This Week’s Top 12 Articles To Learn English Taken From The News (2017 – Week 34)

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This week, we have twelve interesting up to date articles, some with audio and video accounts, to suit all level students, taken from different news and general websites. You will be able to discuss these topics with our teachers.
Pick one, read it – write down new vocabulary, then let your teacher know before the lesson what article you want to talk about. Check out the different topics:
Current Affairs
Business & Economy
Science & Technology
Culture & Leisure
Health & Lifestyle
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Current Affairs

British Activists To Tell UN Committee Government Breached Disability Rights

From: News and Star UK
Level: Intermediate and above
Includes: Article

A United Nations committee will hear from British disability campaigners that the Government is breaching the rights of disabled people and ignoring requests for information on key issues. The Government said the UK is a world leader in disability rights and spends billions of pounds to support those with disabilities and health conditions every year.
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Questions:
How good is your country at supporting the needs of people with disabilities?
According to this article how has the UK violated the rights of disabled people?
How can communities companies and individuals support the needs of disabled people?
Vocabulary:
Breaching- verb to break or interrupt an agreement or understanding
Complacent- adjective showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements
Evasive- adjective tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly.
Incapacity- noun physical or mental inability to do something
Milestone- noun an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

‘Barcelona is a city of peace and will continue to be’: Spain reacts with defiance to Barcelona terror attack

From: The Local
Level: Low intermediate and above
Includes: Article and Video

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy giving a statement following the attack in Barcelona. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFPL
Spain’s King, political leaders and media have reacted with defiance in response to the terror attack in Barcelona which killed at least 14 and left around 100 injured.
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Questions:
What effect on tourism will this attack have on Barcelona?
How is your country responding to terrorism?
Vocabulary:
Absurd- adjective wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.
Intrinsic-adjective belonging naturally; essential
Irrational- adjective not logical or reasonable
Pluralism- noun a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.

Detroit Turning to Immigrants to Energize Local Econom)

From: VOA – Learn English
Level: Low intermediate and above
Includes: Article , Audio & Video

(Detroit, Michigan has earned the name “America’s Comeback City” for a reason.

Detroit knows both economic hardship and recovery.
The city was especially hard hit during the Great Recession, which started in 2007 and continued to 2009.
Detroit’s economy is improving, in part, because it has welcomed so many immigrants.
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Questions:
According to this article how & why are the immigrants improving Detroit’s economy?
Can you give an example of how an immigrant group has supported and increased the economy of your country in the past or recently?
Vocabulary:

Commercial district – noun places where stores and businesses are located
Grab – verb used as an example
Prosper – verb to become very successful usually by making a lot of money
Revitalize – verb to make someone or something active, healthy or energetic again
Stabilize – verb to stop quickly changing, increasing, getting worse, etc.
Thrive – verb to grow or develop successfully; to flourish or succeed
Vacant – adjective not filled, used or lived in

Business, Economy & Law

Pound dog: Elvis still earning a fortune 40 years after his death

From: BBC Business
Level: Intermediate
Includes: article

When a downward-spiraling Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on 16 August 1977, a cynical music industry insider was overheard to remark that it was a “smart career move”.
Apocryphal tale or not, death has given a lucrative boost to the selling power of not just Elvis, but also Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and a host of other music legends.
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Questions:
How do dead artists continue to earn money?
How according to this article is Elvis Presley earning money for his estate?
Vocabulary:
Downward-spiraling- noun a series of thoughts or actions which makes a situation to become progressively worse.
Infringement- noun the action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, etc.; violation.
Lucrative- adjective producing a great deal of profit.
Memorabilia- noun objects kept or collected because of their historical interest, especially those associated with memorable people or events.
Synonymous- adjective closely associated with or suggestive of something.

What You Need to Understand About the Google Firing and Free Speech at Work

From: Entrepreneur.com
Level: Intermediate
Includes: Article

Last week, a 3,000-word post about diversity efforts at Google went viral and resulted in not just the firing of the engineer who wrote it, but that now-former employee filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. There’s likely more legal action to come.
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Questions:
For some, James Damore’s memo is a free speech issue how important is free speech in the workplace?
How important is it to know company’s code of conduct and check the facts before you speak out about something?
Vocabulary:
Dissent- verb hold or express opinions that are in disagreement with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed.
Diversity- noun social policy of encouraging tolerance for people of different backgrounds.
Flashpoint- noun a place, event, or time at which trouble, such as violence or anger, flares up.
Offensive- adjective causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry.
Skim- noun an act of reading something quickly or superficially.

Sharpen up social skills to fit well into a new role

From: Brisbane Times.com
Level: Intermediate
Includes: Article

Landing a new job can bring mixed feelings.
It’s time to meet the new team, shake lots of hands, be shown your new desk, and admire the swish new surroundings. But it soon dawns on you that you have to start making progress – whatever that progress is.
According to a report in HRM magazine, 22 per cent of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment.
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Questions:
What is the shortest time you have ever stayed in a job? What made you leave so quickly?
How do you feel the advice in this article will help new employees?
Vocabulary:
Dawns on you- idiom you realize something for the first time.
Integrity- noun the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
Intellectual- adjective relating to mental power and understanding
New hires- idiom new employee.
Organisational chart- noun a diagram that shows the structure of an organisation and the relationships and relative ranks of its parts and positions
Procedures- noun an established or official way of doing something.
Stumble- verb trip or momentarily lose one’s balance; almost fall.
Swish-adjective British informal impressively attractive and fashionable.

