Fashion - Video - 20 October 2016
"Les compagnies de prêt-à-porter vous vendent des vêtements vraiment pas chers et dont vous n'avez pas besoin.
Cela entraîne des problèmes humains, sociaux et environnementaux."
(quebec.huffingtonpost.ca) Thanks to Cécile J.
The True Cost
"This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make those clothes and the impact it’s having on our world.
The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.
The True Cost is a groundbreaking new documentary film that pulls back the curtain on an unseen part of our world and asks us each to consider,
who pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums featuring interviews
with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Vandana Shiva and many more. This unprecedented project invites us all
on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes."
You Won’t Believe How Much Clothing the U.S. Throws Away in a Year
"The documentary ‘The True Cost’ puts real numbers on our consumption and our waste...
It stands to reason that if, collectively, we’re buying more than 80 billion new items of clothing each year,
we’re tossing nearly as much to make room for them..."
Disagreeing - 10 - English at Work gives you the language to disagree
"Tom, Anna and Denise get together to share their ideas about Tip Top Trading's upcoming launch, but they can't agree on things!
Anna's ideas are met with some negative comments and she has to learn how to disagree with the other's viewpoint in a confident but polite manner."
+ Transcript (below the video on YouTube).
Grammar and Presidential Elections: Part One- Text + Audio-27 October 2016
"Political candidates like to use certain grammatical structures when they speak. They use these structures because they can have a rhetorical effect.
In today's program, we explore one common structure: the deliberate fragment."
Leaked Emails Show Inner Workings of Clinton Campaign- Text + Audio + Pictures - 26 October 2016
"Leaked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign raise questions about her connections to the Clinton Foundation.
One email suggests the King of Morocco offered $12 million for the aide group and to cover costs of a foundation meeting.
In return, the king expected Clinton to attend. But she didn't."
President Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets'- Text + Audio + Videos - 26 October 2016
"President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will come to an end in January. The president is celebrating the last time he will get to do many things.
He hosted his final state dinner recently. He also appeared on a late-night talk show and read “Mean Tweets” for the last time."
Teaching About the Syrian Refugee Crisis
A zero-prep, Common Core-friendly, interactive lesson guide; made by teachers, for teachers; ready for class today! Help your students take informed action.
(iamsyria.org) Thanks to Fabienne A.
Yazidi women who escaped from Isis win EU human rights prize - 27 October 2016
"Sakharov award goes to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Ashar, who became advocates for Yazidi people...
The annual Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, established in 1988, is named after the Soviet physicist and outspoken dissident Andrei Sakharov
and is awarded to “individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe”." (theguardian.com)
Three-quarters of British people commit micro crimes (October 26, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new report from a British market research company says there is a ''wave of micro crime'' in the country." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Level 0, Level 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 :-)
Which is the world’s most wasteful city? - 27 October 2016
"Mumbai produces 11,000 tonnes of trash per day, Cairo feeds garbage to pigs and China’s waste is growing twice as fast as its population
– but it’s the wealthiest cities that throw the most away."
Revenge of the tabloids - 27 October 2016
"Rocked by the phone-hacking scandal and haemorrhaging readers, the rightwing tabloids seemed to be yesterday’s news.
But now, in Theresa May’s Brexit Britain, they look more powerful than ever."
Halloween - a lesson
"In this lesson, students will practise Halloween vocabulary, and sing a song or watch a story.
Depending on stages chosen, they will then invent an animal skeleton, write a spooky story, play a Halloween game, or invent a magic potion.
Finally, they will make a paper skeleton, then write and talk about it. To finish off, they can do a quiz, a tongue twister, play a game or read some jokes.
For homework, they can complete a worksheet or write about Halloween in their country on the LearnEnglish Kids site."
Time: 90 minutes approximately (depending on stages chosen) (teachingenglish.org.uk)
Halloween - a lesson plan
"Halloween is celebrated on 31st October and is becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers across Europe.
This lesson plan focuses on a series of activities designed to focus on different skills, all related to Halloween.
The activities can be adapted, so choose the most suitable for your group, taking into account their language levels and interests." Level: A2 – B2
Time: 60+ minutes
Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes (Panorama) - BBC News - 24 October 2016
"An undercover BBC investigation has discovered Syrian refugee children making clothes for British shoppers.
Panorama investigated factories in Turkey, and found children had been working on clothes for Marks and Spencer and the online retailer ASOS.
The brands say they do not tolerate exploitation or child labour. Darragh MacIntyre has this report."
Calais migrants: Sense of anger in new host town: Charleville Mézières, in France- 26 October 2016
"The city of Charleville-Mezieres is one of the communities chosen by the French government to take in the migrants and refugees
displaced by the closure of the Calais jungle. "
The e-waste mountains - in pictures - 18 October 2016
"Sustainable development goal target 12.5 is to reduce waste. But with a planet increasingly dependent on technology, is that even possible?
Kai Loeffelbein’s photographs of e-waste recycling in Guiyu, southern China show what happens to discarded computers."
'Trump Tower Live' Launches on Facebook- Text + Audio + Video - 25 October 2016
"Facebook carried the first 'Trump Tower Live' program Monday night. The program looked similar to a nightly news show on television.
Its aim is, as one presenter explained on Monday, to “bypass the left-wing media."
How important is Mosul for Isis? – video explainer- 25 October 2016
"The battle to remove Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul is underway with thousands of Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces combining and making progress towards the outskirts. It was from Mosul that Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called caliphate and it is the last major stronghold
for Isis in Iraq. But while the jihadists are outgunned, their ideology has proven remarkably resilient..."
This video contains graphic images that some viewers may find distressing..
Robot Helps Sick Children Feel Less Lonely- Text + Audio- 24 October 2016
"Children who are sick at home can miss important classroom learning. They also can feel left out.
But a high-tech “friend” may be able to help them keep up with their schoolwork...
The robot is called AV1."
This robot 'sweats' to keep cool as it does press ups - 17 October 2016
"The Kengoro robot, developed at the University of Tokyo, moves with a complex series of motors that are vulnerable to overheating.
Its structure does not allow space for the fans and radiators that are typically used to cool computers, so engineers created small gaps in its frame
that allows water to seep out, cooling the areas most likely to overheat."
Drones Helping to Save Lives in Rwanda and Madagascar - Text + Audio- 24 October 2016
"Drones are now being used to transport blood, medicine and supplies in Rwanda and Madagascar. Zipline International, an American-based company,
has begun flying blood and vaccines to Rwandan medical centers. Another company, Vayu, transports blood and laboratory test materials in Madagascar."
Mosul battle: Four ways IS is fighting back - Article + Photos + Videos - 25 October 2016
"After more than a week of fighting, the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces are now getting close to the eastern outskirts of Mosul,
the last city in Iraq still under the control of so-called Islamic State (IS)."
South Sudan artists paint for peace in Juba- with pictures- 25 October 2016
"After nearly three years of devastating civil conflict, South Sudanese artists have come together
to try and get the country thinking and talking about peace, by launching a public art project in the capital Juba."
Clinton roasts Trump at Al Smith charity dinner
"One night after the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech roasting her opponent Donald Trump at the Al Smith Dinner. The Catholic charity fundraiser is an opportunity for the candidates to trade jokes and blows amid the heated campaign. CBSN has Clinton's full speech."
Trump roasts Clinton at Al Smith charity dinner
"Just one night after the final presidential debate, Donald Trump roasted Hillary Clinton at the Al Smith Dinner. The Catholic charity fundraiser
is an opportunity for the candidates to trade jokes and blows amid the heated campaign. CBSN has Trump's full speech."
The kids who have to sew to survive - 23 October 2016
"The first time you see a child hunched over a sewing machine in a hot, airless factory will never leave you...
I'd been told that child labour was endemic in Turkey. But I wasn't prepared for the reality of it. Or the scale of it. One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery...
Only a tiny percentage of the estimated 3 million Syrians who have sought refuge in Turkey have the necessary work permits.
To survive, they have to work illegally, without any rights, and for low wages."
New on Facebook: Ordering Food & Buying Tickets - Text + Audio - 22 October 2016
"Facebook has launched a new service allowing users to order food and buy tickets. The new feature, called Recommendations, is designed to help users organize their friends’ favorite places and things in one place. The service allows people to comment and give suggestions on their favorite things."
Does Sexism Affect US Presidential Race?- Text + Audio + Video + Pictures - 22 October 2016
"Why did it take so long for a woman to be nominated in a country that works to empower women around the world?
And, do feelings about the place of women affect how Americans react to a female candidate?"
Small US Colleges Fight to Stay Open- Text + Audio - 22 October 2016
"There are thousands of choices of colleges and universities in the United States. Some are big and others are small. Some are public and others are private. But not every school is equally successful. Some schools face money troubles and end up closing, leaving students and professors in trouble."
Cinderella in Sports? You Bet! - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 October 2016
"The story of Cinderella tells about a poor girl who marries a prince.
But did you know that in American English a “Cinderella story” has more to do with big, sweaty men than beautiful princesses?
Read on to find out “Cinderella story” means."
The Most Radioactive Places on Earth - Video with English subtitles Who on Earth is exposed to the most ionizing radiation? Derek Muller from Veritasium investigates.
With a lesson: Watch / Think / Discuss and the video with French subtitles