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18/05/2016


SHIP

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas
(logitravel.co.uk)

 

 

"Harmony of the Seas" - Pictures
(20minutes.fr)


A bionic bar

The largest cruise ship ever built has a bar where robots serve drinks - VIDEO
(uk.businessinsider.com)

You won't be bored on board - VIDEO
(BBC)

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SCHOOL

A French billionaire put up $100 million to create a tuition-free 'college' in Silicon Valley that's endorsed by Jack Dorsey and Evan Spiegel
- 17 May 2016
(uk.businessinsider.com)

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IDIOMATIC PHRASES

25 Idiomatic Phrases That Include Single Initials
ex.: "A Level:
a qualification for secondary school graduation originating in the United Kingdom and existing in other countries;
the initial stands for advanced."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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CROSSWORD PUZZLES

101 Thematic Crossword Puzzles for Learners of English
(englishblog.com)

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QUEEN'S SPEECH

Queen's Speech: the key points - Article + Photos + Video - 18 May 2016
"Reforms to prisons, universities, adoption and the care system are at the heart of the Government's agenda for the coming year,
set out in the Queen's Speech to Parliament..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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AIR POLLUTION

How are cities around the world tackling air pollution? - 17 May 2016
"More cycling, better public transport and car bans - cities from Delhi to Zurich are using a range of initiatives
to lower traffic pollution and improve health."

(theguardian.com)

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VIRTUAL REALITY

How will virtual reality change our lives? - Article + Photos + Videos - 18 May 2016
"Virtual Reality (VR) has been with us for many decades - at least as an idea - but the technology has now come of age."
+ Video Paranoia treated by using virtual reality video - 6 May 2016
+ Video How this head is helping give you 3D VR sound - 5 May 2016
+ Video Exploring Chernobyl in virtual reality - 25 April 2016
+ Video Cancer surgery broadcast live in virtual reality - 14 April 2016
+ Video Virtual reality programmes expanding beyond gaming - 12 April 2016

+ Oculus founder delivers first Rift headset in person - 28 March 2016
(BBC)

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ISIS

IS Delivers More Deadly Bombings in Iraq - Text + Audio - 17 May 2016
"The self-declared Islamic State group has increasingly used bombings to attack targets in Iraq. On Tuesday, at least 68 people were killed in a series of explosions at markets across Baghdad. U.S. and Iraqi officials say IS is carrying out bigger bombings after suffering losses on the battlefield."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SHAKESPEARE

400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare Still Popular - Text + Audio + Video - 17 May 2016
"His plays are performed around the world and have been translated into hundreds of languages.
William Shakespeare may have died 400 years ago, but as an author, he is still widely read and remains a favorite around the world."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ELECTIONS

How America Elects Its President - Text + Audio + Photos - 16 May 2016
"Americans will vote on Nov. 8 for the president they want to replace Barack Obama.
But the winner will not be chosen until a month later, when members of the Electoral College vote.
The Electoral College generally elects the candidate chosen by the most voters. But there have been four exceptions."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The new Republican center of gravity
"From 'vehemently oppose' to 'all in': explore the universe of positions on Donald Trump.
See which politicians have been sucked into orbit by the gas giant and which ones are resisting the pull."

(theguardian.com)

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BREXIT

EU referendum: Remain and Leave intensify push for votes - 14 May 2016
"The EU referendum campaign is moving up a gear this weekend as campaigners from both sides of the debate
take to the streets to try to win over voters."

(BBC)

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRANTS

Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration - with a chart and a video
(neatorama.com)

The immigrants still 'California Dreamin' - 18 May 2016
(BBC)

Number of EU migrants working in UK rises to record level - 18 May 2016
"Number of people from EU countries working in Britain rises 224,000 in a year to 2.15 million."

(theguardian.com)

Refugees will repay EU spending almost twice over in five years - report - 18 May 2016
"Investigation into impact of refugees in Europe finds rising public debt will be offset by a much greater rise in GDP."

