BACK TO :
RESCOL 1

RESCOL 2
February Part 4

 


Click on the picture.

FEBRUARY 2018 - PART 5 - 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



28/02/2018


DOGS

‘Dogs are friends. Not Food’: Olympic skier accused of cultural colonialism as he adopts puppy from dog meat farm in South Korea - 27 February 2018
"Gus Kenworthy, one of America’s most famous winter athletes, posted pictures of his new pet, Beemo, on social media, along with the caption “Dogs are friends. Not Food”,
to highlight what he described as the “disturbing conditions” faced by millions of Korean dogs being raised for the dinner table."

(telegraph.co.uk)

(Permalink)


LESSONS

Edpuzzle Video Lesson - Niveau 3ème
'Murder on the Orient Express' Official Trailer (2017) | Johnny Depp - by Carole Racine
(Ac. Rouen)
Video with questions
(edpuzzle.com)

Aftermath: Giving Bad News, Functional Language - a lesson with a movie segment
"This is very good movie, but this scene is very sad. Watch it beforehand and check if it suitable for the moment and the students.
It is an effective task, my students liked it, but they felt really sorry for the main character."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

(Permalink)


VIDEO

Happiness is NOT the Meaning of Life - Alan Watts
"Some of history's greatest philosophers have spent their entire lives writing about the meaning of life. Why are we here? Surely there must be a reason?
Many people in western culture believe the meaning of life is to "be happy". Alan Watts has a brilliant way of eloquently challenging this notion.
If we were to live in a state of eternal bliss, then bliss would become dull. Without darkness, there would be no light. Without pain, there would be no pleasure.
Happiness is based in perspective. Embrace every aspect of life, the good and the bad, and learn to see the beauty in it."

(YouTube)

 

(Permalink)


UNSOLVED

Unsolved: 11 mysterious Hollywood murders and deaths
(telegraph.co.uk)

(Permalink)


BREXIT

Theresa May rejects EU Brexit treaty demanding Northern Ireland stays in customs union - 28 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

European Parliament will fight to keep Northern Ireland subject to EU law after Brexit, says Guy Verhofstadt - 27 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

(Permalink)


SNOW

Snow quiz: can you identify these animal tracks?
"With snow falling across the UK and Europe, test your knowledge of these animal footprints"

(theguardian.com)

UK weather: Snowy scenes across the UK - 27 February 2018
"Snowfall is causing disruption across parts of the UK as very cold air sweeps in from Russia.
Some people, though, have found ways to enjoy the freezing conditions."

(BBC)

UK weather: Snow chaos with schools closed, roads blocked and trains cancelled - latest news, travel updates and forecast - 27 February 2018
Video + Gallery
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

(Permalink 1) (Permalink 2) (Permalink 3)


ROBOT

Would you go under a robot surgeon's knife? - with pictures - 26 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

(Permalink)


BOAT

The man who built his own floating home - 27 February 2018
"Photographer Claudius Schulze constructed a ‘bizarre pleasure boat’ which carries him from country to country."

(BBC)

(Permalink)


PUBS

CAMRA reveals Britain's 16 best pubs by region, from Surrey to Merseyside - with 16 pictures - 27 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Kent: Flower Pot, Maidstone

Wessex: Wonston Arms, Wonston

(Permalink)


ORGAN and TISSUE DONATION

Use our free teaching resources to educate and engage your students about organ and tissue donation.
"Co-created with teachers, educators and clinicians each lesson plan includes PowerPoint slides, activity sheets and real-life stories
aimed at students aged between 11 and 16 (Key Stage 3 and 4)."
(nhsbt.nhs.uk)

(Permalink)


GUNS

Can Arming Teachers Prevent School Shootings? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 27 February 2018
"President Donald Trump has called for arming teachers as a way to stop school shootings.
His comments - following the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida - have been criticized by students and organizations representing teachers"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

U.S. companies end ties with gun group NRA (February 27, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"An increasing number of companies are announcing plans to sever ties with the USA's National Rifle Association."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Gun Violence - Level 4  or  Gun Violence - 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)

Has the NRA finally met its match in Generation Snapchat? - 26 February 2018
"Parkland students vs the NRA: Has the powerful US gun lobby met its match in Generation Snapchat?"
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

(Permalink 1) (Permalink 2)


SMOKING

Smoking Rates Around the World - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 26 February 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

(Permalink)


MEDIA

The common sense sensus: Media use by tweens and teens - VIDEO - 2:56
"Two teens share how they use media every day. From social media to gaming and beyond, they talk candidly about their habits, preferences, and challenges.
The video also includes key findings from The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens.
This national study offers a comprehensive look at how kids age 8 to 18 use media and technology."

