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MAY 2018 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

 

MAY 2018

01 - May Day
03 - World Press Freedom Day
05 - Cinco de Mayo
05 - Free Comic Book Day
09 - Europe Day
12 - World Fair Trade Day
13 - Mothers' Day (in the USA)
15 - International Day of Families
20 - Pentecost (Whitsun)
22 - International Day for Biological Diversity
24 - Red Nose Day
28 - Memorial Day
29 - Oak Apple Day
31 - World No-Tobacco Day



04/05/2018


GAME

Bingo mingle
"It is just like bingo, but involves the students mingling and asking questions..."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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LESSON PLANS

Best to learn a new language before age of 10 (May 04, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"New research suggests that to achieve native-like proficiency in a new language, people should start learning before the age of ten"

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Language Learning - Level 4  or  Language Learning - 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)

Every Indian village now has electricity (May 02, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"All villages in India now have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on Monday."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Electricity - Level 0Electricity - Level 1 or  Electricity - 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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TRUMP / TARIFFS

Trump Administration Delays Tariffs on Some Countries - Text + Audio - 1 May 2018
"The United States said it would extend a delay in placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports at it negotiates with trade partners.
The European Union, Canada and Mexico say they should not have import taxes placed on their products."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US IMMIGRANTS

Study Finds Africans Among Best Educated US Immigrants - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 1 May 2018
"More than 2 million African immigrants are more likely than native-born Americans to have pursued advanced degrees."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WATER CRISIS

One surprising idea to help solve a water crisis - 2 May 2018
"Arid Jordan faces refugee and water challenges, but these women are here to help"

See THE GALLERY
(BBC)

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NASA'S NEW SPACECRAFT

What's it like to live in Nasa's new aircraft - with pictures - 2 May 2018
"Crowded, smelly and seasick – life inside Nasa’s new spacecraft won’t be much fun."

+ The astronaut fighting to save the ISS
+ Astronauts bred for life in space
+ The real story of the Apollo 13 crisis

(BBC)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Mueller 'threatened Trump with subpoena' amid Russia probe - 2 May 2018
"Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned he could order Donald Trump to testify as part of a probe into alleged Russian election meddling, US media report."
+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation

+ A guide to US legalese
+ Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ Key questions in the affair answered
+ Who's who in Russia-Trump inquiry?

+ What does the special counsel do?
(BBC)

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FOOD WASTE

Recycle the Weetabix! What I learned from a month on the app that tackles food waste - with pictures - 2 May 2018
"We waste £13bn worth of food each year in the UK, with 71% of that being wasted at home.
At the same time, use of food banks has boomed. Is Olio the answer?"

(theguardian.com)

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GENDER PAY GAP

Almost three-quarters of large charities pay women less than men - with pictures - 2 May 2018
"The average median pay gap in the voluntary sector is 5.4% but PDSA and Marie Stopes have gaps above 35%, Guardian analysis shows...
In the charities sector, almost three out of four companies pay their female employees less than men...
The pay gap at the animal charity PDSA is 44% in favour of men, despite 85% of the workforce being female."

(theguardian.com)

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THE BORDER PATROL FILES

Fatal encounters: 97 deaths point to pattern of border agent violence across America - 2 May 2018
"In the last 15 years, agents with Customs and Border Protection have used deadly force in states up to 160 miles from the border, from Maine to California"

Quick guide: The US border patrol force
+ Border patrol violence: US paid $60m to cover claims against the agency
(theguardian.com)


Mural

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POLLUTION

WHO reveals 7 million die from pollution each year in latest global air quality figures - 1 May 2018
"The latest WHO figures measure the amount of pollutants in the air in more than 4,300 cities, towns and other settlements in 108 countries around the world.
More cities than ever are now monitoring their air quality."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE WEDDING

Bring your own picnic: royal wedding guests bemused by lack of catering - 3 May 2018
"Commoners invited to Windsor Castle say they might have to resort to a McDonald’s takeaway"

(theguardian.com)

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FACEBOOK / CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA

Cambridge Analytica bosses quietly set up new companies - 3 May 2018
"Several directors and executives of Cambridge Analytica, the British political consultancy that announced it was shutting down on Wednesday night,
have established new corporate entities in recent months."

