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18/12/2015


GRAMMAR

Everyday Grammar: The 'Should' vs. 'Shall' Debate - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
"The major global climate agreement reached in Paris last week almost did not happen because of one small word change.
The final version of the agreement contained the word 'shall' instead of 'should.'
We 'should' take a closer look at these two words here in Everyday Grammar!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

The Perils of Crowdfunding - VIDEO - 17 December 2015
"Crowdfunding is rapidly growing in popularity around the world.
It’s an innovative way to raise money online for businesses, charitable organizations and artistic projects.
But these new platforms also raise legal and ethical issues."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CINEMA

‘Force Awakens’ at Star Wars Premiere in Hollywood - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
“The Force Awakens” is the seventh film in the “Star Wars” series. The original premiered in 1977 and made movies stars of three actors.
Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia, Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford played Han Solo.
All three star in the latest installment.

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRUGS

‘Hated’ Drug Company Head Arrested by FBI - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
"A man once described as the “most hated man in America” was arrested Thursday.
Martin Shkreli drew fire for sharply raising prices for a drug used by cancer and AIDs patients.
Now he faces charges for securities fraud. "

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHRISTMAS

Mog’s Christmas Calamity - a lesson plan
"This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by the British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s titled Mog’s Christmas Calamity inspired by the children’s writer Judith Kerr. In the lesson students collate vocabulary related to Christmas, talk about Christmas customs, watch a short film and predict the ending of the film. "
Time: 90 minutes

(film-english.com)

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day - December 18th
+ What is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day?
"National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day of light hearted fun and a day to be yourself
and not that buttoned up corporate version of yourself you have grown to despise.
Most importantly, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day to make the holidays fun... the way they were intended to be!
So this National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, leave the school uniform at home, keep the preppy office blouse in your closet,
and whatever you do, don't even think about taking your suit to work.""

(nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org)






Ad of the Day: A Christmas Love Story
LESSON IDEA

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-naut

From Argonaut to Internaut
"The combining form -naut gives English several words that convey a type of traveler..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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IDIOMS

English idioms
(pinterest.com)

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PREPOSITIONS

Tricky prepositions
(pinterest.com)

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2015 - YEAR IN REVIEW

 

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

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HEA LTH

6ème Aches and pain - VIDEO - Isabelle Boresy

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UNIVERSITIES

The U.S. Has ‘Open Doors’ for International Students - VIDEO - 16 December 2015
"More international students are studying at U.S. colleges and universities than ever before."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Only Half of Syrian Refugee Children Attend School - Text + Audio - 18 December 2015
"Thousands of children are not going to school as their families escape the Syrian civil war.
Human Rights Watch says about 90 percent of children in refugee camps run by the Turkish government attend school.
Those outside the camps do not."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

They made the world care - but where are they now? - Article + Photos + Videos - 17 December 2015
"Every so often, a striking image captures the struggle refugees and migrants face on their way to northern Europe.
For a while, it catches the public's attention - but what happens to these people after the cameras leave? Katie Razzall met three of them."

(BBC)

Migrant crisis dominates as EU holds final summit of 2015 - Article + Videos - 17 December 2015
"EU leaders are gathering in Brussels for an end-of-year summit focused on tackling Europe's migrant crisis."

(BBC)

Migrant crisis: Dutch town riots over asylum centre plan - 17 December 2015
"A meeting in a Dutch town to discuss whether to build a new centre for migrants had to be abandoned when some opponents rioted."

(BBC)

Anti-Immigrant Party Loses Elections in France - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
"In France, an anti-immigrant political party has lost regional elections.
The National Front had led in at least six of the country’s 13 regions in the first part of elections last week.
But a second round of elections shows the Republican party as the victor."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Migrants pulled from sea by lifeguards - VIDEO - 16 December 2015
(BBC)

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LESSON PLANS

Ed Sheeran takes a year's break from social media (December 16, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced he is ''taking a break'' from social media
because he is fed up with spending so much time looking at his mobile phone or iPad."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Scotland strips titles it gave to Donald Trump (December 13, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A Scottish university and the leader of Scotland's main political party have stripped titles they had previously given Donald Trump."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

Republican Presidential Candidates Discuss Terrorism, National Security - Text + Audio + Video - 16 December 2015
"Final debate of the year took place less than two months before people in Iowa decide which candidate they support.
The frontrunner, businessman Donald Trump, defended his plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., even American Muslims.
Bush criticized Trump’s approach to politics."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Play your way through 2016 with “Floppy Candidate” from The Washington Post - 14 December 2015
(washingtonpost.com)
Thanks to Edith Montergous (Ac. Caen)

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IRELAND

Ireland - a map
with Yeats, WIld, Joyce, Irish cross, Irish setter, Irish wolfhound, Irish cob, a standing stone, Shannon river, Cliffs of Moher, sheep, salmon,
Cork, Dublin Four Courts and St Patrick, Giants'Causeway, harp, shamrock, Leprechaun, etc.

Thanks to Valérie Schamp (Ac. Strasbourg)

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17/12/2015


CHRISTMAS

Christmas in Britain
Une worksheet (pdf) created by Mathilde Chapelle (Ac. Aix-Marseille) - Niveau 6ème
You can download the video
(mp4)

 

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16/12/2015


TOYS

100 Years of Toys - Mode.com
"It’s toy time! Whether you’re looking for a dose of nostalgia or have always been a kid at heart,
our look back on a century’s worth of playthings is sure to amuse and captivate you."

(YouTube)

 

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AD

Johnnie Walker - Dear Brother
(YouTube)
Transcript of the poem (also written by Dorian and Daniel) can be found here.
"Walking the roads of our youth
Through the land of our childhood, our home, and our truth
Be near me, guide me, always stay beside me
So I can be free..."

(reddit.com)

Is This Breathtaking Spec Ad for Johnnie Walker the Best Student Work Ever?
Inside the making of 'Dear Brother' By David Gianatasio

Read the story.
(adweek.com)

 

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OBAMA'S SPEECH

Video & Transcript Of Exceptional Speech By Pres. Obama At Naturalization Ceremony - 15 December 2015
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

 

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TERRORISM

Saudi Arabia Announces New Islamic Military Alliance - Text + Audio - 15 December 2015
"The countries that have joined the alliance include Jordan, Bahrain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
The four are also part of the U.S.-led coalition that has been launching airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State terrorist group.
Iraq, Iran, Oman and Syria are not in the new group."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TORTURE

UN: Widespread Torture Continues in China - Text + Audio - 15 December 2015
"The U.N. Committee Against Torture says torture is a big problem in China. The committee added China has not been helpful
when asked how many cases of torture were reported and who has died in police custody."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ORGAN DONATION

Man Gets Historic Face Transplant - VIDEO - 15 December 2015
"In 2001, a firefighter lost his face when a burning roof collapsed on him.
In what is called a “historic” accomplishment, he got a completely new face from an organ donor."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHRISTMAS

Cartoon: Pre-Christmas Bargains
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + GRAMMAR + VOCABULARY + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

MOG
"plutôt pour les 4e 3e avec étude (très guidée) de la pub et prétérit be ing"

- Worksheet Mog 2015 (pdf)
- Mog Diaporama - Correction (pptx)

Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

Ad of the Day: Scrabble "Anagram Christmas"
DESCRIPTION + LESSON IDEAS + TRANSCRIPT + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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POACHING

Chinese poachers 'destroying coral reefs' - VIDEO - 15 December 2015
(BBC)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

Republican candidates clash over how to counter IS - 16 December 2015
"Republican presidential hopefuls sparred over how to stop the so-called Islamic State (IS), in the first debate since attacks in California and Paris."
+ VIDEO

(BBC)

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ANIMALS

Life of Pi: Vocabulary Practice - Animals
"One of my all times favorite movies. Life of Pi is an unforgettable experience.
The opening scene is perfect for all beginners levels working with vocabulary related to zoo animals. Kids love it!"

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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TYPHOON

700,000 Evacuated as Typhoon Hits Philippines - Text + Audio - 14 December 2015
"Typhoon Melor reaches land in Philippines and citizens brace for more rain this week.
Up to 700,000 residents left the Albay province over worries of landslides.
Flights were cancelled and hundreds of fishing boats ordered to stay home.
Two years ago, more than 7,000 were killed by Typhoon Haiyan."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HEALTH

New Scanner Will Look Inside the Human Body - VIDEO - 14 December 2015
"A new medical device will show all parts of the body at the same time, not just one, as current scanners do.
It could help scientists fight cancer, heart disease and brain disorders."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FAMILY

Worksheets (pdf) created by Céline Leroux (Ac. Lyon):
"Voici quelques activités de fixation du vocabulaire, en lien avec la famille et la description physique.
Je les propose à mes élèves en difficulté." 
- Sequence 3 : A family portrait - Fiche entraînement n°1
- Sequence 4 : A family portrait - Fiche entraînement n°2
- Sequence 4 : A family portrait - Fiche entraînement n°3

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15/12/2015


SONG

Go To College Music Video (with FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA!)
"College is awesome. If you don’t believe us just ask the First Lady of the United States and SNL’s Jay Pharoah."

(YouTube)

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ELEPHANTS

E.L.L. Practice | Protecting Elephants by  - a lesson - 14 December 2015
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

 

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SIGNS

Signs
"Readers' photographs on the theme of signs."

(BBC)

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COP21

Cartoon: The Champagne's on Ice
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + PRONUNCIATION + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: Paris Climate Change Agreement
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)



Video: Climate change deal's winners and losers + LESSON IDEA + TRANSCRIPT  + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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DOGS / PENGUINS

The dogs that protect little penguins - 14 December 2015
"When foxes discovered little penguins on a small Australian island, they nearly wiped the colony out.
But a farmer came up with a novel way to protect the birds - and the story has been made into a hit film."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Rent subsidy plan for Athens' stranded migrants - VIDEO - 14 December 2015
"A scheme to provide subsidised rent for 20,000 migrants "stranded in Athens" is expected to be launched on Monday.
The Greek government, the UN Refugee Agency and the European Commission are expected to sign the agreement in Athens,
where up to 5,000 migrants are expected to arrive.
Authorities in Greece have been struggling to cope with growing numbers of migrants in the capital,
as Balkan countries block their route further north."

(BBC)

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HEALTH

Invention seals gunshot wound in seconds
"Using injectable, fast absorbing sponges, the xStat can seal wounds in 15 seconds or less, potentially saving lives."

(YouTube)

 

 

Obesity 'biggest threat to women's health' in England - 11 December 2015
(BBC)

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MONEY

Houston energy company gives out $100,000 bonuses to all employees - 9 November 2015
"Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co., a privately held oil and gas exploration and production company, gave every employee a bonus
of $100,000 for making the company’s five-year goals earlier this year, the Houston Chronicle and Fortune magazine report."

(bizjournals.com)

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STEREOTYPES

British Humour: The Definitive Stereotype Map Of Britain And Ireland
(anglotopia.net)

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BRITISH NOVEL

What makes a ‘Great British Novel’?
"While the ‘Great American Novel’ is a recognised concept, its UK equivalent lacks definition. BBC Culture asks which elements it might have."

(BBC)

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TERRORISM

Saudi Arabia announces 34-country Islamic coalition to fight terrorism - 15 December 2015
"US has frequently called on Gulf states to do more against Isil but it remains to be seen whether new coalition will attack targets in Syria and Iraq."
+ FAQ: Islamic State (Isil)

(telegraph.co.uk)

ISIL STRATEGY - Article + Video
The U.S. Strategy To Defeat ISIL and Combat the Terrorist Threat

Who We’re Fighting / What we're doing / More to do
(whitehouse.gov)

 

 

Viewpoint: How Islamic State is managing to survive - Article + Photos - 14 December 2015
"The recapture by Iraqi forces from so-called Islamic State (IS) of large parts of Ramadi marks the latest territorial setback for the jihadist group following its ejection from places like Tikrit, Sinjar and Baiji. Despite the reversals though - and more than a year of pummelling from air strikes
- IS has proven to be remarkably resistant."

(BBC)

French teacher who claimed he was stabbed by a man 'shouting support for ISIS' admits he LIED and had slashed his own neck 
- 14 December 2015
(dailymail.co.uk)

Teacher in France stabbed by man 'shouting Islamic State' - 14 December 2015
"A teacher has been attacked in a preschool class in Aubervilliers, a suburb of the French capital, Paris, by a man citing so-called Islamic State."

(BBC)

Australian teen pleads guilty to terror charge - 14 December 2015
"The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act between 25 April and 8 May this year."

(BBC)

Islamist extremism: Why young people are being drawn to it - Articles + Photos - 10 December 2015
(BBC)

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CHRISTMAS

Get In The Holiday Spirit With The Greatest Holiday Episodes In Television History - with PHOTOS
1. Mad Men, “Don’s Holiday Hunch”
2. Seinfeld, “Newman Raises A Penguin”
3. House, “Nog”
4. Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Deck The Holodeck”
5. Law And Order: SVU, “The Christmas With Almost No Molestation”
6. ALF, “Winter Blunderland”
7. Gilmore Girls, “A Very Gilmore Christmas”

(clickhole.com)

 

ENGROSSING SOVIET SCIENCE FICTION HOLIDAY CARDS
(dangerousminds.net)

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR BEAN! - Videos + Exercises
(englishexercises.org)

Santa & Prepositions (Where is Santa?)
(prezi.com)



Santa, where are you? - WORKSHEETS
(supersimplelearning.com)

Christmas Games
(supersimplelearning.com)

Christmas Lesson Plans
(supersimplelearning.com)

Santa, Where Are You? - a song
"It's Christmas Eve. Where is Santa? Use this simple holiday song to welcome Santa to your party or classroom,
while practicing prepositions of place."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Julia Thompson (Ac. Montpellier)


 

Mog ‘s Christmas calamity - a worksheet - Niveau 6ème (pdf)
Created by Corinne Ballon (Ac. Caen)

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CARS

Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche sells for $1.76 million - VIDEO - 11 December 2015
(money.cnn.com)

 

Self-Driving Cars Hitting the Road - VIDEO - 13 December 2015
"A car that drives itself is in your future. They are being tested now."

(/learningenglish.voanews.com)

The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars - Patrick Lin - a lesson
"Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident?
Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars..."

(ed.ted.com)

 

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14/12/2015


CHRISTMAS

Photos: The Totally Insane Dyker Heights Christmas Decorations
(gothamist.com)

 

Worksheets created by Florence JOUANIN and her colleagues (Ac. Orléans-Tours):
- Xmas Booklet
- Xmas Booklet 6ème
- Xmas Booklet 5ème
"Pour le pliage, c’est ici : http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/origami-booklet "


Christmas jokes for kids printable
(nurturestore.co.uk)
Thanks to Karine GAVOILLE  (Ac. Nancy-Metz)

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FAIRY TALES

English teaching worksheets: Fairy tales
"Here you can find printable worksheets for many levels: beginners, elementary, intermediate or advanced."
(eslprintables.com)

English Fairy Tales
(authorama.com)

 "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Goldilocks and the three bears", "The Three Little Pigs", "Jack the Giant Killer" and "The History of Tom Thumb".
(Wikipedia)

Three little pigs - interactive
"Exercice d'anglais "3 petits cochons en désordre"
(anglaisfacile.com)

Cours et exercices d'anglais sur le thème : Contes, comptines, fables et petites histoires
(anglaisfacile.com)

Fixed Fairy Tales - Videos
(YouTube)

AUDIO STORY BOOK PLAYLISTS FOR CHILDREN
(YouTube)

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Thanks to Nelle Baertsoen (Belgium)


HEALTH

Harmful bacteria getting stronger (December 10, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new report warns that people could be in danger from superbugs if they eat rare and undercooked meat."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)
rare = meat: briefly cooked

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STORY

'A White Heron,' by Sarah Orne Jewett - Text + Audio + Video
+ a lesson plan
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GAME

Saints and Sinners - Surviving Plymouth
Players role-play being a Pilgrim.
(saintsandstrangers.com)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

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ROAD SAFETY

La sécurité routière (.zip)
Savoir comprendre et établir des règles 6ème
- Séquence créée par Karine GAVOILLE  (Ac. Nancy-Metz)

"J'ai préparé une séquence sur les modaux basiques avec les 6e sur le thème de la sécurité routière
(Tâche finale: Présenter une saynète en anglais sur une leçon d'auto-école).
En tâche intermédiaire, je leur fais créer des dominos sur les panneaux, dominos avec lesquels je joue pendant une séance
avec mes 5e juste avant qu'ils ne passent l'ASSR 1..."


Une séquence pour les 5e sur le thème : street signs, traffic rules et directions,
créée par Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

- A2 Giving directions (mp3)
- Directions (.zip)
- Giving directions - Exercices 1 (pdf)
- Giving directions - Transcript 1 (pdf)
- Street signs (.zip)

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ROUTE 66

Arizona: The Spirit of Route 66 - Text + Photos + Audio - 13 December 2016
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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