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News articles for IELTS and general EFL - Topics, vocabulary and discussion. EFL SMARTblog - http://efllecturer.blogspot.co.uk
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IELTS and newspapers -

IELTS and newspapers - | News for 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, 2016 9:33 AM

Some handy links here to remind us to do this regularly

Trung Kiệt's curator insight, April 17, 2017 11:54 AM
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The bang on the head that knocked English out of me

The bang on the head that knocked English out of me | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon - it all started with a cycling accident.
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Top linguist: ‘I’m leaving the UK because of the disaster of Brexit’ | Politics | The Guardian

Top linguist: ‘I’m leaving the UK because of the disaster of Brexit’ | Politics | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Alex Rawlings, named the country’s most multilingual student in 2012, is moving to Barcelona next month
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Our tomorrows: teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams

Young people talk about how it feels to grow up in 2018, from dealing with racism in New York and fighting for LGBT rights in Jakarta to facing exa
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How translation apps are ironing out embarrassing gaffes

How translation apps are ironing out embarrassing gaffes | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
The goal of real-time natural language translation is getting closer, but mistakes still happen.
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Psychologists Reveal a Common Bias that Explains Why So Many People Believe in False and Ridiculous Myths

Psychologists Reveal a Common Bias that Explains Why So Many People Believe in False and Ridiculous Myths | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Most people don't know how to properly evaluate evidence. As a constant barrage of news events and the spread of misinformation makes clear, human beings are far from ideal thinkers. They are prone to errors in judgment, bias, inconsistency, self-serving delusions, and fall prey to any number of conspiracy theories and other false beliefs. 
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BBC - Capital - What is the future of English in the US?

BBC - Capital - What is the future of English in the US? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Similar to the UK and Australia, US citizens can rely on the luxury of being native English speakers – but in today's changing world, could monolingual Americans be left behind?
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BBC - Capital - Why we hate using email but love sending texts

BBC - Capital - Why we hate using email but love sending texts | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
They both allow us to stay in touch, but while email often attracts ire, text messaging is more popular than ever. Is the way we choose to communicate saying more than we might think?
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Do social media threaten democracy?

IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being shabby, lets people of different beliefs live together in a peaceful, thriving society.
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Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet | News | The Guardian

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet | News | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?
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Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year | Life and style | The Guardian

Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year | Life and style | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
From heart disease to type 2 diabetes, noise is having dire effects on people’s health. So who is most at risk, what can be done about it – and can you protect yourself?
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How many words do you need to speak a language?

How many words do you need to speak a language? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
The vocabulary required to be understood in another tongue may not need to be vast.
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BBC - Future - What would it mean for AI to have a soul?

BBC - Future - What would it mean for AI to have a soul? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
To ask whether it’s even possible, we first must understand and define what a soul actually is, argues Brandon Ambrosino.
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When will we stop stereotyping people? - BBC Ideas

When will we stop stereotyping people? - BBC Ideas | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Video: Orientalism is a term that was coined by the late academic Edward Said. What does it mean? Prof Evelyn Alsultany breaks it down.
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BBC - Future - How the internet is becoming a part of us

BBC - Future - How the internet is becoming a part of us | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Beyond Limits

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Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

Why you have (probably) already bought your last car | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars.
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How to pull a friend out of the conspiracy theory rabbit hole | Salon.com

How to pull a friend out of the conspiracy theory rabbit hole | Salon.com | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
False conspiracy theories are real problems and we can and should do something about them. My work discusses the nature of the problem, why people get sucked in, how they get out and what pragmatic things can be done to help individuals escape the conspiracy theory rabbit hole.
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Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence, study says

Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence, study says | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Chronic exposure to poisonous air has a bigger negative impact on older men, a new study reveals.
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Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Researchers warn that even limited climate warming could trigger conditions not seen in a million years.
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BBC - Future - How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better

BBC - Future - How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Right after a period, women have better spatial awareness. Three weeks after, verbal skills peak. It turns out the monthly cycle does change the brain – but not in the ways you think.
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BBC - Future - Are first impressions really accurate?

BBC - Future - Are first impressions really accurate? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
New research has found that some of us are especially good judges of character... but only in specific circumstances.
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BBC - Capital - Why so many people fall for scams

BBC - Capital - Why so many people fall for scams | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
A psychology professor delves into the common tricks that scammers employ to suck people in – and the types of people most likely to part with their money.
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This Neuroscientist Explains Why Today's Kids Have Different Brains

The No. 1 thing they need to know is that kids’ brains are physically different from the brains of kids a generation ago because of the way they’re taking in information—because of this fast-paced digital intake, which is different from the way a lot of people here grew up. We were reading textbooks in black and white.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 28, 8:21 AM

Very interesting.

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How artificial intelligence is shaping the classroom in China

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It’s not every day that we get to look into the future of learning. But with recent artificial intelligence development in China’s classrooms, we’re taking a sneak peek of what it will look like.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 20, 1:01 AM

This raises a lot of ethical questions for me.

Richard Platt's curator insight, June 23, 7:40 PM

WHY IS CHINA LEADING AI APPLIED IN EDUCATION?

Before diving into how China is changing the classroom, it’s worth exploring why they are doing it.

China wants to adopt AI in education as part of a larger government initiative. To put it simply, China wants to help “set the global standard” of AI, and is working nonstop to become the global leader in the technology. To do this, China is adopting AI in every sector, Education included, as well as investing heavily in the technology.

For example, just this month the city of Tianjin announced that it would devote $16 billion USD to support AI initiatives. The ultimate goal is to bring in corporate investments to help the city prosper from AI and boost the city’s technological infrastructure.

Tianjin is also setting up a separate $1.5 billion USD fund to promote intelligent manufacturing—something that would dramatically improve the lives of the city’s 15.5 million residents.

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British 'linguaphobia' has deepened since Brexit vote, say experts | Books | The Guardian

British 'linguaphobia' has deepened since Brexit vote, say experts | Books | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
New research shows teachers reporting that the vote to leave the EU has hardened monolingual attitudes...
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