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JANUARY 2019



14/01/2019


LESSON PLAN

China first to land on dark side of the moon (January 07, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"China has become the first nation ever to successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Dark Side of the Moon - Level 4  or  Dark Side of the Moon - 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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ECRIRE UN DISCOURS

Ecrire un discours - Révisions Bac anglais - with a video
Voir la fiche vocabulaire Ecrire un discours.
(education.francetv.fr)

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US / SYRIA

US Begins Troop Withdrawal From Syria - Text + Audio - 11 January 2019
"A spokesman for the coalition said it "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."
The spokesman added said to protect security the coalition would not provide details on troop movements."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BORDER WALL

TRUMP 'TO CALL NATIONAL EMERGENCY' OVER WALL - with a video - 10 January 2019
"President Donald Trump is laying the groundwork to declare a national emergency to access funds for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sources told The Washington Post and CNN that Trump wants billions of unspent dollars from the Defense Department’s disaster recovery and military construction coffers
to build his signature campaign promise."

[HuffPost]

TRUMP’S WALL PLAN 'WILL GO TO COURT' - with a video - 10 January 2019
"The solution to the government shutdown impasse seems to be Trump declaring a national emergency at the border, using a dubious authority to reprogram military construction money for the wall, and then Congress passing clean funding legislation ― without wall money ― while Trump’s executive maneuver gets tied up in court."

[HuffPost]

CONGRESS FAILS IN BID TO END SHUTDOWN - with a video - 10 January 2019
"A last-ditch effort in Congress to reopen the federal government with a broader deal on immigration fell apart, guaranteeing the partial shutdown will continue into its fourth week."

[HuffPost]

Trump visits Mexico border to make case for wall | Power & Politics - 10 January 2019
"U.S. President Donald Trump visited the border with Mexico to make the case that his country needs to build a wall to stop what Trump says is a crisis of illegal immigrants.
To read more: http://cbc.ca/1.4972686"

(YouTube)

 


CRITICS SLAM ADDRESS FOR ITS LIES
- with 2 videos - 9 January 2019
"Critics panned Trump’s speech for its lies and misrepresentations.
Even Fox News, the president’s favorite network, jumped in to challenge many of Trump’s baseless claims."

[HuffPost]

TRUMP DELIVERS PRIMETIME FLOP - with a video - 8 January 2019
"In an Oval Office address televised by all major networks, President Donald Trump repeated his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall money in order to end the federal government shutdown. Trump said there’s a national security crisis at the border. That’s a myth. The real crisis is how to handle a historically high number of Central American families and children coming into the country, many of whom are asking for asylum. And a wall does nothing to solve that problem."

[HuffPost]

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THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

ROSENSTEIN 'TO EXIT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT' - with a video and pictures - 9 January 2019
"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — the man who launched the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference
— is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks.
White House officials told ABC News Rosenstein will depart around the time William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, is expected to take office."

[ABC]

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TRUMP / TURKEY

TRUMP THREATENS TURKEY OVER KURDS - with a video - 14 January 2019
"President Donald Trump has threatened Turkey, a NATO ally, with economic devastation if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria after the American troops withdraw.
His warning was met with sharp rebuke from Ankara.

[HuffPost]

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THE DRONE PAPERS

The Drone Papers
"The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.
"

(theintercept.com)

- The assassination complex
- A visual glossary

- The kill chain
- Find, fix, finish
- Manhunting in the Hindu Kush

- Firing blind
- The life and death of objective peckam
- Target Africa

- The Alphabet of Assassination
- Documents

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CLIMATE CHANGE

A frozen history of climate change – in pictures - 11 January 2019
"Buried deep under the Greenland ice sheet is a unique archive of life on Earth 40,000 years ago.
Scientists are using this information to try to predict future changes to the planet."

(theguardian.com)

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CES 2019

Sleep robots, smart belts, and Y-shaped toothbrushes: what CES 2019 tells us about the future of health - 10 January 2019
(telegraph.co.uk)

15 Hot Technology Products at CES 2019 - Text + Audio + Pictures + Pictures + Videos - 10 January 2019
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"A new kind of thrill that will take you from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds."

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'GAME OF THRONES'

The New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Teaser May Cause You To Freak Out. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t. - with a video and a photo gallery - 13 January 2019
“Game of Thrones” releases its premiere date in a new teaser.

(huffingtonpost.com)

 
Game of Thrones | Season 8 | Official Tease: Crypts of Winterfell (HBO)

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SNIFFER DOG

South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn - 10 January 2019
"South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of illegal rhino horn being smuggled out of the country.
The haul of 36 horns and horn fragments, worth about $1.3m (£1m), is believed to be one of the biggest seized in the country in recent years...
The eight boxes were already ready to be shipped to Dubai, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said in a statement...
Between 2007 and 2014, rhino poaching rose by about 9,000%."

(BBC)

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YELLOW VESTS

Yellow vests: France to crack down on unsanctioned protests - with pictures and videos - 8 January 2019
"French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish people who hold unsanctioned protests after seven weeks of anti-government unrest."

