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11/10/2016


MARS

Vegetable gardens tested for Mars (October 10, 2016)
" Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars."

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(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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US ELECTION

Le compte à rebours de l'élection US - 18 PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)

Give me a dollar or I'm voting for Trump!
(20minutes.fr)

 

Crooked Hillary for prison 2016
(20minutes.fr)

 

US election: Top Republican Ryan 'won't defend Trump' - 11 October 2016
"The most senior elected US Republican official has said he will not defend Donald Trump, after remarks he made about groping women led to outrage."

(BBC)

Donald Trump branded an 'ignorant, racist, sexist pig' by Roger Waters in on-stage tirade at Desert Trip - Article + Video - 11 October 2016
(BBC)

 

US election 2016: All you need to know - 10 October 2016
(BBC)

Video: Highlights of Second Presidential Debate - 10 October 2016
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

US Presidential Election Crossword Puzzle - interactive and pdf versions - 10 October 2016
(englishblog.com)

US Presidential Debate Most-Tweeted Ever - Text + Audio + Video - 10 October 2016
"Recently released negative information about Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton made their second meeting tense.
Trump said he was “not proud” of insulting words he had for women in a video 11 years ago.
Clinton defended her statements to donors and her use of private email."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US presidential debate: Trump launches ferocious attack on Clintons - Article + Photos + Videos - 10 October 2016
"Donald Trump has responded to an outcry over his remarks about groping women by launching a blistering attack against Hillary Clinton and her husband."

(BBC)


Hacking: A thorny issue between Russia and the West - 8 October 2016
"Russian hackers have been accused by the United States of carrying out a series of attacks against political organisations
in order "to interfere with the US election"."

(BBC)

Donald Trump: living the American Dream?
"He is part of a financial elite but is still viewed as an outsider. He has billions of dollars, owns swathes of Manhattan
and has self-funded his presidential campaign but is still most popular with low income, blue-collar voters.
Many Americans see Donald Trump as a breath of fresh air, others as a dangerous threat to global security.
How did a young man from the suburbs of New York rise to become a powerful real estate tycoon and the Republican contender for the White House?"
(BBC)

The Best Donald Trump video you will ever watch
(YouTube)

 

 

Two New Anti-Trump Attack Ads Launched by Hillary Clinton
"On May 4, 2016, the Hillary for America campaign launches two "briefing" videos showing -- one in his own words
and another in the words of prominent Republicans -- why Donald J. Trump, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party,
is unfit to be President of the United States."

(YouTube)

 

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

EU Launches New Border Force to Slow New Arrivals - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 10 October 2016
"The European Union has launched a new border force to control the flow of refugees and migrants entering its territory.
The force includes 1,500 border guards who can quickly deploy to areas seeing a sharp increase in migrant activity."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Jordan to deliver aid by crane to Syrian refugees trapped in no-man's land - 10 October 2016
"Amman announces plan to get supplies to about 75,000 people stranded at border."

(theguardian.com)

Calais crisis: Migrant killed in accident with UK driver - 10 October 2016
"An Eritrean migrant died and his wife was injured in an accident involving a British car driver on a motorway near the French port of Calais...
The migrants and refugees living at the camp, dubbed the Jungle, are hoping to cross the English Channel.
They include at least 900 unaccompanied minors...
When the camp is shut down, reportedly next week, most of the migrants will be sent to shelters in other areas of France
but Mr Cazeneuve believes those with British connections should be allowed into the UK."

(BBC)

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Colombia's President Santos donates Nobel money to conflict victims
"Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he will donate the money from the Nobel Peace prize
to help the victims of the 52-year conflict in his country."
(BBC)

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GOLD

There are people mining gold illegally in California's hills - 10 October 2016
"In the hills near Los Angeles, a handful of prospectors are hunting for gold. But what they are doing is against the law and could be harming the environment."
Start the gallery.

(BBC)

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MEN / WOMEN

Emma Watson sort un clip motivant sur la bataille des femmes pour l’égalité - VIDEO in English
"L’actrice a coproduit un court-métrage de deux minutes qui résume les combats féministes passés et à venir."

(konbini.com)

Emma Watson Beatbox for Lin-Manuel Miranda Gender Equality Rap
(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Chloé L.


POST-BREXIT SONG

Fascinating Aïda's post-Brexit song - So Sorry Scotland
"Sung by Fascinating Aïda at the Spiegeltent, Assembly, Edinburgh Festival 2016.
"SO SORRY SCOTLAND" by Adèle Anderson & Dillie Keane."
(YouTube)
+ Lyrics
Thanks to Muriel O.

 

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SPELLING

How British and American Spelling Parted Ways
"These days, when we want to know how to spell a word, we have an accepted authority to look to: the dictionary. But that wasn’t always the case.
Here's how Brits and Americans came to look to two different authorities. Produced for Mental Floss."