(commonsensemedia.org)

(Permalink)


WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

Norway Crushed the Competition at the Winter Olympics. Here Is the Tiny Country's Secret - with pictures and a video - 25 February 2018
(time.com)

(Permalink)


NORTH KOREA

North Korea sent Syria missile and chemical weapon items, says UN report - 28 February 2018
"Leaked sanctions panel paper says 40 items sent that could be used in arms programmes"

(theguardian.com)

(Permalink)


ARCTIC SEED VAULT

Norway to Invest Millions to Improve Arctic Seed Vault - Text + Audio + Pictures - 27 February 2018
"The Norwegian government built the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2008 to store seed samples of the world’s crops and plants.
The vault serves as a natural deep freeze, and is meant to protect important genetic material in case of a major man-made or natural disaster."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

(Permalink)

26/02/2018


WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

All The Best Moments From The 2018 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
(huffingtonpost.com)

Best pictures from the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games - 26 February 2018
(BBC)

Winter Olympics: hits and misses from the Pyeongchang Games - with pictures and a video - 26 February 2018
"With the 2018 Games behind us, here is a look at some of the highs and lows of South Korea’s Winter Olympics."

(theguardian.com)

Winter Olympics 2018: Best pictures from South Korea's Pyeongchang games - 96 pictures - 23 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

(Permalink)


STUDENT ACTIVIST

Student Activist: 'We Are Going to Make a Serious Difference' - Text + Audio - 25 February 2018
"Sofia Hidalgo is 15 years old and a student at Albert Einstein High School in Maryland.
She sat down with VOA Learning English’s Bryan Lynn to discuss her generation’s new sense of activism following the Parkland school shooting."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

For Today’s U.S. Teens, School Shootings Are Common - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 25 February 2018
"The young people who experienced the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida were born in or after 1999.
In that year, two students killed 13 classmates at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Since then, the United States has had six more of the ten deadliest school shootings in its history."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

(Permalink)


AIRBNB

Airbnb enters luxury travel market (February 25, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The online accommodation booking company Airbnb is going upmarket. It is moving into the luxury travel market."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Luxury Travel - Level 0Luxury Travel - Level 1 or  Luxury Travel - 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 :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Airbnb "is an American company which operates an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms, to participate in or facilitate experiences related to tourism such as walking tours, and to make reservations at restaurants..."
(Wikipedia)

(Permalink)


TRUMP'S WALL

'This country has been violated': Trump's wall ignites tensions in Arizona – video
"As Donald Trump seeks congressional support for his border wall, the Guardian's Paul Lewis meets Joe Arpaio,
the controversial Arizona sheriff recently pardoned by Trump, and other local Republicans who are enraged over what they describe as an 'invasion' from Mexico.
But he discovers a very different view among the Tohono O'odham Nation, a Native American tribe with members on both sides of the border."

(YouTube)

 

(Permalink)


PLASTIC

Should we burn or bury waste plastic? - 20 February 2018
+ UK faces build-up of plastic waste
+ Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem
+ Curb 'devastating' plastic waste, MPs say

(BBC)

(Permalink)


MATT the cartoonist

93 cartoons celebrating 30 years of the Telegraph's Matt - 26 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)



Matt the Cartoonist 30th Anniversary Tribute - VIDEO - 20 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

(Permalink 1) (Permalink 2)

24/02/2018


WOMEN

Document sur le thème des pionnières de l'aviation
"Il s'agit d'un document support à l'entrainement / évaluation de la compréhension de l'oral.
Le support vidéo source est disponible en suivant le lien sur le document et il est joint en format audio (mp3)."

Travail réalisé par Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)

(Permalink)


FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING



Florida shooting: Firms abandon NRA amid consumer boycott - 24 February 2018
"Several US companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) amid calls for a boycott of businesses
linked to the powerful gun lobby in the wake of the Florida school shooting."

(BBC)

Trump: Florida school officer 'didn't have the courage' - with videos - 23 February 2018
"An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week "certainly did a poor job", US President Donald Trump says."

