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30/07/2015


UK

Living in the UK - a lesson plan
"This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at intermediate level and above is based on the theme of the UK.
Students will develop the ability to read and assimilate information from various sources..."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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ALICE

ALICE IS 150 YEARS OLD
with activities, games and videos
(myschoolbag.eklablog.com)

 

 

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BURIAL SPOTS

8 OF THE WORLD'S STRANGEST BURIAL SPOTS
(atlasobscura.com)

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28/07/2015


ROBOT

The Little-Known Robot Taxi That Could Outrun Google and Uber - 28 July 2015
"By 2020, visitors landing in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics could be greeted by a fleet of self-driving taxis."

(gizmodo.com)

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DEPRESSION

13 Graphs Anyone Who’s Ever Been Depressed Will Understand
(buzzfeed.com)

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FRENCH HOLIDAY

King Salman's French holiday: A throne, motorcades and a lift to the beach - 27 July 2015
"Saudi Arabia's King Salman has arrived in the south of France for a three-week break - but the monarch is not your average holidaymaker.
Locals are already upset after a public beach was closed so he can relax in private,
while a 300m (985ft) exclusion zone has been implemented around his villa.
Many businesses are, however, more than happy to meet his demands. They claim the Saudis bring much-needed revenue to the area.
So what exactly is on the King's holiday checklist? We took a look."

(BBC)

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'ILOTS'

Travailler en îlots
"Nous profitons de la sortie du livre de Marie Rivoire sur le travail en îlots pour lancer une discussion sur les conditions d’un travail de groupes réussi. Deux réactions à ce livre sont à découvrir : une recension élogieuse, par Raoul Pantanella. Et le document à charge contre ce mode de travail, d’un groupe de chercheurs, Christian Puren, Maria-Alice Médioni, Eddy Sebahi. Et vous, qu’en pensez-vous ?"

(cahiers-pedagogiques.com)

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EXTREME SPORT

An extreme sport fuelled by bamboo - VIDEO - 24 July 2015
"Started just a few years ago in the Philippines, this adrenaline-fuelled adventure is – thanks to the internet
– attracting fans from around the world."

(BBC)

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Donald TRUMP

Five reasons Trump still tops the polls - 27 July 2015
(BBC)

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WATER

Israel Helps California Deal with Water Shortages - VIDEO - 27 July 2015
"The U.S. state has been suffering from severe drought for the past four years. Israel has dealt with water shortages for many years.
It says California must learn to treat water as a resource - like natural gas and oil."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD

Bus Brings Meals to Hungry Children During Summer Break - Text + Audio + Video - 27 July 2015
"In the United States, millions of students depend on schools for meals during the school day.
That means they eat less when schools are closed over the summer.
An aid group has found a way to reach out to some of these children with a former school bus."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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27/07/2015


FOOD

15 Of The Most Mispronounced Food Names Ever
(boredpanda.com)

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BAN

Strangest Banned Items Around the World [Infographic] - Crazy Customs Regulations
(whenonearth.net)

Did you know that:

  • Saint Lucia and Sierra Leone both ban Japanese shaving brushes, thanks to an anthrax scandal in the early 1900s
  • Tunisia prohibits the import of pencils
  • Italy only allows shipments of toys if they’re made of wood

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HOT-AIR BALLOONS

Hot-air balloons soar into the record books in France - 27 July 2015
"Some 433 hot air balloons fly above eastern France on Sunday, breaking the record for the most simultaneous hot-air balloon flights.
A variety of balloon designs, including a French chateau and cartoon character Obelix, lifted off from an airbase,
covering a stretch of four miles across the sky."

(theguardian.com)

 

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GUNS

Rick Perry calls for more guns in cinemas following Lafayette shooting - 27 July 2015
"US Republican hopeful for 2016 presidential race says ‘gun-free zones’ are a ‘bad idea’
and citizens should be allowed to carry weapons while watching movies."..
He said: “If we believe in the second amendment, we believe in people’s right to protect themselves and defend themselves and their families.”
Presidential candidate and democrat Bernie Sander said:
“Nobody should have a gun who has a criminal background or was involved in domestic abuse situations.”

