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MARCH 2017 - PART 5 - NEW SITES

 

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

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24/03/2017


LONDON - WESTMINSTER ATTACK

How Westminster attacker Khalid Masood snapped because of racism in his village - then went to jail and became radicalised - 24 March 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for London Attack - Text + Audio + Video + Pictures - 23 March 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Attack on Westminster: how the papers reported a deadly day - 23 March 2017
"The story took over the front pages of all British newspapers – and in one case the back page too
– while the international press also expressed its shock."

(theguardian.com)

London attack: Isil claims responsibility as Theresa May reveals Westminster terrorist had been investigated by MI5
+The attacker - Everything we know about Khalid Masood
(telegraph.co.uk)

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REFUGEES

All I brought with me': Syrian refugees show their possessions – in pictures - 24 March 2017
"When they fled their homes at the start of the conflict, these Syrian families thought they would return within days.
Six years on, still in Lebanon and Jordan – and with no chance of return – they show what they brought with them."

(theguardian.com)

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JAILED JOURNALISTS

Revealed: the terror and torment of Turkey's jailed journalists - 23 March 2017
"Prisoners tell of solitary confinement and maltreatment after being caught up in ‘Kafkaesque’ media purge.
Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment
and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other in the world."

(theguardian.com)

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IMMIGRANTS

US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada
"More than 1,000 asylum seekers have journeyed on foot through snow and icy river to cross border
in remote areas unregulated by pact that bars refugee claims."

(theguardian.com)

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Edgar POE

'William Wilson' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part Three
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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VOCABULARY

News Words: Hack
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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SMART JACKET

World’s First ‘Smart Jacket’ Ready to Launch - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 22 March 2017
"A new invention in wearable technology is a “smart jacket” that can communicate with electronic devices. The jacket uses fabric
made with materials carrying electronic signals, allowing people to touch an area to perform wireless actions."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BULLYING

Read Kate Winslet’s Speech About Overcoming Bullies to Make It in Hollywood - 22 March 2017
“I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act.”

(vanityfair.com)

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THE QUEEN

What does the Queen have for breakfast? A day in the life of Her Majesty
"From her first sip of tea to slipping off the royal slippers at night, we reveal the daily routine of our longest reigning monarch…"

(home.bt.com)

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TOILET PAPER

Face recognition scanner to stop toilet paper thieves (March 23, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A park in Beijing has started a trial to try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing it."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Facial Recognition - Level 0Facial Recognition - Level 1  or  Facial Recognition - 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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22/03/2017


LONDON - WESTMINSTER ATTACK

Full story of "terrorist incident at Parliament - 22 March 2017
+ Latest updates - with summary
(BBC)

London attack: Pictures from Westminster 'terrorist incident' - 22 March 2017
"Four people, including a police officer and an attacker, are dead and 20 others have been injured in a "terrorist incident" in Westminster."

(BBC)

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ANIMAL CRUELTY


Animal cruelty Elephants
Animal actors Horses
Bears Lions
Bulls Seals
Cats Sharks
Circus animals Snakes
Cows Tigers
Dogs Whales
Dolphins  

 


EASTER

Traditional Easter foods from around the world - 13 photos
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LAPTOPS ON FLIGHTS

Flight ban on laptops 'sparked by IS threat' - 22 March 2017
"An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, says US media."

+ UK flight ban on devices announced
(BBC)

US and UK flight ban on electronic devices explained - VIDEO - 21 March 2017
"The United States and United Kingdom have announced that laptops, e-readers and almost any other electronic device that is not a phone
will be banned from cabin luggage on some flights.
The US rule applies to 10 airports, the UK to six - including Turkey and middle-eastern countries.
Daniel Sandford explains why phones are allowed when bigger devices aren't - and what might have led to the ban."

(BBC)

US, Britain Ban Laptops on Flights from Some Nations - Text + Audio - 21 March 2017
"The U.S. has banned larger electronics on direct flights from eight nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The new rules bar personal
electronic devices larger than a mobile phone. Britain also announced limits on carry-on electronic devices on direct flights from six countries."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HAPPIEST COUNTRIES

Norway First on List of Happiest Countries - Text + Audio + Video - 21 March 2017
"Norwegians are the happiest people on earth, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

US Government Targets Local Agencies For Refusing to Hold Illegal Immigrants - Text + Audio - 21 March 2017
"U.S. officials continued this week to move forward with President Donald Trump’s call for enforcement of immigration laws. The Department of
Homeland Security released the names of local government agencies it says have refused to help federal officials capture undocumented immigrants."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea 'accelerates' nuclear plan and is 'not afraid' of more US sanctions - 21 March 2017
"North Korean diplomat said ‘hostile activities’ of US and South Korea have pushed development of ‘pre-emptive first strike capability’ forward."

