Speed dating - a lesson with a movie segment
"This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Meghann Artes and the theme of speed-dating.
In the lesson students talk about meeting a partner and dating, watch a short film, and read and discuss speed-dating questions." Time: 90 minutes
Speed dating - "Desperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort, speed dating.
But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes her wonder if being single is not so bad after all."
Black & Gold by Sivert Høyem
(YouTube) + LYRICS: "Once you were all sea-folk and you sailed upon the seas
You crossed the roaring ocean with the devil at your heels
Your time has come again now, I'll tell you how this will unfold
I wanna see the western ocean painted black and gold"
Heard at the beginning of the TV series: 'OCCUPIED'
Migrant crisis: Turkey and EU strike deal to limit refugee flow- 29 November 2015
"Turkey and European leaders have struck a deal to try to control the flow of migrants to Europe.
Turkey will receive €3bn (£2.1bn) and political concessions in return for clamping down on its borders and keeping refugees in the country."
Hackers Try to Steal Your Shopping Passwords - Text + Audio - 29 November 2015
"As the holiday shopping season begins, hackers are trying to trick users into revealing their private account information.
Last week, hackers tried to trick Amazon.com users into handing over their passwords and user names.
Last holiday season, eBay and other online shopping websites were attacked."
'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Four - Text + Audio + Video
"This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures. Will he survive?"
Animal Collective Nouns
"A pride of lions, a murder of crows, a crash of rhinos, and every other collective noun for animals.
This is a listing of every animal congregation I could find after scouring the web."
Thanks to Sophie Bonfils (Ac. Lyon)
After Years on Death Row, Freed Man Helps Others - Text + Audio - 28 November 2015
"Anthony Graves was cleared of murder charges after spending 19 years in prison for the crime.
For more than half of those years, he was scheduled to be executed.
Now, Graves spends his days as a free man trying to reform the US justice system. His prosecutor has been disbarred from law practice."
Route 66 Serves Up Pizza, Fries, Burgers, Mole and More - Text + Audio + Video- 29 November 2015
"From Chicago pizza to roadside burgers in Los Angeles, the food along Route 66 plays a special - and delicious - part of any journey down America's Main Street. Those foods include mole, a Mexican dish that shows cultural blending in the Southwest United States."
IS Terrorists Say They Attacked Bangladesh Shi'ite Mosque- Text + Audio - 29 November 2015
"Gunmen fired on a Shi’ite Muslim religious center in Bogra on Thursday, killing at least one person and wounding three others.
Officials are worried about an increase in the number of militant Islamists in the country."
Deaths by terrorism, 2001-2014 - with interactive maps
"The maps ... show fatal terrorist attacks worldwide, month by month. Circle sizes signify number of victims.
Click of the "Visible layers" tab to view summaries of each attack.
The data were collected by the University of Maryland, which defines terrorism as "threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non‐state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation."
See the database documentation for the group's complete criteria for counting attacks as terrorism.
MORE: Infographic of all terrorism deaths, country by country"
Black Friday, Cyber Monday Start US Holiday Shopping - Text + Audio - 29 November 2015
"America’s holiday shopping season starts at Thanksgiving, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
They are the two busiest shopping days in the U.S. More shoppers are shopping online, using smartphones to search for the best deals."
Half a million lights set Christmas tree record- VIDEO -28 November 2015
"An Australian man has set a new world record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree.
David Richards illuminated the tree in Canberra, with a grand total of 518,838 twinkling lights."
What is the Commonwealth? - VIDEO - 27 November 2015
"Leaders from 53 countries are due to take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta.
The Queen is due to attend supported by the Prince of Wales.
Ahead of the meeting, James Robbins looks at the history of the Commonwealth and whether it is still relevant."
Newspaper reading activities
"Newspapers are a useful tool in the ELT classroom for improving reading skills and enhancing students' knowledge of current affairs."
Tips + Activites
Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution? - 7 October 2015
"Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives."
+ Cute robots
+ Gender worries
+ Fictional robots (BBC)
"Who is most at risk: the humans or the machines?"
People of Nowhere
"I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to the EU.
Then I went to Lesvos. 7 days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier, human perspective on the situation.
Seeing the people behind the headlines with my own eyes, and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.
Are they the “threat” people talk about? All I saw were courageous people in a time of crisis, looking for hope.
I also got to meet brave volunteers from all over the world who reach out to help all people regardless of their religion, race or background.
That inspired me.
My hope is that this video might tear down some of the walls of bad ideas and opinions we have built around ourselves."
