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06/04/2015


EASTER

It’s Easter, Which In Hungary Means It’s Time To Throw Water At Women
"Christians around the world are celebrating Easter this weekend, a holy time for the faithful
to mark what they believe to be the death and resurrection of Jesus..."

(buzzfeed.com)

 

Śmigus-Dyngus (also known as lany poniedziałek, meaning "Wet Monday") "is a celebration held on Easter Monday in Poland.
It is also observed by Polish diaspora communities, particularly among Polish Americans, who call it Dyngus Day.
Similar celebrations are held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Oblévačka in CzechOblievačka in Slovak, both meaning "Watering")
and in Hungary, where it is known as Vízbevető or Water Plunge Monday.
Traditionally, boys throw water over girls and spank them with pussy willow branches on Easter Monday,
and girls do the same to boys on Easter Tuesday. This is accompanied by a number of other rituals..."

(Wikipedia)


Easter Wordsearch
"Click here to do the activity."

(englishblog.com)


Easter Ad — “Sweetos vs. Chocolate Bunny”
+ Interactive activity
(englishblog.com)

 


Easter Cartoon — The Uber Bunny
CARTOON + EXPLANATION + LANGUAGE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)



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PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND

Animation — Plans for the Weekend
"Here's a short test video I created using GoAnimate with a textivate fill-in-the-letters activity.
The language point is making and responding to suggestions...
Click on the arrow to load the activity."

(englishblog.com)

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05/04/2015


A NEW PAGE:

Benjamin RABIER

 


SPRING

"Le Printemps" (by Benjamin Ravier) published in "Le Rire" (May 1902)
(Wikipedia)

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EASTER

Beirut governor bans colored Easter chicks - 2 April 2015
(dailystar.com.lb)

Easter Treats Around The World
(YouTube)

 

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FUTURE

Futuristic World of Evgeny Kazantsev
(beautifullife.info)
Thanks to Blandine Baulard (Ac. Reims)

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GLOBAL WARMING

Top 11 des visions cataclysmiques du réchauffement climatique, le futur par Evgeny Kazantsev
(topito.com)
"Intéressant pour parler des changements climatiques ou émettre des hypothèses."
Thanks to Blandine Baulard (Ac. Reims)

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STORY / Willa Cather

Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
"Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. In the conclusion to the short story, Paul's Case,
we learn about the fate of the young man who didn't like living in an industrial town.
What happens when he runs away to New York City?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part Two - Video with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD

Foods Important to Easter, Passover and the Spring - Text + Audio - 3 April 2015
"This weekend there are two traditional celebrations that American Christians and Jews celebrate every spring.
You will see flat breads and chocolate rabbits in the stores. Other countries celebrate spring with roast lamb and a special table of foods."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GREYHOUNDS

Two arrested after dozens of dumped greyhound carcasses found in Australia - 3 April 2015
"The people who have perpetrated this crime, to me, are oxygen thieves, they are cowards and they are pathetic."...
"it appeared the dogs would have been culled by people involved in greyhound racing...
Australia's greyhound racing industry has been under intense scrutiny since a television investigation revealing the illegal use of live bait
 in training dogs aired in February."

(edition.cnn.com)

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02/04/2015


PHOTOS

Learn English With Photos 19 - Saltram House
"In this penultimate episode of Learn English With Photos, we visit Saltram House, a stately home near Plymouth, UK,
which was used during the filming of the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility. Click here to download a transcript and glossary."

+ Interactive activity
(englishblog.com)

 

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LENNON / VIETNAM WAR / PASSIVE VOICE

Voivi un travail sur John Lennon et la guerre du Vietnam créé par Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)
"L'un des fichiers est un PDF de trois pages sur la biographie de l'artiste et son engagement contre la guerre du Vietnam
à travers la chanson "So this is Christmas - War is over". Un lien vers un Prezi reprenant la leçon complète se trouve sur le PDF. 
Toute la manipulation de la langue est axée sur le passif avec une question de "language use in context"
(underline in green verbs in the passive form...) et à nouveau l'emploi de plusieurs voix passives dans la description de la chanson.
Le second fichier est aussi un PDF qui présente de façon très succinte la photo "Napalm girl".
Avec une video que j'ai réalisée pour la révision de mes élèves dans le cadre de l'épreuve d'Histoire des Arts."

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COWBOYS

Rhinestone Cowboy - Western Movie Montage
"Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy."

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"Like a rhinestone cowboy
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo..."

(azlyrics.com)

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WATER

California governor orders first ever water restrictions - Article + Video + Photos - 2 April 2015
"The governor of California has implemented the first mandatory water restrictions in the state's history.
The order implements a 25% reduction in water usage for cities and towns across the parched state..."

(BBC)

California governor orders historic water use restrictions due to drought - 2 April 2015
"California is in the midst of its worst drought ever recorded, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to mandate restrictions on water use for 39 million residents. The plan aims to cut overall water use by 25 percent. Omar Villafranca reports from South Lake Tahoe, California."

