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08/12/2014


AIR POLLUTION

Air pollution 'causing deadly public health crisis' - 8 December 2014
"New schools, care homes and hospitals should be built far away from major roads because of the dangers of air pollution, a report by MPs says...
There are an estimated 29,000 deaths annually in the UK from air pollution."

(BBC)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change UN conference issues in 60 seconds - 8 December 2014
(BBC)

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ROBOT

Hands-on with Pepper the 'friendly robot' in Japan - 8 December 2014
"Pepper" is the first humanoid robot designed to live with humans."

(BBC)

Softbank ‘Pepper’ Robot: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know + Audio + Video
(heavy.com)

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ART

British painters and Turner - a webquest
Créée par Isabelle Boucherot (Ac. Rennes) :
Travail prévu "pour des étudiants en BTS... Mais cela peut sans problème être utilisé avec d'autres niveaux."

(tackk.com)

Doel: The ghost town graffiti artists tried to save (in Belgium) - 8 December 2014
(BBC)


Documents David Le PeilletLP J. Guéhenno, 18 Saint-Amand Montrond
" Log book utilisé lors d'une visite à la National Gallery de Londres (lien anglais-histoire des arts) avec une classe de Bac pro:
la  démarche - 69Ko et le  document  utilisé: prof (pages 1 et 2) et élève (pages 3 à 7) - 808Ko."

(anglais-lp.ac-orleans-tours.fr)
Thanks to David Le Peillet (Ac. Orléans-Tours)

 The National Gallery, London - Virtual tour - 133 elements
(google.com)
Thanks to David Le Peillet (Ac. Orléans-Tours)

10 CREATIVE SCULPTURES IN THE USA
(whenonearth.net)

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06/12/2014


POLICE

US Police Officials Examine Use of Force Rules - Text + Audio
"Recent grand jury rulings have fueled demonstrations in some American cities.
Power over grand juries rests with the 50 individual states, and the rules differ from state to state."

(/learningenglish.voanews.com)

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A DIRTY HOUSE

English phrases & Vocabulary to describe a dirty house - Basic English speaking lesson.
"If someone's house or apartment is messy, here are some phrases and English expressions that you can use to describe it:
There are clothes strewn all over the floor.
There's food splattered all over the microwave.
There are crumbs all over the counter.
There's moldy food in the refrigerator.
There's a film of grease around the stove.
There are dirty dishes sitting in the sink.
A thick layer of dust has built up on all the shelves.
There are cobwebs in the corners.
The drains are clogged with hair.
There are smudges on the windows and mirrors.
There are old newspapers piled up in the corner."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 


INTERROGATION

Sherlock Holmes gives a murderer a grammar lesson
(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Blandine Baulard (Ac. Reims)

 

04/12/2014


CHRISTMAS

How to Have a British Christmas - Anglophenia Ep 20
"From explosives at the dinner table to burning letters to Santa, Siobhan Thompson looks at 10 ways Christmas differs in Britain.
(Notably, they don't call them the holidays.)"

(YouTube)
+ THE SCRIPT by Marielle Bianchi (Ac. Toulouse)

 

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SONG

DJ Earworm Mashup - United State of Pop 2014 (Do What You Wanna Do)
(YouTube)
"DJ Earworm has delivered his annual mashup of the past year’s biggest pop hits, skillfully blended into one memorable song.
Yes, some of your favorites might be missing, because this is based on the top 25 songs according to Billboard's weekly Hot 100 charts....
The songs are listed at the YouTube page."

(Neatorama)

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CINEMA

Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy
"Some filmmakers can do action. Others can do comedy. But for 40 years, the master of combining them has been Jackie Chan.
Let’s see how he does it. (Note: to see the names of the films, press the CC button!)"

(YouTube)

 

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial intelligence: A brief introduction to AI - 2:07 - 2 December 2014
"The renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking has warned: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
But what exactly is AI?..."

(BBC)

 

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GUNS

Kill Zone USA Etats Unis, la loi des armes Arte 2014
"Malgré le lobbying des marchands d'armes, la discussion sur la législation s'ouvre à chaque nouvelle tuerie."

(YouTube)

 

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ART

Turner masterpiece sells for record £30m
"Sotheby's auctioneers said a buyer on the phone paid £30.3m to beat three others to the painting Rome, From Mount Aventine."

(BBC)


List of most expensive paintings
"This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings."

(Wikipedia)



Most Expensive Paintings ever sold - with pictures
(theartwolf.com)

18 Unbelievably Expensive Artworks That Sold For Millions This Year (2013) - with pictures
(huffingtonpost.com)

The Top 10 Art Auction Sales Ever, Including Record $120 Million For Munch's 'The Scream'
(forbes.com)

Sotheby's 
"is a multinational corporation, originally British but now headquartered in New York City.
One of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles..." 

(Wikipedia)

Christie's 
"is an art business and a fine arts auction house, currently the world's largest, with sales for the first half of 2012, some $3.5 billion,
representing the highest total for a corresponding period in company and art market history.[1]
Christie's has its main headquarters in London on King Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York.[2]"

(Wikipedia)

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VIOLENCE

The violent history of public squares
"Large urban spaces date back to ancient Greece.
They have always been places for peaceful gatherings and violent protests, Jonathan Glancey writes."

(BBC)

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02/12/2014


MODALS

Flight Plan: Present and Past Modals for Speculation - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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NEW YORK

One World Trade Center Opens for Business
"The huge 541-meter tower replaces the Twin Towers lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles in 60 seconds
"From star studded Hollywood Boulevard to culture at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Take a minute to discover Los Angeles with its great views and perfect Pacific weather."

