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9 November 2012

 

WOMEN

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"We cry for freedom
Oh, hear our voice
And see we’re equal to all men!..."

+ Teaching resources
(soomopublishing.com)

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GRAMMAR

Differences in American and British English grammar - article
(onestopenglish.com)

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ANATOMY

Anatomy Class (Moviestorm machinima) - an animated lesson aimed at intermediate students.
"Lesson for students of English as a Second Language (ESL). A practice lesson for a content based class with the topic being human anatomy.
This video gives practice in vocabulary for parts of the body and related grammar.
It was intended as a light hearted approach to a rather dry subject studied in class."
(YouTube)

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PETS!

Monster Mandibles - The Family Pet 10     
"Prof Ewan gets his first pet of the summer. A stag beetle that he found outside the front door!!!"

"This is part of a whole series dedicated to the kind of pets lots of kids here in Japan keep."
(YouTube)

 

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THE AMERICAN DREAM

The American dream - an interactive mind map
(mindomo.com)

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ELECTIONS

America re-elects President Barack Obama (November 8, 2012)
"Americans voted to re-elect incumbent president Barack Obama on Tuesday in one of the closest contests in U.S. history.
President Obama saw off the challenge of Republican opponent Mitt Romney, who asked the nation
to pray for Mr Obama in his goal to re-ignite the American economy."
- a lesson plan with AUDIO.

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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8 November 2012

 

BONFIRE NIGHT

Bonfire Night: Lance Armstrong effigy burns at Edenbridge fireworks display
"An effigy of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong becomes the latest celebrity guy to be burned during Bonfire Night festivities in Edenbridge in Kent...."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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A WOMAN'S HEART

Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart (in the 1800s)
"‘According to this map, Love is at the center of a woman’s heart, and Sentimentality and Sentiment (including Good Sense, Discrimination,
Hope, Enthusiasm, and Platonic Affection) take up a sizeable portion of the entire territory..."

(retronaut.com)

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MAIL

List of Letter Closings and E-mail Goodbyes
(suite101.com)

Salutations in Letters and Email
(businesswritingblog.com)

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LANGUAGE / CHRISTMAS / MUSIC

The English speaking world - a worksheet (6ème)
sent by Viviane Loizeau (Ac. Nantes)

Christmas shopping - a worksheet
sent by Viviane Loizeau (Ac. Nantes)

'Fix You', a song by Coldplay - a worksheet
sent by Viviane Loizeau (Ac. Nantes)

Mixer 74 : What kind of music do you like to listen to? - a worksheet
à partir d'un document du site ELLLO
sent by Viviane Loizeau (Ac. Nantes)

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Edward LEAR

Section 1 - A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear
"Videobook of limericks with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions. Audio Courtesy of Librivox. Read by Phil Chenevert."

(YouTube)

 

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EUROPEAN UNION

European Union wastes billions of euros - November 7, 2012.
"The European Union wasted a lot of money last year. The annual report on EU spending said the Union misspent almost five billion euros."
- a lesson plan with AUDIO

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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ELECTIONS

Cartoon: The Best Is Yet To Come
"Following his victory over Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama gave an acceptance speech
in which he promised Americans that 'the best is yet to come'..."

+ COMMENT + GRAMMAR + LINKS
(englishblog.com)



America: Elect! The action-packed journey to US election day in graphic novel form
"It's been a long – really long – campaign, one full of twists and turns, gaffes and memes.
Now that Americans have chosen Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, catch up on the story that brought us here."

(guardian.co.uk)


Barack Obama's victory speech – video
+ Barack Obama's victory speech – full text
"US president addresses supporters in Chicago after decisively winning a second term."

(guardian.co.uk)

American Elections - Results, speeches, laws, ...
"Here is a very interesting and well-structured presentation about the 2012 American presidential elections..."

(englishdaybyday.net)

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7 November 2012

 

THE AMERICAN DREAM

The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation
(YouTube)

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TENSES

Verb Tense Chart based on Azar
(writing.umn.edu)

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DRUGS

Amendment 64 passes for Colorado marijuana legalization - 7 November 2012
(abclocal.go.com)

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CINEMA

Argo (2012)

See the new page.

