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18/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

Gap-Fill Quiz — Christmas Eve Boxes
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

How Wacky Are Thy Branches: The World’s Strangest Christmas Trees
(travelandleisure.com)

Twelve Hundred Ghosts - A Christmas Carol in Supercut (400 versions, plus extras)
(YouTube)

 

 

You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch, Original Version - 1966 (HD)
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is a Christmas song that was originally written and composed for the 1966 cartoon special How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The lyrics were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, the music was composed by Albert Hague, and the song was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft.
The song's lyrics describe the Grinch as being foul, bad-mannered and sinister using increasingly creative metaphors and synonyms,
beginning with the opening line "you're a mean one, Mister Grinch"."

(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.

 

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2016

"Google has a breakdown of the year's top search terms by category globally and in each country,
plus breakout trends by month, subject, or country,
and even a map of search terms."

(google.com)

Google - Year In Search 2016
(YouTube)

 

Have more famous people died in 2016? - 16 December 2016
"David Bowie, Prince, Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, Nancy Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Sir George Martin, Victoria Wood, Leonard Cohen…
For their admirers, 2016 has been a sad year..."

(BBC)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook: Social network, media company - or both? - 15 December 2016
(BBC)

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WHISTLE-BLOWING

Tanzanian police charge Jamii Forums founder - 16 December 2016
"The co-founder of a Tanzanian whistle-blowing website has been charged with obstructing an investigation
after not handing over the details of people who post on the site to the police."
(BBC)

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REFUGEES

 

Hundreds of Calais child refugees have UK asylum claims rejected - 16 December 2016
"Home Office criticised over failure to give written reasons for decision as children are advised to lodge applications in France."

(theguardian.com)

REFUGE: Human stories from the refugee crisis
"A small team of filmmakers set out for Greece, documenting human stories from the frontlines of the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope.
The world was changing and we found ourselves at a crossroads in history, so we set out to help in the way that we knew best
- with the telling, and sharing, of stories."

(vimeo.com)



 

Guardian and Observer readers raise over £500,000 for child refugees - 16 December 2016
"Money will go to three charities working with child refugees in continental Europe and UK: Help Refugees, Safe Passage and the Children’s Society."

(theguardian.com)

Syrian refugee top student in Australia school (December 15, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
. "A Syrian refugee who could hardly speak a word of English two years ago has just passed his school exams in Australia with flying colours
and is in the top 4 per cent of all graduates in Melbourne."
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 :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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FOOD

Coming to America: How 10 Classics Made Their Way to Our Plates
(neatorama.com)

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EXECUTIONS

Executions on the Rise in Some Nations - Text + Audio - 15 December 2016
"More people were executed for crimes in 2015 than any year since 1990. Amnesty International reported the numbers.
The rights group said 89 percent of the executions took place in just three nations -- Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HACKING

Obama: US Will Act Against Russia for Email Hacking - Text + Audio - 16 December 2016
"President Barack Obama says the U.S. will take action against Russia for carrying out cyberattacks during the election.
He said intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia was responsible for leaking emails of political institutions.
Obama did not specify what action would be taken."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US Looks Into Possible Russian Interference in U.S. Election - Text + Audio - 14 December 2016
"President Obama and top Republicans in Congress have agreed to investigate apparent Russian attacks on American computers.
Some believe the cyberattacks were designed to influence the 2016 election."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

Beijing smog: pollution red alert declared in China capital and 21 other cities - 17 December 2016
"Authorities issue five-day warning and order schools to close, residents to stay indoors and heavy industry to slow or halt production."

(theguardian.com)

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- PEND

Words Derived from “Pend”
(dailywritingtips.com)

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LESSON

Victor Frankestein: Used to - a lesson with a video
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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CINEMA

The Birth of a Nation - un film de Nate Parker
Dossier pédagogique Lycée (pdf)
(zerodeconduite.net)
Thanks to Fabienne R.

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SUPERHERO

Create your hero
(dckids.com)

Choose your hero
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

The superhero name generator
(superhero.namegeneratorfun.com)

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Thanks to Isabelle B.

14/12/2016


CHRISTMAS


Christmas Crossword 2016

"Click here to do the interactive online version,
or here to download a PDF."

+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Christmas Quiz 2016
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Christmas Ad of the Day — Mercedes Benz "Snow Date"
+ TRANSCRIPT + LESSON IDEAS + NOTE
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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SELFIES

The country where a lot more people die taking selfies
(cnet.com)

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ABBREVIATIONS

Abbreviations in Science and Technology
(dailywritingtips.com)

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TICE

Formation TICE - Sites et applis pédagogiques toutes disciplines confondues
avec un diaporama montrant tous ces outils avec des tutoriels en anglais et en français

Créé par Christelle Quesne (Ac. Rouen) qui précise :
"les diapos 55, 57 à 61, ainsi que 67 ne sont pas de moi. Elles sont tirées de l'intervention de Mélanie Auriel sur les capsules (webinaire de Jürgen Wagner)."

(genial.ly)

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13/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

Create your own video
(portablenorthpole.com)
Thanks to Carole R.

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TOYS

Venezuela seizes 4 million toys for its children (December 13, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The government of Venezuela has seized nearly 4 million children ' s toys from a toy distributor. It will give the toys to children."