Science & Technology

How to Watch a Solar Eclipse

From: The New York Times
Level: Intermediate and above
Includes: Article

On Aug. 21, at midday, people who live in, or have ventured to, a band about 70 miles wide arcing from Oregon to South Carolina will get to see the moon pass directly in front of the sun. For a minute or two day will turn to night. If you are one of the lucky people who will get to see this total eclipse live and in-person, make sure you take advantage. Read more
Questions:
Have you ever seen a Solar Eclipse?
Why do you think people get so excited about these events?
How far would you travel for a solar Eclipse and why?
Vocabulary:
Cosmic- adjective relating to the universe or cosmos, especially as distinct from the earth
Partial- adjective existing only in part; incomplete.
Remnants- noun a small remaining quantity of something.
Shield- verb protect someone or something from a danger, risk, or unpleasant experience.
Ventured- verb dare to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant.

Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Plants And Critical Infrastructure

From: Newsy.com
Level: Low intermediate and above
Includes: Video and Transcript.

As the U.S. government investigates foreign hacking in the presidential election, hackers have set their sights on critical infrastructure, including nuclear power plants.
“Cyberattacks provide another vector that could assist terrorists or adversaries in sabotaging U.S. nuclear facilities,”
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Questions:
Do you worry about hackers and cybersecurity?
What do you do to prevent being hacked?
Do you feel that the threats of hackers will increase?
Vocabulary:
Breached –verb break or fail to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct
Cybersecurity- noun the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.
Implement- verb put a decision, plan, agreement, etc. into effect.
Infrastructure-noun he basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.
Scrapped- verb abolish or cancel (something, especially a plan, policy, or law) that is now regarded as unnecessary, unwanted, or unsuitable.
Vector- adjective a quantity that has greatness and direction

Culture & Leisure

Is It Possible to Give Back in a Meaningful Way While Traveling?

From: Pop Sugar.com
Level: Intermediate and above
Includes: Article

The idea of a vacation as we know it is “outdated,” says Amy Merrill, cofounder of impact-driven travel company Journey. The majority female-founded company creates experiences that aim to “transform both the communities, (people) visit and the travelers they engage.”
The company has taken around 450 people on “Journeys” in the past 18 months.
Read more
Questions:
Why do you think there is a growth in Voluntourism?
Would you consider going on this kind of holiday and why?
How important is “giving back” for the giver and receiver?
Vocabulary:
Collectives-adjective done by people acting as a group.
Enrichment- noun the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of something.
Outdated- adjective old-fashioned, out of date, unfashionable.
Perspectives- noun a view or prospect.
Renovating- verb restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair.
Sustainable- adjective able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
Transitional- adjective interim, temporary, provisional, pro tem.

Forensic expertise has helped Kathy Reichs produce a great body of work

From: Irish Examiner
Level: Intermediate
Includes: Article

KATHY Reichs was 49 when she wrote her first novel. Yet her other career is what makes her writing special.
Having worked for years as a forensic anthropologist, she used her scientific skills to help solve murders and violent deaths. She knows better than anyone the world her characters inhabit.
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Questions:
What kind of books do you like to read?
Who is your favorite author and why?
KATHY Reichs was 49 when she wrote her first novel what does that say to you?
Vocabulary:
Authenticity- noun the quality of being accurate.
Feisty- adjective informal lively, determined, and courageous.
Forensic anthropologist- noun someone who examines human skeletons for law enforcement agencies to determine the identity of unidentified bones
Formulating- verb create or devise methodically
Intrigues- verb arouse the curiosity or interest of; fascinate.
Stint- noun allotted period of work

Health & Lifestyle

How to Make Your Apartment Look Clean in 5 Minutes

From: Time.com
Level: Intermediate
Includes: Article

Whether you want to be prepared for a visit from a neighbor or you just need some peace of mind before you walk out of the door, you want your place looking presentable — fast. Here are 10 ways to eliminate mess, in under five minutes.Read more
Questions:
Do you have a quick clean up routine for your home? What is it?
When do you normally clean?
Are you naturally tidy or is it a struggle?

Vocabulary:
Clutter- noun a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.
De facto- adverb in fact, or in effect, whether by right or not.
Dive in- Phrasal verb start something.
Glob – noun informal a lump or clot of a slimy or sticky substance
Impromptu- adjective done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed.
In a pinch – idiom in a critical situation; if absolutely necessary.
Repurpose- verb adapt for use in a different purpose.
Stash- verb informal store something safely and secretly in a specified place.

It’s good to talk

From: BBC 6 Minutes English
Level: Low intermediate and above
Includes: Article &Audio

Do you feel very anxious or depressed sometimes? Talking to a professional can help. Neil and Rob talk about talk therapy and teach you six items of useful vocabulary in this episode of 6 Minute English.
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Questions:
How important is it for someone who is low or depressed to “talk it out?”
Do you follow a particular school of thought when it comes to therapy?
Why is Freud so famous?
Vocabulary:
Depression-a feeling of unhappiness that can affect your thoughts, behaviour, and feelings
Disturbed-not thinking or behaving in a normal way because of psychological problems
Intervention-something you do to improve a medical problem (in this context, it refers to different types of talk therapy)
Marked-obvious or noticeable
Psychological problems- problem of the mind
Therapy- a type of treatment for a problem or illness

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