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21/04/2015


FUTURAMA

Top 10 Facts - Futurama
(YouTube)
"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! "

(Neatorama)

 

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CINEMA / OCEANS

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IDIOMS / RAILROADS

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)

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SUPERHEROES

The Cost of Being a Superhero: Then and Now - an infographic
(vamers.com)
Thanks to Laurence Bernard (Ac. Martinique)

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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”
"Knowing a Van Gogh painting when you see it is one thing, but understanding it is quite another."

(neatorama.com)

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SONG

David Hasselhoff - True Survivor (from "Kung Fury")
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
(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."

(Wikipedia)

 

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MIGRANTS

Cartoon: The EU and the Migrant Boat Disaster
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Hilary 2016 - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

 

Private Eye Cover — Hillary to Run for President
COMMENT + EXPLANATION + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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LITERATURE

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two - Video with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MEDICINE

Types of medicines
(theenglishstudent.com)
Thanks to Anne-Sophie Saint-Sulpice (Ac. Lyon)

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ART

Big City Life: Musée à ciel ouvert dans Rome - PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)


'Le Poids de l'Histoire' - 2014

 

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LINCOLN

20 Facts About Abraham Lincoln (And His Family) - mental_floss on YouTube - List Show (308)
(YouTube)

 

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FOOD

16 Barbecue Styles Around the World (other than the Classic American Barbecue) - with PHOTOS
(whenonearth.net)

10 Foodie Cities for the Vegan and Vegetarian Traveler - with PHOTOS
(whenonearth.net)

In the cafe where you can pay what you want, what would you choose?
"Cafes serving meals made with ‘intercepted’ ingredients that were destined for landfill are opening up across the UK.
You simply add up your own bill."

(theguardian.com)
Thanks to Gaëlle Lantin (Ac. La Réunion)

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16/04/2015


US ELECTIONS

Cartoon: House of Clinton Season 2 - 16 April 2015
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + COMMENT + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE

What is... figurative language?
(pinterest.com)

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15/04/2015


EASTER

The Easter Parade - New York City - a worksheet
Activités proposées par Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)
(emdl.fr)

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

25 maps that explain the English language
(vox.com)

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GRAMMAR / LESSON

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."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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DRONES

France's anti-drone drone can spot malicious pilots in under a minute - 13 April 2015
"Paris has been hit with a spate of anonymously-piloted drones 
flying over key landmarks, government buildings and even a nuclear power station...
Thankfully, French firm ECA has been quick to respond to the potential threat,
building an anti-drone drone that can hunt down drones and identify their pilots."

(engadget.com)

 

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)."

(BBC)

 

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SLEEP

In Pictures: Strange places people fall asleep - 14 April 2015
"A baggage handler in the US caused a plane to make a priority landing when he fell asleep in the cargo hold whilst loading."

(BBC)

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HIKING

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

(YouTube)

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RIGHTS of the CHILD

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Child Friendly Language
(pinterest.com)

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EARTH DAY

"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."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)

 

GOING GREEN! (Earth Day song for kids about the 3 R's- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!)
(YouTube)
Thanks to Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

 

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WATER

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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APPLE WATCH

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." 

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LITERATURE

Top 10 Notes: The Hound of the Baskervilles
LESSON CREATED BY MARIE-HÉLÈNE FASQUEL USING TedED 
VIDEO FROM WatchMojo.com YOUTUBE CHANNEL

(ed.ted.com)

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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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part One - Video with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Far From the Madding Crowd
 (1874) "is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success." 

(Wikipedia)

 

Far from the Madding Crowd  "is an upcoming 2015 British romantic drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg...
 It is an adaptation of the 1874 novel of the same name by Thomas Hardy. This film marks the fourth time this novel became a film...
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong farm owner Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor."

(Wikipedia)

 

The four elements in Far From the Madding Crowd, novel and film: Romanticism versus naturalism
(celis.univ-bpclermont.fr)

Essays for "Far from the Madding Crowd" 
(123helpme.com


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PRONUNCIATION

How to Pronounce Mobile
(dailywritingtips.com)

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LINCOLN

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD

Environmental Group Opposes Genetically-Engineered Rice - Video - 13 April 2015
"“Golden rice” could help save millions from dying from a lack of Vitamin A.
But GMO opponents say the rice might be more dangerous than its supporters admit."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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This is Britain Food
(with subtitles) - 5:28
(YouTube)
Thanks to Juliette Paries

 

 

Food and drink - 3:44
"Tom visits Alex's new house for lunch."
(YouTube)
Thanks to Juliette Paries

 

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EVERY DAY ACTIVITIES

Everyday activities
"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
(englishblog.com)

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POLICE

Cartoon: South Carolina Police Shooting - 13 April 2015
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: South Carolina Shooting - 12 April 2015
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + LANGUAGE + NOTE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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ZOO

Learn English With Photos 20 - Dartmoor Zoo
"In this final episode of Learn English With Photos, we visit Dartmoor Zoo, which was the inspiration for the 2011 movie "We Bought a Zoo".
You can download a PDF transcript and glossary for this episode here, and watch all 19 previous lessons on YouTube."

+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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US ELECTIONS (2016)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Cartoon: Hillary for President?
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + NOTE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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UK ELECTION

UK election: A guide for non-Brits - BBC News
"The process of forming a new British government may seem befuddling to outsiders,
so the BBC's Rob Watson has set out to explain the process."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Martine Jacques (Ac. Nancy-Metz)

 


HOME / IDIOMS

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VOCABULARY

Issues vs. Problems
(dailywritingtips.com)


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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ART

MoMA EXHIBITION - ONE-WAY TICKET / JACOB LAWRENCE'S MIGRATION SERIES
"An in-depth look at Jacob Lawrence's landmark 1941 painting series about the mass movement of African Americans
from the rural South to the urban North...
Explore the social and cultural nuances of each of the sixty panels in Lawrence’s series here."

(moma.org)


"L'EXPO REPREND LE TITRE DU POEME ET DU RECUEIL DE LANGSTON HUGHES "ONE-WAY TICKET" ILLUSTRE PAR JACOB LAWRENCE"
+ VIDEOS
(myschoolbag.eklablog.com)

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Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 

10/04/2015

PRESENT PERFECT

Révision du PRESENT PERFECT à travers les fabuleuses expériences de Bob Fergusson, notre reporter préféré!
par Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)
- Bob Fergusson - Travel experiences
- Bob Fergusson - Video

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UFOS

Has YOUR neighbourhood been buzzed by aliens?
Interactive graphic shows the location of EVERY official UFO sighting around the world between 1933 and 2015.

(dailymail.co.uk)

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09/04/2015


CYBERSLACKERS

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."

(BBC)

'Cyberslacking':
"The act of avoiding work and/or other responsibilities by scouring the internet in search of games or other non-work related amusements."

(investopedia.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CATS and DOGS

Why We Love Cats and Dogs (Documentary in HD)
(YouTube)

 

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ROBOT

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CIVIL WAR

The Gentleman's Agreement That Ended the Civil War
"150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War...
On April 9, 1865, generals Grant and Lee met at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia to hash out the terms of the Confederate surrender. It was the welcome end of a long and bloody war, but the American government and the Union brass had no desire to punish their defeated enemy further...
Read the story of the historic meeting at Smithsonian."

(neatorama.com)


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)
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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08/04/2015


TALES / SIMPLE PAST

Une séquence créée par Alice Johns (Ac. Nice) :

"Je viens de monter une séquence de 5ème basée autour des contes et dont l'objectif est la découverte du prétérit simple. 

Voici 3 activités : 

- une basée sur "the little mermaid"  pour travailler le verbe BE au preterit simple     


- une basée sur "the princess and the frog" pour travailler les verbes réguliers et irréguliers 


- une basée sur "Cinderella" pour travailler les 3 types de phrases au prétérit simple"  

 


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FRIENDSHIP

The Abyss ("Le Gouffre")
"An inspiring tale about friendship, sacrifice and conquering the impossible."
(vimeo.com)

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CRIME

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
Aims:
- To develop extended listening and prediction skills in young learners using a short story
- To reinforce the use of the simple past tense

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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APPLE WATCH

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 
(englishblog.com)

 

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RESCUE

Hero man throws himself into frozen lake to save duck trapped under ice
"THESE EXTRAORDINARY photos show the moment a selfless animal lover leapt into action
to save a duck trapped under a thick layer of ice – before giving it mouth-to-mouth."

(express.co.uk)

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US PRESIDENTS

Those Wacky U.S. Presidents
"John Adams started smoking when he was 8 years old.
Harry S. Truman would get up at 5:00AM so he could practice the piano for two hours..."

(neatorama.com)

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07/04/2015


DEATH PENALTY

'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."

(BBC)

 

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ART

How did Banksy become the world's most famous vandal?
(BBC)

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MGM LOGO

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Logo History (1917-2015) HD - 4:34
(YouTube)

"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)"


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CARS

20 cars that changed the world - with PHOTOS - 6 April 2015
(BBC)

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MENTAL DISORDERS

Mental disorders of cartoon characters
(sciencedump.com)

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GUNS

Rihanna - Man Down
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"Oh, mama, mama, mama
I just shot a man down
In central station
In front of a big ol' crowd..."

(azlyrics.com)

 

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BASEBALL

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SMOKING

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GRAPHENE

Graphene Manufacturing Picks Up in US - VIDEO
"The carbon-based material is being used more and more in the development of valuable, new technologies."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SOLAR IMPULSE PLANE

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."

(BBC)

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."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Armelle Meyer (Ac. Bordeaux)

 


IDIOMS

Expressions From the World of Bugs - Text + Audio - 4 April 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GRAMMAR / LESSON

The Amazing Spider Man: Indefinite Articles, Vocabulary Practice - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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PLAGIARISM

A Plagiarism Guide for Students
(whoishostingthis.com)

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