Cillit Bang - The Mechanic
"When you have a powerful product to beat dirt, cleaning can become a source of satisfaction and thrill.
Introducing the CLEANTERTAINMENT: Cillit Bang, so efficient it almost makes cleaning exciting."
Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, Nov. 4, 2013 by Larry Ferlazzo "Before Taking the Quiz:
Watch the clip above from “West Side Story,” a famous 1961 movie made from a Broadway musical. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the story
is about a romantic relationship between a white boy and a Puerto Rican girl who come from rival gangs. In this clip, the white gang, the Jets, sing a song."
Olympic Athletes Concerned About Zika Virus- Text + Audio - 13 February 2016
"The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are less than six months away.
With the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, many Olympic committees are discussing whether to send their athletes to the Games."
Presidential Facts and 'Firsts' - Text + Audio
"The third Monday of February is known as Presidents’ Day in the United States.
For almost 100 years, America officially honored the birthday of its first president, George Washington, on February 22. That is his birthday.
That date was a national holiday until 1968."
North Korea's 'biggest' export - giant statues - 16 February 2016
"North Korea doesn't have much the world wants to buy, but one very successful export has been its art.
The BBC's Lawrence Pollard looks at an unlikely story of North Korean cultural influence, and its success in Africa in particular." (BBC)
JRR Tolkien poems found in Abingdon school annual- 16 February 2016
"Two poems by author JRR Tolkien have been discovered in a 1936 copy of a school annual.
The Shadow Man, and a Christmas poem called Noel, were found at Our Lady's School, Abingdon."
Read "The Shadow Man".
How dangerous are lasers to planes? - Article + Photos + Video - 15 February 2016
"A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to return to Heathrow Airport after being struck by a laser beam - most likely from a hand-held laser pointer. But how dangerous are these devices? And what does the law in the UK say about their use?"
How to speak like a true Brit
"With more than 50 regional dialects in Britain alone, this accent map proves how tricky understanding English can be.
Know your Cockney from your Geordie? Take the quiz to find out."
Little Red Riding Hood
"The traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood is told in 7 short video episodes, in a new adaptation...
Each video is accompanied by a transcript and is available to play at any time, in the classroom or at home."
Racism - interactive exercise:
"Complete the sentences by choosing the appropriate word in the list."
Racism 1. Brainstorming
2. A short story on racism: interactive activity
RACISM , XENOPHOBIA , GENOCIDE - a unit (pdf)
"Unit overview: In this unit you are going to learn the meaning of racism and xenophobia and how these two go hand in hand and how they can ultimately lead to genocide. You will study the effects and consequences such phenomena have on people who are subjected to them. You will also have the chance to learn how you can help eradicate them.
Vocabulary: along with words you are familiar with, a number of racism and xenophobia-related words will be introduced."
New Land, New Customs - Text + Audio - 16 February 2016
"Thousands of migrants from places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan entered Europe in 2015.
Many of these people have trouble finding their place among this new and different cultures.
VOA Learning English looks at some common situations visitors to the United States face and how to deal with them."
Let's Talk About Love, Baby- Text + Audio - 16 February 2016
"Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romantic thoughts. But love can be difficult to talk about. Not to fear.
This Words and Their Stories comes just in time to help you talk about the love in your life."
The future of bitcoin - VIDEO - 11 February 2016
"Bitcoin is a digital currency created in 2009. You can use it to buy things online around the world.
It is growing in popularity and some are concerned because it is not yet governed."
Drought Leaves Ethiopia Facing Food Crisis (February 12, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"International charities have issued a stark warning about a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Ethiopia."
Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One- Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
"WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author.
Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town.
He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life."
America Faces Many Security Challenges - Text + Audio + Video - 12 February 2016
"James Clapper and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart oversee US intelligence operations.
At a senate hearing, they said computer crime and nuclear weapons are among the serious security problems.
But they said the Islamic State terror group is the biggest threat."
Islamic State Smuggling Timber in Afghanistan - Text + Audio - 9 February 2016
"Afghan tribal leaders said that the “government has done nothing” to stop the Islamic State terror group from smuggling timber to Pakistan.
Residents of eastern Afghan provinces said the terror group has brought tree-cutting machines to the Nangahar province."
School teaches baby orangutans survival skills (February 10, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Baby orangutans in Indonesia are going to school to learn skills like finding food and making a nest.
The school hopes the skills the young apes learn will mean..."
'Mr Neville says No' - a lesson plan with a video "Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara." (cle.ens-lyon.fr)
Thanks to Véronique Schied (Ac. Strasbourg)
Maryland Democrats propose 3 gun control bills to expand on 2013 crackdown - 10 February 2016
"Democrats in the General Assembly said Wednesday that they will try to expand gun controls this year, hoping to build on some of the nation’s toughest laws by banning firearms on college campuses and requiring a process for those convicted of domestic violence to turn in their guns."
Thanks to Isabelle Destat (Ac. Versailles)