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AUGUST 2016 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

 

04/08/2016


POACHING

Letter from Africa: Game rangers in danger - 4 August 2016
"In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo looks at those most in danger
in the battle against poachers in Africa.
World Ranger Day (31 July) is dedicated to the men and women who put themselves on the frontline to protect our wildlife
from one of the biggest armed scourges of the 21st Century."

(BBC)

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US ELECTIONS

Free Trade an Important Issue in US Elections - Text + Audio - 3 August 2016
"An international free trade agreement has become an important issue in the American presidential election.
The trade agreement is called TPP, short for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Officials from 12 countries negotiated the treaty.
Those countries control 40 percent of the world economy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SOLAR-POWERED BUS

Ugandan Company Demonstrates Solar-Powered Bus - Text + Audio + Video - 3 August 2016
"A bus powered by the sun’s energy has made its public debut.
Kiira Motors Corporation demonstrated the new electric bus recently at a sports center in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
Company officials claim it is the first solar-powered bus in Africa."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POKEMON GO

20 Ways People Are Making Money From Pokemon GO
(moneyinc.com)

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OLYMPICS

7 Athletes Who Had Their Olympic Medals Revoked
"Here are seven athletes who had their Olympic medals revoked, denied, or occasionally returned."

(mentalfloss.com)

34 Facts about Olympic History - mental_floss List Show Ep. 431
(YouTube)

 

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RIO 2016

Rio 2016: Olympic torch skirts riots and drug gang clashes in host city - Article + Video - 4 August 2016
"Relay involving mayor is forced to divert with police using pepper spray and rubber bullets to clear a path through protests."

(theguardian.com)

Rio police use tear gas to break up protest on Olympic torch relay – video - 4 August 2016
"Brazilian police use tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters gathered along of the Olympic torch relay route near Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Reports suggest people in the neighboring municipality of Duque de Caxias are protesting against salary delays of public workers in Rio state."
(theguardian.com)

 

 

Rio Olympic Games Open This Weekend - Text + Audio + Videos - 3 August 2016
"Athletes, coaches, dignitaries and fans arrived in Rio de Janeiro this week for the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games.
The opening ceremony is Friday night, but some events already started. The first medals will be awarded on Saturday."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Rio 2016 Olympics: All you need to know and plenty you don't
(BBC)

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03/08/2016


GUNS

Texas Students Can Bring Guns to College - Text + Audio - 2 August 2016
"If you go to college at a state college in Texas, you can now carry a concealed handgun.
There are some limitations, such as no guns permitted at sporting events.
Supporters say the new law gives people rights to stop a shooter before he or she kills more people."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GOLD STAR AMERICAN FAMILY

What Is a Gold Star American Family? - Text + Audio + Photos - 2 August 2016
"Gold Star families are immediate relatives of U.S. military members killed while serving in conflicts.
The term Gold Star dates back to World War I. Relatives flew flags with stars representing loved ones fighting at war.
If a loved one died while serving, the blue star was replaced by a gold one."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"Anita Dixon, of Wichita, Kansas, visits the burial site of her son Army Sgt. Evan Parker.
He was killed while serving in Iraq in 2005."

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RIO 2016

Where All That Olympic Money Goes - an infographic
(neatorama.com)

Print Olympic and Paralympic sports flashcards
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)


Activities created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens):

une worksheet CE en PJ (pdf)


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02/08/2016


XAVI

Xavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus (Catalan: [ˈ(t)ʃaβi ərˈnandəz ˈkɾɛws] Spanish: [ˈtʃaβj erˈnandeθ ˈkɾeus];
"born 25 January 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC...
Xavi won the U-20 World Cup for Spain in 1999, and the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics. "

(Wikipedia)

 

Xavi donates his yacht to rescue refugees - 8 January 2016
"Barcelona's ex-midfielder Xavi Hernandez has donated his yacht 'La Pelopina' to auction, in order to raise funds
for ONG ProActiva Open Arms to carry out its work of rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean sea."

(marca.com)

la Caixa” appoints Xavi as ambassador for its Social Work programmes - 20 February 2012
(press.lacaixa.es)

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TATTOOS

Amazing Geek Tattoos Spotted At the 2016 San Diego Comic Con - 2 August 2016
(neatorama.com)

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DRUG

The rise of K2: the drug is legal, dangerous – and can’t be stopped - 1 August 2016
"The use of synthetic marijuana is on the rise and can be bought in corner shops everywhere.
Because its contents always change, it’s impossible to legislate."

