain