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IELTS and newspapers -

IELTS and newspapers - | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Advice on and how and why to use newspapers to improve reading and vocabulary skills for IELTS, with suggested practice exercises and useful links

Via Jim George
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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 2014 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

Mark A J Ellis's curator insight, January 28, 9:33 AM

Some handy links here to remind us to do this regularly

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The key to learning a new skill? Wanting it badly enough

The key to learning a new skill? Wanting it badly enough | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Learning is all about motivation. When we really want to learn something, we generally succeed, even when the going gets tough
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The mysterious origins of punctuation

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Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.
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These dolphins talk to each other. Why do we insist it isn’t language?

These dolphins talk to each other. Why do we insist it isn’t language? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A new study shows that dolphins chatter while cooperating on a task. The line between human and animal language may not be as clear as we like to think
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Reality Check: How many Brits live in the rest of the EU? - BBC News

Reality Check: How many Brits live in the rest of the EU? - BBC News | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Jeremy Corbyn says 750,000 Brits live in Spain and two million in the rest of the EU. Is he right?
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BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / Is social media a distraction?

BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / Is social media a distraction? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Listen to Sophie and Neil argue about Social Media! https://t.co/MzbxJjQfW8 #6MinuteEnglish #vocab #listen #ELT #EFL https://t.co/yqlm6rX0s1
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Mark A J Ellis's curator insight, April 6, 7:23 AM
Good starting point to push debate.
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Learn words from the news: mourning, odious, abnormally, unrealistic

This week's stories: Belgium in mourning after attacks Zika virus victims increase Negative reaction to online 'fitness challenge'
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Why do the British say ‘sorry’ so much?

Why do the British say ‘sorry’ so much? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The British are famous for how frequently they say ‘sorry’ – even when they’re not at fault. But does the data hold up this stereotype? And is apologising so often really that bad?
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Why you should never wash your jeans

Why you should never wash your jeans | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Laundry is inevitable, but thankfully there are people like Levi’s CEO and President Chip Bergh who want to make our lives a little easier. 

According to him, you should never wash a pair of jeans. Ever.

While this may prompt noises of disgust from those are less-then-enamoured by the idea of walking around in dirty clothes, Mr Bergh explained that he "spot cleans" any stains with a toothbrush.
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Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter

Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
When my digital media students are sitting, waiting for class to start, and staring at their phones, they are not checking Facebook. They’re not checking Instagram or Pinterest or Twitter. No, they’re catching up on the news of the day by checking out their friends’ Stories on Snapchat, chatting in Facebook Messenger or checking in...

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How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

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Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

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Why are Americans so angry? - BBC News

Why are Americans so angry? - BBC News | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Americans are generally known for having a positive outlook on life, but with the presidential election now well under way, polls show voters are angry. Why are they so cross?
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Time spent online 'overtakes TV' among youngsters - BBC News

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Young people spend more time online than watching television, and Netflix is more popular than conventional channels, according to a survey.
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Banning and unbanning phones in schools

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When it comes to mobile phones and the education sector, things aren't so simple, and answers vary considerably by place -- and are changing. In some countries and schools, mobile phones are not allowed at all for students (and in some cases for teachers as well) and/or their use is limited to certain circumstances inside (and in some instances even outside) of school. In other places, phones are allowed with few restrictions. In yet other places, long time bans on phones are being reversed. Even where bans are in place, phones are still to be found in schools, for better and for worse, and they are used for a variety of purposes (again, for better and for worse).

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 13, 12:41 AM

A very good balanced article with both pros and cons.

Carol Hancox's curator insight, May 15, 7:31 PM
Mobile Phone use in schools an interesting discussion
Justin Morgan's curator insight, May 16, 4:53 PM

The use of cell phones in schools has been a major controversy in the past years. When I was in high school, approximately 4 years ago, cell phones were not permitted. Times have changed. People rely on this technological device for so many things. Cell phones allow children and parents to stay in touch, especially in the case of an emergency. I think they are very important. It is understandable that people feel otherwise. Cell phones can be extremely distracting in a learning environment. I feel that the positive aspects of allowing cell phones in school outweigh the negatives. This article was one that I was truly able to relate to. At this point in our technological world, cell phones are a part of our every day lives and I feel it’s wrong for schools to permit them.

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Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

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Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged...
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Identity 2016: 'Global citizenship' rising, poll suggests - BBC News

Identity 2016: 'Global citizenship' rising, poll suggests - BBC News | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
People are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens, a BBC World Service poll suggests.
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Grammar snobs are patronising, pretentious and just plain wrong – video

Grammar snobs are patronising, pretentious and just plain wrong – video | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Mona Chalabi argues that those who correct others’ language are clinging to conventions that are unimportant
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How important is social class in Britain today?

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The UK is famed for the rigid distinctions between the different strata of society – but what’s the truth in the myth? And how does it compare to other countries?
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Are Teenagers Mature Enough to Vote?

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Most countries set 18 as the minimum age to vote. But some argue it should be lower. Lowering the age to 16 would get teens interested in government, says Generation Citizen.
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Ray Tomlinson's email is flawed, but never bettered - BBC News

Ray Tomlinson's email is flawed, but never bettered - BBC News | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Ray Tomlinson, the creator of email, dies - his invention has its problems but endures.
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England’s schools make us the extremists of Europe

England’s schools make us the extremists of Europe | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
If dividing up children as we do, and endlessly testing them as we do were beneficial, the UK would not be languishing, as it is, at the bottom of league tables ranking the richest 25 large countries of the world. The UK is near or at the bottom for numeracy, literacy and problem-solving at age 15. We then do even worse when young adults are examined at ages up to 24.
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Goodbye, fish and chips: National Food Survey data reveals changing trends in British dining

Goodbye, fish and chips: National Food Survey data reveals changing trends in British dining | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Consumption of tea, baked beans and sliced bread has fallen since 1974 while takeaway food, pizza, pasta and fruit became more popular
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Sorry, we can't ban everything that offends you – Video

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We are in danger of making censorship the standard response to anything that offends, argues Julie Bindel

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How new words are born

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English speakers already have over a million words at our disposal – so why are we adding 1,000 new ones a year to the lexicon? And how?

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The blessing and curse of the people who never forget

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A handful of people can recall almost every day of their lives in enormous detail – and after years of research, we are finally beginning to understand how they do it.
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Are paper books really disappearing?

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If the printed word becomes a thing of the past, it may affect how we think.
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