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English Cafe #478

English As A Second Language Podcast - 26 November 2014 - 9:00am

Topics: Famous Musicals – All That Jazz; Winter Carnivals; irony and metaphor; pronouncing routed and data; hopefully

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New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

VOA Special English - 2 hours 48 min ago
  An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced late Monday -- more than three months after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. His death led to weeks of angry demonstrations and riots in Ferguson. The grand jury had 12 members -- all private citizens. Their job was to...

Learning and teaching with technology

Spotlight - 5 hours 33 min ago

What role is technology playing in learning, and how can teachers and learners make the most of it? The Online Educa trade fair in Berlin, 3-5 December, looks at all the latest trends, from blogs and virtual communities to the potential of artificial intelligence.

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Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 6 hours 20 min ago
A deep, rich shade of blue.

nostomania: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 11 hours 19 min ago
nostomania: an irresistible compulsion to return home.


OALD Word Of The Day - 18 hours 19 min ago
flippant: showing that you do not take something as seriously...


Spotlight - 20 hours 5 min ago
"Will these economic policies bring salvation to the euro zone?"

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

VOA Special English - 24 November 2014 - 10:33pm
President Barack Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning after almost two years in the position. President Obama spoke at the white House with Mr. Hagel and Vice President Joe Biden. The president said Mr. Hagel told him last month that it was time for him to complete his service. Mr. Obama called the defense secretary a “steady hand” in helping the administration deal with Ebola and the Islamic State militant group. Mr. Hagel has agreed to stay on...

African Union Promises to End Child Marriage

VOA Special English - 24 November 2014 - 9:02pm
The African Union has sworn to stop all child marriages within a generation. The African nation of Mozambique has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Strong social and cultural traditions support the practice, although it is illegal. Early marriage compromises the right of girls to an education. It can also have a shocking effect on their health. Near the town of Pemba, in northern Mozambique, 16-year-old Rachel plays with her daughter. Rachel is not the girl’s...

US Politicians Debate 'Net Neutrality'

VOA Special English - 24 November 2014 - 9:01pm
Another political fight is taking shape in Washington, D.C. At issue: proposed changes to the way the Internet is regulated in the United States. One side wants rules to suspend plans to charge extra for some heavy users of the Internet. The other side says new rules will slow the economic growth fueled by online services. Both sides say their way of thinking will lead to continued innovation. Earlier this year, U.S. regulators proposed big changes in the way the Internet operates...

Dutch Experiment Grows Vegetables in Sea Water

VOA Special English - 24 November 2014 - 9:00pm
Climate change has caused a rise in sea levels. This has increased the amount of salt in fresh water used on coastal farms. As a result farmers are increasingly unable to use fields close to the sea. Scientists call this process “salinization.” The term comes from the word “saline” -- which means a mixture of salt and water. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says salinization is reducing the world’s irrigated lands by 1 to 2 percent every year. Irrigation is the...

Spotlight 12/2014

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 5:31pm

English at your fingertips

Team presentations

TRAVEL: Newfoundland

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Spotlight plus 12/2014

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 5:31pm

In December in our workbook, Spotlight plus: Christmas cards, infinitives, "little" and "few", and more. Practice makes perfect! Practise with plus!

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Green Light 12/2014

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 5:31pm

Green Light is our booklet in easy English to help you refresh the basics. It's free inside every issue of Spotlight magazine. In December: adjective endings, winter weather, Christmas carols.

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Spotlight Audio 12/2014

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 5:31pm

Christmas, Newfoundland, Malala Yousafzai and more.

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Spotlight in the classroom 12/2014

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 5:30pm

In December: formal language, post-office vocabulary, Christmas memories and more.

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Chilling out

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 5:30pm

Have your students change informal expressions to more formal expressions in this activity from our free newsletter for teachers.

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Spotlight 12/2014 Premium downloads

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 4:03pm

For our Premium users: three complete sections from the December magazine.

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The post office

Spotlight - 24 November 2014 - 12:46pm

December is a busy month at the post office. Anna Hochsieder presents language for talking about postal services.

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Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 24 November 2014 - 12:38pm
1. A wise lawgiver. 2. A legislator.


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