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10/05/2016


WEAPONS

Russian weapons maker now a fashion brand (May 09, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The Russian arms maker Kalashnikov is branching out into fashion. The weapons manufacturer is one of Russia's most famous companies."
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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COMPOUND WORDS

Compound Words (Priya Shah) - (ppt)
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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WORDS FOR SELLERS AND MAKERS

Words for Sellers and Makers
"Several venerable words serve as the base for compounds that refer to people who make or sell things: monger, smith, and wright.
Here’s a review of those compounds..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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GARDENS

Homes with the most gorgeous gardens to rival Chelsea Flower Show - 24 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LONDON

Social Media Greets New London Mayor Khan - Text + Audio + Photo + Video - 9 May 2016
"Sadiq Khan won London’s mayoral election last Friday. By doing so, he became the first Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital. Khan is the son of Pakistani immigrants."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Then and now: London during the Blitz, in pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SCULPTURE

Rodin marble sells for record $20m at New York auction - 10 May 2016
"The French sculptor's Eternal Springtime was created from a single block of marble around 1901, according to art experts.
The sculpture's buyer has not been disclosed by Sotheby's New York."

(BBC)

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SPACE

Chasing a comet through space - Article + Video
"Experience the excitement at discovering the mysteries of space science...

Would you dedicate 10 years to a space mission?"
(BBC)

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FERGUSON

Ferguson swears in African-American police chief - 9 May 2016
"The Missouri city of Ferguson, site of protests after the 2014 shooting of a black teen by a white police officer, has sworn in
a new police chief. Delrish Moss will head a mostly-white police force in a community that is two-thirds black.
Most recently the supervisor of public information and community relations for the Miami Police Department in Florida, Moss, 51, was sworn-in as Ferguson police chief on Monday afternoon. He will be the second black chief of police in Ferguson, a 21,000-resident inner suburb of St. Louis, after Interim Chief Andre Anderson resigned in December."

(rt.com)

Ferguson names black Miami detective as new chief of police - 1 April 2016
"Moss, who is black, will head a police department comprised of mostly white police officers in a town where two-thirds of the residents are black."
(rt.com)

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LESSON PLAN

E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | Homework Assignments and the Digital Divide by Larry Ferlazzo - 9 May 2016
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

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VILLAGE

This Village Without Roads Is Straight Out Of A Fairytale Book
"If you ever wanted to live your own fairy-tale, you may want to consider moving to the village Giethoorn.
Also known as “Venice of the Netherlands”, this magical village founded around 1230 is the kind most people could only dream of…
It has no roads or any modern transportation at all, only canals. Well, and 176 bridges too."

(boredpanda.com)

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ROUTE 66

15 reasons why Route 66 is the world's greatest road trip - 16 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MMA

Meet the gutsy woman who's a nurse and mum by day - champion cage fighter by night - with photos and video - 9 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SELFIES

Selfie-taker knocks over and smashes 126-year-old statue (in Portugal) - 9 May 2016
"Last year it was reported that several governments and regulatory bodies were beginning to treat the selfie as a serious threat to public safety,
off the back of a number of grisly selfie-related deaths and injuries, including one in Russia where the photographer posed with a tiger...
Authorities in Australia’s Royal National Park have introduced fines for people who jump a fence to get a selfie on the edge of Wedding Cake Rock, a sheer, bleached precipice on the coast."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CARTOONIST

The genius of Indian cartoonist Mario Miranda - 9 May 2016
"India's western beachfront state Goa has been busy with celebrations to mark the 90th birth anniversary
of one of the country's best-known cartoonists and illustrators, Mario Miranda."

(BBC)

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TAX HEAVENS

New global rules on firms' tax disclosure urged by economists - 9 May 2016
"New global rules forcing companies to report taxable activities country-by-country publicly
have been called for by a group of 300 prominent economists."

(BBC)

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BREXIT

EU referendum: Cameron warns UK exit could put peace at risk - 9 May 2016
"The UK has regretted "turning its back" on Europe in the past, the PM said, arguing
the European Union has "helped reconcile" countries and maintain peace."

