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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



10/02/2018


WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

Winter Olympics: Test your knowledge with our quiz - 5 February 2018
(BBC)

Teaching the Winter Olympics Across the Curriculum, With Help From The New York Times - 7 February 2018
(nytimes.com)

North Korea at the Winter Olympics: All you need to know - with pictures - 8 February 2018
"After a year of unprecedented tensions, North Korea unexpectedly decided to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
So why is the North participating and what could go right or wrong during the Games?"

(BBC)

Winter Olympics: Eight reasons you'll end up watching - 8 February 2018
(BBC)

When is a Russian not a Russian? What will Team OAR look like and why are they allowed at the Winter Olympics 2018? - 9 February 2018
"Russia is banned from the Winter Olympics - yet 169 of their athletes are still being allowed to compete as neutrals."

(BBC)

With extraordinary political optics, Winter Olympics begin - 9 February 2018
(PBS)

Winter Olympics: Day-by-day guide to Pyeongchang 2018 - 9 February 2018
+ Video: The Winter Olympics - where sport, science and humanity collide

(BBC)

Winter Olympics: Ban on 47 Russian athletes and coaches upheld - 9 February 2018
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by 47 Russian athletes and coaches against a ban on participation in the Winter Olympics."
(BBC)

Highlights – and awkward moments – from Winter Olympics opening ceremony - with pictures - 9 February 2018
"Pyeongchang’s Games officially opened with fireworks, a Trump imposter, unfamiliar flags and a familiar topless Tongan."

(theguardian.com)


Impersonators of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are escorted out.

Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures - 9 February 2018
"The 23rd Winter Olympic Games have officially opened in South Korea, with a spectacular opening ceremony taking place in sub-zero temperatures."

(theguardian.com)

Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony: in pictures (22 pictures) - 9 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony review: Pyeongchang unites the world in a blizzard of emotion and effects - 9 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Koreas Share Handshake at Olympic Games Opening - Text + Audio + Pictures - 9 February 2018
"One member of the North Korean delegation is Kim Yo Jong. She is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and believed to be his closest confidant.
She is also the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the South since the Korean War."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Winter Olympics 2018: South and North Korean athletes unite during opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - 9 February 2018
+ Video: Historic moment as Korean athletes arrive at opening ceremony
+ Video: Cold? What cold? Tongan makes impressive Pyeongchang entrance
+ Video: Musicians perform a unique version of John Lennon's 'Imagine' at opening ceremony

(BBC)

Winter Olympics 2018: Pence skips dinner with N Koreans - 9 February 2018
+ Video: What we've seen of Kim Yo-jong from North Korean media
(BBC)

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SAINT DAVID'S DAY

Saint David's Day: King Arthur, medieval miracles and how leeks became a Welsh symbol - 8 February 2018
"St David's Day, the day when the people of Wales celebrate their patron saint, St David, is celebrated every year on March 1."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE NEW SPACE RACE

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX to Launch Falcon Heavy Rocket #MarsRocket @3:45pm EST delayed - 6 February 2018
(YouTube)

 

The new space race: how billionaires launched the next era of exploration - 9 February 2018
"The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket into deep space has fired dreams of a new era of 21st-century discovery."
+ Timelapse of Elon Musk's dummy astronaut orbiting Earth in a Tesla – video
+ Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket, successfully launches – video

(theguardian.com)


Don't panic!

The new race - 7 February 2018
"The new space race: how Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson brought space travel back from the brink - and plan to send us to Mars."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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RIO CARNIVAL

Rio Carnival's last dance? - Video - 9 February 2018
"Rio de Janeiro's samba schools are worried about the future of the city's famous carnival amid funding cuts.
The city's mayor has said he will use the money saved to pay for children's meals at public day-care centres."

(BBC)

 

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TRUMP

U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too - 9 February 2018
(theintercept.com)

Reigning parades: military showpieces Trump might want to copy - with pictures - 7 February 2018
"Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a military parade for Washington DC. To give the US some ideas, we look at how other countries do it."

