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Britain may have invaded 90 per cent of the world, but we're not hated everywhere

Britain may have invaded 90 per cent of the world, but we're not hated everywhere | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it
There are two arguments against teaching the history of the British Empire in our schools.

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Empires Then and Now

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by Paul Craig Roberts - Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive. The empires succeeded, because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance. The reason Rome did not extend its empire east into Germany was not the military prowess of Germanic tribes but Rome’s calculation that the cost of conquest exceeded the value of extractable resources.

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American English vs British English

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The English language is one tool to establish our viewpoint. American or British English are both dialects that can be chosen when requesting your English translations, or choosing an interpreter.Here you can easily access anonline quote.

The English language was introduced to the Americans through British colonization in the early 17th century and it spread to many parts of the world because of the strength of the British empire. Over the years, English spoken in the United States and in Britain started diverging from each other in various aspects. This led to two dialects in the form of the American English and the British English.

American English is the form of English used in the United States. It includes all English dialects used within the United States of America. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom. It includes all English dialects used within the United Kingdom.

As native translators work on these translations, they are specialized in order to denote the differences and ensure that the specific dialect is used. A native American translator will use different grammar structures, tenses, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and even telling time as opposed to a native British translator.

For instance, let’s take a few common words that are used on a day to day basis, the spelling in American English, will be: flavor, honor, analyze, color, on the other hand in British English it’s spelt as flavour, honour, analyse, colour.

 


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American English and British English are different in many ways. They are like this because the Americans and the British diverged with little connection, creating two differant dialects. American English is used in the United States, and British English is used in the United Kingdom. They differ in pronounciation, spelling, and the usage of words.

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My English class: A British culture quiz

My English class: A British culture quiz | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it
As a learner of English, how much do you know about British Culture? Find out by doing this quiz. Take a pen and a piece of paper and write down your answers. Finally, find out how many answers you got right in the answer ...

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8 Famous British painters listening quiz.

8 Famous British painters listening quiz. | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it

An easy listening game about British painters, using learning apps, Quia and Rhinospike.


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:06 AM

Listen to audio descriptions of paintings and painters, then choose from a list of answers.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:08 AM

Nice use of online tools to create listening exercises.  Learners could do this too for speaking practice with the goal of creating quizzes for other learners.

sarspri's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:49 AM

Be sure to click to open the audio portion of the activity.

 

If you like this type of resource, you might want to follow Shona Whyte's topic,"Learning technologies for EFL"

http://www.scoop.it/t/learning-technologies-for-efl

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The Beltane Fire Festival

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esolcourses.com - Free English quizzes and printable lesson materials about the Beltane Fire Festival, which takes place in Edinburgh, and other May Day celebrations. Suitable for self-study or classroom use.


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Science: The Sun Will Not Set on the British Empire for At Least Thousands of Years

Science: The Sun Will Not Set on the British Empire for At Least Thousands of Years | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it
At its height in the early Twentieth Century, the British Empire spanned a fourth of the world.

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British Empire resurrects slavery

British Empire resurrects slavery | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it

British Empire resurrects slavery

Friday, 22 March 2013 16:30 | | |

By Nye Eve, New BBC Scotlandshire unpaid intern

Poundland slave pleads for freedom

In a bold move this week, the UK parliament decided to re-write the law on slavery to make it legal, and also to make it apply retrospectively.

The Tory/Lib Dem government, led by aspiring village idiot Ian Duncan Smith put the bill through, after a UK court found their workfare programme of forcing people work for nothing had been illegal and the government would have to pay compensation to whingers like Cate Reilly, the geologist miffed at being forced to work in Poundland.

It had been expected that the government would simply accept its policy was illegal and pay compensation, however Ian Duncan Smith laughed off this suggestion. “Don't be so stupid,” he said. “The law is for little people, just as taxes are.

"If you're wealthy or a banker and you do something illegal, you can always expect your friends in government to help out, change the law, for example, or pretend they don't understand it. Jeremy Hunt was terribly good at that with with both Murdoch and the NHS.

"However, if you're a government - at least one unfettered by anything stupid like a constutution - and you do something illegal, there is no problem at all. We are the law, you silly little boy. And if we wish to make that law retrospective, then we shall. Now get back to work you scrounging git, and tidy yourself up."

