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11/04/2017


MIGRANTS

French camp reduced to "heap of ashes" - VIDEO - 11 April 2017
"The blaze at Grand Scythe camp started after a fight between migrants, say officials."

(BBC)

Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’ - 10 April 2017
"UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in African nation that has slid into violent chaos since overthrow of Gaddafi."

(theguardian.com)

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TERRORISM

World Condemns Egypt Church Bombings - Text + Audio - 10 April 2017
"The day after at least 45 people were killed in terrorist attacks, Egyptian Christians were burying their dead. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. And a state of emergency into effect because of fears of more violence."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Egypt's Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday - with a video - 9 April 2017
"At least 31 people have died in Egypt after blasts targeted Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday...
In December last year, 25 people died when a bomb exploded at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo during a service.
And in February, militants from the Islamic State group warned of more attacks against Copts, who make up about 10% of Egypt's population."

(BBC)

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TRUMP

North Korea 'ready for war' after US redeploys navy strike team - 11 April 2017
(theguardian.com)

'From now on we will respond with force - Russia threatens military retaliation over Syria as Boris Johnson warns US could make further air strikes
- 10 April 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Russian arrested in Spain over US election 'hacking' - 10 April 2017
"Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in "hacking" the US election, Spanish press reports say."

(BBC)

US Sends Navy Strike Group to Korean Peninsula - Text + Audio + Pictures - 10 April 2017
"The U.S. Navy has sent a strike group to waters near the Korean Peninsula as a show of force to North Korea. A spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command described the deployment as a "prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea missiles: US warships deployed to Korean peninsula - 9 April 2017
"The US military has ordered a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula, amid growing concerns
about North Korea's missile programme."

(BBC)


The Carl Vinson is now heading towards the Korean peninsula

 

The world reacts to Trump’s Syria missile strikes – video report
"Donald Trump announced on Thursday evening that he launched a missile attack against Syria, targeting the airbase where he said the chemical attack that killed dozens of people was launched. The Syrian army and Russia condemned the strikes, while the UK, along with other US allies, supported the decision. China did not explicitly condemn the US, but said they were opposed to the use of force, even though they are against the use of chemical weapons. Chinese president Xi Jinping is currently at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida estate."
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Russian and Syrian TV claim to show airbase damage from US airstrike - video
(theguardian.com)

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MALALA

Malala named youngest ever UN Ambassador of Peace - with photos and videos - 11 April 2017
"The 19-year-old, who became the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize in 2014, will take up the role with a special focus on girls' education."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIL

Isil militants attack British special forces base in Syria - 10 April 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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DEATH PENALTY

Amnesty criticises 'rogue state' China as global death penalty toll falls - 11 April 2017
"Rights group calls on Beijing to publish figures to allow informed debate about use of capital punishment."

(theguardian.com)

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MOSUL ZOO

Mosul zoo's last survivors, Simba the lion and Lula the bear, flown to safety - 11 April 2017
"The animals were found covered in dirt and excrement and abandoned in their cages in February."

(theguardian.com)

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POACHERS

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers at national park - 9 April 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Panama Papers investigation wins Pulitzer prize - 11 April 2017
"Guardian and other media organisations collaborated on series of stories exposing offshore secrets of rich and famous."

(theguardian.com)

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TALLEST BUILDING

World’s 5th Tallest Building Opens in South Korea - Text + Audio + Video + Pictures - 8 April 2017
"The fifth-tallest building in the world, the Lotte World Tower, has opened in South Korea.
The 123-story structure is the country’s tallest building, rising 555 meters above the Seoul skyline."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Martin VAN BUREN

Martin Van Buren: Just OK - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video
"If you have ever said "OK," you have remembered this mostly-forgotten president."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MARS

Humans to Mars Official NASA Goal, But What About Radiation? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 9 April 2017
"Getting humans to Mars is now an official goal of NASA, the American space agency. A new U.S. law gives more money to the agency.
But getting to Mars means having to deal with damaging radiation in space. Scientists are looking at ways to protect astronauts."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GREAT BARRIER REEF

'Horrific' Great Barrier Reef damage as scientists record first back-to-back years of serious coral bleaching - 10 April 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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08/04/2017


SEQUENCE

"Voici une séquence qui permet de retrouver Jim Ricotti après l'avoir laissé en état d'arrestation à l'aéroport de Londres en début d'année
(Act 1 de New Spring 6). J'ai voulu profité de la leçon sur le petit-déjeuner pour faire revenir Jim Ricotti dans ma progression,
si possible avec humour, car c'est vraiment un personnage que les élèves aiment et dont ils retiennent les faits et gestes.
Vous trouverez des applications et le powerpoint de la leçon ici : http://englishnexon.e-monsite.com/pages/for-teachers-only/niveau-6eme.html"

Séquence de Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges)

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STOCKHOLM

Stockholm lorry rams crowds, killing at least three people - with pictures - 7 April 2017
"Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything pointed to an act of terrorism."

