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24/06/2017


CHINA LANDSLIDE

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan - with pictures - 24 June 2017
"More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say."
+ Video: The rescue team has been searching for missing people

(BBC)

Collage of before and after pictures shows Xinmo village in SW China swallowed by massive landslide
(twitter.com)

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CLADDING FIRE TESTS

Cladding fire tests failed by 27 high-rise blocks - 24 June 2017
"Cladding on 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government says."
+ Video: Watch: Camden resident confronts council chief

+ Video: Air beds laid out in Swiss Cottage leisure centre
+ Video: Council leader Georgia Gould: "People are very, very distressed"

+ Video: Camden residents react to tower block evacuations
+ Video: Sajid Javid: "Absolutely the right decision" to evacuate buildings

+ 'Safety comes first' for tower block dwellers
(BBC)

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THE MOST POWERFUL COMPUTER

Meet the world’s most powerful computer - with pictures and a video - 22 June 2017
"Two decades ago China did not have a single supercomputer – and now it has the world’s most powerful."

(BBC)

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STRANGE CREATURES

Strange deep-sea creatures found near Australia (June 23, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists have found dozens of strange-looking deep-sea creatures off the coast of Australia."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Deep-Sea Creatures - Level 4  or  Deep-Sea Creatures - 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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GREATER ETHNIC, RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN US

New Government Data Show Greater Ethnic, Racial Difference in US - Text + Audio - 23 June 2017
"The U.S. is becoming more diverse with increases in Hispanic and Asian populations.
While all groups grew, non-Hispanic white people increased the least."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Andrew JOHNSON

America's Presidents - Andrew Johnson
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875)
"was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869.
Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln..."

(Wikipedia)

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Jack LONDON

'The Law of Life,' by Jack London, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
"Everyone grows old and will someday die. Every culture deals with aging and dying in different ways.
Find out how one native North American comes to accept what will happen to him in the last few days of his life
in this classic American short story by Jack London."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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23/06/2017


PHOTOS

Slideshow: 50 Photos for ESL Activities
IDEAS FOR USING PHOTOS IN CLASS + NOTE + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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Jack LONDON

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

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SATIRE

News Words: Satire
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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BATHROOM SIGNS

10+ Of The Most Creative Bathroom Signs Ever
(boredpanda.com)

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DANGER MAPS

Danger map reveals health threat zone - 23 June 2017
"South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world's health, according to "danger maps".

(BBC)

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BORDER WALL

We're thinking of building a 'solar wall' on US-Mexico border, Trump says - 22 June 2017
(cnbc.com)

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CARBON TAX

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax - 23 June 2017
"Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax."

+ Video: A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead
(theguardian.com)

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GRENFELL TOWER

Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge freezer, say police - 23 June 2017
"The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police say."
+ Video: Insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted "soon after" safety tests started, police say

(BBC)

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ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK - with AUDIO
Story Pheres: "A tool for enhancing 360 images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences."

Create your story phere.
(storyspheres.com)

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USA / RUSSIA

US official: Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election- 21 June 2017
"Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year's campaign, said a US official."

+ Russia: The 'cloud' over the White House
+ Trump-Russia scandal: How did we get here?

+ Video: Russia's most famous pop star explained why he backs Trump
(BBC)

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HUNGER

Why do people still go hungry? – video - 23 June 2017
"There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach.
World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains."

(YouTube)

 

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US GUN LAWS

US gun laws: Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms - 21 June 2017
"Teachers are being trained to carry guns in classrooms in Colorado in order to protect children
as part of a scheme motivated by a school massacre in 2012."
+ Video: Students in Washington discuss their daily security measures

+ Video: The father of a mass shooting victim blames high-capacity magazines
+ How the Sandy Hook shooting happened
(BBC)

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22/06/2017


ISIS

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'
"Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul
is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS)."
+ Video: The Iraqi military circulated a video it says shows the destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri.
+ Video: The BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyed.

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

'The refugees are like our brothers': Uganda's example to the world – in pictures - 21 June 2017
"With a refugee population of 1.25 million – and more new arrivals each day than any other country – Uganda has earned a reputation
as a haven for those fleeing violence. In Refugee Week, few countries merit greater recognition."

(theguardian.com)

A life removed: Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon – in pictures - 1 June 2017
"Violence in Central African Republic has driven 274,000 people into neighbouring Cameroon, seeking shelter in camps like Mbilé.
Yet funding for the crisis is drying up, leaving refugees struggling to find enough to eat."

(theguardian.com)

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GRENFELL FIRE

Music Video: Artists For Grenfell — "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - 22 June 2017
+ Full list of all the artists + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Grenfell fire - 600 other tower blocks might have similar 'combustible' cladding, says Downing Street - 22 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MARS

Elon Musk: We'll create a city on Mars with a million inhabitants - with a video - 21 June 2017
"He said that a huge Martian city could be established this century , which would not just be an outpost ,
but a fully functioning society with ‘iron foundries and pizza joints’."

+ Video: Elon Musk's latest SpaceX rocket launched
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CENSUS

Explainer: Census - 21 June 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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21/06/2017


SONGS

Happier - Ed Sheeran
Avec des activités (.odt) de Sophie Malroux (Ac. Toulouse) - Niveau 3ème

 

 

Katy Perry - Firework
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.

(YouTube)

 

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LESSON PLAN

'Save water' is a lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at level A2 and above, and is based on the theme of water shortage.
Students will look at the causes of water shortages locally and internationally, discuss the use of water and produce a poster
giving advice on saving water in the home or in the school.

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

YouTube has plan to fight online terror (June 21, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"YouTube has announced a plan ''to fight online terror''. It will find dangerous videos and delete them."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  YouTube - Level 0YouTube - Level 1   or  YouTube - 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 / NORTH KOREA

American’s Death Raises Concerns about N. Korean Rights Violations - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 June 2017
"Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student, died on Monday.
He returned to the United States last week after being jailed in North Korea for over a year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REPORTERS

Rights Activists Criticize Trial of 17 Reporters in Turkey - Text + Audio - 20 June 2017
"The trial of 17 reporters and writers began in Turkey on Monday. More than 170 reporters are said to be held in Turkish prisons.
The government says they are connected with the attempt to overthrow the government last year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HEAT

Many Places Feeling the Heat Ahead of First Day of Summer - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 June 2017
"It already feels like the "dog days of summer." And it is not quite summer yet."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

10-Year-Old Boy Invents A Genius Device To Stop Children Dying In Hot Cars After His Neighbor’s Death - 20 June 2017
"The fifth grader has invented something called the Oasis, a clever little gadget that monitors the temperature inside the car.
Once it gets to a certain level, the device emits cool air while simultaneously alerting parents and authorities via an antenna."

(boredpanda.com)

 

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REMITTANCES

Explainer: Remittances
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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STONEHENGE

Summer solstice at Stonehenge – in pictures - 21 June 2017
"On the longest day of the northern hemisphere’s year, hundreds of revellers gather at the ancient site in Wiltshire to watch the sun rise."

(theguardian.com)

 

The summer and winter solstice in 60 seconds - VIDEO - 21 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

Glastonbury Festival 2017: sunshine and long queues greet first attendees - in pictures - 15 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE QUEEN'S SPEECH

The Queen's speech: What is in it and everything you need to know - with pictures and videos - 21 June 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SITE OF THE DAY

Site of the Day — Write & Improve
DESCRIPTION + COMMENTS + VERDICT + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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