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Cyber Monday: Big as Black Friday?
November 29, 2010
"Cyber Monday, a day of online-only sales, is expected
to rake in as much money as Black Friday."
+ TRANSCRIPT

(newsy.com)

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US shoppers hunt for bargains on Black Friday
"Millions of Americans have been heading to the shops on Black Friday,
a crucial event for US retailers...
Department store Macy's said it had 7,000 shoppers outside its flagship
Herald Square store in Manhattan in the early hours of Friday morning,
some 2,000 more than last year. "

(BBC)



In pictures : Black Friday shoppers - US and Canada
- a slideshow
(BBC)

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Black Friday - cartoons
(cagle.com)

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CLIMATE

Cartoon: So Much For Global Warming!
- with an EXPLANATION
"This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent combines two news stories:
the UN climate change talks in Cancun
(the subject of the newspaper headline on the car dashboard),
and the earliest white winter in Britain for decades..."

(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

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Fat and fatter: the world's 10 fattest countries 2010
"Obesity is a growing problem in every corner of the world."

Argentina / Mexico / Australia / Egypt / Greece / Belarus /
United Kingdom / Naura / Dominica / Kuwait

(globalpost.com)

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Passive smoking 'kills 600,000' worldwide
"One-third of those killed are children, often exposed to smoke at home..."

(BBC)

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STUDENTS

U.K. Students in University Fees Protest
(25th November, 2010)
- a lesson plan

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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LEISURE

Leisure
"Most of Britain’s population enjoys sport and leisure activities in one way
or another, and whether as a participant or a spectator there are
a whole host of activities to enjoy."

(British Council)

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GROUP - OUTLINE

 

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'The Old Man And The Sea' part 1
An animation
- from the novel by Hemingway

+ Part 2
(YouTube)

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5. England in the Middle Ages
Activities created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)
and related to "Good News 5"

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4. Water, Water everywhere!
Activities created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

and related to "Good News 5"

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TICE : Tutoriels
Le petit netbook bien pratique ...
(Yvan BAPTISTE - franglish.fr)

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gender gap (plural gender gaps)
= "A measurable difference between the behaviors of men and women."

(en.wiktionary.org)

 

Gender gap : 3 dossiers de ressources sur le blog VIGILANGUES
         3   
(sabironlangues.typepad.fr)

 

Gender gap - a cartoon
(paw.princeton.edu)


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On the phone
- with translation into French and interactive activities
(tolearnenglish.com)

 

On the phone - Dialogue
(oup.com)



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Telephone English - Phrases
(mrc.ltd.free.fr)




How to Answer the Phone - A Conversation in American English
(onlinetutorforenglish.com)

Idioms
Conversation
Vocabulary
Grammar

 

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Shakespeare - Resources
(weeklyreader.com)

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November - Native American Heritage Month - Resources
(weeklyreader.com)

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The Story of Squanto - an animation
- interactive biography and quiz

(weeklyreader.com)

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Native American Heritage Printable Activities
(weeklyreader.com)

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DOSSIER

Dossier d'actualité n° 58 – novembre 2010
Pour des langues plus vivantes à l'école (2010)
par Rémi Thibert
chargé d'études et de recherche au service
de Veille scientifique et technologique

"Socle Commun, Cadre Européen Commun de Référence pour les langues, approche actionnelle, TICE et web 2.0 : autant de nouveaux outils ou concepts
que les enseignants de langues vivantes doivent utiliser
depuis une dizaine d'années..."
(inrp.fr)

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James Vincent McMorrow - If I had a Boat
"The images are from the 1999 animated version of
Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" by Alexander Petrov." 

The lyrics are under the video.
"If i had a boat, i would sail to you
Hold u in my arms, ask you to be true"

(YouTube)

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New Sequence - Immigration to the US
(Philippe Hattais - englishdaybyday.net)

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Christmas Around the World
Click on SEASONAL / Christmas activities
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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Fichiers audios sur le thème de Noël
avec Audio Lingua
Niveaux A2 / B1 / B2
(Elisa Gy - Ac. Versailles)

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New Orleans - My Journey Contest Video for Lonely Planet
"Lonely Planet author Tom Downs loves New Orleans' soulful, saucy and
eccentric nature. Located as far South as geographically possible in the USA,
it's only mildly American in flavour, more a gumbo of French, Carribbean and African American. Tourists might flock to Bourbon Street's non-stop carnival
but the whole city really knows how to have a great time."

(YouTube)

Marielle Bianchi (Ac. Toulouse) s'est "servie (de la video) en compréhension
orale comme introduction à la ville dans le cadre d'une immense séquence
sur la Louisiane." Elle est "partie de l'unité 4 de 'Connect'.
Elle a rédigé le script (auquel elle a ajouté du vocabulaire)
et l'a fait corriger par Jenny Léger (de eteach).

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MINE EXPLOSION

A painting showing the history of Greymouth District
"is seen on a building in the town in New Zealand.
Families were informed there would be no survivors
after a second blast occurred at the Pike River mine
50 kilometres north of Greymouth on New Zealand's west coast."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey,
"named Apple, in a ceremony with daughters Sasha and Malia, together with
National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia, in the Rose Garden
of the White House in Washington, DC."
- 25 November 2010

(telegraph.co.uk)



White House Floor Plan
(solcomhouse.com)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010:
thousands celebrate on streets of New York

An article + a VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Cartoon: Happiness Survey
- with an EXPLANATION
"In this cartoon from The Sun, Andy Davey blends two news stories: the UK government's plans for a happiness survey and
  Britain's worst November snow for 17 years..."

(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

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AD

Pure Blond Pardon Ad
(YouTube)
-  "with two wide-eyed blokes embarking, map in hand, on an adventure
through the picturesque land of Brewtopia, the ultimate destination for beer
lovers. After a long and treacherous journey the guys arrive at their destination where they enjoy a well deserved cold Pure Blonde and things seem to be going nicely until one small faux pas sets off a rather unexpected chain of events. Brewtopia is so much purer than our impure world."

(theinspirationroom.com)

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FOOD

Test Your Hunger IQ
- interactive quiz
(gifts.wfp.org)

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
(edition.cnn.com)

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SWEET POTATOES

Sweet Potatoes Step Out From Under Marshmallows
"To meet demand, American farmers are planting more, chain restaurants are rewriting menus and ConAgra this month opened a $155 million plant dedicated
to processing frozen sweet potato products — the first of its kind in the world..."

(nytimes.com)

From Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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Smartphones : fake wi-fi steals data !
"A fake wi-fi hotspot run by criminals could allow them 
to steal passwords and log into social networking sites...
Apple has responded to the way that the latest iPhone is unlocked in this video,
by saying that a recent update can be downloaded to prevent this."

(  Monique Mirza - anglais.over-blog.org)

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The history behind Thanksgiving
"Have you ever wondered why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?
Do you know why it’s a different date every year?
Do you know how fast a turkey can run? Thought not. Time to find out…"

(uk.specials.yahoo.com)

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A Video Game Thanksgiving
(uk.gamespy.com)
"In this version of the Thanksgiving story, Mario fled a famine to try raising
power-ups in the New World. He had a hard time until he and his people made friends with the natives, which, of course, eventually leads to a feast."

(Neatorama)

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
- 25 November
"Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence
since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961)."

(un.org)
See Wikipedia - World Health Organization

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AFGHANISTAN

Excerpts: Leaked US Afghan war records
"Leaked US military records on the war in Afghanistan, which were posted
on the Wikileaks website as the Afghan War Diary, are a classified
- and previously unreported - daily rundown of incidents of
violence and criminality in Afghanistan.
The documents offer a snapshot of the grim reality of conditions on the ground
in Afghanistan and the challenges facing troops operating there.
Here is a selection..." :
WIDESPREAD VIOLENCE / KIDNAPPINGS /
TALIBAN INTIMIDATION / THREAT OF BOMBS / CORRUPTION /
DRUGS TRADE /
CIVILIANS IN THE FIRING LINE /
FIGHTING BETWEEN AFGHAN FORCES /
AFGHAN TROOPS ATTACKING NATO ALLIES

(BBC)

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IRAQ

Wikileaks Iraq war documents: the key issues
"The Wikileaks website has released some 400,000 secret US
military files documenting the conflict in Iraq.
A number of issues have been raised by their publication, for example:
- Should the documents have remained confidential?
- Was the US military keeping a record of civilian deaths?
- Was it right for US to simply pass on reports of torture and executions to the Iraqis,
rather than taking action?
- The impact of the leaks on Iraqi politics
- The legacy of the overthrow of Saddam"

(BBC)

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Cartoon: Royal Wedding Invitation
"Today's cartoon by Mac in the Daily Mail is inspired by the news that the
Royal couple intend to invite homeless teenagers to their wedding
at Westminster Abbey in April of next year..."

