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16/12/2017

DECEMBER 2017

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01 - World AIDS Day
03 - International Day of the Disabled
10 - Human Rights Day
15 - Bill of Rights Day
18 - International Migrants Day
21 - WINTER
25 - Christmas
26 - Boxing Day
31 - New Year's Eve



CHRISTMAS

This Is What Christmas Dinner Looks Like In 19 Different Countries
(buzzfeed.com)


United Kingdom

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LESSON PLANS

Storks: Used to x Simple Present - a lesson plan with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)



Social media 'destroying how society works' (December 14, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A former Facebook executive has said social media is doing great harm to society around the world."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Social Media - Level 0Social Media - Level 1  or  Social Media - 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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TRUMP'S LIES

Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s - 14 December 2017
(nytimes.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Putin: Trump opponents harm US with 'invented' Russia scandal - 14 December 2017
"Russia's president has accused opponents of his US counterpart Donald Trump of harming the US by "inventing stories" about contacts with Russia."
+ Video: Meet the Russian celebrity running against Putin for president
(BBC)

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NORTH KOREA

Families Seek News of North Korean Abductees - Text + Audio - 14 December 2017
"North Korea is accused of forcibly taking people against their will and holding them.
Since other countries have taken steps designed to punish the North because of its weapons testing,
families of the abductees have not been able to learn anything new about their relatives."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROHINGYA

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar - 14 December 2017
"At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the month after violence broke out in Myanmar in August, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says."

+ Video: Rohingya Muslims displaced from Tula Toli village in Rakhine State gave disturbing accounts - Contains upsetting scenes
(BBC)

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POLICE

Extra 500 Scottish officers to get Tasers after rise in assaults on police - 14 December 2017
"There have been almost a thousand assaults on officers across Scotland in 2017, compared with 764 in 2016."

(theguardian.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrants from Venezuela May Cause Problem in Brazil - Text + Audio - 15 December 2017
"An increasing number of Venezuelans have moved out of the country recently. They are seeking to escape economic hardship and high crime rates in their homeland."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Stranded migrants rescued from rocks off Turkey in dramatic operation - 14 December 2017
"Footage shows rescue personnel airlifting child as people wait next to partially deflated rubber dinghy on Aegean coast.
The Turkish coastguard has mounted a dramatic rescue operation in the Aegean Sea, saving 51 people who became stranded on rocks
as they attempted to cross to Greece. "

(theguardian.com)

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ISIL

Nearly a third of all weapons used by Isil on the battlefield were manufactured in EU, report claims - 14 December 2017
"Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants relied heavily on guns and ammunition produced by Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Germany, a report released
on Thursday by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an international organisation that documents weapons trafficking in war zones, revealed.
The only bigger producer of weapons used by the group was found to be China."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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US / JERUSALEM

Muslim Group ‘Rejects and Condemns’ US Jerusalem Decision - Text + Audio + Pictures - 13 December 2017
"Islamic leaders united on Wednesday to “reject and condemn” the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
A joint statement was issued by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation after a gathering in Istanbul, Turkey."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Herman MELVILLE

'Benito Cereno,' by Herman Melville, Part Three - Text + Audio + Video
"Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville.
As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile.
They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But..."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Steve JOBS

What It Takes - Steve Jobs - 15 December 2017
"In this episode: Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell.
They spoke to the Academy decades apart, and yet their paths merged at one pivotal point in time into a single story, the story of the iPod and the iPhone."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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George TOOKER

High Anxiety: The surreal & disturbingly dreamlike paintings of George Tooker
(dangerousminds.net)

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NET NEUTRALITY

Explainer: Net Neutrality
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

US Government Agency Ends ‘Net Neutrality’ Rule - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Christmas - activities
"Christmas is an excellent theme for adding games and fun to your teaching.
Most students enjoy festive lessons if your activities encourage a personal contribution about the students' own families and customs.
With 'Christmas tips', you can look at history, customs and traditions, food and drink, songs and carols, poems and literature, or discussion topics."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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ESCAPE GAME for Christmas

Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges) :
Escape Game spécial Christmas avec la video de début de séance via Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT46cp8ThFs&feature=youtu.be
La problématique de mon Xmas Escape Game est celle-ci : Le Père Noël a faim de chocolats! Quels sont les élèves assez gentils pour partager avec lui ?
Tous les détails de la séquence et les supports sont disponibles ici :
http://www.englishnexon.com/pages/teachers-zone-6eme/xmas-escape-game.html

 

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POLAR BEAR

Video of starving polar bear goes viral (December 12, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A video of a starving and emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone viral on the Internet."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Polar Bear - Level 4  or  Polar Bear - 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)

 

Heart-Wrenching Video: Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land | National Geographic

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HUNGER CRISIS

DR Congo crisis: On Kasai's hunger road - VIDEO - 12 December 2017
"Fergal Keane reveals the crisis along a road in the Democratic Republic of Congo that threatens hundreds of thousands.
Nearly half a million severely malnourished children are at risk of starvation in the country's Kasai region.
The UN has just declared the crisis in DRC as the highest level of emergency - the same as Yemen, Syria and Iraq."

(BBC)

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LONDON'S RIVER THAMES

A strange life on London's river Thames - with pictures - 13 December 2017
"Eel Pie Island is one of around 180 islets on the Thames, born of the river’s meandering, 184-mile path from the Cotswold hills to the North Sea."

(BBC)

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LIFE ALONG THE A1

Britain on the verge: Life along the A1 - with pictures - 11 December 2017
"Winding across the United Kingdom, the A1 is the longest numbered road in Britain, providing a route between the capitals of England and Scotland."
(BBC)

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YEAR 2017

The top 10 video games of 2017 - From Mario to the mighty Zelda - with pictures
"Mario ran amok in New Donk City, a cat dropped out of college, and Angel Carter haunted What Remains of Edith Finch.
But it was the mighty Zelda who took video gaming – and cooking – to a new dimension."

