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29/06/2015


ROBOTS

Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2015
"For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs.
Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots.
But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IMMIGRANT

Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2015
"Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen.
About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn.
He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SLEEP

Are Electronic Devices Are Ruining Our Sleep? | NBC Nightly News
"With a device on nearly every nightstand, one in three Americans sleeps less than six hours a day,
raising the risk for a myriad of health problems."

(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

 

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LESSON

Dotty - a lesson
" This EFL lesson is designed around a moving short film by Brett and Mick , and the themes of texting and elderly people.
Students discuss texting, write instructions, predict how a short film ends, read a film review and write a film review for homework."

Time: 90 minutes
Topic: Texting, technology and old people
Language: Vocabulary related to texting
Materials: Short film and film review

(film-english.com)

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SLAVERY

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes - interactive map
"This interactive, designed and built by Slate’s Andrew Kahn, gives you a sense of the scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade across time,
as well as the flow of transport and eventual destinations. The dots—which represent individual slave ships—also correspond to the size
of each voyage. The larger the dot, the more enslaved people on board. And if you pause the map and click on a dot, you’ll learn
about the ship’s flag—was it British? Portuguese? French?—its origin point, its destination, and its history in the slave trade.
The interactive animates more than 20,000 voyages cataloged in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database..."

(slate.com)

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USED TO

22+ Funny Illustrations Proving The World Has Changed For The Worse
(boredpanda.com)

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QUEEN'S SPEECH

Queen's Speech 2015 - Published on 28 May 2015
"Find out more about the main announcements from the day."
(de.slideshare.net)

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28/06/2015


SONG

Rihanna - American Oxygen
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"Oh say can you see, this is the American Dream
Young girl, hustlin'
On the other side of the ocean
You can be anything at all..."

(azlyrics.com)

 

 

How 'Born in the U.S.A.' Inspired Rihanna's 'American Oxygen'
(billboard.com)

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Thanks to Fabienne Gosselin (Ac. Amiens)

 


FUTURE

Talking about the future
"This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at level B1 explores the theme of the future.
Students will speak freely about different aspects of their future life."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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THE SUFFRAGETTES

How to teach ... the suffragettes
"It’s 87 years since women won the right to vote in the UK. Use our lesson ideas – including role play and protest songs – to mark the occasion."

(theguardian.com)

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Thanks to Isabelle Destat (Ac. Versailles)

 


EXPRESSIONS

Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down - Text + Audio
"Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants? Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others.
You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient. All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

English in a Minute: Out of the Woods - VIDEO
"The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees.
Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FAMILIES

More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids - Text + Audio - 27 June 2015
"More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner - the person earning money - for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade.
You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity"."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MEMORIES

Draw Our Amazing Life
"As children Helena and Szczepan Wojtak were pushed around from country to country during WW2, suffering imaginable hardship.
But happy endings do happen and eventually they made it to Europe where they met and… oh just watch the film."

(YouTube)

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ELEPHANTS

Children in US Help Wild Elephants in Thailand, Kenya - Text + Audio + VIDEO - 27 June 2015
"A few months after visiting Africa, Miriam watched “How I Became an Elephant,” a documentary about the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand, and a young girl’s campaign to save them. Miriam decided she wanted to launch her own effort to raise money to save elephants."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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STORIES

The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

To Build a Fire by Jack London - Text + Audio + VIDEO
"This story about a man fighting to survive in the cold should help you feel cooler if the weather is hot where you live.
It tells about a young man who came to the Yukon and broke the most important rule of the old-timers:
never travel alone, especially when it is 60 degrees below! 

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

To Build A Fire by Jack London - VIDEO with the text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

Social Media Offers Small Comforts to Syrian Refugees - Text + Audio + Video - 27 June 2015
"Many people in Za'atari, a refugee camp near Jordan's border with Syria, say for families separated by war,
information and communication are almost as important as food and shelter."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Hungary Criticized for Border Fence Plan to Stop Refugees - Text + Audio + Video - 25 June 2015
"Hungarian officials have announced a plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia to try to stop people from illegally entering the country.
Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa have already entered Hungary.
They traveled through Turkey and the Balkans."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHILD LABOR

Group Works to Reduce Child Labor in Cambodia - Text + Audio - 25 June 2015
"Earlier this year, a United Nations report found that 10 percent of Cambodian children between the ages of seven and 14 are working.
That is one of the highest rates in Southeast Asia.
The report said one in four Cambodians aged 7 to 14 are forced to drop out of school to help their families."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONSTERS

5 Famous Monsters That Are Way Scarier in Other Countries
#5. The Draugr
#4. The Nuckelavee
#3. Tsuchigumo
#2. Dullahan
#1. Encantado

(cracked.com)

