Top 10 Facts - Futurama
"The future worlds brought to life by our favorite sci-fi franchises are generally either bright and technologically advanced
or dark and apocalyptic, and yet somehow Futurama manages to be both.
There are bright elements, like the overabundance of owls on the streets of New New York, and futuristic elements, like signs written in
seemingly alien languages and drunken robots like Bender. The dark and apocalyptic? Poplers, Slurm and sewer mutants, just to name a few...
You can watch this informative video created by Top10Memes and discover a thing or ten about the fantastic world of Futurama
in about eight minutes! "
New Movie Shows an Unseen Underwater World- Text + Audio + Video - 18 April 2015
"Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans.
The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet.
There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified."
Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language - Text + Audio
"This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one.
There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard!
Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station!" (learningenglish.voanews.com)
David Hasselhoff - True Survivor(from "Kung Fury")
(musixmatch.com) Kung Fury
"is an upcoming Swedish martial arts comedy film written and directed by, and starring David Sandberg.
It is a homage to 1980s martial arts and police action films."
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
"Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors.
Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship?
Read the second of three parts."
San Francisco Artists Make Art from Trash- Text + Audio + Video- 17 April 2015
"One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure for A local recycling company in San Francisco called Recology.
The company created a program to give artists the opportunity to re-use unwanted objects.
It shows how a little imagination can change one person’s trash into another’s art work."
The Leftovers: Past Modals for Speculation - a lesson
"This is the second post based on a TV series. The Leftovers is an intriguing HBO dramatic series
and its first scene is perfect for modals for speculation."
Up close with drone racers at an Aerial Grand Prix- 13 April 2015
"The popularity of drones has grown rapidly over the last 12 months and now there is a contest where pilots can test their piloting skills
while flying around an obstacle course at speeds of 60 mph (100 kph)."
Top 10 Most Adrenaline Pumping Hiking Trails and Bridges 10. Trift Bridge, Switzerland
9. Heaven's Gate + Big Gate Road + Glass Skywalk Trail, China
8. Ha'iku Stairs, Hawaii
7. Yosemite's Half Dome, USA
6. Keshwa Chaca, Peru
5. Hussaini Bridge, Pakistan
4. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Stairs of Death, Peru
3. Angels Landing, USA
2. El Caminito del Rey, Spain
1. Hua Shan Trail, China
"The Ghost of Earth Day Present" - a Master Shift original short
"Be a part of the biggest grass-roots event in history by planting a tree on EARTH DAY, APRIL 22ND, 2015 as a “give back” to Earth...
It's an old Native American tradition that when you take something from the Earth, you must put something back.
Our goal is to plant one billion seeds/trees."
Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)
California Limits Water Use Because of Dry Weather- Text + Audio + Video - 9 April 2015
"Governor Jerry Brown is ordering Californians to reduce their water use by 25 percent.
Some communities are developing new measures to control water use.
Golf courses and other major water users will face new restrictions.
California homeowners are being paid to remove grass from their property."
Apple Makes 'the Best Smartwatch,' Not for Everyone - Text + Audio - 9 April 2015
"After several days of using the new Apple Watch, many reviewers called it “the best smart watch”
but others wondered if the watch is for everyone.
Customers will have to pay at least $349 for the least expensive model or as much as $17,000 for the Apple Watch Edition."
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part One - Text + Audio+ Video
"This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery.
What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out."
America Remembers Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination - Text + Audio - 13 April 2015
"This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed.
Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.
President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated."
"Tom and Alex talk about their everyday activities."
(YouTube) Thanks to Juliette Paries
Ad of the Day — Dishes
"This great new ad for the dishwasher detergent Finish runs through the various types of human activities
that might make a mess of plates, bowls and glasses — and it turns out pretty much all of them do." VOCABULARY+ Interactive activity
Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Campaign for President- Text + Audio - 14 April 2015
“I’m running for president." Hillary Clinton kicks off her anticipated campaign for the presidency with a video posted on YouTube.
With her second run for the White House, the former first lady and Secretary of State is hoping
to become the first female president of the United States."
Guide to the US Presidential Campaign, Part One - 12 April 2015
"Every four years Americans go to the polls in November to pick a president.
Americans will elect the next president in November of 2016.
Although the election is still more than a year away, candidates have been announcing they are running.
The candidates will compete in caucuses and primaries."
American Expressions in the Home - Text + Audio
"Some people enjoy spending a lot of time in their homes to make them nice places to live.
This is called nesting or cocooning. From couch potatoes to cabin fever - learn some great idioms that have to do with the home."
News Words: Ringleader - VIDEO
"What does it mean if someone is a ringleader? Listen to this word used to describe someone in an international news story.
Our hosts explain the meaning and origin of the word."
A generation of cyberslackers- 9 April 2015
"Millennials are more likely than Gen Xers or baby boomers to report that their productivity suffers at work
because of smartphone distractions and ‘cyberslacking’ on the Internet."
"The act of avoiding work and/or other responsibilities by scouring the internet in search of games or other non-work related amusements."
India to Monitor Air Pollution in 10 Cities- Text + Audio- 8 April 2015
"The Indian capital of New Delhi recently passed Beijing, China, for having the world’s most polluted air.
Now, Indian PM Narendra Modi is launching a national air quality index to monitor pollution levels in 10 of the country’s major cities.
Mr. Modi launched the air quality index this week."
Robot Helps Heal Human Muscle Damage- Text + Audio + Video - 9 April 2015
"A Polish company has developed a robot that helps therapists.
The robot tells therapists about their patients progress and can choose the best exercises
to help rehabilitate people with injuries that affect movement.
Egzotech expects to have other robots ready for sale later this year."
Lee Surrenders! … 150 Years Ago- Text + Audio
"April 9 marks the 150th anniversary of Southern General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Northern General Ulysses S. Grant.
His surrender meant the end of the U.S. Civil War. One historian says the dramatic event is one of the most important in U.S. history." + RELATED ARTICLES (Audio)
Storytelling: Carnival crime - a lesson
"This particular lesson focuses on extended listening skills and getting students to actively participate in the storytelling process,
allowing them to use their prediction skills in a creative and fun way. It draws on materials from the British Council LearnEnglish site." Topic: Carnival in Brazil and a diamond theft
Level: Elementary level or higher
Timing: 60-90 mins
- To develop extended listening and prediction skills in young learners using a short story
To reinforce the use of the simple past tense
Apple Watch 'Guided Tour' Video
"With the launch date of the Apple Watch fast approaching (April 24, in case you're interested),
Apple released a series of four 'guided tour' videos last Friday.
Even if, like me, you have no interest in buying the Apple Watch, you've got to admire the way
in which they create desire in their potential customers. Here's the video entitled 'Messages'." + Interactive activity + NOTE + Related articles
'Taking one minute at a time' - freed death row inmate - 7:57 - 7 April 2015
"Anthony Ray Hinton was released from prison in Alabama on Friday after 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.
Prosecutors dropped the case against him when new ballistics tests contradicted the only evidence
that linked him to the murders of two restaurant managers in 1985.
He believes racism played a part in his conviction."
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Logo History (1917-2015) HD- 4:34
"Movies featured in this video:
Polly of the Circus, Wild Oranges, He Who Gets Slapped, White Shadows in the South Seas, Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove,
Quo Vadis, The Cobweb, Lust for Life, The Wings of Eagles, Raintree County, Poltergeist, Rocky 4 and Skyfall.
TV shows featured in this video:
The Captain and the Kids and Tom & Jerry.
Lions featured in this video:
1. Slats (1917–1928)
2. Jackie (1928–1956)
3. Telly (1927-1932)
4. Coffee (1932-1934)
5. Tanner (1934–1956)
6. George (1956–1958)
7. Leo (1957–2015)"
A Big Day for US Sports Fans- Text + Audio- 6 April 2015
"Millions of Americans will attend opening day of Major League Baseball, a league of professional baseball players, on April 6.
Then, at night, millions of people will watch on television as Duke University and the University of Wisconsin battle
for the National Collegiate Athletic Association."
Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?- Text + Audio+ Quiz- 5 April 2015
"Should people be allowed to smoke in their homes even if children live there?
Or is smoking around children a type of child abuse?
Secondhand smoke and kids is one of the latest issues in the great smoking debate.
Read on to learn about smoking trends and illnesses caused by secondhand smoke."
Solar Impulse plane lands in China - 30 March 2015
"Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight...
The team will use the time in Chongqing to promote renewable energy as part of its "future is clean" campaign."
Solar Impulse Plane Takes Flight
"Forget fossil fuel, this plane is driven by energy from the sun!
Anthony woke up at the crack of dawn to watch the amazing Solar Impulse take to the sky."