 

Oliver Sherman 
"is a Canadian drama film, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival before going into general release in 2011.
The film was directed by Ryan Redford, and written by Redford based
on the short story "Veterans" by Rachel Ingalls.[1][2]"

(Wikipedia)
"Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own,
veteran Sherman Oliver sets out to the countryside
in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war..."

(imdb)

 

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ELECTIONS

Reuters Video: Obama wins re-election
"Americans hand Obama a second term, challenges await. Deborah Lutterbeck reports."
+ TRANSCRIPT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)



Obama re-elected as US president
"President Barack Obama wins a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney and overcoming dissatisfaction with the economy."

In pictures: US elects a president
America reacts to re-election
President Obama: Victory speech in full
Romney admits electoral defeat
What it means for the world

Results in full
VIDEOS :
Moment Obama won

+ Romney admits electoral defeat
+ Crowds celebrate as Obama re-elected
+ Millions of Americans turn out to vote

(BBC)


Obama's Speech Election Night 2012
(YouTube)

 

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6 November 2012



RICHARD III

The King under the Car Park
"Watch this presentation, listen to Peter Carter and play the game : Rags to Riches (Answer questions in a quest for fame and fortune.)"

Plotted by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

Richard III's remains 'found under car park' in Leicester - 12 SEPTEMBER 2012
+ VIDEO
(independent.co.uk)


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ELECTIONS

Cartoon: The End of the Election Race
COMMENT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)


Videographic: How America's electoral college works
(englishblog.com)

In pictures: Obama and Romney through the years - a slideshow
The parallel lives of Obama and Romney
(BBC)

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BONFIRE NIGHT

Bonfire Night - November 5th
"You can find a transcript of the video and some comprehension tasks on the British Council website."

+ BONFIRE NIGHT RESOURCES
(englishblog.com)


Cartoon: Bonfire Night
"November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day (aka Bonfire Night) in Britain (see my earlier post for more on this festival)..."
+ COMMENT + LINKS

(englishblog.com)

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4 November 2012

 

FRANKENSTORM

Interactive: Slide To See Before And After Sandy
(npr.org)

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3 November 2012

 

SPY PIGEONS

Skeleton of hero World War II carrier pigeon found in chimney with a secret message still attached to its leg - 1 November 2012
(and now Bletchley Park are trying to crack the code)

+ THE FEATHERED ARMY AND THEIR SECRET MILITARY MESSAGES
Carrier pigeons "can reach speeds of 80mph and distances of 700 miles.
The RAF trained 250,000 birds in World War II, forming the National Pigeon Service...
Thirty-two pigeons were even decorated with the Dicken Medal during the war years - the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross." 

(dailymail.co.uk)

Quest to crack secrets of lost D-Day pigeon
"It was part of a very special air service crucial to the D-Day landings."
ARTICLE + VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE SUFFRAGETTES

The War on Women, Waged in Postcards
"It took 80 years of protests and campaigning before women achieved the right to vote in the United States, and it finally happened in 1920..."

(neatorama.com)

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ROBOT CAR

Robot racing car aims for pole position - 2 November 2012
"Meet the 120mph sports car that thunders around tracks without any help from a driver."
= "an autonomous Audi TT-S, named Shelly, which can drive at the limits of vehicle performance."

ARTICLE + VIDEO
(BBC)

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HALLOWEEN 

Halloween : cartes de vœux & images anciennes
(books.google.fr)

Halloween and Samhain - A lesson
"It's Trick or Treat in the USA and Help The Hallowe'en Party in Ireland, but wherever you are, this week's lesson focuses on words and phrases
associated with the day before the Celtic New Year - Samhain (sow-en)."

(irishcultureandcustoms.com)

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FRANKENSTORM

Sandy: New York marathon called off to help clear up
"New York's annual marathon, which was due to take place on Sunday, has been cancelled,
after criticism that it would have hampered efforts to clear up after the tropical cyclone."
+ Storm Sandy: New York marathon cancelled after protests
(with videos)
+ Marathon 'could have been upliting'Watch + Marathon was 'controversial'Watch + In pictures: Still struggling

(BBC)

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IMMIGRATION

The changing state of US ethnicity - 3 November 2012
"The US has undergone many different immigration trends since the 15th Century, with various ethnic groups rising and falling over time.
This video looks at how the US population has defined itself within government census data, where US immigrants have originated from in the past,
and how these patterns could change in the future."

