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vrijdag 5 oktober 2018

The Clock is Ticking

There's been a lot of talk in the news about Brexit recently. What does it all mean?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • backstop - something that is kept so that it can give good support or protection if it is needed
  • to vote in favour - to make an official choice for something
  • single market - a group of countries that have an agreement which allows goods to be moved, bought, or sold between them very easily
  • checks and regulations - inspections and rules
  • to travel freely - to go from one place to another without all sorts of checks (visa) and regulations
  • trade rules - rules for buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services
  • limited use of the single market - not all, but only some possibilities to use the single market
    to sort something out - to find an answer or solution for (something)
  • the Irish border - the border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (an independent country and member of the European Union)
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does the word “Brexit” mean?

  2. What does the single market mean for stuff made in Ireland?

  3. Listen closely to the explanation of the EU’s deals with Norway, Switzerland and Canada.
    For each of these deals, explain what Britain likes or doesn’t like about it.

  4. What is it presently like when you cross the Irish border?

  5. What does the Irish government want regarding the Irish border?

vrijdag 28 september 2018

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!

The organisation Ocean Cleanup has launched its first giant tube to collect rubbish in the Pacific Ocean.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • water current - a continuous movement of water or air in the same direction
  • in a V-shape - in the shape of the letter V
  • to capture - to catch
  • to funnel - to put something through a narrow opening
  • discard - to throw away
  • to tweak - to change something a little bit in order to make it better
  • to let loose - to allow (someone or something) to move or go freely
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. When did Boyan Slat get his idea for finding ways to help reduce the (plastic) rubbish in the ocean?

  2. Name one big difference between paper or cardboard and plastic.

  3. How many pieces of plastic are floating around in the ocean according to scientists?

  4. Describe how Boyan’s invention works.

  5. How many “giant snakes” is Boyan’s organisation Ocean Cleanup planning to use to collect rubbish by 2020?

vrijdag 21 september 2018

In Deep Water

It’s still September, but the first autumn storms of the season have already rattled our windows. High winds can bring high water. The Weather Channel has made a neat graphic to show what an extreme storm surge looks like.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • destructive - causing a large amount of damage
  • worst-case scenario - a description of what could happen in the worst possible situation
  • storm surge - an unusual rise in sea level on a coast because of high winds
  • impacts - effects
  • high tide - the tide when the water is at its highest level
  • shins - the front part of your legs below the knee
  • waist - the middle part of your body between the hips and chest
  • power lines - electrical wires or cables
  • to heed someone’s advice - to listen to and follow up suggestions about what you should do
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How high could the storm surge go in the worst case?

  2. The weather reporter says: “It's not just going to be a coastal event.” What does this mean?

  3. How many high-level scenarios does the weather reporter describe?

  4. Name 2 or more things that could happen in each high-level scenario.

  5. What final advice does the weather reporter give?


vrijdag 22 juni 2018

A Share of the Pie

North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world.
But now Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, has met both the South Korea president and the president of the United States.
These talks could lead to many changes for the people living in North Korea. Michelle Ye Hee Lee explains.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • summit - a meeting or series of meetings between the leaders of two or more governments
  • as a treat - as a special snack
  • stash - to collect or keep for later use
  • barter - to exchange things for other things instead of for money
  • reportedly - according to what many people say
  • black market - a system through which things are bought and sold illegally
  • black market commodity - something that is bought and sold on the black market
  • fluffy - light and soft and airy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What are Choco Pies made of?

  2. In 2002 North Korean workers were given Choco Pies as a treat. What did they do with them?

  3. Relations between North and South Korea seem to be getting better.
    How could this change things for Choco Pie lovers in North Korea?

vrijdag 15 juni 2018

Say Cheese!

FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on 15 July 2018. Footballers weren’t the only ones who followed special trainings.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • foreigners - people who are from another country
  • attitude - the way you think of and behave towards other people
  • Beware! - Be careful!
  • it can land you in trouble - it can cause you problems
  • alien - strange and not familiar
  • suspicious - making you feel that something is wrong
  • bucking the trend - going against the trend; resisting the common way of behaving
  • infectious - making you want to join in
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What do visitors to Russia often think of Russians?

