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The generation we love to dump on

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Award-winning political cartoonist Matt Bors drew this comic strip after rage-reading too many millennial-bashing articles.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:45 PM

Maybe the Millenials aren't all THAT bad...

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:59 AM

Loved this bit of humour.

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An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park

An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
In a down-and-out corner of Washington, D.C., kids cleaned up a local park. The adults followed, and now it’s a national example of urban renewal done right.

 

"Community members march in the park.

 

"Steve Coleman remembers arriving for his first day on the job as a community volunteer for the nonprofit Parks & People in Washington, D.C., more than 20 years ago. Standing on the street corner in front of a former after-hours club, looking toward a trash-strewn, overgrown, and heavily eroded streamside park not 20 yards away, he endured the taunts of a passerby. “White boy … white boy,” the man said as he sauntered down the sidewalk.

 

Coleman, who was born in India and raised in Pittsburgh, replied in his plainspoken tone, “I do have a name.”

 

Startled, the man tried to clarify the situation. He meant no offense: The term “whiteboy” was just local vernacular for a particular psychoactive substance on offer for willing customers. He was simply touting his wares.

Susie CagleJoin Grist as we explore the wild landscapes of our cities.

 

Parks & People’s Riverside Center headquarters, it turns out, were located on the same intersection as one of the city’s most brazen illicit-drug supermarkets.

The next thing that............"


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How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety

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Exercise leads to the creation of excitable brain cells, but it also creates neurons that can quiet parts of the brain and counter everyday stress, new research in mice shows.
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How Mexico got so fat

How Mexico got so fat | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
A UN report says Mexicans are the heaviest of the world's larger nations, even as they battle hunger and malnutrition. How did it come to this?

 

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GlobalPost in-depth: Is the world overeating itself to death?


http://www.globalpost.com/series/depth-series-obesity

 

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Urban Observatory

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The Urban Observatory city comparison app enables you to explore the living fabric of great cities by browsing a variety of cities and themes.

Seth Dixon's insight:

Yesterday at the ESRI User Conference, the Urban Observatory was unveiled.  The physical display contained images from cities around the world to compare and contrast diverse urban environments.  The online version of this was announced during in a 10 minute talk by Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan.  This interactive mapping platform let's users access 'big data' and have it rendered in thematic maps.  These maps cover population patterns, transportation networks, and weather systems.  This is a must see.  Read Forbes' article on the release of Urban Observatory here.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/liyanchen/2013/07/08/billionaire-jack-dangermond-launches-urban-observatory-with-big-data-interactive-maps/

 


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Utiya Chusna Sitapraptiwi's curator insight, July 15, 2013 5:44 AM

Easy to find a picture of the city in the world. 

Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:45 PM

I have been using Google Earth to check out a few different areas that I have and have not been to, particularly Washington D.C./Maryland, which I visited last month for the first time.  I thought it was truly awesome and loved all the subtle differences as well as the larger and more obvious differences from RI.  This Observatory is pretty interesting, and doesn't limit your observations to strictly visual perceptions, unlike most Astrological Observatories.  It is a compendium of knowledge, information, and facts that define and characterize, categorize and redefine areas of the world.  This seems like something out of Minority Report or Deja Vu (two really good sci-fi movies with visual observation technology that looks through time), both because of its appearance, and because of its general function.  It also reminds me of some stuff that I've seen in the 1967 "The Prisoner" series, which really blew my mind about sociological portayals of the occasionally subversive human condition from entirely oppressing parties and circumstances.  Hopefully this information will, as comes with great power, be treated with great responsibility... For all our sakes.

David Week's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:05 PM

Nice. I'm going to try it.

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American Folklore: Famous American folktales, tall tales, myths and legends, ghost stories, and more.

American Folklore: Famous American folktales, tall tales, myths and legends, ghost stories, and more. | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Retellings of American folktales, tall tales, myths and legends, Native American myths, weather folklore, ghost stories, and more from each of the 50 United States of America. Great for school children and teachers.

