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JANUARY 2018 - PART 5 - 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




23/01/2018


LESSON PLAN

Two Koreas to share flag for Winter Olympics (January 20, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"South and North Korea have agreed to use the same flag at next month's Winter Olympics."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Winter Olympics - Level 0Winter Olympics - Level 1   or  Winter Olympics - 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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BEING A TEEN NOW

Study: Being a Teen Sucks Now - 22 January 2018
(gizmodo.com)

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VIDEOS

Extremely Useful Animated Video Series On Ethical Dilemmas
"You can see and access the entire playlist here."
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo!

For example:
Lifeboat ethics: Would you sacrifice one life to save many?

 

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TICE

Les Outils Tice - Sélection 2017
Les 30 meilleurs outils et service tice de l'année

(s3.amazonaws.com)
Thanks to Isabelle D.

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WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' Boonchai Bach arrested - 20 January 2018
"Thai police have arrested a man alleged to be the head of Asia's biggest illegal wildlife trading networks."

+ Photo of butchered rhino wins top award
+ Ivory seizures hit record levels last year, report says
+ Laos is 'world's fastest growing' ivory market

(BBC)

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SOCIAL MEDIA

How much is ‘too much time’ on social media? - with pictures and a video - 19 January 2018
"Researchers are investigating whether social media addiction constitutes a mental disorder. Is this a moral panic or food for thought? Watch the video above."

(BBC)

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PRESIDENCY

The Unique Invention of the American President - Text + Audio + Pictures - 21 January 2018
"Today we are not going to talk about any one president. We will instead talk about the presidency itself - what some people call “the office of the presidency”."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

FUN FACT: This is the first time in history that the President of France will speak better English than the President of America.
(reddit.com)

Report: US Is Largest Source of Illegal Guns in Brazil - Text + Audio - 22 January 2018
"Brazilian Federal Police released a report on guns in December 2017. The Reuters news agency published a story on the findings earlier this month."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US government shutdown: anniversary of Trump inauguration marred by chaos - 20 January 2018
"A year to the day after Trump took office, government goes into shutdown as nationwide protests take aim at his divisive presidency."

(theguardian.com)

Donald Trump's first year in office: the conflict and controversy - 19 January 2018
"After 12 months in office, the 45th president of the US has disputed attendance at his inauguration, attacked the media, and claimed to be a "stable genius"."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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NORTH KOREA

In pictures: North Korea's most bonkers buildings (24 pictures) - 22 January 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


May Day Stadium

North Korea Works Out Details for PyeongChang Games - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 January 2018
"Officials from North Korea including the head of the country’s most popular band visited South Korea in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Officials from both Koreas and the International Olympic committee agreed that 22 athletes from the North would compete."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ARMY DOG

US Army Dog Recognized for Heroic Action During World War II - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 20 January 2018
“Chip” was given an award posthumously for saving the lives of U.S. Army soldiers during the Allied of invasion of Sicily in 1943.

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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AIR POLLUTION

Renewed calls for UK to tackle toxic air ahead of high court hearing - 23 January 2018
"A coalition of experts is asking the government to bring in a new Clean Air Act as ministers prepare to defend current plans in court this week."

(theguardian.com)

 

Indian Scientists Invent Nose Filter to Protect Against Air Pollution - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 22 January 2018
"In parts of India, it is not uncommon to see people wearing a mask over their nose and mouth to protect themselves from dirty air. Now there might be an easier way."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GIANT PANDAS

Two Giant Pandas Arrive in Snowy Finland - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 January 2018
"Two giant pandas arrived in Finland Thursday. They are a gift from China to mark the small European nation’s 100 years of independence.
The two are a four-year-old male panda, named Hua Bao, and a three-year-old female, named Jin Baobao."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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"ZOMBIE"

The tragedy that inspired Zombie - The Cranberries' biggest hit - with pictures and videos - 16 January 2018
"This song's our cry against man's inhumanity to man; and man's inhumanity to child." - Dolores O'Riordan.
+ Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies
+ IRA victim's father pays tribute to O'Riordan
+ The Cranberries on BBC Music

(BBC)

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INDIA

The caste system in India - Text + Audio
(vocable.fr)
Thanks to Isabelle D.

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DRUG SNIFFING DOGS

How Do They Train Drug Sniffing Dogs?
(todayifoundout.com)

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Thai seafood: are the prawns on your plate still fished by slaves? - 23 January 2018
"Report finds trafficking persists on Thai fishing boats, as campaigners challenge supermarkets to guarantee products are free of rights abuses."