(theguardian.com)

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VOCABULARY

Explainer: "Whistleblower" vs "Leaker"
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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FAMINE

The face of famine - in pictures - 22 March 2017
(BBC)


After losing a number of their animals to the drought, Indhodeeq and her family
abandoned their life as rural herders and sought refuge in the town of Kiridh.
They were given this small shed to live in by people in the town.

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RHINOS

'Better de-horned than dead' – zoo chops rhino horns to foil poachers - 22 March 2017
"Czech zoo takes saw to the horns of its 21 rhinoceroses in response to deadly attack at Paris wildlife park this month...
With rhino horns considered a wonder cure in Asia – for everything from cancer, colds and fevers to high blood pressure,
hangovers, impotence and other ailments – poachers have killed thousands of the animals in Africa and elsewhere.
It is estimated that 6,000 individuals from the world’s five species of rhinos have been killed in the last nine years,
leaving a global wild population of about 30,000."

(theguardian.com)

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WORLD WATER DAY

World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040 - 22 March 2017
"Unicef report says climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water, and that the poorest will suffer most...
The report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate, looked at the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing
caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways in which climate change will intensify these risks."

(theguardian.com)

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BRITISH CUSTOMS

Cuppas, class and other British customs - 17 March 2017
"When it comes to social standing and British customs, the little things – such as tea drinking, holidays and shopping – speak volumes for us Brits."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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Z / Zed

Why Do Some English Speaking Countries Pronounce Z as "Zed" and Others as "Zee"?
(YouTube)

 

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21/03/2017

 

POACHING - SMUGGLING - TRAFFICKING

 

Antilopes Lions
Apes Pangolins
Birds Poaching / Smuggling / Trafficking
Coral reefs Rhinos / Horn
Dogs Tigers
Donkeys Tortoises
Elephants / Ivory Whales
Fish  

 


LESSON PLAN

The Employment
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Santiago 'Bou' Grasso and the themes of jobs and employment.
Students revise job vocabulary, talk about jobs and employment, and watch and discuss a short film about employment."

Time: 90 minutes
(film-english.com)

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WORLD CITIES 2017

Revealed: The world's most expensive (and cheapest) cities for 2017 - with PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FBI

FBI Confirms Investigation into Possible Russian Ties to Trump Campaign - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 March 2017
"FBI Director James Comey confirms that his agency is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Comey also
says that he has “no information” to support claims by President Donald Trump that the government wiretapped his phones during the 2016 campaign."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Explainer: Wiretapping in the U.S. - 20 March 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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NORTH KOREA

North Korean Issue Repeatedly Raised on Tillerson’s Asia Visit - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 March 2017
"Concerns about North Korea were raised during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first trip to East Asia. Tillerson made stops in Japan, South Korea and China. He said that the United States stood by its allies, and suggested the U.S. government’s policy on North Korea had not been successful."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIDEO

6ème - Les adverbes de fréquence - VIDEO
par Isabelle Boresy

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THE SCILLY ISLES

The Scilly Isles: life off the Cornish coast – in pictures - 21 March 2017
"The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of five main inhabited islands located 28 miles off the Cornish peninsula, making them the southernmost part
of the UK. The Scillies have a population of just over 2,200 and most of the real estate is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.
The climate is much warmer than mainland Britain giving rise to the tourist industry, which accounts for 85% of the islands’ income,
with guests arriving by small plane from Cornwall or passenger ferry from Penzance."

(theguardian.com)


An aerial view of Hugh Town on St Mary’s.
The island has a population of about 1,800
and covers an area less than 2.5 sq miles

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REFUGEES

Refugees build a life in Uganda – in pictures - 3 March 2017
"Getty Images photographer Dan Kitwood travelled to Uganda to document the plight of refugees from South Sudan. The UN World Food Programme delivers aid to thousands crossing the border each day, and with a famine declared those numbers are expected to increase."

(theguardian.com)

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CLOTHING

14 Articles of Clothing Named After Places - with photos
"Tuxedos are named after Tuxedo Park in New York, where fancy men began wearing fancy jackets to an elite country club circa 1886..."

