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31/05/2017


KABUL BOMB

Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens - Article + Pictures + Videos - 31 May 2017
"A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350...
There has been no word so far from so-called Islamic State."

+ In pictures: Kabul explosion
+ Afghanistan's new 'Great Game'
+ Can the Afghan military turn the tide?

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

Central American refugees turn again to Belize – but find it far less welcoming - 31 May 2017
"The country was once a haven for victims of outside violence – but the government has recently taken a hardline approach amid anti-Hispanic feeling."

(theguardian.com)

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SCOTLAND

The last castle of Scotland - with pictures - 31 May 2017
"Stirling Castle isn’t just one of the largest and most famous castles in Scotland. It’s also been one of the most important – and symbolic."

Start the gallery.
(BBC)

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LESSON PLANS

King John's promises

"This lesson for students at A2-B1 level is about the Magna Carta and the promises that King John broke after he sealed it. It provides students with information about the sealing of the Magna Carta and lists ten promises that King John broke. It allows students to practise reading for information, identify and use 'will' for promises, and develop legal vocabulary."
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

 

'Robocop' – first robot police officer starts work (May 30, 2017) - a lesson plan with audio
"The world's first robot police officer has started working. Its name is 'RoboCop' and it went into service for the Dubai Police earlier this week."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Robot Police Officer - Level 0Robot Police Officer - Level 1  or  Robot Police Officer - 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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BRIDGE

India Opens Its Longest Bridge in Northeast - Text + Audio - 30 May 2017
"The Dhola Sadiya Bridge strengthens India’s defense infrastructure close to the border with China."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SEUSSLAND

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
"is a sculpture garden in Springfield, Massachusetts that honors Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss.
Located at the Quadrangle, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden honors the author and illustrator, who was born in Springfield in 1904.
The monument was designed by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, the author's stepdaughter and created by Sculptor and Artist Ron Henson.[1][2]
The sculpture garden features five, large bronze statues..."

(Wikipedia)

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30/05/2017


John F. KENNEDY

John F Kennedy at 100 - in pictures - 29 May 2017
"Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of America’s most glamorous president, John F Kennedy, who was assassinated at the age of 46 in 1963."
+ JFK at 100: Trump comparisons fuel nostalgia for ‘Camelot’

(theguardian.com)

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Mike DUBKE RESIGNS

White House communications director Mike Dubke resigns - 30 May 2017
"just three months after he was appointed by the president ." 
(telegraph.co.uk)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea releases dramatic images of 'successful' ballistic missile test - 30 May 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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USA / GERMANY

Angela Merkel steps up criticism of Donald Trump by quoting JFK
"Germany stepped up its criticism of Donald Trump, the US president, a day after Angela Merkel declared
that the US and the UK were no longer "reliable partners"."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIL

'Child soldiers fighting with Isil' in Philippines as civilians flee city - 29 May 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CINEMA

The Square "is a 2017 Swedish satirical-drama film directed by Ruben Östlund and starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West,
and Terry Notary.[1] The film is about publicity surrounding an art installation, and was partly inspired by an installation Östlund had made.
It was shot in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Berlin.
The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it received positive reviews and won the Palme d'Or."
PLOT:
"In the aftermath of the abolition of the Monarchy of Sweden, the Stockholm Palace has been converted into an art museum.
Christian is a curator at the museum, managing a space set to show a new installation piece.
He finds a public relations company to promote the installation, creating a great deal of chaos.[2]"

(Wikipedia)

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FOOD

Raw milk: a superfood or super risky? - 30 May 2017
"For health-conscious, organic-loving shoppers, unpasteurized milk is a growing food fad
– but food safety officials warn it can be like ‘playing Russian roulette’."

(theguardian.com)

Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK - 29 May 2017
"Project by Independent Food Aid Network finds at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels, with demand continuing to grow."

(theguardian.com)

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POACHING

US army veterans find peace in protecting rhinos from poaching - 30 May 2017
"In northern South Africa, former soldiers are fighting both the illegal wildlife trade and the twin scourges of unemployment and PTSD."

