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FEBRUARY 2019

= BLACK HISTORY MONTH

02 - Groundhog Day
03 - Super Bowl 2019
05 - Chinese New Year
05 - Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday and Lent
05 - New Orleans Mardi Gras
05 - Safer Internet Day
07 - Charles Dickens's birthday

11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

14 - Valentine's Day
18 - Presidents' Day
21 - International Mother Language Day


07/02/2019


ACTIVITIES WITH VIDEOS

Fantastic Beasts 2 + Sis vs. Bro = videos
Fantastic Beasts 2 (pdf)
Sis vs. Bro
(pdf)
Activities by Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)

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06/02/2019


STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Donald Trump makes State of the Union address (0:00 / 2:07:32) - 6 February 2019
"U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union speech in Washington to a joint session of Congress,
setting out his agenda amid a host of challenges confronting the administration."


Text of the State of the Union Address
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The key points from Trump's State of the Union address
"The president pitched bipartisanship but struck polarising tone on immigration and socialism"

(theguardian.com)

State of the Union: Donald Trump attacks Mueller and Democrats in divisive speech
"The president called for bipartisan unity but decried ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ and took hard line on immigration"

+ Trump accuses Democrats of ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ at State of the Union – video
+ Trump surprised by response from women in white during State of the Union address – video
+ Stacey Abrams: 'Immigrants, not walls' make the US strong – video

(theguardian.com)

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05/02/2019


LESSON PLAN

EU angers UK by calling Gibraltar a 'colony' (February 04, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United Kingdom has objected to the European Union's use of the word "colony" to describe the island of Gibraltar."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Gibraltar - Level 4  or  Gibraltar - 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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LUNAR NEW YEAR

Chinese lunar new year 2019 – in pictures - 5 February 2019
"To welcome the year of the pig more than a billion people across the world have begun celebrating.
Food, fireworks and performances across Asia will mark the annual lunar new year. The pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and being hardworking"

(theguardian.com)


"People perform with a dragon as they celebrate the Chinese lunar new year in downtown Lviv, Ukraine."


In pictures (copyright): Lunar New Year welcomes the year of the pig - 5 February 2019
"More than a billion people around the world have begun celebrating the Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Pig."
(BBC)

Asians Celebrate Lunar New Year Around the World - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 4 February 2019
"The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many places across Asia. It’s called Chunjie in China, Tet in Vietnam, Seollal in Korea and Losar in Tibet."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Emiliano SALA

Emiliano Sala: plane found in search for missing footballer – video report - 4 February 2019
The plane carrying Cardiff City's new signing Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson has been found on the seabed north of Guernsey.
David Mearns, who led a private search for the plane backed by Sala’s family and a crowdfunding campaign, has said it is 'imperative' that the plane is now recovered.
The news that the plane had been discovered came on Sunday, a day after Cardiff's first home game since Sala's disappearance, where fans paid tribute to the Argentinian forward. The light aircraft carrying Sala and Ibbotson disappeared two weeks ago as it made the journey from Nantes - where Sala had played since 2015.
+ Emiliano Sala, the humble forward who enriched everyone's lives

(theguardian.com)

 

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THE UK

'The UK no longer feels like home’: the British Europhiles racing for EU passports - with pictures - 5 February 2019
"Thousands of Britons have applied for citizenship elsewhere since the Brexit vote. Here, Guardian readers across Europe explain why they made the decision"

(theguardian.com)

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THE US / VENEZUELA

Why Venezuela matters to the US... and vice versa - Video - 4 February 2019
"US relations with Venezuela have nosedived, as the Latin American country descends further into economic and political chaos.
But the often-fraught ties between the world's biggest superpower and this relatively small state go back centuries.
BBC Mundo's Daniel Pardo explains what binds the two together, and why the US is following the current crisis in Venezuela so carefully."

(BBC)

 

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EBOLA

Long-running Ebola outbreak is now an international health emergency, say experts
"The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now so severe it should be declared an international health emergency, experts have warned."

(telegraph.co.uk)

'People are so afraid they hide in the forest': Ebola in DRC – in pictures
"More than 750 people have died of Ebola in recent months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with efforts to contain the outbreak hampered by conflict
– and fear of treatment centres"

(theguardian.com)

Why Ebola Is Still Spreading in Congo - Text + Audio - 4 February 2019
"Some health experts warn that, even if medicine improves, Ebola could remain a threat in central Africa."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

NORTH KOREA PROTECTING MISSILES FROM U.S. STRIKE - 5 February 2019
"North Korea is trying to ensure its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities are safe from U.S. military strikes, according to a United Nations report.
Measures said to include using civilian facilities to make and test missiles."