However, Labour's chief whip and gimp mask operator, Watt Yousoffrin, said “This government has to accept it is not a majority. They cannot just change the law retrospectively and pass it through parliament with no questions asked.

"Not without the support of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, and that support cannot be taken for granted. They cannot assume the free Labour party will roll over and be submissive, however much of a sexual kick certain of our MPs might derive from that position. No, the Tories must make some concessions, such as buying us all champagne in Strangers Bar and talking dirty to us later. And also promising to help us push deeply unpopular policies through parliament against folk's democratic wishes when it's our turn to be the dominatrix...erm, I mean, elected government.”

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It is not known what concessions the Tories offered, but Labour did not oppose the vote, hence the change in law to allow slavery passed and is now retrospective. Margit Curran, MP for Glasgow refused to be drawn on what had been offered, but said, “Oh, Labour and the Tories work very well in partnership in the governance of the UK.

"We have frequently worked together to thrust such hard and unpopular cock-ups as the Iraq war and NHS privatisation, onto an unwilling yet powerless public, for example. Frequently aided and abetted by people like your good selves at BBC Scotlandshire and in the media, of course.

"There is nothing new here, nothing to see. Move along now and go back to reporting on how evil those nasty separatists are the way we pay you handsomely to do.”

BBC Scotlandshire did then look for an evil separatist to comment however there didn't appear to be any in the contacts list spreadsheet, so we spoke to Ian Davidson Chairchoob of the Committee for Scottish Affairs Silencing Extremist Rogues Vouchsafing Intelligent Legal Experts instead.

This was because he had actually voted no, rebelling against the Labour whip, along with the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, so is as close to a dangerous radical threat as we could find within the Labour party. He said, “Whit? Ah wis votin' against ma whip wis ah? Ah hudnae realised that. Ah jist saw an Aye and a Naw and it hud tae be Naw because it aye hus to be naw. That's whit we vote, is it no? Ach, am ah in trouble then?”

Media coverage of slavery reintroduction

Rather bizarrely, no major news outlet appears to have reported the retrospective change in the law, and Citivas, the respected legal think tank who had a well written, passionate piece on it, appeared to have had it pulled overnight and replaced with bland place holding text.

BBC Scotlandshire did ask around some of the other news outlets such as the Hootsmon and Herald of Doom but they just laughed and said, “Are you the new intern then? Aye, well, mibbe see you around eh? Not”.

Tommy Sheridan, firebrand and ex leader of Solidarity, who we thought could be relied on for a quote against, was surprisingly positive about the move. “Ah love it”, he said “Retrospectively changing the law is a brilliant idea and the way to go.

"For my manifesto in 2015, I'm going to stand on a ticket of making it illegal to have been a Tory MP and make it retrospective to 1979. All they bastards will see what it's like to be inside for a while then. And my new 'Confederation Of Comrades Keeping Tories Illegal Party' will romp it home, you wait and see and you can stick that in your BBC Scotlandshire...

Editorial Apology

BBC Scotlandshire apologises profusely that this article slipped through onto its pages.

That daft little Nye Eve tit has now been escorted off Atlantic Quay, and security on the BBC Scotlandshire site tightened to prevent such disgusting displays of telling people what's actually happening. As soon as we find a real, paid journalist it will be removed and replaced by a story about Justin Bieber.

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British schools drop Holocaust from history lessons so as not to offend Muslims

British schools drop Holocaust from history lessons so as not to offend Muslims | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it
A report by Britain’s Department for Education and Skills notes that an increasing number of schools are dropping the teaching of the Holocaust from history les (Do you think that is a wise decision?
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The Queen’s Speech: Power and Majesty

The Queen’s Speech: Power and Majesty | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it
The State Opening of Parliament offers a chance to broadcast a message about the balance of power between crown, judiciary and legislators, says our home editor.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:07 AM

A bit of background to the nature of the Queen's Speech, as well as some contemporary news.

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The Sinking of The Titanic - Online English Reading Activity

The Sinking of The Titanic - Online English Reading Activity | 3ESO British History | Scoop.it
English multiple choice exercise for Intermediate students and young learners. Complete a multiple choice quiz about the sinking of RMS Titanic in April 1912.

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