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DECEMBER 2017 - PART 5 - NEW SITES





30/12/2017

DECEMBER 2017


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


 

HOLIDAYS and TRADITIONS by month in 2018

(updated on 30/12/2017)

 


2018 - WINTER OLYMPICS - PyeongChang 2018

(to be continued...)

 


YEAR 2017

Those We Said Goodbye to in 2017 - Text + Audio + Pictures
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

2017 in Arts and Culture: A Woman's Place - Text + Audio + Pictures
"One theme dominated the year in arts and culture: women."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

2017 reloaded: key moments from the last 12 months – video
(theguardian.com)

 

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ARCHITECTURE

The exciting and innovative buildings opening in 2018 - with pictures
"Jonathan Glancey rounds up the beautiful architecture coming to a city near you in 2018."
(BBC)

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MARIJUANA

Marijuana goes legal in California on Jan. 1 - what you need to know - 30 November 2017
(desertsun.com)

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Nathaniel HAWTHORNE

'Feathertop,' by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice
(neatorama.com)

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GIFS

What Love and Sadness Look Like in 5 Countries, According to Their Top GIFs
(nytimes.com)

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29/12/2017


LESSON PLAN

Certain smells take you back to your childhood (December 28, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists have found out why certain smells recall feelings of nostalgia and can recall distant memories."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Smells - Level 4  or  Smells - 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)

See: The most famous instance of involuntary memory by Proust is known as the "episode of the madeleine
"In In Search of Lost Time (also known as Remembrance of Things Past), author Marcel Proust uses madeleines
to contrast involuntary memory with voluntary memory."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeleine_(cake)

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ANIMAL SPECIES

Nice to meet you: amazing new animal species discovered in 2017 – in pictures - 29 December 2017
"From the Pink Floyd shrimp that makes a noise so loud it can kill small fish, to giant stick insects and new types of orangutans and gibbons,
here is a round up of new animal species discovered this year."

(theguardian.com)


discovered in North Australia

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SACRED SITES

10 Sacred Sites Worth Seeing - with pictures
(neatorama.com)


Shatrunjaya Hill - location: Palitana, India

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BRONX FIRE

Deadly NYC fire 'caused by child playing' - with pictures, a map and a video - 29 December 2017
"New York City investigators believe the Bronx fire that killed 12 people, including four children, was caused by a child playing with a cooker."
+ Video: Fire commissioner: The fire quickly spread up the stairs - the stairway acted like a chimney

+ Video: Eyewitnesses say they heard people screaming and saw others waiting to be rescued
(BBC)

Bronx fire: Twelve die in New York apartment block blaze - with pictures, a map and a video - 29 December 2017
"Four children were among 12 people killed in a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York."
+ Video: Eyewitnesses say they heard people screaming and saw others waiting to be rescued

(BBC)

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TRUMP / GLOBAL WARMING

Trump's call for some 'good old global warming' ridiculed by climate experts - 29 December 2017
- US president again conflates weather with climate to mock climate change
- Experts call comments ‘scientifically ridiculous and demonstrably false’

(theguardian.com)

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YEAR 2017

The Telegraph's Year in Review 2017 - VIDEO
"The Telegraph looks back at the exclusives published by its top journalists in 2017."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korean stamps commemorate Hwasong-15 missile launch - with pictures - 29 December 2017
"Leader Kim Jong-un features among images celebrating November’s launch of missile that regime claims can reach the US."

(theguardian.com)

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28/12/2017


LESSON PLAN

Too much gaming is mental health issue (December 26, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The World Health Organization has said that too much gaming is officially a mental health problem."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Gaming Disorder - Level 0Gaming Disorder - Level 1  or  Gaming Disorder - 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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PRONUNCIATION

The Hamburger Fun
"This is the fun clip where, Inspector Clousseau doesnt know how to spell Hamburger and blabbers when he tries to learn american english...!!"

(YouTube)

 

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CHRISTMAS

The word: holy
(thewordofthemonth.com)

 

Christmas pictures from around the world - 27 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Donald and Melania Trump's peaceful Christmas message - VIDEO - 26 December 2017
"The Trumps use their official Christmas message to wish the world a peaceful festive season."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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BOXING DAY

Boxing Day sales eager shoppers flock to Harrods - 27 December 2017
(from The Telegraph)
(facebook.com)

The fashion trends to look out for in this year's Boxing Day sales - with pictures - 26 December 2017
(theguardian.com)

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YEAR 2017

Year in pictures 2017
"Our selection of some of the most powerful news photographs taken around the world this year."

(BBC)

The most striking images of 2017
(BBC)

Top Technology Stories of 2017 - Text + Audio + Pictures
"2017 was another big year for technology, with many new products launched to make our phones, homes and cars “smarter.”
But the news also included stories about technology companies seeking to earn back the public trust."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Eight amazing science stories of 2017 - with pictures
"It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft's 13-year-long mission reached its finale,
while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars.
BBC News looks back on eight of the biggest science and environment stories of 2017."

(BBC)

The world in 2017: how much do you know? – quiz - with pictures
"One state turned off the internet, another was accused of using starvation as a weapon of war, and beauty pageant contestants went rogue
in the name of gender equality. What do you remember of the year that was?"