(theguardian.com)

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Steve JOBS

Watch the Trailer for Alex Gibney’s Brutally Honest New Documentary About Steve Jobs
"The new trailer for Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine depicts the Apple co-founder
as a “bold, brilliant, brutal” man driven as much by ambition as innovation..."

(slate.com)

 

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REFUGEES

Australia urged to 'come clean' on Vietnamese refugees - 27 July 2015
"Concerns have been raised about the fate of 42 asylum seekers who have been allegedly sent back to Vietnam.
The Australian Greens said the government may have breached international law by sending them back."

(BBC)

Migrants in Athens park: 'People here fight for food' - VIDEO - 27 July 2015
"Thousands of migrants have arrived in Athens in the past week after being smuggled onto Greek islands.
Many of the migrants have run out of money and are being forced to camp out in one of the city's main parks where they are relying on charities
for help. The BBC's Chris Morris spoke to Fatima, a 12-year-old girl who had come from Afghanistan, and wanted to get to Sweden.
(BBC)

Tensions run high in Rome's suburbs as Italy struggles with migration crisis - 26 July 2015
"In wealthy Casale San Nicola, protesters express the sort of anger and mistrust felt across country trying to cope with arrival of 80,000 migrants."
(theguardian.com)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Republicans - Text + Audio - 27 July 2015
"Welcome to the VOA Learning English guide to the presidential candidates. We tell you who is who and what their campaigns are saying.
We also provide links to their websites to learn more. This guide centers on the 16 candidates for the Republican nominations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"Adam Gabbatt of The Guardian newspaper holds images of possible Republican candidate
during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015."


Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Democrats - Text + Audio - 27 July 2015
"This is part of a series of reports from VOA Learning English to guide you through the U.S. presidential campaign in 2016. This report centers on the candidates for the Democratic nomination. We tell you who they are, what their campaigns are saying, and where to go for more information."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb.

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LESSON

Journey to the Center of the Earth: WH- Questions - Simple Present - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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IDIOMS

'You're Giving Me the Creeps!' - Text + Audio
"You're giving me the ...!" The jitters, the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, goose bumps, butterflies, and a heart attack ...
you can give all these things to other people. Are they good or bad? Read on to find out!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

English in a Minute: Jazz it Up - VIDEO
"Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up?
Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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25/07/2015


SPORTS

Weird and wacky British sports, in pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)


Hen race

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WINDOWS 10

Ad of the Day: Introducing Windows 10
"Here's an ad for Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10, which launches globally in 190 countries on 29 July 2015."

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

 

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CHOCOLATE

World Chocolate Day: 10 weird chocolate facts
"Did you know that a chocolate river once existed?
Ten weird and wonderful facts about cocoa bean products in honour of World Chocolate Day."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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NEPAL QUAKES

Nepal earthquakes: What I saved from the rubble - with PHOTOS - 25 July 2015
"If you could save just one object from an earthquake, what would you choose?
Three months on from the Nepal earthquakes that killed thousands and devastated the capital and its surrounding areas,
nine survivors tell the stories of the precious items they managed to salvage."

(BBC)

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LYNX

Iberian lynx returns to Spain from verge of extinction - 25 July 2015
(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

'Hundreds' of migrants now target Eurotunnel every night - 25 July 2015
"Incursions by "hundreds" of migrants into the Eurotunnel terminal in France have become a nightly occurrence,
the cross-Channel rail operator has said."

(BBC)

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Hillary CLINTON

How Hillary Clinton envisions her path to victory - 23 July 2015
(BBC)

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OBAMA

Five things we learned from Obama interview - 24 July 2015
"President Barack Obama sat down with the BBC's North America editor, Jon Sopel, to discuss Britain's role in the world,
his upcoming trip to Africa, and Mr Obama's plans for his remaining time in the White House."

(BBC)

Obama admits US gun laws are his 'biggest frustration' - Article + Video - 24 July 2015
Read the full transcript of his interview
(BBC)

Obama: US gun control laws 'greatest frustration of my presidency' - VIDEO - 23 July 2015
"US President Barack Obama has talked about what he called the lack of sufficient "common-sense gun safety laws" in the US.
In an exclusive interview with the BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel, Mr Obama said a failure to tackle gun control
had been the greatest frustration of his presidency.

(BBC)

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SPACE

'Earth 2.0' found in Nasa Kepler telescope haul - 23 July 2015
"A haul of planets from Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth."

(BBC)

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BOOK LIST

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tops primary school book list - 24 July 2015
"The list of must-read novels has been selected by 500 teachers for the National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine.
Roald Dahl's cautionary tale comes ahead of Goodnight Mister Tom.
"Fiction teaches children how to navigate the journey of life," says TES editor Ann Mroz."

(BBC)

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CINEMA

Greatest US films: Amazing facts
"Which Pinocchio song inspired Close Encounters of the Third Kind? And how did Buster Keaton break his neck without realising?
Find out in BBC Culture’s A-Z of the stories behind the classics"

(BBC)

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VALUES

What Are the Differences Between American and Australian Values?
(slate.com)

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AIRCRAFT BOMB BAG

Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact - 24 July 2015
"A new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments.
A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions."

+ 'Bomb bag' designed to resist terrorist bombs - VIDEO
(BBC)

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STORY

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving - Text + Audio + Video
"In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth.
One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil.
They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving - Video with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BIONIC EYE

Man gets world's first bionic eye (24 July 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A man in Britain can see again because of a new bionic eye.
Ray Flynn, 80, became the first patient in the world to get the new device, which is an artificial retina."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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US MILITARY

US Military Facing Threats from Terrorists, Countries - Text + Audio - 24 July 2015
"As extremist groups become more powerful, Russia and China are becoming more aggressive.
The American military is struggling to deal with both of these threats at the same time as budget cuts are forcing it to release 40,000 soldiers."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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23/07/2015


CONNECTED CARS

Staged Hacking Shows Vulnerability of Connected Vehicles - 22 July 2015
"A pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car’s engine as it drives,
sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly connected cars and trucks."

(insurancejournal.com)

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It
"Two hackers have developed a tool that can hijack a Jeep over the internet.
WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg takes the SUV for a spin on the highway while the hackers attack it from miles away."

(YouTube)

 

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FERGUSON

Andre Anderson Tapped as Interim Ferguson, Missouri, Police Chief - Article + Video - 22 July 2015
"Andre Anderson — a former amateur boxer, Army alum and 24-year veteran of the Glendale, Arizona, force — is tasked with reforming Ferguson's scandal-scarred police department. He will also have to rebuild confidence in a community ripped apart by last summer's racial unrest."

(nbcnews.com)

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MUSIC

Mozart foundation unveils latest purchase: a 237,000 euro manuscript - 22 July 2015
"Experts date the manuscript to 1773, when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was 17."

(news.yahoo.com)

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio Holds Auction Gala in Saint-Tropez - 21 July 2015
"The foundation, which the star set up in 1998, is engaged in more than 70 projects across the globe,
including the Elephant Crisis Fund and The Solutions Project to accelerate the transition to renewable energies."

(wwd.com)

'This is humankind's greatest challenge': Leonardo DiCaprio, 40, makes generous $15 million donation to environmental causes 
- Article + Videos - 14 July 2015
"The millions in grants will support organizations including efforts to preserve the Earth's delicate ocean ecosystems
and those working to protect the endangered gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo."

(dailymail.co.uk)

  • The star's donations go to Oceans 5 and Amazon Watch, among others
  • In September he spoke at the United Nations summit on climate change 
  • In 2013, DiCaprio's foundation gave $3 million to the World Wildlife Fund

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CINEMA

The 12 greatest beater cars in movie history - a slideshow
(BBC)

What is the greatest US movie of all time? - Video - 23 July 2015
"Orson Welles' 1941 classic Citizen Kane has topped a comprehensive new poll of international film critics voting on US films.
The 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain was included in the top 10, as were two of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest thrillers.
Talking Movies' Tom Brook reports on BBC Culture's Greatest American Films of All Time Poll."

(BBC)

 

The 100 greatest American films
"BBC Culture polled film critics from around the world to determine the best American movies ever made.
The results are surprising – Gone With the Wind appears at 97."
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

(BBC)

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Donald TRUMP

Donald Trump: In his own colourful words - 22 July 2015
"Republicans have a field of 16 candidates to choose from as their nominee for next year's presidential race
- a list of names that may increase even more over the next few weeks.
The front-runner, for now, appears to be Donald Trump, who is heading the polls and receiving plenty of media coverage - not all of it positive.
Here's a selection of Mr Trump's many, many colourful quotes..."

(BBC)

Donald Trump wealth details released by federal regulators - 22 July 2015
(news.yahoo.com)

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TESTS

TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC? Comparing the Tests - Text + Audio - 23 July 2015
"When international students want to apply for schools or jobs, they must pass a standardized test of English as a Foreign Language.
Learn about the differences and similarities between the tests. Hear from an international student who has taken them."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LOVE

0-100: What Is Love?
"We brought in people ages 0-100 to answer some of life’s big questions. Well, technically, we couldn’t find anyone 100 years old
- but we did find a gentleman who is 105. In this first episode, we asked the question, "what is love?"

(YouTube)

 

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CHANGE THE WORLD

0-100: Change the World
"We brought in people ages 0-100 to answer some of life’s big questions. Well, technically, we couldn’t find anyone 100 years old
- but we did find a gentleman who is 105. In this second episode, we asked the question, "how would you change the world?"
 
(YouTube)

 

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LOST CITIES

25 Lost Cities - mental_floss on YouTube - List Show (318)
(YouTube)

 

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INTERNET

Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students - VIDEO - 22 July 2015
"A new project aims to provide millions of off-line digital documents to students, medical workers and researchers in Nigeria."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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22/07/2015


SONG

Don't Stay in School - Boyinaband
"What I learned in school vs. What I didn't learn in school."

(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on Youtube.

 

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ANIMATED ENGLISH

Animated English - The Weekend
"In this lesson two work colleagues talk about what they did at the weekend. You can download the PDF for this lesson here."

(englishblog.com)

 

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LITERATURE

THE OBSESSIVELY DETAILED MAP OF AMERICAN LITERATURE'S MOST EPIC ROAD TRIPS - interactive
"The ... map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times..."

(atlasobscura.com)

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ELECTRIC CAR

Electric car does 0 to 100kph in 2.8 seconds (July 21, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
. "A new, upgraded version of an electric car from Tesla Motors is capable of going from 0 to 100kph in just 2.8 seconds."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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NUCLEAR

Kerry Seeks Support in US for Iran Nuclear Deal - Text + Audio + Video - 21 July 2015
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is talking to Congress members about support for the nuclear deal with Iran.
Lawmakers have 60 days to approve the deal. On Monday, the U.N. Security Council approved the measure.
If Iran is to violate the agreement, the measure calls for a return to sanctions."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD

21 snacks that explain our delicious world
"The world spends about $374 billion each year on snack foods — and it's not all just a bunch of empty calories.
You can often learn a surprising amount about a country by its junk food, whether it's Russia's red caviar potato chips 
or Britain's Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. So here's a rundown of some of the most distinctive snacks across the globe
and what they tell us about how the world works."
(vox.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.