(mentalfloss.com)

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TOILET PAPER

Facial Recognition Toilet Paper Dispenser - with photos - 21 March 2017
"A local news investigation caught nearby park residents visiting the public restroom multiple times a day
to stuff their bags with as much free toilet paper as they can snatch.
Tired of having to spend so much money on toilet paper, the local authorities decided to employ a high tech solution:
they've installed facial recognition scanners to the toilet paper dispensers. "

(neatorama.com)

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DONKEY SKINS

- 11 February 2017
(eastwest.eu)

The donkey skin trade is threatening livelihoods and communities – we need to act now - by - 29 January 2017
"A new global trade is posing a major threat to both donkeys and the people whose livelihoods rely on them."
+ Chinese medicine fuelling rise in donkey slaughter for global skin trade

(theguardian.com)


In Timbuktu rubbish collector and general ‘white van’ man Alsion
depends on his donkeys for his livelihood.

South African police seize 5,000 donkey skins in Benoni farm raid - 24 January 2017
"South African police say they are investigating the illegal donkey skin trade after seizing 5,000 hides in a recent raid east of Johannesburg.
Police suspect the skins found at a farm in Benoni last week came from illegally slaughtered animals whose hides were destined for China...
Trade in donkey skins is worth millions of dollars, with hides prized in China for supposed medicinal properties...
The South African National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) spoke of animals there
"being bludgeoned with hammers and being skinned alive" (on a farm in Olifantshoek, in the Northern Cape.)...
Last year, Burkina Faso banned the export of donkey skins and Niger the export of donkeys saying a sharp increase in trade to Asian countries
was threatening their donkey populations."

(BBC)

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20/03/2017


THE HAPPIEST PLACES

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth - 20 Mars 2017
"Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report - toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position.
The World Happiness Report measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why."

+ The world's happiest - and saddest - countries
+ Can I learn to be happy?
+ Why are the Danes so happy?
+ Hygge: A heart-warming lesson from Denmark

(BBC)

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DOPING IN SPORT

Doping in sport: Drug use 'fast becoming a crisis' - Nicole Sapstead - 20 Mars 2017
"Drug use at every level of sport is "fast becoming a crisis" according to UK Anti-Doping - responding to a BBC poll into doping in amateur sport."

+ Is substance use rife in sport?
+ Video: State of Sport: Can Ukad do more to tackle doping?
+ Why do amateurs take substances?(%)
+ Doping in amateur sports - by age
+ What else are people taking?

+ Video: Amateur doper Dan Stevens: Were you ever scared of getting caught?
+ Which sports are most affected?
+ What is the 'gateway hypothesis'?

+ So what are the health risks?
+ Video: 'Heart disease and mental health': What are the health risks of doping?
+ Case study two: 'You have to dope to be a good weightlifter'
+ Case study three: 'I felt invincible'
+ Should there be more testing in amateur sport?
+ How much does testing cost?
+ How the poll was done
(BBC)

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SPEAKING ENGLISH

The international companies using only English - 20 March 2017
"A growing number of global firms are using as English their main language – even if they are based in Japan or France."
(BBC)

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US-MEXICO BORDER

Families divided at US-Mexico border - VIDEO
(BBC)

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LESSON

Lesson 49: Operation Spy! - Text + Audio + Videos + Activities + Quiz
"Ms. Weaver has asked Anna to help with Operation Spy. Her mission is to learn all she can about spying.
She learns by going to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

International Spy Museum, in Washington D.C.
"The International Spy Museum is located in downtown Washington, DC within the Pennsylvania Quarter neighborhood and stretches the entire city block between 9th and 8th Streets at 800 F Street, NW—one block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station and the Verizon Center."

See Education & Programs
(spymuseum.org)

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James MONROE

James Monroe: Last of the Cocked Hats - Text + Audio + Video
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PRIMATES

More than Half of the World’s Primates Disappearing - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 19 March 2017
"Anthropologist Paul Garber says primates future are threatened. The University of Illinois scientist released a report on primates in January. He told VOA his research shows possibly "60 percent of primate species are now threatened with extinction and about 75 percent have declining populations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Primates at risk, Endangered nonhuman primates include, clockwise from top center,
the black and white snub-nosed monkey, the ring-tailed lemur, the golden snub-nosed monkey, the mountain gorilla.

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WEATHER REPORT

International Weather Report - Simple Skits
(YouTube)

 

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