RVTV Program Page

On a passenger train
Onboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr train.

Trains and Railroads Unit                Animals Unit

Here’s an update for Ramping Up you English. Choose the Episode you want to see from the chart that follows:

Episode 1     Episode 2     Episode 3     Episode 4

Episode 5     Episode 6     Episode 7     Episode 8

Episode 9   Episode 10   Episode 11   Episode 12

Episode 13  Episode 14  Episode 15   Episode 16

Episode 17  Episode 18  Episode 19   Episode 20

Episode 21  Episode 22  Episode 23  Episode 24

Episode 25    Episode 26    Episode 27    Episode 28    Episode 29    Episode 30

Episode 31    Episode 32    Episode 33    Episode 34     Episode 35    Episode 36

Episode 37    Episode 38    Episode 39    Episode 40    Episode 41

Episode 42    Episode 43   Episode 44    Episode 45     Episode 46    Episode 47   Episode 48

Episode 49    Episode 50   Episode 51    Episode 52     Episode 53    Episode 54    Episode 55

Episode 56   Episode 57.   Episode 58.   Episode 59.   Episode 60

You can find this same list here with more detail. It’s our unit page for Trains and Railroads.

To visit our unit on Animals, (beginning with Episode 33), click here.

To visit our unit on Native Americans (beginning with Episode 79), click here.

Other Programs from John Letz –

Adventures in Education

January 18, 2016

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Ramping Up your English Episodes 17, 18, 19, and 20 are now available.

Episode 17

Episode 18

Episode 19

Episode 20

December 12, 2015

Episodes 15 and 16 are now available.

Episode 15

Episode 16

November 30, 2015

Episode 13 and 14 are now available.

Episode 13

Episode 14

November 2, 2015

Episodes 11 and 12 are now available.  Click below to visit the episode pages.

Episode 11

Episode 12

October 27, 2015

Adventures in Education is an RVTV Voices series about positive things happening in the world of Education. To watch the programs, click here.

September 29, 2015

Episodes 9 and 10 of Ramping Up your English are now available.  Click below to visit their episode pages.

Episode 9

Episode 10

September 21, 2015

Episodes 7 and 8 are now available!  Episodes 9 and 10 should be up in a week if all goes well.

Episode 7

Episode 8

August 24, 2015

Episodes 5 and 6 are now available!

Episode 5 page

Episode 6 Page

Episodes 3 and 4 Produced

June 3, 2015

May 30 was a productive day at the Digital Media Center.  I had a big crew, and we produced the next 2 episodes of Ramping Up your English.  There were some technical glitches, so I had to do some post production work on Tuesday.

Go to the Episode 3 page to view the program and see the support materials.

Go to the Episode 4 page to view the program and see the support materials.  Scroll down for links to previous programs.

RVTV Series Times Assigned!

May 4, 2015

Ramping Up your English has two series times on RVTV.  The times when you can watch the program are: Wednesdays at 8:00 AM and Thursdays at 7:00 PM.  You can watch the current episodes of Ramping Up your English in Southern Oregon on channel 15 on the Ashland Home Network, and on Channel 182 on Charter Cable.  The program can also be streamed at SOU’s Streaming service. Episodes 3 and 4 are scheduled to be produced on May 30th. Our first two episodes can be viewed at the above times, or at archive.org.

First 2 episodes produced! April 4, 2015

On April 4th, Ramping Up your English produced its first 2 episodes!  With the help of my fantastic technical crew, the first two episodes are  available for intermediate level English Learners seeking to reach a higher level of English Proficiency.

You can get started by visiting pages for Episode 1 and Episode 2. You’ll find the TV segments as well as assignments to speed up your acquisition process.

Ramping Up your English now has a scheduled time on RVTV Voices.  If you live in Ashland, Oregon, find us on Channel 15.  If you’re in other parts of Southern Oregon, watch the program on Channel 182.  Either channel has the show on at 7pm on Thursdays.  You can stream Ramping Up your English at those times.  Go to the Rogue TV link below.

You can watch some of the video clips I used in the first episode of Ramping UP Your English.  Click on Episode One Video Clips.

About Ramping Up your English (March 27, 2015)

Our first unit of study is Trains and Railroads.  Why trains? We’re using a common experience to help activate what you already know in your native language.  It’s an example of Content-Based English as a Second Language – an approach shown by research to have better long-range outcomes that traditional ESL models.

Also, it’s fun to see trains and learn about them.  It’s true that learning a second language is a huge undertaking.  It’s often hard.  It takes a lot of time.  It can be discouraging.  It seems overwhelming at times.  It involves risks and sometimes embarrassment. It can also be fun, and the less stress you have learning the language, the better you’ll learn it.  Let’s keep it fun and interesting!

Ramping Up your English (RUE) exists because of the support of the Public Access Channel (Voices) on RVTV in Ashland, Oregon.  If you’re curious, you can visit their website at Rogue TV.  I’ve been producing a TV show about positive things happening for school children in Southern Oregon.  My program is call Adventures in Education. To see one of these programs, visit Archive.org and use the name Adventures in Education in the search box. While Adventures in Education is  program about education, Ramping Up your English is an educational/instructional program.  My first production opportunity in April 4th. I can hardly wait!

On a passenger train
Onboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr train.