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13/12/2015


CHRISTMAS

Santa quiz (pdf) - 15 questions
Created by Line Berthaud (Ac. Grenoble)

Rare Vintage Photos of Christmas in the Victorian Era
(vintag.es)

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS / IMMIGRANTS

China's urban migrants to be offered residency - 13 December 2015
"China is to offer residency status to some of the millions of migrant workers who have moved from rural areas to cities in recent decades.
It means migrants will be entitled to use public services, such as health and education, where they live, rather than in the villages they come from.
Migrants will be able to apply if they can show proof of work, study or housing in a city for six months.
By 2030, up to 70% of Chinese will live in cities, the World Bank predicts."

(BBC)

Canada prime minister welcomes wave of Syrian refugees - Article + Video - 11 December 2015
"Welcoming the 163 refugees, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was "showing the world how to open our hearts".
The newly elected Liberal government has pledged to take in 25,000 refugees by the end of February."

(BBC)

Syrian Refugees Greeted by Justin Trudeau in Canada - Article + Video - 11 December 2015
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted a planeload of weary Syrian refugees landing in Toronto early Friday,
telling the first to disembark that “you’re safe at home now” as he handed them winter coats."

(nytimes.com)

 

 

Children Drown After Boat Packed With Migrants Sinks - Text + Audio - 10 December 2015
"Five children drowned Wednesday near Greece as a boat packed with refugee migrants sank in the Aegean Sea. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived by boat after crossing the Aegean and Mediterranean seas as they flee violence in the Mideast and North Africa."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Rise in Immigrant Population Affecting US Elections - Text + Audio - 10 December 2015
"The influx of immigrants into the United States during the 1990s is having an impact on the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
Children born to immigrants in the 1990s are now 18 or will soon be 18 – the age when Americans are eligible to vote."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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COP21

Cartoon: Climate Change Conference - 13 December 2015
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)


Climate Summit 2015
- Cartoons
(cagle.com)

COP21: Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet' - Article + Videos - 13 December 2015
(BBC)

How the climate change deal was done - VIDEO - 13 December 2015
"A deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C has been agreed at the climate change summit in Paris
after two weeks of negotiations.
The pact is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions.
The agreement is partly legally binding and partly voluntary."

(BBC)

COP21: UK Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd welcomes 'historic' deal - VIDEO - 13 December 2015
"A deal on climate change made after two weeks of talks in Paris has been welcomed by the UK's climate change secretary.
The agreement, which aims to curb global warming to less than 2C (3.6F), will come into being in 2020.
Amber Rudd told the Andrew Marr Show: "It is a compromise but it is, nevertheless, an historic moment"."

(BBC)

Climate change winners and losers - 13 December 2015
(BBC)

 


Global climate deal: In summary - Article + Photos - 12 December 2015
(BBC)

Obama: 'Climate agreement a tribute to American leadership' - VIDEO - 12 December 2015
(BBC)

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THE ISLAMIC STATE

Who is buying oil from Islamic State? - VIDEO - 2 December 2015
Russia and Turkey's war of words is not calming. The initial disagreement was over whether the Russian plane shot down on November 24 was in Turkish airspace.
Now Russia's President Putin says that Turkey is involved in Islamic State's illegal oil trade.
Turkey denies it trades with Islamic State militants. Turkey's President Erdogan has challenged Mr Putin to prove his allegations.
The BBC's Tom Heyden looks into Islamic States oil reserves and who buys from them."
(BBC)

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12/12/2015


2015

CELEBRATIONS and EVENTS NOBEL PRIZES
CINEMA TEACHING
DEATHS VIDEOS
FEARS VIOLENCE
MUSIC WORKS OF FICTION

 

CAN YOU SPOT EVERY 2015 POP CULTURE REFERENCE IN THIS GIANT ILLUSTRATION? : Here's to 2015
(beutlerink.com)

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CHRISTMAS

20 Romantic Christmas Traditions From Around The World
(boredpanda.com)

 

A Christmas Carol - a lesson
"In this lesson students read an extract from 'A Christmas Carol' and examine the characters in the text.
They then discuss the theme of festivals as preparation for a writing task on the same topic."

