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FEBRUARY 2015 - PART 2 - NEW SITES




15/02/2015


FOOD

Americans Eating More 'Fast Casual,' Less Fast Food - Article + Audio - 14 February 2015
"There is a growing trend in America towards more healthy food. People are visiting more “fast casual” restaurants and less fast food ones. Meanwhile, McDonalds earnings continue to decline. Observers say Americans want more choices and fresh food
when choosing where and what to eat."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ART

Art history’s greatest kisses
(BBC)


The Kiss, 1908–09 - Gustav Klimt 

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14/02/2015


VALENTINE

Vinegar Valentines: When love letters were hate mail - 14 February 2015
"Valentine's Day is an opportunity to bombard a paramour - or hoped-for paramour - with syrupy sentiment.
But it has not always been quite so sweet."

(BBC)

 

The Language of Love: How Not to Write a Love Letter - AUDIO + SCRIPT + SONG: Led Zeppelin - Thank You
"Sometimes, you fall in love so hard that you must, simply must, tell the person in a love letter. But love is complicated. Love is hard to explain.
And it's even harder to write about. If you chose to write one in English, this story may help. Here are a few suggestions on what not to do."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

A Very Musical Love Story - AUDIO + SCRIPT
"Lyrics from several love songs over the years tell a story about how to find and keep love in this Valentine's Day special."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IDIOMS

TALK2US: Super Football Idioms - VIDEO
"Learn some useful English expressions from the game of American Football with Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

A richer world... but for whom?
(BBC)

How a richer world has changed our lifestyles - in 60 seconds - 14 February 2015
"The BBC's A Richer World season is exploring global wealth, poverty and inequality.
The world is wealthier now than ever before. What has that meant for our lifestyles?
From electricity and sanitation, to the internet and mobile phones, a richer world has changed the way we live.
But can the Earth cope? Today we use the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we need."

(BBC)

with the transcription (Click on PLUS below the video on YouTube

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TEA

This Is What A Cup Of Tea Looks Like In 22 Different Countries
(buzzfeed.com)

 

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UFO

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
"is the collective name for a number of activities undertaken to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life.[1][2] 
SETI projects use scientific methods in this search.
For example, electromagnetic radiation is monitored for signs of transmissions from civilizations on other worlds.[3][4] 
Some of the most well-known projects are run by Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, or the SETI Institute..."

(Wikipedia)

 

Mars Attacks Kill Count
(YouTube)

 

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13/02/2015


LOVE!

Greek archaeologists find remains of embracing couple in Neolithic tomb - 12 February 2015
"The remains of a man and woman locked in an embrace, which were found at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese, constitute a “stunning discovery” dating to around 3,800 BC, the head of the dig has told Kathimerini...
 the bones belonged to a man and a woman, both aged between 20 and 25."

(ekathimerini.com)

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SUPERSTITIONS

10 Most Superstitious Athletes
(mensfitness.com)

Sporting superstitions: Why do we have them?
(BBC)

The 30 Strangest Superstitions In Sports History
(businessinsider.com)

VIDEO. Vendredi 13: Les plus étranges superstitions des sportifs
(20minutes.fr)

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MARDI GRAS

STING:BOURBON STREET/SEQUENCE NEW ORLEANS/VAMPIRES/MARDI-GRAS
(myschoolbag.eklablog.com)

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Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 


ARCHITECTURE

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for World Heritage List - Article + Audio + Video - 13 February 2015
"Frank Lloyd Wright is called the father of American modern architecture. He created most of his works from 1900 to the 1950s,
but his open-living spaces and imaginative designs still appear very modern.
Last week, the United States nominated 10 of his buildings for the UNESCO World Heritage List."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CINEMA


Selma 
"is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb and DuVernay.[5] It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel,[6][7] Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC...
In 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts his Nobel Peace Prize.
Four African-American girls are shown walking in a church when an explosion kills them.
In Selma, Alabama, Annie Lee Cooper attempts to register to vote but is prevented from doing so by the white registrar.
King meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson and asks for federal legislation to allow black citizens to register to vote unencumbered.
Johnson says he has more important projects..." 
(Wikipedia)

 

 

« Selma » un film de Ava DuVernay, sortie en France le 11 mars 2015
De nombreux sites à visiter.
(aplv-languesmodernes.org)
Thanks to Laure Peskine

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Films avec un club journal dans une école américaine ou anglaise :
- BEVERLY HILLS 90210 où Brandon tient le journal de son lycée

- Veronica Mars saison 1

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Thanks to Nina BOCQUET (Ac. Versailles) and Sophie Morganti (Ac. Rouen)

 


Edgar POE

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe - Article + Audio + Video
"As Valentine's Day draw near, our thoughts are turning to hearts. This classic story by Edgar Allen Poe includes a very loud heart.
Happy Valentine's Day and happy listening from your friends at VOA Learning English!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Tell-Tale Heart - Video
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AUDIO

Podcasts
(Ac. Réunion)

Entraîner à la compréhension orale : sites utiles
(Ac. Caen)

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Thanks to Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens) and Florinda FERNANDES (Ac. Caen)

 


MONEY

Enriching the rich in the US - but what about the rest? - 13 February 2015
- Article + Video: "Linda Yueh explains why inequality has grown in the US."
"Has the land of opportunity created a society of haves and have-nots? Is the US economy now just enriching the rich?
Inequality has been noticeable since the recession, but the income gap has been growing for decades."

