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24/01/2015


RV

What is it like to live in an RV full time? - 22 January 2015
RV = recreational vehicle
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DRONE

Mexican DRUG DRONE crashes to earth after being overloaded with LETHAL crystal meth - 22 January 2015
"American cops have found the wreckage of a drugs drone that crashed while flying six bags of dangerous crystal meth over the Mexican border."

(mirror.co.uk)

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MONEY

The world's wealth - in 60 seconds - a video - 22 January 2015
"The BBC's new A Richer World season is exploring global wealth, poverty and inequality..."

(BBC)

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STATE OF THE UNION

Obama's State of the Union speech - 22 January 2015
"Discours d'Obama sur l'état de l'Union : ce qu'il faut retenir..."

(facebook.com / Clé des Langues)

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PETS

UAE: Children 'drive trend for exotic pets' - 21 January 2015 
"Children in the United Arab Emirates are shunning toy animals in favour of their real-life counterparts, it's been reported."

(BBC)

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EBOLA

Falling Ebola cases show 'turning point' - 22 January 2015
"There has been a "turning point" in the Ebola crisis, with cases falling in the three affected countries, World Health Organization officials say."
(BBC)

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MARS

How to put a human on Mars - 24 July 2013
(BBC)

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TECHNOLOGY

Could a robot write a novel? - 22 January 2015
"It sounds like a science-fiction fantasy: researchers are using artificial intelligence to produce novels and short stories.
But are they any good? Hephzibah Anderson finds out."

(BBC)

Réalité virtuelle ou augmentée, les différences expliquées avec des films de science-fiction
(20minutes.fr)

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23/01/2015


OBAMA

The YouTube Interview with President Obama - 22 January 2015
"YouTube creators Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green interview President Obama about the top issues facing them and their audiences."
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FIREARMS

TSA Agents Discovered 2,212 Firearms At Airport Checkpoints In 2014
— "the overwhelming majority of them loaded, according to new data...
Also last year, the department said, more than 1,400 "firearm components, replica firearms, stun guns,
and other similar dangerous objects were discovered" in carry-on luggage...
Agents discovered not just small firearms, but a grenade and an assault rifle (unloaded) with three loaded magazines."
See "Other interesting discoveries..."
TSA = Transportation Security Administration

(npr.org)


Gun sales boom on Black Friday: Almost 3 background checks per second - Article + Video - 30 November 2014
(edition.cnn.com)

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SOCCER / FOOTBALL / SPORTS

Soccer For Dummies
(dummies.com)
Thanks to Laurence CARTA (Ac. Aix-Marseille)

Football vocabulary
"Test yourself and learn new football vocabulary. Each topic has 10 of the most important words in football and there are 20 topics.
You can also download and print football phrasebook pages and activities for each of the topics."

(premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org)
Thanks to Sandrine Bénays (Ac. Montpellier)


School students do not shower after sports class (18th January, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A report has found that more than half of high school boys and two-thirds of girls never shower after a physical education class."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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DAILY ROUTINE

Loescher English Corner 1 - 5 Daily routine
(YouTube)
Thanks to Marie Rustin (Ac. Dijon)

 

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A BOBBY'S HELMET

Just how practical is a traditional Bobby's helmet? - 22 January 2015 
"West Yorkshire Police have decided to end the use of the traditional police helmet for normal duties.
Is this symbol of British law enforcement really so old-fashioned, asks Justin Parkinson."

(BBC)

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21/01/2015


DOGS

A Tribute to TV Dogs
"A supercut tribute to the beloved dogs of classic and modern TV shows."

(YouTube)

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LISTENING

Padlet que les élèves de 3ème qui souhaitent aller écouter de l'anglais
Créé par Isabelle Destat (Ac. Versailles)

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STATE OF THE UNION

State of the Union: Obama demands spread of wealth - 21 January 2015 
"US President Barack Obama has declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans,
in his annual State of the Union address to Congress..."

(BBC)

 

 

Read the full text of President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address + Video
(vox.com)

 

The real state of the union, in 33 maps and charts
"Here's a series of 33 data visualizations that illustrate where America is in early 2015 and where it's going
— with a special eye to the likely political flashpoints in the year to come."

(vox.com)

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MARS

Elon Musk touts launch of ‘SpaceX Seattle’
“One day I will visit Mars.”

(seattletimes.com)

 

Exodus - The Elon Musk interview
"Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future."