(theguardian.com)

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FOOD

These toxins in our food almost certainly shouldn't be there - 2 August 2016
"Sometimes our food lies to us. Is it really safe to eat? Is it even what’s listed on the packet? A lab in Belfast is one of best places in the world to find out."
- Food chain

- Testing
- A fishy process

(BBC)

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ROBOTS

Can machines keep us safe from cyber-attack? - 2 August 2016
"After robot cars and robot rescue workers, US research agency Darpa is turning its attention to robot hackers."

(BBC)


Darpa ran a challenge to get engineers working on robots
that could find their own way around disaster zones

Security systems use machine learning
to keep an eye on network traffic

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GUNS

Texas students can now bring guns to class - VIDEO - 2 August 2016
(BBC)

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LANGUAGE

Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill
(YouTube)

 


Quotes about goats
Examples:
“If you put a silk dress on a goat, he’s still a goat.” Ireland
“He who lets the goat be placed on his shoulders will soon have to carry the cow.” Italy

“Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.” Russia
(neatorama.com)

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BRITISH NATIONAL IDENTITY

Punks, prams and carparks: British national identity – in pictures - 1 August 2016
"From Martin Parr to Bruce Davidson, photographers have long reflected the fizzing energy and troubled friction of British culture and its class system."
(theguardian.com)

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IMMIGRANTS / MIGRANTS

Norway's Muslim immigrants attend classes on western attitudes to women – video - 2 August 2016
"Every asylum seeker in Norway must attend classes on female rights and respect for women.
The lessons were made compulsory after a string of sex attacks by immigrants in the western city of Stavanger.
With exclusive access to a class in action in the town of Moi, 65 miles south-east of Stavanger, Jenny Kleeman meets the students
and asks whether western values can really be taught in a classroom."

(theguardian.com)

 

 

Migration in 2016
(iom.int)

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UFO CHASERS

The truth is out there: American UFO chasers – in pictures - 2 August 2016
"Scottish photographer Calum Douglas met scientists, stargazers and supernaturalists in the American west, all of them looking for proof of alien life."

(theguardian.com)


Valley of Fire, Nevada
"Western US states are host to a huge number of extraterrestrial hotspots,
from Area 51 in Nevada
to the self-styled Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport in Wyoming."

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RIO 2016

100 Olympians to watch at Rio 2016
From global stars to refugees ready for a tilt at glory, here are 100 competitors for you to watch and follow in Rio.
- Full coverage of Rio 2016 on our dedicated site

(theguardian.com)

In pictures: The Olympics caught on camera - 2 August 2016
"Veteran photographer Elsa Garrison is part of Getty Images's team of 40 specialist sport photographers who will be at this year's Olympic Games
in Rio which begin on 5 August. Here Garrison has picked out some of her favourite images from past Olympics."

(BBC)


"Usain Bolt of Jamaica breaks the world record
with a time of 19.30 seconds to win the gold medal
in the men's 200m final at the National Stadium
during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games."

Rio 2016: the preparations - Pictures
(20minutes.fr)

Wonderkids, German twins and Neymar: The 20 footballers to watch at the Rio Olympics - 2 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Rio 2016: Olympic boxing tournament hit by corruption allegations - 1 August 2016
- "Judges and referees alleged to be involved in manipulating draws and bouts
- AIBA defends its conduct and dismisses allegations as ‘rumours’."

(theguardian.com)

'Don’t put your head underwater': visitors warned over Olympics pollution - 1 August 2016
- AP survey claims Rio waterways are as polluted as ever
- Olympic opening ceremony takes place this Friday

(theguardian.com)

The contaminated Olympics: Team GB take extreme measures as report exposes shocking pollution of waterways - 1 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill due to contaminated waterways - 1 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Lizzie Armitstead wins fight against Rio Olympics ban after UK anti-doping wanted cyclist suspended for 'three missed tests' - 1 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SPORTS

Eddie Hall: 10 things you never knew about World's Strongest Man competitors - 1 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

US Skydiver Completes 7,600-Meter Jump Without Parachute - Text + Audio - 1 August 2016
"Stunt man Luke Aikins has set a world record by completing a death-defying jump thousands of meters above the earth."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"Skydiver Luke Aikins smiles as he jumps from a helicopter
during his training in Simi Valley, Calif."