(YouTube)

 

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LANGUAGE

What Washington Politicians Are Really Saying - Text + Audio + Video - 9 October 2016
"Officials in Washington, DC often use their own language. Two authors wrote a book trying to explain the real meaning of these Washington words.
For example, when elected officials call other elected officials “my good friend,” they might really mean “my enemy.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BLACK CULTURE

Uncut Funk: the internet's funkiest museum of black culture - Article + Photos - 11 October 2016
"It’s free, open 24/7 and contains a magnificent archive of African-American culture ranging from afros to blaxploitation movies.
Is the Museum of Uncut Funk a step ahead of the new Smithsonian?"

(theguardian.com)

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ANIMALS

Humans Have Already Killed 26 Panamanian Jaguars This Year
"Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) report that the number of jaguar killings by humans is on the rise,
and warn that the situation will continue to worsen unless steps are taken soon. They presented their findings at the 20th Congress
of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology Conservation in Belize."

(mentalfloss.com)

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MUSEUMS

National Gallery of Art's East Building review – a new view of America (in Washington, D.C.)
"Closed for three years, the redesigned museum has reopened with a giant blue cockerel on the roof terrace
and a spectacular showcase of 60s American art discovered by Virginia Dwan."

 

The Smithsonian's African American museum – a monument to respectability politics (in Washington, D.C.) - 16 September 2016
"The museum vividly tells the story of black Americans’ lives from slavery to the present day – yet in the age of Black Lives Matter,
when nationalism itself is being questioned, is the whole project a sham?"

(theguardian.com)

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09/10/2016


CLOTHES

Hats Off to You! - Text + Audio
"We all wear clothes. And in American English, we have a lot of expressions connected to clothing!
Read on to learn several useful expressions that come from the world of clothes."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EXPRESSION

Red flag - VIDEO
This expression sounds easy enough, but it is actually a warning.
Find out how to use this phrase, and learn about its origins, in this week's English in a Minute!

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US NATIONAL PARK

Wild Surroundings at Black Canyon of the Gunnison- Text + Audio + Photos
"Our national parks journey this week takes us to the western state of Colorado. There, you will find a 77-kilometer-long canyon.
The canyon is so narrow and so deep that sunlight shines only briefly at the bottom at midday.
That frequent darkness is what has given this canyon its name."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHORES

Girls do 160 million more hours of chores than boys (October 08, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"It will come as little surprise to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time performing unpaid household chores than boys."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:    Level 4  or  Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords,
hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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SCHOOL

Back To School Supplies Haul UK
(YouTube)
Thanks to Sandrine D.

 

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COMPLAINTS

The most ridiculous complaints made by tourists
(telegraph.co.uk)

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US ELECTION

L'élection américaine
Site recommandé par Françoise F. :
"C'est en français mais cela peut servir de base à un travail pour des 5e."

(liberation.fr)

Electing a US President in Plain English (EDpuzzle)
Video (You can download the transcript here.) + Lesson

(englishblog.com)

US election: More top Republicans drop support for Trump - Article + Videos - 9 October 2016
"More senior Republicans have withdrawn support for US presidential candidate Donald Trump after his obscene remarks about women became public."

(BBC)

WATCH Robert De Niro Rips into Donald Trump: He's A Pig, I would like to punch him in the face!
(YouTube)

 

 

Cartoon: The First Presidential Debate - 28 September 2016
COMMENTARY + VOCABULARY + Also see + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Trump v Clinton: an analysis of debate styles – video - 25 September 2016
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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IS

IS 'loses more than a quarter of its territory' in Syria and Iraq - 9 October 2016
"So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled, new data shows."

+ Is so-called Islamic State finished?
+ Islamic State group: The full story
+ Islamic State in maps

+ Interactive map: See how the area IS controls has changed since 2015.
(BBC)

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GOLF

ESL Crossword — Golf - interactive version + PDF version
(englishblog.com)

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07/10/2016


SONG

Kaleo "Save Yourself"
"Kaleo performs "Save Yourself" LIVE on an iceberg at Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon."

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"It weighs heavier on one's heart
I could tell right from the start that
Sweeter ones are hard to come across
Well there is more than meets the eye
Heart like yours is rare to find
Someone else's gain will be my loss..."

(azlyrics.com)

 

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos - 7 October 2016
"Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels.
The Nobel committee in Norway praised him for his peace agreement with Farc rebels, signed last month after four years of negotiations."

+ Who are the Farc?
+ Viewpoint: What next for Colombia?
+ Dismay in Colombian media
+ Santos: From hawk to dove

+ Leading Nobel Prize countries
+ The Farc's 52-year fight
+ Full timeline of Farc conflict
(BBC)


Mr Santos and the Farc leader known as Timochenko shook hands
in a historic ceremony in Cartagena in September.

