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30/11/2015


LESSONS WITH FILMS

Moonrise Kingdom: Present Continuous - a lesson with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)


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
(film-english.com)


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."

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SONG

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"

(musixmatch.com)
Heard at the beginning of the TV series: 'OCCUPIED'

 

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ST ANDREW'S DAY

St. Andrew's Day 2015: Why does Scotland celebrate it and why does Google's Doodle show the Loch Ness monster? - 30 November 2015
- Article + Photos + Gifs + Video
(telegraph.co.uk)

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BLACK FRIDAY

Black Friday by numbers - 27 November 2015
Money / Shopping / Wealth
(BBC)

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CYBER MONDAY

Cyber Monday 2015: The best UK deals from Amazon, John Lewis and more - 10am update - Article + Photos + Videos - 30 November 2015
"Black Friday may have passed but there are still discounts up for grabs. Keep up to date with the latest deals for Cyber Monday."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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COP21 / CLIMATE CHANGE

COP = Conference of Parties

The 30 rich and powerful people Bill Gates signed on to save the Earth - with a video
"Bill Gates has signed on a laundry list of the world's richest and most powerful people to head up his new climate change initiative.
The "Breakthrough Energy Coalition" has 30 bigwigs who will invest their money in technologies that will reduce our demand for fossil fuels.
Their aim is to use their influence to help jumpstart demand for and availability of green energy sources...
"
(money.cnn.com)

UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE 2015 IN PARIS - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

 

COP21/CMP11 official video (English subtitles)
(YouTube)

 

 

Teaching About Climate Change With The New York Times - APRIL 2, 2014
By  and 

(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

Paris Climate Change Conference 2015
"Latest news about the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 held in Paris from November 30 to December 11...
Barack Obama, David Cameron and the Prince of Wales are among about 150 world leaders due in Paris today
to attend and speak at a conference on climate change "
+
Paris climate summit LIVE: 'future of planet at stake' - Hollande
+ Live: Prince Charles climate change speech
+ Paris climate change conference: Everything you need to know about the UN summit
+ Huge Paris security operation as world leaders arrive for climate change conference
(telegraph.co.uk)

The Paris climate summit at a glance - 30 November 2015
"Get up to speed on the most important climate change event ever with our bite-size guide."
(theguardian.com)

Which countries are doing the most to stop dangerous global warming?
"In November, nearly 200 countries meet in Paris for United Nations talks to agree a new climate deal.
Find out below how their pledges - known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs
- compare in our in-depth analysis of 14 key countries and blocs, in partnership with Climate Action Tracker."

(theguardian.com)

COP21: World leaders begin high-level climate talks - 30 November 2015
"A critical UN conference aimed at agreeing a new global approach to climate change has begun in Paris."

(BBC)

COP21: Beginner's guide to the UN Paris climate summit - 29 November 2015
(BBC)

COP21: Eco activists Brandalism launch Paris ad takeover - 29 November 2015
"More than 600 artworks critiquing corporate sponsors of the UN summit on climate change have been installed
in advertising spaces across Paris."

(BBC)


"The artworks were placed in advertising spaces owned by JC Decaux, one of the talks' sponsors."

Six graphics that explain climate change
"Find out how and why the Earth’s climate is changing as Paris prepares to host a summit to discuss global warming."

(BBC)

COP21: Rallies around the world call for climate change action - VIDEO - 29 November 2015
"Hundreds of thousands of people have been marching worldwide to demand action to stop climate change.
More than 2,000 events are happening globally on the eve of a UN summit in the French capital."

+ COP21: Thousands join London climate change march
+ COP21: Beginner's guide to the UN Paris climate summit

(BBC)

Pairs of shoes left in the Place de la République, after a climate change march was cancelled following the 13 November terrorist attacks

 

Protesters gather around the world for a strong climate change deal - Article + Photo + Videos - 29 November 2015
"Crowds in numerous cities marched to pressure world leaders meeting in Paris into strengthening environmental policy."

(theguardian.com)

COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action - Article + Photos + Video - 29 November 2015
"Hundreds of thousands of people have marched worldwide to demand action to stop climate change
but one protest in Paris was marred by violence."

(BBC)

COP21 live: The latest updates from Paris
(BBC)

COP21: Why do two degrees matter? - VIDEO - 25 November 2015
(BBC)

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Europe split over refugee deal as Germany leads breakaway coalition - 30 November 2015
"Angela Merkel holds surprise mini-summit in Brussels with nine EU countries willing to take large numbers
after meeting resistance to mandatory sharing scheme."

(theguardian.com)

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."

(BBC)

Hiding in plain sight: inside the world of Turkey's people smugglers - Article + Photos + Videos - 29 November 2015
"Thousands of refugees are continuing to board boats to Europe everyday despite the worsening winter weather."

(theguardian.com)

Migrants clash with Macedonian police as fence goes up on Greek border - 29 November 2015
"Accidental electrocution of Moroccan man sparks unrest, with migrants throwing stones and Macedonian police reacting with stun guns."

(BBC)

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GEOGRAPHY

Geoguessr Online Geography Game
DESCRIPTION + LESSON IDEAS + TIP + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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29/11/2015


'HOLY GRAIL'

Monty Python's Holy Grail - a worksheet (.odt)
Created by Yvan BAPTISTE (Ac. Montpellier)

Monty Python : Sacré Graal - Links
(Ac. Versailles)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Resources
(Ac. Dijon)

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - Transcript
(sacred-texts.com)

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Thanks to Yvan BAPTISTE (Ac. Montpellier)


HENRY VIII

All about Henry VIII + All about Henry's wives
(hrp.org.uk)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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HACKERS

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LOST PROPERTY

Lost Property
(vimeo.com)

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STORY

'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?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ANIMALS

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."

(thealmightyguru.com)
Thanks to Sophie Bonfils (Ac. Lyon)

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DEATH ROW

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROUTE 66

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE ISLAMIC STATE

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TERRORISM

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"

(projects.oregonlive.com)

The plague of global terrorism - 18 November 2015
+ Jihadist friends and foes
+ Islamic
State and the Middle Eastern mesh
(economist.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.


ORDERING FOOD

Ordering food in a café
"Listen to the conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills."

(learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)

Eating out
"Listen carefully to the conversation in a restaurant and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills."

(learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)

At the restaurant - a board game
Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

A 2016 Presidential Election Themed Set Of Magic: The Gathering Cards
See the entire 2016 Election themed Magic: The Gathering card set here
(Neatorama)

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KING ARTHUR

King Arthur's legend (pdf) - niveau collège
Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)
- A worksheet to go with the video: I'm a Knight ("Friday Night" by Lily Allen)

 

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SELF INTRODUCTION

COACH SHANE’S SELF INTRODUCTION
"Vidéo travaillée dans le cadre de la révision de la présentation personnelle et autour du thème de la recherche d'emploi en 3ème"

- Worksheet 1 (pdf)
- Worksheet 2 (pdf)
Created by Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)

 

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BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Cyber Monday: it's the most wonderful time of year for cyber-attackers
"Holiday shopping triggers spike in cybercrime, experts say, so ignore dodgy-looking emails and social media posts
and verify orders on retailers’ websites."

(theguardian.com)

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CHRISTMAS

Mog's Christmas Calamity - a worksheet (.doc)
to go with the video:
Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity
- Niveau 5ème
Created by Barbara Fontyn. (Ac. Amiens)

 

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."

(BBC)

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COP 21

COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris - 29 November 2015
Latest news and comments
(theguardian.com)

Cartoon: Let's Talk about Climate for a Change - 28 November 2015
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + COMMENTARY + GRAMMAR + VOCABULARY + Related articles 

(.englishblog.com)

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COMMONWEALTH

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."

(BBC)

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HACKER

Pirate avoids lawsuit after hitting 200,000 video views - 27 November 2015
"A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment.
The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages
as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views.
He reached his target within days, and now has over 400,000 hits on YouTube."

(BBC)

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NEWSPAPERS

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

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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SCHOOLS

Where are the most beautiful schools? - PICTURES
(telegraph.co.uk)


Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

For World Teachers’ Day, A Look At What Classrooms Look Like Across The Globe
"Every year on Oct. 5, UNESCO highlights the importance of teachers as they work tirelessly to educate the world.
Here’s a look at the classrooms they work in.
"
(buzzfeed.com)


Pakistan

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SPORTS

How many rugby players use steroids? It’s more like how many don’t
"Whether it’s because players need to bulk up or want to look ripped, the sport needs to get its house in order
before next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio."

(theguardian.com)

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TECHNOLOGY

Chaotic Moon's tattoo circuits integrate unnoticeable wearable technology into daily life
"The ‘tech tats’ would tie everything into one package – it would look at early symptoms of a fever, vital signs and heart rate
to inform the user that they’re or their child is getting sick.
"
(designboom.com)

 

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?"

