Amnesty International: Syria Killed Thousands in Hangings- Text + Audio - 7 February 2017
"A new report by the rights group Amnesty International says the Syrian government killed as many as 13,000 people by hanging them in a military prison. They say this happened between 2011 and 2015, and, Amnesty says they have no reason to believe the killing has ended."
MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE
America’s Most Expensive Home Is $250 Million- Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 February 2017
"America’s most expensive home is for sale in Los Angeles, California, for $250 million.
The new 12,000-square-meter home sits on a hill in the city’s Bel Air neighborhood.
It has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a 25-meter swimming pool, 40-seat movie theater, spa and bowling alley."
Discover Ireland long version- 8:22
"Discover Ireland, longer version of film showcasing the great things to see and do on the island of Ireland."
Patriots, Brady and Lady Gaga Impress at Super Bowl- Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 6 February 2017
"The New England Patriots scored a touchdown in overtime to win the Super Bowl. Lady Gaga also scored a big win for her halftime show."
Is China Ready for Possible Conflict with US? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 6 February 2017
"China reacted sharply to US suggestions that officials might take action to stop Chinese development on disputed islands in the South China Sea.
But military experts say China’s current military capabilities do not measure up to Beijing’s tough rhetoric on its activities in the South China Sea."
Size zero models have dangerous eating disorders (February 07, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Many models have to get down to a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling agency happy." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Size Zero - Level 0, Size Zero - Level 1 or Size Zero - 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 :-)
The artists who fought facism - 6 February 2017
"Opening during the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 Paris Exhibition allowed artists to speak out against brutality.
Fiona Macdonald looks at a moment when paintings became propaganda."
Inspired by the bombing of the Basque city, Picasso’s mural Guernica
is one of the most famous anti-war paintings in history
The 5 largest airports in the world - VIDEO
"In this video we take a look at the top five largest airports in the world, including Shanghai Pudong International Airport that served over a million passengers in 2015 and Fort Worth International Airport in Texas which has its own zip code and post office due to its sheer size."
Saints and Sanctity
"The Latin adjective sanctus, meaning “consecrated” or “holy,” is the root of a family of words that sometimes
but not always have a religious context. Definitions of those words follow... Sanctuary originally referred to a building designated for worship (it also applied to a sacred relic or any other holy object),
and because some churches served as refuges where fugitives were generally immune from arrest, the word was applied
outside of religious contexts to a place of protection or safety, including one set aside as wildlife refuge."
9 Facts About the ACLU
"The American Civil Liberties Union is one of the most famous civil-rights organizations in the U.S., defending First Amendment freedoms for everyone, regardless of their views. Here are nine things you might not know about the almost century-old organization."
The man who sold his back to an art dealer - 1 February 2017
"Tim Steiner has an elaborate tattoo on his back that was designed by a famous artist and sold to a German art collector.
When Steiner dies his skin will be framed - until then he spends his life sitting in galleries with his shirt off."
'The Masque of the Red Death,' by Edgar Allen Poe- Text + Audio + Video
"Disease is a scary problem for any country. Leaders in different countries deal with disease in different ways.
But ignoring a major problem like disease never leads to a good result.
Learn about a terrible disease and how a leader named Prospero deals with it in this classic American story."
Americans Prepare for 'Super Bowl Sunday'- Text + Audio + Picture - 2 February 2017
"The Super Bowl is Sunday. It is the most important professional football game of the season in the U.S., and fans have been getting ready for two weeks." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
The Meanings and Variations of “Sister”
"Sister, from the Old English word sweoster and cognate with the Latin term soror, means not only “a female with one or more parents in common”
but has also come, by extension, to refer to a woman with whom one has a bond or a common interest..."