Lessons from Nov 2016 - Feb 2017

Zealandia – The eighth continent?

19th February - "Easier"
We may have to change our thinking about how many continents there are. Geologists say there is an eighth continent - Zealandia.

Marriage makes you less stressed

17th February - "Harder"
A new study suggests that marital bliss has beneficial health effects. The research is from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.




Cats are just as clever as dogs, says study

28th January - "Harder"
For whatever reason, people assume dogs are more intelligent creatures than cats. This notion has been called into question by scientists in Japan.

Ants use the Sun to get from A to B

22nd January - "Easier"
Ants are some of the most impressive creatures on this planet. There are so many things we do not know about them.

Zombies would wipe out humans in 100 days

10th January - "Easier"
Everyone knows that zombies only exist in horror movies. Or do they? A new article predicts that imaginary zombies would kill almost everyone on Earth in just 100 days.




Scientists unlock secrets to seahorses

17th December - "Easier"
For the first time, scientists have unlocked the secrets to one of the world's most recognizable but least understood fish – the seahorse.

Syrian refugee top student in Australia school

15th December - "Harder"
A Syrian refugee who could hardly speak a word of English two years ago has just passed his school exams in Australia with flying colours and is in the top 4 per cent of all graduates in Melbourne.

Thailand has a new king

3rd December - "Harder"
Thailand has a new king after Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father.

Christmas cards show nativity in war zone

1st December - "Easier"
A charity has released a series of Christmas cards with a difference. They have traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land but they also contain images of the war in Syria.

Man sells firewood to pay wife's medical bills

25th November - "Harder"
An Internet campaign has come to the rescue of 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced to selling firewood on the roadside to try and pay for his wife's medical bills.




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Lessons were produced at "easier" and "harder" levels between Apr 2005 and Aug 2006.
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