(telegraph.co.uk)

The six weeks that brought Cambridge Analytica down - 3 May 2018
"How revelations by the Observer and others brought an unknown firm into the light and to its demise, amid international fury"

+ What is the Cambridge Analytica scandal? - video explainer
+ The Brexit whistleblower: 'Not cheating is the core of what it means to be British' – video
+ Zuckerberg tells Congress: 'It was my mistake, and I’m sorry' for data misuse – video

(theguardian.com)

Cambridge Analytica to shut down after Facebook privacy scandal - 3 May 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut - 2 May 2018
"Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down."

+ Cambridge Analytica: The story so far
+ The global reach of Cambridge Analytica

+ Zuckerberg faces formal summons from MPs
+ Was Facebook data's value 'literally nothing'?
+ 'Facebook in PR crisis mode''

(BBC)

Facebook Adds Dating App, Launches Oculus Go - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 2 May 2018
"Facebook has announced it will add a dating service to its growing list of new products. Zuckerberg said the new service would be “coming soon.”
He noted that the service will aim to help users build long-term relationships, “not just hookups”."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MOBILE PHONE

Mobile phone cancer warning as malignant brain tumours double - 2 May 2018
"Fresh fears have been raised over the role of mobile phones in brain cancer
after new evidence revealed rates of a malignant type of tumour have doubled in the last two decades."

+ At a glance | Mobile phone health scares
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIS

Isis attack on Libya election commission kills more than a dozen - 3 May 2018
"Bloodshed comes amid push for elections hoped to calm turmoil that plagues country"

(theguardian.com)

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BLACK RHINOS

Black rhinos return to Chad, nearly 50 years after local extinction - with pictures and a video - 3 May 2018
"Six black rhinos were flown thousands of miles across the African continent today to Chad, where they had been relentlessly hunted to local extinction almost 50 years ago."

(abcnews.go.com)

 

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ELEPHANTS

Why are elephants wrecking a Rohingya refugee camp? - VIDEO - 4 May 2018
"Twelve Rohingya people in the refugee camp in Bangladesh have been killed by wild elephants in recent months.
The camp has swollen in size since 700,000 members of the Muslim community fled religious persecution in their homeland of Myanmar in August last year."

 

 

Asian Elephants Reported at Risk from Chinese Demand for Skin - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 May 2018
"The wildlife group Elephant Family says rising demand for products made from elephant skin is leading to unlawful killing of the animals.
It says the threat is currently greater in Myanmar."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / SOUTH KOREA / NORTH KOREA

South Korea Wants US Troops to Stay - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 May 2018
"South Korea said on Wednesday that U.S. troops should stay in the country, even if a peace treaty is signed with North Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / IMMIGRANTS

Trump could end protected status for Hondurans – 'condemning them to total misery' - 3 May 2018
"Trump administration will decide whether or not to extend program for thousands who fled violence and catastrophes"

(theguardian.com)

Big Immigration Raid Takes Place in Tennessee - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 May 2018
"U.S. law enforcement officials recently raided a factory in Tennessee to search for illegal immigrants.
The local community reacted with mixed feelings, but supported family members of those detained."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MARS

New NASA Mars Mission Will Study Deep Under Planet’s Surface - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 May 2018
"NASA is sending a robotic scientist to dig deeper than ever before, to study the planet’s geological activity."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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01/05/2018


LESSONS

Indice 50: Past Modals for Regrets - a lesson with a movie segment
"This French animation is unusual and it is a great source for activities."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

 