(YouTube)

 

 

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions - 1 April 2015
"Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient."

(gov.ca.gov)

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ROBOTS

Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs - Text + Audio + Video - 1 April 2015
"Robots are common in today’s world.
They manufacture cars, work in space, explore oceans, clean up oil spills and investigate dangerous environments.
And now, scientists at the University of Manchester are using a robot as a laboratory partner."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LINCOLN

A Few More Things About Abraham Lincoln
(neatorama.com)

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SLANG

15 Real Canadian Slang Terms And What They Actually Mean
(buzzfeed.com)

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FISH

Overfishing Opponent Wins Environment Prize - Text + Audio
"A leading American supporter of a method to prevent overfishing, Jane Lubchenco, has won a major environmental prize.
Jane Lubchenco served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013.
She won this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ANIMALS

TALK2US: Animal Idioms - VIDEO
"Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry
"The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project while at Goldsmiths College.
Just as the historic original embroidary does, the animation depicts the lead up to to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066.
Starts about halfway through the original work at the appearence of Halley's Comet and concludes at the Battle of Hastings.
Marc Sylvan redid the soundtrack to include orignal music and sound effects."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Dominique Leiba

 


KING ARTHUR

2 documents en lien avec la légende arthurienne
Créés par Marion Astrou (Ac. Montpellier)
- King Arthur's Legend (pdf)
- Sword in Stone (pdf)

The Sword In The Stone (Disney) - The Legend Of The Sword
"A legend is sung of when England was young
And knights were brave and bold
The good king had died and no one could decide
Who was rightful heir to the throne..."

(YouTube)
Read the rest below the video on YouTube.

 

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SELMA

Selma: Everything you didn't know but wanted to ask
""Bloody Sunday" was a catalyst for the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, paving the way for black voters across the country
to exercise their right. Find out what led up to the event and the impact it had on American history."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)

 

 

Selma to Montgomery March
"Vignettes from "Eyes On the Prize" relating to the March 7-21, 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches."

(YouTube)

 

 

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT VIDEOS
(history.com)

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HAPPINESS

And the secret to happiness is... - VIDEO
"CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the science of happiness."

(edition.cnn.com)
Thanks to Véronique Schied (Ac. Strasbourg)

 

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CHORES

I Need This Dog - VIDEO
(themetapicture.com)
Thanks to Bérangère BERGERON GIUDICELLI (Ac. Toulouse)

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Willa CATHER

Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
"WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author.
Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town.
He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Paul's Case - Video with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SUPERHEROES

Kapow! Attack of the feminist superheroes
"From She-Hulk to Ms Marvel and the new female Thor, a new generation of hero is revolutionising the world of comics
and consigning sexualised stereotypes to history. And while some of the ‘fan boys’ are grumbling, this is a battle they just won’t win."

(theguardian.com)
Thanks to Annie Payen (Ac. Limoges)


Why Spiderman is the BEST superHERO
"This video was done for a class debate with only a set number of superheroes to choose from..."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Laetitia Guigoz (Ac. Lille)

 

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OXFORD

Oxford Treasure Hunt
Created by Mrs BERGERON GIUDICELLI (Ac. Toulouse)

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GUNS

Guns With History
"States United To Prevent Gun Violence opens a "gun store" in NYC as a hidden camera social experiment to debunk safety myths.
Every gun has a history."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Annie Payen (Ac. Limoges)

 

 

Guns with History - a worksheet (.doc)
Created by Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)

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FOOD

English Fish n' Chips - London, UK Travel & Food Guide
"Walk into a chippy and experience London's tradition of Fish and chips."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 

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SCHOOL

600 students expelled for cheating (March 23, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Authorities in India's Bihar state have expelled around 600 high school students for cheating in their 10th grade examinations."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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IDIOMS

Green Means Spring and Other Things - Text + Audio
"Spring in the U.S. means the landscape is turning green.
So, it's only appropriate that we teach some green idioms and expressions! Some may surprise you.
Have you ever met a "green-eyed monster?" Is having a "green thumb" a good thing or something that needs a doctor's care?
Read on to find out."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GAMING

Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck - Text + Audio
"Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more.
Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities,
meaning their bodies are not growing properly."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

LE PRIX A PAYER Bande Annonce VOST
"Un documentaire choc sur l'évasion fiscale par le réalisateur de Survivre au Progrès..."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

 

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PRISONS

Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails - Text + Audio
+ Video: John Howard Association of Illinois, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient
"The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population.
One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state.
The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLAN / GRAMMAR

The Boxtrolls: Present and Past Modals for Advice and Regrets - a lesson
"This is a lovely movie with a moving story. It is a must. You can't miss this British animation."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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MATERIALS

Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century - Text + Audio + Quiz
"Graphene is a type of graphite mineral. Experts often call it 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties.
Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for new technology products.
Graphene is often described as a one-atom-thick layer of carbon."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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01/04/2015


APRIL FOOL

A Day for Fools - Text + Audio + Video: BEST CLASSROOM APRIL FOOLS PRANK EVER - 1 April 2015
"April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.
In France, it’s called Poisson d’Avril or “Fish of April.”
In Scotland, the holiday is often called “Gowkie Day.”
In Iraq, it is called Kithbet Neesan or “April Lie.”
In the U.S., it is a day of joking and playing tricks on friends."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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EASTER

EASTER
Which Easter words do you know? There are eight Easter words here. Can you match the words and the pictures?
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

The great egg hunt
"Watch Sam and Pam, Ben and Tess at the great egg hunt adventure. How many times can you hear the sounds g, o, c, k, e, u and r?"

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)


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SAINT GEORGE'S DAY

George and the dragon - Video + Words to story
+ Play a game: Find the words from the story in the wordsearch.

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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DRAGONS

Dragons
Craft - Games - Jokes - Short stories
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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HEALTH

Health
"This game is all about health. Read the clues and guess the health words."

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

I'm too ill - Video + Activity
"Siriwat isn't feeling very well. Can his dad and the doctor help him?"

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

The story of quinine - Video + Words to story + Activity
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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MONEY

A Richer World - Special report
(BBC)

Money makes you a bad person (March 20, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A researcher has made a report that says having a lot of money makes you a bad person."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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POLICE

Month in tech: Dubai serves and protects – quickly
"A roundup of the month's most compelling car-technology news...
Already well known for its Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador and Nissan GT-R fleet cars,
the city's police force just added the BMW i8 to its collection..."

(BBC)

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JEANS

Jean genie: The denim evolution - 1 April 2015
"From rugged workwear to fashion staple, denim jeans have gone from strength to strength.
Katya Foreman gets the skinny on the ubiquitous trousers."

(BBC)

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MUSIC / LESSON

Musical landscapes
"Pictures are probably the most often used prompts.
Here is an activity that combines physical movement, imagination, self-expression and pictures.

Preparation:
Bring to class reproductions of as many landscapes as there are students in the class and some background classical music."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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MIGRANTS

Syrian Journey: Choose your own route
"If you were fleeing Syria for Europe, what choices would you make for you and your family?
Take our journey to understand the real dilemmas the migrants face."

(BBC)

 

Dreaming of San Francisco in the Yucatan - 29 March 2015
"Many from the Mexican town of Oxkutzcab go to San Francisco, California, to work and bring money back to their families
- but returning home is not easy after years in the US."

(BBC)


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PETS

Mama Dog Saves All 9 Puppies from Forest Fire by Burying Them in a Hole - 01/04/2015
"Last week, there was a huge forest fire near Valparaiso, Chile.
A mama dog found a way to save all 9 of her young puppies.
She buried them in a hole, which protected them from the fire. Rescue workers found them there..."

(neatorama.com)

 

 

Ad of the Day — Pet Cat In-FUR-mercial
"Cats aren't just great alarm clocks, they're also excellent sleeping masks.
This ad, produced for the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, parodies those cheesy infomercial spots
that present miracle solutions to everyday problems (see here for examples).
In this case, however, the gadget that solves all of your problems is a cat! Find out more at NewPetNow.com."

+ Interactive activity + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 


Ad of the Day — Pet Dog In-FUR-mercial
+ Interactive activity + LESSON IDEAS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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HAMLET / CARTOON

Animated Cartoon — Tubby, or Not Tubby
"Everyone knows that Hamlet is a play by Shakespeare whose eponymous hero delivers the famous 'to be, or not to be' soliloquy.
However, Hamlet is also a 'perennially out-of-work thespian pig' (ham-let, geddit?) in Harry Venning's strip cartoon of the same name,
which appears in The Stage. This is an animated version of that cartoon."
+ COMMENTARY + TRANSCRIP
T + Note + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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APPLE WATCH / CARTOON

Apple Watch Cartoon by Kipper Williams
+ THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + GRAMMAR + VOCABULARY + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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VOCABULARY

Knoword - A Web-Based Word Game
OVERVIEW + COMMENTS + LESSON IDEA + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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HOLIDAY

Role Play — Choosing a Holiday Destination
"If you're a teacher, you can download the activity file here and modify it as necessary for your own students.
You may also be interested in this  travel questionnaire."

+ NOTE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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LOVE

Artoo In Love
"Follow our intrepid, droid-hero R2-D2 as he tries to find love in our galaxy."

(YouTube)

 

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AGE

How Old Is She?!
"Some girls, you just can't tell... same with guys."

(YouTube)
"Wong Fu Productions shows us how difficult it can be to scope someone out, as a guy tries to figure out exactly how old an attractive woman is. Is she jailbait? His Mom's age? You don't just ask a stranger how old she is, but why didn’t he just ask her if she’s in school?
That wouldn’t have hurt any feelings. As it is, we get way too much other information about her.
But there’s a twist: as he is scoping her out, she’s also trying to figure him out!"

(Neatorama)

 

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