(BBC)

HSBC bank helped the rich hide money - a lesson plan with AUDIO - 12 February 2015
"The BBC says that HSBC, the world's largest bank, helped rich people to hide money so they would not have to pay tax."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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MARS

This woman is in the running for a one-way trip to Mars - VIDEO - 13 February 2015
"The 24-year-old, who's doing a PHD in astronomy and space at the University of Birmingham,
is one of the Britons shortlisted for the Mars One mission...
If she gets through the latest round she'll spend the next 10 years training for the project.
It aims to send teams of four to the red planet every two years from 2025 until 40 people are living there."

(BBC)

One-way Ticket to Mars (RT Documentary) - 26:05
"The Mars One mission is a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. It’s scheduled for 2023, when the first group of 4 men and women will land on Mars. There, they’re expected to collect data, plant oxygen-producing vegetation and prepare the planet for human colonization.
Despite the obvious dangers of this enterprise, over 200,000 people from around the world have applied..."

(YouTube)

 

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ALIENS

Scientists in US are urged to seek contact with aliens - Article + Video - 12 February 2015
"Scientists at a US conference have said it is time to try actively to contact intelligent life on other worlds."

(BBC)

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CHORES

The Notebook - a lesson
"This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Greg Gray and the theme of household chores.
Students learn and practise vocabulary related to household chores, talk about household chores and watch a short film."

Time: 60 minutes
Topic: Household chores

(film-english.com)

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DAILY MORNING ROUTINE

Daily morning routine
"Voici un diaporama que j'utilise dans une classe de 6e à orientation européenne.
objectifs
- l'emploi des adverbes de fréquence et leur place dans la phrase.
- le présent simple
- les prépositions before et after suivies d'une base verbale + ING
- lexique: daily morning routine"

Créé par Murielle Pennetier (Ac. Orléans -Tours)

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12/02/2015


VALENTINE

Valentine's Day Spending Quiz - interactive
"Here's a Valentine's Day quiz I created for my students using the excellent LearnClick site.
The text was originally an article from AdWeek, which could also be used for practising how to say numbers."

+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

Valentine's Day Crossword
"It's Valentine's Day next Saturday, so here's a crossword on that theme.
You can download a PDF version here, and access an alternative online version here."

+ VALENTINE'S DAY RESOURCES + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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ENGLISH

20 Ways to Improve Your English - a slideshare
"Here's a presentation I did for the new intake of FC (= Continuing Education) students at the EM Normandie,
some of whom will be taking the e-learning version of our Master's Degree.
Click on the logos and screenshots for more information. You can download the PowerPoint version here."

(englishblog.com)

Apprendre l'anglais - Videos
(youtube.com/channel)

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UNION JACK

Hit the Road, Union Jack
"There are only four nations left with the Union Jack in their flags, and two are dropping the old commonwealth brand."

(slate.com)

Which countries are keeping union jack on their flags? - 3 February 2015
(BBC)

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GUNS

The Myth of the Good Guy With a Gun
"The NRA is wrong: Owning a gun is far more likely to harm you than protect you."

(slate.com)

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ROBOT

Introducing Spot - VIDEO - 11 February 2015
"Spot runs on electric power instead of gasoline, so he can be used indoors as well as outside.
And he, I mean it, weighs only about 160 pounds. Spot joins BigDog, AlphaDog, Atlas, Petman, RHex, Wildcat, Sand Flea, and Cheetah
(all from Boston Dynamics) among our new robot overlords."

See also: More terrifying robots from Boston Dynamics.
(neatorama.com)

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INTERNET / CRIME

Sleuthing Search Engine: Even Better Than Google?
"Memex, Developed by the U.S. Military, Is Helping to Track Down Online Criminals."

(wsj.com)

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PRESIDENTS' DAY


PRESIDENTS' DAY - GAMES(learninggamesforkids.com)

Presidents & First Ladies Card Flip 
"challenges players to match the names of presidents with the names of their wives.
It’s trickier than it sounds because the first ladies are listed by their maiden names."

 Match ’Em Up. 
"In one version players choose which Presidents and Vice-Presidents worked together. In another they match the nickname to the president."

Type It Presidential Inaugurations. 
"You’ll have to guess the year of the inaugurations of several presidents in order to win. This is great for AP History review!"

Unscramble 
"challenges players to spell the names of the presidents by rearranging the letters in their names."

Speedy Speller
"challenges players to quickly spell words while listening to sentences that teach about former presidents.
Choose Fun Facts I, II, or III or George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or John Adams."

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PHONE PRIVACY

The biggest myth about phone privacy - 6 February 2015
"We should feel safe uploading selfies and other personal information to social networks and apps if our identities are hidden, shouldn’t we?
Far from it, as Molly Crain explains."

(BBC)

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MARDI GRAS in NEW ORLEANS

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: how street music keeps Nola groovin' - 10 February 2015
"New Orleans’ marching bands are in full swing as the city gears up for Mardi Bras this weekend,
but buskers keep the city’s streets alive all year round: from kids drumming on plastic buckets to full-on bands,
as Instagrammer Brendan van Son’s images reveal."

(theguardian.com)

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Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 


SMUGGLING

Frontline teams 'unaware' of wildlife smuggler tactics - 7 February 2015
"Front-line transport workers largely lack awareness on how criminal networks disguise illegal wildlife products,
it emerged at a summit in Bangkok."

(BBC)

"A courier company discovered a shipment of ivory bangles in Germany,
on its way from Nigeria to China."

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