"In 2010, the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers worked feverishly at a pumpkin festival in New Bremen, Ohio
to assemble and bake a pumpkin pie that Guinness Word Records certified as the largest in the world.
This magnificent dessert weighed 3,699 pounds and measured 20 feet across."
My Life After 44 Years In Prison
"Otis Johnson went to jail at the age of 25. When he got out at 69, he rejoined a world that was starkly different from the one he remembered.
This is his story."
"Johnson is 69 years old, and unlikely to find a job. He didn’t pay into the Social Security system.
He has no children, and no contact with other family members.
Upon release from prison, Johnson was handed an ID, documents outlining his criminal case history, $40 and two bus tickets. Having lost all family connections while serving his sentence, Johnson now relies on Fortune Society, a nonprofit that provides housing and services
to ex-prisoners in Harlem."
Unchained: Mountain lion returned to forest after life in back of circus pick-up truck
"Watch, enjoy and share as Mufasa, the last wild animal in a Peruvian circus, is cut free from his chains and walks free after 20 years. After Peru banned wild animals in circuses, most circuses defied the law. One by one ADI tracked them down and removed the animals. Finally in a dramatic stand-off, during which riot police were called, the last circus was cornered and Mufasa was cut from his chains."
(YouTube) "Peru banned circuses from using wild animals, but not all of them complied. Animal Defenders International made it a priority to find confined
and abused animals still kept by circuses. One they found was Mufasa, a mountain lion that had been in the circus for at least 20 years.
He was kept chained in the back of a pickup truck.
Mufasa’s journey to freedom began in April, when ADI received a tip-off that Circo Koreander was illegally operating with wild animals in an isolated village in northern Peru. ADI, police and wildlife officers moved in for a surprise raid but were met by hostile resistance. An eight hour stand-off saw riot police and a Public Prosecutor called in before Mufasa – Peru’s last wild animal in a circus – was handed over, along with a condor.
The cat was taken to the Spirit of Freedom rescue centre near Lima to recover. He got veterinary care and a pen to stretch out in.
When he recovered his health, Mufasa was taken on a three-day journey to the Taricaya Ecological Reserve at the edge of the Tambopata rainforest reserve. Now he has both support and the freedom to run through the forest. "
It Only Takes a Second
"You can't even look away for a second..."
"Put down the phone, fellow fathers. Right now, you're supposed to be watching your kids. They're not safe out of your sight for even a second. Just glance away to read or send a text and the worst thing has happened to your precious children in that moment. Dad Dudes, which is a comedy production group consisting of four real-life dads, created this thoughtful PSA to warn dads to stop texting and start paying attention." (Neatorama)
We stand together: the Guardian and Observer appeal 2015 – video- 24 November 2015
"Millions of people became refugees in 2015 in what was the largest movement of people fleeing war and persecution since the second world war. With fighting continuing in war-torn countries, cold weather setting in and thousands of people still on the move every day, funds are urgently needed to support them. The Guardian and Observer are holding a charity appeal to raise money for six charities supporting various aspects of the refugee journey."
Citizen journalists capture life in Raqqa under Islamic State - VIDEO - 26 November 2015
The citizen journalists behind Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) are the main - and often only - source of information about life in a city controlled by the so-called Islamic State. They use YouTube, Facebook and other social media to inform the rest of the world about murders, explosions and rape in a town that was once a safe haven during the early days of the Syrian civil war
The group was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalist's International Press Freedom Award this month in New York City - and spoke to BBC Trending about their work.
Obama pardons pair of turkeys named 'Honest' and 'Abe' - VIDEO - 25 November 2015
"President Barack Obama has pardoned turkeys for the seventh year in a row, this time a pair named "Honest" and "Abe".
The two turkeys will be spared from someone's Thanksgiving dinner and will instead go to a Virginia farm.
Mr Obama's daughters Sashia and Malia stood by his side as he delivered remarks before the pardoning and he thanked them for being there.
"Time flies, even if turkeys don't," Mr Obama joked."
How US Gives Thanks: Food, Football, Parades- Text + Audio + Video - 25 November 2015
"Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday. Most will eat large meals, usually featuring turkey. Some will pray and give thanks.
Some will volunteer. Many will relax with family members and friends. And many will watch football games and big parades."
Who Eats the Most on Thanksgiving? These Americans- Text + Audio - 25 November 2015
"Many Americans spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, celebrating with a traditional meal. But for others, it is a competition.
Across the United States, there are contests to see who can eat the most pumpkin pie. These events go from October through Thanksgiving."
