Bizarre natural phenomena Facts Maps and Photos
Cartoons Flags Most dangerous countries
Consumption Food Poems
Corruption G20 Summit Politics
Cost of living Globalisation Posters
Culture Interactive exercises Racism
DAVOS International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People Small kingdoms
Discrimination Interactive games Songs
Exercises to print Lesson plans UNESCO World Heritage sites
Expositions Listening Videos

(Updated on 24/05/2016)


Related pages :

Ethnic groups (civilization) Schools
Ethnic groups (vocabulary - information) Stereotypes
History The English Language
Languages in the world The year 2011
Pollution Water
Population Day Ways of life


Facts :

  • King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand is crowned in elaborate ceremony - 4 May 2019
    "King vows to ‘reign with righteousness’ as Bangkok becomes a sea of royal yellow"
    + Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn crowned in solemn ceremony – video


    Coronation of Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn – in pictures - 4 May 2019
    "King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, beginning three days of elaborate, centuries-old ceremonies"


  • 50 ideas to change the world
    "The FT has enlisted the help of readers, researchers and entrepreneurs to find 50 new ideas that will shape the world in the future.
    The next tranche of ideas, on healthcare, will be published on 5 March 2018."
    Covering a range of topics from environment and technology etc. Good starting point for discussion/presentation work.





  • International Number Ones because every country is at best at something
    "Roll over the image to see the countries."



  • 2000-2009 :

    • Picturing the Past 10 Years

    • The Noughties: Looking back on the decade that was

      • See Videos

      • A portrait of the decade
        "To mark the end of the first decade of the century, the Magazine has been asking readers to tell the story of the past 10 years, based on five themes. Here are our top 100 things that define the Noughties."




  • Worldometers - World statistics updated in real time :
    World Population / Government & Economics / Society & Media / Environment / Food / Water / Energy / Health

    "This World Stats Counter shows current statistical figures for world population, births, deaths, deforestation, and much more.
    Except for population and earth temp, all stats reflect the growth since the beginning of the selected time period...
    This program is also available in German and Spanish."
    Site signalé par Renée Maufroid



  • The State of the World's Children 2006 : EXCLUDED and INVISIBLE (UNICEF)
    "The 2006 State of the World's Children report focuses on excluded and invisible children
    who have no access to essential services, protection and participation."

  • The Virtual Quilt (
    "We are inviting you to come join us as we read, write, and learn together. Help us create a patchwork panorama that will share your community with the global Internet. Whether you live in a village, town, city, or metropolis, this is an opportunity to learn about other communities around world!"


  • Country Reports provides over 6,600 pages of data ... on over 260 countries!
    (with Maps and News)


  • Graphically compare nations (505 stats) :
    Fastest Growing - Richest - Most Militaristic - Most Populous - Most Generous - Most Taxed - Most In Debt - Poorest - Longest Living -
    Largest - Youngest - Most Square-eyed - Most Murderous - Most Educated...

  • Carte du monde interactive : Human Numbers Through Time -
    "Examine the startling population growth over the past two millennia,
    and see what's coming in the next 50 years."


  • India Day Resource Page (Teacher Planet) : Lessons and Units - Worksheets - Clipart & Images - Other Resources


UNESCO World Heritage Sites :

Most dangerous countries :

  • World’s Most Dangerous Countries Revealed - with MAPS - 17 November 2017
    This is how much travelers will be risking their health in 2018 across the globe...
    And this is how the world looks from a security threat point of view...
    Finally, the number of road accidents


G20 Summit :



  • Davos Explores World's Pressing Issues - Text + Audio - 24 January 2016
    "World leaders, businessmen and activists meet in Switzerland to discuss economic and other pressing issues.
    This year, oil prices and China’s economic slowdown raised concerns. Technology is always a major subject,
    but delegates also spoke about inequality and concerns about refugees."


    Davos (RomanshTavau (help·info), archaic Italian: Tavate, local German pronunciation [daˈfoːs],[3] German pronunciation [daˈvoːs][4])
    "is a municipality in the district of Prättigau/Davos in the canton of Graubünden,Switzerland...
    Davos is host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites (often referred to simply as Davos)
    and the home of one of Switzerland's biggest ski resorts. "



Consumption :


Corruption :



Cost of living :


  • Numbeo - "the largest free Internet database about cost of living worldwide!"

    Numbeo allows you to see, share and compare information about cost of living worldwide, by providing online software which :

    • allows users to enter or edit cost of living for many cities in the world
    • calculates derivated indexes such as consumer price index, domestic purchasing power and others
    • efficiently compares all information



Globalisation :

  • We feed the world - A film by Erwin Wagenhofer - The trailer

    We Feed the World
    "is a 2005 documentary in which Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the origins of the food we eat and views modern industrial production of food in a critical light. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.
    The movie features an interview with Jean Ziegler."

  • Part 11 : Globalisation - with Insight Plus - your guide to the language and key issues in the news.
    We take a look at the pros and cons of this phenomenon. 

    + the script
    (BBC Learning English)


Culture :

  • Colours in Cultures (
    "Graphic designer David McCandless made an infographic that describes connotations associated with different colors in different cultures."


  • A shared culture
    "In the video, some of the leading thinkers behind Creative Commons describe how the organization is helping “save the world from failed sharing” through free tools that enable creators to easily make their work available to the public for legal sharing and remix."
    - with dozens of photos



  • Culture Quest World Tour - (
    "Join Parsifal and Ophelia as they sample the delicious cuisines, play the games, see the museums full of arts, crafts and history, hear the folktales and learn about the holidays & festivals of many of the world's cultures."

  • Stereotypes - A teaching module
    - develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding
    - practice language skills
    - practice collaborative skills
    - show students how stereotypes are formed and what they can lead to if not acknowledged and rebutted.
    - learn how to challenge bias, unfairness and stereotypical views."
    Level: intermediate and above
    A - Warm -up (Pre-teaching vocabulary)
    B - Introduce concept/practice vocabulary in situation
    C - Develop ideas/discuss
    D - Homework

  • Kaya's World (


 International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People - August 9 :


  • International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples + AUDIO
    "There are perhaps 370 million indigenous peoples in 70 countries around the world. They live on 20% of the world’s land, and they contribute 80% of the world’s biological and cultural diversity..."



Bizarre natural phenomena :

  • World's most bizarre natural phenomena - 1 August 2016
    "From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights."

    - Frozen methane bubbles, Canada
    - Blood Falls, Antarctica
    - Sailing Stones, US
    - Kawah Ijen Lake, Indonesia
    - Hidden Beach, Mexico
    - Pink Lake Hillier, Australia
    - Fairy Circles, Namibia


Expositions :

Corruption :



Flags :

  • English-speaking countries - Flags - Présentation PowerPoint
    "Conçu pour une classe de 4ème 'faible' mais adaptable, considérant que les diapos ne sont que des déclencheurs, quelques drapeaux des 'English-speaking countries', le choix est 'contextualisé', Maurice, Seychelles, India etc., l'occasion de revoir les couleurs, les formes, la géographie, le lexique ('countries and nationalities') et de décorer la classe aux couleurs des drapeaux que les élèves auront envie de faire eux-mêmes.
    A améliorer en rajoutant des photos des capitales...
    sent by Françoise Chapellier (Ac. de La Réunion)


  • Symbolic Use of Colors in Flags - (enchantedlearning)
    "Very often, the colors used in a flag represent the values of that country (or other entity)."


Maps and Photos :




Small kingdoms :

  • The world's smallest kingdom - 8 March 2016
    "When he’s not fishing for squid or gardening outside his squat bungalow, the king of Tavolara lords over this tiny island’s 11 part-time residents
    and 100 nimble mountain goats.
    Just south of Sardinia's world-famous Costa Smeralda, the lonely island of Tavolara rises wildly from the cerulean sea like a jagged mountain.
    There are no roads or hotels, and the only inhabitable stretch is a white-sand tongue that’s best measured from end to end in steps."

    + Big facts about small kingdoms


Food :

  • "I want to feed a billion kids. It's your boy, 50 Cent."
    "Hard rapper 50 Cent softens at the idea of world hunger. He’s released a series of promo videos expressing his desire to feed a billion people by donating a portion of profits made from his new energy drink, Street King, to the UN’s World Food Programme."







  • Global hunger worsening, warns UN
    "More than one billion people - a sixth of the world's population - are undernourished... The report comes ahead of World Food Day on Friday."


  • World hunger 'hits one billion'
    "One billion people are hungry around the world, with a 100 million increase blamed on the global recession, says the UN."




  • Rising food costs - Families' shopping list
    "Families around the world tell us what shopping costs...
    We returned to our six families around the world to see if their shopping list and their eating habits have changed with the global increase in food prices."

    Guatemala / UK / India / China / Kenya / Egypt


  • UN sets up food crisis task force
    "The United Nations is to set up a task force to tackle the global food crisis...
    The UN believes 100 million people are going short of food, and the World Food Programme says it will need an extra $755m (380m) this year to cope with the rising number of people it needs to feed. "

    + VIDEO : Global rice supply
    "Raids on hoarders, aerial planting and other snapshots from around the world."




  • What the World Eats - in pictures
    - with Food expenditure for one week and Favorite foods




Listening :

  • National Anthems of the World
    "Our website displays the most complete collection of lyrics and audio from the national anthems of all of the countries in the world."


  • National Anthems - You can listen to most of them.
  • The World (with exercises) :
    - Lecture on Culture Shock (M)
    - A Japanese Public Bath (M)
    - Saving the Earth (M)
    - Battle at the Front (D)
    - Holiday Traditions (D)
    - I Love Trees (D)
    - The Christmas Gift (D)
    - Our Aging Society (D)
    - A Greener World (D)
    - The Japanese Economy (D)
    - A Rare Solar Eclipse (D)
    - Exotic Animal Theater (D)
    - Bamboo Artifacts (D)


INTERACTIVE exercises :


  • The Year in Questions - Interactive quiz
    "William Shakespeare famously warned, “If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”
    With that in mind, we present a little light labor to ease the terrible burden of this holiday season.
    Below are 100 or so questions on the personalities and happenings that defined 2009
    — from geopolitics and gossip to commerce and celebrity."

    + Continue the QUIZ
    "The incidents, accidents, hints and allegations that defined 2009."
  • Tenebary From Guinea
    "Tenebary is an African little boy from Guinea. He is telling us about his life, his family, his school, his dream. He also tells us an African tale.
    There are 5 pages in this activity."
    Created by Renée Maufroid.

    - with a VIDEO


  • "Click on the names of the different continents and discover where English is spoken" (+ flags) -


  • A small world
    Listen to this song and play the game

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid



  • Children of the world - activities created by Renée Maufroid
    America - Australia - Scotland - Italy - Mexico - Ireland - India - Cuba - China...


Exercises TO PRINT :

Lesson plans :

  • Japan has a new emperor (30 April 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A Japanese emperor has abdicated for the first time in more than 200 years."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Japanese Emperor - Level 0Japanese Emperor - Level 1   or  Japanese Emperor - Level 2
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)


  • If The World Were 100 People - a lesson


  • 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..."



    ADDRESSING WORLD HUNGER - a lesson plan
    "This lesson introduces students to programs that exist to address the complex problem of world hunger.
    They will read articles about specific initiatives and projects, and will be asked to discuss these projects and whether they think they are effective.
    Students conclude by writing statements they would make to friends or relatives who think the world hunger problem may be irresolvable."


    WORLD HUNGER - a lesson - A text with exercises (

     Where in the World - a lesson - level : Tailor to elementary or secondary
    Fragile Food Chains - a lesson - level : Secondary


  • Looking Back at 2010: Teaching Ideas + a VIDEO


Poems :

  • MAN vs EARTH by Prince Ea
    "Who Do You Think Will Win?"




Posters :


  • 2000-2009 : The Noughties - a poster





Cartoons :

The world is just

The world according to America

Obesity problem




The gap between rich and poor



Songs :

  • WWF and Will Young 'What the world needs now is love'
    "With staggering figures revealing that global wildlife populations have declined by over 50% since 1970,
    WWF-UK has teamed up with Will Young to ask you to show the world some love and take action..."

    + LYRICS:
    "What the world needs now is love, sweet love
    It's the only thing that there's just too little of
    What the world needs now is love, sweet love
    No, not just for some but for everyone"




  • Mad World :
    "All around me are familiar faces
    Worn out places
    Worn out faces
    Bright and early for their daily races
    Going nowhere
    Going nowhere
    Their tears are filling up their glasses
    No expression
    No expression
    Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow..."




  • Lady Gaga - Born This Way (YouTube)
    + the LYRICS :
    "You're black, white, beige, chola descent
    You're lebanese, you're orient
    Whether life's disabilities
    Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
    Rejoice and love yourself today
    'cause baby you were born this way..."




  • A small world
    Listen to this song and play the game

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid


  • Nine Million Bicycles by Katie Melua :
    "There are six BILLION people in the world
    More or less
    and it makes me feel quite small
    But you're the one I love the most of all."



Videos :


  • News Words: Global - VIDEO - 16 October 2015
    "Global refers to the whole world. Hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you a bit more about a word used to refer to a lot."


  • 0-100: Change the World
    "We brought in people ages 0-100 to answer some of life’s big questions. Well, technically, we couldn’t find anyone 100 years old
    - but we did find a gentleman who is 105. In this second episode, we asked the question, "how would you change the world?"




  • Benjamin Zephaniah and Square Zero Ltd. - The British (serves 60 million) - BBC Poetry season - 2009
    "Benjamin Zephaniah, dub poet, s’associe à "Square Zero" pour produire une vidéo culinaire et cosmopolite du poème "The British (Serves 60 Million)", pour la BBC Poetry Season de 2009.
    Une ressource qui permettra d’aborder la notion de multiculturalisme en Grande Bretagne sur le thème des recettes, mais aussi de revoir les noms de pays et adjectifs de nationalité, de travailler sur le rythme et la prononciation..."
    + fiche de travail (par Laurence Bernard - Ac. Martinique)


    BBC Poetry Season - Zephaniah and students perform The British
    "Benjamin Zephaniah joins sixth form students from Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire to recite his poem The British in a restaurant in Spalding."


  • THE YEAR 2011 :

    Reuters Video: The Year in 60 Seconds
    "Multimedia showcase of some of 2011's top stories, including Japan's tragic earthquake, the Arab Spring, the demise of Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi, the shooting rampage in Norway, famine in Somalia and the Royal Wedding. Multimedia editing by Jillian Kitchener."


  • One Day On Earth - with an interactive map :
    People all over the world made videos of what they did on the same day.

    "On 10.10.10 we documented the world. Explore our video archive."



  • Audio slideshow: Human Planet
    "From the icy Arctic to Africa's dense jungles - and the mountain tops of Mongolia to the deep waters of the Pacific - the BBC series Human Planet has explored mankind's incredible relationship with nature."

    - stunning images and commentary


  • Human planet - BBC One
    "Human Planet is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind's incredible relationship with nature in the world today."


  • THE YEAR 2010 :

    • So Long To Ya, 2010 | The JibJab 2010 Year in Review!
      "This year we've turned Obama and Biden into puppets to sing a duet of regret. After a grueling year of Wikileaks and oil spills, join our Oval Officers in kicking off 2011 by kicking 2010 out the door!"



  • Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
    "In this spectacular section of BBC's 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine."




  • 2000-2009 :

    • Best of the Noughties
      "We are about to turn our back on the noughties - but what stood out for you? The music, the fashion, the politics or the technology?"


    • Ten years of changes in technology
      "Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones looks at how technology has changed during the noughties.
      The decade has seen a digital revolution that's transformed the communication and entertainment industry."


    • How to sum up the 'Noughties'?
      "Time Magazine called it the 'decade from hell', but despite 9/11, two wars and a financial crisis it hasn't been all bad.
      So how would you describe it? Watch Matt Frei's thoughts."





  • Coldplay's Chris Martin for the Make Trade Fair campaign
    "Oxfam America and Make Trade Fair teamed up to send Coldplay's Chris Martin to Africa to see firsthand the extreme poverty endured by so many and how fair trade in these areas can improve the lives of those
    who live and work there."







  • The miniature Earth
    "Watch the video and then match the items in each column."
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid