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DECEMBER 2016 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

 

06/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

M&S 2016 Christmas Ad: Christmas with love from Mrs Claus
with a worksheet (pdf) and a PowerPoint Presentation (ppt) - niveaux 6e, 5e et classes de segpa
created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

(YouTube)

 

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MUSIC / CINEMA

Best albums of 2016: No 9 Konnichiwa by Skepta
"It won the Mercury prize and sold grime to a new generation – most of all, the rapper’s debut album made British music cool again."
+ More of the best albums of 2016
+ More on the best culture of 2016

(theguardian.com)

The 50 best UK films of 2016: No 9 Weiner
"As our countdown enters the final fortnight, Peter Bradshaw welcomes a documentary about disgraced US politician Anthony Weiner
that’s a classic study of self-delusion."

(theguardian.com)

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VIDEO GAMES

From Overwatch to Firewatch: the best video games of 2016 - chosen by developers
(theguardian.com)

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ABBREVIATIONS

Abbreviation with Names and of Titles
"This post outlines major conventions regarding the use of initials and abbreviations in association with people’s names."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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CITIES

From Jericho to Tokyo: the world's largest cities through history – mapped
"In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka traces history’s largest cities, explores the great Uber takeover and searches for America’s creative communities."

(theguardian.com)

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THE NEEDY

U.N. Asks for Record $22 Billion to Aid World's Needy - Text + Audio - 5 December 2016
"U.N. officials say the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. They say more than 128 million people need aid urgently.
The organization is asking for $22.2 billion dollars to help the needy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

South Korea, Japan Join United Nations in Punishing North Korea - Text + Audio - 5 December 2016
"North Korea is facing more punishment for its nuclear testing programs. On Friday, South Korea and Japan added sanctions to those already approved
by the United Nations. North Korea deputy foreign minister told diplomats Friday that the UN punishment is an “abuse of power.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH DAKOTA

Pipeline Protesters Cheer In North Dakota - Text + Audio - 5 December 2016
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a work permit that would be needed to complete a major oil pipeline under the Missouri River.
In a statement on Sunday, the Corps of Engineers said it would consider other possible areas for the project."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Oil pipeline protest joined by military veterans (December 05, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
. "People in the U.S. state of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is building a giant pipe near their land."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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GUN VIOLENCE

Evan
"As the school year winds down, one student finds himself starting an unexpected relationship."

(YouTube)

 

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WHISTLEBLOWING

Our work on whistleblowing
"A key challenge in preventing and fighting corruption is to detect and expose bribery, fraud, theft of public funds and other acts of wrongdoing.
One of the most direct methods of shining the light on corruption is whistleblowing. Unfortunately, whistleblowers commonly face retaliation
in the form of harassment, firing, blacklisting, threats and even physical violence, and their disclosures are routinely ignored..."

(transparency.org)

Envers et contre tous ! Dix films pour saluer les lanceurs d'alerte
"D'“Erin Brockovich” à “La Fille de Brest”, elles ou ils dénoncent une injustice, un danger, une manipulation."

(telerama.fr)

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Thanks to Claire F.


HOMEWORK

I didn't do my homework because...
"an illustrated book aimed at engaging reluctant young readers through deadpan humor and vintage-style illustration by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud..."

(cargocollective.com)

"I didn't do my homework because...?"
(answers.yahoo.com)

Where's your homework?
"An activity to practise the past simple, based on making excuses."

(maryglasgowplus.com)

All My Great Excuses - a poem - with audio
"I started on my homework
but my pen ran out of ink.
My hamster ate my homework.
My computer’s on the blink..."

(poetry4kids.com)

KIDNAPPED! by Shel Silverstein - a poem
"This morning I got kidnapped
By three masked men.
They stopped me on the sidewalk,
And offered me some candy..."

Funny Song #6: The Homework Song
(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Nathalie D.

05/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity
(YouTube)
With a worksheet (pdf) created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

 

Marks & Spencer Ad - Christmas With Love From Mrs Claus | Clip Vidéo, Paroles et Karaoke
(lyricstraining.com)
Thanks to Carole R.

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2016

PEOPLE ARE AWESOME 2016 | BEST VIDEOS OF THE YEAR!
"2016 was an excellent year for awesomeness! Here’s our compilation of the best videos of the year!
We’ve got everything from epic trick shots, the best parkour and freerunning, extreme base jumping, trampoline tricks and flips,
and extreme sports from wakesurfing to skateboarding to BMX. The amazing soundtrack is OneRepublic - Kids."

