American Halloween Goes to the Dogs- Text + Audio - 30 October 2015
"Halloween in America is a big deal! So big that many Americans now dress up their pets for the holiday.
Some have parades and contests to vote Best Dressed."
Slow and Gassy Balloon is Social Media Fave- Text + Audio - 30 October 2015
"A military blimp escaped its home on Wednesday, Ariana Grande released a new video and everyone got excited for Halloween."
Deanna Rodger 'Being British'
"Co-host Deanna Rodger performing her anti BNP statement piece 'Being British' at Tilt's London Liming:
A Come Rhyme With Me Special at Rich Mix London, 09/02/12."
"To sail on an ocean
My child always wanted to sail on an ocean
I look unto you now
And can only imagine how your dream has been poisoned
With the salt blistering your skin
And a look of bewildered terror
Faith hammers cantankerously at the table
And demands such fear of the young
Who clutch their hands, so aware
Of the black mass which swells beneath them
And which I cannot urge them to forget
Those voices lost in the void
On a wind which on other days may serve as the breeze
To a family holiday, or a yachtsman’s paradise
But now only carries the howls of a nightmare
All will be fine, the words cannot ring true even to my ear
As custodian what hell I have brought you to
A hell which you cannot understand
But have accepted, though trust ought abandon you
To see new lands
My brother always wanted to see new lands
But not to flee his own
You charge into peril
But what land greets you now,
A land with arms open or a closed fist?
Robbed of a country and an identity.
To be the strength of your convictions
To be the strength of your convictions said my grandfather
But now I have no strength."
Refugees Lead Alabama Shrimp Industry- Text + Audio + Video - 30 October 2015
"Forty years ago, many Southeast Asians fled war in their home countries and chose to come to the United States.
Some got on ships that sailed to U.S. territory.
Now, some of these people live in an American town that seems like an unlikely place for refugees to settle: Bayou La Batre, Alabama."
Migrants' risk grows with Greece bad weather discounts- Article + Photos - 30 October 2015
"Go now and it's 850 dollars, and your kids can go for free, wait until tomorrow and it's double."
"A Syrian nurse, Nancy Ahmed, recounts the conversation she had with Turkish smugglers in Izmir,
as she chose to risk setting off on a rubber boat to Greece."
Processed meat causes cancer, says WHO (October 29, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) says processed meat causes cancer."
'The Boy on Graves-End Road' by Caty Weaver- Text + Audio + Video
"VOA Learning English is proud to present a story written by our own Caty Weaver.
This story begins in a typical suburban American home, but the end is something really supernatural!
Teachers and actors, see the script if you want to act out the story yourself on Halloween!"
What is artificial intelligence? - VIDEO - 13 September 2015
"A computer can beat the world chess champion and understand voice commands on your smartphone,
but real artificial intelligence has yet to arrive. The pace of change is quickening, though.
Some people say it will save humanity, even make us immortal.
Others say it could destroy us all.
But, the truth is, most of us don't really know what AI is." (BBC)
Picture power: Secret agents - 29 October 2014
"From the drama of the cinematic image, through to the gloss of the advertisement,
every photograph has a layer of visual baggage hanging over it.
Even when working with straight pictures of news events, the line between fact and fiction can blur." + Secret Service story
Photographing the Rugby World Cup- 30 October 2015
"During the past five weeks or so, David Davies has travelled around the country
covering what is his sixth Rugby World Cup for the Press Association.
On the eve of the final, between New Zealand and Australia, I asked him to pick out a few of his favourite frames from the competition.
Here is his selection along with his comments."
Migrant crisis: EU border force Frontex explained - VIDEO - 30 October 2015
"More than 700,000 migrants have crossed to Europe by boat so far this year - many of them from war-ravaged Syria - according to UN estimates.
The vast majority land in Italy and Greece, who say they need much more help to process migrants,
and the approach of winter has so far done little to slow the flow.
Consequently, the EU has agreed to beef up its border force Frontex, as BBC news explains.
Migrant crisis: 22 drown off Greek islands - Article + Videos - 30 October 2015
"At least 22 migrants - many of them children - have drowned trying to reach Kalymnos and Rhodes from Turkey,
in the second major boat tragedy off Greek islands this week."
How we found Azam - the 'lost' Syrian refugee boy - Article + Photos + Videos - 29 October 2015
"Azam is a young Syrian boy who vanished from a hospital in Belgrade a month ago while on the refugee trail.