+ The UK's EU vote: All you need to know
(BBC)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea Expels BBC Journalists - Text + Audio - 9 May 2016
"North Korea expelled a team of BBC journalists, apparently because they were not happy with their reporting.
The reporters were ordered to leave the country as it held a rare gathering of its Workers’ Party Congress,
led by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and team expelled from North Korea "after being detained over their reporting" - 9 May 2016
(BBC)

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DEPP

Depp mocks Australia dogs apology - VIDEO - 8 May 2016
(BBC)

 

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CAMERA

Smart Home Camera Recognizes Faces - Text + Audio + Video - 8 May 2016
"It can show parents at work that their children have returned home from school, or that a package has been delivered at their door.
It can also tell them if an unknown person is in their home."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ASYLUM SEEKERS / IMMIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Turkish border guards 'continuing to shoot and beat refugees' - 10 May 2016
"Human Rights Watch says guards killed five people, including a child, in March and April, and urges Ankara to investigate."

(theguardian.com)

Two migrants pulled from icy waters off Denmark - 10 May 2016
"Pair recovering in hospital were part of a group of four attempting to cross the strait to Sweden to ask for asylum."

(theguardian.com)

Buried without a name - Article + Photos + Maps + Videos - 10 May 2016
"The untold story of Europe's drowned migrants.
More than 1,250 unnamed men, women and children have been buried in unmarked graves in 70 sites in Turkey, Greece and Italy since 2014,
a BBC investigation has found. The majority died trying to cross the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Europe."

(BBC)

The migrants buried without a name - VIDEO - 10 May 2016
"More than 1,250 unnamed men, women and children who died trying to cross the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Europe
have been buried in unmarked graves in over 70 sites in Turkey, Greece and Italy since 2014."

(BBC)



 

Young refugees find new jobs in Germany - VIDEO - 9 May 2016
(BBC)

The Technology Report: Silicon Businesses Fueled by Immigrants - VIDEO - 8 May 2016
"The area in northern California between San Francisco and San Jose is called Silicon Valley. It is famous for start-up businesses.
Some of the people behind the start-ups are immigrants from places like Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and China."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Documentary Explores Conditions at Australian Detention Camps - Text + Audio - 8 May 2016
"A film about Australia’s asylum policy raises questions about how detainees and their families are treated in two detention centers.
An Australian filmmaker debuted her film, Chasing Asylum, last week."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The refugee children of Idomeni: alone, far from home but clinging to hope - 8 May 2016
"They have fled their wartorn homelands in Syria and Afghanistan. Now they are stuck in northern Greece – so close to a new life."

(theguardian.com)

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SHAKESPEARE

Lesson 13: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! - Text + Audio + Videos + Activity Sheet + Lesson plan - 8 May 2016
"This is the 13th lesson of "Let's Learn English" - a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. This week, Anna finds an unusual birthday party - for William Shakespeare."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOW PEOPLE SPEND THEIR DAYS

The Best Visualizations Of How People Spend Their Days
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

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09/05/2016


SHOPPING / CLOTHES

Shopping for clothes
"Listen to the conversation between a customer and a shop assistant and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills."

(learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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BUYING A HOUSE

The Terms of Buying a House - Text + Audio - 7 May 2016
"Many people dream of owning their own home. But the real estate market can be a scary place if you don’t know what you are doing.
Read on to learn some useful real estate expressions in a fun dialogue."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SCHOOL

School in a Pakistani Public Park Helps Poor Children - Text + Audio + Video - 7 May 2016
"Almost half of the children in the South Asian country - 25 million - do not go to school, the second-highest number in the world.
A man who was once such a child now works to help children be educated, by operating an informal school."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WILDFIRE

Canada wildfire: Alberta blaze threatens neighbouring province - Article + Photos + Video - 8 May 2016
"A huge wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta is growing further and could spill into neighbouring Saskatchewan, officials say."

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BREXIT

Brexit ‘will put UK access to cutting-edge medicines at risk’ - 7 May 2016
"Letter from top drugs companies offers boost to David Cameron and remain campaign in EU referendum."

(theguardian.com)

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ANIMALS

Illegal wildlife trade campaign enlists tourists - 8 May 2016
"Conservationists have launched a global campaign asking the public to help tackle the illegal trade in wildlife."