Timing: 90 minutes (plus homework)
Aims:
- To develop students’ ability to understand detail.
- To encourage students to appreciate characterisation in a piece of creative writing.
- For students to reveal character in their own pieces of writing.

(teachingenglish.org.uk)


The English Blog Christmas Quiz

(englishblog.com)

 

FROM GIFT-GIVING KOALAS TO SURFING SANTA, HOW CHRISTMAS IMAGERY GETS AUSTRALIANIZED - with PICTURES
(atlasobscura.com)

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SONG

Coldplay - Everglow (Live at Belasco Theater)
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"What I wouldn't give for just a moment to hold
Yeah, I live for this feeling, this everglow
So if you love someone, you should let them know
Oh, the light that you left me will everglow"

(azlyrics.com)

 

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SCHOOL EXCUSES

Pilot writes 32 absence notes for pupils after their flight was delayed for 20 hours
His note to one student read as follows:
"I am very sorry that Joshua was not at school today.
He has been involved in a secret mission in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea at very short notice.
We hope that this mission will soon be complete and that he will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday morning."

(travelandleisure.com)

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FOOD

Check Out These 37 Countries and their Homegrown Cheeses - with PHOTOS
(whenonearth.net)

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NEW YORK CITY

22 Things To Remember When in New York City
(whenonearth.net)

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GOP

GOP Primetime Rap Battle
"The ten highest-polling GOP candidates square off in a rousing rap battle to determine who will win the party nomination.
Will the real Republican please stand up?"

(YouTube)
"The Republican Party, commonly referred to as the GOP (abbreviation for Grand Old Party),
is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being its historic rival, the Democratic Party."

(Wikipedia)



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THE ROYAL FAMILY

6ème La famille royale - Isabelle Boresy - VIDEO
(YouTube)

 

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined City brokers on the trading floor of ICAP's London office for the company's annual charity day.
Since it began 22 years ago, the event has raised £120m for more than 1,800 charities."

(BBC)

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UK

The Difference Between The United Kingdom, England, and Great Britain — TodayIFoundOut
(YouTube)

 

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PODCASTS

IELTS Speaking Podcasts - 11 - Clothes and Fashion
Download the episode. (mp3)
(splendidspeaking.podomatic.com)

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THANKSGIVNG

The Thanksgiving Starter Pack: 9 Things To Expect in the Holidays
(whenonearth.net)

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10/12/2015


CHRISTMAS

Quizlet Christmas Vocabulary Set
(englishblog.com)

 

A Christmas lesson
"This lesson uses the theme of Christmas to develop learners' vocabulary. It includes an introductory song, a focus on clothes words,
a review of question and short answer forms using 'has got', and a labelling and colouring activity.
There are suggestions for some other follow up Christmas activities."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

The Impacts of Climate Change
"Worried about the economy? Think about the climate. We need to have a stable climate if we are to have a prosperous sustainable economy.
The impacts of climate change will have high personal, social and economic costs.
We need to make the right choices right now to stabilise the climate. Spread the word. Together we can change climate change."

(YouTube)

 

 

Cities are key to driving economic growth and fighting climate change
"Our studies provide real-world examples of how to achieve better patterns of urbanisation and highlight how cities can grow their economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

(YouTube)

 

Unmitigated climate change to shrink global economy by 23 percent
"With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris days away, a new study suggests that, left unchecked,
climate change will shrink the global economy by 23 percent. Ben Gruber reports.
Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis."

(YouTube)

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Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)


SONG

WWF and Will Young 'What the world needs now is love'
"With staggering figures revealing that global wildlife populations have declined by over 50% since 1970,
WWF-UK has teamed up with Will Young to ask you to show the world some love and take action..."

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone"

(metrolyrics.com)
Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)

 

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PERSON OF THE YEAR

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, is Time 'Person of the Year' - Article + Video - 9 December 2015
(BBC)

Angela Merkel Named Time’s 'Person of the Year' - Text + Audio - 9 December 2015
"Time magazine praised the German leader for her leadership in European Crises.
It noted Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Greek debt crisis and, most recently, the wave of immigrants from Syria and the Middle East."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Angela Merkel
(time.com)

 


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GUN VIOLENCE

We Can End Gun Violence
- with Jennifer Aniston, Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore, Sofia Vergara, Spike Lee ou Michael J. Fox...
(YouTube)

 

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TERRORISM

Sydney police arrest teenager and man over 'terror plans' - Article + Video + Photos - 10 December 2015
"Police in Sydney have arrested a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old in a counter-terror operation."

