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23/08/2017


LESSON

Design a mobile phone
"In this lesson, students work together to design the next generation mobile phone.
They should be encouraged to be as imaginative as they can.
This activity can be used for all levels and could be extended to a mini-project for younger students." 

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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TRUMP

Trump says he is willing to 'close government' to build Mexico wall - 23 August 2017
"In his speech, Mr Trump said the Democrats were "putting all of America's safety at risk" by opposing the wall. He said immigration officers
who worked in the area said it was "vital" to stem the flow of illegal immigrants."
+ Video: Donald Trump defends his Charlottesville response, but cuts out a key part

+ Six things that could topple Trump's wall
(BBC)

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal - 22 August 2017
"President Donald Trump has said a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill."

+ Video: "We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists," President Trump said
+ Trump rhetoric versus Afghan reality
+ Taliban letter to Trump urges withdrawal

(BBC)

Trump Announces New Plan for Afghanistan - Text + Audio - 22 August 2017
"President Donald Trump says that the United States must continue fighting in Afghanistan in a conflict that he once called a “complete waste.”
In a televised speech to the nation, Trump said his “original instinct was to pull out.” But he said he changed his mind after meetings with advisors."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PESTICIDES

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries
"UK accused of double standards as thousands of tonnes of pesticide not authorised for use in EU are produced in Britain for export to developing world."

(theguardian.com)

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RHINO HORNS

The man who wants to sell rhino horns - VIDEO - 23 August 2017
"Global trade in rhino horn is banned under a UN convention, but the first legal auction is due to be held in South Africa.
Rhino breeder John Hume says open trade is the only way to raise vital funds for the species and stop poaching."

(BBC)

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CONFEDERATE STATUES

The battle over Confederate statues – video explainer - 22 August 2017
"Statues of Confederate leaders are being removed from public spaces in several US cities. Hundreds of monuments honouring the losing side
in the civil war could soon be moved or destroyed, prompting an outcry from far-right groups."
+ Toppling statues? Here’s why Nelson’s column should be next

(theguardian.com)

Explainer: Confederate Monuments - VIDEO - 22 August 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Johnny CASH

What It Takes: Johnny Cash - Text + Audio - 18 August 2017
"What It Takes is a podcast of conversations with well-known people in almost every field. The interviews have been recorded over the past 25 years
by the American Academy of Achievement. They offer life stories of people who have had a huge impact on the world.
They offer insights you can apply to your own life."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LEWIS and GREGORY

Americans Remember Comedians, Activists Lewis and Gregory - Text + Audio - 21 August 2017
"Comedians Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory died over the weekend. Both were known for their work off the stage and screen."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

RIP Jerry Lewis
11 Facts You May Not Know About Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor
The Day Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Teamed Up 
Jerry Lewis' Flop TV Talk Show
Jerry Lewis' Lost Film: The Day the Clown Cried
Why Do the French Love Jerry Lewis?
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis: Restaurant Owners
(neatorama.com)

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LONDON

London's 18 most surprising attractions - with photos - 22 August 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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21/08/2017


EVALUATION DE LA PARTICIPATION DES ELEVES

Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges) présente un lien sur l'évaluation des élèves :
"Mon premier lien pour cette année porte sur l'évaluation de la participation des élèves disposés en îlots :
http://www.englishnexon.com/pages/for-teachers-only/ilots.html
Je propose deux grilles d'évaluation (une spéciale groupe avec points rouges et verts et une autre individuelle avec barres de participation à noter)."

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BINGE-WATCHING TV

Binge-watching television causes sleep problems (August 20, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"New research shows that binge-watching television can adversely affect your health."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Binge-Watching TV - Level 4  or  Binge-Watching TV - 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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IMMIGRANTS

Detroit Turning to Immigrants to Energize Local Economy - Text + Audio + Video - 20 August 2017
"The former car-building capital of the United States is depending on immigrants to energize the local economy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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2016 WARMEST YEAR

Study: 2016 Warmest Year on Record - Text + Pictures + Audio + Video + Quiz - 20 August 2017
"Last year, planet Earth was hotter than ever before. A report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says long-term global warming and an unusually strong El Nino weather pattern combined to make it a record hot year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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ACID ATTACKS

Man suffers serious injuries in east London acid attack - 21 August 2017
"Eighteen-year-old was reportedly approached in Leyton by moped gang, who sprayed corrosive substance in his face...
There were 455 crimes in London last year where a corrosive substance was used or threatened to be used.
The majority – 60% of cases – were assaults, and a quarter involved acid or another chemical being used in street robbery."

(theguardian.com)

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Jerry LEWIS

Jerry Lewis: US comedian dies aged 91 in Las Vegas - 21 August 2017
"Entertainer Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood's most successful comedians, has died aged 91."

+ Obituary: Jerry Lewis
+ Video: The BBC's Nick Higham looks at the appeal of Jerry Lewis

(BBC)

Jerry Lewis obituary - 20 August 2017
"Comedian, actor and film-maker who rose to fame in partnership with Dean Martin."