(theguardian.com)

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US / SYRIA

US kills more than 100 Assad regime fighters in largest deliberate strike against Syrian government forces - 8 February 2018
"he US-led coalition killed more than 100 Assad regime fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, officials said,
in the largest deliberate strike carried out by Western forces against pro-Syrian government troops."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic pollution reaching record levels in once pristine Arctic - 8 February 2018
"Plastic waste is increasing in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Arctic.
Scientists say almost everywhere they have looked in the Arctic Ocean, they’ve found plastic pollution.
In the northern fjords of Norway, one man is on a mission to pick up as much plastic as he can."

(BBC)

 

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ARRESTED JOURNALISTS

Myanmar killing report prompts call for release of arrested journalists - 9 February 2018
"US state department demands inquiry after Reuters story about slaughter of 10 Rohingya men."

(theguardian.com)

Myanmar Denies Report of ‘Massacre’ in Rakhine - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 February 2018
"The AP’s report on February 2 said that members of Myanmar’s security forces had carried out a massacre in the village of Gu Dar Pyin.
The incident reportedly took place on August 27."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHINESE POLICE

Chinese police spot suspects with surveillance sunglasses - 7 February 2018
"Police in China have begun using sunglasses equipped with facial recognition technology to identify suspected criminals."

+ Video: In your face: China's all-seeing surveillance system
(BBC)

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PARADISE PAPERS

Paradise Papers: EU parliament votes to launch tax inquiry - 8 February 2018
"Taxe 3 inquiry marks a further threat from the EU to the UK’s network of offshore tax havens."

(theguardian.com)

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AIRPORT LOUNGES

In pictures: the 11 most amazing airport lounges around the world - 17 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ALZHEIMER

Possible Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Shows Early Promise - Text + Audio - 8 February 2018
"Japanese and Australian researchers are reporting progress in developing a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia, the most common form of the disease, affects close to 50-million people worldwide."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WOMEN in INDIA

Some Indian men are marrying multiple wives to help beat drought
+ Video: India's "water wives"
"In the parched village of Denganmal, in western India, just outside of Mumbai... there are no taps."
(CNN)


 

The plight of women in India
"CNN's Sumnima Udas examines the cycle of discrimination against women in India."

 

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THE BIG EASY

A Big Birthday for the Big Easy - Text + Audio + Pictures - 9 February 2018
"New Orleans was born a French city in the spring of 1718. It did not become part of the United States until the Louisiana Purchase of 1803."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WORDS FOR NAMES OF PEOPLE

Words for Names of People
"Words that include the element nym, and some that include nom, pertain to names and naming.
Such terms as anonymous (literally, “without a name”) and pseudonym (“false name”) are ubiquitous, but most others in this class are more or less obscure.
This post lists and defines such terms that pertain to individuals and groups of people."
For example: An allonym, An anthroponym, Autonym, A charactonym, An eponym, A mononym

(dailywritingtips.com)

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07/02/2018


JOB INTERVIEWS

Job interview Class video
(YouTube)

 

 

Interview Dos and Don'ts
(YouTube)



Job Interviews: Good & Bad
"Examples of good and bad interview techniques. NOthing too technical here, just basics on attentiveness, posture, eye contact, etc."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Isabelle B.



WINTER OLYMPICS

Joint Korean Hockey Team Overcomes Language Divide - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 February 2018
"North and South Koreans face a widening language divide caused by 70 years of separation.
That is creating some communication problems for the two countries’ first joint Olympic team as it prepares for the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE

Taiwan Earthquake: Several Buildings Leaning Near Collapse - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 February 2018
"A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan late Tuesday, killing at least seven people, injuring 260 and leaving several buildings leaning near total collapse.
Photos and video showed high-rise buildings tilting heavily after the earthquake."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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A.I.

