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FEBRUARY 2018 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

= BLACK HISTORY MONTH

02 - Groundhog Day
04 - Super Bowl 2018
06 - Safer Internet Day
07 - Charles Dickens's birthday
09 - 25 - 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang 2018

11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

13 - Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday and Lent
13 - New Orleans Mardi Gras
14 - Valentine's Day
16 - Chinese New Year
19 - Presidents' Day
21 - International Mother Language Day
23 - World Book Day



06/02/2018


GROUNDHOG

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter - VIDEO - 2 February 2018
"Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Gobbler's Knob, meaning six more weeks of winter are on the way."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Groundhog Day explained - in 60 seconds - VIDEO - 2 February 2018
"Groundhog Day is celebrated annually in Pennsylvania on February 2, centered around Punxsutawney Phil's meteorological predictions.
Here's everything you need to know about the quirky holiday."

(telegraph.co.uk)


Groundhog Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter in US - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 February 2018
"Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous groundhog, has predicted six more weeks of winter weather."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLAN

All New York prisoners to get free tablet computer (February 03, 2018)
"All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be given free tablet computers."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Tablet Computers - Level 4  or  Tablet Computers - Level 5
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 :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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WOMEN

6 February 1918: Women get the vote for the first time - with pictures and videos - 5 February 2018
"100 years ago, the law changed to give women the right to vote for who represented them in Parliament.
Find out more about two women in particular who fought to make this happen.
100 years ago - on 6 February 1918 - an important law was passed which changed the UK forever. It was called the Representation of People Act 1918."

(BBC)

 

Helen Pankhurst: 100 years after winning the vote, here's what women still want - 5 February 2018
"On the eve of the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Dr Helen Pankhurst the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline,
explains why there is so much more to do - and talks to other women about what changes they are still waiting to see..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Women's rights: 100 revolutionary years - with pictures
(theguardian.com)

The 1920s: ‘Young women took the struggle for freedom into their personal lives’ - 5 February 2018
"With the first world war having debunked ideas of duty, sacrifice and the greater good, women learned to value their individuality above the needs of others."

(theguardian.com)

How far have women’s rights advanced in a century? - with pictures and videos - 3 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Secrets of the suffragette archive with Helen Pankhurst - VIDEO - 3 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

The 1940s: ‘Britain’s wartime women gained a new sense of power’ - 3 February 2018
"With the second world war raging, women were conscripted into work of national importance, exploding the myth that they weren’t up to it.
Yet they were still expected to go on running the home."

(theguardian.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea Launches ‘Army of Beauties’ - 2 February 2018
"North Koreans who fled the country have mixed feelings about the cheerleaders. These defectors say the women will promote an image of the North that is not real.
But they also say they hope the group can help expand ties between North and South Koreans."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea supplied arms to Syria and Myanmar, UN sanctions report finds - 2 February 2018
- Ballistic missile and chemical programmes may have benefited
- Pyongyang made nearly $200m in illicit commodity exports in 2017
"North Korea has supplied weapons to Syria and Myanmar, according to a confidential report by independent United Nations monitors
which also said Pyongyang violated UN sanctions to earn nearly $200m in 2017."

(theguardian.com)

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TOUGH GUY CHALLENGE 2018

2018 Tough Guy challenge – in pictures - 5 February 2018
"The endurance event near Wolverhampton, which started in 1986, raises money for charity and challenges thousands of international competitors
with a 12km run combined with an assault course."

(theguardian.com)

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MALARIA

Progress Made Against Malaria at Risk - Text + Audio + Quiz - 5 February 2018
"In recent decades, countries around the world have made great progress against malaria.
However, a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) says that progress is at risk."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ALZHEIMER

Alzheimer’s could be spotted seven years before symptoms appear with simple memory test - 4 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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IVORY INVESTIGATOR KILLED

Esmond Bradley Martin: Ivory investigator killed in Kenya - 5 February 2018
"One of the world's leading investigators of the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in Kenya...
His last report was published by conservation group Save The Elephants last year."

+ Africa Live: Updates on this and other stories
+ The daring, indefatigable man who took on ivory poachers
+ The war on elephants
+ Would a legal market deter poachers?

(BBC)

Top ivory investigator murdered in Kenya - 5 February 2018
"Esmond Bradley Martin, whose groundbreaking investigations helped the fight against elephant poaching, died after being stabbed at home in Nairobi...
Latest figures show that 197 people were killed around the world last year defending land, wildlife or natural resources – almost four a week."

(theguardian.com)

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DISEASES

Mapped: The most dangerous diseases around the world - 2 February 2018
"Of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, more than a quarter were down to just two diseases: heart disease and stroke..." 