(theguardian.com)


Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor, 1963, a reworking of the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story.

Jerry Lewis dead: Comedy legend dies aged 91 - Article + Pictures - 20 August 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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USA / NORTH KOREA / SOUTH KOREA

South Korea warns North over 'repeated provocation' as US-Seoul war games begin - 21 August 2017
"President Moon Jae-in defends joint military drills and urges Pyongyang not to use them as an excuse to increase tensions."

(theguardian.com)

North Korea warns that US military drills could 'evolve into actual fighting' - 21 August 2017
"Fears are rising that tensions could be reignited between the US and North Korea over war games in South Korea this week,
after Pyongyang warned on Sunday that the military exercise was “adding fuel to the fire”."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP

Chris Riddell on Donald Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville
(theguardian.com)

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Steve BANNON

Steve Bannon fired as Trump White House's top strategist - 19 August 2017
"White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post."

+ Bye Bye Bannon, Washington's second most powerful man
+ Who was Donald Trump's chief strategist?
+ The White House revolving door

+ Video: Some of the people who have resigned or been fired under President Trump
+ The photo that highlights White House turmoil
(BBC)

 

Bannon departs – but ‘Trump whisperer’ could have more influence from outside - 19 August 2017
"Despite his exit from the White House, Trump’s longtime ally retains plenty of power – and a war with Republican leaders in Washington is firmly in his sights."

(theguardian.com)

The turbulent story of Steve Bannon – video profile - 18 August 2017
"Steve Bannon has been a naval officer, an investment banker, a film producer and an executive at Breitbart News. He was made Donald Trump’s chief strategist and was arguably the most influential man in the White House, but has now been removed, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration."
+ Steve Bannon removed from White House role
+ Steve Bannon’s work is done. Donald Trump can fire him now
(theguardian.com)

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BOSTON DEMONSTRATIONS

Boston demonstrations: How the day unfolded - VIDEO - 20 August 2017
"Tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters opposed a far-right "Free Speech" rally in the US city of Boston on Saturday. While the day was mostly peaceful, there were minor scuffles between police and protesters, and at least 33 were arrested. Here's how the day unfolded."

(BBC)

Rightwing rally and counter-protest in Boston – in pictures - 20 August 2017
"A Boston rally to mark one week since the Charlottesville far-right event at which an anti-fascist protester was killed
drew thousands of counter-protesters decrying hate speech."

(theguardian.com)

Trump attacks Boston counter-protesters as 'anti-police agitators' - with pictures and a video - 19 August 2017
- Trump tweet likely to revive controversy that followed Charlottesville
- Anti-Nazi protesters dwarfed small group of rightwingers

+ Tens of thousands march against right-wing rally in Boston - aerial video
(theguardian.com)

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FIGHTING THE CIVIL WAR

Why Some Americans Are Still Fighting the Civil War - Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 August 2017
"General Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate Army during the United States Civil War, died in 1870. But in some ways, he lives today."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ATTACKS IN SPAIN

Terrorists Again Using Vehicles to Carry Out Attacks - Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 August 2017
"Terrorists used vehicles to carry out attacks this week in Spain. At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in two attacks."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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KILLER ROBOTS

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots - 20 August 2017
"Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war."

+ Video: In My Opinion: we should be more afraid of computers than we are
+ The Guardian view on robots as weapons: the human factor
(theguardian.com)


A killer robot from the 2014 remake of Robocop. The open letter read:
‘lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict
to be fought at a scale greater than ever,
and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.’

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REPORTER'S ARREST

Reporter’s Arrest Increases Concerns about Bangladeshi Law - Text + Audio - 19 August 2017
"Abdul Latif Morol's case puts light on the use of the law against Bangladeshi journalists and the shrinking space for media freedom in the country.
Human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have documented secret detentions and harassment of journalists."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DANGEROUS COUNTRIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people? - 21 August 2017
"The widening gap in youth mortality between the developed and developing world is down to traffic accidents, violence and disease,
a new analysis shows."

+ Nine of the 10 most dangerous countries to be a young person are in Africa
+ The US and UK share the same five leading causes of death among young people, though America has the far higher death rate

(theguardian.com)

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ISIS

Number of Isis attacks rose in 2016 despite loss of fighters, report finds
"Counterterrorism officials say terror group has adapted to battlefield setbacks by calling on individuals to carry out ‘lone wolf’ attacks across the world."
(theguardian.com)

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Theodore ROOSEVELT

Theodore Roosevelt: Energetic - Text + Pictures + Audio + Video
"Many Americans like to call him “Teddy” Roosevelt or even “T.R.” These nicknames for the president show that Roosevelt was, in general, popular with the public. He is one of the four presidents whose face can be seen on Mount Rushmore, a memorial to famous U.S. leaders."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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CELLPHONE

New Battery-Free Cellphone Is Powered by Radio Signals - Text + Pictures + Audio + Video - 20 August 2017
"Researchers have built a battery-free cellphone they say can be powered from radio signals or light. A team from the University of Washington believes
the new technology can someday be used in cellphones across the world."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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