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Mofiz Uddin has welcomed over 130 Rohingya onto his land - VIDEO
(BBC)

 

 

Refugee Students Help Those in Need This Holiday Season - Text + Audio + Video - 22 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

US announces sanctions on North Korea missile makers
"Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol are believed to be involved in moves to switch from liquid to solid fuel and advance ICBM development."

(theguardian.com)

North Korea missile developers hit by US sanctions - with pictures and a video - 26 December 2017
"The US has placed sanctions on two North Korean officials it says have led the development of nuclear missiles."

+ Video: How would war with North Korea unfold?
(BBC)

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Winston CHURCHILL

A Light on Winston Churchill in Film, "Darkest Hour" - Text + Audio + Video - 22 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TRAINED DOGS

Botswana Turns to Trained Dogs to Protect Wildlife - Text + Audio + Video - 25 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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SUICIDE ATTACK

Afghanistan suicide attack: Dozens killed in Kabul - 28 December 2017
"At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul."

(BBC)

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25/12/2017


CHRISTMAS

Queen to reflect on 'appalling' attacks in Christmas Day message - 25 December 2017
"Monarch to focus on ‘warmth, familiarity and love’ of home as she remembers London and Manchester atrocities."

(theguardian.com)

Transcript: The Queen's Christmas message for 2017
(sbs.com.au)

 

 

Meghan Markle joins Royal family for Christmas Day church service at Sandringham - 25 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

A History of Christmas in America - Text + Audio + Pictures - 24 December 2017
"By the middle of the 1800s, American Christian groups began to ignore their religious differences over the meaning of Christmas and honored the day in special ways."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The world's weirdest Christmas traditions, from KFC to defecating toys - with pictures - 23 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

VOA Learning English Presents 'A Visit From St. Nicholas' - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 23 December 2017
"Many people believe that a poem written in 1822 is now one of the best-loved poems in America about the Christmas holiday.
We take a brief look at the history of this poem and listen as the staff of VOA Learning English recite the poem."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures - 22 December 2017
"Photographer Christopher Ratcliffe has digitally merged the past with the present in a series of festive images.
From sandbags in Selfridges in 1939 to Santa Claus at a Holborn bus stop in 1960, the photos deftly connect the old with the new."

(theguardian.com)

Grammar and Christmas - Text + Audio + Video - 21 December 2017
"Christmas is full of pleasant surprises and surprising disappointments. Americans use certain words to show these emotions.
Common examples include "even," "still," and "actually."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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LESSON PLANS

Singing in groups could make you happier (December 24, 2017) - a lesson plan with audio
"Researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive effects on reducing anxiety and depression."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Singing - Level 4  or  Singing - 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)

You are what you eat, say scientists (December 20, 2017) - a lesson plan with audio
"Scientists have cast new light on the effects our diet has on our mental health."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Food & Mental Health - Level 4  or  Food & Mental Health - 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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YEAR 2017

The Animals That Went Extinct in 2017
(livingalongsidewildlife.com)

Silicon Valley's Dumbest 'Inventions' of 2017 - with pictures and a video
(gizmodo.com)

Merriam-Webster’s 2017 Words of the Year
"Toward the end of each calendar year, around the winter holidays, various dictionaries trot out their annual Words of the Year feature.
This year, as can be expected, the focus (according to Merriam-Webster) was predominantly on terms directly or indirectly associated with politics..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

Top Science Stories from 2017 - Text + Audio + Pictures
"A total solar eclipse visible across America was one of the year’s rarest events. Strong storms raised concerns about climate change and neutron stars bring attention
to a Nobel Prize-winning discovery about gravity."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The British Royal Family: 2017 in review - VIDEO
"The Telegraph takes a look back across 2017 at the highlights of the British Royal family."

(telegraph.co.uk)

The 2017 Observer quiz of the year
"How did Boris react to a poster of Tintin, what’s been banned by Wetherspoons, and who said it was ‘disgusting’ to put a washing machine in the kitchen?
How well do you remember 2017? Questions by Euan Ferguson (answers at the end)."

(theguardian.com)

An extraordinary year: 2017 in review – video
"It has been another extraordinary year. From the revelations of the Paradise Papers to the continuing investigation into Russia’s role in the US election,
we’ve been there to provide insight, analysis and opinion every step of the way. And to find hope as we look ahead to 2018."

(theguardian.com)

 

2017 Quiz Of The Year - Part three
+ 2017 quiz of the year - part one, people
+ 2017 quiz of the year - part two, quotes
(BBC)

The Most 2017 Photos Ever
(theatlantic.com)

Year in focus 2017 - with pictures
(yearinfocus.gettyimages.com)

Year in review: The 50 stories from 50 states that moved us in 2017 - with pictures and videos
(usatoday.com)

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LONDON ZOO FIRE

London Zoo reopens after animals die in fire - 24 December 2017
"Misha the aardvark dies in blaze at London tourist attraction and four meerkats are missing, presumed dead."