 

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Wait Until Emmet Comes,A West Virgina Ghost Story

retold by S. E. Schlosser

A preacher was riding to one of the churches on his circuit when darkness fell. It was about to storm, and the only house nearby was an old mansion which was reputed to be haunted. The preacher clutched his Bible and said: "The Lawd will take care o' me".

 

He went into the mansion just as the storm broke. He put his horse into the barn and made his way into the house. The door was unlocked. He went into a large room which contained a fireplace that filled one wall. There was wood laid for a fire. He laid a match to it. Then the preacher sat down to read his Bible.

 

Gradually, the fire burnt down to a heap of coals as the storm howled around the mansion. The preacher was roused from his reading by a sound. He looked up from his Bible. A very large, black cat was stretching itself. Then it walked to the fire and sat down among the red hot coals. It picked a coal up in its paw and licked it slowly. The cat got up, shook of the ashes, and walked to the foot of the preacher's chair. It fixed blazing yellow eyes upon him, black tail lashing and said quietly: "Wait until Emmet comes".

The preacher jumped from Genesis..


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Studying English with cartoons & comic strips | Resources online

Studying English with cartoons & comic strips | Resources online | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"Cartoons and other images of interest in the study of Language Policy, Sociolinguistics, and Dialectology" :

--> http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/clpp/images/cartoons/cartoons.html


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Monica Mirza's curator insight, February 26, 2013 9:52 AM

Also see "Pearls before the Swine" :

 

--> http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/popcult/zeebah.html 

a page meant to focus on the language used in the comic strip Pearls before Swine (the episodes involving the crocodiles and the zebra).

The crocodiles are depicted clearly as not being very smart, and the languEFLage they use seems to be to be a blend of AAVE (or stereotypical perceptions of AAVE [African American Vernacular English]) but also with some elements of baby talk [...] Also grammatical elements such as 'me' for 'I' and negation with 'no', e.g. "Me no want lecture", 'we is' for 'we are', 'you gets' (for 'you get'), 'bootifuls couch', etc. [...].

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Social media -explained with HUMOUR

Social media -explained with HUMOUR | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

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Monica Mirza's curator insight, April 1, 2013 4:07 AM

The poster above appeals to social networkers' self-mockery and I've completed it with a few questions to have the pupils/students decode it…

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Its author (kalokwong1 - on 9GAG.com, a fun sharing community) has selected a few social media networks to illustrate each of them with a mocking key-sentence.

Some of these networks are worldwide famous, yet others might be less familiar to French pupils/students : that's why I've added a few questions and suggest clues, key-words and links to help pupils/students discover them.

Hope it may be of some use to you  -should it be, thanks for your feedback :-)

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English Idioms : Happiness | INFOGRAPHIC

English Idioms : Happiness | INFOGRAPHIC | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"When do you feel at your best and what do you say when you are feeling happy ? Sometimes you can be so happy there are no words to describe it. After all a smile is the same in all languages !"


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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:49 PM

Kaplan also created posters illustrating idioms about...

body, animal, money, food, weather and shhh!

BiblioBeiriz's curator insight, July 8, 2013 11:42 AM

More to help you with your English>

Apoio ao Estudo:

http://www.scoop.it/t/apoio-ao-estudo-bibliobeiriz/?tag=Ingl%C3%AAs

E a Brincar Também se Aprende

http://www.scoop.it/t/a-brincar-tambem-se-aprende-bibliobeiriz/?tag=Ingl%C3%AAs

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EFSA - Scientific Report of EFSA: 2010 EU Report on Pesticide Residues

EFSA - Scientific Report of EFSA: 2010 EU Report on Pesticide Residues | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

This report presents the results of the control of pesticide residues in food commodities sampled during the calendar year 2010 in the 27 EU Member States and two EFTA countries (Iceland and Norway). The report also comprises the outcome of the consumer risk assessment of pesticide residues. EFSA presents for the first time the results of a pilot cumulative risk assessment (CRA) to multiple chemical residues. 


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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, April 28, 2013 4:03 AM

Umfangeicher Bericht zu Pestizidrückständen in der EU

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The Morality of Meditation

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Meditation is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests, interest in its practical benefits is growing.

