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Elephants in the Classroom

Elephants in the Classroom | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

In National Geographic's video section is an interesting video about elephant communication. The video features elephants at play. The video is narrated by Joyce Poole who is a co-director of Elephant Voices. Elephant Voices has a couple of offerings for teachers.


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Mindfulness training with TME | Mindfulness Exchange | emotional intelligence | relieve stress

Mindfulness training with TME | Mindfulness Exchange | emotional intelligence | relieve stress | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Mindfulness training with TME

The Mindfulness Exchange (TME) was set up to take mindfulness into the workplace from Oxford University’s Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). TME uses the best selling book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams (Founder Director of the OMC) and Dr. Danny Penman, as a training resource.


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Brazil: Protests & Demonstrations: impressive commented photographs

Brazil: Protests & Demonstrations: impressive commented photographs | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"Protests are ongoing in Brazil as people took to demonstrating against high World Cup spending....the unrest is the worst the nation has seen in two decades."


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James Parker's comment, July 4, 2013 7:27 AM
That's really something eye catchy !
Nathan Chasse's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:18 PM

These pictures show some of large scale protesting that occurred last year due to public transport fare and tax increases. The people are angry how little the government is helping with public education, healthcare, security, and transportation. The apparent cause of the tax increases was to help Brazil host the World Cup soccer games this year, which has caused the people to believe that their government cares more about soccer than them.

 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 8:07 PM

With all eyes on Brazil, the country is showing the world that it is more than just the world cup. Having protests in the media, Brazil is seen as a more than just a country with beautiful scenery and one with unrest due to political corruption and tax increases that effect the entire country.

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Films, actors and actress, exercice.

Films, actors and actress, exercice. | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Amélie Silvert's curator insight, June 29, 2013 7:03 AM

Works well with a video projector or a IWB.

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PHOTOS: If Barbie Had An Average Woman's Body

PHOTOS: If Barbie Had An Average Woman's Body | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
What would Barbie look like if she were modeled after the average American woman? Very different, it turns out.

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Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China

Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Law mandates that children regularly visit their parents and avoid "overlooking or neglecting" elders, although the specific punishment isn't clear.

 

"Imagine a world where it was illegal not to visit your ageing parents. Where your grandpa could take you to court for not paying him enough attention. That world exists, and it's called China. As of this week, the country has a new law that forbids "overlooking or neglecting the elderly."

It's not clear what exactly lies in store for you if you don't, and many Chinese internet users have criticized the legislation as unworkable and overly moralizing. But anyone commenting online, we might fairly assume, probably isn't one of the old people the law is intended to protect.

 

At least one senior citizen has already used it to her advantage: a 77-year-old woman from Wuxi successfully petitioned a court to order her daughter to spend time with her "at least once every two months, and on at least two of China's national holidays." What happy occasions those will be. "

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130702/grandmother-77-wins-first-china-neglect-case

 


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Applause is Contagious Like a Disease - D-brief

Applause is Contagious Like a Disease - D-brief | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Applause spreads linearly, like a disease. The amount of time an individual feels like clapping is a factor, but not nearly as much as peer pressure.

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Cat Perrin's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:11 AM

La foule.. et son effet de masse...

robyns tut's curator insight, October 14, 2013 1:04 PM

This is interesting, how peer pressure can factor into little things. Would be good to see what makes the brain do these things and what chemical reactions occure.

-Tanah

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Technology Use Before Bed Linked with Increased Stress

Technology Use Before Bed Linked with Increased Stress | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Using technology before bed may be stressing us out.

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What Has No Legs And The Most Amazing Feet Ever?

What Has No Legs And The Most Amazing Feet Ever? | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Vloasis's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:30 AM

A nice piece...be sure to check out the video "Life - timelapse of swarming monster worms".  It looks like it was done in an animation studio, and, it's hard to believe its below McMurdo, Antarctica.

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Man with Cotard's 'Walking Corpse Syndrome' convinced he is dead, hangs out at graveyard

Man with Cotard's 'Walking Corpse Syndrome' convinced he is dead, hangs out at graveyard | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
A MAN suffering a rare brain disorder was so convinced he was a zombie that he would hang out in graveyards to be close to death.