Cold noodles help nuclear-free Korea talks (April 30, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Historic talks have taken place between the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by the dish of cold noodles."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Cold Noodles - Level 4  or  Cold Noodles - 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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EUROPEAN UNION

EUROPEAN UNION - Fiche de travail de Yvan Baptiste (Ac. Montpellier)
Tableau synthétique + Quiz + Diaporama drapeaux

(franglish.fr)

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IRRAWADDY DOLPHINS

Irrawaddy Dolphin Numbers Increase on Mekong River - Text + Audio + Pictures - 29 April 2018
"Recently, the Cambodian government and a wildlife group announced that numbers of Irrawaddy dolphins had shown signs of recovery in one part of the Mekong River.
However, the endangered marine mammals still face threats from banned fishing nets and dams."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"An Irrawaddy dolphin, also known as the Mekong dolphin, swims in the river at Kampi village
in Kratie province, 230 km (143 miles) northeast of Cambodia, March 25, 2007."

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS

'They don't want us because we're foreigners': migrant caravan camps on US border - with pictures - 1 May 2018
"Trump branded them dangerous, officials said they couldn’t process them, but the asylum seekers are staying for as long as it takes"

(theguardian.com)

Caravan migrants cross US border - VIDEO - 1 May 2018
"Eight women and children have entered US territory at the San Ysidro crossing near San Diego.
Dozens of other migrants travelling in a caravan to seek asylum in the US have been stopped at the border.
US border officials told some 150 people, many travelling with children, that the Mexico-US border crossing near San Diego was already full."

(BBC)

 

US: No Room for Asylum Seekers at Border Crossing - Text + Audio + Pictures - 30 April 2018
"The Central American migrants are seeking asylum in the U.S. But President Donald Trump promised to “stop” them from entering the country."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

San Ysidro, California - 29 April 2018
"Protesters climb the US-Mexico border fence during a rally in support of a ‘caravan’ of migrants"

(theguardian.com)

 

Former Sudanese 'Lost Boy' Helps Other Refugees - Text + Audio + Video - 29 April 2018
"Manyang Kher, a former Sudanese child refugee, operates 734 Coffee to raise fund for refugees.
The company helps more than 200,000 refugees in the Gambella area of Ethiopia."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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LAS VEGAS MUSEUM

Las Vegas Museum Lets Visitors Play Police Officer - Text + Audio + Pictures - 29 April 2018
"For years, the Mob Museum has told about Las Vegas and its storied past in organized crime.
But visitors now can learn about the complexity of the decisions that police officers face when they react to real life situations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PLASTIC

New Plastic-Eating Substance May Help Fight Against Pollution - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 29 April 2018
"A new discovery of a substance that breaks down plastic may lead to a solution to the growing worldwide problem of plastic waste."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE WINDRUSH SCANDAL

Theresa May 'blocking requests' to allow in more overseas doctors for NHS - 1 May 2018
"Downing St defends immigration policy after May accused of refusing to allow visas for doctors to relieve NHS shortages"

(theguardian.com)

Sajid Javid distances himself from Theresa May's policies as pressure mounts on the PM - 30 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid pledges to urgently 'do right' by Windrush generation - 30 April 2018
"New home secretary tries to get on top of problem that led to exit of his predecessor Amber Rudd"

(theguardian.com)

PM seeks to distance herself from Windrush row after Rudd departure - 30 April 2018
"May tries to draw a line under affair, claiming home secretary’s departure has nothing to do with ‘hostile environment’ policy"
+ The fall of Amber Rudd: why she resigned as home secretary – video explainer

(theguardian.com)

How the Windrush scandal led to fall of Amber Rudd – timeline - with pictures - 30 April 2018
"All the key events, from the Guardian breaking the story to the home secretary’s resignation."

(theguardian.com)


British interior minister Rudd resigns after immigration scandal - with a VIDEO - 29 April 2018
"Britain’s interior minister resigned on Sunday after Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faced an outpouring of indignation
over its treatment of some long-term Caribbean residents who were wrongly labeled illegal immigrants."