  2. What does Elnara Mustafina want to teach Russian people?

  3. Why was Yulia Melamed stopped by a policeman?

  4. How does laughter yoga make Zemfira feel?

vrijdag 8 juni 2018

Chewing the Fat

The World Health Organisation has published a report on trans-fats. That’s an ingredient found in many foods that we eat.
What do you know about trans-fats?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • nasty - unpleasant, bad
  • to lurk - to wait in a secret or hidden place, often in order to do something wrong or bad
  • occasional - happening or done sometimes, but not often
  • in really small quantities - in very small amounts
  • fast food joints - fast-food restaurants
  • shortening - a fat (such as butter) that is used in cooking or baking
  • to banish something - to get rid of something
  • a really big ask - something asked or hoped for, but is very difficult to do or achieve
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Where are trans-fats found naturally?

  2. In which food are trans-fats often used?

  3. Why did trans-fats become a popular ingredient? Name at least 2 reasons.

  4. Are trans-fats bad for people? Explain your answer.

  5. What does the WHO want to do with trans-fats?

Extra words assignment
1. Name as many words for fats used for cooking and eating as possible.

Extra speaking assignment
1. The World Health Organisation is also called the WHO.
2. How do you pronounce the short name? Say it out loud.
3. Now work with one or more classmates. Take turns saying all the letters of the English alphabet.

vrijdag 1 juni 2018

Why Ticks Stick

It’s tick season. Watch out for those little monsters.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to transmit - to cause a virus, disease, etc. to be given to others
  • Lyme disease - a serious illness that is spread by the bite of a small insect
  • menacing - dangerous and threatening
  • host - an animal or plant in which another animal or plant lives and gets its food or protection
  • to latch onto something - to become connected to something
  • freckle - a small, brownish spot on someone's skin
  • to wriggle - to twist from side to side with small quick movements like a worm
  • for the long haul - for a long period of time
  • straw - a thin tube used for sucking up a drink
  • to nab - to catch and stop
  • tenacious - not letting go, clinging on
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why can ticks be a problem for people?

  2. What is “questing”?

  3. How long does a tick live?

  4. How many days does a tick nymph stick to a person?

  5. How should you remove a tick from your skin?

vrijdag 25 mei 2018

A Sinking Feeling

A sinkhole has been spotted on the White House lawn. But what causes sinkholes?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to be beyond help - to be at a point where nothing can be done to make things better
  • bedrock - the solid rock that lies under the surface of the ground
  • worn away by erosion - gradually destroyed by natural forces
  • limestone - a whitish-coloured rock
  • susceptible - easily affected, influenced or harmed by something
  • cracks and crevices - a narrow openings in a hard surface, especially in rock
  • pumice - a gray stone that comes from volcanoes and is full of small holes
  • to erode - to be gradually destroyed by natural forces such as water, wind or ice
  • sewer pipes - pipes that are usually underground and that are used to carry off water and such
  • in the blink of an eye - very quickly
  • to detect - to discover or notice
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. How do sinkholes form? Explain in your own words.

  2. Why do sinkholes often form in places that are built mostly on limestone?

  3. Do sinkholes always form as a result of natural causes? Explain your answer.

  4. In which country can the most famous sinkhole be found?

  5. What can people do to avoid sinkholes?

  6. What crazy natural disaster are you afraid of?

vrijdag 18 mei 2018

Kilauea

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has been very active lately.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • causing chaos - making chaos happen
  • a slow-moving flow - a large area of lava or mud that is moving slowly
  • molten rock - rock that is melted by heat and moves like water
  • magma - hot liquid rock below the surface of the earth
  • to solidify - to become solid, compact, or hard
  • continuously - all the time without a stop
  • to drain out - to flow or move out of something
  • Hawaii locals - people who live on Hawaii
  • footage - scenes or action recorded on film or video
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How hot is the lava?

  2. The lava is moving slowly. What is the positive side of that?

  3. What type of volcano is Kilauea?

  4. Since which year has Kilauea almost continuously been erupting?

  5. Why could the situation get more dangerous when all the lava flows out of the volcano?

vrijdag 11 mei 2018

Ice Cream Anyone?