+ Timeline of recent Australia terror incidents
(BBC)

Investigators: Shooters Planned California Attack for a Year - Text + Audio - 9 December 2015
"The shooters who killed 14 in California appear to have planned their attack.
And because they were Muslim, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wants to temporarily ban Muslims
from entering the United States, even those who are U.S. citizens."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Cartoon: Did You Hear What Trump Said?!
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + COMMENTARY + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Yemen Official Killed in Islamic State Car Bombing - Text + Audio - 8 December 2015
"Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist car bomb attack that killed Governor Jaafar Mohammed Saad and six of his aides in Aden, Yemen. Islamic State has increased its attacks in Yemen since the outbreak of civil war there this year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Greece removes 2,300 from Macedonia border - 9 December 2015
"Greek police have transferred some 2,300 foreign migrants stranded for weeks at a border crossing with Macedonia to the capital, Athens."

(BBC)

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ANIMALS

Poisoned lions and the fight for land around the Maasai Mara - VIDEO - 9 December 2015
"Two Maasai herdsmen have been charged after allegedly poisoning a famous pride of lions in Narok, south-west Kenya, a wildlife official said.
The lions, from the famous Marsh pride, were featured on BBC wildlife programme Big Cat Diary.
It is not the first time that lions in the area have faced hostility.
Local cattle herders have poisoned them in the past to stop them eating their cattle."

(BBC)

Donkey Smiles From Ear To Ear After Being Rescued From Flood In Ireland - 9 December 2015
(boredpanda.com)


Man Buys Turtles From Food Market And Releases Them Back To The Sea - 8 December 2015
(boredpanda.com)

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MAN vs. EARTH

MAN vs EARTH by Prince Ea
"Who Do You Think Will Win?"

(YouTube)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

 

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08/12/2015


CHRISTMAS

Travail sur Mog the cat destiné à des 2nde/1ere bac pro
Créé par Anne-Laure Deschamps (Ac. Bordeaux):
"Je compte d’abord introduire Noël avec le ppt et ensuite faire la vidéo."

- Do you know the names of the supermarkets? (ppt)
- Mog (docx)


Exploitation de la video (doc) de Mog the cat pour 4ème
par Michèle Raymond (Ac. Bordeaux)

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2015

Best of Web 8 - HD - Zapatou
See Best of Web 8 - Official Playlist (506 videos)
(YouTube)
"The first seven minutes are extreme human stunts that may leave you dizzy. Starting at about seven minutes in, you may become verklempt.
At 8:15, it becomes adorably cute. Then animals jump in. We also see some great special effects.
At 12 minutes in, the stunts start again, with a fast-moving sequence of vehicle videos.
At 15 minutes, we see the art of video.
At 16:30, the dancing begins.
At 18 minutes, we see the beauty of places. And more stunts.
These videos would not be possible -or be as good- without GoPros, drones, high definition, and video stabilizing technology.
And a bunch of fearless people." 
 
(Neatorama)

 

 

Forbes 2015 list of highest paid musicians...How many are British? - 16 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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STEREOTYPES

Six stereotypes about men and women that are scientifically true - 8 December 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SPORT

How dangerous is steroid addiction? - 8 December 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

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US ELECTIONS 2016

US election - Resources
(pinterest.com)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

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GLOBAL THREATS

Cartoon: Global Threats ...
THE CARTOON + COMMENTARY + GRAMMAR + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

The Global Water Crisis - A short introduction
"Isn't it amazing that it takes 24'000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of chocolate?
In this video we present some interesting facts about Water Scarcity and hopefully encourage you to do something about it."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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TV SERIES

extr@ English - A Sitcom for Learners of English
DESCRIPTION + COMMENTS + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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AD

Ad of the Day: Sometimes We'd Rather Be Treated Like Animals
COMMENTARY + GRAMMAR + LESSON IDEA + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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AMAZON

Financial Times Video: How Amazon Gets Packages to You
COMMENT + LESSON IDEAS + TRANSCRIPT + Related articles 

(englishblog.com)

 

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TECHNOLOGY

How Addiction To Technology Is Taking Over Our Lives In Illustrations By Jean Jullien
"French illustrator Jean Jullien draws witty illustrations that point out our absurd addictions to technology, social media and our smartphones.
The artist is famous for mocking our obsession, which cuts us off from the real life, leaving us alienated and lonely..."