(telegraph.co.uk)

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SLAVERY

Rhiannon Giddens - At The Purchaser's Option
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"You can take my body
You can take my bones
You can take my blood
But not my soul…"

(metrolyrics.com)

 

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Winter's Tragic Effects on Syrian Refugees in Lebanon - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 5 February 2018
"The Lebanese government refuses to make the refugee camps official. It is afraid that letting Syrians become members of Lebanese society
could change Lebanon’s political and social balance. So these camps continue to be built without government oversight."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

Migrant boat capsizes leaving 90 feared dead off coast of Libya - 2 February 2018
"Most of those feared dead are Pakistani, three survivors tell UN migration agency."

(theguardian.com)

Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border – in pictures - 2 February 2018
"Since last August, more than 668,000 Rohingya refugees – about 400,000 of them children – have fled Myanmar for camps over the Bangladesh border.
Their makeshift shelters will be at risk from flooding and landslides in the upcoming cyclone and monsoon season."

(theguardian.com)

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THE SUPER BOWL

Philadelphia Eagles Team Is Underdog No More - Text + Audio + Video - 5 February 2018
"The “underdog” Philadelphia Eagles football team has won its first Super Bowl.
The team defeated the favored New England Patriots in the National Football League championship Sunday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The final score was 41 to 33."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots in thriller as phenomenal Nick Foles named MVP - with pictures and videos - 5 February 2018
"The Philadelphia Eagles and British-born running back Jay Ajayi won their first Super Bowl title
as they defeated the defending champions the New England Patriots 41-33 in a high-scoring thriller."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

In Pictures: Super Bowl 2018, New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles (52 pictures) - 5 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Watch the Super Bowl LII commercials here
(ew.com)

New Resources For Learning About The Super Bowl - with COMMERCIALS - 4 February 2018
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

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THREATS / PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic pollution: Scientists' plea on threat to ocean giants - 5 February 2018
"Scientists say there needs to be more research into the impact of plastic pollution on sharks, whales and rays."
+ Video: A giant build-up of plastic was captured by underwater photographer Caroline Power

(BBC)

Whale and shark species at increasing risk from microplastic pollution – study - 5 February 2018
"Large filter feeders, such as baleen whales and basking sharks, could be particularly at risk from ingesting the tiny plastic particles, say scientists.
Whales, some sharks and other marine species such as rays are increasingly at risk from microplastics in the oceans, a new study suggests."

(theguardian.com)



Several Studies Show Oceans Face Serious Threats - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 4 February 2018
"Three different reports published in the journal Science discuss major man-made problems that threaten the world’s oceans."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

What is the Devin Nunes memo about and how does it affect Trump? - 4 February 2018
"The four-page document released on Friday is at the heart of a firestorm over Donald Trump, Russia and special counsel Robert Mueller. What’s in it?"
+ Trump claims Nunes memo ‘totally’ vindicates him
"The memo was written by aides to Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee,
a staunch defender of Donald Trump and a member of his transition team."

(theguardian.com)

Warnings as Trump administration hardens nuclear policy against Russia - 3 February 2018
"Alarm from arms control groups at calls for new warheads and missiles to counter perceived threat from Moscow of tactical nuclear strikes."

+ 'Extraordinary success': Trump lauds first year at State of the Union – video
(theguardian.com)

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MACHINE / MIND

How to control a machine using your mind - 2 February 2018
"Imagine being able to make a machine do your bidding with your thoughts alone, no button pressing, typing, screen tapping or fumbling with remote controls,
just brain power. Well, this sci-fi scenario could be closer to reality than you think."

(BBC)


"Brainwave patterns can now be measured and interpreted by software as instructions."

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PLOGGING

Is 'plogging' the most 2018 fitness trend yet? - 1 February 2018
"Hailing from Sweden, 'plogging' is a fitness craze that sees participants pick up plastic litter while jogging - adding a virtuous, environmentally driven element to the sport...
Jogging plus plastic equals plogging: remember to bring a large bag."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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VEGAN FOOD

UK supermarkets report surge in sales of vegan food - 2 February 2018
"Half of UK adults adopting ‘vegan-buying behaviour’ as number of full-time vegans grows four-fold in 10 years."

(theguardian.com)

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

US Lawmakers Nominate Hong Kong, Serbian Activists for Nobel Prize - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 February 2018
"American lawmakers have nominated three leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy movement for the Nobel Peace Prize.
A group of 12 legislators sent a letter to the Nobel nominating committee in Norway recognizing Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIRTUAL BOYFRIENDS

Chinese women spend $30 million on virtual boyfriends (February 05, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Chinese women are spending over $30 million a month on a dating app on which the partners are virtual boyfriends."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Dating App - Level 0Dating App - Level 1 or  Dating App - 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 :-)

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02/02/2018


FEBRUARY

Why Does February Have 28 Days?
"We can thank the Romans for our chaotic complex calendar system. February has been a neglected month throughout history.
Essentially, it got it's 28 days because the Romans used the lunar cycles to design the months when they should have based their calendar off of the sun."