+ Video: "He didn't have the courage"
+ Video: How young conservatives view #NeverAgain
(BBC)

Florida school shooting: Armed officer 'did not confront killer' - 23 February 2018
"An armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting
and did not intervene, the local sheriff says."
+ Video: Sheriff Scott Israel: "Peterson never went in"
+ Video: Seven things the NRA blames after Florida
+ Video: Florida shooting: Why the NRA wields so much power
+ Video: Teacher at Florida school where 17 people died says arming some teachers would be wrong
+ Video: Victim's father tells Trump of rage

(BBC)

NRA and Florida: Seven things Wayne LaPierre blames after shooting - 22 February 2018
"In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, the head of the powerful National Rifle Association has delivered a combative speech.
Here are seven of the things Wayne LaPierre blamed."

(BBC)

 

CNN town hall in wake of Florida school shooting - 21 February 2018
"Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-FL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Broward county Sheriff Scott Israel
answered questions from survivors of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, teachers and parents of the victims."

(YouTube)

 

(Permalink 1) (Permalink 2) (Permalink 3)


WINTER OPLYMPICS 2018

Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka wins second gold medal in Pyeongchang - 24 February 2018
"Ester Ledecka became the first woman to claim gold medals in two sports at a Winter Olympics with a win in the snowboarding parallel giant slalom."

+ Video: Ledecka claims double gold with snowboard slalom victory
+ Video: Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboard specialist Ester Ledecka shocks rivals to win super G gold

+ Other medals on Saturday
+ Other news on day 15
(BBC)

Best ever medal haul for Britain as Billy Morgan bags bronze in big air - 24 February 2018
- Medal takes nation’s overall tally to five in Pyeongchang
- Morgan holds on to third after series of falls from rivals on final run
+ Billy Morgan wins big air bronze to secure best GB medal haul – video

(theguardian.com)

Russian athlete filmed in 'I don’t do doping' shirt fails Olympic drug test - 23 February 2018
"Nadezhda Sergeeva, who denies taking banned medication, appeared in the video posted to social media earlier during the Winter Olympics."

(theguardian.com)

Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins gold for OAR in women's single figure skating - 23 February 2018
"Fifteen-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold for the Olympic athletes from Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women's single figure skating."
+ Video: Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova holds off Evgenia Medvedeva to win figure skating gold
+ Video: Serwa wins women's ski cross gold in Canada one-two

(BBC)

The Winter Olympics’ modern, glacial-inspired structures - with photos - 23 February 2018
"As the 2018 games draw to a close, BBC Designed explores the most striking arenas built to host the Winter Olympics."

- with a gallery
(BBC)

Winter Olympics: USA beat Canada on penalties to win women's ice hockey gold - 22 February 2018
"The United States beat Canada 3-2 in a sudden-death shootout to win Winter Olympics gold in the women's ice hockey for the first time in 20 years."

+ What happened on day 13?
(BBC)

How 3D Printing Helped Team USA Go for Gold - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 21 February 2018
"Last week, the United States won its first Olympic medal in a men’s singles luge event at the PyeongChang Olympics.
One part of this success could be 3-D printer technology, which Team USA Luge used to make equipment."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

(Permalink)


TRUMP / GUN CONTROL

Armed guard at Florida high school failed to enter building and stop shooter - 22 February 2018
"An armed deputy, who was on campus at Stoneman Douglas, resigns after sheriff’s reviews finds he stood outside and did not go in"
+ 'He never went in': armed deputy did not confront Florida school shooter – video
+ 'We must immediately harden our schools' says NRA's Wayne LaPierre – video

(theguardian.com)

White House indicates it could find funds to train and arm 1 million teachers - 22 February 2018
(theguardian.com)

Trump Addresses Tougher Gun Control Measures - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 February 2018
"One day after an emotional meeting with survivors of school shootings, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for tougher gun control measures."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings - 22 February 2018
"US President Donald Trump has said arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that which left 17 people dead last week in Florida."
+ Video: President Trump met pupils and parents affected by several US school shootings.
+ Video: School shooting survivor's tearful plea
+ Video: Father of Florida shooting victim to Trump: 'I'm pissed'
+ Video: Florida shooting survivor Lorenzo Prado mistaken for the gunman
+ Video: Around 100 students made the bus journey of more than seven hours to reach Florida's capital
+ Video: US students walk out to demand firearms control

+ 'Arm me with books' - the teachers saying no to guns
+ Florida survivor: 'I'm not an actor'
+ After Florida, some owners give up guns
+ America's gun culture in 10 charts
+ Picture: President Trump holds his notes at the listening session. Point five says: "I hear you"

+ Six radical ways to stop US school shootings
+ Is it time for US teachers to carry guns?
+ In Colorado, free training is provided for teachers who wish to arm themselves

(BBC)

(Permalink)


TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

US to impose 'largest ever' N Korea sanctions - 23 February 2018
"The United States is imposing a fresh set of sanctions on North Korea - the "largest ever", President Trump says.
The measures target more than 50 ships and maritime transport companies in North Korea, but also China and Taiwan."

