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October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! 

Practice some English while learning some new expressions of fear. Listen to the creeps and read it as you listen, text
Source: Learnenglish Teens at the British Council

October 28, 2015

What to know about Meat and Cancer

A World Health Organization (WHO) group declared on Monday that processed meat, such as hot dogs and bacon, causes cancer and red meat may as well. The determination was made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the arm of the WHO that gives recommendations based on cancer risk. The group, which included 22 scientists from 10 countries, evaluated the carcinogenicity of red and processed meat based on available research. Read More: The Science Behind How Bacon Causes Cancer The group classified processed meat as carcinogenic to humans “based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer,” the agency said in a statement.

They classified red meat as “probably” carcinogenic to humans due to limited evidence it causes cancer, and strong evidence that it supports a “carcinogenic effect.” The findings were published in the journal The Lancet Oncology. Here’s what you should know about the news. What’s the link between eating meat and cancer? The IARC looked at more than 800 studies on the link between red and processed meat and cancer risk and determined that every 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

The agency is not the first to reach the determination that processed meat, and possibly red meat, increases the risk of colorectal cancer—which is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund have also concluded that eating even small amounts of processed meats on a regular basis can increase colorectal cancer risk.
Source: Time.com

October 26, 2015

how to give good news

Perhaps you're a boss and you want to tell an employee they've been given a promotion. Or maybe you're a teacher and you want to tell a student they've passed their exams.

In this video you can read and listen to the text at the same time. It would be a good idea if you wrote those expressions used in English to give good news and memorize them.

October 23, 2015

Adele's Hello

Adele’s Hello isn’t the kind you really want to hear.
Certainly not if you’re someone who’s recently dumped a partner. It’s the “Hello” that says: “Yeah, I’m fine. Just wanted a chat. Oh, and who’s that I saw going into your flat on Thursday night? No, I wasn’t outside. My friend saw you. OK, I was just walking past. My friend, er, lives on your street. Yeah, I’ve moved back. Why? Does that bother you? Does it matter that it’s 11 years since we split? Didn’t I matter to you AT ALL? You know I’ve been on Sertraline since you left me, don’t you?”


October 21, 2015


In this video you will see what it takes to make a democracy work and why it gives its people so many freedoms and protections.            

Take a look at What is Democracy? to learn about the main elements and principles of a democratic government. Also don't forget to understand democracy through the lens of history which will provide more context for its present day form. Start with democracy in Ancient Greece, then The Magna Carta and its importance to democracy. Lastly, consider reading about Rousseau's idea of the General Will of the people.

Source: TED Talks

October 02, 2015

abbreviations, acronyms

How well do you know your FAQs from your BPMs? Would you know when to RSVP? Don’t worry if these strings of letters seem baffling to you. Today we’re taking a look at 50 of the most useful English abbreviations and acronyms to help you navigate everything from official documents and friendly invitations to casual conversations in a nightclub.

Source: Pearson ELT Learning Journeys