Judges Now Using Artificial Intelligence to Rule on Prisoners - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 7 February 2018
"Machines powered by artificial intelligence are increasingly used to help people perform many different jobs.
One area is in the American court system, where AI is helping judges decide when, and for how long, criminals should be jailed."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIDEO

Wes Anderson Isle of Dogs Clip
"Isle of Dogs features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, and a whole slew of celebrity cameos.
The movie will debut at the Berlin Film Festival on March 23."

(YouTube)

 

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10 Transportation Methods of the Future

10 Transportation Methods of the Future with pictures and videos
(toptenz.net)

Sea Bubbles Concept
"Flying cars and starships look really cool in sci-fi flicks so people can't imagine the future without these cutting edge vehicles cluttering up the airspace above our cities.
Well, if you've always wanted to see flying cars take to the skies or rocket ships used as commercial air transport then you'll be happy to hear the wait is almost over,
but first check out this super spacy water taxi known as Sea Bubbles."

(YouTube)

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07/02/2018


Elon MUSK'S FALCON HEAVY ROCKET


 

The new space race: how Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson brought space travel back from the brink - and plan to send us to Mars - 7 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Elon Musk's space car set to overshoot Mars and hurtle towards asteroid belt - 7 February 2018
+Tesla sports car was launched by Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday
+SpaceX mission originally planned to end in orbit around red planet

(theguardian.com)


To infinity and beyond: Elon Musk’s Starman en route to the Asteroid Belt.

SpaceX launches its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time - 6 February 2018
"SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida yesterday carrying its first payload -- a red Tesla roadster -- into orbit.
Loren Grush spoke to CEO Elon Musk about the launch and what this means for the future of space travel, as well as Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye.
The Falcon Heavy now holds the title for the world’s most powerful rocket, and its launch marks the first time
a vehicle this massive has ever been sent up by a commercial company."

(theverge.com)

 

 

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully - with pictures and videos - 6 February 2018
"US entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida."
+ Video: The rocket was carrying SpaceX boss Elon Musk's red car
+ Video: A car, a golf ball, a pie... the oddities sent into space over the years.

+ SpaceX rocket lights 27 engines
+ Musk's Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan
+ 'Approval' for hyperloop from New York to Philadelphia

(BBC)

Elon Musk sends Tesla car to Mars on SpaceX rocket - with pictures and videos - 6 February 2018
" cherry red Tesla car was launched into space on Tuesday by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, with David Bowie’s song Life on Mars playing on repeat."

(telegraph.co.uk)

  

 

Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket, launches – as it happened - 6 February 2018
"A heavy-duty rocket from Elon Musk’s private company launches for the first time and aims to make spaceflight cheaper and easier."

(theguardian.com)

 

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off - VIDEO - 6 February 2018
"The world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, launches successfully on its maiden flight."

(BBC)

 

 

Elon Musk's huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch - with pictures - 6 February 2018
"Elon Musk is attempting to fly the world's most powerful rocket with his own sports car on the top."

(BBC)

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LESSON PLANS

Valentine's Day - a lesson plan
"Celebrate Valentine's Day with this specially designed lesson plan for teens and adults..."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

Earth's magnetic poles are about to flip (February 07, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists have warned of the potential threat from Earth's magnetic poles flipping upside down."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Magnetic Poles - Level 4  or  Magnetic Poles - 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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STEREOTYPES

70 People Reveal Their Country's Most Popular Stereotypes and Clichés | Condé Nast Traveler - 6 February 2018
"In this episode of Many People from Many Countries Say Things, 70 people from 70 countries say their country's most popular stereotypes and common clichés.
Find out how the world pigeonholes the Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Indonesian, Pakistani, Nigerian, Russian, Japanese, Mexican, Australian, German, French,
Italian, Spanish, and other nationalities."

(YouTube)

 

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WOMEN

Disney's Sister Suffragette: the story of Mrs Banks, feminist heroine of Mary Poppins - 6 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Suffragettes 100 years on: Meet the women fighting for females in 2018 - 6 February 2018
"One hundred years since women were first granted the right to vote, the battle for equality rages on."

