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31/05/2014
 


RESCUE

A homeless dog living in a trash pile gets rescued, and then does something amazing!
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VIKINGS

Viking art: Beyond barbarians - a video
"In this clip, Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo to reveal the greatest of all the Viking Age discoveries: the Oseberg ship."

(BBC)

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MOTHER

The word of the month (May 2014) : MOTHER
(thewordofthemonth.com)

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SMOKING

Scientists tell WHO e-cigarettes are helpful (31st May, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A group of scientists has written to the World Health Organisation two days before World No Tobacco Day on May the 31st."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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IRISH SAYINGS and PHRASES

35 Irish sayings and phrases you need to learn before you visit
(irishcentral.com)

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SUMMER VACATION

Describing Your Summer Vacation - a lesson plan
(eslchestnut.com)

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THE BRITISH EMPIRE

ESL Video Quiz: Horrible Histories: The British Empire
"Queen Victoria, the monarchy, and the British Empire are built on theft, bloodshed and murder..."

(eslvideo.com)

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30/05/2014


CYBER BULLYING

Cyber Bullying. How safe are you online? - a lesson plan
(efllecturer.blogspot.com.es)

You are going to 

  • discuss being safe online and on social network sites
  • listen to a discussion about cyber bullying
  • do a gap fill exercise
  • write a leaflet giving advice to people who use social network sites

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TECHNOLOGY

Are the machines taking over? - a lesson plan
(efllecturer.blogspot.com.es)

You are going to 

  • discuss our relationship with technology
  • listen to a BBC radio clip about automation and do a comprehension activity
  • look at the future continuous

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EMOTIONS

Can You Read People’s Emotions? - a quiz
(well.blogs.nytimes.com)

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Maya ANGELOU



Maya Angelou: Poet and writer dies at age 86 - 28 May 2014
"US author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelouhas died at the age of 86."
+ Obituary: Maya Angelou

+ In pictures: Maya Angelou
+ Maya Angelou: In her own words
(BBC)

Maya Angelou (/ˈm.ə ˈænəl/;[1][2] born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) "was an American author and poet.
She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies,
and television shows spanning more than 50 years. She received dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees..."

(Wikipedia)

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POP CULTURE vs REAL AMERICA

Pop Culture versus Real America
"U.S. television and cinema promote images of Americans that are … well … wrong! 
Pop Culture versus Real America
 will contrast those pop culture images with profiles of real Americans in every walk of life."

(iipdigital.usembassy.gov)

Pop Culture Versus Real America English Learning Edition
"This edition of Pop Culture Versus Real America is intended for the sixth- to seventh-grade-level students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
or English as a Second Language (ESL). It was adapted from the original publication Pop Culture Versus Real America (2010)."

(iipdigital.usembassy.gov)

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STONEHENGE

Learn English With Photos 13 - Stonehenge
"This Learn English With Photos lesson is based on photos taken during a visit to Stonehenge in 2012.
Learn some interesting facts about one of Britain's most famous historical monuments and improve your English vocabulary at the same time.
There's also a speaking activity at the end. You can download a transcript and glossary here."

+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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MIDWAY

Midway a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan - 3'53
"It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.
On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground,
their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch..."

(YouTube)

 

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SUMO

Japanese children 'not hungry to be sumo wrestlers' - 27 May 2014 
(BBC)

 

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OVERWEIGHT

Lancet study: Overweight total tops 2.1bn globally - 29 May 2014 - a video
"The number of people in the world who are obese or overweight has topped 2.1 billion,
up from 875 million in 1980, according to figures published in the Lancet.
US, China and Russia had the highest rates and the UK was third in Western Europe, the 188-country study showed.
Alpa Patel reports."

(BBC)

 

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GOOGLE

Google sets up 'right to be forgotten' form after EU ruling - 30 May 2014 - a video
"Google has launched a service to allow Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from online search results."

(BBC)

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ILLEGAL MIGRATION

Rise in illegal migration into European Union - 30 May 2014
"New figures from the EU border agency, seen by the BBC, show 42,000 migrants entered illegally in the first four months of this year..."

(BBC)

 

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SAFETY / DECALS

Police Advising Families To Remove Stick Figure Family Decals For Their Safety + Pictures + Video
(1079ishot.com)

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)




DIGITAL NATION

Digital Nation
"FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (Growing up Online) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff
(The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier."