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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THE YEAR 2016

REVIEW

ART LITERATURE
AUDIO MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE
CARTOON MUSIC
CINEMA "PERSON OF THE YEAR"
DEATHS SPORTS
EVENTS VIDEO
GADGETS VIDEO GAMES

 

The best superhero films of 2016: how Marvel proves bigger isn't better
"As the Marvel and DC universes expand, audiences were treated to more superhero flicks than you could shake a cape at. But which was the best?"
(theguardian.com)

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PLANES

Iran Air Signs $16 Billion Plane Deal with Boeing - Text + Audio - 12 December 2016
"Iran’s main air carrier Iran Air has signed a deal with American manufacturer Boeing to buy 80 passenger planes.
The $16.6 billion agreement was announced Sunday. Boeing will provide 50 737 planes and 30 777 aircraft to Iran Air over the next 10 years."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DEATH PENALTY

Executions Are Down, but Debate over Death Sentence Continues - Text + Audio - 12 December 2016
"Fewer people are being executed or sentenced to death in the United States. But public debate about the death sentence continues.
While support for it is down, three states voted last month to permit executions for certain murders. Some bring strong emotions into the death penalty debate."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HATCHIMALS

Are You Standing in Line to Buy a Hatchimal - Text + Audio + Video - 12 December 2016
"Do you know what a Hatchimal is? If you do not, you probably will soon.
Hatchimals are said to be one of the most popular holiday gifts for children in the United States this year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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NEW CLEAN ENERGY

Bill Gates Launches $1 Billion Breakthrough Energy Investment Fund - 12 December 2016
"Billionaire philanthropist and investor Bill Gates is launching a $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new forms of clean energy.
Gates has gathered a group of like-minded investors, including Silicon Valley venture capitalists John Doerr and Vinod Khosla
and former hedge manager John Arnold, to join him in the fund."

(forbes.com)

Bill Gates will invest as much as $2 billion in new clean energy partnership with US and India - 27 November 2015
(theverge.com)

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NEW YORK CITY

New York City During The Great Depression: 55 Heartbreaking Images
(all-that-is-interesting.com)

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IDIOMS

The Ultimate Guide to English Idiomatic Expressions
"We love idiomatic expressions and phrases in English, don’t we? From a language-learner’s point of view, they are the ‘icing on the cake.’ 
But how do we remember what they mean and how to use them?"

(skypeenglishclasses.com)

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FOOTBALL

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for the fourth time - 12 December 2016
- Real Madrid forward lands award after Euro 2016 triumph
- Ronaldo now one short of Lionel Messi’s record tally of five

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Newcomer Kitchen: how Syrian refugees took over a Toronto restaurant – video - 12 December 2016
"When Canada pledged to take 25,000 refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, one restaurateur in Toronto opened his doors, giving a group of Syrian women
the opportunity to cook for the community, spread the wealth of their home country’s cuisines – and find new purpose in a strange city."

(theguardian.com)

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POKEMON GO

Pokémon Go adds Togepi and Pichu and Christmas Pikachu - Article + Video - 13 December 2016
"Six months after its release, the game is getting its first major tranche of new pokémon."

(theguardian.com)

 

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12/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

Harry Potter Christmas Party Photo Blitz! Come See ALL THE THINGS! - Pictures + Videos
(epbot.com)

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ART

Visit In search of Utopia at M - Museum Leuven 20.10.2016 - 17.01.2017
(utopialeuven.be)

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ARMS

$1,570,000,000,000: how much the world spent on arms this year - 12 December 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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2016

A fresh generation of British artists, and a few 20th century mavericks: Mark Hudson's 2016 in art
(telegraph.co.uk)

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AIR POLLUTION

Air quality in holy city of Varanasi 'most toxic in India' - 12 December 2016
"Levels of airborne pollution across north Indian plains routinely higher than in the capital, Delhi, researchers warn."
(theguardian.com)

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"SPACE EGG"

Brussels unveils €321m 'Space Egg' HQ - VIDEO - 9 December 2016
"The new European Council headquarters in Brussels, the Europa Building, has been unveiled."
(BBC)

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DRUGS

Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse? - 11 December 2016
"Fentanyl is a painkiller that is 50 times stronger than heroin. It has already killed thousands, including Prince.
Chris McGreal reveals why so many are playing Russian roulette with this lethal drug."

(theguardian.com)

Ecstasy sold in US is less pure and more dangerous than in Europe, experts warn - 10 December 2016
"Many US buyers unwittingly ingest a dangerous concoction of substances known as bath salts or other psychoactive substances instead,
putting themselves at risk."

(theguardian.com)

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BORDER PATROL

Life as a Mexican American on the Border Patrol: 'The system is not broken' - 12 December 2016
"About half the agents who patrol the southern US border are Latinos. For Vicente Paco, an immigrant himself, ‘heritage is not to be confused with patriotism’."

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP

From Kashmir to North Korea: Donald Trump’s quick fixes - 11 December 2016
"Who else is going to soothe relations between Pakistan and India, bring peace to the Middle East, get Kim Jong-un to calm down, and stop Isis in its tracks?"

(theguardian.com)

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AI

Two Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbots talk and argue with each other
"We setup two Cleverbots (www.cleverbot.com) to talk to each other, this was the result."

(YouTube)

 

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MARS

NASA Developing Food Bars for Mars Flights - Text + Audio + Video - 11 December 2016
"NASA, the American space agency, is developing new food products for astronauts to eat in space.
The agency will need such products for its planned mission to the planet Mars.
In about four years, American astronauts will be traveling into deep space, beyond the moon."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

Music in exile
"Music in Exile seeks to document the songs and stories of people across the world who have been displaced.
We hope to preserve a part of cultures endangered by war, sectarian violence, and regional instability.
Through field recordings, profiles, photographs, and video, we also aspire to humanize refugees as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two unfolds..."
(musicinexile.org)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

A Story Of Crisis And Resilience, Told Through Music - November 18, 2016
(npr.org)

New Project To Highlight The Stories Of Displaced Musicians Through Music
(thekurdishproject.org)

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SHAKESPEARE

CBBC: All Over the Place - 'Shakespeare' Song
(YouTube)
Thanks to Isabelle D.

 

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