(theguardian.com)

The Iraqi refugees returning home - VIDEO - 18 May 2016
(BBC)

Kenya to Close World’s Largest Refugee Camp - Text + Audio - 16 May 2016
"Kenya has announced plans to close the world’s largest refugee camp.
It says the camp poses a security threat that could lead to terrorist attacks. An estimated 330,000 refugees will be affected by the closure.
The U.N. refugee agency and human rights groups want Kenya to keep the camp open."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

David Miliband: close the world's refugee camps - 14 May 2016
"Former UK foreign secretary calls for wealthy nations to accept nearly two million of the most vulnerable refugees."

(theguardian.com)

David Miliband wants work rights for refugees - 14 May 2016
(BBC)

Inside the world's biggest refugee camp (Dadaab in Kenya - home to more than 300,000 people) - VIDEO - 14 May 2016
(BBC)

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Gaza to film documentary on asylum seeker crisis
"Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei has begun interviewing refugees in the Gaza Strip for a documentary on the European asylum seeker crisis,
giving little away about his latest project."

(abc.net.au)

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SPACE

The Science Report: European Space Agency Moving Forward With ‘Moon Village' - VIDEO - 16 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 way to possible human flights to Mars."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HAPPINESS

E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | The Art and Science of Happiness by Larry Ferlazzo - a lesson plan
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

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RESCUE

Abandoned puppy gets job at baseball club (17th May, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO - Level 3
"An abandoned puppy has been given a new home and a new job. The 7-week-old pup was left at the stadium of ..."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:
Level 0Level 1  or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Beached Whales In Mexico Spark Rescue Operation - 16 May 2016
"Mexican authorities struggled for 15 hours to rescue over two dozen short-finned pilot whales that had beached themselves on the weekend,
but managed to save just three of the mammals, environmental protection officials said on Sunday.
"
(ndtv.com)

Donors give £35,000 to save rescue dog who took snakebites to protect Florida girl - 14 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ENDANGERED

World's smallest porpoise 'at the edge of extinction' as illegal gillnets take toll - 14 May 2016
"Now only 60 of Mexico’s vaquita marina left despite the navy enforcing a ban on the fishing net, latest study shows."

(theguardian.com)

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DRUGS

Rapper and Obama warn of drug danger - VIDEO - 14 May 2016
(BBC)

Russian Insider Says State-Run Doping Fueled Olympic Gold - 12 May 2016
"Dozens of Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including at least 15 medal winners, were part of a state-run doping program, meticulously planned for years to ensure dominance at the Games, according to the director of the country’s antidoping laboratory at the time."

(nytimes.com)

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BIRDS

A Supercut of Birds in Movies
(neatorama.com)

 

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DEATH PENALTY

Pfizer’s lethal injection drug ban raises fears of alternative execution methods in US - 14 May 2016
"Human rights campaigners warn action is needed to stop use of unlicensed drugs or other legally unsatisfactory methods."

(theguardian.com)

Pfizer acts to stop its drugs being used in lethal injections - 14 May 2016
"A Siamese cat recently named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living has died."

(BBC)

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CAT

Oldest cat in the world, Scooter, dies aged 30 - 14 May 2016
(BBC)

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16/05/2016


INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY

The Civil War
"Look at the presentation and play the game..."

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY

The Tower of London
1. First, click on the picture and watch the presentation.
2. Play the game.

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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COLLEGES

How Colleges Keep Students from Dropping Out - Text + Audio - 13 May 2016
"U.S. colleges are trying to prevent students from dropping out.
Georgia State University offers small cash gifts to help students pay tuition and other expenses.
That program also watches student performance and sends help before problems get out of hand."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RIO 2016

Health Expert Says Delay or Move Rio Olympics - Text + Audio - 12 May 2016
"The International Olympic Committee is rejecting a suggestion it move or delay the Olympics, scheduled to begin August 5 in Brazil.
A Canadian public health expert wrote the risks of the Zika virus are too great to bring 500,000 visitors to Brazil."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BREXIT

Many Argue Against Britain Leaving EU - Text + Audio - 12 May 2016
"British citizens will vote next month on whether to remain in the EU or not. Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the vote, said such a move would prove costly to Britons. U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have also spoken against what is being called a “Brexit.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PANAMA PAPERS

