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14/07/2015


DOGS

The rescued dogs that rescue people - 10 July 2015
"When she retired, Wilma Melville decided to train a dog in search and rescue in earthquake-prone California.
Her project grew into a charitable organisation and she has sent dogs all over the world to help in crises
- including the recent earthquakes in Nepal."

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PERSONALITY VOCABULARY

4ème personality adjectives vocabulary practice
By Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)
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COKE

Coca-Cola, 1971 - 'Hilltop' | "I'd like to buy the world a Coke"
(YouTube)
Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)

 

'Mad Men' Finale: The Story Behind the Coke Ad
"AMC's "Mad Men" ended its series run with a nod to one of the most iconic ads in history, Coca-Cola's 1971 "Hilltop" ad.
WSJ's John Jurgensen joins Tanya Rivero to discuss."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)

 

 

Change the Tune
"Classic coke ad remade with real people suffering from diseases related to sugary beverage consumption.
Their clear message: “Please drink soda less. It isn’t happiness.” 

(YouTube)
Thanks to Dominique Leiba (Ac. Bordeaux)

 

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POLLUTION

Adidas to make shoes from ocean garbage (July 09, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Adidas has created a sports shoe from garbage floating in the ocean.
The new trainer is part of a project to raise awareness of the serious problem of ocean pollution."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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STORY

The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
"A man wants to build the perfect microscope, but he needs a large diamond. He finds someone who seems to have just what he needs.
His friendship with the owner does not stop him from stealing it. Then he is amazed by the tiny world he sees in a drop of water.
But why is he still unhappy?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien Part 2 - Video with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

Difference between Rich and Poor Is Holding Back Economies - VIDEO - 9 July 2015
"The International Monetary Fund says income inequality is not a good thing for fairness or economic growth."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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USA / CHANGE

Photographs Show How US Has Changed - Text + Audio + Video - 13 July 2015
"A photography exhibit shows how much the United States changed from the early 1900s to the middle of the 20th century.
The exhibit has more than 130 pictures in all. The show is called “American Moments.”
It can be seen through the middle of September at The Phillips Collection in Washington.
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(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CONFEDERATE FLAG

It’s Gone: South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag - Text + Audio - 13 July 2015
"The Confederate battle flag is a powerful symbol for many Americans.
Almost 150 years ago it represented Southern U.S. states that seceded from the nation.
Flag supporters say it honors the memory of Southern soldiers,
but opponents say the flag is a symbol of white supremacy and racial oppression.
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(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SCHOOLS

New arena for body cameras: Iowa schools - 8 July 2015
"As police departments across the country adopt body cameras,
an Iowa school district is following suit by outfitting administrators with clip-on video cameras.
Burlington Community School District in southeastern Iowa is taking the unusual step of recording parent and student interactions
with principals and assistant principals — a move district officials say will protect both sides. "

(usatoday.com)

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STEREOTYPES

What Are The American Stereotypes? | London
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VOCABULARY

Apartment building vocabulary - a lesson
+ exercises to print
(learningenglishvocabularygrammar.com)

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HACKERS

Hackers 'stole data of millions of US government workers' - 10 July 2015
"Hackers that breached US government databases stole the personal information of at least 21.5 million people, officials said on Thursday."

(BBC)

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POLITENESS

Politeness principles across cultures
(academia.edu)

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FUTURE

Are you ready for the future? Take our test
"Are landlines dead, is DNA private, and what will you do if a robot takes your job?
Answer these questions and more to find out how future-proof you are."

(theguardian.com)

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THE ROLLER COASTER

From Russia With Love: the History of the Roller Coaster
(neatorama.com)

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SAVING PLANTS

Scientists rush to freeze plant DNA before 'sixth extinction' - 9 July 2015
"As the world enters into a sixth great extinction, scientists are racing against the clock to save genetic evidence from plants around the world.
An ambitious project launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet's major plant groups within the next two years
and put them into deep freeze.
The project is part of the Global Genome Initiative, which aims to gather and preserve the DNA of all life on Earth in cryo-storage facilities."