SEE: Global development
Modern-day slavery in focus
(theguardian.com)

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19/01/2018

CARD GAMES

Card games for Literacy (A0)
"Reading can be quite boring and very teacher-centred, as monitoring is necessary. However, it is important to allow students to do it on their own, otherwise they grow very dependent on the teacher and never learn how capable they are by themselves. Card games are a wonderful way to incorporate reading practice into literacy lessons, especially for secondary-level learners. Find out more about different card games you can use by reading Zahra Zuhair's post,'Card games for Literacy (A0)'..." 
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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LESSON PLAN

Spain to replace USA as second most popular tourism location (January 18, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Spain is set to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Spain Tourism - Level 4  or  Spain Tourism - 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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INCOME

"See how the rest of the world lives, organized by income” - VIDEO
"What does it look like when someone in Sweden brushes their teeth or when someone in Rwanda makes their bed? Anna Rosling Rönnlund wants all of us to find out,
so she sent photographers to 264 homes in 50 countries (and counting!) to document the stoves, bed, toilets, toys and more in households from every income bracket around the world. See how families live in Latvia or Burkina Faso or Peru as Rosling Rönnlund explains the power of data visualization to help us better understand the world."

(ted.com)

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ISIS

Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates - 19 January 2018
"Switch of loyalties seen as a key indicator of resilience of Isis as it evolves after territorial collapse."

(theguardian.com)

Islamists banned their music. Now Timbuktu is singing again - 18 January 2018
"In 2012, jihadists took over the Malian city. After liberation, the threat is far from over – but artists are getting back on stage."

(theguardian.com)

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BRIDGE ACROSS THE CHANNEL

Boris Johnson proposes a 22-mile bridge across the Channel - 19 January 2018
"Foreign secretary discusses idea with French president Emmanuel Macron as a way to enhance transport links after Brexit."

(theguardian.com)

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CORAL REEFS

Coral reefs 'at make or break point', UN environment head says - 19 January 2018
"Erik Solheim cites ‘huge decline’ in world’s reefs but says shift from coal and new awareness of plastic pollution are good news."

(theguardian.com)

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STORY OF CIRCUS

Chainsaw juggling, human cannonballs and Coco the Clown! The astounding 250-year story of circus - with pictures and a video - 19 January 2018
"When was the first trapeze performance? Who launched ‘the greatest show on Earth’? And which showman was celebrated in song by the Beatles?
Here’s a history of circus in 25 moments."

(theguardian.com)

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THREATENED 'LITTLE TIGER CAT'

Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat' - 19 January 2018
"It's the smallest cat in the Americas, occupying the smallest area of land...
The wildcat is found primarily in central and southern Chile."

(BBC)

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TECHNOLOGY

How to have a better relationship with technology - 3 January 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Are you addicted to your phone?

UK and France agree artificial intelligence tie-up - 19 January 2018
"Ministers have agreed a technology tie-up with Emmanuel Macron’s government that will see the UK unite with France in areas
such as artificial intelligence and cyber security."

+ Artificial intelligence - A timeline
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CANCER

'Promising' blood test detects eight different kinds of cancer before they spread - 19 January 2018
"A new blood test for cancer has shown promise toward detecting eight different kinds of tumors before they have spread elsewhere in the body,
offering hope of early detection, researchers said on Thursday."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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POETRY

The Rubaiyat: History's most luxurious book of poetry - 11 January 2018
"In 1909, two London bookbinders were commissioned to create a book that would become one of the most bedazzling the world had beheld.
Joobin Bekhrad reveals how it ended up at the bottom of the Atlantic – and how it still influences today."

(BBC)


"Oscar Wilde described the Rubáiyát as a “masterpiece of art”,
placing it alongside Shakespeare’s sonnets as one of his greatest literary loves."

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING - MODERN SLAVERY

The invisible people - Modern Slavery – in pictures - 17 January 2018
"Modern slavery is a crime where the most vulnerable men, women and children are abused for criminal profit, with many victims forced to live and work in squalid conditions for little or no money. They are controlled with threats and abuse and have no means of escape. The National Crime Agency and photographers Rory Carnegie, Juliette Carton and Haitham Naser have recreated the lives of these ‘invisible people’, bringing them into view."

(theguardian.com)

Human Trafficking: A Modern Day Slavery
"Human trafficking is modern day slavery that involves coercing people into sexual and labor situations by threatening injury, debt, and even death.
There are over 20 million victims of human trafficking globally. In 2017, there were 4,460 reported cases of human trafficking in the U.S. alone."

(YouTube)

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VIDEOS

CGI 3D Animated Short: "Take Me Home" - by Nair Archawattana
"Watch this touching animated short film In a cold, dark dog shelter, a young beagle is waiting for the right one to take him home. Time passes by, the beagle is getting desperate. Until one day, when hope finally shines upon him. He has to do everything he can to leave the place!
For more information, please see the details and links below.
"Take Me Home" is an animated short film created and directed by Nair Archawattana, with a collaboration of talented students at Academy of Arts University."

(YouTube)

 


Lili
"Lili refuses to let go of her childhood and fights a sandstorm that threatens to take it away.
In the heart of the storm she rediscovers the joy of childhood, but forced to choose between illusion and reality."

(vimeo.com)
"Most kids wonder what it would be like to grow up overnight, because they think the life of a grown up means no school, no set bedtime and no rules,
but these thoughts are usually fleeting because it's fun to be a kid.
But when they inevitably transform into young adults their childhood seems to float away on the wind, leaving nothing but memories and the trappings of youth
- like their favorite teddy bear.
However, some kids don't want to let go of their childhood years, so they hang on as hard as they can until life forces them to let go..."