(PBS)

 

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 


COLUMBINE SHOOTING

Columbine Shooting Inspires New York Play - Article + Audio
"The Library" explores the emotions and media activity that follow a deadly school shooting.
The play was inspired by the real life shooting attack at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOMELESS PEOPLE

Kitra Cahana: A glimpse of life on the road
"As a young girl, photojournalist and TED Fellow Kitra Cahana dreamed about running away from home to live freely on the road.
Now as an adult and self-proclaimed vagabond, she follows modern nomads into their homes — boxcars, bus stops, parking lots, rest stop bathrooms
— giving a glimpse into a culture on the margins."

(ted.com)

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Thanks to Joanna Ajdukovic (Ac. Grenoble)

 


NATIONAL DONUT DAY

Donuts

"Watch the slideshow and play the game (Rags to Riches)..."
Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 

National Doughnut Day
 "is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women
who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.[1]The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. "donut") – an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough 
which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day."

See List of food days
(Wikipedia)

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A DANGEROUS JOURNEY

A Dangerous Journey "(part funded by Comic Relief)
warns young African women of the dangers of being coerced and tricked into prostitution
by traffickers who use scare tactics perpetrated by native doctors and false promises.
The campaign was launched in the House of Lords in October 2012.
The film won the Gold World Medal at the 2013 New York Festivals and the 2013 Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award.
"
(vimeo.com)

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DISNEY VILLAINS

Disney Villains - The Musical feat. Maleficent
"Who is YOUR favorite Disney Villain?
Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella and the Evil Queen have a point: what if we begin seeing things from their perspective?
What if Disney Villains are just misunderstood?"

(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
"In this music video by AVBytes, the Evil Queen, Ursula, Cruella DeVil, and Maleficent sing about their malicious aspirations for their sworn enemies."

(Neatorama)

 

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POEM

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (originally The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere)
"is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98
and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads."
PLOT : "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage.
The mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story.
The wedding-guest's reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the mariner's story progresses,
as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition
to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem..."

(Wikipedia)




The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Study guide
(sparknotes.com)

Richard Burton reads S.T. Coleridge's 'The Rime of the ancient Mariner' - Upload 1/3 + Upload 2/3 + Upload 3/3
(YouTube)

 

 

Richard’s friend, Nick Hayes, has just published a graphic novel based on the poem called "The Modern Mariner". + AUDIO
(storynory.com)


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27/05/2014


MEMORIAL DAY

Rolling Thunder 2014: Des bikers à Washington - PICTURES
(20minutes.fr)

 

Rolling Thunder is "a United States advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war (POWs)
and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars. The group's first demonstration was in 1988.
It was incorporated in 1995, and has more than 90 chapters throughout the US, as well as overseas.
Their main annual event occurs on the Sunday before Memorial Day, in which members make a slow ride on a dedicated, closed off, pre-set route,
called Ride to the Wall in Washington D.C., referring to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, also called the Ride for Freedom,
which leaves the Pentagon parking lot at noon, crosses the Memorial Bridge, and ends at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.[1][2]..."

Motto: We will not forget
(Wikipedia)

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GRAFFITI and STREET ART

Graffiti and Street Art - level 1 - with interactive activities and worksheets
(learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)
Thanks to Anne Le Moal (Ac. Rouen)

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film 
"is a film by street artist Banksy that tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art..." 

+ Official website
(Wikipedia)




Exit Through the Gift Shop: Cavemen to the Right - Film Review
(brightlightsfilm.com)

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26/05/2014


NAUGHTY DOGS

41 Naughty Dogs Who Just Did Something Really Bad - PHOTOS
(distractify.com)
What have they done ?

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Thanks to Magali Malherbe (Ac. Amiens)

 


Johnny CASH

Johnny Cash Has Been EVERYWHERE (Man)! - Song + Interactive map
(johnnycashhasbeeneverywhere.com)
"You can listen to the song while the map tracks all the places."
(Neatorama)

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CINEMA

The 45 Top U.S. Armed Forces Movies
(neatorama.com)

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LESSON / IMPERATIVE / PLANES

Planes: Imperative Forms - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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SONG / PRESENT CONTINUOUS

Present Continuous Baby
(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Magali Guillaume (Ac. Versailles) 

 


SONG / TIME

Bobby Lapointe - From two to two
(dailymotion.com)
+ LYRICS :
"What time is it? Quelle heure est-il?
Deux heur´s moins deux : Two to two
Quelle heure est-il? What time is it?
Deux heures deux : Two two..."

