Beijing introduces tough smoking ban (3rd June, 2015)- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A tough new smoking ban has been introduced in China's capital city Beijing.
It coincides with World No Tobacco Day and was welcomed by the World Health Organization."
Reward offered in New York jail break 'crisis' - 8 June 2015
"More than 200 officers are involved in the manhunt...
Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, used power tools to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora...
New York state is offering a $100,000 (£65,000) reward for information."
New York prison break - 8 June 2015
"NY gov.: 2 convicted murderers used power tools to escape
Agencies (The Boston Herald)..."
'Ransomware' Is the Latest Threat to Your Computer- Video- 7 June 2015
"The malicious software lock up a computer until its owner pays money.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says "Ransomware" is spreading in the United States."
Woman World War II Pilot Honored- Text + Audio + Video- 7 June 2015
"During World War II, American women pilots were trained to fly non-combat missions so that men could fly fighter planes.
U.S. officials gave the women permission to fly military aircraft as civilian pilots, but not in battle or over enemy lines.
Bernice Falk Haydu was one of those pilots."
Plankton More Important than Scientists Thought - Text + Audio + Video- 7 June 2015
"Plankton are a group of different ocean creatures, algae, bacteria and other organisms.
A four-year-long study shows that the small organisms are not just food for whales and other sea creatures.
It found that plankton are a major provider of oxygen for our planet."
Iraqi Refugees Building New Lives in America- Article + Audio + Video - 8 June 2015
"These women are Iraqi refugees who resettled in the United States. They are safe from the violence of Iraq. But the war is not over for them.
Many struggle with horrible memories of the past. Advocates say we need to provide more resources for helping refugees deal with the trauma."
HMS Bulwark 'overloaded' by migrant tide- Article + Photos + Video - 8 June 2015
"More than 43,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year already.
For HMS Bulwark and her crew, 7 June was "the longest day"."
Asylum Seekers Land in Cambodia under Secret Deal- Text + Audio - 7 June 2015
"Australia is paying for Cambodia to take four refugees in a program designed to move asylum seekers to the Southeast Asian nation. However, the move has been criticized by rights groups and people in Cambodia. Many believe that Cambodia is a poor choice for refugee resettlement."
Who are the Mediterranean's migrants?- Article + Photos + Maps + Videos - 5 June 2015
"Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East attempt to reach the shores of Europe each year, many making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. More than 1,800 have died making the crossing so far in 2015 - a 20-fold increase on the same period last year.
Here, four families and individuals who made the long trip over land and sea describe
why they decided to leave their homes and what they are hoping for from a future in Europe. "
The Lady in Black by Eleanor H. Porter - Text + Audio + Video
"Something is troubling the Lady in Black. She is very sad and nothing seems to be able to change the way she feels.
Her family needs her but she is not taking care of them. What will it take to bring her back to them? Find out in this classic American story."
Chinese Hackers Break into US Federal Worker Database - Text + Audio - 5 June 2015
"U.S. authorities say that China is responsible for hacking into a large American database.
As many as four million federal employees had their information compromised, according the Office of Personnel Management, (OPM).
It is the biggest breach of government workers information in years."
Returning Afghan Refugees Face a Difficult Life - Text + Audio + Video - 5 June 2015
"70,000 people have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan this year. Many have no jobs, no support and no home.
International aid agencies say they and the government are unable to help many of them.
Some of the returning refugees must find food and shelter by themselves."
Queen gives Prince Harry a knighthood - 4 June 2015
"Prince Harry is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order to reward his work representing the Queen at home and abroad."
"Here's a photo of the #KCVO Insignia that The Queen presented
to Prince Harry privately at #BuckinghamPalace ..."
Honest Debate Is About Understanding
"We continue with the second part of a series about debate.
Some of our points come from Charles LeBeau and Michael Lubetsky’s book called “Discover Debate.”
Its aim is to help teachers understand a simpler way to teach debate."
Learn the Cockney accent with Jason Statham
"*Ok... We couldn't afford Jason Statham, so we got what we could afford!
Learn aspects of the Cockney accent and even take a little test at the end!
This is part 9 in our "Learn the British accent" series!"
Texas executes plane hangar killer Lester Bower- 4 June 2015
"Texas has executed a 67-year-old man who was convicted of killing four men in 1983 after the US Supreme Court denied him a final appeal.
Lester Bower Jr is the oldest man executed in Texas since the state resumed its use of capital punishment in 1982."
For a Longer Life, Go Running - Text + Audio - 4 June 2015
"While all exercise is good, it seems running might be one of the best forms of exercise for heart health.
However, running is hard on the body. Read on to learn about a recent study that claims that runners live longer.
Also, get some tips on how to run safely and learn some great exercise words!"
Fifa crisis: Ex-official Chuck Blazer details bribe-taking - 4 June 2015
"Former top Fifa official Chuck Blazer has admitted that he and others on the executive committee agreed
to accept bribes in connection with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup hosts." + Who are the indicted Fifa officials?
"Fourteen people have been indicted on corruption charges by US authorities following an investigation
into football's world governing body Fifa. Nine of them are Fifa officials and five are corporate executives."
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns- Text + Audio - 4 June 2015
"Four days after his election to a fifth term as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has resigned.
The head of the soccer organization made the surprise announcement on Tuesday as charges of corruption against FIFA continued to grow.
The new elections will take place sometime between December and March."
Animals Dying in California Oil Spill - Text + Audio + Video - 3 June 2015
"Thousands of liters of oil have been released into the ocean and along the coast of central California.
Dead animals have been found along the coast of Central California almost every day for the past two weeks.
Workers are trying to rescue animals affected by the spill."
Obama Signs Law Ending NSA Collection of Phone Records- Text + Audio + Video - 3 June 2015
"The US Senate approved the measure two days after the former law on the collection of phone records ended.
The new USA Freedom Act makes telephone companies, not the U.S. government, responsible for collecting such information."
US Senate votes to curtail bulk data collection - 3 June 2015
"The US Senate has voted to limit the government's ability to collect phone data,
a policy that had been in place since the attacks of 11 September 2001..." + Patriot Act vs Freedom Act
A Letter from Fred- a lesson plan
"This EFL lesson plan is designed around a beautful and heartwarming short film titled A Letter to Fred by Green Shoe Studio,
and a song written by Fred Stobaugh titled Sweet Lorraine.
Students watch a short film, listen to song lyrics and talk about love and relationships." Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 90 minutes
Chinese dog-eating festival outrages foreigners - 1 June 2015 "Each year during summer solstice, it's thought that 10,000 dogs are cooked and eaten in Yulin,
in Guangxi province in southern China, as part of the city's yearly dog meat festival..."
English in a Minute: Tip of the Iceberg - VIDEO - 30 May 2015
"An iceberg is a large mass of ice floating in water. But what do you think this idiom means?
Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!"
Words That Are Their Own Opposites- Text + Audio - 30 May 2015
"Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, learn words seem to fight themselves - they are their own opposites! Well, depending on the context.
Context is important when learning a language; but with these words, context is everything.
Learn more about these Janus words and why they are called Janus words."
"A Janus-like bust features on one side the face of Rockefeller and the face of Lenin on the other."
Could a Tattoo Cost You a Job? - Text + Audio - 30 May 2015
"In the 1960s U.S., a tattoo was usually a sign of anti-social or illegal activity. Few people had them.
Today, at least one in five Americans has a tattoo, including sports stars, students and young professionals.
But some people say tattoos still have no place at work. Read on to learn words relate..."
Asia’s Boat People: Smuggled or Trafficked?- Text + Audio + Video - 30 May 2015
"Thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis were put on boats, but left at sea.
News reports, government officials and observers have used words like “trafficking” and “smuggled” when describing the boat people.
But the two words have very different meanings."
Group Helps US Children Learn About Healthy Foods- Text + Audio + Video - 30 May 2015
"In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States,
where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities,
and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community."
Films Explore Native Peoples, Culture Conflict- Text + Audio + Video - 1 June 2015
"A film festival in Los Angeles, California features films about indigenous peoples and cultures.
The films show efforts to teach native languages, continue arts such as dance, and gain justice for native people.
People of various backgrounds use film to share their ideas about preserving cultures."
WHO (World Health Organization): Smoking Costs More Than You Think- Text + Audio - 1 June 2015
"The WHO says one person dies from a tobacco-related disease about every six seconds.
On May 31 - World No Tobacco Day - smokers are asked to stop for at least 24 hours. But
the cost of smoking extends beyond individuals. The WHO says the illegal tobacco trade robs countries of valuable revenue."
Fears - Animated video made by Nata Metlukh
"Are fears our friends or they just worsen people’s existence?"
A graduation film made at Vancouver Film School (2015), 108 days of production.
See Making of Fears