(boredpanda.com)

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MOVIE ROBOTS

The 100 Greatest Movie Robots of All Time
(pastemagazine.com)


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DEATH PENALTY

E.L.L. Practice | The Death Penalty - 7 December 2015
By 

Lesson plan + Video
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

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EARTHQUAKES

Earthquakes 101 by National Geographic
"Earthquakes are unpredictable and can strike with enough force to bring buildings down.
Find out what causes earthquakes, why they're so deadly, and what's being done to help buildings sustain their hits."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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FLOODS

Storm Desmond: Defences against indefensible floods - Article + Photos + Video - 7 December 2015
"On Friday evening, residents of Cockermouth watched in disbelief and horror
as floodwater once again returned to the streets of the Cumbrian town."

(BBC)

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HEALTH

Farmers urged to cut antibiotic use - Article + Photos + Video - 8 December 2015
"Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says."

(BBC)

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LION

Famous lion found poisoned - 7 December 2015
"Bibi the lion has been discovered dead after being poisoned, a BBC wildlife crew has confirmed...
the Kenyan Wildlife Services has made three arrests. If found guilty, any perpetrators face hefty fines or life imprisonment. "

(BBC)

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BRITISH NOVELS

The 100 greatest British novels - 7 December 2015
"BBC Culture polled book critics outside the UK, to give an outsider’s perspective on the best in British literature."
(BBC)

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PARIS ATTACKS

Puppy from Russia for French police - 7 December 2015
"Russia has presented France with a puppy as a symbolic replacement for a police dog killed in the aftermath of the Paris attacks last month."

(BBC)

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POLLUTION

Testing Indian capital's dangerous smog levels - VIDEO - 8 December 2015
"Beijing may have declared a red alert but the Indian capital, Delhi, is now the most polluted city on earth.
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt uses an air pollution level monitor to show just how polluted Delhi is."

(BBC)

Can Delhi ever clean up its foul air? - 8 December 2015
"The anguish and outrage over Delhi's rising air pollution has a sense of déjà vu all over again."

(BBC)

China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing - 8 December 2015
"Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital's first ever pollution "red alert" came into effect."

(BBC)

 

Beijing's 'airpocalypse': city shuts down amid three-day smog red alert - Article + Photos + Video - 8 December 2015
"Children kept at home, building sites and factories closed and cars kept off roads as pollution engulfs Chinese capital"

(theguardian.com)

Beijing smog: Images before and after - 7 December 2015
(BBC)

China pollution: Colourful anti-smog protest in Beijing - VIDEO - 7 December 2015
"Schools in Beijing are to close and outdoor construction to stop after the Chinese capital issued its first "red alert" over smog levels.
Concerns over pollution are growing in China, and one performance artist has come up
with a unique way to highlight the problem, as Celia Hatton reports."

(BBC)

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WARSHIP

Tour the Royal Navy's largest ever warship - VIDEO - 8 December 2015
"One of a pair of new aircraft carriers that are being assembled in Rosyth, near Edinburgh, is just one year from being completed
The Queen Elizabeth will be the largest ship that the Royal Navy has ever built, when it is finished in December 2016.
The BBC's Andrew Anderson was given special access to look around the inside of the huge vessel."

(BBC)

 

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MIGRANTS

Germany on course to accept one million refugees in 2015 - 8 December 2015
"So far this year Europe’s leading economy has registered 964,574 new asylum seekers, more than four times the number that arrived in 2014."
(theguardian.com)

Why thousands of people are leaving Nepal - 7 December 2015
"When an earthquake hit Nepal in April, 9,000 people were killed and many more lost their homes.
Thousands of men are now facing a difficult choice - should they stay to rebuild the country, or travel abroad where they can earn more money?"