(fr.lyrics-copy.com)

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Thanks to Nathalie Lacroix (Ac. Caen)



GRAPHS / EVERYDAY LIFE

33 Graphs That Reveal Painfully True Facts About Everyday Life
(demilked.com)
Useful for comparisons, for example.

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Thanks to Fabienne Gosselin (Ac. Amiens)

 


CANDY

Major supermarket bans candy from checkouts (23rd May, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A major supermarket in the UK will soon remove all candy and chocolates from near its checkouts."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)


Tesco bans sweets from checkouts in all stores - 22 May 2014
"Move by retailer welcomed by health and parenting groups and backed, according to survey, by two-thirds of customers."

(theguardian.com)

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MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day Honors Soldiers Who Died for America - Article + Photos + Audio
"Memorial Day honors all of those who have died in America's wars. But the holiday began as a way to remember soldiers killed in the Civil War."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"A Soldier with the 3rd Infantry Regiment guards the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery."

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MURALS

Murals Add to Color of Los Angeles - Article + Audio
"Los Angeles is famous for its murals. The artwork covers the sides of buildings and bridges over busy roads. They add color and personality to the city."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"A tourist takes a photo of a mural on the side of a building
in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles."

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HOLLYWOOD

Hollywood Paparazzi - Article + Video : "A Day in the Life of Hollywood Paparazzi" + Audio
"Wherever there are famous people, there are “paparazzi.”
That is the Italian name for photographers who chase famous people in an effort to take their picture."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SONG / LOVE

Etta James - At Last - with lyrics
(YouTube)
Love song, slow and easy to understand - for ESL students.

 

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COMIC BOOK / SNOWDEN

Reuters Video: Comic book tells the tale of Edward Snowden + TRANSCRIPT
"Publisher, Bluewater Productions, is releasing a new comic Beyond: Edward Snowden, which delves
into the background of the controversial leaker of U.S. classified info. Jeanne Yurman reports."
+ VOCABULARY + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

 

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DEATH PENALTY

Cartoon: Tennessee Brings Back the Electric Chair
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + QUESTIONS + VOCABULARY + NOTES + ALSO SEE + Related articles 

(englishblog.com)

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WEDDING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wed in Florence - 25 May 2014
"The wedding has taken place of TV star Kim Kardashian and the musician Kanye West in Florence.
The celebrations began in France and moved to Florence for the ceremony."

(BBC)

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ART

Banksy's "Artist in Residence" Video for 18th Annual Webby Awards
"To accept his Webby for Person of the Year, Banksy made this video about his Residency in New York City."

(YouTube)

 

 

Turner, ou l'art dans tous les sens
"Considéré de prime abord comme un peintre difficile, J.M.W.Turner est en fait parfaitement accessible.
Et en même temps, ne nous devons-nous pas de travailler avec nos élèves des œuvres complexes ?
Ce qui peut sembler source de difficulté dans l’œuvre de Turner (pour des élèves de collèges) c’est toute cette émotion, cette sensualité qui s’en dégage.
D’où l’idée de faire appel aux cinq sens pour entrer dans ce monde pictural dans lequel on ne peut que se retrouver.
C’est en fait d’un voyage qu’il s’agit. Un voyage au cœur de la création, par la création.
La phase d’analyse que je propose à la fin n’est qu’une analyse parmi d’autres possibles. L’une fut proposée à des élèves, l’autre à des stagiaires, enseignants pour la plupart. Des pistes de prolongements possibles sont proposées après le descriptif de la démarche."

