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."
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."
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."
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."
with the transcription (Click on PLUS below the video on YouTube)
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."
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."
Thanks to Nina BOCQUET (Ac. Versailles) and Sophie Morganti (Ac. Rouen)
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!"
Thanks to Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens) and Florinda FERNANDES (Ac. Caen)
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."
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."
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."
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..."
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
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)
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
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."
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.
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."
"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."
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."