Lessons from Mar 2016 - Jun 2016

ESL lesson on how card games can help patients recover from stroke.
ESL lesson on a scary glass slide 300 metres above the street.
ESL lesson on the UK voting to leave the European Union.
ESL lesson on a new method fraudsters are using to trick people online.
ESL lesson on record numbers of refugees.
ESL lesson on the possibility of contacting ET one day.
ESL lesson on an Italian restaurant that has been named as the best in the world.
ESL lesson on gay men being refused as blood donors after the Orlando shooting.
ESL lesson on why the UK voting to leave the EU might be bad for science.
ESL lesson on CO2 emissions being turned into stone.
ESL lesson on the arrest of the world's 'most wanted' people smuggler.
ESL lesson on Swiss people voting no to a free monthly income for all.
ESL lesson on the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
ESL lesson on the mobile-friendly Breaking News English website.
ESL lesson on the shooting of a gorilla at a zoo in the USA.

U.S. police to look into shooting of zoo gorilla

2nd June - "Easier"
Police in the US state of Ohio are going to look into the shooting of a 17-year-old gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. They will investigate the facts around the killing of Harambe the gorilla.
ESL lesson on a new, inflatable form of accommodation in space.
ESL lesson on the global anger over a racist advert in China.

Anger over racist Chinese advert

29th May - "Easier"
There is a lot of anger on social media because of an advertisement for a Chinese detergent. Some newspapers are saying it could be the most racist advert ever.
ESL lesson on one solution to the growing problem of drink spiking.

New product tests for spiked drinks

27th May - "Harder"
A British businessman has developed a product that helps people test drinks they think might have been drugged, or 'spiked'.
ESL lesson on President Obama's visit to Hiroshima.

President Obama to visit Hiroshima

25th May - "Easier"
On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama will become the first American president to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
ESL lesson on why women who wear cosmetics are paid more.
ESL lesson on a device that gives shoppers an electric shock to stop buying things.

Get an electric shock to stop buying things

21st May - "Easier"
A British firm has developed a new product to help us save money. The product is a wristband that gives us an electric shock if we spend too much money.
ESL lesson on how see-through wood will change our lives.

Scientists make see-through wood

19th May - "Harder"
Scientists have come up with a revolutionary new use for wood. They have devised a way to make it transparent.
ESL lesson on an abandoned puppy who got a job at a baseball club.
ESL lesson on the oldest woman to give birth.

72-year-old woman gives birth

15th May - "Harder"
A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the birth of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, posed for photos...
ESL lesson on why Budweiser is changing its name to 'America'.

Budweiser beer renamed 'America'

13th May - "Easier"
One of the word's most famous beer companies is changing the name of its best-selling beer. Budweiser is going to be called 'America'.
ESL lesson on why men developed deeper voices.
ESL lesson on Russian gun maker Kalashnikov branching out into fashion.
ESL lesson on an Italian court that said stealing food is not a crime.
ESL lesson on the English football Leicester City in a football fairytale Premier League championship win.

Leicester City in football fairytale win

5th May - "Easier"
Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time.
ESL lesson on a British princess appearing on the cover of Vogue magazine.
ESL lesson on a new gym for artificial intelligence robots.

New gym opens to train robots

1st May - "Easier"
A group of business people has opened a kind of gym for robots. The group is headed by Elon Musk, who is the boss of the electric car company Tesla Motors.
ESL lesson on the energy crisis behind Venezuela's two-day working week.
ESL lesson on problems getting treatment for eating disorders in Japan.

Worries over eating disorders in Japan

27th April - "Easier"
A health group in Japan is worried about people with eating disorders. The Japan Society for Eating Disorders (JSED) said that most people...
ESL lesson on an international team of scientists discovering a huge coral reef in the Amazon River.

Massive coral reef found in Amazon River

25th April - "Harder"
An international team of scientists has discovered a huge coral reef in the Amazon River. The team from the universities of Georgia in the USA and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil...
ESL lesson on the death of the rock superstar Prince. RIP.

Rock superstar Prince dies at 57

23rd April - "Easier"
The rock superstar Prince has died at the age of 57. He passed away on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis.
ESL lesson on a report that says over-the-counter medicine may shrink the brain.

Over-the-counter medicine may shrink brain

21st April - "Harder"
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine is a common part of our lives. Many of us pop into the local pharmacy for cold and headache tablets, cough syrups or allergy treatments.
ESL lesson on all-yo-can-eat fries.

ESL lesson on why the Czech Republic is to be renamed Czechia.
ESL lesson on an Ancient mummy found wearing what look like Adidas boots.

Ancient mummy found wearing Adidas boots

15th April - "Easier"
An ancient mummy that was found in Mongolia has gone viral online because it seems to be wearing Adidas boots. Many people have been tweeting that...
ESL lesson on the rescue of three men from a desert island.
ESL lesson on money and happiness.

Money can buy happiness

11th April - "Easier"
A song from the famous English pop group the Beatles told us that money can't buy us love. Many people also believe...
ESL lesson on how World Heritage sites are at risk from industry.
ESL lesson on the Panama Papers financial document leak.
ESL lesson on whether it is OK for a white man in the USA to have dreadlocks.
ESL lesson on a new device that keeps the air in your house safe and clean.
ESL lesson on a German rail company starting women-only train cars.
ESL lesson on Pope Francis being the world's most popular leader.
ESL lesson on Aung San Suu Kyi becoming Myanmar's foreign minister.
ESL lesson on how Starbucks hopes to recycle more.
ESL lesson on Donald Trump being a risk to the world.

Donald Trump on global risk list

19th March - "Harder"
Researchers have stated that Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency is one of the top ten risks facing the world.
ESL lesson on a YouTube video showing images of gay people in Kenya.
ESL lesson on Ghana providing visas to all citizens of African Union countries.

Ghana visas for all African Union members

15th March - "Harder"
Ghana's president, John Dramani Mahama, has announced that his country will issue visas to citizens of African Union member states from July.
ESL lesson on an argument between Apple and the FBI.
ESL lesson on how chewing less helped us to learn to speak.
ESL lesson on the Nintendoland theme park, which will open in Japan in 2020.

Nintendoland to open in Japan

9th March - "Easier"
A new theme park will open in Osaka, Japan. Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is going to build a new attraction called Nintendoland.
ESL lesson on Turkey taking over the country's biggest newspaper.

Turkey takes over biggest newspaper

7th March - "Harder"
Turkish police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon against protestors outside the offices of a national newspaper in Istanbul.
ESL lesson on how happiness can break your heart too.

Happiness can break your heart too

5th March - "Easier"
Scientists have said it isn't just sad things that make us brokenhearted. Happy events can also be bad for our heart. A broken heart is an actual medical condition
ESL lesson on why people eat more when they don't get enough sleep.

Lack of sleep gives you the munchies

3rd March - "Harder"
Have you ever wondered why you are hungrier than usual if you do not get a good night's sleep? Researchers from the University of Chicago say they have found one reason....
ESL lesson on a solution to water shortages from a desert beetle.

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