(gfen.langues.free.fr)
Thanks to Sylvie Abdelgaber (Ac. Versailles)

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24/05/2014


RECIPES

Recipes - with activities
(maryglasgowplus.com)

Cooking worksheets
(busyteacher.org)

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Thanks to Sophie Morin (Ac. Orléans-Tours)

 


LANGUAGES / USA

Infographic: “Many Languages One America”
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

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SEPTEMBER 11 MUSEUM

September 11 Museum Opens at Ground Zero - AUDIO + SCRIPT
Millions of people are expected to visit the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.
It was built on “Ground Zero”, the grounds of the former World Trade Center."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

Man sues New York City for $2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (May 21, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"There is a phrase in English when someone gets a big salary that they earn ''telephone numbers''.
A man in New York is suing the city, and others, for so much that it is almost impossible to think of a comparison."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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PAST SIMPLE

Working with the past simple - interactive game
(elt.oup.com)

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SONG / LOVE

Ann Peebles - Trouble Heartaches & Sadness
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"Woh, old man trouble
Stop knockin' at my door
You used to be a good friend of mine
Let me tell you, hang around me no more"

(songlyrics.com)

 

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ROBOTS

'Killer robots': Are they really inevitable? - 21 May 2014
"The robot tank is moving rapidly through the scrub on its caterpillar tracks.
It comes to a sudden halt and its machine gun opens fire with devastating accuracy."

(BBC)

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IMMIGRATION

Rise in EU immigration to the UK - 22 May 2014
(BBC)

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BREAD

Reuters Video: Baguette vending machine brings in the dough for French bakers - Video + Transcript
"A French inventor's prize-winning baguette vending machine offers hungry customers their beloved hot loaves at any hour of the day or night.
Tara Cleary reports."

+ WORDPLAY + COMMENT + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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CHICAGO

Learn English With Photos 12 - Chicago
"This Learn English With Photos lesson is based on photos I took in the so-called 'Windy City' way back in 2000.
Learn some interesting facts about Chicago past and present and improve your English vocabulary at the same time.
There's also a speaking activity at the end. You can download a transcript and glossary here."

(englishblog.com)

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CINEMA / ART

Mr. Turner 
"is a 2014 British biographical drama film, written and directed by Mike Leigh, and starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey 
and Paul Jesson. The film concerns the life and career of British artist J. M. W. Turner (played by Spall).
It premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[2]...
A look at the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Spall)."

(Wikipedia)

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21/05/2014


HOLLYWOOD

Maps to the Stars (2014) "is a satire drama film directed by David Cronenberg...
The film concerns the plight of two former child-stars, while commenting on the entertainment industry’s relationship
with western civilization as a whole.[15]...
Following the lives of Weiss family, an archetypical Hollywood dynasty, Dr. Stafford Weiss is a psychotherapist, who has made a fortune
with his self-help manuals; his wife Cristina manages the career of their thirteen-year-old son, Benjie, a child star..."

(Wikipedia)



Great Movies about Hollywood (imdb.com)

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SCULPTURE

Horse sculpture by John Lopez
An iron horse made with pieces of farm machinary.

For a larger picture, click on the picture.

 

One man's junk is another's buffalo sculpture: Stunning art created out of scrap metal - 20 May 2014
"John Lopez, from South Dakota, has created full-size representations of creatures
He had a successful career in bronze sculpting, but changed his working techniques."

(dailymail.co.uk)

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THE LOO LADY / LONDON

The Loo Lady: The woman who gives tours of London's toilets - 21 May 2014 - a video
(BBC)

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FAST FOOD SONG

Fast Food Folk Song - Rhett & Link
"Yes! the guy's reaction is totally authentic. He had no idea we were coming, and he really got the order right (almost right).
We couldn't believe it either, so we understand the questions...."

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS below the video on YouTube :
"Iʼll start with a taco, soft like a cloud 
I want mine crunchy, I like to eat loud. 
Iʼll choose a chalupa, Iʼll grab a gordita, 
and two taco salads for our senoritas..."

 

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INTERNET / GOOGLE / PRIVACY

Podcast: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Data) Online - 20 May 2014
(PBS)
Thanks to Véronique (Ac. Strasbourg)

 

Can You Erase Information on the Internet? - Audio + Script
"The European Court of Justice recently ruled in a case involving the Internet search engine Google.
The court ruled that Google must sometimes, on request, remove links to reports containing personal information."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DESTINATION ENGLAND

Destination - England
"This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about England.
It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the four countries that make up the UK.
They will have the chance to read about England and find out a little about its people, culture and icons."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

Level: Intermediate and above
Timing: 60-90 mins

Aims:
- To develop all four communications skills
- To revise language of describing places

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DESCRIPTIONS

Simon Draws: Mice (and speaks!)
"In this video Simon Tofield demonstrates how he draws mice!"

(YouTube)

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Thanks to Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)