Drone wars: Today’s weapon of choice?- 14 September 2015
"Drone strikes are often controversial. They seem to allow the attacking nation to remain literally and metaphorically above the fray.
Their own service personnel are not at risk.
And drones also seem to blur the boundaries between warfare on the one hand and counter-terrorism and law enforcement on the other."
Do animals have language? - Michele Bishop
"All animals communicate. But do they have language? Michele Bishop details the four specific qualities we associate with language and investigates whether or not certain animals utilize some or all of those qualities to communicate." View full lesson.
Could a robot do your job? - VIDEO - 14 September 2015
"About 35% of today's jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next two decades, according to new research.
It suggests people doing low-skilled, low-paid jobs, and those earning less than £30,000 are most likely to be replaced by a machine.
Find out how your job might be affected.
Rory Cellan-Jones has more details."
English in a Minute: Pain in the Neck - VIDEO
"A lot of idioms have to do with parts of the body. But is this expression have anything to do with your neck?
Find out in this week's English in a Minute!"
A Dog's Sniffer Could Be Your Best Friend in Disaster - Text + Audio + Video - 12 September 2015
"When devastating earthquakes hit Haiti, Japan and Nepal, rescue dogs were among the first to arrive.
American search-and-rescue teams and their specially trained dogs also helped during U.S. hurricanes Katrina and Sandy."
Unraveling the Mysteries of the U.S. Seal
"Look at the back of a $1 bill and you'll see the two sides of the Great Seal of the United States.
In one circle, an unfinished pyramid, topped with an eye in a floating triangle. in the other, a bald eagle clutching an olive branch in one talon and 13 arrows in the other. What does it all mean? Melissa Block talks with Priscilla Linn, senior curator of the State Department's U.S. Diplomacy Center."
Thanks to Sophie Bonfils (Ac. Lyon)
Symbols of the United States
"A short video to teach students about the history of our country's symbols and what they mean to Americans.
Includes the American Flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Bald Eagle."
Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)
Her Shoes - a lesson
"This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by The Mercadantes titled Her Shoes and the theme of clothes.
Students practise vocabulary related to shoes and clothes, and clothes collocations, watch a short film and talk about clothes and fashion." Time: 60 minutes
The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli
"It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles.
But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain?
Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language
keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged."
(YouTube) Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)
Whale Deaths On the Rise in Alaska- Text + Audio + Video - 13 September 2015
"Scientists blame warmer water for the deaths. They say the rising temperatures are as a result of changing weather and wind conditions, which are not linked to climate change. Scientists say carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution are making the Arctic warm faster than anyplace on the planet."
Dealing with Back-to-School Stress: Part 1 - Text + Audio - 13 September 2015
"Leaving behind the carefree days of summer and starting school with routines, homework and expenses can be stressful for everyone
- children, parents and teachers. But you can do some things to help reduce stress. This is important especially for stressed-out teenagers."
Living in a Shipping Container - Text + Audio + Video - 13 September 2015
"In some parts of the United States, housing is so costly that people are now living in shipping containers.
But they often must keep their communities secret from local governments.
The large metal boxes were once used to ship products across the country or overseas."
Migrant crisis: UN warns of 'legal limbo' in Europe- Article + Videos - 14 September 2015
"Thousands of refugees could be left in "legal limbo" as European countries adopt different border rules
to deal with the record influx of migrants, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned."
Refugees in Europe – then and now - with PHOTOS - 14 September 2015
"As tens of thousands of refugees and migrants continue to make their perilous way across Europe,
their pictures recall those of earlier, equally arduous journeys.
From the shattered remains of Dunkirk in 1940 to the smoking ruins of Damascus in 2015, the women and children fleeing the barbarity of German troops in Russia or Islamic State fighters in Iraq, images of humanity’s flight from oppression, poverty and persecution today find a powerful echo in those of past exoduses. For these people nothing much seems to have changed."
The Longer View: Migrant crises - with videos
"The current migrant crisis in Europe has made headlines around the world as millions seek refuge in countries across the continent.
The scale of the crisis in 2015 has not been seen since the end of World War Two, but tackling mass migration has proved to be
an almost constant concern. From Biafra to the Balkans, solutions are rarely straightforward."
Migration to Europe - why now? BBC News
Thousands of Syrian refugees have travelled to Europe, fleeing war in their country and seeking somewhere safe to live.
The civil war has been raging in Syria for a long time, but the numbers of refugees heading to Europe has increased substantially in recent months.
What are the push and pull factors that have led to this surge in people moving?"
Issues Collide Over Europe’s Migrant Crisis - Text + Audio- 13 September 2015
"Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from conflict areas have entered Europe.
The head of the European Commission is calling for European countries to be required to take in refugees.
The U.S. recently announced it would take 10,000 Syrian refugees starting next month."
Migrant crisis: Germany 'to start border controls' - 13 September 2015
"Germany is to reintroduce some form of controls on its border with Austria to cope with the influx of migrants,
German and Austrian media report." + What are the current border rules?
Harry sends Rugby World Cup trophy on tour (Added on June 10th, 2015)
"Prince Harry sends the Webb Ellis Cup on tour helped by Rugby World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood."
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)
Top soccer video game has women's teams (September 11, 2015) - a lesson with AUDIO
"One of the world's best-selling video games has increased its list of options to attract more women players."
US Marks 14th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks - Text + Audio
"U.S. officials and other Americans observed events remembering September 11, 2001.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorist al-Qaida supporters used four passenger airplanes
to attack U.S. targets in New York and Washington D.C."
Rugby World Cup - Resources
"we've put together over 300 pdf files containing Rugby World Cup 2015 printable resources,
general rugby printable resources, and flag printables for the 20 countries taking part."
(activityvillage.co.uk) Thanks to Barbara Saguet (Ac. Reims)
Video shows inside Hungary migrant holding camp- VIDEO - 11 September 2015
"Video has emerged from the Roszke camp near the Hungary-Serbia border that appears to show hundreds of migrants being fed by guards.
Video footage showed chaotic scenes inside the overcrowded camp and migrants are seen
pushing and shoving as they try to catch food packs being tossed into the crowd by police.
The footage was shot secretly by Michaela Spritzendorfer who was there to bring aid
and journalist and activist Klaus Kufner who helped her get access to the camp."
Migrant crisis: Hungary prepares to secure border with Serbia - VIDEO - 11 September 2015
"The Hungarian government is preparing to strengthen security on its border with Serbia.
There are fears it could become a bottleneck for those trying to enter the European Union.
Anna Holligan reports from Hungary's border fence."
'An exhausted quiet' on Greek migrant ferry- VIDEO - 10 September 2015
"In the past few days more than 20,000 refugees, mainly from Syria, have arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.
To ease conditions there, the government in Athens has chartered ferries to bring them to the mainland.
The BBC's Fergal Keane took the journey from Lesbos to Piraeus with the refugees."
FBI used Burning Man to field-test new surveillance equipment- 8 September 2015
"The FBI's 2012 file on its Burning Man surveillance, obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, reveals that America's domestic spy agency for at least five years, and has been using the event as an opportunity to try out its latest toys,
with help from Pershing County sheriff's deputies...
some burners were actually undercover police..."
'A Pair of Silk Stockings' by Kate Chopin - Text + Audio + Video
"What would you do with a little unexpected amount of money?
Would you save it, spend it on necessities, or spend it on luxuries for yourself? That is the question that Mrs. Sommers faced one day.
Read this classic American Story to find out how she spends what would be over $400 today."
New iPhones, Watches, TVs, Big iPads Offer Better Selfies- Text + Audio- 11 September 2015
"Apple held a two-hour Special Event on Wednesday, announcing new products and new models of existing products.
Among the new hardware are a large iPad and a gaming controller for the Apple TV.
You will also be able to ask the TV to rewind and add closed captions."
O2 Wear The Rose - Make Them Giants - England Rugby Animation
"It’s a fact that in top level sport, the power of support can be the difference between victory and defeat. This year, you can be that difference.
Your support can make the England team bigger and stronger than ever before."
(YouTube) Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)
All the queen's presidents: From Truman to Obama - interactive
"Since Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, 10 U.S. presidents have been elected.
The UK's queen has met all of them, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.
She would have met President Johnson during the funeral of President John F. Kennedy but was pregnant with her third son, Edward,
at the time and could not make the trip. Before her coronation she met serving president Harry Truman and during her reign also met former president Herbert Hoover."
The refugees telling other refugees to stop dropping rubbish- Article + Photos + Videos- 9 September 2015
"Pictures of trails of detritus left behind by thousands of asylum seekers travelling across Europe have been widely shared online
- but now some are urging their compatriots to stop leaving rubbish everywhere."
After Alan Kurdi, migrants still risk death in Bodrum- 9 September 2015
"The BBC's Mark Lowen in Turkey's Bodrum peninsula - where the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was washed up last week
- meets those desperate enough to risk their lives crossing to Greece."
Calais School Offers Migrants Help in Time of Crisis- Text + Audio + Video - 9 September 2015
"Europe is facing increased criticism about how it has reacted to the flow of migrants. Not all Europeans think that walls or laws are the answer.
In the French city of Calais, one school is opening doors and bringing migrants of different nationalities together."
"On September the 11th 2001, the USA was attacked by terrorists, leading to the deaths of 2,976 people.
This film is a reminder of exactly what happened on that terrible day."
+ Worksheet: Assembly - Remembering 9/11(.doc) Created by Véronique Schied (Ac. Strasbourg)
Queen Elizabeth II Poised to Be Britain’s Longest Serving Ruler - Text + Audio - 9 September 2015
"Queen Elizabeth II is set reach an important milestone this week – becoming Britain’s longest-ruling head of state.
Queen Elizabeth has worked with 12 British prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.
At age 89, she continues to travel and attend official events."
Germany and Austria welcome refugees (September 08, 2015) - a lesson with AUDIO
"Germany and Austria welcomed thousands of refugees yesterday after their long walk through Hungary."
Delivering Hope for Syria's Children
"Despite no end in sight to the fighting in Syria, Save the Children is delivering hope for Syria's children..."
(YouTube) Thanks to Catherine Le Calvé (Ac. Nantes)
35 WAYS TO INTRODUCE YOUR LESSON TOPIC
"Are you fed up with using the same old methods to introduce your lesson topic?
Look no further! Here are 35 ways to kick off your lesson. How many have you tried?"
Migrant crisis: The Syrians exploited by people-smugglers in Turkey- VIDEO - 8 September 2015
"With no let-up in the number of refugees desperate to leave their countries, criminal gangs are making tens of thousands of dollars
every time a crowded boat tries to make it to Europe.
The BBC's Fergal Keane reports from the Turkish coast, where secret filming reveals the extent of the illegal people-smuggling trade."
How the Schengen area of free EU movement was created - VIDEO - 8 September 2015
"The Schengen Agreement was implemented in 1985 and it allows freedom of movement between the countries which are signed up to it.
Initially not many countries were in the agreement but it now includes almost every country in the European Union.
Chris Morris reports from Schengen in Luxembourg on how the agreement came to be."
Country Music Women Put Men in Their Place- Text + Audio + Video - 5 September 2015
"American country music lyrics often describe women as they might appear in men’s dreams.
This is especially true of songs by many male artists. But the songs by Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye are different."
Book Pages Could Provide Safe Drinking Water for Millions - VIDEO
"The expression "a thirst for knowledge" may soon have a new meaning for millions of people who have no way to get clean water.
Researchers have developed a book with specially treated pages that can make water safe to drink."