Chocolate Lovers Learn History of the Sweets - Text + Audio + Video - 13 Feebruary 2016
"When it comes to chocolate, many people enjoy the sweet treat. At a recent chocolate festival near Washington, DC
visitors tasted all kinds of chocolates while learning a bit of history about the cocoa beans."
The people who want the UK's gun laws relaxed - Article + Photos + Video - 23 February 2016
"Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales.
Who are they, and why do some want laws relaxed?"
The U.S. has Gone F&*%ing Mad- 22 February 2016
"On December 2, 2015, an absolute tragedy occurred. 14 Americans were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Which of the following would you attribute responsibility for what happened..."
(medium.com) Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)
Outer-Space 'Music' Heard in 1969 NASA Recordings- Text + Audio + Video - 23 February 2016
"In May of 1969, the Apollo 10 crew approached the far side of the moon. The three astronauts, Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan,
would have no contact with the Earth. But just as they approached the far side of the moon, the crew heard strange “music.”"
Over 18,300 apply for 14 astronaut jobs (February 22, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A record number of people have applied to NASA to be part of its astronaut training program. NASA said it received over 18,300 applications."
Researchers find Einstein's space waves (February 14, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists in the USA have seen something amazing in space for the very first time. They saw gravitational waves."
Bill Gates explains which 'superpower' he'd choose to help poor - VIDEO - 23 February 2016
"If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
That's the question school children in the US put to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, and their answers
- more time, and more energy - led to a new outlook on how to help the world's poor.
The couple outlined their strategy in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Annual Letter, an open note written to high school students
that proposes new ideas in their charitable work.
They spoke to the BBC's Laura Trevelyan about how these super-human abilities could bring about real-life change in developing areas."
Salon des séjours linguistiques et des voyages scolaires, samedi 19 mars 2106, au Lycée Henri IV de Paris.
"Déjà 5 ans que le salon a été créé, et il continue à grandir avec un besoin croissant de garanties pour l'organisation d'un projet de mobilité des jeunes,
des parents et des enseignants. Il reste l'unique salon du secteur et continue à bénéficier du patronage des deux ministères chargés de l'éducation
et de la jeunesse, ainsi que de la Commission européenne.
Au programme : rencontre avec les exposants labellisés, conférences thématiques, un grand jeu concours qui permet de gagner 800€ sur un séjour linguistique/éducatif. Pour patienter jusqu'au 19 mars, les visiteurs peuvent tester leur niveau de langues gratuitement sur www.salon-office.com "
Lamar, Swift, Trainor Win at 2016 Grammy Awards- Text + Audio + Videos - 16 February 2016
"Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar five awards. He had been nominated for 11. Taylor Swift won album of the year for '1989.'
Ceremony had some good performances and some technical difficulties, including audio problems during a song from Adele."
Afraid of Public Speaking? You Are Not Alone! - Text + Audio+ Videos
"Public speaking is difficult, even frightening, for many. Some even fear public speaking more than death itself.
It is a skill that most English learners want to improve. One method is to look at the activity as three separate messages.
Here are three tips to improve your public speaking skills."
Body Language Can Help With Public Speaking - Text + Audio + Video
"Public speaking is difficult even for native speakers of English. Learners find it even more difficult. A big part of giving presentations is body language. Charles LeBeau, professor of public speaking, shares some advice on what he calls the "physical message."
Man sells British countryside air to China(February 16, 2016) - a lesson plan with audio
"An English entrepreneur has started a booming business from selling bottled, British countryside air to Chinese consumers."
Twister "is a 1989 American comedy film...
Based on Mary Robison's 1981 novel Oh!, the film relates the story of the eccentric Cleveland family during the event of a tornado's hitting their rural Kansas home."
The Education Report: Wages for Women Years Behind Men- VIDEO - 17 February 2016
"Women are still not making as much money as men, according to a World Economic Forum report.
Based on current trends, it will take women 126 years to win wage equality, the report’s authors say.
The most equity occurs in Northern European nations."
What life will be like in 2116 (18th February, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new report shows what life might be like in 100 years from now. It describes skyscrapers that are much taller than today's buildings..."
Finishing the Dream
"In partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NBC Learn brings the Civil Rights era to life with over one hundred archival clips
and original town hall conversations from around the country. If you are having trouble viewing the videos, click here."
Thanks to Emmanuelle Lacorre (Ac. Lyon)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Harper Lee Dies- Text + Audio - 20 February 2016
"The author of one of the best-known and most loved American novels, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' has died at the age of 89.
Harper Lee’s novel about racism and justice is still read in schools across the country. About a million copies are sold each year."
To Kill a Mockingbird "is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors,
as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century,
To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch,
the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."
Should We Torture Suspects for Information? - Text + Audio - 20 February 2016
"Support for torture to combat terrorism varies by country. The average, from Pew Research Center interviews with people in 38 nations, was 40 percent.
The most support came from people in Uganda. The least from people in Argentina."
Violence in Shakespeare’s Macbeth- a lesson
"This lesson encourages a personal response from students, asking them to discuss how ambitious they are personally."
Time: 80 minutes
Lesson 3: I'm here! - Text + Audio + Video
"This is the third lesson of "Let's Learn English" - a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. This week Anna makes some phone calls so she and Marsha can have dinner together in her new apartment."
"Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea) wins Golden Bear for best film in Berlin - 20 February 2016
"Gianfranco Rosi's documentary film "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea), about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean off the Italian island of Lampedusa,
won the Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday."