(BBC)

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US ARMY

US Army 'to cut 40,000 troops by the end of 2017' - 8 July 2015
(BBC)

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WATER

Tom Selleck 'stole water for ranch' - 9 July 2015
"Actor Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing water for his ranch in parched California by raiding a public hydrant."

(BBC)

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRANTS

Syria conflict: Number of refugees passes four million - 9 July 2015
(BBC)

From 'Lost Boy' to education minister in South Sudan - 9 July 2015
"Valentino Achak Deng was once a "Lost Boy", a small, frightened child who walked for months
across what is now South Sudan to flee a brutal war, narrowly escaping becoming another casualty of the conflict."

(BBC)

I am an immigrant - Posters
"A series of posters with the tagline ‘I am an immigrant’ has recently appeared on the London Underground,
courtesy of the Movement Against Xenophobia."

(infiniteeltideas.wordpress.com)

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DRONES

Exclusive tour of RAF Reaper's 'drones' base - VIDEO - 9 July 2015
"5 live Daily's exclusive tour of the RAF base - where British aircrews sit in metal cabins on the ground,
watching and attacking targets thousands of miles away..."

(BBC)

Drone operators risk mental trauma, says RAF commander - 9 July 2015
"Royal Air Force staff operating drone aircraft in Iraq and Syria may be at greater risk of mental trauma than plane pilots, their commander has said.
Long missions and cameras giving clear views of events could cause post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Wing Cdr Damian Killeen."

(BBC)

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Bernie SANDERS

Bernie Sanders Explains Why "Socialist" Isn't a Dirty Word - Late Night with Seth Meyers
"The presidential candidate explains why democratic socialism is good for America."

(YouTube)

 

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MESSAGE

Returning a Call and Replying to a Message
(dailywritingtips.com)

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13/07/2015


MANDELA DAY

Mandela Day
"Mandela Day is on 18 July. This integrated skills lesson plan for upper-secondary students looks at Nelson Mandela's life
and explores some of themes surrounding South Africa during apartheid."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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JAIL

Inside Riker's Island Through the Eyes of the People Who Live and Work There
(neatorama.com)

 


IDIOMS

Colorful Illustrations That Literally Explain the Meanings of Common Idioms Used In the English Language
(laughingsquid.com)

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ANIMATED ENGLISH

Animated English - Returning Goods
"n the above lesson a man returns a pair of shoes to a shop. You can download the PDF for this lesson here."

(englishblog.com)

 

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FACE

Is 'face-ism' spoiling your life?
"Your face can be your fortune or your downfall - and it's not just a question of beauty.
Others may be unconsciously judging your features in ways you don't realise, says David Robson."

(BBC)

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SPORT

How easy is it to be a drugs cheat in sport? - 8 July 2015
"Anti-doping agencies in Britain and the US have begun investigations into the American coach Alberto Salazar, 
who is accused of giving performance enhancing drugs to his athletes.
He has denied the allegations in a 12,000-word open letter, but the scandal has put the spotlight back on doping in sport.
Four experts give their perspective on how easy it is to cheat to the BBC World Service Inquiry programme.

(BBC)

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HACKING

Finnish teen convicted of more than 50,000 computer hacks - 8 July 2015
"A teenager involved in series of high profile cyber attacks has been convicted for his crimes in Finland.
Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins".

(BBC)

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PRESIDENTS / FOOD

A Brief History of Presidential Food Controversies
(nymag.com)

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CRIME

3-D Tools Help Investigators Recreate Crime Scenes - VIDEO - 6 July 2015
"Scientists in Switzerland have developed software, scanners and even a robot to recreate crime scenes in three dimensions."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VOCABULARY

Varying Degrees of "Stupid"
(dailywritingtips.com)

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SCHOOL

School security: 'We go through jail life' - VIDEO - 3 July 2015
"Many students across the US must undergo security screening before entering their schools each day
- including placing their bags in x-ray machines and walking through metal detectors.
Security guards, police officers or both are often working on the premises..."

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DIALECTS

30 Dialects of the English language in the UK
"30 dialects, variations and accents of the English language in the United Kingdom
(England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) and the Isle of Man."

(YouTube)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo. 

 


SONG

William the Conqueror
(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

 


PLANE

Solar-powered plane makes history (July 06, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"150706-solar-impulse A solar-powered plane has made history by flying from Japan to Hawaii, a journey of almost 6,500 kilometres.
The plane is called Solar Impulse 2."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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ART

PROTEST ART in 1950s JAPAN
"Nakamura Hiroshi (1932– ) was trained as a reportage painter by the Japan Art Alliance,
a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting..."

(ocw.mit.edu)

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HEAT

Hot Weather Can Be Deadly - VIDEO - 13 July 2015
"News reports tell of many deaths linked to extremely hot weather. Learn the signs of heat-related illness and how to prevent heat stress."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Intense Heat May Be Linked to Climate Change - TEXT + AUDIO - 11 July 2015
"People in many parts of the world are suffering from extreme heat lasting for extended periods.
The World Meteorological Organization says it is too soon to know whether these heat waves are the result of climate change.
The U.N. agency says more investigation is needed to learn the cause or causes."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANT CRISIS / IMMIGRATION

Study: Chicago 'Immigration' Rate Dropping - Text + Audio + Video - 13 July 2015
"Few legal immigrants have moved to the country’s third-largest city in the past ten years.
A technology company says it is having difficulty recruiting skilled workers.
Cold and windy Chicago isn’t growing as fast as other large American cities, in part because it is not as attractive to immigrants."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Migrant crisis: The artist helping migrants on Lesbos - VIDEO - 8 July 2015
"The BBC's Anna Holligan has been talking to a sculptor who lives there, who meets and helps migrants coming ashore."

(BBC)

US immigration debate: What is "a sanctuary city" ?
"The killing of an American woman last week by an undocumented Mexican man has reignited the debate
over how "sanctuary cities" in the US deal with illegal immigrants. How do they work?..
The term applies to cities in the US that have policies in place to limit the assistance given to federal immigration authorities."
(BBC)

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AD

McDonald's 'Lonely Hearts' Ad Lesson
SPECULATION + DISCUSSION - ABOUT THE AD + DISCUSSION - ABOUT DATES IN GENERAL
+ ROLE PLAY + WRITING + LANGUAGE + TRANSCRIPT + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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CRUISES

China's latest holiday obsession – cruises - 5 July 2015
(BBC)

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TAKING A FLIGHT

What you may not know about taking a flight
"There’s a lot going on around you when you board a plane. BBC Future reviews some of the more surprising facts about your journey."

(BBC)

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LESSONS

Colours
"This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by The Mercadantes 
which explores how beauty can be found in the most seemingly mundane objects, and the theme of colours.
Students revise colours, come up with objects of a certain colour, watch a short film, and take their own photos for homework."

(film-english.com)

CURIOSITY
"This EFL lesson is designed around a stop motion animation titled Curiosity: Exploration and Discovery by Georgina Venning which brings
visual life to the words from a talk by author Ian Leslie based on his book Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.
Students talk about curiosity, discuss quotes, watch a short video, read a transcript and write a composition about curiosity."

(film-english.com)

Magic in the Moonlight: Present Continuous - a lesson
"I love Woody Allen. This opening scene is great because no English is spoken, so basic learners can profit from it a lot."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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AMERICA

Misconceptions about the United States - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 33)
(YouTube)

 

Average Americans Gave Away Billions in 2014 - Text + Audio - 12 July 2015
"Last year, Americans again showed they are generous people. A majority of Americans, two-thirds, gave money to charity in 2014.
And they gave away more money than ever before. They gave away an estimated total of $358 billion. It is a seven percent increase from 2013."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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)

The Making of the Constitution - VIDEO
"The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series The Making of a Nation.
The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country's founding to the present day."

(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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PRINCESS CHARLOTTE

Princess Charlotte christening: Official images released - 10 July 2015
(BBC)


"Sitting at the front (left-right): William, Prince George, Catherine holding her daughter and the Queen.
Standing behind William are Catherine's family (left-right): Her father Michael, sister Pippa, brother James and mother Carole.
Next to them (left-right): The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh."

Princess Charlotte is christened - 6 July 2015
"She's just nine weeks old, but Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne."

(BBC)

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