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CIVILIZATION : The WORLD

Facts - G20 Summit - Politics -
Consumption
- Cost of living - Globalisation -
Culture
- International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People -
Expositions
- Folklore -
Racism - Discrimination - Corruption -
Flags
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Maps and Photos - Food -
Listening
-
Interactive exercises
- Exercises to print - Lesson plans -

Posters - Interactive games - Cartoons - Songs - Videos

(Updated on 23/02/2013)

 


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 :

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

  • 2000-2009 :


    • Picturing the Past 10 Years
      (nytimes.com)



    • 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."

        (BBC)

 

 

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

  • WORLD CLOCK
    "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
    (poodwaddle.com)

 

 

 

  • Indigenous peoples (British Council)
    "Take a look at the article, story, cartoon, word game, trivia and links."

 

  • 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 (ncsu.edu)
    "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...
    (nationmaster.com)

  • 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."
    (PBS)

 

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

     

 

G20 Summit :

  • G20's $1tn deal - 3 April 2009 :
    "The summit of leaders from the G20 major economies has agreed a very large increase in the resources of the IMF to help countries hit by the financial crisis. It set out plans for more extensive financial regulation for the future."
    Report + AUDIO + Vocabulary
    (BBC)

 

 

Consumption :

 

Cost of living :

  • Numbeo - "the largest free Internet database about cost of living worldwide!"
    (numbeo.com)

    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.at)

    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."
    (Wikipedia)

  • 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 (informationisbeautiful.net)
    "Graphic designer David McCandless made an infographic that describes connotations associated with different colors in different cultures."
    (Neatorama)

 

  • 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
    (creativecommons.org)

 

  • Identity - This is my England
    "Identity! Sometimes it makes my head hurt -sometimes my heart.
    So what am I? Where do I fit into Britain, 2000 and beyond?"
    Andrea Levy, a writer, is English born and bred.
    But her parents are Jamaican, and the colour of her skin not white.
    As a consequence, she is not always made to feel at home in the country she thinks of as home.
    In this article by her from The Guardian Weekend, February 19, 2000, she explores the question of identity, and its significance in a multi-cultural society like the United Kingdom."

    (zimbio.com)

     

  • World Cup Facts and Figures - Présentation PowerPoint
    (sunderlandschools.org)

  • 7 Wonders of the Ancient World map - interactive (unmuseum.org)

 

  • Culture Quest World Tour - (ipl.org)
    "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
    "Objectives:
    - 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
    (the_english_dept)

  • Kaya's World (kindersite.org)

 

 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..."

    (britishcouncil.org)

 

 

Expositions :

Folklore :

  • Folklore. (British Council)
    "Have a look at the article, stories, word game, cartoon, poll, trivia and links."

 

 

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 :

 

 

 

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."

    (neatorama.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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."
    (BBC)

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

  • 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
    (BBC)

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)

 

 

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

    (time.com)

 

 

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."

    (nationalanthemsnow.com)

  • 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)
    (esl-lab)

 

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."
    (nytimes.com)
  • 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) -
    (tripod.com/the_english_dept)

 

  • 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 :

  • 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..."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

  • WORLD HUNGER :

    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."

    (nationalgeographic.com)

    WORLD HUNGER - a lesson - A text with exercises (insideout.net)

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

    (cdn.thehungersite.com)

  • Looking Back at 2010: Teaching Ideas + a VIDEO
    (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

 

Posters :

 

  • 2000-2009 : The Noughties - a poster
    (sabironlangues.typepad.fr)

 

 

INTERACTIVE games :

 

 

Cartoons : (Si le lien est inaccessible, enregistrer l'image pour obtenir la taille initiale.)

 

2010 :
The Year in Cartoons

- a slideshow

(theatlantic.com)

 


Discrimination
(advicenow.org.uk)

 

The world is just
(photos1.blogger.com)


The world according to America
(interculturalmeanderings.wordpress.com)

- UPDATED


Obesity problem

(bendib.com)

 

 

The gap between rich and poor
(topforeignstocks.com)
- UPDATED

 

Cagle's 2009 YEAR in REVIEW
- Cartoons

(cagle.com)

 

Songs :

 

  • 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..."

    (azlyrics.com)


 

 

  • 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..."

    (paroles-musique.com)

 

 

  • 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 :

  • MAN - 3'36
    "Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at man's relationship with the natural world."

    (YouTube)

 

  • 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)

    (another-teacher.net)

    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."
    (YouTube)

 

  • 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."

    + COMMENT
    (englishblog.com)

 

  • 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."
    (onedayonearth.org)

 

 

  • 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
    (BBC)

 

  • 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."
    (YouTube)

     

  • 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!"
      (YouTube)

 

 

  • 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."

    + COMMENTS
    (jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

 

 

  • 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?"

      (YouTube)  



    • 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."

      (BBC)



    • 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."

      (BBC)

 

 

 

  • 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."

    (YouTube)

 

 

 

 

 

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