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29/09/2015


ROBOTS

Gironde: Une société lance un robot capable d'inspecter les sites nucléaires - 29 Septembre 2015
"Résistant aux radiations, SX1 pourra prendre en temps réel des mesures de radioactivité dans les centrales..."

(20minutes.fr)
Sorry! I have not found an English site for this robot.

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STORY

Sergey Ananov: Two days on ice with three polar bears - 18 September 2015
"In July Russian adventurer Sergey Ananov was forced to ditch his helicopter in icy waters between Canada and Greenland.
Here he describes his two-day battle against high winds and extreme temperatures - and a few unexpected guests."

(BBC)

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MARS

NASA: Strong Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars - Text + Audio - 28 September 2015
"NASA has found salt minerals that provide strong evidence that there was liquid water on Mars.
NASA has found lines of "hydrated" salt minerals on Mars. Scientists say these minerals would require liquid water to be created.
And where there’s liquid water, they say, there could be life."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GEOGRAPHY

All those confusing geography terms, explained in a gorgeous antique map
(vox.com)

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TECHNOLOGY

Is your home about to get a lot smarter? - Article + Photos + Video - 29 September 2015
"You're driving home from work. Your connected car pings your estimated time of arrival to your smart home, which springs into life..."

(BBC)


"Gartner forecasts that there could be more than 500 connected devices in the home by 2022."

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MIGRANTS / IMMIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Middle classes on the move - 29 September 2015
"It is still startling to see the human river now coursing across Europe, streaming through fields, surging over borders
or halting at formidable metal barriers."

+ Mediterranean Sea Crossings
+ Living hell
+ Life's hard limits

(BBC)

Quebec's struggle to embrace English-speaking immigrants - VIDEO - 29 September 2015
"BBC Pop Up is in Canada to cover next month's federal elections and one of the issues you've asked us to look at is immigration.
The country has long prided itself on its multicultural approach, but there is now a debate
over the number of immigrants and where they come from.
In Quebec, where the authorities are reviewing the province's policy for the first time in 25 years, language further complicates things.
How can the French-speaking province accommodate English-speaking immigrants - from other parts of Canada
as well as from all over the world - and still preserve its distinct identity?"

(BBC)

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28/09/2015


MARS

Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars - 28 September 2015
Researchers say discovery of stains from summertime flows down cliffs and crater walls increases chance of finding life on red planet
+ Water on the red planet - in pictures
+ Water on Mars - an interactive guide

(theguardian.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Gil Fulbright: Honest Politician - VIDEO + SCRIPT
(facebook.com)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice) :"une publicité politique hilarante"

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UN

World leaders attend 70th session of UN General Assembly - VIDEO - 28 September 2015
"World leaders are in New York for the first day of the UN General Assembly.
It is the 70th session of the annual gathering of global powers.
The refugee crisis in Europe, conflict in the Middle East and the Iran nuclear deal will all be discussed."

(BBC)

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DICKENS

Compréhension orale - Charles Dickens (pdf) - Niveau 4ème
Créée par Catherine Saint Paul (Ac. Versailles)

d'après une video (BBC)

 


Compréhension orale - Charles Dickens - Biography (.odt)
+ Video script (.odt)
Created by Florence JOUANIN (Ac. Orléans-Tours) - Niveau 5ème

+ Video: The Life of Charles Dickens (BBC)
(YouTube)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Fears Austria's transport system could collapse - VIDEO - 28 September 2015
Authorities in the Austrian city of Salzburg are warning the influx of migrants trying to reach Germany
could cause the country's transport system to collapse.
Due to Germany's slow processing of migrants, facilities where migrants are temporarily staying in Salzburg are overcrowded, officials say.
If the flow of migrants continues, the authorities may be forced to shut down its train station where the migrant shelter is,
which may paralyse Austria's entire train system."

(BBC)

Migrant crisis: Memorable pictures by BBC correspondents - Joy and anguish - 28 September 2015
"BBC correspondents and film crews are out covering the huge movement of migrants across Europe and some are shooting still pictures
as they go. We asked them to send in a memorable picture they had taken, along with a brief back story."

