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English-speaking countries
Have you ever wondered why you have to learn English at school? Did you know that the world speaks English? Do you know how many countries in the world have English as an official language? First, you need to know the origins and history of the English language. Visit the links on the left in the correct order to find out many interesting facts and figures about English, and try to answer these questions (you may want to copy the questions into your notebook or print them out to make your work easier): 1. After the hard work, have fun watching the four videos and discover how different English sounds in England, Australia, the USA and India. Related:  English speaking countriesAround the worldThemes

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Project-based learning, the USA and Authentic Video in the EFL classroom | El... The Globe Trekker/Pilot Guides video collection is a treasure trove for any English teacher. It encompasses extensive material from every corner of the world, and especially English-speaking countries are lavished with attention. Australia, Canada, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England – you name it. Covering the United States satisfactorily in the language classroom is a daunting project, especially if you want to give your students more than a superficial understanding of its history, geography, language and people. To date, Globe Trekker offers a range of videos on the USA, covering practically every individual state, and, so it seems, more is coming every new season. Every video is about 50-55 minutes, which, of course, means that you have a few decisions to make – viewing all of them in the traditional classroom is a big no-no, at least if you want to keep the students’ attention. In addition to making this initial decision, there are quite a lot of follow-up issues to consider:

Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe - risking death, capture and deportation. If you were fleeing Syria for Europe, what choices would you make for you and your family? Take our journey to understand the real dilemmas the refugees face. The routes, options and outcomes in this Syrian Journey feature were based on real stories uncovered by extensive research as part of a BBC Arabic digital project exploring migration from Syria. Research by Mamdouh Akbiek, Eloise Dicker Illustrations by Gerry Fletcher. Get involved We would like to know what you would take with you if you were forced to flee your country. Use the hashtags #whatwouldyoutake and #Syrianjourney to post your choices, with images and/or video. See what Syrian migrants who made the journey took with them Survivors' stories Media playback is unsupported on your device

Listen to English around the World. Click on any of the flags below to hear accents from some of the main English-speaking countries. Hear more English accents. One of the best ways of improving your English is to listen to radio news and discussion in English on your computer. Using the links below you can get instant access to English language radio news programmes wherever you are in the world, without a radio. Perfect for listening practice and improving your listening skills. Listen to the Bible in MP3 format Listen to film soundclips

Access VG1: Extra text: English in Jamaica The story of how English came to Jamaica is closely connected to one of the most shameful chapters in the history of the British Empire: the slave trade. The British conquered Jamaica from Spain in 1692 and the island soon became a producer of sugar. Harvesting sugar cane requires a lot of manpower, more than the British could supply themselves. The local population was no use – they had already been wiped out. The solution was found over the ocean in West Africa. For over 200 years thousands of slaves were brought over the Atlantic to toil under the beating sun in Jamaican sugar plantations. The slaves were taken from different areas and spoke different languages. Today Standard English is the official language of the island and in most formal settings – in government administration and schools, for example – while Jamaican English is used in the home and on the street.

Fakta om barnäktenskap Var existerar barnäktenskap? Att gifta bort barn vid mycket ung ålder är vanligast i Sydasien och i Afrika söder om Sahara. Men även i Mellanöstern, Nordafrika och andra delar av Asien, förekommer den här traditionen inom vissa grupper. En del flickor tvingas gifta sig långt före puberteten. I Östeuropa och Latinamerika är det vanligt att flickor mellan 16 och 18 år ingår äktenskap. Det är omöjligt att veta det exakta antalet barnäktenskap i världen eftersom så många inte registreras eller är informella. Döttrar – en ekonomisk börda Fattigdom är den främsta orsaken till att föräldrar väljer att gifta bort sina barn och särskilt sina döttrar. Många anser också att ett tidigt giftermål erbjuder dottern skydd från våld och sexuella övergrepp och att maken kan erbjuda rollen som manlig beskyddare. Fattigdom leder också till att föräldrarna luras till att gifta bort sina döttrar i utbyte mot en summa pengar. Varför bör barnäktenskap stoppas? Barnäktenskap kan få allvarliga konsekvenser:

How Many Countries in the World Now that is a question that's somewhat difficult to answer, as there is no one right answer. Many sources offer different answers, and depending on the source, there are 189, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195 or 196 independent countries in the world today. NOTE: On Saturday, July 9, 2011, southern Sudan declared itself the independent country of South Sudan. This is the culmination of a six-year process that ended a long, brutal civil war that caused the deaths of millions. In many ways this is still a controversial event, and the country's status could possibly change in the future. As of May 1, 2008, the United Nations has 192 official members (including Montenegro and Serbia - the two newest nations). Most of the current World Almanacs use 193 countries, which is probably the best answer, but what about Kosovo? A note regarding Greenland: It voted in favor of increased self-rule in November 2008 and acquired complete responsibility for internal affairs in June 2009. Sources:

Listen A Minute: Easier English Listening and Activities English Speaking Countries Knowledge of English Speaking Countries (or Introduction to English Speaking Countries) is a common course for second-year Education majors in China. Jump to Lesson Plans It is an academic course focusing on geographical and historical facts, and the political, economic, and social systems of English-speaking countries. Chinese English teachers often teach this course, but occasionally native English teachers are asked to teach the course. There are two textbooks that are usually assigned with the course that are published in China, The Society and Culture of Major English-Speaking Countries. Book 1 is mainly about the UK and Book 2 is mainly about the US. The syllabus for this course was designed for a class of 20 – 30 students. See the Downloads section for the Course Outline. See also:

Ny rapport om barnäktenskap från UNFPA | Svenska FN-förbundet FN:s befolkningsfond, UNFPA, har nyligen kommit ut med en rapport om barnäktenskap i världen. Den visar på trender, statistik och forskning om barnäktenskap globalt. I rapporten kan man se var barnäktenskap är och har varit vanligast, eller vanliga orsaker till fenomenet och hur FN arbetar med att förhindra barnäktenskap. I rapporten kan man i ett kapitel se hur stor andel barn som gifts bort före 18 respektive 15 års ålder i alla länder som undersökts för rapporten. Under de senaste 10 åren är andelen bortgifta flickor före 18 års ålder totalt mellan 30-75 procent i var och ett av de undersökta länderna. Exempelvis många länder i södra Asien, såsom Bangladesh och Indien har en stor andel barn som gifts bort. Fortsätter trenden om barnäktenskap och befolkningsökningen som den ser ut idag, så kommer barnäktenskapen att öka drastiskt de kommande 15 åren. I rapporten kan man se att i några länder har barnäktenskapen minskat de senaste 6 åren, exempelvis i Bolivia, Etiopien och Nepal.

5 TED-Ed Lessons to use in your American History classroom Carla Staffa, Burnsville Senior High School American history teacher (and all-around rockstar), uses TED-Ed Lessons in her classroom to supplement her curriculum, start conversation and spark curiosity. We caught up with Carla to find out which lessons she uses the most and what she hopes her students take away from each one. 1.) The fight for the right to vote in the United States - Nicki Beaman Griffin “The fight for the acquisition of voting rights is one that has been fought by numerous groups, yet not all eligible voters take advantage of this right. Students see the chronology of voting rights actions and legislation, and are left with thought provoking questions at the end: “Do enough citizens have the right to vote now? 2.) “This lesson sets the stage of a meeting that transforms our country forever — an unlikey result for a meeting that originally intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. 3.) 4.) 5.) Want more?

Roar – Katy Perry – ESL lesson plan | Anna Edu The song “Roar” perfectly fits the topic of gender roles/stereotypes, feminism. Besides, it’s a great source of idioms, set expressions and phrasal verbs. That’s how I would use it in class. 1. Tell the students that we’re going to study 7 new expressions (slides 2-4). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. in ESL lesson plans by Anna ESL English Listening & Adult Literacy - News - Audiobooks - Songs - Radio Dramas Laurie by Stephen King Part One (25 min. at normal speed - Various speeds available) Part Two (28 min. at normal speed - Various speeds available) Laurie is a beautiful and heartwarming story.