15 Tech Gift Ideas for 2015- Text + Audio - 25 November 2015
"Not sure what gift to get your loved one? Think technology! Consider these fun and useful tech gift ideas.
You do not have to be a high-tech expert to get excited about these gifts. You may even find something special for yourself!"
Je suis cent maux - VIDEO
"Suite aux terribles attaques qui ont frappé la capitale et sa proche périphérie le 13 novembre 2015,
des jeunes de l’association ZONZON 93, ont décidé d'exprimer leur émotion et leur solidarité par le biais d'une vidéo."
Vocabulaire français / anglais
Thanks to Yvan BAPTISTE (Ac. Montpellier)
Activities with a video: Whodunnit?
Created by Catherine Bluteau (Ac. Bordeaux): "Je coupe la video à 0:53 et je fais un petit texte à trous.
Ensuite je mets les élèves par groupes de 4 et il doivent refaire une histoire similaire : un enquêteur, 3 suspects et une petite chute à la fin.
Petite leçon sur preterit -ing
Ensuite, je fais visualiser la fin et je demande : hum... what has changed?
Petite leçon sur present perfect" - Script Whodunnit - Vocabulary - Class activity(docx) - Whodunnit changes (docx)
Scenes From the American West, 150 Years Ago - PHOTOS
"In the late 1860s, photographer Andrew J. Russell traveled west to document the construction of the Union Pacific Railway in Wyoming and Utah, including the famous “golden spike” moment on May 10, 1869, when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads were joined in Promontory, Utah, creating the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Russell captured images of the railway construction as well as the wide-open landscape of the American West and its inhabitants. See also, a previous photo essay from Timothy O’Sullivan, covering similar territory at the time."
Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong...."
Strange Fruit by Lewis Allan "Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees..."
Banana Protein May Help Kill Viruses - VIDEO - 24 November 2015
"Bananas taste great and provide important vitamins and minerals.
The fruit also fights depression, can prevent muscle pain and protect against heart attacks.
Now scientists say bananas may also stop viral infection."
Cybercrime: 10 Ways Criminals Use the Internet for Organised Crime- 23 November 2015 + Hitmen for Hire
+ Money Laundering in Online Games
+ Crime-as-a-Service Business Model
+ RICO and Carder.su
+ Online Gambling
+ DDoS for Information Theft
+ Silk Road and the Online Black Market + The Online Wildlife Trade
Video: Four ways to get better at languages
"Do you ever feel you're stuck when learning a language, despite all the hours and hard work you put in?
Find out from Britain's most multilingual student, Alex Rawlings, how you can get better at languages."
Migrants spend night stuck on Macedonia border - Article + Photoq + Video - 24 November 2015
"Scores of migrants are spending another night stuck on the Greece-Macedonia border after they were not allowed to continue their journey." (BBC)
Tearful plea of migrants 'stuck' on Greece border - VIDEO - 24 November 2015
"Thousands of migrants say they are "stuck" on the Greek border with Macedonia because they are being told that only those who can prove they are escaping war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan can pass.
But many migrants who have travelled from other countries say they would "rather die than go back".
Ed Thomas reports from Greek border town Eidomeni.
12 killed as blast targets bus in Tunisian capital- 25 November 2015
"The blast was the latest in a series of brutal terrorist attacks that have battered the nation in recent months.
In March, more than 20 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Bardo National Museum in Tunis.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the museum attack, although authorities later blamed a wing of rival al-Qaeda.
Three months later, 38 people were killed when a radicalized Muslim gunman opened fire in a crowded hotel in the tourist city of Soussa."
National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats- with PICTURES - 23 November 2015
"An official request for citizens to avoid tweeting anything that could inform terrorists what is going on resulted in a national outbreak of pet pics...
Instead of speculation about the sort of threat police might be reacting to,
many people used the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag to post pictures of their pets."
100 Women 2015: Life for women in Islamic State's Raqqa-25 November 2015
"Nour is a woman from Raqqa, the so-called Islamic State's (IS) capital inside Syria.
She managed to escape the city and is now a refugee in Europe, where she met up with the BBC.
This story is based on her experiences and those of her two sisters, who are still inside the IS-held city.
Names and the timings of some events have been changed to avoid compromising the safety of Nour or her family."
The impact of air strikes against Islamic State- VIDEO - 23 November 2015
"David Cameron has said he will take his case to parliament to extend air strikes by the UK from Iraq into Syria.
A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against Islamic State militants in both countries for over a year
and Russia's military is also now involved.
The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson has been looking at the impact of air strikes in the fight against IS
- and what effect Britain's increased involvement might have."