(BBC)

Banksy theme park Dismaland to be made into refugee shelters - VIDEO - 27 September 2015
"Banksy has said that all the fixtures and timber from his theme park Dismaland will be sent to Calais
to build shelters for people in the camps there.
The theme park in Weston-super-Mare is closing and will be dismantled.
Jon Kay reports from Dismaland.
"
(BBC)

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27/09/2015


FRIENDS

Besties, Buds, BFFs ... Friends! - Text + Audio - 26 September 2015
"We often say, “You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends.”
This expression means that our friends are the people we choose to have in our lives. They can be so important.
This story teaches great ways to talk about the besties, buds and BFFs (Best Friends Forever) in your life."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD

Why Do People Waste So Much Food? - Text + Audio - 26 September 2015
"Up to half of the food the world produces is never eaten. It is instead thrown away. Experts say food is wasted in both rich and poor countries,
but for different reasons. In poor countries, food is lost during production; in places like the US, nearly half of purchased food is thrown away."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RWC

Fiche sur RWC - Niveau 5ème (ppt)
Créée par Joëlle Cendrier (Ac. Nantes)

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ANIMALS

Phonetic zoo (ppt)
Présentation PowerPoint pour fixer le 'phonetic zoo' de Hi there 6ème, avec un 'Mind the bomb' à la fin.

Créé par Madame Bergeron (Ac. Toulouse)

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PARENTS / PROFESSEURS

Réunions parents-professeurs - TIPS (pdf)
Fiche créée par Karine GAVOILLE (Ac. Nancy-Metz), inspirée par plusieurs collègues, notamment PE. 

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DICTIONARY

Utiliser un dictionnaire bilingue - Fiches créées (pdf) par Karine Gavoille (Ac. Nancy-Metz)
Comment utiliser un dictionnaire bilingue VERSO
Comment utiliser un dictionnaire bilingue RECTO
Fiche dictionnaire 4ème - 3ème
Fiche dictionnaire 4ème - 3ème - Correction

Apprendre à utiliser le dictionnaire bilingue (.doc)
Document créé par Helder Reis (Ac. Besançon)

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SCHOOL

A typical school week around the world - infographic
(visual.ly)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

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MIGRANTS

People smuggler who 'transferred thousands to Europe killed in shootout' - 26 September 2015
"Man referred to as Maskhout and eight others reportedly killed in shootout in Libya after allegedly masterminding key route
for refugees from Africa and the Middle East."

(theguardian.com)

Greek coastguard: 'Boats carrying migrants are overcrowded and unsafe' - VIDEO - 26 September 2015
"Greece is one of the main routes for migrants making the journey into Europe.
The island of Lesbos, only a few miles from the Turkish coast, has seen an influx of nearly 200,000 refugees since the spring.
Jim Muir asked the commander of the Greek coastguard on Lesbos, Antonios Sofiadelis,
why so many are dying on a short crossing that should be simple and safe."

(BBC)

People smuggling "is the organised illegal movement of groups or individuals from one country to another.
People who pay people smugglers do so for a variety of reasons including to seek protection and to pursue economic advantage.
People smuggling can be lucrative and is increasingly carried out by sophisticated and highly organised networks."

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ART

France in the year 2000
"France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists
issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910."
(publicdomainreview.org)

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LOCKERS

Lockers in the USA - Padlet (Niveau 3ème)
by Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)
(fr.padlet.com)

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PRONUNCIATION

English Pronunciation - Secrets of English Pronunciation
(YouTube)
+ Worksheets created by Laurence Haquet (Ac. Rouen):
- Methodology - English pronunciation - for students
- Methodology - English pronunciation - for teachers

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26/09/2015


ILLEGAL TRADE

China and US agree on ivory ban in bid to end illegal trade globally - 26 September 2015
"The two largest markets for illegal ivory agree to enact a nearly complete ban on the import and export of ivory
to help reduce the loss of elephants to poaching."

(theguardian.com)

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CARTOON

Cartoon: Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
BACKGROUND + CARTOON + IDIOM + COMMENTARY + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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SELFIES

More people die from selfies than shark attacks (26th September, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Travellers and phone-camera lovers need to note a new danger that has recently come to light."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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MIGRANTS

Europe's refugee crisis – a visual guide - 25 September 2015
"Tens of thousands of people are still arriving and travelling across Europe as EU politicians struggle to agree on realistic measures
for dealing with the continent’s worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war."

