Andong Song

Andong Song shakes hands with NHL bosses. Photo by AP-Alan Diaz/the canadian press

Andong Song shakes hands with NHL bosses.
Photo by AP-Alan Diaz/The Canadian Press

Adapted from The Province and
by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Listen to “Andong Song”– Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

Andong Song is 18 years old.

In June 2015, he became
the first Chinese player
in the NHL.

“I am the first,” he says.

Andong started to play
ice hockey in China.
He was six years old.

“I just fell in love with it.”

Andong’s former coach says,
“He learned things very fast.”

Andong wanted to learn
the game well.
So his family moved to Canada.
He was 10 years old.

Andong worked hard.
He practised every day.

Andong is 183 cm tall.
He weighs 73 kg.

“Feels like I’m a star already.”

Andong will play
on the New York Islanders
hockey team.

 NHL – National Hockey League

Crisis in Syria


Syrian refugees wait in Lebanon.
Photo by Mohamed Azakir/The World Bank

Crisis in Syria
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun, CBC News,
CNBC, and Aljazeera America by Nila Gopaul

Listen to “Crisis in Syria”– Level 3
Reading by Corey Muench

Civil war started in Syria
in 2011. The war continues today.
Over 100,000 people have died.

Syria is a country in western Asia.
Its population is 22.5 million.
About 5,000 Syrians leave
their country each day.

Over 4 million Syrian refugees
are in neighbouring countries, such as Turkey and Lebanon.
Thousands of Syrian refugees also cross into Europe.

Both Canada and the U.S.
each promised to resettle
10,000 Syrians by September 2016.

In 2014, about 23,000 refugees came to Canada.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark
promised $1 million to help community groups
settle Syrian refugees in B.C.

Map of Syria

Map of Syria/CC, wikimedia


  1. crisis –  a time of great danger
  2. civil war – a war between citizens of the same country
  3. refugees – people who are forced to leave their country
    in order to escape war or a natural disaster.

New information (Nov. 25, 2015)
Canada’s new Liberal government will bring
10,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of this year.
Another 15,000 refugees will come in early 2016.

B.C. is expecting 400 Syrian refugees
in a few weeks.

Metro Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops
say they are ready to receive these refugees.
Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm in the B.C. interior
are preparing to sponsor Syrian refugees, too.

Halloween is on October 31


“Trick or treat” (Photo – istockphoto)

Halloween safety tips
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

Halloween is on October 31.
Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom in Canada.
On this day, many children dress in costumes.
In the evening, children go to houses.*
They knock on doors
or ring bells.

Children say “trick or treat”!
Then neighbours give children candy
and children say, “thank you”.
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