(BBC)

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EXTREME SPORTS

Singapore’s ‘safe’ extreme sports
(BBC)

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BEARS

‘The polar bear capital of the world’
"Canada is home to around 15,000 of the world’s surviving polar bears.
But can tourism help with conservation efforts when it comes to these threatened animals?
Brandy Yanchyk reports from Churchill, Manitoba where for two months of the year polar bears outnumber residents."

(BBC)

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FOOD / LITERATURE

Food glorious food: The best feasts in books
"From the humble madeleine to the epic banquet, food and festivities have provided some of literature’s most memorable moments.
Hephzibah Anderson tucks in."

(BBC)


"Nothing better defines young Oliver Twist than his daring request for more gruel."

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SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare First Folio 'left behind' by Stonyhurst College - 28 November 2014
"The Shakespeare First Folio, said to be the most important book in English literature, lay in a library in Saint-Omer, near Calais, for 200 years."

(BBC)

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CHRISTMAS

Christmas gift ideas and inspiration
(BBC)

 

Canberra Christmas lights set world record - Article + Video - 28 November 2014
"Almost 1.2 million LED lights on 120km (75 miles) of cables have been strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas presents."

(BBC)

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BRITISH DRAMA

A Lifetime of Original British Drama on the BBC: Trailer
"This trailer offers a unique glimpse of some of the BBC's biggest upcoming dramas, including The Casual Vacancy,
an adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel, Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, The Missing, One Child and The Interceptor..."

(YouTube)
Original British Drama: Watch the interactive trail
(BBC)

 

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SLAVERY

Slavery levels in UK 'higher than thought' - Article + Audio + Video - 29 November 2014
"There could be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, higher than previous figures, analysis for the Home Office suggests."

(BBC)

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SCIFI

Science fiction: How not to build a future society - with pictures and videos
"Science fiction films have many warnings for us – not least, how the road to a perfect future society is fraught with peril.
Quentin Cooper loads up the DVD player to see what lessons we can learn."

(BBC)

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WEDDING

10 SCOTTISH WEDDING TRADITIONS YOU SHOULD KNOW
(whttp://whenonearth.net)

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01/12/2014


GUNS

Black Friday gun purchases test background check system to limit - 26 November 2014
"Nothing says Thanksgiving like a new gun, apparently, and the FBI’s dedicated team is braced
for a repeat of last year’s surge to 145,000 calls in one day."

(theguardian.com)

Throw out Maryland's tough gun-control law, 21 states tell federal court - 24 November 2014
"Coalition led by West Virginia attorney general says ban on 45 assault weapons and limitations on gun magazine capacity violate Second Amendment."

(theguardian.com)

The gun lobby’s new tactic: redefining 'school shootings' so they don’t count - 12 June 2014 
"If you’d lost the capacity to be appalled by those opposing reform of America’s gun laws, their latest effort should fix that."

(theguardian.com)

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Thanks to Isabelle Destat (Ac. Versailles)

 


CHRISTMAS

My Favourite Day - Christmas
"Listen to a boy talking about Christmas, and find out about some of these customs."

+ Activities
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Santa's little helper
"It's Christmas Eve and Santa's getting ready to deliver presents to boys and girls all round the world.
How can he deliver all the presents in time? Find out how in Santa's Little Helper."

+ Activity
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Santa, Santa, high in the sky - a song
"In the United Kingdom children write letters to Santa, or Father Christmas.
On Christmas Eve (December 24th), Santa travels with his sleigh and reindeer and takes presents to the children while they are asleep.
Listen to a song about Santa."

+ Activity
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Christmas for very young learners - a lesson plan
"In this lesson, children practise Christmas words with flashcard activities and games.
They listen to and sing a Christmas song, then they make a Christmas card."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

Christmas presents and decorations - a lesson plan
"In this lesson children practise Christmas words with flashcards and online games.
They make a Christmas craft, and enjoy a Christmas song or story."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

Christmas flashcards
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Toys flashcards
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Save the Arctic
- Greenpeace NZ Video
(YouTube)
Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)

 

 

2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference
"The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP20 or CMP10 will be held in LimaPeru, from December 1-12, 2014.[1] 
This will be the 20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 10) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.[2] 
The conference delegates will continue the negotiations towards a global climate agreement."
 
(Wikipedia)

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FERGUSON

Ferguson shooting: Darren Wilson quits police force - Article + Video - 1 December 2014
"The white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson has resigned."

(BBC)

Ferguson shooting: Darren Wilson quits police force
(BBC)

 


After Protests, Ferguson Looks for Answers - Text + Audio + Videos
"On Monday, protesters burned buildings and police cars and destroyed businesses in the Midwestern U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri. Their actions followed the announcement that a grand jury had decided not to send a white police officer to trial for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THANKSGIVING

Ten Of The Greatest Thanksgiving Sitcom Episodes Of All Time
(neatorama.com)

23 Facts About Thanksgiving Foods
(YouTube)

 

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BLACK FRIDAY

'Black Friday' chaos filmed across UK - 28 November 2014
(BBC)

 

 

Black Friday brings out bargain hunters (November 29, 2014) - a lesson plan with audio
"One of the biggest shopping days of the year has brought out millions of bargain hunters across the world. The day is called Black Friday."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Ken Burns Presents The First Black Friday
(YouTube)

 

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CELL PHONES

CELL PHONE, BLACKBERRY AND E-MAIL ADDICTION - Article + Video
(videojug.com)

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Thanks to Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)