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THE ISLAMIC STATE

The story of a radicalisation: 'I was not thinking my thoughts. I was not myself' - 26 November 2015
"Maysa, a teenager from Brussels, was a music fan and a ‘ray of sunshine’ at school.
But an encounter on social media had changed her within a year."

(theguardian.com)

Hackers go to cyber war with Isil using rubber ducks in an operation dubbed 'allahu quackbar' - 28 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)



Why the internet is putting rubber ducks on heads of Isil fighters - 28 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

I know Isis fighters. Western bombs falling on Raqqa will fill them with joy by
"Militants in Syria dream of a big showdown with the US and Europe. There are other ways to defeat them."

(theguardian.com)


 ‘How can it be that leading politicians learned nothing
from 14 years of counterproductive anti-terror wars?’

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

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."

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Relatives of Syrian boy washed up on beach 'approved to settle in Canada' - 28 November 2015
"The aunt of Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach, sparking worldwide outrage at the refugee crisis,
hopes her family members will be in Canada by Christmas."

(theguardian.com)

Life in a refugee camp: 'the cold and fear get in your bones' - 28 November 2015
"Suzanne Moore witnesses the sheer will to survive of people living in a lawless and disease-ridden camp near Dunkirk "

(theguardian.com)

Chaos in the Balkans as winter closes in - 28 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

Canada boosts funds to help UN address Syria refugee crisis - 26 November 2015
"In his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, President Barack Obama – who has said he will veto the House bill if it reaches his desk
– called for Americans to treat refugees as latter-day Pilgrims, in a reference to the first Americans who fled religious persecution
to establish themselves in the new world."

(theguardian.com)

  • Ottawa to give extra C$100m ($75m) to UN refugee agency
  • Money will help refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey


Stranded migrants try to storm into Macedonia, tear down fence - Article + Photo + Video - 26 November 2015
(reuters.com)

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BLACK FRIDAY

Black Friday: online spending surge in UK and US - 27 November 2015
"Online purchases appear to be surging in the US and UK during Black Friday as more consumers shun standing in line."

(BBC)


+ Online shopping
+ Video: What is Black Friday?


 

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THANKSGIVING

Top 10 Thanksgiving records: From super-fast turkey pluckers to massive pumpkin pies - 25 November 2015
(guinnessworldrecords.com)


"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."

(Neatorama)

Thanksgiving: Une parade sous haute surveillance - 22 images
(20minutes.fr)

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26/11/2015


HENRY VIII

Horrible Histories Prom 2011 | Henry VIII: Divorced, Beheaded, Died
(YouTube)
Thanks to Chloé Cormier (Ac. Nantes)

 

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SWEET POTATOES / YAMS

What's the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes & Yams?
(YouTube)

 

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LIFE AFTER PRISON

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."

(YouTube)
"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."

(Neatorama)

 

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RESCUE

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. "

(Neatorama)

 

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TEXTING

It Only Takes a Second
"You can't even look away for a second..."

(YouTube)
"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)

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VIDEO GAMES

Has video game reviewing become an impossible task? - 25 November 2015
"With Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront drawing lukewarm reactions,
what is the critic’s role in the age of patches and updates?"

(theguardian.com)

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DOPING

Russia accepts full, indefinite ban from world athletics over doping scandal - 26 November 2015
(theguardian.com)

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CHICAGO SHOOTING

Laquan McDonald: How a Chicago teenager was shot dead by police - 24 November 2015
"A police officer has been charged with murder for the death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager
who was shot 16 times after being stopped by officers on a Chicago street."

(BBC)

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BLACK FRIDAY

Black Friday: Cyber-thieves 'target Christmas shoppers' - 26 November 2015
"Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas,
experts say."

(BBC)

Black Friday: everything you need to know - VIDEO - 26 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

Black Friday: inside an Amazon warehouse - VIDEO - 26 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

'We were abandoned': migrants tell of suffering in Italy's private shelters - Article + Photo + Video - 26 November 2015
"Hosting a refugee earns landlords €35 a day from the state, but asylum seekers report being left without gas, water and food."

(theguardian.com)

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."

(theguardian.com)

 

The Syrian refugee who says: 'Don't come to Sweden... or at least think carefully about it' - VIDEO - 18 August 2015
(BBC)

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WOMEN

BBC 100 Women 2015: Who is on the list? - with PHOTOS - 17 November 2015
(BBC)

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THE ISLAMIC STATE

David Cameron says bombing IS in Syria will make UK 'safer' - Article + Photos + Videos - 26 November 2015
"A record number of police officers will patrol New York's annual Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday,
with 3.5 million people expected to attend."

(BBC)

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.

