What does it mean to be a refugee? - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman
"About 60 million people around the globe have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution.
The majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their homes but are still in their own countries.
Others, referred to as refugees, sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean?
Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman explain." + Full lesson(ed.ted.com)
Rolls-Royce unveils first driverless car complete with silk 'throne' - 16 June 2016
"Despite luxury carmaker’s grandiose description of Vision Next 100, concept vehicle receives mixed response...
Nissan, Toyota, Audi and the ride-hailing service Uber are among those also working on a self-driving technology.
Volvo intends to test them on London roads next year." (theguardian.com)
In pictures: Royal Ascot Ladies' Day- 16 June 2016
"Ladies' Day, on the third day of Royal Ascot, is one of the biggest events in the British fashion calendar
with many women braving daring millinery and flamboyant dresses."
Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won - 17 June 2016
"In Bangladesh, one of the world’s most polluted cities has led the way globally in ridding itself of harmful PM10 particles."
The city began tackling transport issues in 2004, importing a fleet of battery-powered rickshaws from China, and banning large lorries from the city centre in daytime. The three-wheelers are the main form of public transport, and their batteries keep the air free of the petrol and diesel fumes that hang over other cities." (theguardian.com)
Russian 'runaway robot' causes traffic jam - 16 June 2016
"The escaped robot spent more than half an hour in the middle of a busy road...
Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently,
but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate..."
Canada's parliament passes assisted suicide bill - 18 June 2016
"Canada's parliament has passed a contentious bill to allow medically-assisted death for terminally ill people..."
Assisted suicide is currently legal in just a few countries, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Albania, Colombia and Japan.
The practice is legal in the US states of Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana." + What different countries say about assisted dying - 6 October 2015
Over the Hedge
"is a 2006 Americancomputer-animatedcomedy film, based on the characters from the United Mediacomic strip of the same name...
While scavenging for food, RJ the raccoon enters the cave of Vincent the bear, his only friend who has a large wagon full of human food taken from a nearby rest stop. RJ accidentally wakes Vincent from his hibernation, and in a race to escape, causes the stash to roll out onto the nearby highway and get run over. To avoid being eaten himself, RJ promises Vincent that he will completely replace the stash within the week..."
Thanks to Miss A. (Tunisie): "super film d'animation exploitable en 4ème sur la ville (American suburb) et la junk food."
Violence continues after police charge at England fans
England and Wales fans tear gassed by French police in Lille
Sixteen people taken to hospital after late night clashes
'Violent' brawl between England and Wales fans
At least 36 arrests made for public disorder
Soccer Tensions High in US, Europe- Text + Audio + Video - 15 June 2016
"Two major soccer tournaments are going on this summer in North America and Europe.
In the United States, the Copa America tournament is moving into the elimination stage.
In Europe, the Euro 2016 championship is just getting started."
It May Be His Last Chance to Cover the NBA Finals- Text + Audio + Videos - 15 June 2016
"Craig Sager is known for his colorful suits and jackets he wears to cover NBA games for a U.S. broadcaster. He also has cancer.
A rival broadcaster says he will have a chance to cover his first, and possibly last, NBA Finals game for them on Thursday."
Niger says 34 migrants found dead in Sahara Desert - 16 June 2016 "Niger says the bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, have been found in the Sahara Desert near the border with Algeria...
Interior Minister Bazoum Mohammed said it appeared they had died of thirst after being abandoned by their smuggler."
Obama Short on Goal for 10,000 Syrian Refugees- Text + Audio - 15 June 2016
"President Barack Obama set a goal of the United States accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees by October 1. But the process has been slowed
– in part because of political opposition and also because of the time it takes to complete security investigations and health exams."
Clinton Could Be First US Woman President- Text + Audio - 15 June 2016
"Hillary Clinton is making history. She now has enough delegates to win the Democratic Party nomination for president.
That’s the first time in America’s history that a major party is nominating a woman for president, though other women have run.
Why has it taken so long?"
Refugee poster project
"Since 2001, the United Nations has designated June 20th as World Refugee Day,
dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.
In this lesson, pupils learn what a refugee is by reading a definition, some statistics and some information about how refugees might feel.
Students are encouraged to put themselves in the place of a refugee and consider how they might feel at leaving behind their homes and belongings.
They can also watch a short video produced by UNICEF, in which two brothers talk about their journey from Syria to Germany..."
Holiday destinations travel review
"This activity, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from a presentation and controlled practice of the comparative
and provides extended practice of this structure.
It engages the students visually and integrates all four skills. The students will produce a newspaper travel review of two ‘island' destinations.
The end product is authentic looking and the process very motivating and fun."
Big Eyes: Modals for Speculations - Future and Past
"Watch the movie segment. Speculate about the reasons why the main character and her daughter are leaving everything behind in such a hurry.
What might have happened?"
Push for Gun Control After Orlando Shooting- Text + Audio - 14 June 2016
"The killing of 49 people Sunday at a gay nightclub in Florida has led to new calls for gun control.
One proposal would ban military style weapons, such as the one used in the Florida attack.
But the proposals are likely to fail, as they did after earlier mass killings."
UN Official Calls for Stronger US Gun Laws- Text + Audio - 14 June 2016
"A military style rifle was one of the weapons used in the Orlando shooting.
A member of the United Nations commented that the United States needs to be more responsible and take action against gun control.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks came following the worst mass shooting in American history."
50 Dead in Worst Mass Shooting in US History - Text + Audio + Videos - 12 June 2016
"A gunman has killed 50 people and wounded another 53 at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The gunman used an assault rifle and a handgun. He shot inside the crowded nightclub before dying in a gunfight with police." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Orlando Shooting Is the Latest US Mass Shooting- 12 June 2016
"It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The previous deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech.
A student there killed 32 people before killing himself."
Obama Speaks on Orlando Shooting - VIDEO - 12 June 2016
"A gunman behind the killing of 50 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub early Sunday has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen,
a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent who the FBI said committed a crime that is being investigated as an “act of terrorism.”
Losing control: The dangers of killer robots- 16 June 2016
"New technology could lead humans to relinquish control over decisions to use lethal force.
As artificial intelligence advances, the possibility that machines could independently select and fire on targets is fast approaching.
Fully autonomous weapons, also known as “killer robots,” are quickly moving from the realm of science fiction toward reality."
Meet the Newest Robots Joining the Work Force - Text + Audio + Video - 12 June 2016
"Some of the world’s top robot innovators recently gathered to show off their best machine workers.
One company demonstrated how machines can improve safety in mining and law enforcement.
Another showed how robots can help people in wheelchairs navigate through pre-programmed paths."
What It Takes to Be an Astronaut - Text + Audio + Video - 12 June 2016
"What does it take to be an astronaut? If you want to fly and to work in space for NASA — the U.S. space agency — it takes years of training.
Recently NASA received over 18,000 applications - for no more than 14 jobs.
That means it is harder to get hired by NASA, than be admitted into Harvard University."
Make a Splash!- Text + Audio - 11 June 2016
"In many places in the world, the sea is a place where people escape the heat. It is also a place where many American English expressions originate.
But you can use them anywhere! Read on to learn sea expressions and how to use them."
Le colloque Cyber-Langues 2016 qui se joint cette année à l’université d’été Ludovia se tiendra du mercredi 24 août au vendredi 26 août 2016
à Ax-les-Thermes (Ariège). Le thème retenu pour cette 16ème édition est « Espace langue et espace temps ».
Le numérique fait bouger les frontières physiques et temporelles du cours de langue. Il permet à tout moment de sortir de la salle de classe
ou d’y faire entrer des personnes et des ressources. De même, le temps d’apprentissage n’est plus limité à l’heure de cours.
L’enseignant, les ressources, les camarades de classes ou encore d’autres acteurs peuvent en effet interagir
et s’entraider en dehors des temps prévus dans l’emploi du temps de l’élève.
Dans le cadre du temps scolaire, les espaces langue évoluent grâce au numérique. La gestion de l’espace de la classe, de son équipement, de son agencement, permettent de placer l’élève au cœur de l’acte pédagogique. La différenciation, le travail en îlot, la classe inversée invitent à des nouvelles postures et à de nouvelles pratiques.
Donald Trump proposes new migrant ban following Orlando attack- VIDEO - 14 June 2016
"Donald Trump vowed Monday to impose a broad ban on immigration from areas of the world with a history of terrorism and suggested some Muslims
in the United States are turning a blind eye to unfolding plots, as he outlined an aggressive response to the deadly attack in Orlando."
Thousands of children travelling alone from Africa to Europe, says Unicef - 14 June 2016
"UN agency says nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children seeking help in Europe via Italy are unaccompanied, and warns they face ‘appalling’ risks...
The children rely on human traffickers, often under a “pay as you go system”, making them prone to exploitation and abuse including rape,
forced labour, beatings and death, Unicef said."
Chris Dancy "is touted as “the Most Connected Human on Earth,” and the world is watching those connections carefully." + Mindful cyborg
"Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology. He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life
- from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being..."
Finding Forrester "is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant.
An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), is invited to attend a prestigious private high school.
By chance, Jamal befriends a reclusive writer, William Forrester (Sean Connery),
through whom he refines his talent for writing and comes to terms with his identity."
Queen's 90th birthday celebrated with trooping the colour parade- 11 June 2016
"Display of military pomp and pageantry in central London honours longest reigning and oldest monarch in British history...
Crowds greeted the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival on Horse Guards Parade – Henry VIII’s former jousting yard – in a vintage carriage,
Queen Victoria’s 1842 ivory-mounted phaeton, accompanied by mounted troops from the Life Guards and Blues and Royals."
"Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of of Edinburgh in a carriage
as the royal procession makes its way up the Mall to Buckingham Palace."
'The Cop and the Anthem,' by O. Henry- Text + Audio + Video
"Life can be difficult for people all over the world. Some people work hard to get everything they want or need.
Other people are happy with what life gives them.
Read about one man who hopes to get just enough to survive in this classic American short story, 'The Cop and the Anthem,' by O. Henry." + VIDEO
World Bids Farewell to Muhammad Ali- Text + Audio + Video - 10 June 2016
"Muhammad Ali was laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky on Friday.
A hearse carried Ali’s body through a long and winding path through the streets of Louisville before arriving at the cemetery for a private burial.
Later, an interfaith memorial was held to celebrate his life."
A Final Farewell to Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky - VIDEO - 10 June 2016
"It is Muhammad Ali’s final pass through his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
The day ends with an interfaith memorial service and remarks by former president, Bill Clinton."
Jim Ricotti's escape "Un travail pour les 6èmes avec l'évasion de Jim Ricotti et les verbes irréguliers.
Le document permet de reconstituer une B.D. de son évasion.
L'année se termine et peut-être que des collègues ayant New Spring 6ème seraient intéressés par ce cours..." Créé par Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges)
Obama Officially Endorses Clinton for President - Text + Audio + Video - 9 June 2016
"U.S. President Barack Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, for president.
He gave his endorsement in a video published online.
“I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on making history as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States."