(theguardian.com)

 

'Feminism' Is Merriam-Webster 'Word of the Year' - Text + Audio - 12 December 2017
"Covfefe, dotard, rocket man, moron, recuse, collusion, complicit, and #MeToo are among the words and phrases that dominated the news in 2017.
Yet a winner stands out. In 2017, a popular dictionary publisher says people looked up "feminism" more than any other."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POLLUTION

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, first tests reveal - with a map - 13 December 2017
"Neonicotinoids, banned on flowering crops, were found in nearly all rivers tested, increasing concerns over their impact on fish and birds."

(theguardian.com)

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LAUGHTER

How to Spell Exclamations of Laughter
"How does one spell the sound of an eruption of laughter? It depends on the species of mirth, and the list below offers suggestions based on such subtleties. Whether one seeks to indicate a character’s laughter in the manuscript of a novel or short story or to indicate actual or conjectural laughter in nonfiction, consider these guidelines."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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PREPOSITIONS OF TIME

Infographic featuring the different prepositions used for time
(grammarcheck.net)

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CHRISTMAS

A Christmas lesson plan
- Main activities speaking, speculating and storytelling
- Suitable for teens and adults, upper-intermediate (B2) and above
- A Christmas lesson plan Teacher’s Notes (pdf)

- with 2 videos: BBC One Christmas 2017 | The Supporting Act
and John Lewis Christmas Ad 2017 - #MozTheMonster
"The Teacher’s Notes contain everything you need for class, but if you’d rather display the images using Powerpoint, click here."

+ MORE LESSON PLANS ON THIS SITE!
(allatc.wordpress.com)

Muppet Christmas Carol - It Feels Like Christmas
"The Ghost of Christmas Present teaches Scrooge about Christmas, on the streets of London town."

(YouTube)

 

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THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH

The sounds of English with VIDEOS
(BBC)

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NEW YORK BOMB EXPLOSION

Akayed Ullah: New York bombing suspect charged - with a map - 12 December 2017
"Suspected New York City bus terminal bomber Akayed Ullah has been charged with terror offences, police say."
+ Video: The blast hit during New York's rush-hour - this is how events unfolded

(BBC)

Small Bomb Explodes in New York Subway, 4 Injured - Text + Audio + Pictures - Last Updated: 2 hours ago
"The explosion happened in an underground passageway that connects Times Square station on 42nd Street to a station under the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Many people were in the passageway when the explosion caused it to fill with smoke...
New York officials said the Islamic State terrorist group inspired the suspect."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

New York bomb suspect in custody after attempted terrorist attack in Manhattan subway - with pictures, a map and videos - 11 December 2017
"Former NY police commissioner Bill Bratton has claimed the attack was inspired by Isil."
+ Suspected bomber named as Akayed Ullah, 27-year-old Bangladeshi national
+ Device exploded on a subway platform at at the Port Authority Bus terminal near Times Square
+ Four people, including the suspect, have been injured but none of the injuries are life-threatening
+ The transit hub, one of the busiest in the US, has now reopened

(telegraph.co.uk)

Live: Police respond New York bomb explosion - 11 December 2017
"New York Police Department says it is responding to report of explosion near Times Square."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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BREXIT

Brexit: City of London will lose 10,500 jobs on day one, says EY - 11 December 2017
"Dublin and Frankfurt are most likely to benefit from UK’s departure from EU, says accountancy firm."

(theguardian.com)

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

California's Thomas Fire scorches area larger than New York City - with pictures and videos - 11 December 2017
"The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City."

(BBC)

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MODERN SLAVERY

Modern slavery: 'I had to eat the dog's food to survive' - with pictures and a video - 11 December 2017
"It was already late when Maria, alone in her room, thought about taking her own life by jumping from the seventh floor window. Her day at work, just on the other side of the door, had again started around dawn and only ended 15 hours later. She felt weak, having not eaten for two days."
(BBC)

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REFUGEES

Moria: Inside the squalid refugee camp banned to journalists - VIDEO - 10 December 2017
"The Telegraph enters Moria camp in Lesbos to find 7,000 refugees squeezed into a camp built to accommodate just 2,000."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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HOMELESSNESS

Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake: ‘You can’t avoid homelessness in Manchester. It touched us both’ - with pictures and a video - 11 December 2017
"When the musician and the actor met in 2014, they ‘clicked straight away’, bonding over a mission to bring back socially conscious art.
They talk about shamanic rock stars, working-class guilt and how their spoken-word album about homelessness strives to be a modern Cathy Come Home."

(theguardian.com)

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THE US MEXICO-BORDER

Forget the fence: these are the real markers of the US-Mexico border – in pictures - 11 December 2017
"The 276 monuments marking the US-Mexico border were erected after the Mexican-American war which ended in 1848.
David Taylor, an Arizona-based artist and professor, set out to photograph them all in 2007 – a seven-year task that took him
from the Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua border to the Pacific Ocean, passing through cities and remote mountainous terrain."

(theguardian.com)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action - 12 December 2017
"EU funds will be focused on clean energy, and sustainable cities and agriculture,
with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also pledging $300m towards climate adaptation."

(theguardian.com)

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George H.W. BUSH

George H.W. Bush: Cautious - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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BANKSY

Banksy artworks up for auction in New York – in pictures - 12 December 2017
"Forty artworks by the street artist Banksy are up for auction in New York on 12 December. It’s the first time that an auction has been devoted exclusively to the artist,
and the prints on sale cover his career from the earliest Rude Copper to his latest works from his Walled Off Hotel project in Jerusalem."

(theguardian.com)

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