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HEALTH

Dietary supplements could be bad for you (August 01, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Millions of people around the world take dietary supplements in the belief that they will boost their health."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 4  or  Level 5
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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POKEMON GO - MORE LINKS added

 

01/08/2016


POKEMON GO

 

INFORMATION
LESSON PLANS
LISTENING
VIDEOS

 

Here's How Pokémon Go Is Changing the World Around Us
(tech.co)



Learning Ideas using Pokemon Go in and out of the classroom
Lesson ideas for Pokemon Go
(brainpop.co.uk)

9 Fun Ways to Practice English with Pokémon GO!
(blog.esllibrary.com)

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Pokémon Go
(educatorstechnology.com)

Place Prepositions with Pokémon Go worksheet
"There are 23 slides with gapfill exercises...
"Please register or log in, then you can start your free download immediately."

(en.islcollective.com)

Pokemon GO: What Education Should Be
"Here are some ways that the game can be used educationally..."

(tcea.org)

The Power of Pokémon Go on Kids…and Adults
"ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key"

(esl-voices.com)



"2016 Will be the year of the Pokemon. Watch as Ash, Misty and Brock are all grown up in this fan fiction trailer and get ready to take on the real world.
This is an epic battle that awaits. Will they have what it takes to catch 'em all?"  

“Pokémon Go” Takes World by Storm - a lesson
(englishclub.com)

ESL Reading Comprehension: Man Quits Job to Hunt Pokemon
"This ESL reading comprehension activity about a New Zealand man quitting his job to hunt Pokemon.
Students must read the passage and insert the verbs in the correct form (subject - verb agreement) and the correct tense (present or past simple)."

(premieresl.com)

5 Ways to Trick Students Into Learning with Pokemón Go
(blog.education.nationalgeographic.com)

The Lesson of ‘Pokémon Go’
A lesson in corporate governance from Japan Inc.
(wsj.com)

 

Pokémon Go: a parent's guide Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go
(nspcc.org.uk)

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ROBOT

New level of eerie: Unique Japanese robot's facial expressions mimic humans (VIDEO)
"The Japanese have taken another step toward making eerily human-like androids by creating one with a neural network that breathes life
into the robot’s facial muscles, making them react to outside stimuli with the aid of a central pattern generator."

(rt.com)

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LYING

The language of lying - a lesson
"We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect them, from medieval torture devices to polygraphs, blood pressure and breathing monitors, voice stress analyzers, eye trackers, infrared brain scanners, and even the 400-pound electroencephalogram.."

(ed.ted.com)

 

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BIZARRE NATURAL PHENOMENA

World's most bizarre natural phenomena - 1 August 2016
"From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights."

Frozen methane bubbles, Canada
Blood Falls, Antarctica
Sailing Stones, US
Kawah Ijen Lake, Indonesia
Hidden Beach, Mexico
Pink Lake Hillier, Australia
Fairy Circles, Namibia
(BBC)

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CHILD LABOUR

Why some factory owners are celebrating India's child labour bill - 1 August 2016
"Under a new, controversial child labour law that has just been passed by the Indian parliament, children younger than 14 are barred from working.
But a provision says they may work after school hours and on holidays in the sports or entertainment industry or in family enterprises."

(BBC)

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US-MEXICO BORDER

At the US-Mexico Border, Many Depend on Trade - Text + Audio - 31 July 2016
"Much has been said about border security during the U.S. presidential election campaign.
However, some people along the Mexican border say the economy in some areas depends on cross-border trade."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RACE in AMERICA

10 TED classroom resources about race in America - with videos
(blog.ed.ted.com)

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ADDICTION

What causes addiction?
" Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. Kurzgesagt takes a closer look at some of the other factors involved."

(YouTube)

 

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ZIKA

Experts: Zika Could Infect 93 Million in Americas - Text + Audio - 30 July 2016
"A new study finds some worrisome facts about the Zika virus. Millions in the Western Hemisphere could be infected with the virus in the future,
researchers say. And well over a million women in their childbearing years could be infected."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EXERCISE

Office workers need one hour of exercise a day (July 30, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"New research shows that office workers and other people who sit down a lot must exercise for one hour a day."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:   Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Four Short Biographical Videos Of Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)


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