(theguardian.com)

EU governments push through divisive deal to share 120,000 refugees - Article + Video - 22 September 2015
"Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania vote against decision to impose quotas, as lack of consensus threatens to feed resentment."

(theguardian.com)

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25/09/2015


VISITING LONDON - SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road - London SE1 6HZ - FREE admission
"IWM London is a museum that tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict."

(iwm.org.uk)

London South Bank Walk - itinerary
"Starting at Tower Bridge, before embarking on the walk along the South Bank it's worth taking a short journey east,
under the arch of the bridge into Shad Thames..." 

(wikitravel.org)

The Millennium Bridge, "officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a steel suspension bridge 
for pedestrians crossing the River Thames in London, linking Bankside with the City of London."

(Wikipedia)

 


Somerset House (Strand, London WC2R 1LA) "is a major cultural centre in the heart of London.
During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink.
Somerset House also programmes contemporary art and design exhibitions, free displays, family workshops and guided tours."
 
(somersethouse.org.uk)

Borough Market (8 Southwark St SE1 1TL) "is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce...
Start your visit by meeting our traders, find out about what’s happening in the Market, take a look behind the stalls or sample our delicious seasonal recipes. You can plan your trip by using our interactive Market Map to find the produce and traders you want."

Huge market under the railway lines, for British-reared meat and artisanal baked and dairy goods.
(boroughmarket.org.uk)

The London Wall Walk (2,8 km)
(archive.museumoflondon.org.uk)


King's Cross Station "is considered one of the main train stations to serve London...
Platform 9¾ is the platform from which the Hogwarts Express may be boarded on September 1st.
The platform has, on September the first, a sign hanging over it, reading:Hogwarts Express, eleven o'clock,
and there is a wrought iron archway bearing the wordsPlatform Nine and Three Quarters over the entry/exit to the platform..."

(harrypotter.wikia.com)

Cyberdog, Camden Town (Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH)
"a futuristic store that resembles a mixture between a rave nightclub and a planet on another galaxy."

(weekendnotes.co.uk)

 

Geffrye Museum (136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA)
The Geffrye is located in Shoreditch just minutes from the City of London.
"Collections comprise furniture, textiles, paintings and objects displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
Includes virtual tour..." 

Admission to the museum including the eleven period rooms and herb and period gardens is free.
(geffrye-museum.org.uk)

The Albert Memorial "is situated in Kensington Gardens (London W2 2UH),  London, directly to the north of the Royal Albert Hall.
It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861.
The memorial was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style." 

(Wikipedia)


One New Change (1, New Change) "is a major office and retail development in London, United Kingdom.[1] 
It comprises 560,000 square feet (52,000 m2) of floor space, including 220,000 square feet (20,000 m2) of retail space and 330,000 square feet (31,000 m2) of office space[2] and is the only large shopping centre in the City of London, the historic nucleus and modern financial centre of London. It cost £500 million to build and was completed in October 2010.[1]"

It's "opposite St. Paul's Cathedral...
The shopping centre is open seven days a week."

(Wikipedia)

 

The London Transport Museum, "or LT Museum based in Covent GardenLondon,
seeks to conserve and explain the transport heritage of Britain's capital city.
The majority of the museum's exhibits originated in the collection of London Transport,
but, since the creation of Transport for London (TfL) in 2000, the remit of the museum has expanded
to cover all aspects of transportation in the city."

(Wikipedia)

Thanks to Béatrice Silliard (Ac. Rouen) and Françoise PRIGEN (Ac.Rennes)

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AD

Yoplait 'Hunger' Ad
COMMENT + TRANSCRIPT + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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FOOD

What's for dinner at the White House? - VIDEO - 25 September 2015
"Colorado lamb will be on the menu on Friday evening when President Obama welcomes his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Grammy-winning R&B singer Ne-Yo is providing entertainment at the state dinner.
White House chefs have given a sneak preview of what they call an American welcoming meal, fused with Chinese cuisine."

