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13/01/2017


TRUMP

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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OBAMA

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CES 2017

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IMMIGRATION

America's Sources of Immigration (1850-Today)
"A state-by-state look at the history of U.S. immigration by country of origin."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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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

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EXERCISE

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 :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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BRITISH STREETS

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."

(YouTube)

 

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MERYL STREEP'S SPEECH

Watch (and read) all of Meryl Streep's provocative Golden Globes acceptance speech - 8 January 2017
"The following is a transcript of Meryl Streep’s speech at the 74th Golden Globes  as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille  Award for lifetime achievement..."

(latimes.com)

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UPCYCLING

What is Upcycling?
"Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example: ..."

+ Recycling vs. Upcycling
(hipcycle.com)

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11/01/2017


DEATH PENALTY

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."

(BBC)

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NO HOMEWORK

Experimental School in California Has No Homework - Text + Audio - 8 January 2017
"Khan Lab School is experimenting with a new model of educational. Many students and parents love the results so far."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GUN CRIME

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
(BBC)

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CES 2017

CES 2017: Strap turns your finger into a phone - VIDEO
"The strap sends vibrations down the wearer’s hand and can be fitted to any watch."
(BBC)

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HOUSEBOATS

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."

(BBC)

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COMPLAINING

Complaining – 26 – English at Work tells you how to complain
"Mr Socrates, the big boss from America, is in town and everything must be just right.
Unfortunately the hotel room Anna booked for him isn't right so it's up to her to sort it out and that involves some complaining."

(YouTube)

 

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AD

Adidas – Break Free
(YouTube)
"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."

(Neatorama)

 

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Michelle OBAMA

Michelle Obama's emotional final speech
"Michelle Obama gave her final White House remarks in an emotional speech January 6, 2016, emphasizing the power of hope."
(edition.cnn.com)

 

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PRESIDENT Barack OBAMA

President Obama’s Farewell Address: Full Video and Text - 10 January 2017
(nytimes.com)


"Obama out:" President Barack Obama's hilarious final White House correspondents' dinner speech
"President Barack Obama didn't hold back in his final speech at the White House correspondents' dinner firing barbs
at himself, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz."

(YouTube)

 

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IMMIGRANTS / MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Massive drop in German asylum seekers - 11 January 2017
"Germany says 280,000 asylum seekers arrived there in 2016, a drop of more than 600,000 on the previous year."

(BBC)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLAN

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

(film-english.com)

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BOVINE TERMS

Bull and Cow and Other Bovine Terms
(dailywritingtips.com)

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BULLYING

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..."

(tokenhiphop.com)

 

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