 

This is all well and good, but if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the (perfectly commendable) pursuit of these benefits and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?


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10 Idioms In English Using Nationalities and Countries

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It's time for another list of idioms. This time I thought I'd introduce you to some very common idioms we use connected to nationalities and countries. I want to thank Claudine, a fellow teacher fo...

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Brandalism – Street art et Affichage subversif

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Le projet "Brandalism" réuni 25 street artists venus de pays différents autour d'une seule idée : une énorme campagne d'affichage subversive qui détourne l...

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Newsy's video: France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says

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An investigative report by Le Monde has discovered its government is running a secret operation much like PRISM.

 

A video + TRANSCRIPT

 

Newsy's crossed sources:

 NB: http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2013/07/04/revelations-sur-le-big-brother-francais_3441973_3224.html

"Si les révélations sur le programme d'espionnage américain Prism ont provoqué un concert d'indignation en Europe, la France, elle, n'a que faiblement protesté. Pour deux excellentes raisons : Paris était déjà au courant. Et fait la même chose.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23178284

France 'has vast data surveillance' - Le Monde reportTelecom network cables in France The DGSE data is said to be accessed by other French intelligence agencies

France's foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.

The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.The operation is "outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision", Le Monde says.

 

 http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/exclusive-french-intelligence-has-its-own-version-of-prism/dgse-prism-secret-service-france-big-brother-/c1s12643/ (source: Le Monde)
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/05/world/europe/france-surveillance-claims/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
http://www.zdnet.com/france-has-its-own-prism-system-report-7000017694/

 

A comment from a reader on http://www.zdnet.com:

Could be part of the reason why..."...Edward Snowden is having a hard time finding a government that will give him asylum. Normally, the French would be more than happy to thumb their noses at the Americans, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to if they have a PRISM program of their own.

Notice how eager the Russians are to help Snowden out (not at all).John L. Ries 5 July, 2013"


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Free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

Free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

A free online Talking English Pronunciation Dictionary - simply mouse over your entry to hear it pronounced. American and British spellings, with alternative pronunciations.


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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:26 AM

Learners of English, this is a very simple but practical tool here. Type in any word then hold the cursor over it and you'll hear how it's pronounced.

 

In order to actively engage with it, how about recording your own pronunciation of the word and then comparing it with the pronunciation dictionary? You can also record yourself using the word in a sentence. This  will help you put the word into context which will make more sense to you and may just help trigger the correct pronunciation for you.

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GlobalPost In-depth series: Is the world overeating itself to death?

GlobalPost In-depth series: Is the world overeating itself to death? | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

For the first time in human history, more people are obese than hungry. It's a new reality that stretches from the 7-Elevens of Southeast Asia to the debt-stricken countries of Europe and everywhere else in between.

 

GlobalPost investigates a fat, fat planet.

 

And also

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/130705/mexican-fattest-country-obesity

 

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Celebrate color | 50 years in color

Celebrate color | 50 years in color | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:57 AM

Colours are naturally part of any picture we contemplate, either we've created it ourselves, or we merely view it... Their world is full with symbols and echoes our imagination -that may be why it looks so enthralling to me.

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This infographic also makes a good resource for ELteaching in many domains : graphics & art, marketing, advertising, poetry/literature (-- symbolic language), and so on : language activities (especially for lexis building) may be developed for ESL-EFL learners.

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ESL Hip Hop

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Featured LessonSpeak Better English: Idioms and Pronunciation with Mia-X

Mia X is an American rapper who first encountered success when she became the first female artist to sign with Master P's successful No Limit Records.  Although born in New Orleans, Mia began her rapping career in Queens, New York as part of the hip-hop group New York Incorporated, which disbanded after only four years. After her brief stint in the Big Apple, she returned to her roots in Southern Louisiana and met with Master P. Mia has released three albums: Good Girl Gone Bad, Mama Drama, … [Read More]

About The Founder

Stephen Mayeux is the founder of ESLhiphop.com. He teaches English as a Second Language at UC Davis Extension and wakes up to coffee and C.R.E.A.M. every morning.