"Accepting the award for Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) from the jury led by American actress Meryl Streep, Rosi said: "I hope to bring awareness. It's not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies.
The movie contrasts the ordeal of migrants as they make the sea crossing to Europe with the everyday life of the people of Lampedusa,
to whom Rosi dedicated the film."
How IS has been making enemies in Afghanistan- Article + Photos- 21 February 2016
"You have probably heard about the rise of so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan. The militant group claims to be building a new province
of what it calls "the Caliphate" in the mountains in the east of the country. But it has made some serious tactical errors,
says BBC Afghan Service reporter, Sayed Abdullah Nizami."
Fast-growing weed covering Australian town (February 20, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A fast-growing weed is causing havoc in a small Australian town. It almost resembles a scene from a horror movie."
Candidates Mimic Animals on Campaign Trail- Text + Audio+ Video- 19 February 2016
"Presidential candidates are making animal sounds in their speeches. Hillary Clinton barked. So did Jeb Bush and Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump growled. Alex Lee is a video producer from CNN. He used the social media app called Vine to put together a series of clips showing all the candidates."
'Paul's Case,' by Willa Cather, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
"Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. In the conclusion to the short story, Paul's Case, we learn about the fate of the young man
who didn't like living in an industrial town. What happens when he runs away to New York City?"
Trending Today: Selfies Kill Rare Baby Dolphin - Text + Audio + Video - 19 February 2016
"An endangered Franciscan dolphin died recently on a beach in Argentina when beach-goers took it from the water.
The people passed the dolphin around for photos, or selfies, and it died from dehydration."
VOA English Newscast 1500 UTC February 19, 2016- Text + Audio
"U.S. warplanes have carried out airstrikes on an Islamic State training camp in western Libya near the country's border with Tunisia,
this according to U.S. officials. Local officials have said at least 40 people were killed."
Vellum should be saved in a bid to 'safeguard our great traditions', says minister - 14 February 2016
"Matthew Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said that he is prepared to use the Cabinet Office's budget
to cover cost of recording laws on calf skin...
All of Parliament's legislation and some of the country's most important historical documents have been printed on vellum,
including the Domesday Book of 1086, Magna Carta and the Lindisfarne Gospels."
The woman who lifted a village - Article + Photos + Video
"Women in India face challenges most people never will. In a society where by law women have equal rights to men, it often doesn’t seem that way.
Women and young girls can face unchecked discrimination and violence...
Here is the story of one woman who, with no formal education or experience, lifted an entire village from poverty by empowering the women around her."
The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs
"The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday's plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU's external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance of racist and violent attacks against migrants and refugees."
THE X-FILES | Official Trailer | FOX BROADCASTING
"In 2016 FOX presents the next mind-bending chapter of, THE X-FILES, with a six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Mulder and Scully in THE X-FILES!"
Pope's plane reports laser flash during Mexico landing - 18 February 2016
"On Sunday, a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York from London Heathrow Airport turned back following take-off after a laser was shone into the cockpit...
Nearly 9,000 incidents involving lasers and aircraft in the UK were reported to the country's Civil Aviation Authority between January 2009 and June 2015...
"Modern lasers have the power to blind and the potential to dazzle and distract pilots during critical phases of flight..."
+ What types of laser are pointed at planes? + How dangerous are lasers to planes?
EU deal gives UK special status, says David Cameron - Article + Photos + Videos - 20 February 2016
"David Cameron says a deal struck with EU leaders will give the UK "special status" and he will campaign with his "heart and soul" to stay in the union."
'Largest Ever' US-South Korea Military Drills - Text + Audio - 18 February 2016
"As tensions increase, South Korea officials say the yearly military drills between the South and the U.S. will be the largest ever.
Also, South Korean intelligence officials warn of attacks by the North."
UN: Kim Jong Un Could Be Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity- Text + Audio- 16 February 2016
"A United Nations expert on human rights in North Korea has warned that the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, could be responsible for crimes against humanity. North Korea’s human rights abuses are among the worst in the world. UN investigators say the abuses are the worst since World War II."
Inside the world's biggest gun show - Article + Photos + Video - 18 February 2016
"Where better to explore the mentality of gun-toting small-town America than at the world’s biggest firearms event?
We bite the bullet – and Donald Trump makes an appearance – at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas."
The epic journey of a refugee cat to find its family- 19 February 2016
"Kunkush the cat was a beloved member of a family who became refugees when they fled Iraq for the safety of Europe.
Travelling through Greece, family and cat became separated. Kunkush was found and fostered in Berlin,
where an international online search was co-ordinated in the hope of reuniting him with his family, who wish to remain anonymous."
France 'Jungle': Eviction order for Calais migrants- 20 February 2016
"Hundreds of migrants living in part of a camp in the French port of Calais known as the Jungle have been ordered to leave or face eviction...
Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa have congregated around Calais in the hope of crossing to the UK."
Refugee crisis 'impossible to handle' in Turkey - Article + Photos - 18 February 2016
"As Jamal talks, he fingers a creased, worn photocopy of seven faded pictures. The faces of 13 dead members of his family stare from the paper.
They were all Kurds from Syria, who drowned when their boat sank off the Turkish coast on the way to Greece."
Can screening ease Greek migrant crisis? - VIDEO - 17 February 2016
"Greece has opened four new registration centres to screen the thousands of migrants who continue to arrive from Turkey.
The government in Athens is under pressure to tighten its borders, but the plan faces local opposition."