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Vocabulary Quiz
P.E. • amalgamated • hear
curriculum • inclination
  1. I you are going to Italy.
  2. was my favorite class in high school.
  3. The includes a foreign language and math class.
  4. He has an to study science.
  5. The grammar and writing classes were into one English class.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1005 Physical Education

Monica and Todd discuss whether students should be forced to take P.E. classes.

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we often hear


We often hear how kids are not fit.

When we say the phrase 'we often hear', we are referring to information people hear in general conversation or the news or media. Notice the following:

  1. These days we often hear how people are worried about the future.
  2. I often hear that people are spending their savings.



She is a P.E. teacher.

P.E. means physical education. People often use the initials P.E. because it is easier to say that the full words, physical education. P.E. also just refers to a sports or fitness class in school. Notice the following:

  1. My favorite class in school was P.E.
  2. We ran three miles in P.E class today.



The curriculum recently got amalgamated.

When two things are amalgamated, they are joined or mixed together to make one thing. Notice the following:

  1. The companies were amalgamated into one large corporation.
  2. The metal was amalgamated into steel.



The curriculum was changed by the school.

Curriculum is a set of material or subjects that are taught by a school or class. Notice the following:

  1. The curriculum at that school is very old and outdated.
  2. On the first day of class, we discussed the course's curriculum.



There is a natural inclination to play sports.

When you have an inclination to do something, that means you have a natural tendency or desire to do it without training or being told to do it. For example, babies have an inclination to stand up and walk. Here are a few sample sentences:

  1. He has a natural inclination for solving math problems.
  2. She has an inclination for business.