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FEBRUARY 2012
NEW SITES - PART 1

 

 

 

MAN'S BEST FRIEND

Doritos: Man’s best friend
"This commercial aired during the Superbowl 2012 and is really funny.
A dog is always man’s best friend, but in this advert they take it one step further."

(creativecriminals.com)

 

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DICKENS

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens - 24 photos
See Related Articles on the right of the page.
(telegraph.co.uk)

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JUBILEE

British Queen Celebrates Diamond Jubilee (7th February, 2012)
- a lesson plan with audio
"February 7, 2012. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 60 years as a monarch on February 6th.
She ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1953, when she was a 25-year-old princess."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)


Cartoon: Off The Beat
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express relates to news that Paul McCartney is to headline
the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace this summer... Read more >> "

+ EXPLANATION + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

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ELECTIONS

Rick Santorum - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

Romney Poor - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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PETS

Why do people dress up their pets?
"In the US and UK the market for clothing for pets is growing. But is it a sensible bit of indulgence or an inappropriate fad, asks Helen Soteriou."

(BBC)

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POLICE

Regional cybercrime hubs launched across England - 8 February 2012
"Three police cybercrime teams have been launched as part of a £6m regional effort to combat growing threats."

(BBC)

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WINCHESTER COLLEGE

Winchester College
"is a school for boys aged 13-18. It was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester,
together with New College in the University of Oxford."

See History / Traditions / Boarding Houses / Sports / Other activities / Glossary / etc.
+ AUDIO + VIDEOS
(winchestercollege.org)

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BRITAIN

T-Mobile What Britain Loves
"Watch as some of the weird and wonderful things Britain loves come together to celebrate another thing Britain loves
- a bargain in the form of the Full Monty Plan." 

 

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THE QUEEN

Cartoon: The Snow Queen
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express blends the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne 
with the snowy weather currently sweeping across Britain..."
+ NOTES + GRAMMAR

(englishblog.com)

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THE ROARING TWENTIES

A Guide to the Roaring Twenties
"The 1920s were a time of great change for America and Western Europe. During the Roaring 20s, America saw jazz music flourish,
women coming into their own, and the stock market crashing. It also saw huge industrial growth and a break
from the traditions that dominated the country before World War I."

(fragrancex.com)

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JUBILEE


Diamond Jubilee: Queen celebrating 60-year reign

ARTICLE + VIDEOS
(BBC)

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne - a short video
(cbsnews.com)

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ELECTIONS

ELECTION 2012 - Classroom Magazine
Breaking News - Q & A- Maps & Games - Video Highlights - ...
(magazines.scholastic.com)

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SUPER BOWL

Best Super Bowl commercials - Timeline
(timelines.latimes.com)

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LONDON

Londres, en prévision des jeux olympiques d'été.
Activités créées par Hélène de Morel.
(memovoc.com)

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SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY

St Valentine's Day
"Le jour de la Saint Valentin est considéré dans de nombreux pays, comme la fête des amoureux, mais aussi de l'amitié. Les exercices suivants
vous permettront d'apprendre du vocabulaire en rapport avec ce thème, de découvrir ses origines et ses traditions."

Activités créées par Hélène de Morel.
(memovoc.com)

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SUPER BOWL 2012

Super Bowl 2012
- Récapitulatif des équipes et quiz pour tester ses connaissances sur le nom des équipes.
Créé par Nathalie JULLIEN
(lewebpedagogique.com)

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CAN / CAN'T

Can / Can't - a slideshare
(slideshare.net)

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SUPER BOWL

Top 10 most viral Super Bowl commercials of all time
- with videos

(cbsnews.com)


2012 Super Bowl Commercials

(offthebench.nbcsports.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.


 

BRITISH MUSEUM

The British Museum - a worksheet
Created by Laure Savourat (Ac. Créteil)
(savourat.free.fr)

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LONDON 2012

London 2012 Olympics: '90pc of souvenirs made abroad' :
China, Turkey, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia and Germany.
"Just one in 10 souvenirs for the London Olympic Games were manufactured in Britain, it has been claimed...
A majority of Union Jack emblazoned tea cups, crystal ware, tea towels and even fluffy toys on sale were produced by foreign workers."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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STEREOTYPES

Guide to France
"The following advice for American travelers going to France was compiled from information provided by the US State Department, the CIA,
the US Chamber of Commerce, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and
some very expensive spy satellites that the French don't know about.
It is intended as a guide for American travelers only..."

(c4vct.com)

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THE QUEEN

The Queen's unofficial portraits on show - 3 February 2012
"One of the first events to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is taking place at the Cartoon Museum in London.
The exhibition is an irreverent series of unofficial portraits of the British monarch.
Kathy Harcombe reports.
Contributors to this report include Anita O'Brien, curator at the Cartoon Museum, and cartoonist Nicholas Garland."