(BBC)

A visual guide to the US airstrikes on Syria - 7 April 2017
(theguardian.com)

Moscow: Syria airstrikes 'significant blow to Russian-US relations' - 7 April 2017
"Missile launches ‘in violation of international law’, says Vladimir Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov."

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP

US Allies Support Airstrikes on Syrian Military Targets - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 April 2017
"American allies have praised the United States for launching airstrikes against Syria military targets.
The raids came days after a chemical weapons attack in a town controlled by Syrian rebels."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Syria war: US missile strikes brings angry Russian response - with pictures and videos - 7 April 2017
"Russia has promised to strengthen Syria's anti-aircraft defences after the US bombarded a Syrian air base with missiles, reportedly destroying it."

(BBC)

Mar-a-Lago: The price of Trump's 'Winter White House' - 6 April 2017
"When President Trump flies in to Palm Beach County, Jorge Gonzalez stays firmly on the ground...
On Thursday he (Trump) will once again jet down to the so-called "Winter White House", this time to host the Chinese president Xi Jinping.
Roads will close, Secret Service agents will swarm, Navy gunboats will patrol, and Mr Gonzalez will kick his heels..."

+ A video: Inside Mar-a-Lago
(BBC)

Trump Denounces Chemical Attack in Syria - Text + Audio + Pictures - 5 April 2017
"President Donald Trump is now facing multiple foreign policy challenges carried over from the Obama administration.
Several of these challenges became clear this week."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BREXIT

Brexit Raises Tension over Gibraltar's Future - Text + Audio + Video - 6 April 2017
"Last week, Britain started the process of officially withdrawing from the European Union.
British is already involved in a heated disagreement with EU and Spanish officials over the future of Gibraltar."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SMOKING

Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, study shows - 6 April 2017
"Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the US and Russia."

(BBC)

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ELEPHANTS

Secret footage obtained of the wild elephants sold into captivity in Chinese zoos - 6 April 2017
"Animal welfare advocates have filmed some of the wild elephants captured in Zimbabwe last year and shipped to China."

(theguardian.com)

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DISCOURSE MARKERS

Using Discourse Markers in American English - Text + Audio + Videos
"In today's report, we explore the adverb "well." Well is called a discourse marker. It has several common meanings in conversation:
expressing uncertainty, showing contrast and ending conversations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SMITHSONIAN ZOO

Smithsonian Releases Video of Baby Cheetahs - Text + Audio + Video - 6 April 2017
"The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is showing off 10 healthy cheetah cubs. The animals were born last month
at the Smithsonian Institute’s Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FAKE NEWS

Facebook adding 'educational tool' to help users spot fake news - Article + Video - 6 April 2017
(money.cnn.com)

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FLOODS

Flood infographic: types, causes and cost of flooding
(fluvial-innovations.co.uk)

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POSTERS

Britain's 'rubbish' seaside resorts lampooned in hilarious posters (15) - 7 April 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Martin VAN BUREN

America's Presidents - Martin Van Buren
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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05/04/2017


EASTER

Classroom Easter Egg Hunt
(tekhnologic.wordpress.com)

EASTER - "An Easter lesson for teens which focuses on a range of language skills.
It is aimed at lower levels but the activities could be easily adapted to suit higher levels.
Students will review vocabulary related to Easter, practise using prepositions of place in a classroom Easter egg hunt,
read a text about Easter traditions in the UK and look at a typical British Easter menu."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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METRO EXPLOSION

Deadly Bombing on St. Petersburg Subway - Text + Audio - 3 April 2017
"A bombing of a subway in St. Petersburg killed 10 and injured dozens. It could have been worse.
Officials said they deactivated a bomb hidden at another St. Petersburg subway station."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

St Petersburg metro explosion kills 11 in Russia - with a video and pictures - 3 April 2017
"Eleven people have been killed and 45 injured in an explosion between two underground stations in St Petersburg."