(reuters.com)

Windrush citizens: 'It's like having your world torn apart' - 27 April 2018
"As Theresa May faces criticism over the Windrush scandal, three of those affected – Glenda Caesar, Sarah O'Connor and Briggs Levi Maynard – tell how it feels to be rejected by their country. Describing heartache, cruelty and spiralling problems, they say the government will have to go much further than an apology to make amends for their treatment."

(YouTube)

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ISIS

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Kabul Bombings - Text + Audio + Pictures - 30 April 2018
"The Islamic State group claims responsibility for two bomb attacks in the Afghan capital."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Kabul bombings: Journalists targeted in blast which killed 25 - with pictures and a video - 30 April 2018
"At least 25 people have been killed in two bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul, including several journalists documenting the scene...
The Islamic State group (IS) said it had carried out the attack.
BBC reporter Ahmad Shah was also killed in a separate attack in the Khost region.
And in a third attack, 11 children were killed in a suicide bombing intended to target Nato troops in Kandahar province."
+ Video: The second explosion targeted those at the scene of the first

+ In pictures: Remembering photographer Shah Marai
+ The hell of losing loved ones in Afghanistan

(BBC)

Ten journalists among 36 killed in Afghanistan attacks - with pictures and a video - 30 April 2018
"Nine journalists killed while reporting on first of twin blasts in Kabul, while BBC reporter shot dead in Khost province"
+ Aftermath of second deadly explosion in Kabul – video
(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

Trump suggests meeting Kim on border as South Korean leader touts Nobel - with pictures - 30 April 2018
- President suggests summit at site of historic meeting last week
- Moon Jae-in: ‘President Trump should win the Nobel peace prize’

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / TARIFFS

EU says it is ready to wage trade war with US - 30 April 2018
"Diplomatic talks continue, but Europe remains in the dark about Donald Trump’s mindset"

(theguardian.com)

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ROBOTS

First robot delivery drivers start work at Silicon Valley campus - with pictures - 30 April 2018
"Six-wheeled robots will deliver food and coffee across a Silicon Valley office park in first commercial use of the technology – and whole cities could be next
"
(theguardian.com)


A cluster of Starship robots on the Intuit campus in early March.

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

Trump faces Guantánamo Bay decision that could undermine fight against Isis - 30 April 2018
- Monday deadline for Mattis review on Cuba detention camp
- Sending Isis prisoners could destroy legal basis for fight

(theguardian.com)

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POEM

What Homer's Iliad can tell us about worship and war - with pictures - 27 April 2018
"For the second in our Stories that shaped the world series, Caroline Alexander explores how Homer’s Iliad helped redefine the way we worship
– and what the epic poem of ancient Greece can still tell us about war."

(BBC)

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ROYAL WEDDING COIN

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle star in 'loving, informal' official Royal wedding coin - 1 May 2018
"The Royal Mint has produced an official coin for the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,
depicting the "relaxed and informal" couple gazing lovingly into one another's eyes."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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FACEBOOK

'Tremendous guilt': How a procession of Facebook bosses have turned their backs on the company - 1 May 2018
"WhatsApp’s founder has announced he is leaving Facebook amid reports of internal clashes on weakening encryption and data privacy."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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SMARTPHONE

Smartphone Use May Lead to Addiction, Loneliness, Depression - Text + Audio + Quiz - 30 April 2018
"Smartphone technology can be a double-edged sword"
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRONES

Drones to the rescue! - 1 May 2018
"Drones may be best known for taking impressive aerial videos and inspecting buildings, infrastructure and crops,
but they also promise to improve mobile and internet connectivity for emergency services and consumers."

(BBC)


AT&T's "Flying Cow" drone can stay airborne all day and night

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BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, South Dakota

Badlands National Park "is a national park of the United States located in southwestern South Dakota."
(Wikipedia)

 

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