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05/07/2015


AMERICA

The Changing Face of America - Text + Audio - 5 July 2015
"The faces of Americans in the United States are changing rapidly.
In a few decades, the minority population will become the majority, as the white population decreases in the U.S.
Those are the findings of a new report by the Census Bureau."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IDIOM

English in a Minute: Out of the Blue - VIDEO
"If something is "out of the blue," is it expected, or a surprise? Find out how to use this colorful idiom in this episode of English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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04/07/2015


INDEPENDENCE DAY

Independence Day - Text + Audio - 3 July 2015
"Independence Day is a huge celebration in the United States.
People celebrate by having parades and picnics and usually end the day with fireworks.
So what do some of these words mean?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July - Text + Audio - 3 July 2015
"Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July.
But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

France's 'Freedom Frigate' to Celebrate 4th of July - Text + Audio - 3 July 2015
"A warship from France that came to the United States 235 years ago became a sign of friendship between the two countries.
The French ship traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to help defeat the British during the American revolutionary war.
Now a full-scale replica has been making that same trip."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

FAIL - Americans Don't Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July! -- A CONVERSATION WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC
"Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions
about America's 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing."

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MIGRANTS

Dozens of Calais migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel - Article + Video - 4 July 2015
"Channel Tunnel services have been disrupted after about 150 migrants tried to storm the Calais terminal."

(BBC)

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SCHOOL

Biloxi teachers transform old lockers into literary work of art - 26 June 2015
"We want students to come back to school in August and walk on the hallway and be absolutely amazed with what we've done and be curious.
We want that to be the driving spark for reading in our classrooms," said Williams (a techer).
"Seeing it in person is a completely different experience, and that's what we're hoping for the students.

We're hoping the students come and they become completely immersed in a collection that we feel is the best of the best of every genre."
(wlox.com)

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KIDS' HOMEWORK

The Homework of a Japanese Student in Third Grade
"A lot of people think school in Japan is tough and there's a lot of homework.
Here's a quick video showing what homework can be found in the backpack of a third grade elementary school student in Tokyo.
There's Kanji, reading, math, and even cleaning shoes."

(YouTube)

 

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THE BATHROOM

12 Reasons Why Japanese Bathrooms are the Best!
"Japanese bathrooms are separated into three areas: sink, bath/shower, and toilet."

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THE BEDROOM

Inside a Japanese Kid's Bedroom
"Do Japanese kids really sleep on the floor? Are the floors really made from grass (rice straw)? Do they roll up their beds?"

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03/07/2015


BREAKFAST

How to Make Breakfast Like a Brit - Anglophenia Ep 32
"You haven't really done the U.K. if you haven't had a proper fry-up—or a "full English breakfast," as it's sometimes called.
In this episode, Kate Arnell cooks up a delectably British morning feast."

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PRIVATE ISLANDS

9 Private Islands Owned by Rich and Famous Celebrities - with PHOTOS
(whenonearth.net)

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HEAT

Record breaking heat across the globe - VIDEO - 2 July 2015
"Unprecedented June heat has scorched parts of four continents over the past week, with temperature records broken in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Pakistan's June heat wave has already claimed over 1000 lives, whilst record breaking temperatures have sparked huge wildfires that have ravaged homes in Washington State. Further south, parts of Colombia have sizzled in temperatures of up to 42C. Meanwhile, in Europe, temperatures have reached record highs in Spain and the UK.
So what's causing all this heat? BBC Weather's Darren Bett reports for BBC Global."

(BBC)

Europe hit by soaring temperatures of over 40C - 1 July 2015
"Parts of Europe have been hit by temperatures reaching above 40C, leading to concerns for the welfare of the young, the elderly and vulnerable."
+ How the body copes with extreme heat

(BBC)

Eight low-tech ways to keep cool in a heatwave
(BBC)

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SMOKING / SONG

Princess Chelsea - The Cigarette Duet
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"It's just a cigarette and it harms your pretty lungs
Well it's only twice a week so there's not much of a chance
It's just a cigarette it'll soon be only ten
Honey can't you trust me? When I want to stop I can"

(metrolyrics.com)

 

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UK TRADITIONS

United Kingdom: From Mummers to Conker Champions
"James O Jenkins' portrait project documenting the faces and costumes of people who take part in annual UK traditions."

(BBC)

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2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP

2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP:
- A worksheet (pdf) with Answers (ppt)
Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

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THE UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom: A worksheet - UPDATED by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

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02/07/2015


VIDEO LESSONS

Animated English - Hair Appointment
"Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English.
Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files contain transcripts, language notes, worksheets, crosswords and word search puzzles..."

(englishblog.com)

Animated English - Restaurant Meal
"Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English.
Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files contain transcripts, language notes, worksheets, crosswords and word search puzzles..."

(englishblog.com)

Jurassic World 'Alive' Clip Lesson
"Following on from Monday's Jurassic World crossword, here's a clip from the movie I used with my EM Normandie students..."

LESSON IDEAS + TRANSCRIPT + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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MONEY

Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity - 2 July 2015
"Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) personal fortune to charity...
The money would be used to "foster cultural understanding", "empower women", and "provide vital disaster relief", among other things, he said."

(BBC)

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2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP

2015 Rugby World Cup
"The 2015 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship.
The tournament will be hosted by England[nb 1] from 18 September to 31 October 2015.[1]
Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final."

(Wikipedia)

 

 

Official website
(rugbyworldcup.com)

World Rugby official site
(worldrugby.org)

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INTERNET

Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students - Text + Audio - 2 July 2015
"What do millions of students do when they cannot get online to find educational materials?
One non-profit service is bringing the internet to schools and other institutions in a project called Widernet.
Students and teachers say it helps by making access faster and easier."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOTS

The robots that could change our lives - VIDEO - 2 July 2015
"From robots that can help around the house, to ones that could be used as sales assistants..."

(BBC)

Man crushed to death by robot at car factory - 2 July 2015
"A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate...
Heiko Hillwig, from Volkswagen, blamed "human error" rather than the robot...
He said: ... "It normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them". "

(BBC)

U.S. Builds First Giant Robo-Suit, Immediately Challenges Japan To Fight - 1 July 2015
(jalopnik.com)

USA CHALLENGES JAPAN TO GIANT ROBOT DUEL! - video added on 30 June 2015
"SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES! MegaBots, Inc. challenges you to a duel!
You have a giant robot, we have a giant robot - we have a duty to the science fiction lovers of this world to fight them to the death."

(YouTube)

 

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FASHION / FOOD

High Fashion Food
"Gretchen Röehrs, a fashion designer in San Frrancisco, says that she “still plays with her food.”
She inks female bodies around fresh fruits, bread, and oyster shells.
The results are designs that look like they’re ready to parade down the catwalk at a fashion show."

(neatorama.com)

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CRUISE SHIPS

24 Unexpected Things Aboard Cruise Ships - mental_floss on YouTube - List Show (316)
(YouTube)

 

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ART

The Forger "is a 2014 American crime thriller film directed by Philip Martin and starring John Travolta."
(Wikipedia)
"A thief works with his father and son to forge a painting by Monet and steal the original. Together, they plan the heist of their lives."

(imdb.com)

 

BACKSTAGE WITH SANDY KENYON: JOHN TRAVOLTA TALKS 'THE FORGER,' 'GOING CLEAR'
(7online.com)

 

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01/07/2015


ACTIVITIES

Activities on the theme of Summer - Various levels
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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LESSON PLAN

Disney bans selfie sticks at theme parks (June 30, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Disney will ban selfie sticks at all of its theme parks around the world from July the 1st.
The entertainment giant has become the latest company to ban the sticks."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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LETTER SALUTATIONS

Conventional Letter Salutations in English
(dailywritingtips.com)

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FESTIVALS

Festivals in the UK - Multiple choice quiz
"Here are some questions about festivals in the UK. Practise words for festivals with this activity."

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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MEN and CATS

Famous Men And Their Cats, Illustrated
(samkalda.com)

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HOBBIES

If People Talked About Other Hobbies Like They Talk About Running
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CASTLES

9 Beautiful Island Castles Around the World
"Castles are strategically placed on cliffs or islands to protect against invaders.
Some of the castles however were built as luxurious gifts to occupy the rich’s privately owned island.
Whatever the reason for building these castles, they surely look good standing on small islands
making the territory look like a different world to live in."

(whenonearth.net)


Boldt Castle, New York, USA

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WIMBLEDON

The History of Wimbledon, according to Chris (Simpsons artist)
(independent.co.uk)

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OBESITY

Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problem - VIDEO - 01 July 2015
"How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue.
It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics.
A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOT DOGS

The United Hot Dogs of America
"Hot dogs have become an integral part of the American barbecue,
and this Fourth of July there are bound to be thousands of weenies getting grilled in backyards across the country."

(esquire.com)

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BRIBE

The Word of the Month: BRIBE
(thewordofthemonth.com)

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