(BBC)

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MIGRANT CHILDREN

Inside the office of missing migrant children – an animated video
"More than 2,600 children were taken from their parents at the US border under the Trump administration's policy of family separation.
Travelling from Guatemala, Tonita and her six-year-old son, Wilson, were separated at the border and Wilson held at a office building in Phoenix, Arizona.
An animated film about the story of this family who was just one of many thousands having to live apart in a foreign and unknown country.
As of today, 130 kids are still separated from their parents.
This video is from Reveal and you can find more of their reporting on family separation and immigration here"

(theguardian.com)

 

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08/01/2019


LESSON PLAN

The USA and Israel quit UNESCO (4th January, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United States and Israel have officially quit UNESCO."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: UNESCO - Level 0UNESCO - Level 1   or  UNESCO - 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 :-)

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NEW US CONGRESS / THE SHUTDOWN

Trump threatens 'national emergency' over wall - 5 January 2019
"US President Donald Trump has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress."
+ Video: Five historic moments as new US Congress opens
+ Video: The return of the woman Republicans love to hate

+ The impact of the government shutdown
+ How women are changing the face of Congress

(BBC)

New US Congress in Divided Government - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 January 2019
"The legislators took office Thursday in the middle of a partial government shutdown.
The shutdown dispute is over President Donald Trump’s demand for money to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP and THE SHUTDOWN

TRUMP ‘RELATES’ TO UNPAID FEDERAL WORKERS - with 2 videos - 6 January 2019
"President Donald Trump, who claims to be a billionaire, told reporters he can “relate” to federal workers who won’t be able to pay their bills during his shutdown of the government. The president also said he would be willing to accept a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that is made out of steel rather than concrete.
Democrats “don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel. Steel is fine,” he said."

[HuffPost]

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PENTAGON CHIEF OF STAFF

WHITE HOUSE PUSHES OUT PENTAGON CHIEF - with a video - 7 January 2019
"Kevin Sweeney has resigned as Pentagon chief of staff after serving the defense secretary for two years.
A source told CNN that the White House forced Sweeney out."

[CNN]

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CHINA LANDS ON THE MOON

China Lands Spacecraft on 'Dark' Side of Moon - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 January 2019
"China’s space program has become the first to land a spacecraft on the so-called dark side of the moon.
The landing on Thursday brought the country closer to its goal of becoming a space power."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

CHINA LANDS ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON - with a video
"China became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the country’s state-run media announced,
a milestone that solidifies Beijing’s ambitions to become a world leader in space exploration."
[HuffPost]

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03/01/2019


LESSON PLAN

The year 2019 to be the best ever (January 1, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"There are reports that the year 2019 will be the best ever."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: 2019 - Level 4  or  2019 - 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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2018 - YEAR IN REVIEW

 

ARTS AND CULTURE RESCUE
DISASTERS ROYAL WEDDING
MEDICINE SPORTS
MIGRANTS / REFUGEES TECHNOLOGY
NEW BUILDINGS TRUMP
PEOPLE WE LOST IN 2018 VIDEO GAMES
PHOTOJOURNALISM YEAR IN REVIEW
PHOTOS  

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NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

2019: Skies light up as world welcomes new year - VIDEO
"People across the world have said goodbye to 2018 and welcomed in the new year with a bang.
Auckland in New Zealand was the first major city to launch its fireworks – but that was just the beginning.
Here are some highlights from the celebrations."

(BBC)

In Photos: Ringing in 2019
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


New Year's Eve fireworks burst over Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Australia,
during the fireworks show, Jan. 1, 2019.



In Pictures: New Year 2019 celebrations around the world
"A wave of celebrations are illuminating the skies above cities around the world, dazzling millions of people
as spectacular firework displays and light shows welcome the arrival of the New Year."

(BBC)

The World Says ‘Hello’ to 2019, ‘Goodbye’ to an Unsettling Year - Text + Audio + Pictures
"People around the world are saying goodbye to what many considered to be a troubling year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE NEW YEAR'S SONG

The New Year's Song, Explained
"Auld Lang Syne" is sung or played at New Year's celebrations, but the traditional tune is used around the world for other purposes.
The original is Scottish, and few of us know the original words -or even the modern English words.
Here's a video that tells you everything you need to know about "Auld Lang Syne."  

 

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TRUMP / SYRIA CONFLICT

Syria conflict: Trump slows down troop withdrawal - with pictures and videos - 31 December 2018
"US President Donald Trump has now said the abrupt withdrawal of US troops from Syria he announced earlier this month will be carried out "slowly"."

+ Video: Was Trump right to say IS is beaten?
+ Video: Jeremy Bowen visits the wreckage of Eastern Ghouta after the rebel collapse there
+ Trump rewrites US-Syria policy
+ After the caliphate: Has IS been defeated?
+ Why the battle for northern Syria matters

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

TEAR GAS FIRED AT BORDER MIGRANTS - with pictures and a video - 1 January 2019
" U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents fired tear gas and pepper spray into Mexico early Tuesday
after 150 migrants attempted to cross a fence along the southwestern border, the agency said in a statement."

[HuffPost]

MIGRANT BORDER CHILDREN SLAPPED AROUND - with videos - 30 December 2018
"The agency accused migrants of throwing rocks at Border Patrol officers..."
Surveillance videos obtained by The Arizona Republic show migrant children being slapped, pushed and dragged by employees at a shelter run by Southwest Key Programs."

[HuffPost]

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RESCUES ONLY

RESCUES ONLY - with a video - 30 December 2018
"California has become the first state to ban stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that aren’t rescues.
A new law requires all pet stores to identify the public agency, shelter or rescue group that the animals came from."

[HuffPost]

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Take a look around Buckingham Palace - with a video
"Use our 360 video to walk through the palace's rooms and discover for yourself some of the most treasured objects in the Royal Collection Trust."

(BBC)

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TATTOOING

The stigmatised art of tattooing in Japan - in pictures - 2 January 2019
"The country’s ban on tattoos was lifted in 1948, but suspicion and their association with yakuza mobsters continues.
Tattoo artists have faced legal battles and people with body ink are often refused entry to public amenities"

(theguardian.com)

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