The Economics Report: World Bank Official Says Panama Papers Hurting Public Trust - VIDEO - 12 May 2016
"The documents called the Panama Papers show how rich people and world leaders have tried to hide their money and avoid paying taxes.
The World Bank Managing Director says information in the papers may make everyday citizens less willing to pay taxes."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRONES

US Drone Maker to Fly Medicine in Rwanda - Text + Audio - 12 May 2016
"A U.S. drone maker is teaming up with United Parcel Service to test drones in Africa.
Zipline International plans to start using its aircraft to transport blood and medicine in Rwanda later this year.
The companies say the partnership will save millions of lives and provide extensive drone testing."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

An Illustrated History of American Money Design
(gizmodo.com)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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ADDICTION

Séquence : Addicted to what?!
Séance 1 - Look at me!
Séances 2 et 3 : 10 signs of cell phone addiction

Séances 4 et 5 : BBC Video
4 signs of video games addiction
(fr.calameo.com)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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STORY

Mammon and the Archer by O. Henry - Text + Audio
"Can money buy everything? Read about it in this classic American story, "Mammon and the Archer" by O. Henry.
A wealthy soapmaker tried to help his son find true love. They both learn how much love is worth."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOW TO...

How to Address a Stranger
(dailywritingtips.com)

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TRAVEL / TRIP / JOURNEY

Travel, Trip, Journey and a Song - with videos
(vickihollett.com)

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COMPUTER

Computer words for beginners - with pictures
(esolcourses.com)

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PHRASES

Twelve incredibly British phrases the rest of the world doesn't understand
1. Bob’s your uncle (and Fanny’s your aunt)
2. You’ve lost the plot
3. Donkey’s years
4. Let’s have a chin-wag
5. Manky
6. That’s a doddle!
7. Get stuffed!
8. I’ve got the hump
9. At a loose end
10. Penny for your thoughts?

(indy100.independent.co.uk)

English in a Minute: That Ship Has Sailed - VIDEO
"If someone says to you, "that ship has sailed," it might mean you have missed out on an opportunity.
Learn how to use this expression in this week's English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


BIZARRE

The best of Bizarre Blighty - interactive map
"From hen racing to worm-charming, discover the eccentric events and peculiar pastimes happening all over Britain."
(telegraph.co.uk)



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ISIS

Islamic State Tightens Dress Code for Women - 13 May 2016
"IS is forcing women to wear only black. It punishes women who don’t obey, local residents say.
IS says any women’s clothing that is not black is seductive."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Islamic State claims responsibility as Baghdad hit by three bombings, killing 94 in bloodiest day for terrorism this year - 11 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LONDON MAYOR

Victory! Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agrees to suffragette statue - 11 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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REFUGEES

Special report: The missing million: how we could be undercounting Britain’s migrant intake from the EU - 11 May 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Kenya says it will shut world's biggest refugee camp at Dadaab - 11 May 2016
"Government vows to close camp, home to 330,000 mostly Somali refugees, and send them back home or on to other countries."

(theguardian.com)

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BIZARRE DEATHS

A List of 16 Very Bizarre Deaths
(neatorama.com)

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SPACE

NASA Discovers Nearly 1,300 New Planets - Text + Audio - 11 May 2016
"The U.S. space agency, NASA, said Tuesday it had found almost 1,300 planets outside our solar system.
Scientists said this brings us closer to knowing whether or not we are alone in the universe."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRIVERLESS TAXIS

General Motors, Lyft Partner to Develop Driverless Taxis - Text + Audio - 10 May 2016
"American car maker General Motors and ride-sharing service Lyft Inc. are developing driverless cars.
The Wall Street Journal says they could launch such a taxi service within a year.
GM is spending big money to make sure it can compete in the driverless automobile market."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLAN

The alphabet of illiteracy
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by Project Literacy and the theme of literacy.
Students discuss problems related to illiteracy, practise vocabulary related to illiteracy, watch a short film, read a transcript,
and watch and discuss a promotional video for a literacy campaign."

Time: 90 minutes
(film-english.com)

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IDIOMS

70 Idioms with Heart
(dailywritingtips.com)

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