(YouTube)

 

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SCHOOL

Mark Faking sick to get out of school early by Alain Papillon - Video with questions to answer.
(edpuzzle.com)
Thanks to Alain P.

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US NATIONAL PARK

Virgin Islands National Park: America's Paradise - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video
"The Virgin Islands National Park is a tropical paradise on the island of St. John. The park covers more than half of the small island.
It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


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LIES

The Lie
(vimeo.com)

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BEDROOMS

This photographer showed people’s bedrooms from all over the world
"In 2010, John Thackwray, a photographer from South Africa, started his amazing trip around the world in order to take pictures for his series "My Room Project." He set the camera on the ceilings of local residents’ bedrooms to document their lifestyle and cultural characteristics..."

(brightside.me)

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02/10/2016


CHRISTMAS

Christmas cards show nativity in war zone (December 01, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A charity has released a series of Christmas cards with a difference. They have traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land but they also contain images of war."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:    Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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LESSON

Gulliver's Travels: Simple Present - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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CHILD LABOUR

Amnesty links palm oil used in household goods to child labour in Indonesia
"Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg's and Nestle are among those linked to Singapore-based company Wilmar, the human rights group says.
The Amnesty report alleges that children as young as eight are working in "hazardous" conditions in Indonesia."

(BBC)

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SMARTPHONE

The new words that expose our smartphone obsessions - 29 November 2016
"Are you a phubber or a smombie? You're almost certainly a member of the bowed head tribe.
New phrases can skewer our smartphone obsessions, says Tom Chatfield."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Emigrants vs. Immigrants vs. Migrants
"What’s the difference between an emigrant and an immigrant, and where do migrants fit in? The answer, for both questions, is that it’s a matter of direction."

(dailywritingtips.com)

Net migration stays near record high - 1 December 2016
"Net migration has stayed near record levels, standing at 335,000 in the year to June, the Office for National Statistics has said.
There was also a record number of EU citizens coming to live in Britain with the figure standing at 284,000."

(BBC)

Why is Italy seeing a record number of migrants? - with videos and pictures - 29 November 2016
"Italy has announced a new record of 171,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year...
The UN refugee agency says that 347,709 people have arrived in the region by sea this year - a significant fall from the million who crossed in 2015."

(BBC)

Migrant crisis: Italy sees record arrivals from North Africa - 28 November 2016
+ 'Push' factor drives migrants away from Libya to Europe
+ Migrant tragedy: Anatomy of a shipwreck
+ Migrant story enters new phase

(BBC)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Panama Papers: Europol links 3,500 names to suspected criminals - 1 December 2016
"Law enforcement agency analysis uncovers probable matches connected to terrorism, money laundering and organised crime."

+ Panama Papers: a special investigation
(theguardian.com)

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SUPERHEROES

The 12 Most Indestructible Comic Book Characters
"Our favorite heroes and villains have developed fun traits such as regenerative healing or straight-up invulnerability to most things that might come their way,
save one or two special weaknesses."

(ranker.com)


Brainiac

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WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON

World’s Oldest Person Turns 117, Eats 2 Uncooked Eggs a Day - Text + Audio - 1 December 2016
"The oldest living person in the world, Italian Emma Morano, celebrated her 117th birthday on Tuesday. Friends, neighbors and her doctor held a party for her.
Morano says one of her secrets to living long is eating two uncooked eggs every day."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VOCABULARY

News Words: Avatar - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CAT FENCE

Cat fence erected around volcano
"The National Park Service has built a five-mile-long fence around Mauna Loa on the Big Island in Hawaii.
The purpose of the fence is to keep cats out, making it the longest cat-proof fence in the country.
Isn't that nice, they're trying to save the poor kitties from death by volcano.
Except, while it might keep cats away from flowing lava, that's not the purpose of the fence. It's to protect nesting birds from the cats."

(neatorama.com)

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CITIES

How cities took over the world: a history of globalisation spanning 4,000 years - with a video and pictures - 1 December 2016
"From bronze-age Iraq’s market-driven cities to the riches of Antwerp to the tech revolution in India, Greg Clark identifies the many waves
of urban globalisation in an extract from his new book, Global Cities."

(theguardian.com)


Fleet Street in the late 19th century: by 1840, London had surpassed
Beijing’s all-time population record, reaching two million.