(BBC)

Will women be equal to men in 100 years? The panel verdict - 6 February 2018
"In 1918 some women got the vote – but in 2018 gender equality has not been reached. Five writers share their views on whether parity will be achieved in 2118."
(theguardian.com)



'We owe it to their memory': family stories 100 years since the suffragette movement - 6 February 2018
"Stories of readers’ relatives as the nation marks a century since the act that paved the way for universal suffrage."

(theguardian.com)

The 1910s: ‘We have sanitised our history of the suffragettes’ - 6 February 2018
"While suffragettes conducted a nationwide bombing campaign, suffragists petitioned peacefully, showing the women’s movement was as fractured then as it is today."

(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)

The 1930s: ‘Women had the vote, but the old agitation went on’ - 5 February 2018
"While Stanley Baldwin’s government changed the law, there was no shift in the assumption of male superiority and power."

(theguardian.com)

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)

Suffragette London – then and now - with pictures - 6 February 2018
"In 1918, following years of bitter struggle, some women finally gained the right to vote.
The photographer retraces the steps of some of the London campaigners of the suffrage movement."

(theguardian.com)

Suffragettes exhibition in London's Trafalgar Square draws crowds - with pictures - 6 February 2018
"The pop-up Make A Stand exhibition features life-sized images of 59 key campaigners."

(theguardian.com)

Labour pledges posthumous pardons for suffragettes - with pictures - 6 February 2018
"Jeremy Corbyn says ‘enormous contribution and sacrifice’ of campaigners must be honoured."

(theguardian.com)

76 countries haven't had a female leader in the last 50 years - here's where women ARE in power - 5 February 2018
"One hundred years ago, on February 6 1918, the UK Parliament passed an act that granted the vote to women over the age of 30."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

How the suffragettes woke us up - VIDEO - 5 February 2018
"Suffragettes on the injustices faced by women in the 1800s, and why things had to change."

(BBC)

 

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TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE

Taiwan earthquake: Deaths confirmed amid rescue effort - with pictures and videos - 7 February 2018
"A strong earthquake in Taiwan has killed at least two people and injured more than 200 others, officials say."
+ Video: Taiwan eyewitness Zeena Starbuck was caught in an aftershock live on TV
+ Video: Children are lifted from a partially collapsed building in Taiwan

(BBC)

Two people confirmed dead in 6.4-magnitude Taiwan earthquake - with pictures and videos - 6 February 2018
"More than 100 have been injured and guests are believed trapped inside a partially collapsed hotel."

+ Taiwan earthquake leaves tall building on dangerous lean – video
(theguardian.com)

 

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IMMIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Attacks on immigrants highlight rise of fascist groups in Italy - 6 February 2018
"Antifascists say authorities have no will to stop ‘unconstitutional’ far-right parties."

(theguardian.com)

US-Mexico border migrant deaths rose in 2017 even as crossings fell, UN says - 6 February 2018
"Last year 412 migrant deaths were recorded on either side of the border, up from 398 a year earlier, with 16 recorded so far in 2018."

(theguardian.com)

Travelling 2,000 miles to cook for strangers - 5 February 2018
"Ghafoor Hussain travelled 2,000 miles from his home in Stockton to help people struggling to survive outside Moria refugee camp in Greece.
He has converted a bus into a mobile kitchen so that he can cook meals for them."

(BBC)


 

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CINEMA

Five Great Movie Scenes that Take Place Inside Movie Theaters - 2 February 2018
(tvovermind.com)

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FOOD NAMES

Many Food Names in English Come From Africa - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 6 February 2018
"Today, we will tell you about words English has taken from African languages. Many of these words entered English as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYNONYMS

An Assortment of 30 Synonyms for “Assortment,” “Mixture,” or “Variety”
"This post lists thirty words to employ as alternatives for assortment, mixture, and variety, accompanied by brief definitions."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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