(theguardian.com)
PTSD = Post-traumatic stress disorder

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LESSONS

Plastic Ocean
"Trois fiches de travail sur l'exploitation d'une bande annonce mêlant CO et CE en différentiation : A1+ / A2 / B1.

Créées par Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)
- A Plastic Ocean Trailer - A1 +
- A Plastic Ocean Trailer - A2
- A Plastic Ocean Trailer - B1


Angry Birds: 2nd Conditional - a lesson with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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REFUGEES

Millions Displaced by Violence, Disasters - Text + Audio - 29 May 2017
"A report by two activist groups says 7 million people were newly internally displaced last year. The total number worldwide reached 31 million.
Most are in Africa or the Middle East."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRUG

Captagon: the amphetamine fuelling Syria's civil war
"The drug, widely used in the Middle East but unknown elsewhere, is keeping fighters on their feet
during gruelling battles and generating money for more weapons."

(theguardian.com)

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DRAMA

Drama resource
Drama strategies - Mini downloads - Lesson plans

(dramaresource.com)

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29/05/2017


ROUTINE

Shrek's routine
"Des applications sur la routine basées sur Shrek."
Créées par Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Huge chunks of ice break away from Greenland's Store glacier - with a video - 20 May 2017
"The glacier breaks apart and the pieces float away to sea."

(BBC)

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MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day: A Former Prisoner of War Remembers Vietnam - Text + Audio + Video - 28 May 2017
"As Americans observe Memorial Day, a former U.S. Air Force captain recalls his experiences in the Vietnam War.
Today, he tells people “We should forget, forgive and love our enemies”."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSONS

Introducing People (6ème)
Activité interactive créée par Laurence Haquet (Ac. Rouen) :
"J'ai créé cette ressource pour mes élèves de 6ème afin qu'ils puissent s'entraîner à présenter une personne de manière détaillée
et vérifier immédiatement leurs réponses.
Cela peut aussi être des révisions en début de 5ème!"

Lesson 13: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! - Text + Audio + Videos + Listening Quiz
"It's a Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Anna is bored. She finds something interesting to do when she hears music playing."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea fires missile into Japanese waters - 28 May 2017
"Japan’s government strongly protests to Pyongyang and condemns launch but says there were no reports of damage.
North Korea has fired another missile off its east coast, South Korea’s military has said, as the regime seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs
that can reach the US mainland. "

(theguardian.com)

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James BUCHANAN

James Buchanan: Passive - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video
+ Quiz - America's Presidents: James Buchanan
"Today we are talking about James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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28/05/2017


FACEBOOK

How Facebook's tentacles reach further than you think - 26 May 2017
"Facebook's collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look "under the bonnet" at the tech giant's algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company."

(BBC)

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NATO and G7

Trump plan on Paris climate deal unclear after G7 pressure - 28 May 2017
"Report says Trump has told confidants he will pull US out of agreement but defense secretary Mattis says ‘president is wide open on this issue’."

(theguardian.com)

The Group of 7 (G7)
"is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also represented within the G7. These countries are the seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary Fund: the G7 countries represent more than 64% of the net global wealth ($263 trillion).[1] A very high net national wealth and a very high Human Development Index are the main requirements to be a member of this group. The G7 countries also represent 46% of the global GDP evaluated at market exchange rates and 32% of the global purchasing power parity GDP.[2]
The 43rd G7 summit is currently being held in Taormina (ME), Italy. The 42nd G7 summit was held in Japan in May 2016. Other recent G7 meetings
include that of May 2013 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom and an emergency G7 meeting in The Hague, Netherlands on 24 March 2014.