(theguardian.com)

London Zoo fire: Zoo shuts as fire hits buildings - with pictures - 23 December 2017
"London Zoo is shut "until further notice" after a fire at the attraction."

(BBC)

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TRUMP / UN / JERUSALEM

UN Approves Resolution Rejecting US Decision on Jerusalem - Text + Audio + Pictures - 21 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to UN Members Over Jerusalem Vote - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea: New UN sanctions an act of war - 24 December 2017
+ Video: North Korea said in November its latest missile was capable of reaching Washington DC
+ Video: How would war with North Korea unfold?
+ Video: The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the new sanctions cut oil and petrol imports
+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ Can the world live with a nuclear North Korea?
+ Sanctions won't stop us, warns N Korea

(BBC)

North Korea says new Trump security strategy seeks 'total subordination of whole world' - 22 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Increase in North Korean Defections Could Show Impact of Sanctions - Text + Audio - 21 December 2017
"Another North Korean soldier and two fishermen defected to South Korea on Thursday.
The defections could be a sign that economic sanctions meant to punish North Korean leadership are creating difficulties for its people."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Exclusive: US making plans for 'bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea - 20 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

S. Korea Wants to Postpone Military Drills Until After Olympics - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 December 2017
"A presidential official in Seoul said the decision to delay the exercises would depend on North Korea avoiding any provocations during the Olympics."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korean Hackers Steal Millions of Dollars in Bitcoin - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 December 2017
"Computer security experts say North Korea has taken millions of dollars in what is known as “virtual currency.”
These digital forms of money are not overseen by government but by software developers."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering - 24 December 2017
"Request for financial information may be connected to inquiries into possible conspiracy between Trump and Kremlin."

(theguardian.com)

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook Admits Social Media Can Harm Mental Health - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 20 December 2017
"Facebook has released new research suggesting social media can harm one’s mental health when used in certain ways.
The research is based on studies and cooperation with psychology and sociologist experts."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WESTERN CHINA

In Western China, a Police State and a Climate of Fear - Text + Audio + Pictures + A map - 19 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MANAGING LARGE LANGUAGE CLASSES

Education Tips: Managing Large Language Classes - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 December 2017
"Large language classes are difficult for many teachers. In today’s teacher tips, we discuss ways to manage these classes with success."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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UFO

Why we keep scanning the skies for signs of alien intelligence - 22 December 2017
"The search for alien life continues, but how near are we to finding life on other planets – and will we ever answer the question ‘are we alone’?"

(theguardian.com)

Pentagon’s Former UFO Hunter: ‘We May Not Be Alone’ - 19 December 2017
"The man who previously ran the Pentagon’s secret UFO program has a lot to say on the topic."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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ROBOTS

The most human-like robots yet: able to play badminton, perform sit-ups and blessed with complete skeletons - 20 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

A.I. intelligence artificielle (2001)
"A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother."

Director: (imdb.com)

 

Ex Machina (2014)
"A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence
by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I."

(imdb.com)

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AMTRAK DERAILMENT

Amtrak derailment: train was going at nearly three times the speed limit - 19 December 2017
"Train was travelling at 80mph in 30mph zone when it derailed south of Seattle, killing at least three people."

(theguardian.com)

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ILLEGAL GOODS

Bear bile and snakeskin boots: illegal goods seized at Heathrow – in pictures - 20 December 2017
"The UK Border Force at Heathrow airport seizes illegal goods including taxidermied endangered species, ivory carvings and herbal medicines.
The government agency is a world leader in identifying and preventing the unlawful trade in endangered animals and plant material."

(theguardian.com)

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DOPING IN ATHLETICS

Drugs in athletics: A new doping scandal - VIDEO - 19 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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REFUGEES

The refugees who brought hope to a Scottish island - 24 December 2017
"Two years ago Bute offered sanctuary to 24 families fleeing terror in their homeland."

(theguardian.com)

Europe sends people 'home' to Afghanistan, where they have never been - 23 December 2017
"Accelerated programme of forced removals results in scared young men being deported to a country they do not know."

(theguardian.com)

Europe rebuked for removing Afghans to one of world's most dangerous countries - 22 December 2017
"Sweden and Germany at forefront of rise in refused asylum seekers being sent back since EU agreed aid package for country."

(theguardian.com)

'Welcome to prison': winter hits in one of Greece's worst refugee camps - 22 December 2017
"Patience is running out on Lesbos, where thousands live in the packed Moria camp, but the government is finally taking action."

(theguardian.com)

Rohingya crisis: UN relief work in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh – in pictures - 28 November 2017
"Photographer Andy Hall has been documenting the work of the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, in the camps near the border with Myanmar.
Weeks after the initial arrival of thousands of Rohingya fleeing violence, hundreds wait every day by the roadside to be processed, each with a harrowing story to tell."

(theguardian.com)

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IVORY TRADE

Environmental Group Says Japan Helping Ivory Trade - Text + Audio + Picture - 23 December 2017
"The World Wildlife Fund has criticized Japan for permitting sales of ivory that are banned by international law.
Japan says it does not want to close its markets because the ivory in the country is legal."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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George BUSH

George W. Bush: Wartime President - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Listening quiz
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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