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CHURCHES

The world's most beautiful churches - 23 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)


Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

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AIRPORT TERMINALS

The world's most beautiful airport terminals – in pictures
(theguardian.com)


Shenzhen Bao’an international airport, China

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LUCK

Opportunist thief steals pot of gold in New York – video - 30 November 2016
"Surveillance footage released on Tuesday shows an opportunistic thief stealing a bucket of gold, worth $1.6m, from the back of an armored truck in Manhattan,
New York. In the footage, shot in September, the man is seen walking past the unguarded vehicle, he then spots the gold, and quickly walks off with it.
The man is still at large."

(theguardian.com)

 

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ANIMAL

10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens - with videos
(mentalfloss.com)

Migrations In Motion - an interactive map
"As climate change alters habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will animals move to survive? And will human development prevent them from getting there?
This map shows the average direction mammals, birds, and amphibians need to move to track hospitable climates as they shift across the landscape."
(maps.tnc.org)

Meet the man who took on poachers, guerillas and mantraps to save a species - 30 November 2016
"Manuel Sacaia, winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, has spent nearly half a century protecting the giant sable, a critically endangered antelope with
magnificent five-foot horns, despite being captured by guerillas during Angola’s long civil war, attacked by armed poachers and caught in a mantrap."

+ This year's other winners - with a video and pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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AIDS

AIDS Vaccine Testing Taking Place in South Africa - Text + Audio + Video - 30 November 2016
"December 1 is World AIDS Day. The virus has killed tens of millions of people since it was first identified in the 1980s.
But, there is more hope than ever that researchers are getting closer to finding a vaccine to protect against infection."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRUGS

Europe's outdoor cannabis capital - Article + Pictures - 1 December 2016
"Albania has become the largest producer of outdoor-grown cannabis in Europe.
The potent plant has been described as "green gold" for struggling farmers. In a poor nation, it's a billion-euro industry."

(BBC)

Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis - 1 December 2016
"A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

The Largest Drug Seizures In U.S. History by Dollar Amount
(moneyinc.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025 - 2 December 2016
"The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the ban to improve air quality."

(BBC)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issues air quality alerts across capital - 1 December 2016
"Warnings are being displayed at bus stops, Tube stations and roadsides in the capital because of "high pollution levels"...
The mayor has proposed a series of measures to tackle the problem, including introducing charges for the most polluting vehicles in the Congestion Charge Zone."

(BBC)

Diesel cars: What's all the fuss about? - 16 September 2016
(BBC)

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TRUMP

Trump's conflicts of interest: a visual guide
(theguardian.com)

Trump Wants Flag Burners to Face Prison or Loss of Citizenship - Text + Audio - 29 November 2016
"U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has expressed strong objections to flag burning.
In a tweet, he suggested that flag burners face a loss of citizenship or a year in prison. It won’t be easy for him to do that.
The Supreme Court ruled 27 years ago that people have a right to burn a flag in protest."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CRASH

Plane Carrying Football Team From Brazil Crashes in Colombia - Text + Audio - 29 November 2016
"There were reportedly some survivors."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NEW YORK

An insider's guide to New York - VIDEO
"Watch Telegraph Travel’s insider’s guide to the Big Apple, suggesting several great places to stay in New York City
and alternative attractions to visit and revealing where the locals chose to eat."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIS

Isis recruiters targeting refugees in Europe, say counter-terror experts - 2 December 2016
"EU’s law enforcement agency says Islamic State trying to inflame migration crisis and turn EU citizens against asylum-seekers."

(theguardian.com)

Europol terror warning - Isil have 'several dozen' operatives in Europe and will use car bombs to attack - 2 December 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Special report - British jihadists fleeing Mosul could face the death sentence in Iraq's makeshift courts - 2 December 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Eastern Aleppo becoming 'one giant graveyard' says UN humanitarian chief - 30 November 2016
(theguardian.com)

Islamic State Calls Ohio Attack Suspect 'Soldier of Caliphate' - Text + Audio - 30 November 2016
"The Islamic State group made the claim in a statement on a website linked to it. Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 11 people on the campus of Ohio State University
in Columbus, Ohio. Police are investigating what caused the refugee to carry out the attack."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRIVERLESS SCOOTER

Researchers: Driverless Scooter Provides Safe and Easy Ride - Text + Audio + Video - 28 November 2016
"Researchers in Singapore have begun testing a self-driving scooter. It was designed for people who cannot, should not, or do not want to drive a car.
The scooter is expected to decrease the need for cars, which could lower pollution and reduce accidents."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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