(BBC)

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FAKE NEWS

Fake It To Make It, a social-impact game about fake news.
You can read more about this game on this page. However, I suggest that you play first!

(fakeittomakeitgame.com)

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SONG

JoJo Siwa - BOOMERANG
(YouTube)
"With Hair Bows and Chores, YouTube Youth Take On Mean Girls"
Ask your students: 'Who are your favorite YouTube stars? Which ones deserve a wider audience?
Are there YouTube-famous people you especially dislike? Who and why?'

(nytimes.com)

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Andrew JACKSON

Andrew Jackson: Love Him or Hate Him? - Text + Audio + Video
"Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, was unlike the earlier U.S. presidents. His family was poor, he had little education, and he lived
on what was then the western part of the country. His image as a military hero and man of the people made him a popular choice for the presidency."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TRUMP

North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan - 5 April 2017
"North Korea has test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan...
The launch comes on the eve of a visit by China's President Xi Jinping to the US to meet President Donald Trump."

(BBC)

Trump Talks Tough on China Ahead of Meeting with Xi - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 April 2017
"President Donald Trump is set to meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping this week for talks.
Talks between the two leaders are expected to center on trade and North Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump Donates First Paycheck to National Park Service - Text + Audio - 4 April 2017
"U.S. President Donald Trump gave the money he has earned so far as president to the National Park Service.The donation totaled $78,333.32."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump Changing Obama Environmental Policies - Text + Audio - 1 April 2017
"President Donald Trump is overturning the Obama administration’s policies on greenhouse gas emissions from power stations.
Those are the gases that studies have been linked to climate change.Trump signed an order to change the rules governing power plant emissions,
saying the move will create jobs."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WRITING

Writing skills practice
"Practise and improve your writing skills for your school studies and your English exams.
There are activities for different levels, so find your level and make a start."

(learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)

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VOCABULARY

75 Terms Pertaining to Color
"This post lists numerous nouns and adjectives that describe or pertain to qualities of color, plus brief definitions."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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Edgar POE

'William Wilson,' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part Four - Text + Audio + Video
"Every action has a result, whether good or bad. At some point in your life you must face the results of all your actions. Find out what happens
when a man faces the result of a life of bad choices in the final part of this classic American story by Edgar Allan Poe."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Stephen CRANE

The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane, Part One
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Vincent VAN GOGH

10 facts you should know about Vincent van Gogh - with animated gifs
(teded.tumblr.com)

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IDIOMS

20 English Idioms with their Meanings and Origins
(oxford-royale.co.uk)

Slide Presentation — 101 English Idioms
+ TEACHING IDEAS + IDIOM RESOURCES + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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FOOD / Onomatopoeia

UNIT 15 - SESSION 4
"Join Rob in the kitchen as he prepares a feast of onomatopoeia.
Listen out for the sounds and words and see if you can follow his recipe."

(BBC)

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SMOKING

Quit smoking
(quitsmokingcommunity.org)

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'THE DOG WHO SAVED MY LIFE'

Jeff De Young: The dog who saved my life and came to live with me - 4 April 2017
"Jeff De Young served in Afghanistan with a bomb-detection dog named Cena N641, a black Labrador. In the intense atmosphere of war the two developed an unbreakable bond. This is the story of how Cena helped Jeff survive not only war, but also life after war."

(BBC)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Explainer: Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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ANIMALS

Sumatran elephants: a fragile future – in pictures - 3 April 2017
"These powerful, and at times graphic, images bear witness to the plight of critically endangered Sumatran elephants and the challenges they face.
These include the conversion of forest habitat to oil palm plantations, degradation of forest habitat by illegal logging, conflicts with farmers
through crop-raiding, and being illegally hunted for their ivory tusks. While the situation is dire, the camera’s lens also finds hope in the efforts
of those working to safeguard the animal’s future."

(theguardian.com)

Follow Yosemite National Park's Bears Online - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 April 2017
"Yosemite National Park’s bears are now online."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Ins and Outs of Exotic Animal Smuggling - with pictures - 31 March 2017
"The illegal wildlife trade is a rapidly expanding industry that's quietly affecting every country in the world. But why has the market gotten so big?
And why are so many criminals getting into the game right now? Mental_floss has the answers."

(neatorama.com)

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