(Wikipedia)



President Trump Meets with World Leaders at NATO and G7 - 26 May 2017
"U.S. President Donald Trump is completing his first international trip in Europe.
He met with NATO leaders in Brussels, Belgium and the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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REFUGEES

Iran Continues Expelling Undocumented Afghan Refugees - Text + Audio - 27 May 2017
"The International Organization for Migration says around 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have left Iran this year.
Rights groups have accused the Iranian government of treating Afghans poorly."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GAP YEAR

Why More College Students May Want to Consider a ‘Gap Year’ - Text + Audio - 27 May 2017
"In European countries, it is common for young people to take a year between when they complete their secondary education and start taking college classes. Now more and more Americans are considering this possibility as well because of the many benefits it provides."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOTS

Robots Develop Sense of Touch - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 27 May 2017
"Robots can see well enough to drive a car. Computers can hear out voices and react to commands.
Engineers are now developing robots with a sense of touch."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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BEST BEACHES

Where Are the World's Best Beaches? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 27 May 2017
"In summer, people around the world seek rest and relaxation on a beach. Depending on where you live,
you might enjoy playing in ocean waves or visiting a beach along a peaceful lake or river."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Jack LONDON

'Love of Life,' by Jack London, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
"Getting lost while walking in nature can be a very frightening thing. If you are lost for a long time, surviving can be difficult.
Find out what one man does to survive in the first part of this classic American short story by Jack London."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


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HOUSEHOLD CHORES

The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic - 26 May 2017
"The French comic artist Emma illustrates the concept of the ‘mental load’. When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things,
he is viewing her as the manager of their household chores."

(theguardian.com)

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27/05/2017


MANCHESTER ATTACK

Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges) a préparé un petit quiz de traduction des paroles de la chanson d'Oasis 'Don't look back in anger'
reprise par la foule en hommage aux victimes de l'attentat de Manchester.
C'est ici : http://englishnexon.e-monsite.com/quiz/4emes/manchester-s-spirit.html

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PHONETICS

Alphabet Phonétique International anglais : une infographie interactive avec audio
"It comes with a follow-up companion article teaching the articulation of every sound found in (American) English."

(bilingueanglais.com)

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THE ROYAL FAMILY

Here's Why the British Royal Family Doesn't Use a Last Name
(travelandleisure.com)

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DEATH PENALTY

Alabama executes man on eighth attempt during 35-year legal battle - 26 May 2017
"Tommy Arthur was put to death by lethal injection despite having been given eight dates for his execution."

(theguardian.com)

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Jack LONDON

'Love of Life' by Jack London, Part One
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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ARCHITECTURE

41 Facts about Unique Architecture
"All over the world, you'll find buildings that are one-of-a-kind, often designed and built by people who aren't architects.
John Green points out many of those buildings and the stories behind them, fascinating even when doled out in tidbits of trivia.
Unique architecture is the topic on this week's episode of the Mental Floss List Show."

(neatorama.com)

 

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THE WORD "MEME"

Author unhappy with use of the word 'meme' (May 24, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Memes are becoming a growing part of our everyday life and popular culture, especially online."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Memes - Level 4  or  Memes - Level 5
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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TRUMP

Trump Meets Pope Francis at Vatican - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 24 May 2017
"U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday.
The two men shook hands at the start of their first face-to-face meeting. The pope appeared serious. The president smiled."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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USA / RUSSIA

Jared Kushner discussed creating secret communications channel with Moscow – reports - 27 May 2017
"Russia’s ambassador told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield White House transition team discussions
from monitoring, sources said."
(theguardian.com)

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin - 26 May 2017
(washingtonpost.com)

Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests - interactive - 31 March 2017
(washingtonpost.com)

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EBOLA

Scientists Discover Cure for Ebola Virus - Text + Audio + Pictures - 24 May 2017
"The deadly virus recently killed more than 11,000 people and infected nearly 29,000 in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NUCLEAR SHARING

Explainer: Nuclear Sharing - 24 May 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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POST OFFICES

10 Craziest Post Offices on Earth (and Beyond) - with PICTURES
(toptenz.net)

SPACE MISSION: China's Shenzhou-8 carries out first docking
(YouTube)