The story sparked a social media campaign using the hashtag #FindAzam.
After a week on the road - travelling from the bottom of Serbia to the top of Germany - the BBC's John Sweeney found Azam and his uncle."
Syrian refugees share 'safe space' - 15 June 2015
"The conflict in Syria that began in 2011 has made millions of refugees flee the country, many making their way to neighbouring Lebanon."
"This is an easier Halloween crossword than the one I did a couple of years ago, and should be more suitable for lower-level learners.
Click on the grid below to access an interactive online version, and click here to download a PDF version (with solution)."
Press Freedom Under Threat in Turkey - Text + Audio - 28 October 2015
"The International Press Institute organized a mission to Turkey to observe press freedom in the country as it prepares for elections.
It says detentions of reports mean that press freedom is suffering in Turkey."
Chinese Model at UN Shows Shift in Ivory Politics- Text + Audio - 28 October 2015
"The ivory trade was doing well in the 1970s, when over 400 artists created a 150-kilogram sculpture from eight elephant tusks.
The U.N. displayed the sculpture for many years. But today, many see the sculpture as a symbol
for Africa’s decreased elephant population and conflict over the ivory trade."
Chinese Model Railroad, Carved of Ivory, at a Crossroads- 20 October 2015
"An intricately carved model of China’s Chengdu-Kunming Railroad bridge graced the United Nations' New York headquarters
for nearly four decades, until renovation of its General Assembly began in 2013 and the sculpture was removed for safekeeping."
La Statue de la Liberté en France
"Situer les différentes Statues de la Liberté en France." Carte créée par Nathalie Julien (Ac. Montpellier) :
"Dans le cadre de la préparation de l'épreuve d'Histoire des Arts pour mes 3e, j'ai créé une carte interactive
permettant de situer les différentes répliques de la Statue de la liberté. Cela peut peut-être être utile à d'autres personnes."
Every nuclear bomb explosion in history
"On July 16th, 1945, the United States conducted the world's first test of a nuclear weapon.
Less than a month later, two bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
bringing about the end of the Second World War. No nuclear bombs have been used as weapons since the attacks on Japan,
but thousands of tests have been conducted – primarily by the US and USSR throughout the Cold War."
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.
World Stroke Day
"is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors. On this day, organizations around the world have facilitated events
emphasizing education, testing, and initiatives to improve the damaging effects of stroke worldwide."
(Stroke = "AVC" in French)
Subway art revisited - Article + Photos - 29 October 2015
"In the late 1970s and early '80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant were both documenting
the work of graffiti artists on the subway system of New York."
Flow of migrant boats is constant off the shores of Lesbos- VIDEO - 29 October 2015
"More than 4,000 migrants and refugees have had to be rescued by the Greek Coast Guard off the shores of Lesbos this month alone.
Hundreds have already died making the crossing from Turkey and Greece.
There are fears more could drown as the winter approaches and the Aegean sea becomes rougher.
But the people trafficking has become a multi-million dollar industry for the smugglers
and up to 9,000 people are landing on the shores of Greece every day."
"Unless you're Native American, you came from someplace else." - Video added on 29 January 2013
"President Obama urged the American people to remember their common history: that pretty much all of the citizens of the United States
are descended from immigrants who came to America's shores from some other nation to seek a better life."
+ Script below the video on YouTube.
How computers translate human language - Ioannis Papachimonas- a lesson with a video
"Is a universal translator possible in real life? We already have many programs that claim to be able to take a word, sentence,
or entire book in one language and translate it into almost any other. The reality, however, is a bit more complicated.
Ioannis Papachimonas shows how these machine translators work, and explains why they often get a bit mixed up."
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.
Halloween - a lesson
"This lesson has some fun activities and language learning tasks based around the theme of Halloween.
The activities include singing songs and making Halloween decorations.
The activities are suitable for language assistants as well as for teachers."
Bonfire Night - a lesson
"This lesson is aimed at lower level students with a variety of activities related to Bonfire night.
Students will do a jigsaw reading to complete a text about Bonfire night, they will then discuss their own opinions about it.
Students will design a Bonfire night menu, thinking about the food they would like to eat whilst watching fireworks.
They will learn a popular Bonfire night rhyme and focus on pronunciation,
before a final group work activity where they will produce a firework safety poster."
The ups and downs of coffee and cafeine - 27 October 2015
"Recently, researchers British and American researchers investigated caffeine’s effects on human sleep patterns.