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GoComics | Teaching with fun images

GoComics | Teaching with fun images | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

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Studying English with cartoons & comic strips | Resources online | @scoopit via @tweetingaddress http://sco.lt/8Iyk2T

 

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/clpp/images/cartoons/cartoons.html

 


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Monica Mirza's curator insight, February 26, 2013 10:01 AM

Gocomics provides ELT teachers with comics and editorial cartoons : an all the more interesting source of images (editorial cartoons, comics....) than almost all of them may be used in ELT. An excerpt from their usage rules :

"Educational/Classroom Usage :

There is no need to request permission if you wish to use a cartoon for educational or classroom usage.[...] Images may be used in the classroom for the following uses :

OverheadsSyllabi

Reprinted on tests or assignment papers

Passed out for sharing during lectures

Other uses within the classroom only

No exceptions whatsoever for "Calvin & Hobbes" strips... sigh :'( But they remain a pleasure for our eyes :)

Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, March 5, 2013 4:33 AM

I love this  resource Thanks Monica

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"Free Angela" - film de Shola Lynch | Dossier pédagogique anglais

"Free Angela" - film de Shola Lynch | Dossier pédagogique anglais | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

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Monica Mirza's curator insight, March 29, 2013 7:49 PM

Un dossier pédagogique de 24 pages proposé par le site zerodeconduite.net : destiné aux enseignants d'anglais, il est rédigé par Mathieu Chadefaux (lui-même professeur d'anglais.

Il suffit de s'inscrire (librement et gratuitement, réservé aux seuls enseignants) pour disposer du corrigé des activités.

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English Idioms : Happiness | INFOGRAPHIC

English Idioms : Happiness | INFOGRAPHIC | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"When do you feel at your best and what do you say when you are feeling happy ? Sometimes you can be so happy there are no words to describe it. After all a smile is the same in all languages !"

 

When do you feel at your best and what do you say when you are feeling happy? Sometimes you can be so happy there are no words to describe it. After all a smile is the same in all languages!

If you like idiom illustrations, take a look at our body, animal, money, food, weather and shhh! examples.


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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:49 PM

Kaplan also created posters illustrating idioms about...

body, animal, money, food, weather and shhh!

BiblioBeiriz's curator insight, July 8, 2013 11:42 AM

More to help you with your English>

Apoio ao Estudo:

http://www.scoop.it/t/apoio-ao-estudo-bibliobeiriz/?tag=Ingl%C3%AAs

E a Brincar Também se Aprende

http://www.scoop.it/t/a-brincar-tambem-se-aprende-bibliobeiriz/?tag=Ingl%C3%AAs

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The Amazing Potato ! | Restauration - Cuisine

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The potato is an important part of the diet in many countries. In England we eat potatoes as part of many different meals. We also have a couple of slang words…

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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:21 PM

... yummy :o)

This page might well interest our French 'Restauration' and 'Cuisine' departments students -catering English.

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19th century rural America with Sidney Mount. (Past perfect)

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Aulde de Barbuat's comment, July 9, 2013 8:05 AM
excellent Thanks. By any chance are your QUIA creations classified by topics somewhere? Many teachers would love picking the ones they need...
Renee Maufroid's comment, July 9, 2013 12:38 PM
Thank you very much! all the activities I create are on my site:http://home.nordnet.fr/~rmaufroid/index.html ...
Aulde de Barbuat's comment, July 9, 2013 2:50 PM
Thanks
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French outrage over 'filthy' cheese

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Indignation is growing among cheese-lovers in France and the US after Washington branded a type of French cheese as unfit for human consumption.

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Semiotic Sorceress's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:23 PM

"According to the US food and drug administration, the cheese "appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food".

"This is absurd," a mimolette producers' spokesman said. "Changing the production process would change the flavour. No one has ever got ill from eating our cheese."

Rene Thompson's curator insight, July 8, 2013 9:09 PM

OK, mimolette has been made the same way since the early 1700's and now suddenly the US is having a hissy?  No announcements of illnesses in either country - pardon teh pun but where's the beef?

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The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan

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With bookstores in Japan overflowing with manga, novels and non-fiction, it takes a lot to stand out and get noticed.

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