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29/06/2017


POACHING

Can modern technology save rhinos from poachers? - 29 June 2017
"Satellites, lie detectors, sniffer dogs, helicopters and seismic sensors: the new hi-tech weapons in Kruger National Park’s war on rhino poaching...
Poachers usually work in gangs of three – a marksman, a navigator and a porter...
There may be a dozen gangs operating simultaneously in Kruger."

+ Bloody war on poaching
+ Cruelty of the poachers
+ Lie detectors, camera traps and sensors

+ Top 10 | The most endangered animals, according to WWF
+ How to fight in a guerrilla war
+ Video: Amazing close-up footage of rhinos
(telegraph.co.uk)

Kruger National Park "is one of the largest game reserves in Africa...
It became South Africa's first national park in 1926."

(Wikipedia)

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HAMBURG G20

Merkel: Hamburg G20 to focus on Paris climate deal
"German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year's G20 summit will focus on furthering the aims of the Paris climate deal
- putting her on a direct collision course with Donald Trump."

+ Video: President Trump says the Paris climate accord "disadvantages" US
+ Video: Schwarzenegger backs Macron on the issue of climate change
+ Five effects of US pullout
+ What is the Paris climate deal?

+ Political climate 'not right' for Erdogan rally
(BBC)

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TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

Trump travel ban: US sets out visa criteria - 29 June 2017
"The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees,
requiring them to have a "close" family or business tie to the US."

+ Who can come in?
+ What exactly does the Supreme Court ruling say?
+ What has the reaction been?
+ Trump travel ban: What happens next?
+ US holds off expanding laptop ban

(BBC)

Trump travel ban: new visa criteria set to come into effect - 29 June 2017
"Instructions issued to US embassies for travellers from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen – and all refugees – to take effect on Thursday."

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / POUTINE / G20

White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting - 29 June 2017
"G20 meeting of two presidents could see Russia regain access to diplomatic compounds blocked after interference in 2016 US election,
say former officials."

(theguardian.com)

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ROBOTICS

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish - 29 June 2017
"The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote about controlling intelligent machines with the three laws of robotics:
(BBC)

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
  • A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law

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SPORT

Why Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the best motorsport events in the UK - 27 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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AIRPORT SECURITY GUARD

My (short) life as an airport security guard - 29 June 2017
"Many people leave airport security feeling dehumanised, frightened, even violated. How do the officers feel? decided to find out."
(theguardian.com)


"Pat-downs, body scans and baggage checks at Denver airport."

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LESSON

Lesson 26: This Game Is Fun! - Text + Audio + Videos + Quiz
"Anna plays the game "Catch Americana" and learns more about U.S. Presidents. She also learns to watch where she walks!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Ulysses GRANT

America's Presidents - Ulysses S. Grant
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TABLE MANNERS

A Time Traveler's Guide to Table Manners
ANCIENT GREECE / BEDOUIN CAMPS / VIKING VILLAGES / MEDIEVAL EUROPE / ANCIENT ROME / 1900s HUNGARY

(neatorama.com)

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HOUSTON

Houston: Most Diverse Large City in US
"America’s population is becoming older and more diverse. VOA visited Houston, Texas, the most diverse large city in the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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PUZZLE APPS

Five Fun Puzzle Apps to Stretch Your Brain - 28 June 2017
"Fun puzzle apps are handy to have on your phone. Keep them ready when you need to clear your mind.
Maybe you are stuck in the office on a Friday afternoon, or trapped in a car on a long road trip, or waiting on a flight that is delayed.
Puzzle apps can help make that time more enjoyable."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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28/06/2017


CYBER ATTACK

'Vaccine' created for huge cyber-attack - 28 June 2017
"Security researchers have discovered a "vaccine" for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday."

(BBC)

Parliament cyber-attack: blackmail danger after foreign state hacks MPs - 25 June 2017
(thetimes.co.uk)

Government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant - 25 June 2017
"Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group."

(spokesman.com)

Cyber-attack on UK parliament: Russia is suspected culprit - 25 June 2017
"Fewer than 90 email accounts with weak passwords are believed to have been hacked in ‘sustained’ attack"."

(theguardian.com)

Blackmail fears after Parliament hit by 'sustained and determined' cyber attack on MPs' email network - 24 June 2017
"Parliament has suffered its biggest ever cyber attack as hackers launched a “sustained and determined” attempt to break into MPs email accounts."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Researchers: Russia Has Technology to Cause Major Power Outages - Text + Audio - 24 June 2017
"Researchers say computer experts thought to be allied with Russia have developed a weapon to attack computer systems.
They say this cyber-weapon has the ability to attack power centers across Europe, Asia, and even the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REPORTER

Kidnapped Reporter Found Dead in Mexico - Text + Audio - 26 June 2017
"Reporter Salvador Adame was kidnapped May 18 in the city of Nueva Italia, 400 kilometers west of Mexico City.
His burned remains were found in the middle of June and identified by genetic tests."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

US: China Among Worst Offenders of Human Trafficking - Text + Audio - 26 June 2017
"The US government report "Trafficking in Persons" says China has not met minimum standards to end the human trafficking."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Supreme Court Allows Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect - Text + Audio + Pictures - 26 June 2017
"The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing parts of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to be enforced.
The ban halted travel from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also banned all refugees entering the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The history behind President Trump's travel ban - Video - 1:25 - 26 June 2017
"What's the legal precedent for Trump's travel ban? It turns out the law it's based on was also pretty contentious."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

Donald Trump abandons traditional White House Ramadan celebration - 26 June 2017
"Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies all had receptions to mark end of Muslim holy month."

(theguardian.com)

President Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House - Article + Pictures + Video - 25 June 2017
(washingtonpost.com)

 

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US CENSUS

Explainer: US Census 2016 Population Update - 27 June 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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J.K. ROWLING

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books Turn 20 Years Old - Text + Audio + Pictures - 26 June 2017
"The first of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books appeared on June 26, 2017."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Harry Potter quiz: 20 years, 20 questions - 26 June 2017
(theguardian.com)

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FOXCONN

Foxconn May Spend Over $10 Billion in US Expansion - Text + Audio - 25 June 2017
"Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, announced Thursday that the company may spend of $10 billion developing factories in the United States.
Gou told shareholders that Foxconn will create manufacturing and software development operations in artificial intelligence and automation."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Andrew JOHNSON

Andrew Johnson: Impeached - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video
"The House charged Johnson, but the Senate did not convict him."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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FEELINGS

6ème Feelings with Riley - VIDEO created by Isabelle Boresy
(plus.google.com)

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LONDON SECONDARY SCHOOLS

All secondary schools in London to be offered knife detectors - 27 June 2017
"Schools to be able to apply for ‘wands’ to screen students as part of mayor’s package to fight knife crime in capital."

(theguardian.com)

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POLLUTION

Ocean plastic pollution in Scotland – in pictures - 27 June 2017
"A Greenpeace expedition around Scottish coastlines has found plastic in the feeding grounds of basking sharks,
in the habitats of puffins, seals and whales, and in the nests and beaks of seabirds."

(theguardian.com)

Revealed: The 10 cleanest capital cities on Earth - with pictures - 26 June 2017
+ Mapped: The world's most polluted countries
(telegraph.co.uk)

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QUEEN'S GUARD

Canadian army officer is first female infantry officer to command Queen's Guard - Article + Pictures + Video - 26 June 2017
(theguardian.com)

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GLASTONBURY

Glastonbury's £785,000 clean-up operation - in pictures - 27 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Glastonbury clear-up begins as music fans head home – in pictures - 26 June 2017
"As litter pickers got started on the mammoth job of cleaning up after Glastonbury, thousands of tired festivalgoers faced the daunting task
of getting themselves up and back home."

(theguardian.com)

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ROYAL ASCOT

Royal Ascot: The best hats - and where to buy them - 24 pictures - 24 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CONTAMINATED FOOD

The detectives who investigate food poisoning mysteries - 28 June 2017
"Some killers are so small they need to be hunted with a microscope.
Veronique Greenwood talks to an investigator tackling baffling outbreaks of contaminated food."

(BBC)

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BRITISH SEASIDE

The dark side of the British seaside - 26 June 2017
"The British seaside may make you think of sunshine and candyfloss – but its edgy, rule-breaking undercurrent has inspired artists
from Martin Parr to Morrissey to Graham Greene."

(BBC)

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DEATHS in 2017

Culture stars who died in 2017: from Dragon Tattoo star Michael Nyqvist to Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy - 72 pictures - 28 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SITE OF THE DAY

Site of the Day — Gif Lingua
COMMENTARY - VERDICT - Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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C.O.

Exercices d'entraînement interactifs pour travailler la CO en autonomie - interactifs
(franglish.fr)

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GRAMMAR

GrammarCheck - Infographics
(grammarcheck.net)

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PARAPHRASING

Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

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LESSON

School Holidays
"This is a lesson that can be used as you near the end of term and everyone is looking forward to a long break from school.
Students will look back at the academic year that is ending, brainstorm vocabulary connected to holidays and do a class survey.
They will also look at holiday jobs and read about holiday trends in the UK. Finally, students will plan their ideal school holiday in groups."
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

Inside HMS Queen Elizabeth – in pictures
"HMS Queen Elizabeth, sitting in Rosyth dockyard in Scotland, is ready to head out to sea for its first trials this summer.
The milestone will mark significant progress in delivering HMS Queen Elizabeth,
the largest and most powerful surface warship ever built for the Royal Navy."

(theguardian.com)


"A general view of HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth dockyard."

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RESTAURANTS

London's best riverside restaurants - with pictures - 26 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly - 26 June 2017
"Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly."

(theguardian.com)

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JOBS

What jobs will still be around in 20 years? Read this to prepare your future
"Jobs won’t entirely disappear; many will simply be redefined. But people will likely lack new skillsets required for new roles and be out of work anyway."

(theguardian.com)

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24/06/2017


CHINA LANDSLIDE

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan - with pictures - 24 June 2017
"More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say."
+ Video: The rescue team has been searching for missing people

(BBC)

Collage of before and after pictures shows Xinmo village in SW China swallowed by massive landslide
(twitter.com)

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CLADDING FIRE TESTS

Cladding fire tests failed by 27 high-rise blocks - 24 June 2017
"Cladding on 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government says."
+ Video: Watch: Camden resident confronts council chief

+ Video: Air beds laid out in Swiss Cottage leisure centre
+ Video: Council leader Georgia Gould: "People are very, very distressed"

+ Video: Camden residents react to tower block evacuations
+ Video: Sajid Javid: "Absolutely the right decision" to evacuate buildings

+ 'Safety comes first' for tower block dwellers
(BBC)

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THE MOST POWERFUL COMPUTER

Meet the world’s most powerful computer - with pictures and a video - 22 June 2017
"Two decades ago China did not have a single supercomputer – and now it has the world’s most powerful."

(BBC)

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STRANGE CREATURES

Strange deep-sea creatures found near Australia (June 23, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists have found dozens of strange-looking deep-sea creatures off the coast of Australia."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Deep-Sea Creatures - Level 4  or  Deep-Sea Creatures - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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GREATER ETHNIC, RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN US

New Government Data Show Greater Ethnic, Racial Difference in US - Text + Audio - 23 June 2017
"The U.S. is becoming more diverse with increases in Hispanic and Asian populations.
While all groups grew, non-Hispanic white people increased the least."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Andrew JOHNSON

America's Presidents - Andrew Johnson
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875)
"was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869.
Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln..."

(Wikipedia)

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Jack LONDON

'The Law of Life,' by Jack London, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
"Everyone grows old and will someday die. Every culture deals with aging and dying in different ways.
Find out how one native North American comes to accept what will happen to him in the last few days of his life
in this classic American short story by Jack London."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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23/06/2017


PHOTOS

Slideshow: 50 Photos for ESL Activities
IDEAS FOR USING PHOTOS IN CLASS + NOTE + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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Jack LONDON

'The Law of Life' by Jack London, Part One
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SATIRE

News Words: Satire
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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BATHROOM SIGNS

10+ Of The Most Creative Bathroom Signs Ever
(boredpanda.com)

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DANGER MAPS

Danger map reveals health threat zone - 23 June 2017
"South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world's health, according to "danger maps".

(BBC)

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BORDER WALL

We're thinking of building a 'solar wall' on US-Mexico border, Trump says - 22 June 2017
(cnbc.com)

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CARBON TAX

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax - 23 June 2017
"Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax."

+ Video: A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead
(theguardian.com)

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GRENFELL TOWER

Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge freezer, say police - 23 June 2017
"The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police say."
+ Video: Insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted "soon after" safety tests started, police say

(BBC)

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ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK - with AUDIO
Story Pheres: "A tool for enhancing 360 images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences."

Create your story phere.
(storyspheres.com)

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USA / RUSSIA

US official: Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election- 21 June 2017
"Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year's campaign, said a US official."

+ Russia: The 'cloud' over the White House
+ Trump-Russia scandal: How did we get here?

+ Video: Russia's most famous pop star explained why he backs Trump
(BBC)

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HUNGER

Why do people still go hungry? – video - 23 June 2017
"There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach.
World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains."

(YouTube)

 

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US GUN LAWS

US gun laws: Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms - 21 June 2017
"Teachers are being trained to carry guns in classrooms in Colorado in order to protect children
as part of a scheme motivated by a school massacre in 2012."
+ Video: Students in Washington discuss their daily security measures

+ Video: The father of a mass shooting victim blames high-capacity magazines
+ How the Sandy Hook shooting happened
(BBC)

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22/06/2017


ISIS

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'
"Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul
is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS)."
+ Video: The Iraqi military circulated a video it says shows the destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri.
+ Video: The BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyed.

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

'The refugees are like our brothers': Uganda's example to the world – in pictures - 21 June 2017
"With a refugee population of 1.25 million – and more new arrivals each day than any other country – Uganda has earned a reputation
as a haven for those fleeing violence. In Refugee Week, few countries merit greater recognition."

(theguardian.com)

A life removed: Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon – in pictures - 1 June 2017
"Violence in Central African Republic has driven 274,000 people into neighbouring Cameroon, seeking shelter in camps like Mbilé.
Yet funding for the crisis is drying up, leaving refugees struggling to find enough to eat."

(theguardian.com)

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GRENFELL FIRE

Music Video: Artists For Grenfell — "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - 22 June 2017
+ Full list of all the artists + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Grenfell fire - 600 other tower blocks might have similar 'combustible' cladding, says Downing Street - 22 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MARS

Elon Musk: We'll create a city on Mars with a million inhabitants - with a video - 21 June 2017
"He said that a huge Martian city could be established this century , which would not just be an outpost ,
but a fully functioning society with ‘iron foundries and pizza joints’."

+ Video: Elon Musk's latest SpaceX rocket launched
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CENSUS

Explainer: Census - 21 June 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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21/06/2017


SONGS

Happier - Ed Sheeran
Avec des activités (.odt) de Sophie Malroux (Ac. Toulouse) - Niveau 3ème

 

 

Katy Perry - Firework
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.

(YouTube)

 

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LESSON PLAN

'Save water' is a lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at level A2 and above, and is based on the theme of water shortage.
Students will look at the causes of water shortages locally and internationally, discuss the use of water and produce a poster
giving advice on saving water in the home or in the school.

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

YouTube has plan to fight online terror (June 21, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"YouTube has announced a plan ''to fight online terror''. It will find dangerous videos and delete them."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  YouTube - Level 0YouTube - Level 1   or  YouTube - Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

American’s Death Raises Concerns about N. Korean Rights Violations - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 June 2017
"Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student, died on Monday.
He returned to the United States last week after being jailed in North Korea for over a year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REPORTERS

Rights Activists Criticize Trial of 17 Reporters in Turkey - Text + Audio - 20 June 2017
"The trial of 17 reporters and writers began in Turkey on Monday. More than 170 reporters are said to be held in Turkish prisons.
The government says they are connected with the attempt to overthrow the government last year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HEAT

Many Places Feeling the Heat Ahead of First Day of Summer - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 June 2017
"It already feels like the "dog days of summer." And it is not quite summer yet."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

10-Year-Old Boy Invents A Genius Device To Stop Children Dying In Hot Cars After His Neighbor’s Death - 20 June 2017
"The fifth grader has invented something called the Oasis, a clever little gadget that monitors the temperature inside the car.
Once it gets to a certain level, the device emits cool air while simultaneously alerting parents and authorities via an antenna."

(boredpanda.com)

 

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REMITTANCES

Explainer: Remittances
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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STONEHENGE

Summer solstice at Stonehenge – in pictures - 21 June 2017
"On the longest day of the northern hemisphere’s year, hundreds of revellers gather at the ancient site in Wiltshire to watch the sun rise."

(theguardian.com)

 

The summer and winter solstice in 60 seconds - VIDEO - 21 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

Glastonbury Festival 2017: sunshine and long queues greet first attendees - in pictures - 15 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE QUEEN'S SPEECH

The Queen's speech: What is in it and everything you need to know - with pictures and videos - 21 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SITE OF THE DAY

Site of the Day — Write & Improve
DESCRIPTION + COMMENTS + VERDICT + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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