14-Year-Old Girl Shot For Going To School in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who dared to speak out against a ban on female education, was shot in the head by gunmen who stopped a school van and asked for her by name

1. Warm Up Questions

1. Where is Pakistan? What countries does it border?
2. What is the Taliban?
3. Have you ever spoken out against something you thought was unfair? What was your experience?

2. Watch the video and find out more ...


You can click here to read the video transcript

3. Read the complete story here and answer the comprehension questions. Answer on a sheet of paper


1. Who is Malala Yousafzai?
2. What is the Swat Valley?
3. What is the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)?
4. What did the TTP do when they entered the Swat Valley?
5. Why did the Taliban target Malala?
6. What did the Taliban say will happen if Malala survives the attack?

4. Discussion

1. What would you do if you were in Malala's place? Would you continue to speak out?






26th SEPTEMBER: EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

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The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
1. Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
2. Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
3. Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

LANGUAGE TREASURES
Have you ever had the feeling that a certain word is very special, that its meaning is unique in the language in which it exists and that no translation can do justice to it completely?
Think of your favourite word and add it to the database.

TREASURE HUNT. Open the file to do this online activity



STUDENTS' PROTEST IN VALENCIA

Watch these videos about different aspects of the students' protests in Valencia and then write an OPINION essay about this isssue.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVoE4lQRFhI&feature=related (mother)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiQ0ETBG26U&sns=fb (c9)
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQr96QsTePE&fb_source=message (st)
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjOirLS2jIw&feature=related
(pl)





Watch this video about the London riot on 10th November 2010 and try to answer the questions



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmudJafnQh0

  1. Where are the demonstrators gathered and what are they doing?
  2. What are the students on the roof doing?
  3. Are all demonstrators causing trouble?
  4. Why are the students protesting?
  5. What increase in fees for university is expected fro 2012?
  6. Approximately how many students are demonstrating in the streets ?



JAPAN'S EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Read and listen to the news article and do the activities Second EXplosion at Japan Nuclear Plant

READ , LISTEN AND LEARN VOCABULARY ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS
Breaking News English


Watch this video in which American president Obama announces Bin Laden's death and try to answer the questions.


1. What was Obama's top priority in the war against Al-Qaida?

2. When and where did they locate Bin Laden?

3. What was the purpose of the operation that Obama
authorised last week?

4. Who carried out the operation?

5. Were there any civilian casualties?

6. How did they kill Bin Laden?

7. Does Obama think this will be the end of Al-Qaida?

8. Do YOU think the world is safer now?


INDIGNATION IN THE STREET
http://www.elpais.com/articulo/english/Indignation/in/the/street/elpepueng/20110517elpeng_4/Ten