(BBC)


"A sun bear at Chester Zoo, which was saved by conservationists
after its mother was killed by poachers."

Zoo celebrates Mother's Day with video tribute to its new mums – video - 8 May 2016
"A lot of babies have been born over the past year at Symbio Wildlife Park, which means a lot of new mums.
The Sydney zoo decided to pay tribute to them on Mother’s Day, with a video of mothers and their young."

(theguardian.com)

 

 

Diaries from Ecuador: helping injured animals after the earthquake - 8 May 2016
"Groups of volunteers have been helping out in the aftermath of the Ecuador earthquake, rescuing animals as well as people...
Here, four people share their experiences of helping injured pets."

(theguardian.com)

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TAKING NOTES

How To Take Notes Effectively (5 STEP GUIDE)
"To get good grades on exams you have to have an effective note-taking system.
I’m going to show you how to take notes whether it’s for a lecture, a PowerPoint or added to your textbook..."

+ 9 Simple Study Tips To Ace Exams
+ How To Study For A Test (A GUIDE TO EXAM TIPS)
+ Study Tips & Study Skills (HOW TO STUDY EFFECTIVELY)

(clickselfhelp.com)
More resources HERE.

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MIGRANTS

No money for food, clothing or a home: how asylum seekers are left destitute on UK streets - 8 May 2016
"Some of the UK’s 3,300 refugees who are denied jobs or benefits are turning to volunteer centres like the one in east London for food."

(theguardian.com)

Migration crisis: Italians protest over Austria border fence plan - 7 May 2016
"Clashes with police at Brenner Pass coincide with far-right march in Germany calling on Merkel to resign."

(theguardian.com)

Figures show full impact of migration on schools as 700,000 European children take up places in last 10 years - 7 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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US ELECTIONS

Trump v Clinton on foreign policy - 8 May 2016
"He has called her incompetent and blamed "the disasters" of Iraq and Libya on her and President Barack Obama.
She has publicly revealed that panicked world leaders have been calling to ask if they can somehow endorse her to stop her opponent."

More on the 2016 campaign:
What will Clinton v Trump look like?
Donald Trump's top four 'deals' for foreign policy
Trump's foreign policy: So crazy it just might work?

(BBC)

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07/05/2016


LONDON MAYOR

Newspaper headlines: Election success for Sadiq Khan and Ruth Davidson and U-turn over academies - 7 May 2016
(BBC)

Elections: Labour's Sadiq Khan elected London mayor - with videos - 7 May 2016
"Mr Khan's victory ends eight years of Conservative control of City Hall.
The former Labour MP and minister, 45, becomes London's third mayor after Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson."

+ Who is Sadiq Khan?
+ London mayor: The Sadiq Khan story
(BBC)

 

Labour's Sadiq Khan elected mayor of London - with videos - 7 May 2016
"Tooting MP becomes first Muslim mayor of an EU capital after beating Tory Zac Goldsmith by 57% to 43%."

(theguardian.com)

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PROVERBS

Illustrated Proverbs from around the World
(chapmangamo.tumblr.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Clinton, Trump are a Study in Contrasts - Text + Audio - 6 May 2016
"Wealthy businessman Donald Trump and Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have very different ideas about U.S. policy.
Here are some of their positions on foreign policy, national security and other issues."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GADGETS

The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time - 3 May 2016
"The tech that forever changed the way we live, work, and play."

(time.com)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

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BREXIT

The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know - 18 April 2016
(BBC)

UK and the EU: Better off out or in? - 23 February 2016
"A referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union is to be held on Thursday, 23 June, David Cameron has confirmed.
Here is a summary of the key arguments for and against British membership."

+ What would be the impact on British jobs?
+ What about the impact on the economy as a whole?
+ What about immigration?
etc.
(BBC)

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FOOTBALL

Four secrets to Leicester FC's fairy-tale win - 7 May 2016
"The football club has achieved one of sport’s most remarkable victories - and it was a triumph of smart recruitment over data geeks."

(BBC)

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ENDANGERED SPECIES

Australia quietly adds 49 species to threatened and endangered lists - with PHOTOS - 7 May 2016
"Brush-tailed bettong, three-toed snake-tooth skink, swift parrot and types of orchid and albatross listed...
Nearly 50 new species of flora and fauna have been added...
Among the species to be added to the list under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act were the brush-tailed bettong (endangered), the three-toed snake-tooth skink (vulnerable), the swift parrot (upgraded from endangered to critically endangered), and several types of orchid and albatross."

(theguardian.com)

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CITIES

2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year: Fifteen inspirational entries in the Cities category - 6 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS

100 years of America’s national parks – in pictures
"Photographers have been inspired by the majesty of America’s national parks since they were founded more than a century ago."

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRANTS

UN outrage over refugee deaths as bombing denied by Syrian government - with a video - 7 May 2016
"Russia says none of its aircraft had flown over camp near Aleppo as UN officials say attacks could amount to war crime."

(theguardian.com)

From war to sweatshop for Syria's child refugees - 6 May 2016
"Vast numbers of young Syrians in Turkey and beyond are having to work instead of going to school."

(theguardian.com)

Syria conflict: Air strike on refugee camp 'could be war crime' - Article + Photo + Maps + Video - 6 May 2016
"An air strike on a Syrian refugee camp that reportedly killed at least 28 people could amount to a war crime, a senior UN official has told the BBC...
Reports say the strike on the rebel-held area was by Syrian or Russian planes but this has not been confirmed."

+ VIDEO
(BBC)

Cambodian Immigrants in US Struggle With Mental Health - Text + Audio - 5 May 2016
"About 100,000 refugees from Cambodia settled in the United States, starting in the 1970s and ending in the 1990s.
Many of them have struggled with poverty and mental health problems. They also felt separated from the rest of society."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Panama Papers: Source breaks silence on Mossack Fonseca leaks - Article + Video - 6 May 2016
"The anonymous source behind the leak of the Panama Papers has spoken for the first time,
offering to help law authorities make prosecutions in return for immunity."
(BBC)

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BITCOIN

Does Bitcoin still matter? - 6 May 2016
"Craig Wright's assertion that he was the creator of Bitcoin this week occurred at the same time
as thousands of members of a growing industry tied to the virtual currency attended the Consensus 2016 conference in New York."

+ Bitcoin vs blockchain
+ Bitcoin problems

+ Could Bitcoin be a viable currency?
(BBC)

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SCOTLAND

Elections: SNP claim third win as Labour suffers losses - 6 May 2016
"The SNP have won an "historic" third victory in Scottish Parliament elections - but do not have enough seats to form a majority government."

(BBC)
SNP = Scottish National Party

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POLLUTION

Vietnam Bans Unsafe Seafood in Central Provinces - Text + Audio - 6 May 2016
"Vietnamese officials have banned unsafe sea food in the country’s central provinces.
The ban comes almost a month after signs of a massive fish kill along the coast.
Activists and protesters think a steel company is to blame for the deaths of so many sea creatures."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WILD FIRE

Canada wildfire: Blaze disrupts convoy near Fort McMurray - 7 May 2016
"The only land convoy evacuating people trapped by a huge wildfire in the Canadian state of Alberta has been suspended
after 200ft (60m) flames flanked the road, officials say."

(BBC)

Thousands More Flee Huge Canadian Wildfire - Text + Audio + Video - 6 May 2016
"About 1,500 cars and other vehicles are fleeing an area north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where a wildfire has grown.
The fire has burned an 850 square kilometer area."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Canada wildfire: Images show Fort McMurray devastation + Video - 6 May 2016
(BBC)

Canada wildfire: Thousands airlifted from Fort McMurray as blaze grows - Article + Photos + Video - 6 May 2016
+ Fort McMurray wildfire in numbers
+ VIDEO
(BBC)

Thousands Flee Fires in Alberta, Canada - Text + Audio + Video - 5 May 2016
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the damage “absolutely devastating.”
A serious forest fire forced 88,000 to evacuate from the city of Fort McMurray in the Canadian province of Alberta."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US STORY

'Doctor Heidegger’s Experiment' by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video + Lesson plan + Quiz
"Is there a Fountain of Youth? Read about it in this classic American story, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Several old men and one old woman find out and it changes their lives. They are young again and fight for the attention of a beautiful woman.
But will it last?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

What we learned in North Korea this week - 6 May 2016
(BBC)

N Korea congress: Kim Jong-un praises nuclear tests - Article + Photos + Video - 6 May 2016
(BBC)

North Korea stages first party congress since 1980 - Article + Photos + Video - 6 May 2016
"North Korea is holding its most important political gathering in a generation, where Kim Jong-un will cement his status as leader."

+ In pictures: Inside Pyongyang as congress begins
+ How advanced is North Korea's nuclear programme?
+ What the shops and shoppers of North Korea tell us
(BBC)

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05/05/2016


IS

On board the aircraft carrier fighting IS - Article + Photos + Video - 3 May 2016
"Over the past four months USS Harry S Truman has been sailing somewhere in the North Arabian Gulf
launching wave after wave of attacks on so-called Islamic State (IS)."

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

Swedish refugees, More or Less: Behind the Stats - VIDEO
"Have refugees caused a gender imbalance in Sweden?
It has been reported that there are 123 boys for every 100 girls aged between 16 and 17 in Sweden.
In China, the ratio is 117 boys to 100 girls. We explore if the numbers add up and why this might be."
(BBC)

How do we make life better for people living as refugees for generations? - 5 May 2016
Article by Laurie Lee, chief executive of Care International UK.
"Humanitarian funding increasingly has to be about meeting long-term needs. How do we make sure lives are not put on hold?"

(theguardian.com)


"Tents in the Ifo camp extension of Dadaab refugee complex.
Dadaab is now the third largest population centre in Kenya, after Nairobi and Mombasa."


Homesick, lonely, sleepless – and these are the lucky child refugees - 5 May 2016
"The scale of the struggle faced by young arrivals trying to adapt to a new country is revealed,
as Britain prepares to accept more unaccompanied youngsters
."

(theguardian.com)

Quarter of child refugees arriving in EU travelled without parents - 5 May 2016
"Almost 368,000 minors sought asylum in Europe last year, the majority Syrian, Afghan or Iraqi."

(theguardian.com)

Child refugees: the world's uprooted youth - 5 May 2016
"The world has more young refugees than at any time for 70 years.
Their exile, trauma and resettlement has profound implications for the world over the next 20 years."

(theguardian.com)

Burnings Bring Attention to Asylum-Seekers in Australian Camps - Text + Audio - 4 May 2016
"A 21-year-old Somali refugee is critically injured after setting herself on fire on Nauru, a tiny South Pacific republic.
Australia operates a detention camp on the island. Some people are criticizing Australia for its refugee policy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

TIME Colorized Photographs with Child Laborers in the US in the Early 20th Century
"All photos were taken between 1908 and 1918 by Lewis Hine, who was serving as the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee."
(birdinflight.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Trump Is 'Presumptive' Republican Nominee as Cruz Exits - Text + Audio - 4 May 2016
"Donald Trump becomes the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee following the suspension of Ted Cruz’s campaign.
On Twitter, the chairman of the Republican Party confirmed Trump as the presumptive nominee and called for unity to defeat Hillary Clinton."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THEME PARKS

The world's strangest theme parks - 4 May 2016


Singapore

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CINEMA

Steven Spielberg - Listening activity
"Click on the picture, watch the presentation, listen to the audio files, then play the game."
Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 

May The Fourth Be With You - Text + Audio + Photos + Videos - 4 May 2016
"On any given day, you might see Star Wars-related photos all over Facebook and Twitter. There might be a cat made to look like Darth Vader.
May 4 is a special day for Star Wars fans every year. It has to do with one of the most famous sayings from the science fiction movie series."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Star Wars' most iconic vehicles, illustrated - 4 May 2016
"A lifelong fan's artistic homage to the machines that moved 'a galaxy far, far away'."

(BBC)

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FOOTBALL

Leicester City in football fairytale win (May 05, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their club.
Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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THE QUEEN

Elizabeth II: un règne légendaire - VIDEO
(madame.lefigaro.fr)

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NEW YORK CITY

32 Facts about New York City - mental_floss List Show Ep. 418
(YouTube)

 

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