(BBC)

Migrant crisis: The hard road through Bulgaria - Article + Photos - 6 December 2015
"As Bulgaria steps up security at its borders, migrants travelling through the country to Serbia face tougher checks from police.
The BBC's Nick Thorpe spoke to some of those who made it to Serbia."

(BBC)

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TERRORISM

A rifle's journey from Belgium to Gaza - 8 December 2015
"Three years ago, arms experts spotted a single advanced Belgian rifle in the hands of militants in Gaza.
But how had a group listed by the EU and the US as a terrorist organisation obtained the weapon?
Arms expert Nic Jenzen-Jones and the BBC's Thomas Martienssen have tracked its journey."

(BBC)

 

Isis benefits from Iraq awash with weapons - 8 December 2015
"Reports by Oxfam, and others, describe how Isis benefits from arms bazaar."

(theguardian.com)

How IS threat strengthens authoritarianism in Central Asia - 8 December 2015
"There is one serious and not so obvious threat that many countries face when dealing with the so-called Islamic State."

(BBC)

The Isis papers: leaked documents show how Isis is building its state - 7 December 2015
"Blueprint lays bare new contours of Islamic state, complete with civil service, regional government and Soviet levels of economic control."

(theguardian.com)

Obama addresses the USA - 7 December 2015
"Obama tries to ease anxiety over terrorism with Oval Office address"
David Nakamura (The Washington Post, 06/12/2015)

(cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais)

In Rare Oval Office Address, Obama Tries to Calm Americans - Text + Video - 7 December 2015
"U.S. President Barack Obama made a rare televised address from the Oval Office on Sunday night
to calm Americans’ fears after the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

Transcript of President Obama's Oval Office Address, Dec. 6, 2015 - Text + Video
"Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays.
They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply.
They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons..."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LIAR

Can You Catch a Liar? - Text + Audio + Quiz
"What is the best way to catch someone in a lie?
Traditional thinking would have us believe that watching body language and facial expressions work well.
But a new study shows something quite different. This story has some great expressions about lying. And that is no lie."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Donald Trump / Shootings

Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US - Article + Video - 8 December 2015
"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings."
(BBC)

Donald Trump wants 'total' halt to Muslims coming to US - VIDEO - 8 December 2015
"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a temporary but total ban on Muslims entering the US,
in the wake of the fatal California shootings.
At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he said recent polls showed many Muslims nursed a "hatred" towards America.
''Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine,'' he said."

(BBC)

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07/12/2015


HOMESCHOOLING

13 year old Logan quits school and starts home schooling education system - TED
"Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal..."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)

 

 

Homeschooling, also known as home education,
"is the education of children inside the home, as opposed to in the formal settings of a public or private school. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor.[1] Many families that start out with a formal school structure at home often switch to less formal and, often, more effective ways of imparting education outside of school.[2] "Homeschooling" is the term commonly used in North America, whereas "home education" is more commonly used in the United Kingdom,[3] elsewhere in Europe, and in many Commonwealth countries."

(Wikipedia)

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IDIOMS

TALK2US: Idioms Having to Do with Worms and Snakes! - VIDEO - 5 December 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ABBREVIATED EXPRESSION

English in a Minute: MIA - VIDEO - 5 December 2015
"Americans use a lot of abbreviated -- or shortened -- expressions. Find out what 'MIA' stands for in this week's English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)
MIA = missing in action

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LIES

'Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!' - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
"Fibs. Stretch the truth. Exaggerate. Make things up. Half-truths. Bend the truth. Outright lies. And out-and-out, barefaced or bold-faced lies.
To be tangled in a web of one’s own lies … is no place to be."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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UNIVERSITY

Online University Offers Poor Students a Chance - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
"Emmanuel always wanted to go to a U.S. university. But when he came to the U.S. he didn't have the money to pay for a university education. Also, he is not living in the U.S. legally. Luckily he found the University of the People."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TERRORISM

Suicide Bombers Kill 30 in Market Attack in Chad - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
"Three suicide bombers attacked markets towns on the shores of Lake Chad, killing at least 30 and injuring 80 others Saturday.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But the region is a target of Islamist militant group Boko Haram from Nigeria."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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COP21