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24/05/2017


MANCHESTER ARENA ATTACK

Tony Walsh's inspirational poem to Manchester - 23 May 2017
(YouTube)

 

 

Soldiers deployed on streets in race to foil second terror attack after threat level raised to 'critical' - 24 May 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

World monuments illuminated with Britain's Union flag in tribute to Manchester victims - VIDEO + Pictures - 24 May 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Cities around the world pay union flag tributes to Manchester - Pictures - 24 May 2017
(theguardian.com)

Manchester attack: front pages from around the world - 24 May 2017
(theguardian.com)

 

Salman Ramadan Abedi named by police as Manchester Arena attacker
"Manchester police say 22-year-old was responsible for suicide attack that killed 22 and injured 59 at Ariana Grande concert."
(theguardian.com)

 

Bombing at British Concert Kills 22, Injures Dozens - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 May 2017
"At least 22 people were killed and 59 others injured on Monday in an explosion at a concert in the English city of Manchester.
A suicide bomber attacked Manchester Arena at the end of a performance by American pop star Ariana Grande."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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James BOND



Roger Moore's life and career in pictures: from knitwear model to 007 - 23 pictures - 24 May 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)


'Live and Let Die' (1973)

Sir Roger Moore: a life in pictures - 23 May 2017
"Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland aged 89 after a short battle with cancer. The actor will forever be remembered for his most famous role
as James Bond 007, which he made his own through a unique brand of humour and swagger."

(BBC)

James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dies at 89 - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 May 2017
"British actor Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died. He was 89 years old."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Sir Roger Moore: his best roles - VIDEO - 23 May 2017
"A look at Sir Roger Moore's best roles on the silver screen and TV."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Sir Roger Moore – his finest car moments - 14 pictures - 23 May 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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IMMIGRATION / REFUGEES

US Farmers, Farmworkers Concerned About Immigration Policies - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 May 2017
"Most immigrants working on American farms are Hispanic and come from Mexico or Central America.
Many of them entered the United States illegally, and have settled in rural communities across the country."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Outnumbering refugees two to one: how the world ignores war's greatest scandal
"Norwegian Refugee Council report reveals extent of the hidden crisis that forced 31 million people – one every second
– to flee within their countries last year."

(theguardian.com)

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CONFEDERATE STATUES

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate Statues - 19 May 2017
"On Friday, May 19, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an address about the City of New Orleans’ efforts to remove monuments
that prominently celebrate the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” The statues were erected decades after the Civil War
to celebrate the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy..."

(YouTube)
+ Script
(pulsegulfcoast.com)

 

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ENCOURAGE SPEAKING!

Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom by Larry Ferlazzo
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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LESSON PLANS

Kenzo World - a lesson plan with a short film
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short video by Spike Jonze for Kenzo World. In the lesson students practise vocabulary
related to movement of the face and body, watch a video, recall details of the video and speak...."

Time: 60 minutes
(film-english.com)

 

Music for visualisation
"Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. This article looks at some ways of making the most of music
to raise students' awareness of their own creative powers in English. The activities described here, which include visualisation and collaborative story-making,
can be easily adapted to different level groups and types of courses..." 

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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Pippa MIDDLETON'S WEDDING

Pippa Middleton's wedding reception details revealed: Meghan Markle sat apart from Harry, and waiters were models - 22 May 2017
Article + Pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP / CIA / RUSSIA

Ex-CIA chief: Trump staff had enough contact with Russia to justify FBI inquiry - 23 May 2017
"John Brennan testifies about efforts to combat Moscow’s attempts to influence outcome of 2016 presidential election."

(theguardian.com)

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SHIPWRECKS

A tempestuous isle of 1,000 shipwrecks - 24 May 2017
"Between 500 and 1,000 shipwrecks were recorded around Quebec’s isolated Magdalen Islands
– and the descendants of the resilient survivors live to tell their stories."

Start the gallery!
(BBC)

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