The scientists found that drinking something caffeinated in the hours just before bedtime c
an delay sleep sometimes by as long as 40 minutes."
What Is COP21? The 2 Minute Guide
"This December over 190 nations will gather in Paris to discuss a new global agreement on climate change.
The talks are called 'COP21' which stands for the 21st annual Conference of the Parties
but what does all that mean and why is any of it important?
This film will not only give you the facts but help you understand why it matters to all of us - in less than two minutes!
There will be regular updates on Green.TV about COP21 leading up to and during the talks in Paris."
Thanks to Valerie Surmont (Ac. Caen)
Migrants left to 'fend for themselves' on Turkish boat- VIDEO - 28 October 2015 "A large boat used by traffickers to smuggle migrants into Greece from Turkey has been seized by the authorities.
It was carrying more than 400 people, each paying more than €2,000 to make the journey to Lesbos.
Ed Thomas was given exclusive access to the Turkish boat used to traffic hundreds of people on Tuesday."
Guardian Angels return to Central Park as crime rises- VIDEO - 28 October 2015
"Back in the 1980s when New York was gripped by violent crime,
the Guardian Angels were a familiar sight patrolling the city's streets and subway...
Whatever the cause, the Guardian Angels' founder Curtis Sliwa says his volunteers are responding to calls from residents
who no longer feel safe in parts of Central Park. The BBC joined them on patrol."
Will this new TV advert solve the teacher recruitment crisis?
"The government has just launched a new TV advert in an effort to attract more people into teaching.
The film, featuring real "gifted and passionate" classroom teachers, is part of the Department for Education's
latest teacher recruitment campaign, Your Future: Their Future."
(tes.com) Thanks to Danièle Dedes (Ac. Nice)
Archie Roach 'Took the children away' with lyrics (beautiful protest song).
"Archie Roach is an icon of the Australian music industry and his honest storytelling tells the sad truth of indigenous Australia.
He wrote the landmark song 'Took the Children Away' in 1990, about his own childhood
and being taken by authorities from his parents to a mission.
"You took the children away, Breaking their mothers heart, Tearing us all apart" the lyrics ring..."
(YouTube) + A worksheet (.doc) created by Mauricette Casabonne-Angla (Ac. Bordeaux) - Niveau 3ème
"Mark Wahlberg as a Werewolf. Because Halloween..." (YouTube)
"Mark Werewahlfberg introduces us to all the iconic characters of the season,
with plenty of almost-puns that you’ll have to supply the punchline for yourself."
Women's Entrepreneurship on the Rise- Text + Audio - 27 October 2015
"Companies, government agencies and universities back programs to increase women’s entrepreneurship, both in the U.S. and around the world. Raising capital remains a major issue for women-led startups. But new ways to get money are emerging."
What Do Americans Fear Most? - Text + Audio - 27 October 2015
"What do you think Americans fear most? A new survey done by Chapman University came up with some surprising answers.
Do you think Americans fear government corruption or terrorist attacks most? And are natural or man-made disasters more frightening?
The answers may surprise you."
"Chapman University in Orange, California, asked Americas what scares them the most.
Their answer? Government corruption. (Terrorism came in second.)"
WHO: Cut Climate Pollutants, Save Lives - Text + Audio - 26 October 2015
"The World Health Organization says millions of premature deaths can be prevented each year by reducing short-lived climate pollutants.
A WHO reports recommends cutting these pollutants—black carbon, ozone and methane."
WHO = World Health Organization
Humans In 1000 Years
"What will humanity look like in 1000 years? Watch as we cover some cutting-edge innovations happening today.
Thanks to the National Geographic Channel for sponsoring this video!"
Afghanistan-Pakistan earthquake causes widespread destruction - VIDEO - 27 October 2015
"The magnitude-7.5 earthquake that hit remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan caused destruction and damage over a wide area.
At least 275 people are known to have died. Twelve of the dead are schoolgirls, killed in a crush as they tried to evacuate their school.
The epicentre was around 80km southeast of Feyzabad, although tremors were felt as far away as Delhi."
Quake Kills More Than 150 in Afghanistan, Pakistan - Text + Audio - 26 October 2015
"A major earthquake struck South Asia Monday. Early reports say the earthquake killed more than 150 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hundreds more were reported injured. A VOA reporter tweeted from Kabul that “conservative estimates” are 154 dead and 1,191 injured."
