Lessons from Jul 2016 - Oct 2016

ESL lesson on a train company that is asking women not to put on make-up while riding its trains.
ESL lesson on Myanmar and Iraq being the world's most generous countries.
ESL lesson on British people committing micro crimes.
ESL lesson on the idea that dogs might dream about their human owners.
ESL lesson on the Philippines moving away from from USA towards China.

Philippines to split from USA

22nd October - "Easier"
The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has announced his country will move away from the USA and work more closely with China.
ESL lesson on Shanghai IKEA banning old people from dating.
ESL lesson on teenage drivers being the most at risk of crashing.

Teen drivers most at risk of crashing

18th October - "Easier"
Teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash, according to a new study. Teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers.
ESL lesson on the Nigeria president saying wife belongs in the kitchen.
ESL lesson on sweet potato scientists winning the World Food Prize.
ESL lesson on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone catching fire.
ESL lesson on scientists testing vegetable gardens for Mars.

Vegetable gardens tested for Mars

10th October - "Easier"
Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars.
ESL lesson on girls doing 160 million more hours of household chores than boys.
ESL lesson on why the world needs 69 million more teachers.
ESL lesson on Donald Trump being under fire for not paying tax for 19 years.
ESL lesson on Pakistan's cinemas banning Indian movies.
ESL lesson on male models earning 75% less than female models.
ESL lesson on how giving babies peanuts and eggs may help to avoid food allergies.
ESL lesson on research that sad movies can help reduce pain.

Sad movies help reduce pain

24th September - "Harder"
Watching sad movies can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered and may increase our tolerance to pain.
ESL lesson on Internet addiction being a sign of mental health problems.
ESL lesson on the first all-hijab collection at the New York Fashion Week.
ESL lesson on dolphins having a language that may have grammar.

Dolphin language may have grammar

15th September - "Easier"
Humans may not be the only ones to use grammar and vocabulary to speak and communicate. Scientists believe dolphins also use words and sentences to speak to each other.
ESL lesson on a new ceasefire in Syria.
ESL lesson on a famous photo Facebook took off its website and then put back after people complained.
ESL lesson on how you need to wear the right shoes to be an investment banker.
ESL lesson on a poll that asked why children go to school.
ESL lesson on why authorities in Hawaii may ban swimming with dolphins.

Swimming with dolphins may be banned

31st August - "Harder"
Authorities in Hawaii are proposing a ban on the popular tourist activity of swimming with dolphins off the Hawaiian coast.
ESL lesson on the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group.
ESL lesson on divorce being seasonal.
ESL lesson on what scientists think the 5,300-year-old Iceman wore.
ESL lesson on July being the hottest month in recorded history.
ESL lesson on no more need for sewing because of self-repairing clothes.
ESL lesson on a possible benefit of online gaming.
ESL lesson on people who read living longer.

People who read live longer

10th August - "Easier"
New research shows that people who read a lot live longer. The study was carried out by researchers from Yale University.
ESL lesson on how men are better than women at making up after a fight.
ESL lesson on predictions for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Rio Olympics medal predictions

4th August - "Easier"
The worldwide banking company Goldman Sachs has made predictions about how many medals different countries will win at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
ESL lesson on how dietary supplements could be bad for you.
ESL lesson on a report that says office workers need one hour of exercise a day.

ESL lesson on New Zealand aiming to get rid of all non-native pests by 2050.
ESL lesson on why not to feed chocolate to dogs.
ESL lesson on the creation of the perfect body to survive traffic accidents.
ESL lesson on Melania Trump using a speech that was plagiarised in parts from a Michelle Obama speech.
ESL lesson on Turkey's failed coup attempt.

6,000 held after failed Turkey coup

20th July - "Harder"
The Turkish government is increasing its efforts to detain those it deems responsible for the weekend's failed coup attempt.
ESL lesson on why researchers recommend more outdoor learning for children at school.
ESL lesson on Boris Johnson – UK's controversial new foreign secretary.
ESL lesson on a woman who had to go on her honeymoon without her husband.
ESL lesson on Pokemon Go being the next big thing online and offline.

Pokemon Go is the next big thing

12th July - "Harder"
The Japanese games giant Nintendo has released an app that is taking the world by storm with an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go.
ESL lesson on Toyota's decision to close elevators at its main office to save money.
ESL lesson on a town that will use silent fireworks for stressed dogs.
ESL lesson on a man from the UAE mistaken for an ISIS member because he wore a white robe and spoke Arabic.
ESL lesson on plants making intelligent decisions.
ESL lesson on a company that pays its workers to sleep.

Company pays its workers to sleep

2nd July - "Easier"
A company in the USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year extra.

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