Piracy, Kidnapping Increase in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea- Text + Audio - 3 May 2016
"The International Maritime Bureau said two of three ship hijackings around the world took place in West African waters.
One expert says navies in the area are getting better at stopping pirates but more needs to be done."
Odyssey 2050 - a lesson plan
"This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers at level B2/C1 and above explores the theme of climate change. Students will be introduced
to the film Odyssey 2050 and have an opportunity to express and justify their opinions about climate change."
The battle over the future of bitcoin - Article + Video - 3 May 2016
"Billed as the future of democratized, digital money, the currency is now at the center of a conflict
over how to develop technologies behind the system."
"In this activity students will practice forming questions and explore opinions regarding migration.
They will create their own questionnaire and survey classmates, friends and family.
The activity is based on themes from the British Council OPENCities project."
The Science Report: Search for Life in the Universe - VIDEO - 2 May 2016
"Is there anybody out there? That is among humanity’s oldest questions.
Now, scientists and a few billionaires are putting their minds and money together to support a project to answer that question."
Can You Name Four of the Healthiest, Tastiest Spices? - Text + Audio - 2 May 2016
"Spices and herbs bring flavor to our meals. Every country uses spices to make cooking distinct. Centuries ago, some spices were quite valuable. They were used to trade throughout the world. These days, most spices are priced so most people can afford them, and they are easy to find in stores"
The Ten Longest Wars in History- with pictures and details 10. THE VIETNAM WAR: 19 years (1955–1975)
9. THE GREAT NORTHERN WAR: 21 years (1700–1721)
8. FIRST PUNIC WAR: 23 years (264–241 BC)
7. THE ACHINESE WAR: 31 years (1873–1904)
6. THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR: 27 years (431–404 BC)
5. THE WARS OF THE ROSES: 30 years (1455–1485)
4. THE THIRTY YEARS’ WAR: 30 years (1618–1648)
3. THE GUATEMALAN CIVIL WAR: 36 years (1960–1996)
2. THE GRECO-PERSIAN WARS: 38 years (between 499–449 BC)
1. THE HUNDRED YEARS’ WAR: 116 years (1337– 1453)
The Technology Report: Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against the U.S. - VIDEO - 1 May 2016
"The technology company Microsoft says government agencies are abusing a law that lets them demand to read emails or online files
without their owners knowing they are doing so.
Microsoft says the agencies are violating the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures."
Suicide Rates Increase in US - Text + Audio - 1 May 2016
"A new study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide rates increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014. The study showed that the number of suicides increased sharply after 2006. Economic conditions in the U.S. began to worsen at that time."
Cambodia Royal Turtle Near Extinction- Text + Audio - 1 May 2016
"Less than 10 Cambodian Royal Turtles remain on earth as two groups are determined to allow the turtle to thrive in a shrinking habitat.
But the forests, beaches and nest keep getting smaller lowering the Royal Turtle population."
European Space Agency Plans a ‘Moon Village' - Text + Audio + Video - 1 May 2016
"A permanent base could be built on the Moon in 20 years according to the European Space Agency.
The Moon base is considered a “stepping stone” to a possible human flight to Mars."
"The European Space Agency plans to build a "moon village."
This is an artist's picture of what the lunar base would look like."
The Australian road trains are the biggest and longest trucks in the world
"Australia - a country road trains. In the Australian outback, where for hundreds of kilometers around you to meet a couple of other cattle-farms,
or "stations", as they call them, train - a vital necessity. After all, in order to deliver the goods to the destination of the train, the owner,
such as a sheep station would have to get their living from the load to the nearest railway hundreds of kilometers.
Road trains - powerful trucks, which stretches for two, three (and sometimes more) of huge trailer, capable in a matter of days
to cross the Green Continent, connecting the country's states and territories." (viralmega.com)
May Day in America
"May first is often called May Day, but that means different things depending on what country you’re in and what century it is.
Two posts at the National Museum of American History’s blog explain the complicated history of May Day in America..."
Duchess of Cambridge on Vogue cover (April 03, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A British princess has made her debut as a model on the front cover of the famous fashion magazine Vogue."
AP Exclusive: Migrant children kept from enrolling in school- 2 May 2016
"MEMPHIS, Tenn... The Associated Press has found that in at least 35 districts in 14 states, hundreds of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been discouraged from enrolling in schools or pressured into what advocates and attorneys argue are separate but unequal alternative programs — essentially an academic dead end, and one that can violate federal law..."
Elephants bow out at top US circus - 2 May 2016
"The 11 Asian females from the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus are being retired
amid changing attitudes to animals used as performance acts...
They will be housed at a conservation centre in Florida run by the company...
Elephants have been used in American circuses for 200 years...
In increasing numbers of US cities, it has become harder for circus elephants to perform,
with some outlawing the use of the bullhook - a sharp instrument used in training."
New gym opens to train robots(May 01, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A group of business people has opened a kind of gym for robots.
The group is headed by Elon Musk, who is the boss of the electric car company Tesla Motors." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
From Shakespeare’s Pen to Our Mouths- Text + Audio - 30 April 2016
"April 23 is celebrated around the world as William Shakespeare’s birthday. There is probably no other writer who has influenced the English language more than the Bard of Avon, as he known to some. Read on to learn about some popular sayings that came from his works."
Market for Illegally-Made Goods Reaches $460 Billion- Text + Audio - 30 April 2016
"An organization that studies economic and social issues says the international trade in counterfeit goods is rising.
The OECD warns that some of these products can endanger the public and might even finance terrorists or criminal groups."
Duchess of Cambridge to be Vogue cover star - 30 April 2016
"Pictures taken by British fashion photographer Josh Olins will hang in National Portrait Gallery
as part of exhibition to mark magazine’s centenary."
Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile- 30 April 2016
"Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory
in an effort to show his country's commitment to saving Africa's elephants." + The war on elephants, by Alastair Leithead, BBC News
+ The African push to tackle ivory poaching, by BBC Monitoring...
Africa is home to between 450,000 and 500,000 elephants but more than 30,000 are killed every year for their tusks.
Tanzania has lost 65% of its elephant population in the past five years...
Some 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn will also be burned."
"A Kenyan Wildlife Service ranger stands guard in the rain near stacks of elephant tusks,
part of an estimated 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn
confiscated from smugglers and poachers to be burnt
at the Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 30, 2016."
English @ the Movies: 'Come To Your Senses' - VIDEO
""Rock Dog" is a movie about dogs. This funny movie is a cartoon about a Dad dog and his son who wants to be a rock musician.
Our English @ the Movies phrase we are talking about is "come to your senses." Come watch it and tell us what you think."
'The Purloined Letter' by Edgar Allan Poe- Text + Audio + Video
"Our story today is called "The Purloined Letter." It was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is generally known for his horror stories.
This is the third of three stories he wrote about Auguste Dupin and how he solves crimes. "
North Korea Sentences Korean-American to Hard Labor - Text + Audio - 30 April 2016
"A North Korean court sentenced Kim Dong Chul Friday after finding him guilty of subversion. Last month, he admitted
that he attempted to steal military secrets. Observers say North Korean officials likely pressured him to make the statement."
Italy: NATO Force to Deploy in Mediterranean- Text + Audio - 30 April 2016
"More than 16,000 people successfully crossed the sea from North Africa to Italy in the first three months of 2016;
that is almost twice as many as the same period in 2015."
The 33: Wish - a lesson
"Work in groups:
Imagine you were locked inside a cave for 69 days, eating very poorly. Make a list of the first things you would like to do.
Watch the movie segment..."