(BBC)

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THE MATRIX / ALICE IN WONDERLAND

The Matrix - Tumbling down the rabbit hole. . .
The script is below the video on YouTube.
« This is your last chance.
After this, there is no turning back.
You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. »

(YouTube)

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ZOMBIES

The Walking Dead (TV series)
"is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont.
It is based on the ongoing comic book series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman,Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.[1]...

The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world inhabited by zombies.
He then sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way."

See List of The Walking Dead characters
(Wikipedia)

 

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LONDON 2012

LONDON 2012 Olympic Games - Treasure Hunt
"Next Olympics will take place in London, don't you think it's time to learn a bit more about this fascinating city?
You will do it by searching the answers for a series of questions in the proposed WebPages..."

(doablogquest.blogspot.com)

 

 

JUBILEE

The Queen plants Diamond Jubilee tree in Sandringham - 03 February 2012
"The Queen and Princess Anne have planted an oak which will be a focal point
of the new 20-acre Jubilee Wood on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk..."

ARTICLE + VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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GROUNDHOG DAY 2012

Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter in the US - 11 pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LOST

French exchange students get lost in Ipswich - after being given Australian map
"A group of French schoolchildren on an exchange trip to Suffolk became hopelessly lost
after discovering that the maps they had downloaded were for Ipswich in Australia..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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SUPER BOWL

SUPER BOWL 2012 - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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MUSIC

Music Terms Display
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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MAIL / ADS

Gmail Man
"Beware the peeping eyes of the Gmail man! Learn more at http://bit.ly/zvNTut"

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GROUNDHOG DAY

Groundhog Day: The Weather-Predicting Woodchuck!
How Would You Describe a Groundhog?
Where Do Groundhogs Live?
What Do Groundhogs Eat?
What is the Life Cycle of the Groundhog?
Do Any Canadian Groundhogs Predict the Spring?
Is the Groundhog an Endangered Species?
(environmentalgraffiti.com)

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HENRY VIII

What Did Henry VIII Do Each Day? (ppt)
(primaryresources.co.uk)

Why Did Henry VIII Divorce Catherine of Aragon? (ppt)
(primaryresources.co.uk)

Did Marrying Anne Boleyn Solve Henry VIII's Problems? (ppt) 
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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AVIATION

Animated History Of Aviation - in 3 minutes
- thanks to Utah Valley University Aviation Science Department.

 

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DICKENS

Charles Dickens - a lesson plan
ACTIVITY : To mark the bicentenary of his birth, students piece together the story of Charles Dickens’ life.
GRAMMAR/VOCABULARY : Past tenses - Biography
LEVEL : A2 and above

(its-teachers.com)

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APPLE

Apple Briefly World’s Most Valuable Company (26th January, 2012)
- a lesson plan with audio

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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Black and White America by Lenny Kravitz
(metrolyrics.com)

 

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CLEVER CROWS

Reuters Video: Aesop's fable brought to life by clever crows
"In a series of experiments, the New Caledonian crow has demonstrated an unexpected understanding of how tools work to make their lives easier.
The tests by scientists in the UK and New Zealand, revealed that the bird was intelligent enough to select and use the best available tool to raise
the water level in a test tube. Jim Drury reports."
+ TRANSCRIPT
+ LINK
(englishblog.com)

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BIG FREEZE

Cartoon: The Big Freeze
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express combines two news stories:
the cold weather which is currently sweeping the UK and the announcement of a rise in water bills..."
+ EXPLANATION + LANGUAGE NOTES
(englishblog.com)

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ZOMBIES

Zombie & Undead Road Signs
(irrationalsigns.com)

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STEREOTYPES

Interactive: European Stereotypes
"As part of the Europa project, newspapers from six European countries (Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Italy) were asked
to stereotype each other, and then asked cultural commentators in each country to assess how accurate they are..."

+ LINKS
(englishblog.com)

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LESSON PLAN / OPTIMISM

Smile - a lesson plan - with a video
Language level: Intermediate (B1) +
Learner type:Matureteens;Adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Listening; speaking; reading
Topic: Smiling; optimism
Language: Optimistic vocabulary and expressions
Materials: 2 short films and TED video,video transcripts; PowerPoint presentation
+ Downloable materials
(film-english.com)

School Portrait (2011) from Michael Berliner on Vimeo.

 

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CINEMA

Cartoon: Oscars 2012
"This cartoon by Andy Davey from The Sun relates to the announcement of the nominations 
for the 2012 Academy Awards (aka Oscars). You can see the full list of nominees here..."

+ COMMENT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

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GROUNDHOG DAY

GROUNDHOG DAY 2012 - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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FACEBOOK

FACEBOOK PUBLIC - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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ELECTIONS

Cartoons for the Classroom: Low Noon
"This cartoon by Jeff Parker from Florida Today is featured in this week's Cartoons for the Clasroom lesson
which you can download as a PDF here..."

+ EXPLANATORY NOTES
+ LINKS
(englishblog.com)

 

When it gets close, politics gets rough - a lesson plan
(nieonline.com)

 

GINGRICH-MOON - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

Battle of the TV ads in US primary elections - 1 February 2012
"Opponents have criticised the money spent by Mitt Romney on the Republican primary elections in Florida, where he had a resounding victory.
He polled 46% of the vote, with his closest rival Newt Gingrich on 32%. Mr Romney spent more than US$15m
in the last month alone, funding 13,000 television advertisements.
Mark Mardell reports from Florida."

(BBC)

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NUMBERS

Interactive Book - Numbers - with AUDIO
Created by Laurence Haquet (Ac. Rouen)

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GROUNDHOG DAY

Groundhog Day Explained

 

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

ART

16 couples in art.
"Watch the video and enjoy these 16 famous paintings. Do you know any of them?
Click on "play this game" and do the 2 pages of activities." 

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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WORTH LIVING

One Minute Fly
"As its name is already telling, the One Minute Fly has got a very limited lifespan.
One minute in which it wants to experience everything that makes life worth living..."

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GOOGLE

Reuters Video: Google at your own risk
+ TRANSCRIPT
"Google's revised privacy policy is raising new concerns about consumers rights
to their information on the internet and other connected products. Bobbi Rebell reports."

(englishblog.com)

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VALENTINE

I used to be an adventurer like you...
(oxboxer.tumblr.com)

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ELECTIONS

Florida Primary - Cartoons
(cagle.com)



Obama Campaign - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

US Elections :
Latest news
- Features and Analysis - Election guides - Videos
(BBC)

Republican candidates - 16 January 2012
(BBC)



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ACTIVITIES

De nouvelles activités de Hervé Fortin :

Exercices sur le présent simple (formes affirmative et négative) avec des vidéos des Simpsons :
http://worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr/exercises/present_simple/Simpson/simpsonroutine.htm

Sur l'expression du goût + gérondif :
http://worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr/exercises/likes-dislikes/matchhearts.htm

Ainsi qu'une série sur le présent en Be + ING avec des vidéos de mon chat (actualisation d'un exercice qui ne fonctionnait pas auparavant) :
http://worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr/exercises/present%20be+ing/Rainbow_fillintheblanks.htm

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OCCUPY

Occupy protesters arrested in US city of Oakland - 29 January 2012
"Police have arrested more than 100 protesters from the Occupy movement in the US city of Oakland,
as the demonstrators tried to take over a vacant convention centre.
The movement has staged protests in several cities to highlight corporate greed and economic inequality.
Tim Allman reports."
+ Arrests at new Occupy London site
+ Occupy movement turns to schools

(BBC)

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LONDON 2012

Mac Cartoon: Look on the Bright Side
" This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail combines two news stories:
the spiralling cost of the Olympics and the growing number of pensioners facing fuel poverty."
+ COMMENT + IDIOM
(englishblog.com)

 

London 2012: Isles of Wonder theme for Olympic ceremony
"Europe's largest bell will ring to start a £27m Olympic opening ceremony inspired by Shakespeare and featuring NHS nurses and 900 local pupils...
Danny Boyle's opening ceremony takes its theme from Shakespeare's The Tempest."

ARTICLE + VIDEO
(BBC)


London 2012: How Shakespeare's Tempest shapes the ceremonies

SEE London 2012: Olympic ceremony details unveiled by Danny Boyle - with a video
(BBC)

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MONEY

Is anyone benefiting from the wealth of the super rich? - 24 January 2012
ARTICLE + VIDEO

See The Wealth Gap - Inequality in Numbers
(BBC)

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POLLUTION / SHORES

Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores - 27 January 2012
"Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment
and could be entering the food chain, a study has warned."

See Plastic fibre a 'major pollutant'
(BBC)

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Margaret THATCHER

A Point of View: The many faces of Margaret Thatcher
"Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a decisive and divisive figure, loved and hated in equal measure.
Is the complex character behind the Iron Lady facade obscured behind reminiscences fond and hostile, asks historian Lisa Jardine."

(BBC)

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OBAMA

 

Visualizations Of President Obama’s 2012 State Of The Union Address
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

State of the Union 2012 - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

The full State of the Union address - 25 January 2012
"President Barack Obama has outlined plans to revive the US economy, and set out the ground
on which he'll fight for re-election to the White House in November.
In his annual State of the Union address, he highlighted signs of recovery, and said he wanted an economy
where everyone got a fair shot, and which attracted hi-tech jobs.
Mr Obama also reaffirmed his belief that the current American system needs reform."

(BBC)

State of the Union: Obama calls for end to inequality - with videos - 25 January 2012
"US President Barack Obama has attacked income inequality, using his third State of the Union speech to set the tone for his re-election bid."
SEE : What is the State of the Union?
(BBC)

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TRAVEL

Travelwise: What is the safest mode of travel?
"It’s often said that driving in a car is more dangerous than flying in a plane, yet when an aeroplane crashes or a ship sinks,
the nonstop media coverage that follows makes that claim hard to believe."
(BBC)

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STREET ART

The artful dodgers of Melbourne’s graffiti revolution
+ Related slideshow: A tour of Melbourne street art
(BBC)

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