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Why Some Cockroaches Check Out of Roach Motels

Why Some Cockroaches Check Out of Roach Motels | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Roach motels sit at the back of many a kitchen cupboard, bedroom closet, or bathroom cabinet. Yet, to the bane of human residents, only a few years after the traps were introduced in the 1980s, they lost their allure for an increasing number of German cockroaches. Researchers soon realized that some roaches had developed an aversion to glucose—the sugary bait disguising the poison—and that the insects were passing that trait on to their young. Now, scientists have figured out how this behavior evolved.


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3-D Printed Windpipe Gives Infant Breath of Life

3-D Printed Windpipe Gives Infant Breath of Life | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
A flexible, absorbable tube helps a baby boy breathe, and heralds a future of body parts printed on command

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Llansanffraid or Llansantffraid? Spelling spat leads to vote in Welsh village (AUDIO)

Llansanffraid or Llansantffraid? Spelling spat leads to vote in Welsh village (AUDIO) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Look closely and you'll see it — the problematic letter "t."

"When consonants attack. Wales takes its notoriously vowel-shy place names very, very seriously, even if the rest of us can't. So seriously, in fact, that one Welsh village is preparing to vote in hope of settling a years-old debate: is it Llansantffraid or Llansanffraid?

The town's name was altered from the former to the latter in 2008 by local councillors who fancied themselves authorities on its long-forgotten etymology. Local people disagreed, and some unpleasantness – defacing of roadsigns, etc. – followed. Authorities hope a referendum will quell the controversy once and for all. Listen to the two versions pronounced here and we're sure you'll agree: one little "t" makes all the difference. "


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Some of the Risks of posting on Social Networks : An Excellent InfoGraphic

Some of the Risks of posting on Social Networks : An Excellent InfoGraphic | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

With the turn of the 21st century, the "social web" saw an explosive growth in the number of online social networking sites. These virtual platforms have gained so much in popularity that their members now count in millions. Online social networking is a constituent part of one's digital identity and whatever you share on them remains there a witness either for or against you. The infographic features some of the risks of posting on social networks. It also provides some interesting data on the kind of content people share on these sites


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Daniel Morgenstern's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:37 PM

Un très bon résumé graphique des données privées que la plupart d'entre nous donne sans broncher à travers les réseaux sociaux.

Daniel Morgenstern's comment, July 9, 2013 6:40 PM
Quelqu'un pour traduire en détail cette infographie ? Merci d'avance :)
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Comics Lab: great Garfield games, videos, reading for EFL


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Present Perfect vs Simple Past with some American presidents!

Present Perfect vs Simple Past with some American presidents! | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
First, order the American presidents, then click on "Play this game". American presidents' speeches and bios will help you understand the use of Present Perfect vs Simple Past .

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Beatlemania began 50 years ago today - The Beatles’ 1963 Revisited - News - Mojo

Beatlemania began 50 years ago today - The Beatles’ 1963 Revisited - News - Mojo | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Beatlemania began 50 years ago today. MOJO relives the birth of the legend.

 

Untold stories about the Beatles:

Ex:  How The Beatles' 1963 support act Roy Orbison stemmed the screaming (clue: "Pianissimo..."). Why the group were "strange and slightly scary". And why Cavern DJ Bob Wooler was punched by John Lennon.

 

Seven short articles = videos about what it looked (and sounded) like...


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California's biggest dam removal project in history begins in Carmel Valley

California's biggest dam removal project in history begins in Carmel Valley | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking San Clemente Dam in Californias largest dam-removal project ever.

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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:29 AM

So much money and time needed to tear down something that was most likely a marvel of its time. Also another sign the the industrial era is way behind us.

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:45 PM

CD - The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.

 

This example is in the USA but too interesting to not include!

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Picasa Web Albums - yapatine - CM ANGLAIS DES CARTES MENTALES POUR AIDER LES ELEVES Très brainfriendly: (excellent pour DYSLEXIQUES ET LES AUTRES)!

