The Technology Report: Apple and the FBI Court Battles Continue
- 20 March 2016
"In California, a legal battle between Apple and the U.S. Federal Bureau
of Investigation will continue for some time. The lawsuit raises questions about the roles of law enforcement and technology. The ruling could
affect privacy, safety and security. "
Sea Levels and Arctic Temperatures Rise - Text + Audio - 20 March 2016
"Scientists studying sea levels say they are rising faster today
than any time over the past 3,000 years. Another group of scientists
also found temperatures in the Arctic hit record highs in January."
From Child of Freed Slaves to Millionaire - Text + Audio + Video
"Madam C.J. Walker was the first African-American millionaire.
But she grew up poor, and worked as a washer woman
before she made her money selling hair care products
to African-American women around the turn of the 20th century.
She also helped many in her community make a better life."
Nintendoland to open in Japan (March 09, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO "A new theme park will open in Osaka, Japan. Universal Studios Japan is going to build a new attraction called Nintendoland."
Being Born A Girl - International Women's Day
"All throughout their lives, women and girls must face various types of discrimination that greatly compromise their future prospects.
During this International Women’s Rights Day, FIDH will be highlighting this sad fact in a video.
FIDH reminds us that the struggle is not just for a day, and calls for actions to continue daily so that women’s rights can progress."
Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)
Lesson 5: Where Are You?- Text + Audio + Video
"This week Anna and her roommate Marsha visit the home of a friend, Carm."
"This lesson, devised for International Women’s Day, will help to raise awareness of some not very famous, but nonetheless important, women."
Film Festival: An ESL Lesson Plan to Get Students Talking About Movies
"This lesson is divided into two hours.
The first lesson explores some basic language used to describe movies and the second lesson provides practice and more in-depth exploration.
The first part is an old activity that I've used with a great deal of success for years
and the second part is a role-play that I made recently and is still being tested out."
Six Blind Men And The Elephant - a lesson
"This story is an adaptation of the famous poem by American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816 - 1887) The Blind Men and the Elephant."
Oceans Could Hold More Plastic Than Fish by 2050- VIDEO - 7 March 2016
"A new report warns there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. There is something we can do to help prevent this from happening."
N. Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike, US, S. Korea Begin Drills - Text + Audio - 7 March 2016
"Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula after the United Nations Security Council placed tough sanctions on North Korea. Now, as the US and South Korea carry out yearly military exercises, the largest ever, North Korea has threatened a preemptive nuclear attack."
North Korea Flies Missiles After UN Sanctions- Text + Audio - 3 March 2016
"The UN Security Council Voted to approve new sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests. Sanctions limit trade, require North Korean
cargo inspections and target individuals. The UN also released a report showing ways that North Korea has avoided sanctions over the years."
'The Californian's Tale,' by Mark Twain - Text + Audio + Video
"This is a story of a man who went looking for gold in California. He found a beautiful valley, the "Stanislau." The Stanislau was like Heaven on Earth.
He meets an old man who tells him a wonderful love story. The storyteller waits to meet the man's lovely wife. Will she be all he says she is?"
Apple-FBI iPhone argument getting bigger(March 13, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO "There is a big argument in the USA between the technology company Apple and the FBI. The argument is over the iPhone of a killer."
Lesson 6: Where Is the Gym?- Text + Audio + Video - 13 March 2016
"This week Anna is looking for the gym at her apartment building. She wants to work out. Will she find it?"
Tennis Star Sharapova Admits Banned Drug Use- Text + Audio - 12 March 2016
"Maria Sharapova of Russia is one of the world’s best tennis players. She is also the world’s highest-paid female athlete.
Her career and income are under threat. She will be suspended from world tennis for using a drug that is not allowed."
Boy, 4, Shoots Mom, Gun Activist- Text + Audio - 13 March 2016
"A Florida mom remains hospitalized after she was shot in the back Tuesday by her 4-year-old son.
Her Facebook page shows Jamie Gilt, 31, is a gun advocate and bragged about teaching her 4-year-old how to shoot.
Police are investigating whether she did enough to keep the gun out of reach of her son."
Social Media Is Keeping Young Adults Awake- Text + Audio - 14 March 2016
"Sleep is necessary for a healthy mind and body. But using social media could be affecting the sleep of young adults.
There are many way social media is stealing sleep. Read on to find out how. This article also has many useful words relating to scientific studies."
Happy National Napping Day!- Text + Audio - 14 March 2016
"Midday naps are common in some countries. There, long lunch breaks enable workers and students to rest after eating.
The United States is not one of those countries. But on Monday, many Americans celebrated the benefits of napping with the hashtag #nationalnappingday."
The Grand Canyon: Beyond Words- Text + Audio + Video - 16 March 2016
"Our National Parks journey continues this week in one of the most popular and beautiful places in America: Grand Canyon National Park.
Many writers have tried to describe the wonder of the Grand Canyon. But for first-time visitors, the Grand Canyon is truly beyond words."
France Bans Stores from Trashing Unsold Food- Text + Audio + Video - 17 March 2016
"France has become the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. Legislators passed the law in February.
The law requires supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. If supermarkets do not obey the law, they face a $4,000 fine."
First migrants arrive in Lesbos under new rules - VIDEO - 20 March 2016
"Migrants have arrived in Lesbos, and will now be affected by the new agreement in place with Turkey.
They now have to apply for asylum and risk being sent back to Turkey if they are unsuccessful."
One-Third of Innovators in US Are Immigrants - Text + Audio - 17 March 2016
"Thirty-five percent of those responsible for some of the most important discoveries made in the US were born in other countries.
But they are less than 14 percent of the population."
Protecting Migrant Workers Helps Host Countries- Text + Audio - 6 March 2016
"A U.N. report by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific says countries in that area host 59 million migrants. But, the report urges
Asia-Pacific countries to develop better policies to protect the rights of migrants. Such measure can increase economic gains to host countries."
Don't Come to Europe, EC Chief Tells Migrants- Text + Audio - 6 March 2016
"Immigrants and refugees should not flee to Europe, says European Council President Donald Tusk.
His trips to Greece and Turkey brought attention to migration from the Middle East into Europe."
EC = European Council
Refugee Crisis Could Explode Violently in Europe- Text + Audio - 6 March 2016
"The agency says there are 24,000 refugees and migrants in Greece in need of shelter, including about 8,500 people near the border with Macedonia.
It says the crowded conditions are leading to shortages of food, shelter, water and sanitation...
That warning comes from UNHCR, or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees."
IOC Approves Refugee Olympic Team - Text + Audio - 3 March 2016
"For the first time, a team of refugees will compete at the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee approved a plan this week for a team
of up to 10 Refugee Olympic Athletes. The news of the Refugee Olympic Athletes became a trending topic on social media Thursday."
(learningenglish.voanews.com) IOC = International Olympic Committee
News Words: Migrants - VIDEO- 3 March 2016
"This word comes from the verb, migrate. Watch the short news video and listen as your hosts explain the meaning."
Immigrants Learn to Lose Their Accents - Text + Audio - 2 March 2016
"Even well-educated foreigners who speak English fluently can be difficult to understand.
Portland, Maine, gives a free class to help them reduce their accents." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Apple vs. FBI And Your Privacy- Text + Audio - 2 March 2016
"A dispute between Apple and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, has put law enforcement and technology in conflict. This could affect privacy, safety and security in the U.S. The dispute involves the FBI investigation of the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, last December."
Kelly, Kornienko Land on Earth after Year in Space- Text + Audio - 2 March 2016
"American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko spent a record 340 days in space.
It is the longest a human has stayed in the International Space Station.
After touching down in Kazakhstan, Kelly will be taken home to Houston, Texas."
Expedition 46 Lands Safely to complete One Year Mission
"Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos landed safely in Kazakhstan on March 2. The landing wrapped up a 340 day mission aboard the International Space Station for Kelly and Kornienko, during which they gathered valuable biomedical data on the long duration effects of weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars."
The Enigmatic Art of America’s Secret Societies
"Secret Societies have been around since who knows when. They were there at the beginning of the United States -even George Washington was a freemason. But the "Golden Age of Fraternalism" was in the mid-19th century. These fraternal organizations were exclusionary by nature, but the excluded groups, minorities and women, formed their own clubs. They had secret rituals, uniforms, and artwork. Elaborate, detailed artwork, much of which is presented in the book As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society 1850-1930. You can see a collection of the imagery from the book,
including photographs, sculpture, banners, magic lantern slides, paintings, and more at Atlas Obscura."
Expressions from Alice in Wonderland- Text + Audio
"The book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is just over 150 years old. But this classic story gives us great characters and expressions.
These have found their way into American English. Let’s figure how to use them!"
Islamic State Terrorists Lose Large Areas of Syria, Iraq - Text + Audio - 20 March 2016
"Increased military pressure against the group has caused it to lose 22 percent of its territory in the two countries in the past 15 months.
About half of the loss has happened since the beginning of this year."
The 88th Academy Awards- Article + Videos - 29 February 2016 "Spotlight" wins Best Picture; Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor and Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director for "The Revenant."
But the night's most-winning film was Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie collected six Oscars."
Donald Trump on global risk list (March 19, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Researchers have stated that Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency is one of the top ten risks facing the world."
Growing Violence at Donald Trump Campaign Events- Text + Audio - 13 March 2016
"Other presidential candidates say Trump is responsible for the fights.
Some Republican candidates say they may not be able to support him if he is their party’s nominee."
Trending Today: #SuperTuesday- Text + Audio - 1 March 2016
"Tuesday, March 1, marks the most important day so far in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The day is called “Super Tuesday.”
Voters from 13 states and 1 territory will be choosing their preferred candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties.
The hashtag #SuperTuesday trended worldwide."
Super Delegates: The Secret Force Behind Candidates- Text + Audio - 1 March 2016
"Delegates are members of the Democratic and Republican parties who select candidates for president. Most delegates are elected. But some are “superdelegates,” selected by their parties. Here’s how they work. And why superdelegates are helping Hillary Clinton win the Democratic nomination."
Desert beetles used to get water from air (March 01, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists may have found one answer to the problem of water shortages. It is a new material that collects water from the air."
Trending Today: Leap Day - Text + Audio - 29 February 2016
"February 29 is Leap Day. It only comes around once every four years. It is not a holiday, but everyone seems to enjoy celebrating 2016’s extra day."
De Staat - Witch Doctor "Put a needle in the cheek so turn the other one
Come back tomorrow, we'll never get it done
Open the mind, change the mind, that's how we achieve
Can't hurt to try right
It's what I believe"
Presidential Party Tricks
"Sometimes the leader of the western world just needs to let off a little steam."
1. Abe Lincoln’s Frat-Boy Act 2. FDR’s Recipe for Disaster 3. Gerald Ford’s Cheesy Faux Pas 4. Franklin Pierce’s Casual Friday 5. Andrew Jackson’s Animal House