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3/04/2016


LESSONS

10 facts you should know about Vincent van Gogh
(teded.tumblr.com)

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair - a lesson
(ed.ted.com)

 

 

If The World Were 100 People - a lesson
(ed.ted.com)

 

 

5 TED-Ed Lessons about awesome women in history - lessons with videos
1. The pharaoh that wouldn’t be forgotten
2. The true story of Sacajawea
3. The contributions of female explorers
4. The wars that inspired Game of Thrones
5. The immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks
(blog.ed.ted.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea Jams GPS, Launches Missile - Text + Audio - 1 April 2016
"North Korea has jammed GPS signals in South Korea and launched another missile into the Sea of Japan.
The action came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama met with leaders of South Korea, Japan and China
to discuss North Korean nuclear threat and its sanctions."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WATER

What would happen if you didn’t drink water? - Mia Nacamulli - a lesson
(ed.ted.com)

 

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US STORY

The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte - Text + Audio + Video
"Life in the American West was hard. During the California Gold Rush, it was also very dangerous.
This story by Bret Harte tells of a small group of people forced to leave their town.
Read about their struggle to survive a journey in the freezing Sierra Nevada mountains.
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(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRAINS

Women-only train cars starting in Germany - a lesson with AUDIO (March 31, 2016)
"A train operator in Germany is launching a women and children only service on its trains.
The initiative for the segregated carriages is an attempt to help women feel safe."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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SUPERHEROES

Marvel's Civil War Animated in 4 Minutes | Bite-Size Comics
(YouTube)

 

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PIRATES

It's Great to Be a Pirate!- a song
(YouTube)

 

The pirates song - with a printable activity
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Talk Like a Pirate Day
(talklikeapirate.com)

Green Mist Mysteries
(timewarptrio.com)

The Not-So-Jolly Roger - a lesson
timewarptrio.com

Pirates - Free Presentations in PowerPoint format
(themes.pppst.com)

Map of Treasure Island
Pirate Vocabulary List (Followed by two crossword puzzles)
Pirate Vocabulary Puzzle One - Words (Use with Vocab List above)
Pirate Vocabulary Puzzle One - Phrases (Use with Vocab List above)
Parts of a Ship Worksheet (Followed by two diagrams)
Parts of a Ship Parts Numbered (Goes with worksheet)
Parts of a Ship Parts Labeled (Goes with worksheet)

(tamrootbeer.com)

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Thanks to Sophie Morin (Ac. Orléans-Tours)


POLICE


From the film: 'Avril et le Monde truqué' (2015)

Police Body Cameras: What Do You See? - a lesson
(nytimes.com)

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CINEMA

The Best Boardroom and Meeting Scenes in Movies - with VIDEOS
(azeusconvene.com)

The 10 Best Dark Comedies of All-Time - with PHOTOS and VIDEOS
(tvovermind.com)

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GOD

Michelangelo to Morissette - The 10 best representations of God in culture
(theguardian.com)

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OBESITY

More obese people in the world than underweight, says study - 1 April 2016
"Obesity in men has tripled and more than doubled in women."

(BBC)

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CAMEL RACING

Identity 2016: Camel racing, a market worth millions - Article + Photos + Video - 1 April 2016
(BBC)

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REFUGEES

Migrant crisis: Eight injured in clashes at Piraeus camp near Athens - 1 April 2016
"Afghans and Syrians are said to have taken part in the three-hour brawl there, where thousands of people live in filthy conditions."

(BBC)

Turkey 'illegally returning Syrian refugees' - Amnesty - 1 April 2016
(BBC)

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TRUMP

The word of the month (March 2016): TRUMP

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1/04/2016


SHAKESPEARE

Do you know how many plays Shakespeare wrote?
Watch and find out! William Shakespeare is one of our 'Shakespeare Lives' videos,
about his life and some of his most famous plays.

+ Games and activities to print
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

"We have six special videos adapted for children, which tell the stories of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays,
 including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Each video comes with games and a downloadable worksheet."

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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DRONES

New Drones Could Improve Weather Predictions - Text + Audio + Video- 31 March 2016
"Scientists are working to develop unmanned planes that can gather information from different levels of the Earth’s atmosphere;
the information will help weather experts increase the accuracy of their forecasts."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISIS

Palmyra May Be in Better Condition Than Expected - Text + Audio - 31 March 2016
"Syrian forces backed by Russian air strikes took back control over the ancient city of Palmyra in the last week.
Islamic State militants had held the city for about 10 months.
The first look at the city showed that its ancient artifacts were in better shape than many predicted."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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"WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE"

The President Reads "Where the Wild Things Are" - April 13, 2009
"President Obama opens kids' eyes by reading Maurice Sendak's picture book "Where the Wild Things Are"
at the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll on April 13, 2009."

(YouTube)

 

 

Max et les Maximonstres - Bande Annonce Officielle (VOST) - Spike Jonze
"Un film réalisé par Spike Jonze. Privé de dîner par sa mère après avoir été insolent, le jeune Max s'enfuit de chez lui pour un voyage
vers une île peuplée de créatures, les Maximonstres (Where the Wild Things Are en version originale) dont il devient le roi."

(YouTube)

 

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FAST FOOD

Top 10 Horrifying Confessions of Fast Food Workers — TopTenzNet
(YouTube)

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IDIOMS

45 Idioms About the Number One
(dailywritingtips.com)

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LESSONS

 

Pet Mania - a lesson
"This lesson is about pets and some tasks are suitable
for very low levels."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

 


Let's Learn English - A New Video Course for Beginners

Lesson 7: What Are You Doing?
+ COMMENT + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 


Tomorrowland: Future with WILL
- a lesson

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

 


The Other Pair
- a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film
by Farda Shemal titled The Other Pair
and the themes of altruism and empathy.
Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story."

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1)
Time: 60 minutes

Language: Vocabulary related to shoes, narrative tenses
(film-english.com)

 

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US ELECTIONS

Great Word Clouds From Democratic & Republican Debates - 28 March 2016
+ NY Times Publishes Presidential Debate Word Cloud That’s Perfect For ELLs & Others by Larry Ferlazzo - 11 March 2016
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

Cartoon: Don't Go to Europe! - 29 March 2016
BACKGROUND 1 + BACKGROUND 2 + THE CARTOON + NOTE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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DRUGS

Drug Traffickers Dig Tunnel Into US - Text + Audio - 29 March 2016
"It began at a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico and ended at a house in a quiet part of Calexico, California.
Police have been watching it since it began being used in February. More than 75 tunnels have been found along the border in the last five years."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ART

13 Optical illusions by Octavio Ocampo
(demotivateur.fr)
Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 

Ai Weiwei (Chinese: 艾未未; pinyin: Ài Wèiwèi,  English pronunciation (help·info); "born 28 August 1957 in Beijing)
is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist.[1][2] Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron
as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics.[3"

(Wikipedia)

 

Ai Weiwei - 97 Artworks, Biography & Shows
(artsy.net)


'With wind'

'The wave'

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SONGS


CocoRosie - We Are On Fire

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"A marvel light, a daze of gold
Tears of a grass widow
When I was young, I thought I’d be
more than just a fantasy"

(azlyrics.com)

 

Jars Of Clay - Flood
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"Rain, rain on my face
It hasn't stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud"

(azlyrics.com)

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MIGRANTS

Mexico turning child migrants back to face violence in Central America - 31 March 2016
"A new Human Rights Watch report says thousands of vulnerable minors, many fleeing violent gangs, are being sent back,
with only 1% granted refugee status."

(theguardian.com)

Austrian border plan risks turning South Tyrol into emblem of EU disintegration - 31 March 2016
"Region once seen as a symbol of Europe’s peaceful cohesion braces for Austrian effort to contain migration crisis."

(theguardian.com)

British public must be told truth about immigration figures ahead of EU referendum, says watchdog - 30 March 2016
SEE Migration to the UK in 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

Through the Wall
"A short documentary about a family divided by the US/Mexico border..."

(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

 

Canadian priest claims to have gambled away funds earmarked for Iraqi refugees - 30 March 2016
(theguardian.com)

Start of migrants' desert trek to Europe - VIDEO - 30 March 2016
"Agadez - The start of the desert trek from Africa to Europe
More than 13,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year by sea, crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa.
But before they reach Libya, many migrants will have undertaken a perilous journey of up to six days across the Sahara in extreme temperatures.
The jumping-off point for the desert trek is Agadez, in Niger, through which 100,000 migrants are estimated to have passed in the last year alone."

(BBC)

 

 

Bulgaria's vigilante migrant 'hunter' - 30 March 2016
"A Bulgarian trader in spare parts for buses has become a national celebrity after starting to patrol the Turkish border "hunting" for migrants.
Many Bulgarians applaud his vigilante initiative, though others are deeply troubled."