Photos by yapatine, Aug 4, 2012

 

j’ai créé ce blog pour publier des cartes mentales glanées sur le web ou élaborées par moi-même au cours de la scolarité de mon fils, dyslexique.


https://cartesmentalesdys.wordpress.com/


Voici des cartes que j’ai faites au cours de sa scolarité collège, et des liens vous renvoyant à mon site picassa où de nombreuses autres cartes sont répertoriées.

anglais: un lien vers des cartes mentales et un blog

https://picasaweb.google.com/113451824056003435482/CMANGLAIS#

 

http://www.my-teacher.fr/


 

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StoryCorps: Joshua Littman, a clever 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome interviews his mother, Sarah

Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua's unique questions and Sarah's loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.

 

A subtitled video.

 

A lesson plan on Rachael Roberts' site.

 

http://elt-resourceful.com/downloadable-lesson-materials/


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Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, April 19, 2013 5:28 PM

Authentic, sensible and sensitive intelligent dialogue and people. Would have loved to have  a mother like Sarah .

Miss Laurent's comment, April 20, 2013 1:14 AM
Beautiful. Merci, Aulde.
Aulde de Barbuat's comment, April 20, 2013 3:04 PM
Glad you like it. Thanks for the feed-back.
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Men feel more physically attractive after becoming a father

Men feel more physically attractive after becoming a father | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Never mind the sleepless nights and domestic disarray, new fathers think they're hot stuff. The finding comes from a survey of 182 heterosexual couples by Alicia Cast and her colleagues. The couples were quizzed three times - just after they got married, a year later, and again a year after that.


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Mechanisms of collective decision-making in bees (Politicians & Proselytizers)

Mechanisms of collective decision-making in bees (Politicians & Proselytizers) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Thomas Seeley gave a talk yesterday about how honeybees collectively decide on a new home, and how they use the evidence accumulation/drift-diffusion model to make decisions!  When bees are ready to start a new colony, they’ll find somewhere to hang out and swarm.  Foragers will then periodically wander off to try to find a good home: they like spacious holes high up on tall trees.  

 

When a forager finds a home that it likes, it will report back to the swarm what its found in the form of a waggle dance.   Bees will shake their little bottoms as they walk in the direction of the potential home, and the longer they shake the further away their new home is.  But the job of the bee is more of that of a politician or proselytizer trying to get other bees to follow their lead to the new nest site that they found.  By dancing more and more, a scout bee will impress other watchful bees to go check that site out; generally, the more the scout likes the nest, the more time and energy its willing to invest in its wagglin’.

 

But politics is rough and tumble.  Scout bees don’t only advertise nest sites they like, they’ll actively go find the other scouts advertising other nests sites and headbutt and buzz at them.  Needless to say, the more an Opposition bee gets headbutted, the less likely it is to continue advertising its own preferred site

 

More: http://neuroecology.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/mechanisms-of-collective-decision-making-in-bees


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Babies learn to babble like birds learn to sing

Babies learn to babble like birds learn to sing | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Babies learn to babble before they learn to talk, at first simply repeating individual syllables (as in ba-ba-ba), and later stringing various syllables together (as in ba-da-goo). Songbirds exhibit similar patterns during song-learning, and the capacity for this sort of syllable sequencing is widely believed to be innate and to emerge full-blown — a theory that is challenged by a paper published on Nature's website today1.

 

A study of three species — zebra finches, Bengalese finches and humans — reports that none of the trio has it that easy. Their young all have to learn how to string syllables together slowly, pair by pair.

 

“We discovered a previously unsuspected stage in human vocal development,” says first author Dina Lipkind, a psychologist now at Hunter College in New York.

 

More: http://www.nature.com/news/babies-learn-to-babble-like-birds-learn-to-sing-1.13090


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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, June 2, 2013 11:24 AM

Research challenges theory of innate vocal abilities.

Broken Arrow Veterinarian Clinic's comment, June 28, 2013 10:49 PM
how cute! :)
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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows

Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, May 25, 2013 2:20 PM

A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate

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Food policy: GM corn and soy feed cause serious health problems in hogs, says study

Food policy: GM corn and soy feed cause serious health problems in hogs, says study | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
  Pigs fed a combination of genetically modified soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet, according to a new...

The study:

 

http://gmojudycarman.org/new-study-shows-that-animals-are-seriously-harmed-by-gm-feed/


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