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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

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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

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The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie

The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The mirror doesn’t “force” the Renaissance to happen; it “allows” it to happen.

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Without a technology that enabled humans to see a clear reflection of reality, including their own faces, the particular constellation of ideas in art and philosophy and politics that we call the Renaissance would have had a much more difficult time coming into being.

Peering into the history of the mirror and the future of its modern progeny — which includes, notably, the selfie — Johnson leaves the trajectory of its sociocultural impact open-ended:

The mirror helped invent the modern self, in some real but unquantifiable way. That much we should agree on. Whether that was a good thing in the end is a separate question, one that may never be settled con
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How to debunk falsehoods

How to debunk falsehoods | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly.
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The Language of Lying: Animated Primer on How to Detect Deception

The Language of Lying: Animated Primer on How to Detect Deception | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The four most reliable telltale signs of the 10 to 200 lies we tell and are told each day.

Our yearning to discern deception so that we c
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Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips
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Quiz: how well do you know the UK?

Quiz: how well do you know the UK? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A new report shows that most people are very wrong on some of the key facts about their home nation See if you know any better
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Here is the news: children love language, writing and wordplay | Mind your language

Here is the news: children love language, writing and wordplay | Mind your language | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The Tory education minister who dismissed young people as illiterate should have visited the Guardian Education Centre
Ours is bangin!
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We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight

We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The 11 largest languages in the world are Chinese, English, Hindi/Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Bengali, Japanese, German and French.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, October 27, 8:50 PM

The numbers change but the story remains the same.

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Does BandAid reinforce stereotypes about Africa?

Does BandAid reinforce stereotypes about Africa? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
SOAS researcher Robtel Pailey and producer Harvey Goldsmith debate some of the perceived issues surrounding the new BandAid song.
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It's time to dump the jargon and the doublespeak - The Media Blog

It's time to dump the jargon and the doublespeak - The Media Blog | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Jargon, gibberish, twaddle: Whatever you call it there's too much in PR, marketing and the media. I was recently speaking with a PR person who represented a large shopping centre. "We never refer to it as a shopping centre," I...
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Here's how learning a new language changes your brain - at any age - ScienceAlert

Here's how learning a new language changes your brain - at any age - ScienceAlert | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
We all know that learning a new language is a great, healthy thing to do for your brain, but new research has discovered that it actually changes both the structure and function of your brain network, regardless of whether you’re four years old, or
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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-languages-evolve-alex-gendler Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from wh...
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Txting is for people who can’t spell, write? Wrong

Txting is for people who can’t spell, write? Wrong | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Caroline Tagg: Children who use ‘textisms’ have greater phonological awareness, according to research that exposes some of the myths about language and social media
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VoA Learning English - Five Illegal Job Interview Questions in the US

VoA Learning English - Five Illegal Job Interview Questions in the US | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
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Psychology: The truth about the paranormal

Psychology: The truth about the paranormal | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
"We create beliefs because we don’t like believing that the universe is random"
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Effective teaching: 10 tips on what works and what doesn’t

Effective teaching: 10 tips on what works and what doesn’t | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A new report from the Sutton Trust has reviewed the evidence around successful teaching practices. Here are the key points you need to know
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Spelling it out: is it time English speakers loosened up?

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Josephine Livingstone: English is an uncommonly tricky language to spell. Is this why we put it on such a pedestal?

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Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything

Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Most people around the world are pretty bad when it comes to knowing the numbers behind the news. But how issues such as immigration are perceived can shape political opinion and promote misconceptions
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Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked

Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Just how much of your life is watched? Security expert Bruce Schneier points out that it is more than most people think, says Chris Baraniuk.
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