Black Death Older Than We Thought- Text + Audio + Quiz - 26 October 2015
"Bubonic Plague killed more than half of the European population during the 1300s. But that is not the first time it killed.
Researchers say the plague may have affected earlier civilizations.
Read on to learn more about the plague as well as how to use the expression, "cause quite a stir."
Snow leopard under threat from climate change (October 26, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The conservation charity World Wildlife Fund has warned that climate change is threatening
the existence of the snow leopard in the Himalayas."
Baby deer rescue and release
"A deer doe abandoned one of her twin fawns, the fawn had injured leg and could not keep up with the mother.
I do not support keeping wild animals as a pets, but this was special situation. The baby deer was healed and released back to her real mother.
Update: The doe and two her fawns is still around..."
How weather affects migrant journeys in the onset of winter - VIDEO - 27 October 2015
"As winter approaches, conditions are getting worse for the thousands of people trying to cross to Europe from Syria and the Middle East.
The weather has a huge impact on decisions they make - about where and when to attempt the crossing."
Refugee reunion: BBC producer finds friend in Jordan camp - VIDEO - 27 October 2015
"As journalists, BBC staff are often sent to cover difficult and emotional issues in an objective way, having to put aside personal feelings.
But sometimes that can be difficult, especially when they find themselves personally involved in the story.
BBC Arabic producer Mahmoud Ali Hamad grew up in Syria but now works in London.
He travelled to a refugee camp in Jordan, where he found an old school friend and former next door neighbours stuck there."
Search for missing Azam: The madness of hope - 25 October 2015
"The BBC's John Sweeney is on the refugee trail searching for a young Syrian boy, Azam.
When they met last month in Serbia, Azam had a broken jaw and had been sent to hospital for treatment. Then he vanished.
The search for Azam, reported by BBC Newsnight, has been taken up by thousands on social media using the hashtag #FindAzam."
Migrants 'dumped' on Slovenia border by Croatia- VIDEO - 25 October 2015
"Leaders from central Europe and the Balkans are going to meet to discuss how to coordinate their response to the migrant crisis.
The emergency summit is due to be held in Brussels.
In Croatia migrants are being escorted by Croatian authorities and "dumped" on the Slovenian border."
Thousands cross Croatia-Slovenia border in darkness- VIDEO - 23 October 2015
"Dramatic night-time pictures have emerged of thousands of migrants crossing Croatia's border with Slovenia.
They were shot from a Slovenian police helicopter using a thermal camera and released to show
how migrants are being helped to cross the border illegally, as Reeta Chakrabarti explains."
New York's Halloween parade - for dogs - VIDEO - 25 October 2015
"Thousands of New York's best-dressed dogs have taken part in the 25th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.
The costumed canines took part in a runway competition, hoping to earn thousands of dollars in prize money.
Creative costumes on display included Batman, a cone of 'pom frites' and an host of other animals, including New York's notorious 'Pizza Rat'."
India man's journey to challenge borders- 25 October 2015
"Theatre actor-director Mohammad Akram Feroze recently set off on foot to travel along India's 10,000km-long border,
stopping to perform plays at villages with - and for - their inhabitants.
Mr Feroze, who does not believe in borders, carries a world passport - as part of a global movement established under Article 13(2)
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says "everyone has the right to leave any country,
including his own, and to return to his country"."
10 Creepy Cool Monster Themed Cartoon Shows- with videos
"The toon incarnations of our favorite movie monsters such as the Wolfman, Count Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster
showed us there was much more to dig about those crazy monsters!"
Chicago: The Start of Route 66 - Text + Audio + Video - 24 October 2015
"Few Americans pay attention to a brown street sign on East Adams Street in downtown Chicago.
If you are not looking for it, it is easy to ignore.
But every few minutes a group of international tourists take a picture in the front of the sign.
It reads, “Historic Route - Illinois U.S. 66 - Begin.”
The 12 Year Old Girl Who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes
at the United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development - Rio de Janeiro 3-14 June 1992
"What is wrong with the world these days? Listen to what she says and she is only 12 years old. We need to make a change! "
Meet the New London Taxi - 23 October 2015
"With a range-extended electric powertrain, the newly unveiled 2017 TX5 is a greener shade of black...
The TX5, presented in the rain outside Lancaster House during a four-day UK state visit by China's President Xi Jinping,
is the first new London Taxi product since Chinese automaker Geely bought the company in 2013."