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FENCE 

Norway erects Russian border fence - VIDEO - 6 October 2016
"Norway is erecting a controversial steel fence along its border post with Russia following a surge in migrant arrivals last year."

(BBC)

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LESSONS: TV SERIES 4 LEARNING

The Big Bang Theory: Slang and Idioms
"A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them
how little they know about life outside of the laboratory."

Level: Intermediate
(tvseries4learning.wordpress.com)

Revenge: wh- questions

Breaking Bad: some idioms and phrasal verbs

House of Cards: oral discussion

Desperate Housewives: verbs in the Simple Past

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STORY

Fear itself - a video
"Fear is something we all experience, in this film we wanted to explore the beauty of fear through a singular portrait...
Fear Itself, is a short documentary following Simon Wheatcroft; a husband, a father and a blind ultra-marathon runner.
The film provides a glimpse into the inner thoughts of an unusual life and is witness to beautiful moments of clarity and vulnerability.
"
(presentplus.co.uk)
Thanks to Fabienne A.

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PRONUNCIATION

12 songs to practice the pronunciation of -ED endings
(luizotaviobarros.com)

 

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TEACHERS

The world needs 69 million more teachers (October 06, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A report from the United Nations (UN) says the world needs another 69 million teachers by the year 2030."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:   Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords,
hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migration Out of the Middle East Shows No Signs of Slowing - Text + Audio - 6 October 2016
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Hundreds of migrants stuck in Serbia set off on foot toward the border with Hungary
to protest its closure for most people trying to reach the European Union.

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PARTICIPIAL PHRASES

Learning Participial Phrases with Famous Songs - Text + Audio + Video
"Participial phrases often act as adjectives in a sentence. The phrases change the meaning of a noun or noun phrase.
Participial phrases are often complex for English learners. Today, we show you how you can get participial phrases by reducing relative clauses."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AUGMENTED REALITY

News Words: Augmented Reality - VIDEO - 6 October 2016
"You will know this week's news word if you play Pokeman Go."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOT

Toyota creates a tiny personal companion - 7 October 2016
"Envisioned as a friend for the friendless, the Japanese carmaker's £300 Kirobo Mini robot reads emotions and makes small talk."

(BBC)

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VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality for the masses is here. But do the masses want VR? - 7 October 2016
"The next six months are of crucial importance for the future of VR, if products such as Oculus Rift are to avoid being remembered as yesterday’s tomorrow."
(theguardian.com)

 

Oculus working on more affordable VR - 6 October 2016
"Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, is working on a new headset in an attempt to make the technology more affordable."
(BBC)

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JUNK FOOD / OBESITY

Junk food shortening lives of children worldwide, data shows - 7 October 2016
"Obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure at unprecedented levels due to spread of fast food and sugary drinks."

(theguardian.com)

Egypt's obesity battle: 'No one cares about calories here' - 7 October 2016
"A diet laden with sugar, meat and carbs coupled with few opportunities for exercise have left 62% of Egyptians overweight."

(theguardian.com)

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CITIES

Streets without shops: how apps are transforming our local neighbourhoods - 7 October 2016
"The on-demand services offered by apps like Uber, Laundrapp and Shoe Drop could be the nail in the coffin for some street-level businesses,
and help spur gentrification. But who loses out?"

(theguardian.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Trump website touts bipartisan support for gun policy he opposes - 7 October 2016
"Second amendment policy platform details wide support for expanded background checks on gun sales – a measure Trump and the NRA are against."

(theguardian.com)

The lies Trump told this week: taxes, bankruptcy and the great 'depression' - 7 October 2016
"Presidential nominee wrong, again. Recession of 1990-91 does not compare in severity of the 2008 financial crisis
and bankruptcy is common business practice."

(theguardian.com)

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FRACKING

Fracking given UK go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned - 6 October 2016
"Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has accepted an appeal from Cuadrilla against an earlier decision to turn down their plans to frack on the Fylde."
+ What is fracking? "Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a way of extracting natural gas from shale rock formations that are often deep underground.
It involves..."

+ Fracking sites
(theguardian.com)

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HATS

8 World Famous Historical Hats
"Hats have been used throughout history to convey meaning—whether as a status symbol, a political statement, or simply for sartorial style. Such is the power of a good hat that certain styles have become intrinsically linked with just one famous individual, and inevitably become the first item you reach for when trying to portray that character at a costume party..."

(mentalfloss.com)

WINSTON CHURCHILL’S HOMBURG

 

GUY FAWKES’S SUGARLOAF

 

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LIBRARIES

The most beautiful libraries in America – in pictures
"After two years and $12m, the New York Public Library reopened the Rose main reading room and Bill Blass public catalog room at the Stephen A Schwarzman Building. There are thousands of libraries across the US, which are public, private and university-owned, varied in design and size
– here are some of the best."

(theguardian.com)


The Library of Congress in Washington,
the oldest cultural institution in the US,
holding more than 130m items.

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