(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

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How the Turkey Gets Its Pardon - 11/23/2010
"The turkey is the centerpiece of many a Thanksgiving feast.
But at least two are spared the chopping block each year
in a tradition that goes back to President Truman.
WSJ's Stokely Baksh reports on how the National Thanksgiving Turkey
and its alternate are selected and where they will go after their pardon."

(online.wsj.com)




Presidents and Their Turkey - a slideshow
(life.com)

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.

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Student protests: national walkout live
24 November 2010
(guardian.co.uk)

• Thousands of university students in tuition fees protest
• Schoolchildren around the country join day of action
• Violent scenes in London as police 'kettle' protesters
• Disorder as students disperse from protest
• Follow live updates here
with videos and audio

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INFORMATION GAP EXERCISES

ESL Information Gap Exercises
(bogglesworldesl.com)

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10 Social Media Deals to Check In to on Black Friday
"Black Friday is upon us and that means that retailers are scrambling to offer
the best door-busting (or mouse-busting) specials and promotions
to entice eager holiday shoppers."

(mashable.com)

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BODY

Where's that bone ?
- interactive exercise
 "Identify where these bones are located in the body..."
(mentalfloss.com)

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MODEL

Japan's New Supermodel Robot
Difficulty: Medium
- with subtitles

(englishcentral.com)

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Bruce Lee - Enter the Dragon: "Don'tThink! Feel."
Difficulty: Easy
- with subtitles
Description: "The Kung-Fu master teaches his student
the right way to perform a kick."

(englishcentral.com)

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Sherlock Holmes
Difficulty: Medium
- with subtitles
Description: "The famous detective and his partner Dr. Watson try
to solve the case of the missing racehorse and its murdered handler."

(englishcentral.com)

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Profile: Prince William
"Prince William, who is to marry his girlfriend Kate Middleton next year,
is second-in-line to the throne."

(BBC)

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MONEY

The Sick Man of Euro - a cartoon
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express relates to parlous
condition of the euro
 following the bailouts of Greece and Ireland, and
predictions that Spain and Portugal will be the next countries
to need rescuing
."

- with an explanation
(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

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A NEW PAGE :

WAR in AFGHANISTAN

VOCABULARY - FACTS - TIMELINE - MAPS - PHOTOS -
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES -
CARTOONS
- VIDEOS - CINEMA

 

WHO ARE YOU ?

250 Introductions of 185 People, Groups, & Things
Introductions taken from movies.
People pointing out who is who and what is what. 
See the complete list.

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HEALTH

The Choles-Troll That Lived Under The Bridge
- an illustrated story

(museumofmodernfiction.wordpress.com)

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Spying from Space: U.S. Launches World’s Largest Satellite
"Its mission will be to gather intelligence
for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office."

(mashable.com)

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'Blessed are the peacemakers'
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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Maritime piracy
Global piracy / Gulf of Aden / How attacks happen (interactive)
(Associated Press News)

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AFGHANISTAN

Marine Thanksgiving
"ABC's Miguel Marquez is with a Marine battalion
in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving."

(abcnews.go.com)

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.

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IRAQ

Thanksgiving in Iraq
"Soldiers at Camp Liberty in Baghdad celebrate
Thanksgiving away from home."

(abcnews.go.com)

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.

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Thanksgiving cartoons
(cagle.com)

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AUDIO / PODCASTING

A teacher’s guide to using audio and podcasting in the classroom
(edtechkit.blogspot.com)

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NEW CAT

Tex, my new kitten.
"Watch the video fullscreen and listen carefully to Stephanie
who tells you the story of my new kitten. Then play the game!"

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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COWBOY

Lucky Luke - Poor Lonesome Cowboy
- with the lyrics
"I'm a poor lonesome cowboy
I'm a long long way from home
And this poor lonesome cowboy
Has got a long long way to roam
Over mountains over prairies
From dawn till day is done
My horse and me keep riding
Into the setting sun"

(YouTube)

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DEATH

Give my love to Rose by Johnny Cash
"I found him by the railroad track this morning
I could see that he was nearly dead
I knelt down beside him and I listened
Just to hear the words the dying fellow said..."

