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Zoom in on America

Publication about America for Students and Teachers of English

Zoom in on America is a monthly online publication of the US Consulate in Krakow which is addressed to all teachers and students of English who also want to read more about the United States: tradition, culture, nature, history and people.

Activity Page Exercises

Each issue includes an Activity page with reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary exercises. Articles, exercises and graphic materials are complete with links to audio and video recordings which can be a great tool in developing listening and speaking skills.

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Read the present and past issues (since 2004) at: http://www.usinfo.pl/zoom/

May-June 2018 issue of Zoom in on America

May-June 2018 issue of Zoom in on America

It no longer seems necessary to convince the majority of people that we all need to take care of our environment if we want to preserve our planet for future generations. Air and water pollution alongside other ailments, such as shrinking resources pose a threat to us all at the present time. An interdisciplinary effort is needed and support from governments is imperative to secure our future as the inhabitants of planet Earth. Young people have a big say in the effort to protect our environment. In this issue Zoom looks into some ways in which people want to help protect the environment.

March-April 2018 issue of Zoom in on America

March-April 2018 issue of Zoom in on America

In this issue, Zoom focuses on Fulbright Program, a worldwide program that is operated on  bilateral basis. It’s an academic program aiming at graduate level students, doctoral candidates and scholars. What distinguishes Fulbright from many other grant programs, is its emphasis on intercultural exchange and learning. Being a Fulbright grantee encompasses being an  informal ambassador of one’s culture in the host country.

January-February 2018 issue of Zoom in on America

January-February 2018 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,44 Mb)

Helena Modrzejewska was an accomplished Polish actress when she moved to America in the late 19th century. In her Memoirs and Impressions, she describes her first steps on the American soil. This issue of Zoom looks into some of her memoirs including the moment when she changed her name Modrzejewska to Modjeska to make it easier to pronounce for English speakers.

November-December 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

November-December 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,86 Mb)

In the coming months, U.S. Mission to Poland will be commemorating the centennials of Poland regaining independence (2018) and the establishment of U.S.- Polish diplomatic relations (2019).
This special issue of Zoom in on America features two people whose contribution to the emergence of the independent state of Poland after WWI was especially significant: President Woodrow Wilson and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

September-October 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

September-October 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1.29 Mb)

If traveling West in today’s America – where every hill, mountain, creek and valley has been measured, photographed and inspected by scientists – can arouse admiration, let us imagine what it must have been like for the explorers 200 years ago,  when there were no maps, no towns or cities, and nothing disturbed the silence of the primeval landscape.

July-August 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

July-August 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 2.14Mb)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917 as the second of nine children born into the family of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Read more about the life and politics of John F. Kennedy in the summer issue of Zoom in on America.

May-June 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

May-June 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 2.05Mb)

American photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) began his career in Farm Security Administration, and then worked for „Vogue” and „Life” magazines. Apart from photography, he was a film director, and a writer. His artistic motto was: “I Use My Camera as a Weapon”. This issue of Zoom in on America is about his life and the subjects he focused on in his art.

March-April 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

March-April 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1.87Mb)

Posters from the time of WWI, articles about Tadeusz Kościuszko, West Point Academy and American Military – all this you can find in the latest issue of Zoom.

February 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

February 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1.37Mb)

Are Americans a mobile nation? We are trying to answer this question in an interview with an American student. You will also find an article on MOVies about MOVing.

January 2017 issue of Zoom in on America

January 2017 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1.65Mb)

An hour drive east of Orlando, Florida there is a 34-mile long and roughly six-mile wide area, covering 219 square miles that is visited, on average, by 1.5 million visitors per year. It is called the Kennedy Space Center, but more than tourism it can boast a primary role in the progress of space exploration, a launch pad for Earth’s future voyage to space, for which a countdown has already begun.

December 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

December 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1.7Mb)

The December issue of Zoom in on America is devoted to the person of Joseph Pulitzer and his contribution to American journalism, specifically the Pulitzer Prize, which in 2016 celebrated its centennial.

November 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

November 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1.7Mb)

The November issue of Zoom in on America features Colorado, “The Centennial State.” The origins of the name and nickname of the state are explained alongside other interesting facts about Colorado, the Capitol building, the ancient dwelling place – Messa Verde and many other.  You will find a little Colorado quiz and Activity Page with Reading Comprehension exercises.

October 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

October 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,3 Mb)

The October issue of Zoom in on America is about Bob Dylan, the first musician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

September 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

September 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,65 Mb)

The September 2016 issue of Zoom in on America is about America’s greatest track and field athlete, Jesse Owens.

July-August 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

July-August 2016 Zoom in on America (PDF 1,97 Mb)

The July-August 2016 issue of Zoom in on America is about summer work. Many students in America decide to take a job during the summer. There is also a program for international students who want to work and travel in the USA during their holidays.

June 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

June 2016 Zoom in on America (PDF 1,2 Mb)

The June 2016 issue of Zoom in on America features Niagara Falls. While Niagara may not be the biggest or highest waterfall in the world, it certainly is one of the most beautiful. In the issue you can also read about daredevils performed stunts such as going over the falls in a barrel or walking over them on a wire.

May 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

May 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,47 Mb)

The May issue of Zoom in on America is devoted to America’s 44 Presidents. It presents a gallery of Presidents’ portraits and provides basic information about their term in office.

April 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

April 2016 issue Zoom in on America (PDF 1,84 Mb)

The April issue of Zoom recalls the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s. The bridge, which connected San Francisco and Oakland, was a one of a kind venture both in design and engineering. Its grand opening on May 27, 1937 was followed by a week-long celebration.

March 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

March 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,26 Mb)

The March issue of Zoom in on America is devoted to the state of Maine. You can find information on the state’s symbols and characteristics as well as an article on famous Mainers. In a special interview exclusively for Zoom, a family who live in Maine explain why this state is so special (link to the audio recording and exercises are on page 7.)

February 2016 issue of Zoom in on America

February 2016 issue of Zoom in on America (PDF 1,48 Mb)

The February issue of Zoom in on America is devoted to Rosa Parks, a symbol of the civil rights movement.