+ The US treasury department lists one individual and 27 companies.
(BBC)

(Permalink)


TRUMP / RUSSIA

Robert Mueller files 32 new fraud charges against ex-Trump aides - 23 February 2018
"The move marks the latest step in ratcheting up pressure on former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates"

(theguardian.com)

Ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort vows to fight 'untrue' charges as Gates cuts plea deal - 23 February 2018
"Defiant Manafort says ‘I had hoped my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence’."

(theguardian.com)

Trump-Russia: New charges for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates - 22 February 2018
"The special counsel investigating claims of Russian political meddling in the US has filed new charges against two former aides to Donald Trump."

(BBC)

(Permalink)


TRUMP / IMMIGRATION

Donald Trump Does Dramatic Reading Of ‘The Snake’ | MSNBC
"At a campaign stop in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump uses a dramatic reading of Al Wilson’s 1968 song to warn of the dangers of taking in refugees from Syria. “The Snake” tells the story of a trusting woman who invites a snake into her home and saves it from the cold, but is later tricked and bitten by it."

(YouTube)

 

 

(Permalink)


MARINE PARKS

Debt for dolphins: Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme - 22 February 2018
"An innovative exchange of sovereign debt for marine conservation, backed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio,
could pave the way to saving large swaths of the world’s oceans...
New satellite surveillance programmes could detect the patterns of fishing boats."

(theguardian.com)

(Permalink)


FISH FARMING

How lasers and robo-feeders are transforming fish farming - 20 February 2018
"Fish farming is big business - the industry now produces about 100 million tonnes a year - and with salmon prices soaring,
producers are turning to lasers, automation and artificial intelligence to boost production and cut costs."

(BBC)

(Permalink)


"BLACK PANTHER" FILM

Educators, Stars and Others Help Kids See 'Black Panther' Film - Text + Audio - 21 February 2018
"The movie set a record with its $235-million opening at theaters across the United States last weekend. However, Black Panther is more than just a popular film."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

(Permalink)


VOCABULARY

60 Words for Types of Restaurants
"This post lists dozens of words, many adopted from foreign languages that describe a specific type of restaurant.
(Restaurant itself stems from a Latin verb meaning “restore.”)"

(dailywritingtips.com)

(Permalink)


NASA SPACESUITS

NASA spacesuits with built-in toilet (February 23, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Fashion designers and clothing experts are wondering how a new suit might change their industry"

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Spacesuits - Level 4  or  Spacesuits - 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)

    (Permalink)


Making and Responding to Suggestions

Making and Responding to Suggestions - Text + Audio
"The phrase How about is one common way to make a friendly suggestion in English.
To make a suggestion means to offer an idea or plan for someone to think about."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

    (Permalink)


Elon MUSK

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group - 22 February 2018
"Technology billionaire Elon Musk has quit the board of the research group he co-founded to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence."

(BBC)

  (Permalink)


AI

Is artificial intelligence a threat to civilisation? - 22 February 2018
"Artificial intelligence risks being exploited by terrorists to mount driverless car crashes and cyber attacks because the technology is being rapidly developed without thought
for its downsides, Oxford and Cambridge researchers have warned. Dr Shahar Avin, part of the research group, explains the risks we face today and could face in the future."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

  (Permalink)


MEAT

Fear of meat scandal as data shows hygiene breaches at over half UK plants - 23 February 2018
- Almost two-thirds of audited meat plants in breach of safety rules in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- On average, 16 major failings recorded every week over the past three years

(theguardian.com)

  (Permalink)


SCIENCE

The man with 16 million fans - with a video - 22 February 2018
"Yemeni influencer Hashem Al-Ghaili has created a massive online following by spreading his love of science with followers around the world...
Have a look at the video ... to see how science enthusiast Hashem Al-Ghaili became a media consultant and public speaker by uploading short videos of his own
onto Facebook."

(BBC)

  (Permalink)


NATIVE AMERICAN IMAGERY

Show Examines Native American Imagery in US Culture - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 February 2018
"The exhibit, called “Americans,” opened last month at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
It explores the use of American Indian imagery over the years."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

  (Permalink)


PLASTIC

Nappies, takeaways and bubble wrap: could I remove plastic from my life?
"It’s polluting our oceans and killing our wildlife, but how easy is it to get by without it? Four writers find out"

(theguardian.com)

  (Permalink)