(sing365.com)
Listen to the song.
(YouTube)

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The original Thanksgiving
(animatedthanksgiving.com)

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COMPUTERS / CELL PHONES

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
An interesting article

(nytimes.com)

Recommended by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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ENDANGERED MAMMALS

Unique mammals struggling for survival
"Animals joining the list of most endangered mammals"

(BBC)

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SMOKING

Global health officials target tobacco additives
"A conference on tobacco held in Uruguay has recommended that
additives used to make cigarettes more appealing to new smokers
should be restricted or banned...
The WHO says that tobacco kills more people than Aids, legal drugs,
illegal drugs, road accidents, murder and suicide combined.
It estimates that of the more than six billion people alive today,
half a billion will eventually be killed by tobacco. "
(BBC)

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AD

Nespresso: Piano alternative ending - 2010
"This time the piano doesn’t fall on Clooney’s head
because God needs him for something else."

(creativecriminals.com)



(George Clooney / John Malkovich - Cab Driver)

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John Lewis Christmas Advert 2010
(YouTube)
"UK retail store chain John Lewis has launched “A Tribute To Givers”, the Christmas 2010 advertising campaign. The TV ad, filmed in Scotland, shows
a variety of people going that extra mile to make gift-giving special."
(creativecriminals.com)

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You Can't Gobble Me
- with subtitles
(YouTube)

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Focus on young people
"offers an insight into the lives of young people in contemporary UK society.
It includes information on their characteristics, experiences, wellbeing and
lifestyle looked at from the young person's viewpoint wherever possible."

(statistics.gov.uk)

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Focus on Gender
"offers an insight into the lives of men and women in contemporary UK society.
It includes information on their characteristics, experiences and lifestyle,
placing particular emphasis on the differences between men and women."
(statistics.gov.uk)

 

Girl talk – it’s all in the genes - a worksheet
Reading comprehension
+ Teacher's Notes
(macmillandictionaries.com)

 

Why I Want a Wife
"by Judy Syfers (1971) A wickedly humorous introduction to the sex roles
defined by conventional marriage. A man named Adam Ayds wrote a 1995
answer to this essay which you may read HERE ." 

(cwluherstory.org)

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STORY

The Secret Garden
Category: Daily Life
Difficulty: Easy

(englishcentral.com)



The Secret Garden
"is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett...
The main character of this story is Mary Lennox, a sickly, sallow and
sour-faced girl. She has been born to rich British parents who are currently
living in India. Her self-interested parents were busy with extravagant parties
and neglected Mary, leaving her with her ayah and wanting nothing to do with
her. Orphaned by an outbreak of cholera, she is sent back to England to be
cared for by her paternal aunt's husband, Archibald Craven,
a reclusive widower..."
(Wikipedia)

Listen to the story.
(librivox.org)

The Secret Garden (1993) - the trailer
(imdb.com)

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Ireland
"Watch the slideshow (with videos) and play the game.
All the answers are in the show. Good Luck!"

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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Cash: The Man Comes Around - Generation Kill Ending
or HERE :
Johnny Cash "partially sings and partially speaks the words, which contain numerous Biblical references, predominantly from the Book of Revelation.
The song never names "the Man" who will come around, though an obvious inference would be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. According to the song,
when the Man comes around, there will be judgment for some and salvation for others. A series of images depict the horror and confusion of that judgment day."
(YouTube)

The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash
"There's a man going around taking names 
And he decides who to free and who to blame
Everybody won't be treated all the same
There'll be a golden ladder reaching down
When the Man comes around"

(sing365.com)

Symbols and references in the lyrics
(Wikipedia)

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AIDS

World AIDS Day
"The United Nations AIDS Programme is calling for renewed commitment, worldwide, to prevent infection, invest in treatment and find a vaccine."

- with the script and interactive exercises
(language-lab.org)

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AIDS

Philadelphia (1993) - Movie Trailer
"Tom Hanks excelled even himself with his performance as an AIDS striken homosexual who is fired from his job simply because of his condition." 
(YouTube)

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SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS

7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers
"They can be used to engage students in creative ways, encourage
collaboration and inspire discussion among even soft-spoken students." 

- with VIDEOS
1. EDU 2.0
2. SymbalooEDU
3. Collaborize Classroom
4. Edublogs
5. Kidblog
6. Edmodo
7. TeacherTube and SchoolTube and YouTube

(mashable.com)

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COMPUTER

Can't you do anything right ?
(esbergen.org)

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APOSTROPHE

Using the apostrophe 1 - interactive quiz
"In each question, only one of the sentences has
all the apostrophes correctly placed."
+ Quiz 2

"Find out more about using the apostrophe of possession."
(bristol.ac.uk)

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BUILDINGS

10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell
(mentalfloss.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

Child labor - 3 cartoons
(filipspagnoli.wordpress.com)

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SLAVERY

Products Of Slavery 
"is an amazing online visualization of products throughout the world
created through using child or forced labor."

(productsofslavery.org)

Recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.

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SCHOOL

First day of school
(payer.de)

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SCHOOL

How to build a bomb
in the public school system

(answersingenesis.org)

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A NEW PAGE :

CHOLERA

Vocabulary - Information - Maps - Pictures -
Lesson plans - Webquests - Interactive games -

Literature -
Cinema - Posters - Cartoons - Songs - Videos

 

 

TV

60 Years of Television's Most Memorable Catch Phrases in 146 Seconds
"From The Lone Ranger's cry of "Hi Ho Silver, Away!" in 1949 to new shows like The Big Bang Theory, television catch phrases are remembered, repeated,
and absorbed into our culture. Watch the most memorable from dramas
and sitcoms, inside!"

- with  the full listing of quotes
(tv.gawker.com)

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Social networking sites:
how to protect yourself on the internet

(atl.org.uk)


Pros and Cons of Facebook
(buzzle.com)

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CHARITY

Queen rock Prince's Trust charity gala
"Veteran rockers Queen dusted off some rarely performed songs when
they headlined a charity concert in London in aid of the Prince's Trust."

- with Brian May and Roger Taylor, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones,
Paloma Faith, Midge Ure, Alison Moyet, Level 42's Mark King,
Jools Holland, and Mike and the Mechanics...
"The money raised by the Prince's Trust is used to help
disadvantaged young people find work.
The charity has worked with more than 600,000 people since 1976."

(BBC)

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NEW YORK

Découvrez une visite de New York en time-lapse
en moins de deux minutes 
avec l’Empire State Building, l’immeuble Chrysler, Liberty Island,
la Statue de la Liberté, Broadway, Manhattan...

(zigonet.com)

Recommended by Elisabeth Buffard (Ac. Aix-Marseille)

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Fifties and Sixties
"The FiftiesWeb began as a site devoted to the 50s.
Since then it has expanded to include Classic TV from the Sixties, 70s
and even some 80s TV shows. Fifties fashion wasn't enough, everybody
wanted to see hippie clothes. so Sixties Fashion was added. 
Movie quotes
 now cover all decades. 
Celebrity Deaths pays tribute to those who have died.
There is tons of information about Elvis Presley 
not to mention the Beatles. Included with history of the Fifties,
a feature was added about the Sixties Kennedy Assasination..."

(fiftiesweb.com)

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ALPHABET / NUMBERS

Spelling battleships - a game
(churchillhouse.com)

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FAMOUS PEOPLE

103 Famous Faces in One Painting
- interactive
(chinadigitaltimes.net)
MORE here.
(telegraph.co.uk)
See the whole painting.

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RESTAURANT

Lily’s Kitchen – A Dogs-Only Restaurant Opens in London
- with PHOTOS
(odditycentral.com)

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LONDON

World Record Panorama of London
- interactive
(360cities.net)
"Jeffrey Martin shot 8,000 photographs of London and then spent six weeks stitching them together to create this amazing seamless 360-degree panorama
of the city. You can zoom in and lose yourself looking at details, or zoom back
and admire the city as a whole... Open the map to find specific landmarks,
or take the tour." 

(Neatorama)

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PRINCE WILLIAM

Royal wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship
from university to Royal engagement

(telegraph.co.uk)

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First Thanksgiving 
(teachertube.com)

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INVENTIONS

The 50 Best Inventions of 2010
"Flying cars! Jet packs! Lasers that zap malaria-carrying mosquitoes!
Here are the year's biggest (and coolest) breakthroughs
in science, technology and the arts"

(time.com)

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Heavy Texting – a New Social Problem (10th November, 2010)
- a lesson plan

(breakingnewsenglish.com)


Risky behavior likely in hyper-texting teens
(news.ca.msn.com)

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DAYDREAMING

We Spend Half Our Time Daydreaming (13th November, 2010)
- a lesson plan

(breakingnewsenglish.com)


People spend 'half their waking hours daydreaming'
"not thinking about what they are actually doing."
"Our mental lives are pervaded, to a remarkable degree, by the non-present."

(BBC)

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INTERNET SAFETY

Internet Safety for Children (16th November, 2010)
- a lesson plan

(breakingnewsenglish.com)


INTERNET SAFETY TO BE TAUGHT IN UAE SCHOOLS
"Students in the United Arab Emirates will get cyber security training to make
them more aware of threats from sources such as social networking sites."

(futuregov.asia)

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TOXIC THREATS

"Green Cross Switzerland has teamed up with the Blacksmith Institute
to identify the top six toxic threats to global health as part of
the 2010 Toxic Threat Report highlighting the worst pollution problems."
They "cause serious health risks for up to one hundred million people around
the world, especially children. The global health impacts of toxic pollutants
such as heavy metals, pesticides and radionuclides are much more
substantial than previously estimated."

Lead / Mercury / Chromium / Arsenic / Pesticides / Radionuclides
(gci.ch)
A copy of the 2010 Toxic Threat Report can be downloaded here.
(greencross.ch)


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PERSONALITY

Dance moves can reveal your personality
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Pink diamond sells for record £29 million
- with a video
"Sotheby's says the buyer is British diamond dealer Laurence Graff."
(telegraph.co.uk)

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First Americans 'reached Europe five centuries
before Columbus voyages'
"according to claims made by a Spanish university team."
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PRINCE WILLIAM

Cartoon : Royal Wedding
- with an EXPLANATION
(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

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ROBOT

The English Teaching Robot
- with a video
(nytimes.com)

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PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE : They will!

Prince William and Kate Announce Engagement
"Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton are officially engaged.
The news topped every morning show. View transcript.

(newsy.com)

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PRINCE WILLIAM

Today's Newspaper Front Pages from UK
(17/11/2010)

(thepaperboy.com)

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European Week for Waste Reduction
- 20-27 November 2010
Waste reduction - Activities for educational establishments -
Publications -
Waste quiz - Picture
s

(ewwr.eu)

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PLAYSTATION

Sony Playstation - Victor
(YouTube)
"This commercial made for Playstation is called “Victor”.
An outgrown baby, which enjoys different states such as joy, crying,
celebration… Playstation connects to what they call a “state of play”."

(creativecriminals.com)

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Snow Globes - Coca-Cola 2010 Christmas Commercial 
"The long version of Coca-Cola's 2010 Holiday commercial
featuring Train's "Shake Up Christmas"."

(YouTube)

+ the LYRICS :
"Shake up the happiness 
Wake it up/ Wake up the happiness 
Come on y'all 
It's Christmas time"

(metrolyrics.com)

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IN YOUR POCKET

What's in your pocket?
"One current Internet meme consists of people taking pictures of what
equipment they normally carry around in their pockets or on their belts
whenever they leave their homes. They then post the pictures and explain
their decisions. At the link, you can view a Flickr photo pool of some
examples of these personal equipment choices."

(flickr.com)

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PAINTBALL

D-DAY Adventure Park - Paintball
Take a video tour. - Watch the trailer.

+ Paintball gear + Trail map
(ddayadventurepark.com)

Oklahoma D-Day - Videos
ex : Paintball documentary : D-Day 2007 Ep 1
+ Oklahoma D Day documentary 2007 Part 2
(dailymotion.com)



Oklahoma D-Day
"is the world's largest scenario game of paintball that recreates events of World War II, held at Oklahoma's D-Day Adventure Park
in Wyandotte, Oklahoma every June...
The game seeks to faithfully recreate battles from the real  Normandy invasion,
including Omaha beachUtah beachSword Beach, CollevilleSainte-Mère-ÉgliseCaenPegasus Bridge, and Vierville.
The game caters to an average of 4000 players a year, often run on the anniversary of the events being recreated. "

(Wikipedia)

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Geocaching 
"is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global
Positioning System
 (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide
and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world."

+ Terminology : "There are various acronyms and words commonly
used when discussing geocaching."

(Wikipedia)

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50 States, 50 Television Series
(andrewshears.wordpress.com)

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The United States Of Movies: Map Assigns A Flick To Every State
(huffingtonpost.com)

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Brace yourself:
the latest, greatest edition of Mark Twain’sAutobiography is almost here

(craigfehrman.com)
+ Mark Twain's Amazing Embargo
"The brilliant brand management behind the handling of his autobiography."

(slate.com)

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WISH

Cocoon - Comets
(YouTube)
+ the LYRICS
"While my boat is drifting away
By the shore of Miami Bay...
I wish there was a secret
That you said in your sleep...
And I wish I was a comet to crash on your field
Just to be remembered"

(paroles-musique.com)

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160th Anniversary of Robert Louis Stevenson
(12 November2010)

(themorningnews.net)

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NEW YORK CITY

The Empire State Building.
"Look carefully at the slideshow, you can take notes if you like.
When you are done, you'll play with your neighbour
and find out who knows more about the Empire State Building."
Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

Niveau 3ème, questions en "how + long, deep, many, old etc..."

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"The Landlady" by Roald Dahl :

New sites recommended by Catherine Serreau (Ac. Versailles)

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CURRENCY WARS

Why should you care about currency wars ?
- an animation
"The strength of currencies has become a source of tension between some of
the world's biggest economies, especially the US and China...
Watch this animated guide to find out about why countries are falling out
with each other because of their currencies.
It is likely to be one of the big subjects discussed at the G20 summit
in the South Korean capital Seoul this week."

(BBC)

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FAST FOOD

San Francisco to ban toys in unhealthy fast-food meals
"San Francisco has passed a law barring fast-food restaurants from giving away
toys with children's meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines."

(BBC)


"The law limits toys with meals containing more than
600 calories or excessive fat, salt and sugar."

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RECYCLING

Electrolux: From the sea
"Electrolux has revealed five vacuum cleaners made from plastic waste
collected from the world’s seas and oceans..." 
(creativecriminals.com)

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GAMES

Learning Games For Kids
"Want educational games that help build skills in math, language,
science, social studies, and more? You've come to the right place!
We’ve got educational games for kids in the following categories:
Math Facts, Math Games, Language Arts, Science Songs,
Animal and Nature Games, Word Games, Art and Music Games,
Logic Games, Memory Games, Hand-Eye Coordination Games,
Preschool Games, Keyboarding Games and Geography Games.
We’ll be adding new educational games often..."
(learninggamesforkids.com)

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FAMILY

Difficult family relationships - Reading Comprehension
Level : Advanced

(Philippe Hattais - englishdaybyday.net)

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SpellingCity
- with lots of resources - worksheets - videos - ...

(spellingcity.com)

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HEALTH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / CDC
(cdc.gov)

 

Nearly 59 Million Americans Lack Health Insurance: CDC
(huffingtonpost.com)
"A bill passed in March promises to get health insurance coverage to 32 million
Americans who currently lack coverage.
But Republicans who just took control of the House of Representatives last week
have vowed to derail the new law by cutting off the funds for it..."
(Reuters)

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The social network
- with an activity
created by Amélie Silvert (Ac. Lille)

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GUNS

Gun control
(justfacts.com)

• General Facts
• Ownership
• Crime and Self Defense
• Background Checks and Criminals' Sources of Guns
• Right-to-Carry Laws
• Accidents
• Politics
• Constitution

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5 nouvelles activités à découvrir sur Soundguide dans la rubrique
"Parler de soi".
Theo, jeune irlandais de 13 ans nous parle de lui, d'Halloween
et du système scolaire irlandais.

(Rodolphe Maurel - soundguideweb.com)

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VIDEO GAME

Assassin's Creed: Lineage
(englishcentral.com)

 

Assassin's Creed
"is a historical fantasy/science fiction action-adventure video game...
 The bulk of the game takes place during the Third Crusade, a sect known as the
Secret Order of Assassins. The player is in reality playing as a modern-day man
named Desmond Miles, who through the use of a machine named the "Animus", is
allowed the viewing and controlling of the protagonist's genetic memories of his
ancestors, in this case, Altair, a member of the Hashshashin.
Through this plot device, details emerge of a struggle between two factions, the 
Knights Templar and the Assassins, over an artifact known as a "Piece of Eden"
and the game primarily takes place during theThird Crusade
 in the Holy Land in 1191." 

(Wikipedia)

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Southall celebrates Diwali
"Navdeep Singh Kandola visits Southall to see how the west London borough's
Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities celebrate the 'festival of light'."

(guardian.co.uk)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
(englishcentral.com)

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STEREOTYPES!

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How to twitter - a mind map
(3.bp.blogspot.com)

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MONEY

The Crisis of Credit Visualized
(vimeo.com)

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Lyrics Training
 "is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills
like english through the music and lyrics of the songs."
- with VIDEO CLIPS
3 levels : Beginner / Intermediate / Expert
with interactive activities

(lyricstraining.com)

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IRAQ

Iraqi civilians systematically abused, court hears 
"The Iraqi civilians complain the abuse occurred during the period
from March 2003 to December 2008
...
Allegations of mistreatment include sexual abuse, food, water and sleep deprivation, prolonged solitary confinement, mock executions and being denied clothes."

(BBC)

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No Stress by Laurent Wolf
(YouTube)
+ the LYRICS :
"I don’t wanna work today..
Nothing's gonna cause me distress...
I don't wanna waste my time
I don't wanna feel distress.
It’s not that I’m lazy
I think I’m just crazy
Not depressing"

(paroles-musique.com)

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GOVERNMENT

The Top Secret Network of Government and its Contractors
- interactive
45 government organisations in Top Secret America
A Washington Post Investigation
"Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the
huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

(projects.washingtonpost.com)

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CIVIL WAR

Gettysburg Address - an animation
Lincoln's speech revisited.

(vimeo.com)

The Gettysburg Address
  "is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is one of the best-known speeches
in United States history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War,
on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the 
Soldiers' National Cemetery
 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months
after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy 
at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg."

(Wikipedia)



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Curb your consumption
(homepage.mac.com)

 

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Buy Nothing Day - Poster
(epicureanpantry.ca)

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Buy Nothing Day - Posters
(englishincorot.over-blog.com)

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NEIGHBOURS

Like a good neighbour...
(blogs.trb.com)

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DESCRIPTIONS

Describing People
Choose the words that best describe the person in the pictures.
(quia.com)

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PIGS

Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn
"Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of
the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 187 non-pork products,
from bullets to artificial hearts."

(YouTube)
She "has spent three years researching all the products made from a single pig.
Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine,
photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes,
conditioner and even bio diesel."

(christienmeindertsma.com)


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ICONS / MUSIC

Musical groups - Icons
"This illustration contains the names of 48 musical groups rendered as icons.
Can you figure out the names of the bands?
Click on the image at El Espíritu de los Cínicos to see the answers."

(cinismoilustrado.blogspot.com)

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BAD MANNERS

Boy Farts On School Bus & Gets Detention!
(YouTube)
"If he is caught passing gas on the bus again,
he could get four or five days of detention."

(fox8.com)
Read the story.
(myfoxphoenix.com)

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ELECTION RESULTS

Interactive maps : House Map - Senate Map
(elections.nytimes.com)

US midterm results -House/Senate
(BBC)

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DRUGS

Alcohol More Harmful Than Heroin
(1st November, 2010)
- a lesson plan

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin or crack'
(guardian.co.uk)



Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin' says Prof David Nutt
- with videos
and audio
(BBC)

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Don't Waste that Pumpkin! - infographic
"Don’t throw away your pumpkins right after Halloween!
How to effectively use all parts of your pumpkin."

(thepurebar.com)

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Course in Lady Gaga offered at US university
"Students at a US university are being offered a course in the pop singer Lady Gaga... Mathieu Deflem, a sociology professor at the University of South Carolina, is adding a course title "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame".
The synopsis for the course reads: "The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga"."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ANOREXIA

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911

"How to report an emergency"

Estelle Sanchez (Ac. Lille) nous propose des liens qui lui ont permis de travailler
sur une séquence intitulée: "How to report an emergency".
"La tâche finale liée à cette séquence était une ppi entre deux élèves,
l'un jouant le rôle du témoin et l'autre celui d'"urgentiste".
Le témoin disposait d'une photo d'accident (maison en feu, motard sur la chaussée, etc.)
avec quelques annotations sur les lieux, dates, état des victimes, et se devait de
téléphoner au 911 afin de fournir le maximum d'informations à son partenaire."

- 911 VIDEO + Teacher's Guide
(amssa.org)

- Calling to Report a Medical Emergency
(eslfast.com)
"Practice the Conversations of This Topic with Mike"
(rong-chang.com)

- Emergency - 911
(Vers le milieu de la page)
Vocabulary / Listening/ Reading / Related Grammar /
Conversation Questions

(telus.net)

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HEALTH

Stay Calm, Dad - Video
"A 5-year-old talks on the phone with 911 while her dad is having difficultly breathing. 
Don't leave too soon.  This little girl is not only smart, but very funny."

(maniacworld.com)

Seen by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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PASSIVE VOICE

"Pinned Together, Falling Apart" by The Dears
(YouTube)
+ the LYRICS
"I have been terrified
By the thought of losing you...
I've been petrified...
Absolutely horrified..."

(lyricstime.com)

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NOVEMBER 2010
=
National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
See
Native Americans ( + Page 2 )

 

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