Venezuela seizes Christmas toys to distribute to poor- 10 December 2016
"Venezuelan authorities have arrested two toy company executives and seized almost four million toys, which they say they will distribute to the poor.
Officials accused the company of hoarding toys and hiking prices in the run-up to Christmas."
The top 30 gadgets of 2016 - 11 December 2016
"From the retro gaming delights of Super Mario Bros to virtual reality, home-bots and hybrid cars, here is this year’s must-have technology."
You Can't Go Home Again. And Other 'Home' Expressions.- Text + Audio + Videos - 10 December 2016
""Home" fills our hearts and our conversations.
Learn the most common "home" expressions, including the somewhat confusing one: "You Can't Go Home Again"."
English in a Minute: Dog Eat Dog - VIDEO
"Dogs are popular pets in many countries. But, this expression sounds terrible!
Find out what a "dog eat dog" world is like in this week's English in a Minute."
US Health Report: E-Cigarettes Not Safe for Young People - Text + Audio + Video - 10 December 2016
"America’s top health official says electronic cigarettes can cause health problems for young people.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, one that can harm brain development in teenagers and young adults."
Acceptance of Torture During War is Growing- Text + Audio - 10 December 2016
"A new survey has found the number of people who approve the use of torture to get military information has grown."
What They Took With Them
"Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson,
Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.
The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes
and items they took with them..."
1.2 million people accept birthday party invitation(December 09, 2016)- a lesson plan with AUDIO "A father in Mexico got a surprise after he posted an invitation to his daughter's 15th birthday party on Facebook.
Over 1.2 million people have said they would attend. Try the same news story at these easier levels:Level 0, Level 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 :-)
Therapy Pig Brings Relief to Stressed Travelers- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 8 December 2016
"A small pig is just one of many animals you might find at the San Francisco airport. They are helping stressed-out travelers relax."
A Visit to the Virtual World - Text + Audio + Video - 8 December 2016
"VR software programs are being used in many video games. But others have been developed for education, to train doctors and in military training."
Buster the Boxer - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short advert commissioned by John Lewis, and the theme of animals and Christmas.
In the lesson students revise animal vocabulary, watch a short film, predict the end of a story and speak about Christmas and Christmas traditions." Time: 90 minutes
How to Have a British Christmas - Anglophenia Ep 20 - 4:54
"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) Thanks to Isabelle F.
Returning Somali Refugees Rebuild Lives - Text + Audio - 7 December 2016
"Thousands of refugees are returning to cities in Somalia. They spent many years in camps in nearby countries including Kenya.
They are looking for food, shelter and jobs."
Tools to Create Infographics- Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 December 2016
"You can use infographics on social media, in presentations or just for fun. They can help people understand complex ideas or plans."
TIME Magazine Names Donald Trump “Person of the Year”- Text + Audio + Video - 7 December 2016
"Time magazine named Donald Trump its “Person of the Year” on Wednesday. The magazine called him “President of the Divided States of America” on its cover."
New store lets you shop, walk out and pay later (December 07, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Amazon just unveiled what it describes as the world's most advanced shopping technology." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Level 4 or Level 5 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 :-)
Homecoming Scotland 2009 - Caledonia TV Advert - 1:01
"VisitScotlands latest advert was inspired by the desire to celebrate Scotlands Year of Homecoming in 2009.
Dougie MacLeans classic song Caledonia was the obvious song for us to choose, not just because of the lyrics,
but also because its a well loved anthem for many Scots."
Why young Londoners are moving to houseboats - with pictures - 5 December 2016
"Would you trade your flat for a life of cruising the canals? These young Londoners have
– and in the process they’ve not only saved money, but found a new way of life."
E-cigarettes major concern, says US - 8 December 2016
"The chief public health officer of the US, the Surgeon General, has called the use of e-cigarettes by children "a major public health concern"."
Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger banned from junk food adverts - 8 December 2016
"Social media sites have been ordered to block junk food adverts aimed at children under a new crackdown which also bans cartoon characters
like Ronald McDonald and Tony Tiger from all promotional material of unhealthy food..."
New Amazon Store Lets Customers Avoid Long Lines- Text + Audio + Video - 6 December 2016
"The online marketer Amazon is opening a new kind of store. It is one where people do not have to wait in long lines to buy a product.
Instead, the buyers pay using their smartphones."
In pictures: Living near the Arctic Circle - 1 December 2016 "Three years ago, the residents of Galena, in Alaska, were forced to abandon their homes when the Yukon River flooded the town.
The Alaska Air National Guard and the National Army Guard evacuated around 300 residents from the surrounding area,
many of whom eventually returned to find their homes no longer suitable for habitation..."
Aleppo battle: Syria rebels 'withdraw from old city'- 7 December 2016
"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pull-back came after days of heavy fighting,
as government forces moved to split the remains of the rebel enclave in Syria's second city."