(BBC)

 

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STORY

'The Open Boat' by Stephen Crane, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
"The author Stephen Crane was traveling from the United States to Cuba as a newspaper reporter. One night, his ship hit a sandbar.
It sank in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida. Read and listen to his exciting story about how he survived in a small boat after the shipwreck."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

VOCABULARY:

- clash:
"a fight or battle between two groups of people"


- cope (with):
"to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degreeof success (usually followed by with)"

- drown:
"to sink under water and die"

- fence:
"a flat upright structure made of wood or wire that surrounds an area of land"

- hotspot: "a country or region where dangerous or difficult political situations existor may erupt, especially where a war, revolution, or a belligerent attitude toward other countries exists or may develop"

- journey:
"a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time"

- smuggle:
"to take someone or something secretly and illegally into or out of acountryespecially as a way of earning money"

- smuggler:
"someone who secretly and illegally takes goods or people into or out of a countryespecially as a way of earning money"

- stranded:
synonyms: marooned, abandoned - See more synonyms


- stuck (simple past tense and past participle of stick):
caught or held in a position so that you cannot move




Migrant crisis: Germany boosts funding to regional states - 25 September 2015
"Germany's federal government has pledged €4bn (£3bn; $4.5bn) to its regional states, double the current levels of funding,
to help them cope with a record migrant influx."

(BBC)

Nationalist Finnish protesters throw stones at bus carrying refugees - 25 September 2015
"Government criticises group of between 30-40 demonstrators, including one in KKK costume,
who targeted bus carrying asylum seekers from Iraq."

(theguardian.com)

Why Greece Shut The Shortest, Safest Route For Migrants And Refugees - 24 September 2015
(huffingtonpost.com)

Pope urges 'humane' US migrant response - 24 September 2015
"Pope Francis has told the US Congress that the US must see migrants as "persons" and not as "numbers".

(BBC)

Europe's Migrant Crisis Does Not Let Up - Text + Audio - 24 September 2015
"European Union leaders met in Brussels Wednesday for an emergency meeting on the on-going refugee crisis.
They are looking to tighten borders and adopted a plan for how many migrants each country should take.
Meanwhile, migrants and refugees continue to cross into Europe's borders."

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24/09/2015


RWC

Voici 4 worksheets créées par Aude Viaud (Ac. Versailles) sur la coupe du monde de rugby 2015 qui permettent de travailler :
- les drapeaux,
- les pays, les nationalités,
- les équipes et leurs emblèmes
- ainsi que le haka (histoire et chorégraphie).
Pour cette dernière worksheet il faut utiliser la vidéo suivante https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPgB0CvNtoQ


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WILDFIRES

The prisoners fighting wildfires in California - Article + Photos + Video - 24 September 2015
"For months, thousands of firefighters have been battling raging wildfires in the tinder-dry forests of drought-stricken California.
Most are employees of the state's fire service, but more than a third are prisoners, who earn money
and early release in return for doing an exhausting, dirty and dangerous job."

(BBC)

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UN

Global Goals: 'End poverty' - and 16 more UN goals - VIDEO - 24 September 2015
"Ending poverty is one of 17 goals outlined by the UN to replace the Millennium Development Goals which expire this year.
Naomi Grimley outlines the 'Global Goals' - in 75 seconds."

(BBC)

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A NEW PAGE:

SELFIES

CARTOONS PRIVACY
FACTS PROS and CONS
LESSON PLANS SONGS
LISTENING VIDEOS
PICTURES VOCABULARY

 


CARTOON

Cartoon: Made in Germany - 23 September 2015
COMMENT + ALSO SEE + VOCABULARY + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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FAMILY

Family portrait game (.docx)
"Les élèves décrivent une "family" ou "friends'portrait" et le super moment qu'ils ont passé." 
Créé par Katy Jourdan (Ac. Versailles)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: EU leaders avoid punch-up but fail refugee test - 24 September 2015
"All over Europe, refugees and other migrants continue to pour over the borders...
Did they (EU leaders) solve Europe's migrant crisis in an evening? No.
Did they cool frayed tempers and focus minds? Yes.
Is that enough? Clearly not.
Is it in any way significant? It is..."

(BBC)

EU refugee summit in disarray as Tusk warns 'greatest tide yet to come' - Article + Videos - 24 September 2015
"Emergency talks end with pledge of hundreds of millions of euros to help transit countries
as European council president criticises ‘open doors’ policy."

(theguardian.com)

Calais School Offers Migrants Help in Time of Crisis - VIDEO - 23 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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

UN warns of worst refugee crisis in nearly 20 years - 19 June 2013
"Conflicts in Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali push number of displaced people to more than 45 million."

(theguardian.com)

UK warship will be used to 'board, seize and divert' refugee boats - 16 September 2015
"HMS Richmond is to take part in ‘more aggressive’ phase two of EU naval operation off coast of Libya"

(theguardian.com)

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PANDAS

China to prosecute three over butchered panda - 23 September 2015
"Three men in south-western China accused of selling 35kg (77lb) of meat from a panda they killed are to be prosecuted, a court has announced...
Panda poaching is extremely rare in China where the endangered animals are seen as a national treasure...
There are fewer than 2,000 pandas in the wild in China. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists giant pandas as endangered, but their numbers have almost doubled since the late 1970s."

(BBC)

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BASEBALL

Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Leaves Wonderful Expressions - Text + Audio + Video
"Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra was known as much for how he created original phrases in English
as for his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees. He has died at age 90."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RACISM

Racism Is Real - a lesson
"This EFL lesson is designed around a short video about racism by Brave New Films.
In the lesson students watch the video, identify 8 differences between the treatment of black versus white people,
read a pledge, write their own pledge, and discuss racism."

Time: 90 minutes
Language: Comparatives
Downloadable materials: racism is real lesson instructions     racism is real pledge    racism discussion questions 
(film-english.com)

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CHRISTMAS CARDS

Get Festive With Christmas Cards in Canva
"Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use.
Use Canva's free Christmas card maker to design your own custom Christmas cards even if you're not a designer.
With stunning templates and a simple interface, now any one can look like a pro."

(canva.com)

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FOOD

Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Snacks and Drinks — TopTenzNet
(YouTube)

 

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23/09/2015


AUTUMN / FALL



Autumn / Fall (us)
Interactive activities  - Activities to print - Idioms -  Songs

 


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SELFIES

Everything You Need To Know About Selfies
"Is it self-obsession, a work of art, or both?"

(YouTube)
Thanks to Katy Jourdan (Ac. Versailles)

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SNOW

Scots 'have 421 words' for snow - 23 September 2015
"Scotland has more than 400 words and expressions for snow, according to a project to compile a Scots thesaurus."

(BBC)

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ACTIVEWEAR

ACTIVEWEAR
"A video for girls who wear activewear, to do not-active things."

(YouTube)
+ A worksheet created by Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)

 

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VOCABULARY

Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… Explained!
" It’s time we learn the difference between a fact, a theory, a hypothesis, and a scientific law."

(YouTube)

 

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MALARIA

Millions of children's lives saved as malaria deaths plunge: UN - 17 September 2015
"Rates of death from malaria have plunged by 60 percent in the past 15 years, meaning more than 6 million lives have been saved
- the vast majority of them African children, United Nations agencies said on Thursday."

(channelnewsasia.com)
Listen to the BBC: Go to 17:18
Thanks to Jean Sabiron

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MIGRANTS

Migration crisis plays into EU reform arguments, Philip Hammond says - 23 September 2015
(BBC)

Migrant crisis: EU leaders to discuss disputed quota deal - Article + Photos + Videos - 23 September 2015
"EU leaders meeting in Brussels are set to discuss a plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent,
amid fierce opposition from some members."

+ Hungary proposes its own deal
+ Why central Europe says 'No'

(BBC)

First of 20,000 Syrian refugees arrive in UK - 22 September 2015
+ What happens when the migrants arrive?
+ What awaits refugees arriving in the UK?

(BBC)

On the ground at Europe's refugee hotspots - VIDEO - 22 September 2015
(BBC)

Refugee crisis: Food and phone charging on Turkey border - VIDEO - 22 September 2015
(BBC)

Migrant crisis: Opponents furious over new EU quotas - VIDEO - 22 September 2015
(BBC)

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