(BBC)

Nine key questions on Syria answered - 26 November 2015
(BBC)

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THANKSGIVING

Rethinking the Way We Teach Thanksgiving
(nytimes.com)

Five strange Thanksgiving traditions - VIDEO - 26 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

Cartoon: Heads Bowed at Thanksgiving
COMMENTARY + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

THANKSGIVING TURKEY TREATS
- a worksheet (pdf) created by Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)
to go with a video: Thanksgiving Turkeys (foodnetwork.com)
Download the video.

 

New York Thanksgiving Day parade sees tightened security - 26 November 2015
(BBC)

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."

(BBC)

 

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving - 25 November 2015
(npr.org)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

5 countries besides America where people celebrate Thanksgiving - 25 November 2015
Canada / Liberia / One town in the Netherlands / Grenada / The Australian territory of Norfolk Island

(vox.com)

How A South Pacific Island Celebrates Thanksgiving - Audio + Transcript - 28 November 2013
(vox.com)

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GIFTS

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!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MANIPULATION

Pub Canal plus
(YouTube)
Thanks to Armelle Meyer (Ac. Bordeaux)

 

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VOCABULARY

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
(facebook.com)
Thanks to Yvan BAPTISTE (Ac. Montpellier)

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DETECTIVE STORY

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)

 

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OUTILS NUMERIQUES

Outils numériques pour travailler les activités langagières
(Ac. Paris)
Thanks to Isabelle Destat (Ac. Versailles)

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STREET ART

Spray for Paris - Street artists after November 13th (ppt)
Created by Sophie Djimadoum (Ac. Créteil)

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THE AMERICAN WEST

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."

(theatlantic.com)
Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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STAR WARS

In ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume,’ You Are What You Wear
(nytimes.com)
Thanks to Gaelle Lantin

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CONEY ISLAND

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008
(brooklynmuseum.org)
Thanks to Gaelle Lantin

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RACISM

“Still I rise” by Maya Angelou
"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise..."

 

 

“I, too, am America” by Langston Hughes
"I, too, sing America.

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...."

(poetryfoundation.org)

 

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..."

(learningfromlyrics.org)

 

Poems about racism
(poemhunter.com)

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Thanks to Bea Manigat (from Lome, Togo), Flore Rota (Ac. de La Réunion) and Sylvie Bardouil McEachern (Ac. Versailles)


CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Humanium – Together for Children’s Rights
"Humanium is an international child sponsorship NGO dedicated to stopping violations of children's rights throughout the world."

+ Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989 -Text | Humanium – Together for Children’s Rights
"Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 November 1989) Preamble The States Parties to the present Convention."
+ Convention adapted for children 10 and up | Humanium – Together for Children’s Rights

(humanium.org)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES

Quelques activités 6° pour travailler 'I like...'
(soundguideweb.com)

Activités sur les nationalités. Il y a 2 activités pour les 6°.
(soundguideweb.com)

The old Pirate - Niveau 3ème (B1)
(soundguideweb.com)

 

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FOOD

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."

(/learningenglish.voanews.com)

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25/11/2015


BLACK FRIDAY

When and what time do Black Friday 2015 deals start? And where are the best UK bargains? - Article + Video
"The biggest shopping day of the year is almost upon us, so what and when is Black Friday,
and how you can get your hands on the best deals and discounts?...
The shopping extravaganza takes place the day after Thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday in November.
This year, Black Friday falls on November 27. "

(telegraph.co.uk)

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HOBBIES

Ten weird and bizarre celebrity hobbies
(oldcatlady.com)

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THANKSGIVING


 Culture Quiz "Thanksgiving":
- Culture quiz (docx)
- Culture quiz (ppt)
Created by Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, say what YOU are most thankful for (docx)
Activity created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

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STREET ART

Street art - examples
(plus.google.com)

Street art in Buenos Aires (Coghlan), Argentina
by artist Alice Pasquini.
(plus.google.com)

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DRONES

Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia's coast - 25 November 2015
"Beachgoers will be protected from sharks by drones and "smart" drum lines, according to the New South Wales (NSW) government."

(BBC)

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CYBERCRIME

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
+ Ransomware
+ DDoS
+ DDoS for Information Theft
+ Silk Road and the Online Black Market

+ The Online Wildlife Trade
(urbanghostsmedia.com)

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DOPING

Tyson Fury says boxing has a 'big problem' with doping - 24 November 2015
+ Should doping be legalised?
(BBC)

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JOB INTERVIEW

Video Lesson: The Job Interview
COMMENT + LESSON MATERIALS
(englishblog.com)

 

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LANGUAGES

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."
+ COMMENT

(englishblog.com)

 

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SUGAR

Guardian Video: Would a sugar tax even work?
COMMENTARY + LESSON IDEAS + ALSO SEE + TRANSCRIPT + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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DOGS

Cartoon: Dog Fouling Patrol
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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CHICAGO SHOOTING

Murder charge for Chicago officer who shot teenager - 24 November 2015
"A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year has been charged with first-degree murder, state lawyers have said."

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

Fears for North Korean refugees who may 'face death' if returned by China - 25 November 2015
"Human Rights Watch urges pressure to be brought to bear on Beijing amid signs the defectors may be forcibly repatriated."

(theguardian.com)

Beethoven disrupts anti-migrant rally in Germany - 25 November 2015
"German police are taking legal action against theatre staff in Mainz for disrupting an anti-migrant rally by singing Beethoven's Ode to Joy."

(BBC)

Canada slows down Syrian refugee intake - 25 November 2015
(BBC)

Swedish asylum policy fuels support for far-right nationalist party - Article + Photos + Video - 24 November 2015
"The Sweden Democrats’ anti-migrant stance is proving popular among those who oppose the entry of 190,000 refugees
into the country this year."

(theguardian.com)

Secretary Jeh Johnson & ATTN: explain the process of screening Syrian refugees - 24 November 2015
(YouTube)

 

 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Explains the Screening Process For Refugees
"In the days since the terrorist attack in Paris, there has been a huge debate in the United States over Syrian refugees. While the U.S. has committed to taking 10,000 people fleeing the Syrian civil war, some have argued that there is no way to ensure that terrorists won't enter the country posing as refugees. The Obama administration has responded by saying that the vetting process is extremely rigorous.
So, putting aside emotional rhetoric about this issue, what exactly is that process?
ATTN: spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and his office."

(attn.com)

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.

(BBC)

The plight of refugees is the crisis of our times by
"This is the crisis of our times, and how we respond to it is a test of our values, our spirit, our ingenuity, our generosity."

(theguardian.com)

Photographs of the volunteers welcoming refugees to Europe - 22 November 2015
(theatlantic.com)

Barack Obama: 'We are and always will be a nation of immigrants' - 21 November 2015
Most far-reaching aspect of executive action involves giving undocumented migrants who are parents of US citizens
the chance to come out of the shadows."

(theguardian.com)


 

The Refugees Who Come Alone - 12 November 2015
"Thousands have arrived in Syracuse, New York, without family, friends, or more than a handful of English words."

(theatlantic.com)

Thousands of Migrants Are Crossing the Balkans on Foot - PHOTOS - 26 October 2015
(theatlantic.com)

Uncertain journeys BY ASHLEY GILBERTSON - PHOTOS - 21 November 2015
(nytimes.com)

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TERRORISM

East High students create ‘peace campaign’ following Paris attacks
"The students made posters to show support not just for Paris, but all countries recently attacked by terrorist groups."

(ktva.com)

 

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."

(usatoday.com)

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."

(theguardian.com)

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THE ISLAMIC STATE

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."

(BBC)

 

US intelligence officials have 'underestimated' Isil's plan to attack the West - 24 November 2015
"In echoes of the criticisms after the 9/11 attacks, a top former intelligence official and Iraq expert has said
the CIA and other key spy agencies are drawing flawed conclusions about the nature and intent of the jihadist group."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Teenage Austrian 'poster girl for the Islamic State' killed by group for trying to escape - 24 November 2015
"Sabra Kesinovic, 17, was reportedly murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Syria."

(telegraph.co.uk)

UN resolution on IS 'extraordinary step' - Article + Photos - 24 November 2015
"The day after the terrorist atrocities in Paris, a number of key countries, including the US and Russia, met in Vienna...
The following week the UN Security Council confirmed the IS actions in Syria
constituted "a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security"."

(BBC)

Secret cell of British Muslim women encouraging others to join Islamic State exposed - Article + Photos + Videos - 23 November 2015
"The group holds clandestine, invite-only meetings in back rooms where members show their support for the terror group."

+ Syria: timeline of British involvement
"A timeline of Britain’s involvement in Syria since 2013"

(telegraph.co.uk)

Cartoon: Boots on the Ground
THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)



Isis: the British Women Supporters Unveiled, review: 'shocking tale of government-funded extremist meetings' - 23 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

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."

(BBC)

David Cameron: World uniting to fight 'evil threat' of IS - Article + Videos - 23 November 2015

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