[The Guardian]

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NEW DIET MAY SAVE THE PLANET

Scientists Say New Diet May Save Planet - Text + Audio + Quiz - 4 February 2019
"Scientists have created what they say is the best diet for humans and for the planet. If the world follows it, they say, we just might survive."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NATIONAL PARKS DEAL WITH DAMAGE

National Parks Deal with Damage After Government Shutdown - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 February 2019
"When National Park Service employees returned to work last week, they began cleaning up and repairing what they could.
But environmental experts warn that the damage in some places could take years to recover."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HIGH-FLYING JOB

The high-flying job that's not for the faint-hearted - with pictures (copyright) - 4 February 2019
"Francois Botha was going about his daily business when suddenly a military fighter jet flashed by.
"I swear I could see the whites of the eyes of the pilot," he says.
"Then all of a sudden the sound hit us. It was almost too close for comfort."

(BBC)

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04/02/2019


UN STUDY

UN Study: China, US, Japan Lead World AI Development - Text + Audio - 3 February 2019
"A UN study shows that the United States, China and Japan are leading the world in artificial intelligence development."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VEHICLE RECYCLING

Vehicle Recycling: An Eco-Friendly Alternative
"Most of us have heard the kitschy “recycle, reuse, reduce” campaign song from the early 90s, have scrolled Facebook or flipped on the TV to see something about climate change, and probably have even seen the Yipster kid at the local grocer in a Save the World T with recycling insignia on the back—anyone not living under a rock knows it’s a good idea to recycle."

(sellmax.com)

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SUPER BOWL SNACKS

Ranking Super Bowl Snacks by How (Un)Healthy They Are - 3 February 2019
"Americans treat Super Bowl Sunday like a holiday, even if it is one centered around watching TV. There are even traditional foods now associated with the Super Bowl, designed to serve many people who are watching TV. We know that most of these dishes aren't good for us, but which ones are the worst for our blood pressure, metabolism, and waistline? Mel magazine ranks 11 of the most common treats that will be served for Super Bowl parties. Some of them are surprisingly okay."

(neatorama.com)

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SUPER BOWL 2019

Diaporama
(20minutes.fr)


Julian Edelman and Tom Brady

 

Washington Post honours Marie Colvin and Jamal Khashoggi in first Super Bowl ad - with a picture and a video - 4 February 2019
"Dangers of journalism feature in newspaper’s first commercial at the major sporting event"

(theguardian.com)

Super Bowl 2019: Seven things we learned from the ad breaks - with pictures and videos - 4 February 2019
"Many people outside the US may not give two hoots about the actual Super Bowl, but for the celeb spotters and film/TV fans out there, the ad breaks are what it's all about."

(BBC)

PATRIOTS WIN SIXTH SUPER BOWL - 3 February 2019
" The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. New England’s Rob Gronkowski came up big when it mattered, the tight end sparking
a stalled offense during a critical fourth-quarter drive, catching two passes for 47 yards leading to a 2-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel."

(huffingtonpost)

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ELEPHANT SEALS

Elephant seals take over beach left vacant by US shutdown - with pictures - 2 February 2019
"An understaffed stretch of California coastline has new residents: nearly 100 elephant seals and their pups"

(theguardian.com)



Seals take over California beach closed in US shutdown - with pictures - 31 January 2019
"A large herd of elephant seals has taken over a beach in California that was forced to close during the government shutdown."

+ US shutdown cost $3bn, says budget office
+ Trump backs down to halt painful shutdown

(BBC)

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GROUNDHOG DAY 2019

Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil's big day - in pictures - 2 February 2019
"Thousands gather on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to witness the celebrated rodent’s weather prediction"

(theguardian.com)


"Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-prognosticating groundhog.
Phil’s handlers said the groundhog had forecast an early spring."

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TRUMP

Trump wants to keep US troops in Iraq to 'be able to watch' Iran - 3 February 2019
"Trump said he wanted to maintain a military presence, despite saying the invasion of Iraq was ‘one of the greatest mistakes’."

(theguardian.com)

Russia follows US in suspending nuclear deal - 2 February 2019
"Moscow announces move after US said on Friday it would withdraw from INF nuclear treaty"

(theguardian.com)

Russia to abandon nuclear arms treaty after US accuses Moscow of deploying banned missiles - 2 February 2019
"The Kremlin said on Saturday that it was pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty a day after the US announced its withdrawal,
accusing Russia of deploying  missiles that violated the terms of the Cold War agreement."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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MEXICAN BORDER

THOUSANDS MORE U.S. TROOPS HEADING TO MEXICAN BORDER - with a video - 3 February 2019
" The Pentagon is sending 3,750 U.S. forces to the southwest border with Mexico for three months to provide additional support to border agents."

[huffingtonpost.com]

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Cory BOOKER

Who is Cory Booker? Rising Democratic star enters 2020 race – video
"Senator Cory Booker has jumped into the already busy field of Democratic candidates running for the White House in 2020 in a bid to turf out Donald Trump.
Booker, 49, made his announcement as Black History Month began.  He is the second black candidate in the race after senator Kamala Harris.
No Republicans have yet announced they will challenge Trump for the GOP nomination."
+ Cory Booker announces run for presidency in 2020

(theguardian.com)

 

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