(BBC)

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ELECTIONS

 

US Election 2012 — Who Said What?  - A quiz by Jeffrey Hill
"I produced this quiz for my EM Normandie students as part of
a lesson on the 2012 US Election. The quotes are also available
in the form of a handout, which you can download here."

(englishblog.com)

 

US Election Quiz 2012 - A quiz by Jeffrey Hill
"I produced this quiz to use with my EM Normandie students as part
of a lesson on the U.S. election. There are 15 multiple choice questions.
You can find a version with answers after the initial quiz on slides 17-52."

(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: Obama Comforts Storm Victim
"One of the big questions resulting from Hurricane Sandy was
what effect would it have on the presidential election. In this cartoon from The Telegraph, Bob suggests that Obama was the winner, and Romney the loser in political terms..."

+ NOTE + COMMENT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: Talking about Sandy
"This cartoon by Chappatte from the International Herald Tribune 
makes a connection between the US presidential election campaign,
global warming and Hurricane Sandy..."

+ EXPLANATION + COMMENTS
+ LESSON IDEA + LINKS

(englishblog.com)

 

From BBC vaults: Five moments from US elections past
"As Americans vote, the BBC reports. For decades, we have been covering how the US picks its president."

ARTICLE + VIDEOS
(BBC)

How to follow the US election on the BBC
(BBC)


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1-2 November 2012

 

SHOES

The Shoes Appreciation Society - a poster
Visualize shoes by their names.
(etsy.com)


Macklemore x Ryan Lewis "WINGS" Official Music Video
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"I was seven years old, when I got my first pair
And I stepped outside
And I was like, Momma, this air bubble right here, it’s gonna make me fly..."

(lyricsboy.com)

 

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SAFETY

An Unexpected Briefing #airnzhobbit
"Air New Zealand partnered with WETA Workshop on a brand new Hobbit inspired Safety Video."

(YouTube)

 

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BANKSY

Banksy’s Graffiti Gets Animated
(boredpanda.org)

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 

 

FRANKENSTORM

Sandy asks new climate change questions (November 1, 2012)
- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Hurricane Sandy killed at least 62 people and caused billions of dollars of damage to America's east coast.
Water from the superstorm, which hit on Tuesday night, has flooded subways and tunnels in New York City and cut off electricity to millions of homes."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Hurricane Sandy: The Superstorm - PHOTOS
(boston.com)

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LOGOS / CREATE

LogoYes Logo Creator Makes it Easy to Build Your Own Logo!
(logoyes.com)

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IDEAS

Ideas for English Language Learners | ‘Gangnam Style,’ ‘Emotion Words’ and More
By LARRY FERLAZZO
ARTICLE + VIDEO
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

 

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HALLOWEEN

Ghosts of Halloween Past - a slideshow
(online.wsj.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

FAMILY

Pakistani couple kill daughter who talked to a boy - 2 November 2012
"A Pakistani couple killed their teenage daughter (16) by pouring acid on her face and body after they caught her talking to a boy...
Almost 1,000 women lost their lives last year in so-called "honour killings" in the conservative South Asian nation, according to
the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Activists say the actual number is much higher as most cases go unreported."

(thestar.com.my)

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ZOMBIES

The Zombie Song - Stéphanie Mabey
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS
"If I were a zombie, 
I’d never eat your brain.
I’d just want your heart."

(tumblr.com)

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ELECTIONS

US election: 10 oddities explained
"You've heard their policies, but what about the other questions? Like what's that jabbing gesture Obama makes with his thumb?
And why are "Mr President" and "Mr Speaker" titles kept for life?
We examine 10 of the lesser-spotted things about American presidential politics - and about this campaign."

(BBC)

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DOWNLOADING

Kim Dotcom reveals Mega to replace Megaupload file-sharing site - 1 November 2012
"Kim Dotcom has announced plans for Mega, a service to replace his shut down file-sharing website Megaupload....
The 38-year-old said he would launch Mega on 20 January 2013 - a year to the day since his arrest."

(BBC)

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SKYSCRAPERS

7 famous skyscrapers
"Listen and Watch this presentation. Then, take the quiz!"

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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In the background :
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Romney and U.S. President Obama discuss a point during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead.