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21/07/2017

ZOMBIES

"Dead Friends Short Film" by Changsik Lee
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ROBOTS

5 Driverless Robots for Transporting Food and More - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 20 July 2017
"One of the latest developments in technology is the creation of personal robots to help people with day-to-day activities.
At least five companies are now testing driverless robots to bring food and other products directly to customers."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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USA / RUSSIA

Donald Trump Jr and Paul Manafort to testify before Congress about Russia - 19 July 2017
"Hearing to come less than two weeks after revelations of meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer alongside Jared Kushner,
who will testify in separate closed session."
+ Video: Donald Trump Jr and the Russia connection
(theguardian.com)

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PANGOLINS

Scale of pangolin slaughter revealed – millions hunted in central Africa alone - 20 July 2017
"Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked wild mammal and decimated Asian populations have sharply shifted the focus of exploitation to Africa."

(theguardian.com)


"Malaysian authorities seized almost 400kg of pangolin scales trafficked from Ghana
for the second time in three days, an official said on June 16."

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DINOSAURS

Paleoart: the strange history of dinosaurs in art – in pictures - 19 July 2017
"Since the early 19th century, artists have depicted colourful – if sometimes fictional – dinosaurs and prehistoric environments,
mingling science with unbridled fantasy. This art is the subject of a new book: Paleoart."

(theguardian.com)


Laelaps by Charles R Knight, 1897

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ARCHITECTURE

Incredible architecture of the future - with 21 photos
+ The world's most amazing architecture in 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)


Kuwait Children's Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait

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THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Go Inside the International Space Station with Google Street View - 19 July 2017
"The International Space Station is a marvel of modern science and engineering. Astronauts have occupied the pressurized modules for over 16 years,
and now you can explore their work and living spaces in Google Street View. From the research, to the "orbital outhouse" to the inspirational views
back down to Earth from the cupola, take a look at the images here: google.com/streetview."

(YouTube)

 

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LESSON

Everyday English for ESL — Lesson 5 — Cookie Recipe
COURSE DESCRIPTION + Related articles
(englishblog.com)
Download a free 10-page PDF workbook for this lesson here: http://bit.ly/everydayenglish5

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20/07/2017


WORK VISAS

US Will Add 15,000 Temporary Work Visas - Text + Audio - 18 July 2017
"The Department of Homeland Security is adding 15,000 temporary worker visas to help businesses that have struggled to hire enough employees."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US WEAPON

Watch the US Navy’s New Laser Weapon in Action - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 19 July 2017
"The U.S. Navy has demonstrated a new laser weapon system. The Laser Weapons System, or LaWS, is deployed
aboard the USS Ponce transport ship operating in the Persian Gulf."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POLITICS

Explainer: Gerrymandering - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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LESSON PLAN

'Fashion statements'
"is a staged discussion activity which focuses on students' personal opinions of style and fashion.
Students say whether they agree or not with a number of statements. They then express to what extent they agree or not.
Finally, they take part in a group discussion."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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ISIS

Islamic State's customised car bombs – in pictures - 19 July 2017
"Iraqi police display captured vehicles that were turned into armoured car bombs for suicide attacks by Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. The cars are covered in thick metal armour, with small glass ports for a driver to see through, and are equipped with bombs."

(theguardian.com)


"Iraqi forces plan to destroy the vehicles."

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Jane AUSTEN

Jane Austen: her 50 greatest characters
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death.
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Ernest HEMINGWAY

22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway - with pictures
(neatorama.com)

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SITE

Site of the Day — Read Listen Learn
MY THOUGHTS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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MOVIES

From Dunkirk to Apocalypse Now: the 30 best war movies ever made - with photos
(telegraph.co.uk)

The Top Five Fictional Insane Asylums in Movies - with videos
(tvovermind.com)

From Dunkirk to Baby Driver : the best movies of 2017 (so far) - with photos - 18 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Ann BOLEYN

10 Fascinating Facts About Anne Boleyn - with pictures and a video
(toptenz.net)

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CURRENCIES

The world's most beautiful currencies - 22 photos
(telegraph.co.uk)

New £10 note unveiled at Winchester Cathedral - Article + Pictures + Video - 18 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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ATTRACTIONS

Don't look down: 28 of the world's most vertigo-inducing attractions - 18 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FAMOUS LANDMARKS

33 Facts about Famous Landmarks - mental_floss List Show Ep. 514
"Before you go, learn some weird and wild stories about those landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, the Sydney Opera House, Big Ben,
and even the Mona Lisa from John Green, in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show."

(YouTube)

 

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ARCHITECTURE

Giants of modernist architecture – in pictures - 19 July 2017
"Ever since Le Corbusier’s rallying cry in 1929, sleek slabs on stilts and levitating levels have proliferated.
Here we celebrate 90 years of playful, efficient elegance."
+ Ornament is Crime: Modernist Architecture by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill is published by Phaidon

(theguardian.com)

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18/07/2017


LESSON PLAN

Difference - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short video by the BBC in which small children talk about how they are different from their best friends.
In the lesson students describe how they are different from their best friends, watch a video without sound speculating about what the children are saying, watch the video with sound and compare their answers with what the children actually say, and discuss the video."

(film-english.com)

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FILMS ABOUT FINANCE

10 best films about finance - an infographic
(abcfinance.co.uk)

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DISASTER

What not to do in a disaster - 12 July 2017
"Survival is less about heroic actions than avoiding mindless mistakes."

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

Bins in Berlin to ATMs in Antwerp: a guide to Europe for refugees – photo essay - 17 July 2017
"Photojournalist Thomas Dworzak asked colleagues at the elite Magnum Photos agency for help in creating a book on Europe for migrants.
The 600-page result merges history, art and travel advice in a multilingual survival guide
by ."

(theguardian.com)

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AI

Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late - 17 July 2017
"Tesla and SpaceX CEO says AI represents a ‘fundamental risk to human civilisation’ and that waiting for something bad to happen is not an option."
+ Video: Elon Musk interviewed as part of the NGA Ahead of the Curve initiative.

(theguardian.com)


"15 July 2017 - The closing plenary introduces the new NGA Chair, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his "Ahead of the Curve" initiative,
and features the official NGA 2017 Summer Meeting interview with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX (starting @ 23:27)."  

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THE ROYAL FAMILY

The Royal family: in portraits - 10 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LIVESTOCK MEGA FARMS

UK has nearly 800 livestock mega farms, investigation reveals - with pictures - 17 July 2017
"Exclusive: US-style intensive factory farming of poultry, pigs and cattle is sweeping across the British countryside – raising concerns over animal cruelty."

+ Video: Mega farms revealed in drone footage – video
(theguardian.com)

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NORTH KOREA

What Does Kim Jong Un Want? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 July 2017
"Kim Jong Un became North Korea’s leader in late 2011 after the death of his father Kim Jong Il. Many wondered what the young, Swiss-educated leader would do for the poor, isolated country with nuclear weapons. Almost six years later, there are still unanswered questions."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

South Korea Calls for Talks with North to Reduce Tensions - Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 July 2017
"South Korea has called for military talks with the North to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Also, the South Korean Red Cross has called for talks
to plan meetings between families separated by the Korean War. Tens of thousands of South Koreans have sought to take part in the meetings."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GAME OF THRONES

24 incredible Game of Thrones filming locations you must visit in your lifetime - 24 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

Game of Thrones Opens Seventh Season - Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 July 2017
"Many Americans were talking about the new season of Game of Thrones Monday morning."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Members of the Game of Thrones cast celebrate their Emmy award
in September, 2016.

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James GARFIELD

James Garfield: Assassinated - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video
"Today we are talking about James Garfield. He was the 20th president of the United States. Garfield is not one of the best-known presidents.
He served only 100 days before he was shot. Eleven weeks later, he died from his wounds."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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16/07/2017


LESSONS

Tangled: Adjectives, Describing People - a lesson with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

 

Everyday English for ESL — Lesson 4 — Airport Check-in
COURSE DESCRIPTION + QUIZ + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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TRUMP

Trump visit to Paris ends without large demonstrations - 14 July 2017
"US president spared vision of widespread street protests, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning."

(theguardian.com)

American in Paris: Donald Trump's visit to France – in pictures - 14 July 2017
"Trump’s 24-hour trip coincides with Bastille Day and the centenary of US involvement in the first world war."
(theguardian.com)

Trump Gives Afghan Robotic Team OK to Compete in US - Text + Audio - 13 July 2017
"After twice being denied, a team of six Afghan female students won approval to come to the U.S. for an international robotics competition."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS

Refugees, Migrant Children Risk Violence, Abuse, Trafficking in Europe - Text + Audio - 15 July 2017
"Three humanitarian agencies have a plan to protect refugee and migrant children who are traveling alone or separated from their families."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals
"Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world
that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions’
+ See the names of all defenders who have died so far this year here. Read more from the project here.

(theguardian.com)

while protecting their community’s land or natural resources
+ Most dangerous places for defenders
+ What’s driving this violence?
"The most violent full year recorded so far was 2016, when 200 defenders were killed."
(theguardian.com)

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ELEPHANTS

Nepal safari camp ends elephant-back tours - 14 July 2017
"In Nepal’s Chitwan national park, elephants are now being used as walking guides in the jungle rather than as traditional – and cruel – tourist transport."

(theguardian.com)

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WAR MOVIES

Prepare for Dunkirk with the 29 best war movies ever made - with pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)


"Hacksaw Ridge"

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VIDEO

A Single Life
"In this Oscar-nominated short, a mysterious vinyl record suddenly allows Pia to travel through time.
Read more about it here: vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-a-single-life"

(vimeo.com)
"The moral of the story is that it's better to just enjoy life as it is, where you are now, since you don't want to relive the past, and you don't want to ruin the surprise of what's coming. This film by Job, Joris & Marieke was nominated for an Oscar in 2015, and has just been made available at vimeo."
(via Tastefully Offensive)

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SEA CREATURES

'The World Is Your Oyster!' - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 July 2017
"Today, we go back into the ocean to explore expressions involving other sea creatures. Okay, first of all, the ocean is a big place.
And a single drop of water in the ocean is nearly nothing. So, when we say something is like a drop in the ocean, we mean it is a very small amount compared to ..."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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