(YouTube)

 

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PETS

Pets - Activities - Games...
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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BLACK HISTORY

Google Doodle Honors Carter G. Woodson, the 'Father of Black History' - Text + Audio + Pictures - 1 February 2018
February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month in the United States and other countries around the world.
Google honored the month with a special Google Doodle of African-American historian Carter G. Woodson. Experts call him the “Father of Black History”."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Donald Trump wrongly claims record ratings for State of the Union address - 1 February 2018
"US president says 45.6 million viewers ‘highest in history’ – but previous incumbents beat it."

+ What is the State of the Union?
(theguardian.com)

 

 

Trump Calls for a 'New American Moment' in Speech - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 31 January 2018
"Trump declared that there has “never been a better time to start living the American dream.”
The president used the speech to talk about his biggest legislative victory, tax reform and reduction, and the healthy economy."

+ Text of President Trump's State of the Union Address - with VIDEOS
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

White House 'to release' secret memo on FBI - 1 February 2018
+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation

+ All you need to know about Trump Russia story
+ The 'secret memo' intriguing Washington

+ Who's who in the drama to end all dramas?
+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words

(BBC)

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WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Stay tuned for news about skiing, curling and other games — plus, the athletes, schedule, results, South Korean culture and more.

(nbcnews.com)

Your Questions About the 2018 Winter Olympics, Answered
(nytimes.com)

The Winter Olympics:
Event Description / Classroom Activity / Websites / Related Resources
(readwritethink.org)

North Koreans Arrive in South Korea for Olympics - Text + Audio + Pictures - 1 February 2018
"A 32-member North Korean delegation arrived in South Korea on Thursday. The delegation included 10 skaters and skiers.
They will take part in the Winter Olympics later this month."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Winter Olympics 2018: Court overturns life bans given to Russian athletes - 1 February 2018
"A decision to overturn the Olympic life bans of 28 Russian athletes "may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping",
says the International Olympic Committee (IOC)."

(BBC)

Court Overturns Olympic Doping Bans - Text + Audio - 1 February 2018
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that 28 Russian athletes can compete in International Olympic Committee events.
The IOC had ruled against them for violating its anti-doping rules at the 2014 Winter Olympics."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

IOC dismayed after doping bans on 28 Russian athletes overturned by Cas - 1 February 2018
- Cas finds insufficient evidence athletes broke doping rules
- IOC warns decision could have serious impact on anti-doping fight
"The International Olympic Committee has reacted with dismay after 28 Russian athletes had their lifetime bans from the Olympics
dramatically overturned by the court of arbitration for sport and warned that the ruling could have serious consequences for the fight against doping."

Q+A: why were the Russia doping bans overturned?
+ IOC accused of 'backroom deals' with Russia over doping scandal
(theguardian.com)

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SUPER BOWL 2018

Eagles Face Patriots in Super Bowl Sunday - Text + Audio + Pictures - 1 February 2018
"This Sunday, the Patriots will go for a sixth Super Bowl title. They will face the Philadelphia Eagles at play in Minneapolis, a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, the championship game established in 1967."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Super Bowl 2018 - 4 February 2018
Super Bowl Commercials
(20minutes.fr)

 

 

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UP HELLY AA

Up Helly Aa: Shetland Islands celebrate Viking festival, in pictures (19 pictures) - 30 January 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TOXIC AIR POLLUTION

Britain's problem with toxic air pollution explained - 30 January 2018
"The Secretary of State for Environment Michael Gove has been summoned to Brussels to discuss the UK's illegal levels of air pollution and what can be done to reduce it.
In this video we look at the facts and figures behind the issue."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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NUCLEAR

Doomsday Clock: Why the world is closer to nuclear apocalypse than any time in human history
"The Doomsday Clock, which symbolises the current threat of global annihilation, was moved closer to midnight in January 
following a year of growing tensions between North Korea and Donald Trump."

+ How war with North Korea could start and what it would look like
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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TRUMP / ISIS / MS-13 / TERRORISM

ISIS, MS-13 and terrorism: how Donald Trump's State of the Union stands out against presidents past - 2 February 2018
"State of the Union addresses are the president's chance to formally address the key issues facing America as well as an opportunity to push a legislative agenda."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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HEALTH

Blood test finds toxic Alzheimer's proteins - 31 January 2018
"Scientists in Japan and Australia have developed a blood test that can detect the build-up of toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease."

(BBC)

What is Zika, where did the virus come from and what happens if I catch it? - 1 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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BRITAIN'S TALLEST BUILDINGS

Britain's tallest structure? It's not what you think - 19 pictures - 1 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MEET THE WHALE THAT CAN SAY 'HELLO' AND 'BYE BYE'

Meet the Whale That Can Say 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye' - Text + Audio + Listen to Orca repeating human words - 31 January 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


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TATTOOS

Victorian Era Photos Of Beautiful Tattoos By One Of Britain's First Tattoo Artists
(neatorama.com)

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