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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, 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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Eleven untranslatable words

Norwegians have a word that means ‘to sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer’. BBC Culture meets an artist fascinated by languages’ unique terms.
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From Great Britain to Little England

From Great Britain to Little England | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Campaigners for leaving the European Union want to “take back control.” But what will they be left with?
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Social media 'outstrips TV' as news source for young people - BBC News

Social media 'outstrips TV' as news source for young people - BBC News | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Social media and smartphones are becoming the main news source for young people, according to a major report into the future of news.
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Here’s the truth about the ‘planned obsolescence’ of tech

Here’s the truth about the ‘planned obsolescence’ of tech | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
It’s widely held that certain gadgets, cars and other tech have deliberately short lifespans, to make you shell out to replace them. What’s the reality?
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Banning and unbanning phones in schools

Banning and unbanning phones in schools | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
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?

How important is social class in Britain today? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
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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A man got so sick of vote leave's lies he took out an ad in a national newspaper

A man got so sick of vote leave's lies he took out an ad in a national newspaper | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A man has taken out a full page advert in the Metro newspaper, paying for it out of his own pocket, in response to what he calls “the rubbish being talked about immigration” ahead of the EU referendum.  Laurence Taylor has delighted people on both sides of the debate over EU membership by using data from organisation MigrationWatch and the Office for National Statistics to highlight how small the number of migrants arriving in Britain is each year, in relation to the country’s population as a whole.
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Why isn’t ‘American’ a language?

Why isn’t ‘American’ a language? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Britain and the US share a common language – but English is spoken and spelled very differently on either side of the Atlantic. James Harbeck finds out why.
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How would Brexit affect you? – video explainer

How would Brexit affect you? – video explainer | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it

UK Membership of the European Union may come with certain strings attached, but there is a wealth of benefits to its citizens

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What Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway” Trial Says About Copyright’s Increasingly Blurred Lines

What Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway” Trial Says About Copyright’s Increasingly Blurred Lines | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The most trusted voice in music.
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Improve Your Writing by Studying Critical Thinking

Improve Your Writing by Studying Critical Thinking | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
In the Education Tips series, education experts offer suggestions about how you can improve your English skills.
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Why do the British love the taste of tea so much?

Why do the British love the taste of tea so much? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year – so what is it about this humble brew that refreshes them so?
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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?

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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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