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."
'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)
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."
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?"
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."
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."
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. "
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"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."
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."
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."
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..."
"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."
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."
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..."
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."
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..."
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."
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."
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)
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)
"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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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!"
"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."