Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants- Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2015
"For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs.
Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots.
But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry."
Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2015
"Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen.
About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn.
He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.”
Are Electronic Devices Are Ruining Our Sleep? | NBC Nightly News
"With a device on nearly every nightstand, one in three Americans sleeps less than six hours a day,
raising the risk for a myriad of health problems."
Dotty - a lesson
This EFL lesson is designed around a moving short film by Brett and Mick , and the themes of texting and elderly people.
Students discuss texting, write instructions, predict how a short film ends, read a film review and write a film review for homework." Time: 90 minutes Topic: Texting, technology and old people
Language: Vocabulary related to texting
Materials: Short film and film review
The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes - interactive map
"This interactive, designed and built by Slate’s Andrew Kahn, gives you a sense of the scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade across time,
as well as the flow of transport and eventual destinations. The dots—which represent individual slave ships—also correspond to the size
of each voyage. The larger the dot, the more enslaved people on board. And if you pause the map and click on a dot, you’ll learn
about the ship’s flag—was it British? Portuguese? French?—its origin point, its destination, and its history in the slave trade.
The interactive animates more than 20,000 voyages cataloged in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database..."
Talking about the future
"This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at level B1 explores the theme of the future.
Students will speak freely about different aspects of their future life."
Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down - Text + Audio
"Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants? Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others.
You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient. All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories."
English in a Minute: Out of the Woods - VIDEO
"The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees.
Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!"
More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids- Text + Audio- 27 June 2015
"More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner - the person earning money - for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade.
You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity"."
Draw Our Amazing Life
"As children Helena and Szczepan Wojtak were pushed around from country to country during WW2, suffering imaginable hardship.
But happy endings do happen and eventually they made it to Europe where they met and… oh just watch the film."
Children in US Help Wild Elephants in Thailand, Kenya- Text + Audio + VIDEO - 27 June 2015
"A few months after visiting Africa, Miriam watched “How I Became an Elephant,” a documentary about the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand, and a young girl’s campaign to save them. Miriam decided she wanted to launch her own effort to raise money to save elephants."
To Build a Fire by Jack London- Text + Audio + VIDEO "This story about a man fighting to survive in the cold should help you feel cooler if the weather is hot where you live.
It tells about a young man who came to the Yukon and broke the most important rule of the old-timers:
never travel alone, especially when it is 60 degrees below!
Social Media Offers Small Comforts to Syrian Refugees- Text + Audio + Video - 27 June 2015
"Many people in Za'atari, a refugee camp near Jordan's border with Syria, say for families separated by war,
information and communication are almost as important as food and shelter."
Hungary Criticized for Border Fence Plan to Stop Refugees - Text + Audio + Video - 25 June 2015
"Hungarian officials have announced a plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia to try to stop people from illegally entering the country.
Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa have already entered Hungary.
They traveled through Turkey and the Balkans."
Group Works to Reduce Child Labor in Cambodia- Text + Audio - 25 June 2015
"Earlier this year, a United Nations report found that 10 percent of Cambodian children between the ages of seven and 14 are working.
That is one of the highest rates in Southeast Asia.
The report said one in four Cambodians aged 7 to 14 are forced to drop out of school to help their families."
10 Bridge Traditions From Around the World 1. WISH LOCKS, FENGYUAN, TAIWAN 2. TOUCHING SAINT JOHN OF NEPOMUK, CHARLES BRIDGE, PRAGUE 3. GREETING THE FAIRIES, ISLE OF MAN 4. GOOD LUCK ANIMALS ON THE BRIDGES OF ST. PETERSBURG 5. KISSING AT THE CRIM DELL BRIDGE, WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE 6. JAMES RIVER FOOTBRIDGE ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL 7. STARI MOST IN MOSTAR 8. DRIVING SHEEP OVER LONDON BRIDGE 9. KISSING BRIDGES, USA10. MEASURING IN SMOOTS, HARVARD BRIDGE
Animated English - At the Doctor's
"Animated English is a series of ten animated video lessons for learners of English which I created using GoAnimate for Schools.
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)
The A-Z of Glastonbury Festival 2015: From Arcadia to Zombies- Article + Photos - 25 June 2015
"The Glastonbury Festival, which takes place this weekend, is unlike any other festival in the world.
Where else could you find the biggest pop, rock and rap stars rubbing shoulders with Brazilian bossa nova legends,
Nobel peace prize winners, film directors, politicians, punk ballet dancers, Russian dissidents and a giant fire-breathing rave spider?
They are some of the 26 essential things to look and listen out for this year."
Charleston shooting: Race, rage and the American condition - Article + Photos - 24 June 2015
"After the shootings, Charleston's beloved mayor struggles with an ugly reality of racism and rage.
Yet his campaign to combat inequality shows how big the problem is - and how small some solutions can feel."
How rich is the Queen? - Article + Photos - 25 June 2015
"News that the Crown Estate returned record profits of £285m last year means the Queen is expected
to receive a further £2m in public funding next year. But just how rich is the Queen and where does her wealth come from?"
The secret codes of British banknotes - 25 June 2015
"How often have you looked at the cash in your wallet?
Look closer: it’s riddled with hidden patterns designed to deter counterfeiters. Chris Baraniuk investigates."
More Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag- Text + Audio - 23 June 2015
"The flag is one of the symbols of Southern, slave-holding states that left the U.S. in 1861 but failed to win a war for independence.
Now, after a June 17 shooting in a South Carolina church, some state leaders want the flag removed.
They say it has become a symbol of hatred and racism."
Philanthropist Provides Homes for the Homeless - Text + Audio + Video - 24 June 2015
"Doris Buffett has given one million dollars to provide homeless people with houses to live in.
The effort has reduced homelessness by more than half in a small city in the state of Virginia.
Buffett is extremely happy with this project, and plans to donate even more money in the future."
Indian, Pakistani Immigrants Learn About One Another- Text + Audio + Video - 23 June 2015
"Violence has damaged relations between India and Pakistan ever since the two countries gained their independence from Britain almost 70 years ago. This history of conflict follows many Indians and Pakistanis when they come to the United States.
But some are learning about one another."