Trump Says He Now Believes Russia Was Behind Election Hacking - Text + Audio - 11 January 2017
"U.S. President-elect Donald Trump says he believes Russia was involved in cyberattacks during the election.
It was the first time Trump has admitted Russian involvement in hacking computers of the Democratic National Committee.
His comments came during his first press conference since the election."
Trump Appoints Son-in-Law as Top Adviser- Text + Audio - 10 January 2017
"President-elect Donald Trump has appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner to a high-level position in his administration. Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump."
Obama Appeals for Unity, Warns of Threats to Democracy- Text + Audio - 11 January 2017
"In his farewell speech, President Barack Obama said he was more hopeful about the country now than when he took office.
But he also called on Americans to stay involved in the democratic process which can be hurt by fear."
President Obama's Farewell Address - VIDEO - 11 January 2017
"Barack Obama spoke to the nation as president for the last time on Tuesday. He reflects on some of the successes and frustrations of his presidency.
And he says the work of democracy has always been hard. Here are the highlights."
Consumer Electronics Show 2017: Homes Think for Themselves- Text + Audio + Videos - 10 January 2017
"One of the most popular areas of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is filled with a number of new “smart home” devices.
This technology is designed to make life easier for humans by letting computers control things inside our homes."
FILMS WITH CONFLICTS BETWEEN PAPENTS AND THEIR KIDS
'Dead Poet Society': conflict between Neil and his father about theatre 'Freaky Friday' with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lyndsay Lohan
'Gossip Girl': Conflict between Father and Daughter
'Kevin the teenager': many videos on YouTube
'Modern Family' (Season 2 Episode 5): conflicts about the use of phones, tablets and computers
'Billy Elliot': the father finds out that his son loves ballet dancing instead of more 'manly' pursuits
'Bend it like Beckham': conflict between Jess, crazy about football, and her parents Sikhs
Weekend-only exercise enough to live longer (January 12, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"There is good news for those who only have time to exercise at the weekend. People who are called 'weekend warriors'." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Weekend Warriors - Level 4 or Weekend Warriors - 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 :-)
The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets
"I thought about saying "secret patterns" or "mysterious patterns" in the title, but that'd be a lie: they're just mostly unknown! So let's talk about tactile paving,
about design, about accessibility, and about those bumpy bits that you stand on when you're crossing a British street."
US church attacker sentenced to death - 10 January 2017
"A white supremacist has been sentenced to death for the racially motivated killings of nine black people at a South Carolina church.
Dylann Roof was convicted last month of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, after opening fire on a Bible study group in 2015."
How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime- with a video - 6 January 2017
"Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret?" + How countries compare on gun deaths
Inside the most bizarre houseboats in Britain - 5 January 2017
"Just a few miles east of Brighton is a novel – and highly creative – community in Shoreham,
where many of the 40 houseboats are as much works of art as they are places to live."
Adidas – Break Free
"Adidas is one of the largest athletic shoe companies in the world, so they have plenty of funding for their advertising campaigns
and don't need to go looking for free submissions from film students.
But Eugene Merher, a 26-year-old student filmmaker from Germany, decided to submit the ad he'd made for Adidas
to their communications department anyway - and found his submission completely ignored.
Determined to show off his hard work despite the cold shoulder he received from Adidas
he posted the ad online, where it instantly went viral and gave viewers all sorts of feels."
Immigrants Learn New Customs in New Lands- Text + Audio - 7 January 2017
"Thousands of migrants from places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan entered Europe in 2016.
Many of these people have trouble finding their place among this new and different cultures.
VOA Learning English looks at some common situations visitors to the United States face and how to deal with them."
Learning a Language
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by Allegro, a Polish online shopping auction platform and the theme of learning a new language. Students discuss why they are learning English, come up with reasons why people learn a new language and the benefits of learning a new language, watch a short film and discuss ways to improve their language learning." Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 90 minutes
Token - Exception
(YouTube) + LYRICS: "There they go again. Harassing this kid, so easily.
His name is Andy, he grew up right down the street for me.
I barely know him though I just see him at school while passing him
usually followed by 2 kids giggling in back of him.
I don’t know why they feel the need to interfere..."