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20 December 2012


THE END OF THE WORLD

Will the world end on Friday? - 19th December - "Easier"
- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Many people have been preparing for months for the end of the world.
There have been stories on the Internet for the past decade that the world will end on December 21..."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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GANGNAM

NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.

 

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 


CHRISTMAS

This is Britain - Christmas
(dailymotion.com)
with a worksheet and a diaporama observation quiz
sent by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

 

Christmas songs: best and worst
"Drivers name the Christmas songs they most enjoy hearing on their car's stereo – and those they love to hate."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE QUEEN

Queen Elizabeth Land: the world's great royal destinations - with PHOTOS
"On the Queen’s recent visit to Downing Street, news emerged that part of Antarctica had been named Queen Elizabeth Land in her honour as a Diamond Jubilee gift.
So which are the best places to visit around the world that have been named after British royalty?"

(telegraph.co.uk)

Her Majesty's secret service in Westminster Abbey
"For almost 1,000 years, it has been the setting for the most public spectacles in our history, hosting coronations, royal weddings and grand state funerals."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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2012's TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR

President Obama: Person of the Year—and Driller in Chief

(science.time.com)

Pete Souza’s Portrait of a Presidency + 125 PHOTOS
(lightbox.time.com)

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THE YEAR 2012

Technology in 2012: year in review
"Technology has never been more important than it is today, and it has shaped 2012 in ways that few could have imagined at the beginning."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Video games in 2012: year in review 
"Reality bit the gaming industry this year. Until recently it thought itself recession proof,
but continuing studio closures and job cuts across the world destroyed that myth of invincibility."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Most watched Youtube ads 2012
(telegraph.co.uk)

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19 December 2012


ROBOTS

Giant Robots
"Giant Robot Structures Around the World... Standing... Waiting..."

+ Robots: Art & Technology
(darkroastedblend.com)

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SONG

Pig Out
"It's a pig singing about his favorite subject: PIGGIES!"

(vimeo.com)

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GUNS

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 

18 December 2012


CINEMA

Filmography 2012
"Filmography 2012 remixes over 300 movies to explore and celebrate the work of this year's cinematic storytellers."

(YouTube)
+ List of films and music
(filmographile.tumblr.com)

 

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CAT BURGLAR

'Cat burglar': Neighbourhood moggy with a magnetic collar responsible for spate of missing keys
"The neighbours discovered that Milo the neighbourhood moggy was stealing the keys – attached to his magnetic collar."

(telegraph.co.uk)
"A thief, a crook, a robber, a lifter, a pickpocket, a pilferer, a cat burglar. When a small neighborhood discovered
that more than 20 sets of house and car keys had gone missing, where did they place their blame? Probably not on a neighborhood cat named Milo..."

(Neatorama)

 

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WASTE / RECYCLING

Plastic-Eating Monster Battles Trash
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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GUN CONTROL

U.S. gun association silent on Newtown massacre - December 17, 2012.
- a lesson plan with audio
"America's National Rifle Association is still staying silent on the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, USA
in which 27 people died, including 20 children aged six and seven."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

"Deux membres du club de tir de Scottdale, en Arizona,
posent pour la photo annuelle de noël, le 10 décembre 2011."

(20minutes.fr)

In statistics: Guns in the US - 17 December 2012
(BBC)

TV episodes dropped after US shootings - 17 December 2012
"Episodes of US comedy series Family Guy and American Dad were dropped on Sunday in the wake of Friday's shootings in a Connecticut school, which left 26 dead...
Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino has defended violence in movies."

(BBC)  

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CHRISTMAS

Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus - AUDIO + SCRIPT
"The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Christmas Ad Activity
"Here's another activity based on Christmas ads I did with my EM Normandie students (see here for an earlier one)."

+ INSTRUCTIONS + FIRST AD - EBAY PONY + SECOND AD - HALFORDS BIKE + LINK
(englishblog.com)

 

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THE YEAR 2012

Quiz of the year
"How much do you remember of 2012?"

(BBC)

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16 December 2012


AUDIO-LINGUA / CHRISTMAS in NEW-ZEALAND

** Sarah : Christmas dinner in New Zealand **
Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
For dinner, you usually have a barbecue (steack, sausages, kebabs).
-> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2789

** Sarah : Christmas lunch in New Zealand **
Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
In New Zealand, people eat on the beach, outside. It is a light meal because it is warm.
-> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2788


** Sarah : Christmas breakfast in New Zealand **
Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
On Christmas day, they have a special breakfast : Kiwi fry up.
-> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2787


** Sarah : Christmas tree and decoration in New Zealand **
Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
Sarah explains that they have pine trees with traditional decorations in New Zealand too, even if it's summer.
-> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2786


** Sarah : Christmas in New Zealand, a family tradition **
Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
In New Zealand, you spend Christmas with your family. You go to a beach house and you stay until New Year's Eve.
-> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2785


** Sarah : Christmas in New Zealand in beach houses **
Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
New Zealander people go to the beach for Christmas and spend their vacations in beach houses.

-> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2783

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SAY / TELL / SPEAK / TALK

Say, tell, speak, talk par Rodolphe Maurel
Comment traduire dire ou parler... + une activité interactive

(soundguideweb.com)

 


2012

Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review
"See how the world searched with Google's 2012 Zeitgeist: http://www.google.com/zeitgeist "
(YouTube)

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CHRISTMAS

10 Remarkable Origins of Common Christmas Traditions
(listverse.com)

"This is Britain"
Watch the video and complete the document created by Dulce Araujo (Ac Nancy-Metz)
"Si vous voulez découvrir comment les petits britanniques préparent et célèbrent Noël, regardez la vidéo...
Mince pies et crackers n’auront plus aucun secret pour vous." ;)

Niveau 6ème / 5ème

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GUN CULTURE

American Gun Culture - PHOTOS
(csmonitor.com)

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SONG

Lenka - Everything At Once
(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
"As sly as a fox, as strong as an ox
As fast as a hare, as brave as a bear
As free as a bird, as neat as a word
As quite as a mouse, as big as a house..."

 

 

One pound fish song an internet smash
""Come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish... Have a have a look, one pound fish!
The words to a catchy tune pulling in customers to a fish stall in Queen's Market in East London, not far from the Olympic Stadium.
The man behind the song is Muhammad Shahid Nazir who decided to sing about his wares rather than shout like the other market traders..."

(BBC)

 

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Thanks to Annabelle Wamster (Ac. Besançon) for the first song
and to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)
for the second one.

 


DETECTIVES

How Detectives Work
Fingerprints / Time of Death / Lie Detectors /  Luminol / DNA Investigation
(express.howstuffworks.com)

The Right Tools for Your Fictional Detective (No pictures)
ex : "Handcuffs: Used when arresting or detaining a suspect."
(ezinearticles.com)

40 Detective Gadgets - a slideshow
(trendhunter.com)

Black Detective Icons + Isolated design objects on a detective theme
(shutterstock.com)

Private detective collection - Photos
(dreamstime.com)

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15 December 2012


GUN CONTROL

US society divided over gun controls - 15 December 2012
"The shooting in Connecticut is the second-worst mass shooting in recent American history.
Some groups, which campaign for tougher restrictions on access to weapons, have already renewed their calls for a change in the law.
But many other Americans remain determined to defend their constitutional rights, arguing that more restrictions on gun ownership will lead to more crime.
Bill Hayton reports."

(BBC)

Gun Advocate On Connecticut Shooting: Armed Teachers Could Have Minimized Tragedy
(huffingtonpost.com)

Gun Control Advocates Predict Tougher Response to Shootings
(thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)

Time to talk about gun control
(washingtonpost.com)

UNODC Homicide Statistics
Homicide statistics 2012
Homicides by sex
Homicides by firearms
Homicides in the most populous city
(unodc.org)

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CHRISTMAS

Christmas Sweatz (a song) - Rhett And Link
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS
(artists.letssingit.com)

 

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SCIENTISTS

Who's That Scientist?
"Illustrator Chay Hawes created these images of sixteen well-known scientists from history. How many can you name? See a larger version at his website.
Chay will post the answers later, so you can guess without the temptation to peek." Link

(neatorama.com)

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14 December 2012


LANGUAGE / INTERNET

Learn English online: How the internet is changing language - 14 December 2012
"Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing."

(BBC)

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2012

Year in Rap 2012 - All the Big Stories of 2012
+ LYRICS :
"Romney won the GOP nomination,
But Obama won when they polled the whole nation..."

(flocabulary.com)

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Thanks to Wendy Grantham (Ac. Toulouse)

 


NO TIME TO EXPLAIN!

Supercut: There's no time to explain!
(YouTube)

 

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DESCRIPTIONS

Descriptive Writing - Settings (Kate Francis)
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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PROVERBS

Proverbs - a worksheet
"Match up the beginning of each proverb with the ending.
Now match the proverbs with the meanings."

(primaryresources.co.uk)

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CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas! - Cartoons
(cagle.com)



Asda Christmas Ad
"I used this one from Asda as part of a lesson about Christmas customs in the UK..."

+ TRANSCRIPT
(englishblog.com)


A Christmas Crossword - interactive or printable
(englishblog.com)

"Magic" Phone Booth Lets Kids Call Santa
(neatorama.com)

 

Chatty Santa
(chattysanta.com)
"Type what you’d like Santa to say to a particular person, and Chatty Santa will say it.
Then send it to the designated person..."

(Larry Ferlazzo)

Santa Claus 2012 - PHOTOS
(blogs.sacbee.com)

Christmas trees around the world
(online.wsj.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.


FESTIVALS

Britain's weirdest festivals
(telegraph.co.uk)

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13 December 2012


FRANKENSTEIN

Frankenstein and Mary Shelley
"A new series I am creating for students of ESL and or literature, introducing classic stories in a short machinima movie.
They will mostly consist of key scenes from the book put into movie form and will occasionally introduce
the author and the process which leads to the creation of the story.
This first one is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and contains the story of the genesis of the book and one key scene from the movie."

Thanks to Paul Carr, the creator.
(YouTube)

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DICKENS

A CHARLES DICKENS WEBQUEST
(desoto.k12.wi.us)

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12 December 2012


PHILOSOPHERS

The Mostly German Philosophers Love Song  by J. Boor
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"Hegel, I Goethe Goethe have ya, 
'Cause I Nietzsche, Nietzsche, Nietzsche 
So bad..."

(jboor.bandcamp.com)

 

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THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE / SUICIDE

Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge
"The Golden Gate Bridge has always been famous. It was the world’s longest suspension bridge when it was completed in 1937.
Since then, it has become an iconic landmark of San Francisco and, tragically, one of the most popular places in the world to commit suicide.
Few know this better than Kevin Briggs, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol who has talked hundreds of people out of jumping."

(screen.yahoo.com)

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James BOND

James Bond Internet Project by V. Gely
TASK 1 * TASK 2 * TASK 3 * TASK 4 * TASK 5 * TRANSLATE * DICTIONARY * SYNONYMS

(my-english-courses.com)

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SOCIAL NETWORKS

Dos and Don'ts when using social networks
"Do you act correctly when using social networks? Check out the video and get valuable safety tips .
Get full list of do's and don'ts."

(YouTube)

 

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2012

2012 News Quiz
- with a slideshow
(englishblog.com)

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11 December 2012


CHRISTMAS

Reuters Video: Germany’s Christmas decorations a hit
"Makers of traditional hand-made Christmas decorations at ''Kaethe Wohlfahrt'' in Bavaria attract visitors from around the world,
especially from the United States and Asia. Tara Cleary reports."

+ TRANSCRIPT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

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In the background : 'Winter Tales'