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JANUARY 2017 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

01 - The Year 2017 - Review
01 - New Year
06 - Epiphany
11 - International Day of the Girl
15 - Martin Luther King Day
25 - Burns Night
26 - Australia Day
26 - India Day




03/01/2018


YEAR 2017

2017 REVIEW - niveau A2 / A2+
Créée par Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges)

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NEW YEAR IRRESOLUTIONS

New Year irresolutions: seven things that people give up – and why they might actually be good for you - 3 January 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea reopens hotline to South to discuss Olympics - 3 January 2018
"North Korea has reopened a hotline to South Korea, almost two years after it was disabled on the orders of leader Kim Jong-un."

+ What we know about the red and green phones
+ Will North Korea compete at the Winter Olympics?
+ A history of North Korea at the Olympics

+ Washington has encouraged all countries to isolate North Korea
+ Video: Take a tour of Panmunjom
+ Trump to Kim: My button's bigger than yours
+ When Trump was handed the nuclear codes
+ How would the US order a nuclear strike?

(BBC)

North Korea and the Olympics: Bombs, media blackouts and glory - 3 January 2018
"For a country like North Korea, where image is everything, the Olympic Games present a conundrum."
+ Video: North Korea's star ice-skating duo have qualified for the Winter Olympics
+ Video: Kim Hyun-hui was once an agent of the North Korean regime

(BBC)

South Korea Calls for Talks with North Korea on Winter Olympics - Text + Audio - 3 January 2018
"South Korea’s Unification Ministry has offered to hold high-level talks with North Korea for the first time since 2015."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

NORTH KOREA: The Most Daring Escape Captured on Camera
"November 13, 2017 - Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of a North Korean soldier daring escape through the DMZ at the JSA site."

(YouTube)

 

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TRUMP

Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Steve Bannon says in explosive book - 3 January 2018
+ Former White House strategist quoted in Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff
+ Bannon: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV

(theguardian.com)

Trump to Kim: My nuclear button is 'bigger and more powerful' - 3 January 2018
"US President Donald Trump has boasted that his nuclear button is "much bigger" and "more powerful" than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's...
According to US media, Mr Trump's desk does, however, have a button that orders someone to bring him a Diet Coke."

+ 'Dotard' Trump? The story of 'rocket man' Kim's insult
+ Trump's longstanding nuclear fixation
+ Mr Trump and Mr Kim have a colourful history of name-calling

+ Trump and the nuclear codes
(BBC)

Trump Says His ‘Nuclear Button’ Is ‘Much Bigger’ Than North Korea’s - 2 January 2018
(nytimes.com)

Pakistan Meets with US Ambassador over Trump’s Comments - Text + Audio - 2 January 2018
"On Monday, President Trump said the United States has “foolishly” given Pakistan over 33 billion dollars in aid over the past 15 years.
Pakistan says it is being blamed for its failures and not recognized for its sacrifice."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOMELESSNESS

'Homelessness caused me pain, stress and anger' – video - 3 January 2018
"When Rafal Senk moved to the UK he found people more accepting of his sexuality than in his native Poland.
However, his profound deafness meant he was unable to get the right support from councils and soon became homeless.
With the help of one of the charities supported by the Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal , Rafal was able to begin rebuilding his life."

(theguardian.com)

 

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STAMPS

Royal Mail releases Game of Thrones stamp set – in pictures - 3 January 2018
"Collection features 15 first class stamps to mark the significant British contribution to the production of the award-winning fantasy series.
The stamps will be available from 23 January."

(theguardian.com)

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

McMafia: The scale of human trafficking in numbers - VIDEO - 3 January 2018
"The issue of human trafficking is being highlighted in new BBC One drama McMafia, through the character of beautician Lyudmilla.
More than 18,000 people are victims every year, according to the UN. But the true scale of the trade in human lives is thought to be much greater than figures suggest.
McMafia is broadcast on BBC One and available after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer. The next episode is at 2100 on Sunday, 7 January."

(BBC)

 

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THE POETRY PHARMACY

The Poetry Pharmacy: Do you suffer from... Stagnation?
"For 20 years, William Sieghart has cured the sad and the sick with poetry. Now he’ll do the same for you."
(telegraph.co.uk)


This week's poem: The Trees by Philip Larkin

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VOCABULARY

American English Words Borrowed from Japanese - Text + Audio + Pictures
"You can learn a lot about history and culture by looking at what led to the borrowing of certain words.
Today, we will tell you the story of words that English has borrowed from Japanese."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


The English word "tycoon" comes from the Japanese "taikun," which means "great lord or prince."
Pictured is Tokugawa Iemitsu, the shogun of Japan from 1604-1651.

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JOB INTERVIEW

The Pursuit Of Happyness - Job Interview
(YouTube)

 

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02/01/2018


YEAR 2017

UK year in pictures 2017 - 28 December 2017
(BBC)

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2018

New Year 2018: celebrations around the world - 1 January 2018
"The world welcomes the start of a new year as 2018 is celebrated with fireworks and light shows in cities across the globe."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

London's 2018 new year parade – in pictures - 1 January 2018
"Around 500,000 spectators gathered along the parade route in central London to watch more than 10,000 parade performers on first day of the year."

(theguardian.com)


Around half a million people witnessed the parade,
which included performers in steampunk costumes.

2018 to be a great year (2nd January, 2018) a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The year 2018 is just days old, but already there are indications it will be a great 12 months."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: 2018 - Level 4  or  2018 - 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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GLOBAL WARMING

Keep global warming under 1.5C or 'quarter of planet could become arid'
"A global temperature rise to 2C above pre-industrial levels could see many regions facing an increased threat of drought and wildfires, study suggests."

(theguardian.com)

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NORTH KOREA

Tuesday’s Morning Email: What Kim Jong Un Is Really Saying With His ‘Nuclear Button’ Threat
And his offer for talks with South Korea.
(huffingtonpost.com)

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01/01/2018


NEW YEAR

Fireworks, food and prayers: new year celebrated around the world - with pictures and videos - 1 December 2018
"Thousands see the new year in with spectacular shows, while in New York Mariah Carey has a glitch-free set in a frosty Times Square."

+ Video: World welcomes 2018 with glittering fireworks - video
(theguardian.com)

New Year Celebrations Around the World - with pictures - 31 December 2017
"New Zealand, Australia, and surrounding Pacific Islands were among the first places to ring in 2018..."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Revellers around the world ring in 2018 with New Year's festivities - with pictures - 31 December 2017
'In 2018, let's continue to celebrate... openness, compassion, equality and inclusion': PM Trudeau

(cbc.ca)

New Year's Traditions Around the World - Text + Audio + Pictures - 31 December 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Unique New Year's traditions around the world - 31 December 2017
"A look at unique New Year's traditions around the world, from eating grapes to baking a tiny Jesus into a cake."

(YouTube)

 

 

New Year's Eve 2017: celebrations around the world - in pictures - 31 December 2017
"As Sydney, Auckland and Singapore are among the first to see in 2018, we highlight fireworks and celebrations around the world."

(theguardian.com)

 

New Year's Eve celebrations: world welcomes 2018 - with pictures and videos - 31 December 2017
View gallery
(telegraph.co.uk)

The world celebrates New Years Eve 2017, in pictures - 23 pictures - 31 December 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Chocolate menus, celebrity impersonators and the conga: Donald Trump’s New Year's Eve party traditions revealed  - 31 December 2017
"The US president is once again throwing a party at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida golf resort dubbed the ‘Winter White House’, to see out the year.
Ticket prices have been reportedly increased, with members paying up to $600 (£444) compared to $525 last year and guests charged $750 rather than $575."

+ Video: Sydney spectacular firework display
+ Video: Theresa May's New Year message
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

 

'Veganuary' becomes the latest New Year trend - 31 December 2017
"The number of people committing to eat a vegan diet this month has risen from 1,500 in 2014 to 52,000 in 2018,
making the UK the biggest market in the world for the challenge followed by the US...
According to the Vegan Society there are now 542,000 vegans in the UK, more than three times as many as a decade ago. Almost half are aged between 15 and 34."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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LESSON PLAN

2017 was UK's greenest energy year ever (30th December, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United Kingdom is doing a lot to increase its use of renewable energy. It is moving away from fossil fuels and making more use of green energies,
such as wind power, nuclear power and solar energy."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Green Energy - Level 0Green Energy - Level 1   or  Green Energy - 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)

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CHURCHILL

Churchill: The Great Orator podcast, episode 1: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
"Our new podcast Churchill: The Great Orator explores Winston Churchill's life and career through his greatest speeches,
revealing the inspiration behind the words that shaped the 20th century in interviews with leading historians, politicians and actors."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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YEAR 2017

2017: A Year Marked by Disaster, Violence - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 30 December 2017
"The year has been notable for acts of gun violence in the U.S. and attacks with vehicles in Europe. Severe storms left their damage in the Caribbean and southern U.S. There also has been political unrest and in America, and many, many accusations of sexual wrongdoing."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


 

Culture stars who died in 2017: from Rose Marie to Bruce Forsyth
(telegraph.co.uk)

Best Pet Videos of the Year 2017!
"2017 has been quite the year and I don't know about you, but pet videos we're one of my favorite parts!
From adorable dogs and cute cats to crazy raccoons and rowdy reptiles, these are just some of the best pet videos of the year!"

(YouTube)

 

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HOW ANIMALS SLEEP

How The Animal Kingdom Sleeps
" Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way.
Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day (without even suffering sleep deprivation!).
Ed Yong guides us through the latest research on how creatures catch their z’s."

(YouTube)

 

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VICTORIAN POSTCARDS

Stunning Victorian Postcards Show How Famous UK Landmarks Have Hardly Changed Over the Past 200 Years
(vintag.es)

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THE ROYAL FAMILY

20 Rules All Royal Family Members NEED TO FOLLOW From Birth
(YouTube)

 

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea casts nuclear shadow over Asia's 2018 - 1 January 2018
"Its missile tests have dominated the region in the past year and, with little to suggest any diplomatic aces from Trump, this is likely to continue."

(theguardian.com)

Kim Jong-un: North Korea's nuclear arsenal is now complete - 1 January 2018
"Leader says US ‘can never start a war against me’ and also hopes for better ties with Seoul before the Winter Olympics."

(theguardian.com)

North Korea's Kim Jong-un issues threats and olive branch - 1 January 2018
"North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is "always on my table" and warned the US it will never be able to start a war."

+ Video: North Korea said in November its latest missile was capable of reaching Washington DC
(BBC)

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TRUMP

'What a year it's been': Trump lauds major feats of 2017 in end-of-year video - 31 December 2017
"The nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the Hurricane Harvey response, jobs figures and his recent tax cut – just some of what Trump sees as his biggest accomplishments."

(theguardian.com)

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Barack OBAMA

America's Presidents - Barack Obama
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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