(Neatorama)

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CHINA OIL SPILL

China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination - 18 January 2018
"Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed."

(theguardian.com)

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'FIRE and FURY"

Bestselling Donald Trump exposé Fire and Fury to become TV series - 17 January 2018
"Michael Wolff’s peek inside the White House will head to the small screen in a seven-figure deal, with the author onboard as executive producer."

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP and THE MEDIA

Donald Trump faces backlash as he reveals 'Fake News Awards' winners - 18 January 2018
"President highlights journalists’ errors despite anger from some in his own party over his treatment of the media."

+ Donald Trump's first year: in his own words - video
+ 'Our President uses words used by Joseph Stalin', says Republican senator - video

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Steve Bannon to meet with Mueller’s investigators instead of testifying - 17 January 2018
"Bannon is expected to be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before a grand jury, after he received a subpoena."

(theguardian.com)

Trump Russia: Steve Bannon refuses to answer at Congress hearing - 17 January 2018
"Steve Bannon, ex-chief strategist to US President Donald Trump, has refused to answer a broad range of questions at a committee hearing probing alleged links
between the Trump campaign and Russia."

+ The rise and fall of Steve Bannon
+ All you need to know about the Trump-Russia story
+ US grand juries explained

+ Video: Trump voters grade president's first year
+ Has Trump made the world more dangerous?
+ What has actually changed under Trump?
+ 11 things we never said before Trump
+ What promises has Trump kept as president?

(BBC)

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TRUMP / SYRIA

US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says - with a video - 17 January 2018
"US secretary of state says forces will remain in country in push against Isis, Bashar al-Assad and Iranian influence."

(theguardian.com)

Erdogan: NATO Must Take Stance against US - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 January 2018
"Turkey’s president has called on the country’s defense allies to take a stance against an American plan for a Kurdish-led border security force in Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, should oppose such a force."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP and WORLD'S CONFIDENCE

Donald Trump's first year: in his own words - video
"Donald Trump's first year as US president has seen a daily battle with the media, a federal investigation into his campaign team and a series of domestic and diplomatic bust-ups. In his own inimitable way he describes the events as he sees them."

(theguardian.com)

 

 

World's confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds - 18 January 2018
- Approval for US falls to 30% from 48% under Obama
- ‘Historic low’ of Gallup poll ‘sets a new bar for disapproval’
"The survey of opinion in 134 countries showed a record collapse in approval for the US role in the world,
from 48% under Obama to 30% after one year of Donald Trump – the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago."

(theguardian.com)

Trump - "S**thole Countries" - shithole statement by NAMIBIA - 13 January 2018
(YouTube)

 

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REFUGEES

Bangladesh to Send Rohingya Back to Myanmar - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 January 2018
"Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed on a plan to send large numbers of refugees back to Myanmar.
The refugees, Rohingya Muslims, fled to Bangladesh last year to escape a military operation in Rakhine state."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WINTER OLYMPICS

Frosty reception for South Korea's Winter Olympics detente with North - 19 January 2018
"Young people and conservatives in South Korea accuse President Moon Jae-in of sacrificing Olympic ideals for diplomatic expediency."

(theguardian.com)

Koreas to march under single 'united' flag in Olympic Games - 17 January 2018
"North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single "unified Korea" flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South."

+ Winter Olympics: How good is North Korea at sport?
+ North Korea: A sporting history of bombs and diplomacy
+ North Korea's cheerleading charm offensive
+ North Korea crisis in 300 words

(BBC)

North, South Korea to March Together at Winter Olympics - Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 January 2018
"Negotiators for North and South Korea agreed that the North would take part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
It would be the first time in 12 years that the two Koreas have cooperated at the Olympics."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CAR SHOW JUST FOR WOMEN

Saudi Arabia Holds Car Show Just for Women - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 16 January 2018
"Car manufacturers want Saudi Arabian women to buy their cars. The first car show specifically for women was recently held at a shopping center in city of Jeddah."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE NEW-LOOK BRITAIN

The new-look Britain – in pictures - 17 January 2018
"What does it mean to be British today? Simon Roberts has been trying to find out – as a landscape photographer and an official general election artist."

(theguardian.com)


Equestrian Jumping Individual, Greenwich Park, London, 8 August 2012

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BLACKPOOL BEACH

Blackpool beach: a year in the life of a seaside town - 18 January 2018
"Photographer Christopher Thomond visited Blackpool throughout 2017. From throngs on the pier to glorious sunsets and windswept dog walks,
Laura Barton examines its appeal."

(theguardian.com)


Donkeys parade on the beach

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VOCABULARY

English Words Borrowed From the Americas
"On a recent program, we told you the stories of some English words borrowed from Japanese.
Today, we will tell you about words English has taken from languages of the Americas.
The Americas include North America, South America and the Caribbean."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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