The Latest From Paris: Climate Conference Update - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
"Leaders from around the world gathered in Paris, France to discuss ways to cut climate change.
Here is an update on what they are discussing. There is also news about a public-private group to finance clean and renewable energy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US POLICE

Shootings Lead to Questions About Police Tactics - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
"The release of a video showing a 2014 police shooting of a 17-year-old in Chicago is touching off debate about police tactics.
When is deadly force acceptable? When is it not?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROUTE 66

Santa Fe: The City Different - Text + Audio + Video - 5 December 2015
"Early travelers of Route 66 passed through Santa Fe, New Mexico, America's oldest capital.
The route may have bypassed Santa Fe long ago, but many Route 66 travelers still choose to take the original road up to the "City Different."
This week, we find out what makes Santa Fe special."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SUMMER OLYMPICS - RIO 2016

Documents about the Olympic Games - Rio 2016:
-
The Olympic Torch



- Reading the Olympic Torch - a worksheet
Created by Marion Astrou (Ac Montpellier)

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COMPUTER CODING

Teenage Girl Empowers Kids with Computer Coding - VIDEO - 6 December 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HUMAN RIGHTS

Fisherman's Death Is Example of Labor Abuses - Text + Audio - 6 December 2015
"A Vietnamese fisherman was killed last week while working in the contested waters of the South China Sea.
Nestle, one of the world’s biggest food companies, released a report about human rights abuses
within the seafood industry workforce in Thailand."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FLOODS

Nearly 300 Killed in Floods in Southern India - Text + Audio - 6 December 2015
"As world leaders meet in France to discuss climate change, residents of southern India are enduring heavy rains.
Chennai received 330 millimeters of rain in 24 hours.
That is about 50 percent more rain than the city receives on average in the entire month of December."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD

Six Foods That Changed the World - Text + Audio - 6 December 2015
"For many years a few crops have fed the majority of the world’s population. They have also changed human history.
War, slavery, and religion all have surprising links to these everyday foods.
In Cambodia, a ceremony is held to drive away evil spirits from the essential rice crop."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE COMBINING FORM -POD

The Combining Form -pod
gastropod / myriapod / etc
(dailywritingtips.com)

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CHRISTMAS

- Mog's Christmas Calamity - Comprehension (.odt)
- Mog's Christmas Calamity - Leçon: Discours direct et indirect
(.odt)
- Mog's Christmas Calamity Leçon 2 - Prétérit (.odt)
- Mog's Christmas Calamity - Exercices sur les 2 prétérits (.odt)
- Mog's Christmas Calamity - Raconter au prétérit (.odt)
Worksheets créées par Annie Payen (Ac. Limoges)

 

Benedict Cumberbatch heads celebrity list writing letters to Father Christmas - 7 December 2015
"Actor marks the Letters Live National Letter Writing Day with note to Santa alongside Thom Yorke, Annie Lennox and others.
LETTERS LIVE at Freemasons' Hall, London was our most ambitious series of events yet, with Benedict Cumberbatch & Louise Brealey
in starring roles. Across four nights, each show featured a unique line up of artists reading memorable letters to our sold out audiences. 
Guests included Joss Ackland, Ellie Bamber, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Matt Berry, Samantha Bond, Russell Brand, Simon Callow, Gemma Chan,
Olivia Colman, Lisa Dwan, Joanne Froggatt, Sally Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Holloway, Sophie Hunter, Danny Huston, Gemma Jones, Toby Jones, Sir Ben Kingsley, Ferdinand Kingsley, Sir Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Caitlin Moran, Nick Moran, Andrew O’Hagan, Geoffrey Palmer, Clarke Peters, Alan Rusbridger, Colin Salmon, Greta Scacchi, Andrew Scott, Juliet Stevenson, Tom Sturridge, Ashley Walters and Dominic West. Music by Natalie Clein, Kelvin Jones and Tom Odell."

(theguardian.com)
Thanks to Isabelle Farissier (Ac. Grenoble)



Write a letter to Santa Claus (journal #11300 words) - (docx)

A worksheet created by Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)

Culture Quiz #12 (docx)
Created by Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
"An interactive multimedia listening and reading lesson on the famous editorial published in The Sun in 1897.
Virginia, 8 years-old, wants to know if there is a Santa Claus..."

(absolutenglish.org)

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