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BRIDGE TRADITIONS

10 Bridge Traditions From Around the World
1. WISH LOCKS, FENGYUAN, TAIWAN
2. TOUCHING SAINT JOHN OF NEPOMUK, CHARLES BRIDGE, PRAGUE
3. GREETING THE FAIRIES, ISLE OF MAN
4. GOOD LUCK ANIMALS ON THE BRIDGES OF ST. PETERSBURG
5. KISSING AT THE CRIM DELL BRIDGE, WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE
6. JAMES RIVER FOOTBRIDGE ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
7. STARI MOST IN MOSTAR 
8. DRIVING SHEEP OVER LONDON BRIDGE
9. KISSING BRIDGES, USA10. MEASURING IN SMOOTS, HARVARD BRIDGE 
(mentalfloss.com)

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MURALS

Amusingly Mischievous Murals Cleverly Interact with the Streets
"Italian street artist Caiffa Cosimo, also known as Cheone, creates eye-catching street art featuring optical illusions.
The larger-than-life paintings cleverly interact with their surrounding environment in an amusing and mischievous way..."

(mymodernmet.com)

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CINEMA

The 19 Best Artificial Intelligence Characters in Movies
(denofgeek.us)

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LUCK

How to (Truly) Improve Your Luck
(neatorama.com)

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26/06/2015


LESSON

Friends: Introductions - Verb to Be - Functional Language - a lesson
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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ANIMATED ENGLISH

Animated English - At the Doctor's
"Animated English is a series of ten animated video lessons for learners of English which I created using GoAnimate for Schools.
Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some
personal questions. The accompanying PDF files contain transcripts, language notes, worksheets, crosswords and word search puzzles..."
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Animated English - Airport Check-in
(englishblog.com)

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GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

The A-Z of Glastonbury Festival 2015: From Arcadia to Zombies - Article + Photos - 25 June 2015
"The Glastonbury Festival, which takes place this weekend, is unlike any other festival in the world.
Where else could you find the biggest pop, rock and rap stars rubbing shoulders with Brazilian bossa nova legends,
Nobel peace prize winners, film directors, politicians, punk ballet dancers, Russian dissidents and a giant fire-breathing rave spider?
They are some of the 26 essential things to look and listen out for this year."

(BBC)

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POVERTY

UK has 2.3m children living in poverty, government says - Article + Video - 25 June 2015
(BBC)

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CHARLESTON SHOOTING

Charleston shooting: Race, rage and the American condition - Article + Photos - 24 June 2015
"After the shootings, Charleston's beloved mayor struggles with an ugly reality of racism and rage.
Yet his campaign to combat inequality shows how big the problem is - and how small some solutions can feel."

(BBC)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

Bobby Jindal enters the 2016 race for the White House - 24 June 2015
"Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has launched his bid for the US presidency,
joining a large field of Republican candidates vying for the White House."

(BBC)

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SPYING

President Obama tells Hollande US no longer spying on France - 24 June 2015
(BBC)

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THE QUEEN

How rich is the Queen? - Article + Photos - 25 June 2015
"News that the Crown Estate returned record profits of £285m last year means the Queen is expected
to receive a further £2m in public funding next year. But just how rich is the Queen and where does her wealth come from?"

(BBC)

The Queen Opens British Parliament Pageantry 2015
"The ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, and the Queen's Speech to both Houses."

(YouTube)

 

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BRITISH BANKNOTES

The secret codes of British banknotes - 25 June 2015
"How often have you looked at the cash in your wallet?
Look closer: it’s riddled with hidden patterns designed to deter counterfeiters. Chris Baraniuk investigates."

(BBC)

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CONFEDERATE FLAG

More Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag - Text + Audio - 23 June 2015
"The flag is one of the symbols of Southern, slave-holding states that left the U.S. in 1861 but failed to win a war for independence.
Now, after a June 17 shooting in a South Carolina church, some state leaders want the flag removed.
They say it has become a symbol of hatred and racism."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOMELESS

Philanthropist Provides Homes for the Homeless - Text + Audio + Video - 24 June 2015
"Doris Buffett has given one million dollars to provide homeless people with houses to live in.
The effort has reduced homelessness by more than half in a small city in the state of Virginia.
Buffett is extremely happy with this project, and plans to donate even more money in the future."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IMMIGRANTS

Europe migrant crisis: Report
(BBC)

EU leaders agree to relocate 40,000 migrants - VIDEO - 26 June 2015
"EU leaders holding late-night talks in Brussels have agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece."

(BBC)

Indian, Pakistani Immigrants Learn About One Another - Text + Audio + Video - 23 June 2015
"Violence has damaged relations between India and Pakistan ever since the two countries gained their independence from Britain almost 70 years ago. This history of conflict follows many Indians and Pakistanis when they come to the United States.
But some are learning about one another."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Exploring America’s Immigration Story - Text + Audio + Video
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AIDS

Most African Children with AIDS Have No Access to Medical Care - VIDEO - 23 June 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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