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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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..."
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."
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. »
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..."
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?
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
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
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
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
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."
Reuters Video: Google at your own risk + TRANSCRIPT
to their information on the internet and other connected products. Bobbi Rebell reports."
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
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)
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."
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?
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)