(BBC)

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TRAINERS

The world's most expensive trainers - VIDEO - 30 March 2016
(BBC)

 

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TRANSPORTS

New electric driver training car is designed specifically for 5-10 years olds - 31 March 2016
"Budding drivers are to be given a chance to get behind the wheel from as young as five
thanks to a “state-of-the-art” car that could go on sale for about £5,000."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Whatever floats your boat - the unstoppable growth of themed cruises - 31 March 2016
"Show-stopping rock band Kiss were always going to go the extra - nautical - mile."

(BBC)


"Sixthman uses vast ships for its music cruises."

The 10 most beautiful bicycles - PHOTOS
(BBC)

Can you identify these cars from film and TV?
"Hover over or tap each image to reveal the vehicle’s identity."

(BBC)

 

Ten quintessentially British cars - with PHOTOS
(BBC)

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TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Seeing AI app (audio description version)
"Saqib is a core Microsoft developer living in London, who lost the use of his eyes at age 7. He found inspiration in computing and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project that helps people who are visually impaired or blind to better understand who and what is around them. The app is built using intelligence APIs from Microsoft Cognitive Services (www.microsoft.com/cognitive). Access the original version of this video at https://youtu.be/R2mC-NUAmMk."

 

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OPERATION OPSON V

Largest-ever seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-Europol operation - 30 March 2016
"More than 10,000 tonnes and one million litres of hazardous fake food and drink have been seized in operations across 57 countries
in an INTERPOL-Europol coordinated initiative to protect public health and safety...
+10,000 tonnes and 1 million litres of fake food and drink seized, including monkey meat."

(europol.europa.eu)

 

Crime Prevention Advice
(europol.europa.eu)

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ROBOTS

Microsoft knows we will lose in robot war, argues for coexistence - 30 March 2016
"At today's Microsoft Build press conference, Nadella said of the not-so-distant-future, "It’s not going to be about man versus machine,
it’s going to be about man with machines." The line addresses a sincere concern held by esteemed scientists like Stephen Hawking
that artificial intelligence could one day eliminate human life."

(theverge.com)

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BULLYING

Sexist bullying 'can make bright girls feel unfeminine' - 31 March 2016
"Girls feel they have to choose between being attractive or clever because of sexist name calling in schools, a teachers' union leader has warned."

(BBC)

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SELFIES

Cartoon: Dangerous Selfies - 31 March 2016
BACKGROUND + CARTOON + EXPLANATION + GRAMMAR + COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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SPACE / CINEMA

The last man on the moon on crash-landings, losing his wife and watching an 'Earth-rise' - Article + Photos + Video - 31 March 2016
"Propelled by rocket fuel, ego and tunnel vision, Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon.
Now a new film tells his amazing story, from the crash that charred his helmet to the ‘spacewalk from hell’...
The Last Man on the Moon, a new documentary that gives the naturally reticent astronaut, now 82, a chance to tell his story."

(theguardian.com)

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RIO 2016

How the arms race has become the Rio 2016 Olympics’ biggest event - 30 March 2016
"Rio de Janeiro will deploy 85,000 security personnel for the summer Games, double those at London 2012,
in a growth industry which has become more than just a racket."

(theguardian.com)

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LONDON

Parking fines are no match for the Saudi tourist and his fleet of gold supercars - 30 March 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)


Saudi playboy prince touring London with £1m fleet of supercars - even his cheetah gets a seat

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AIR POLLUTION

Indoor air pollution kills millions every year - Dyson has a solution - 31 March 2016
"Known as the Dyson Pure Cool Link fan, the product will also be Dyson’s first ever foray into the connected home,
launched along with an app that tracks the air quality in your home or office, and alerts you to change."

(telegraph.co.uk)


James Dyson with the two air purifiers

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PUNS

50 shops around the world with the punniest names
(imgur.com)

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MUSIC

35 Facts about Rock Bands - mental_floss List Show Ep. 413
(YouTube)

 

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CINEMA

Point Break (2015) "is a 2015 3D American action thriller film directed by Ericson Core and written by Kurt Wimmer...
Extreme sport athlete Johnny Utah and his friend Jeff are traversing a steep ridgeline on motorbikes...
For the numerous stunts performed in the film, Core gather a group of the best snowboarders, free rock climbers, big wave surfers,
high-speed motocross riders and wingsuit pilots in the world and filmed them, essentially, as actors.[7] "
(Wikipedia)

Point Break, Reborn: How The Greatest Movie Stunt of All Time Was Made
(mensjournal.com)



 

 

This Year's 20 Most Adventurous Videos - with PHOTOS
(mensjournal.com)

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COPS

10 Good Guy Cops - with photos and videos
"Here are some fun stories of police going above and beyond their duties in the best possible way."

(neatorama.com)

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