(aeon.com)

Elon Reeve Musk (/ˈlɒn ˈmʌsk/; born June 28, 1971)
"is a South Africa-born, Canadian-American engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor.[5][6][7][8][9] 
He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect ofTesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity.
He is the founder of SpaceX and a cofounder of PayPal,[10] Tesla Motors, and Zip2.[11][12][13][14] 
He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop."

(Wikipedia)

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RADAR / POLICE

Radar that 'sees' through walls raises privacy concerns - 20 January 2015 
"The use of technology that allows the police to "see" inside the homes of suspects has raised privacy questions."

(BBC)

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AVIATION

The world’s most spectacular new airports - with PHOTOS
(BBC)

Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation - 19 January 2015
(BBC)

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SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare's idioms: Lesson 1
"This lesson teaches idioms which were all used or invented by Shakespeare.
It uses specially created illustrations to show the connection between the individual words (e.g. night + owl) and the idiom as a whole (e.g. night owl).
The lesson will give students an opportunity to use the idioms through the creation of a short skit."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)


NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE
"No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English
— the kind of English people actually speak today."

See All No Fear Shakespeare Titles
(nfs.sparknotes.com)


Romeo and Juliet - Podcast
(learnoutloud.com/podcaststream)
Thanks to Hanane NEMOZ (Ac. Lyon)

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20/01/2015


CHARLIE HEBDO

C’est quoi la liberté d’expression ?
"En attaquant les membres du journal Charlie Hebdo, réputé pour sa liberté de ton, les terroristes ont aussi porté atteinte à la liberté d'expression. 1jour1actu t'aide à comprendre les notions de liberté d'expression et de liberté de la presse."

(1jour1actu.com)
Thanks to Anne-Sophie Tournoux

 

Activities
"Amnesty International Literacy and Human Rights Resource.
Empower students to take action for current up-to-date human rights issues by writing letters and developing key literacy skills.
Resource contains powerpoint, current case study scaffolded reading and writing worksheets, lesson plans and teacher notes.
Available in two versions for KS2 and KS3..."

(tes.co.uk)
Thanks to Isabelle Destat (Ac. Versailles)

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MONEY

Oxfam: Richest One Percent to Own Half of the World's Wealth - Article + Audio - 19 January 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Richest 1% to own more than rest of world, Oxfam says - Video - 19 January 2015
"The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam."

(BBC)


Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam
(YouTube)

 

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ANIMALS

Cat saves baby from freezing Russian night - video - 19 January 2015
(theguardian.com)

 

 

India Battles Shrinking Tiger Habitat - Article + Audio - 17 January 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity - 13 January 2015
(odditycentral.com)

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BURNS NIGHT

New links: Activities

 

18/01/2015


SOCIAL NETWORKS

Social Media Update 2014
(pewinternet.org)
Thanks to Laurence Bernard (Ac. Martinique)

 

Life before and after Facebook - 3 January 2015
"Social media has caused havoc to families – teenagers’ fear of missing out means that the home is no longer the sanctuary it used to be."

(theguardian.com)
Thanks to Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)

 

What is Friendface? - interactive exercises
(englishexercises.org)
The video does not work. Watch it on YouTube.
Thanks to Thi Bong TRAN (Ac. Grenoble)

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REFUGEES

UN: Big Increase in People Fleeing Conflict - Article + Audio - 17 January 2015
"Conflicts have forced many people from their home.
Many have fled across international borders; millions have become displaced within their own countries.
Syrians have for the first time become the largest refugee population."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ENVIRONMENT

Environmental Problems - a video
"Jonathan Evans talks with callers about climate change, pollution and what people can do to help the environment."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CARTOONS

Freedom of Expression
(cagle.com)

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17/01/2015


PRINCE GEORGE

Prince George raked in 706 gifts during royal tours in 2014, seven times the Queen’s haul
"Among the more unusual items were an academic cloak and sheepskin boots.
The vast majority of gifts were books, clothes and toys, including a cuddly bilby he memorably threw away during a visit to a zoo in Sydney.
In Australia and New Zealand, members of the public gave him 249 toys and games, 138 items of clothing, 143 books,
25 pieces of sporting equipment and 11 “household items.”...

(news.nationalpost.com)

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GUANTANAMO

Guantánamo Diary: ‘The special agent locked the chain around my hands and we were thrown into a cattle truck’
"Mohamedou Ould Slahi describes his unexpected arrest at the airport in Senegal, and the overwhelming fear that ensued."

+ Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture
(theguardian.com)

 Declassified diary published at last
• Extract: The flight to Guantánamo
• Extract: Torture at sea
• Extract: False confession

 

Guantánamo Diary Trailer - exclusive video clip read by Dominic West
"Watch a short clip from our upcoming documentary about Guantánamo Diary, a book written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi,
who has been a prisoner at the US detention facility for 14 years."

(YouTube)

 

Guantanamo Bay: A Video Diary
"Human Rights First's Daphne Eviatar went to Guantanamo Bay to monitor military commissions proceedings in April 2010.
Her video diary reveals some realities of the place and the perspective she gained from her visit.
She was surprised at what efforts -- and great costs -- were spent constructing something that never needed to exist in the first place.
Our courts can handle terrorism cases."

(YouTube)

 

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16/01/2015


MEMORIES

TOUCHABLE MEMORIES - a lesson plan
"This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film titledTouchable Memories by Marco Aslan, and the theme of photos and memories.
In the film five people who have lost their sight share their stories about how they “see” a photograph...
Students describe a photo which is important to them and describe the memories it brings back. They talk about blind people and memories.
They watch a short film, make notes, and speculate about how blind people “see” photos."

(film-english.com)

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IMAGINE...

John Lennon - Imagine (Pablo Stanley Art) (Full Song With Color) (Lyrics)
(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Annie Gual-Arnoux Gwynn (Ac. Dijon)

 


WISH

The Secret Life of Water Mitty: Wish - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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GOOGLE GLASS

Google Glass sales halted but firm says kit is not dead - Article + Video - 15 January 2015
"Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear."

(BBC)

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TATTOO

Tattoo camouflages scars and burns
(YouTube)

 

 

Why would anyone want an eyeball tattoo? - 16 January 2015
"The sentencing of a convicted criminal with an eyeball tattoo in an Alaskan court has drawn attention to an unusual form of facial decoration
- one that is less than a decade old, but winning new converts all the time."

(BBC)

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TRANSPORTS

The hidden ways traffic flows around us
"Going from A to B? Whichever way you choose to travel, Chris Baraniuk discovers the hidden technologies
which decide when and how you’ll get there."

(BBC)

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NEW LINKS

CHARLIE HEBDO SHOOTING

 


FOOD

Fast-food nations
Fast-food outlets by country and per person
(economist.com)

 

The Hungriest Place on Earth - Article + Audio - 15 January 2015
"Recent studies suggest the African nation of Burundi has the highest levels of hunger and undernourished people worldwide.
More than 10 years of war, along with poverty and overpopulation, have affected the nation’s economic and nutritional conditions.
The UN World Food Program is hoping to help."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EXTREME SPORT

For Traction, Mountain Climbers Sand and Superglue Their Fingers
(Neatorama)

American Climbers Complete World’s Most Difficult Free Climb in Yosemite - 14 January 2015
(slate.com)

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'BLACK BOX'

Inside a 'black box' flight recorder investigation centre - 12 January 2015
(BBC)

 

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MURALS

The colourful propaganda of Xinjiang (in China) - PHOTOS - 12 January 2015
(BBC)

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HITCHCOCK

The Hitchcock Gallery
"This short video-essay examines various themes and techniques Alfred Hitchcock developed throughout his career.
Using 40 titles, it includes every feature film Hitchcock made from 1934 right through to his retirement in 1976.
Of the several themes on display here (falling, ascending and descending staircases, opening curtains, reading newspapers, poisoning drinks,
women's hairstyles, shoes, train compartments, sleeping and dreaming, pulling away from and dollying in on the action,
overhead shots and characters looking directly into the camera), there are yet others for fellow essayists to examine further..."

(vimeo.com)

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GUANTANAMO

President Faces Difficulties Closing Guantanamo Prison - Article + Audio + Video - 16 January 2015
"The Obama administration ended 2015 with the release of more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On December 30, the Department of Defense announced that three Yemenis and two Tunisians were flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Guantanamo Bay: What next for Cuba prison camp? - Article + Video - 15 January 2015
"After years of stagnation, there's been a burst of activity in transferring inmates out of the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Where will it end?"

(BBC)

 

An artist's journey to paint watercolours of Guantanamo Bay - 11 November 2013
(BBC)

 

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