The sun’s out, summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time for ice cream. Fans of the most classic flavour may be in for a disappointment though.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to indulge - to allow yourself to have or do something as a special pleasure
  • key ingredient - very important ingredient
  • texture - the way that a food or drink feels in your mouth
  • valuable commodity - article of trade that is worth a lot of money
  • the price has eased - the price has gone down
  • how the harvest fares - how the harvest is doing
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What is the main news about ice cream?

  2. How does this news affect some ice-cream shops?

  3. Where does most of the world’s vanilla grow?

  4. Why has vanilla become so expensive?

  5. What is more expensive: vanilla or silver?

vrijdag 4 mei 2018

The Air We Breathe

The World Health Organization just released a new study on the quality of air worldwide.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • polluted - dirty and not safe or suitable to use
  • the vast majority of the global population - by far the most people on earth
  • pollutants - substance that make land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use
  • charcoal - a hard black material that is made by burning wood with a small amount of air
  • wood and charcoal power stoves - devices that burn wood or charcoal for heating or cooking
  • the upside - the positive part
  • comprehensive - including most or all things
  • toxic - containing poisonous substances [giftig]
  • condition - a sickness or disease that a person has for a long time
First read the assignment. Click on the image to watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name the two continents with the worst air pollution.

  2. Name sources of indoor air pollution.

  3. Name the upside of the study.

  4. How many people die each year from air pollution?

  5. Which conditions can be caused by air pollution? Name three.

vrijdag 13 april 2018

Who Owns Your Data?

Some people are saying it’s time we logged-off Facebook for good. Maybe even to quit all social media. Is it?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • hopelessly addicted to social media - having an unusually great need to be active on social media
  • to target ads at someone - to show specific ads only that will interest the intended viewer
  • inappropriately - in a wrong or unsuitable way
  • to influence the outcome - to make little, indirect changes that will have an effect on the result
  • bigwigs - powerful or important people
  • to brag - to talk about yourself and what you’re doing in a way that shows too much pride
  • to sway - to persuade others to agree with you or share your opinion
  • to take a tumble - to fall suddenly to a lower level
  • to get something out of something - to enjoy something or think something is really useful
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What type of personal information do social media sites collect about us?
    Name two or more examples.

  2. Explain why it matter that social media companies have all this information about you.

  3. How did Cambridge Analytica collect so much personal information about users?

  4. According to the video, should you delete your social media accounts?

  5. Explain what the final sentence means in your own words:
    “So whatever you get out of using social media, just remember, chances are it’s getting just as much out of you.”


vrijdag 6 april 2018

Something to Chew On

22 April is International Earth Day. This year, the focus is on ending plastic pollution. British designer Anna Bullus has the same focus. She is on a mission to recycle chewing gum.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to obtain - to get
  • petrochemicals - chemicals that are made from petroleum or natural gas
  • bins - a can for trash or garbage
  • dedicated - used only for one particular purpose
  • to persuade - to make someone do or believe something by giving good reasons
  • scheme - an official plan or programme
  • to process - to prepare something and change it from one form into another
  • to mould - to form or press something that is soft into a particular shape
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What is the most common litter in the UK?

  2. Name the main ingredient of chewing gum.

  3. Anna created bins specially for disposing of gum. What are these bins made of?

  4. What happens with the recycled gum?

  5. What effect can right design have according to Anna?

vrijdag 30 maart 2018

Daffodils

Spring is in the air, daffodils are bursting open. “Daffodils” is also one of the most famous poems in the English language. It was written by William Wordsworth, an important English Romantic poet. The official title of the poem is: “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • daffodil - a yellow flower that blooms in the spring and that has a center that is shaped like a long tube (also see picture below)
  • to wander - to walk around in a relaxed way
  • margin - the edge of something
  • at a glance - with a quick look
  • to outdo - to do better than someone or something else
  • glee - joy
  • jocund - happy, cheerful
  • pensive - thoughtful and serious
  • bliss - complete happiness
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



You can read the poem here.
  1. Can the tone of the poem be best described as: angry, comic, joyful, or sad?

  2. What is the narrator’s mood in the first lines and how does it change when he/she sees the daffodils?

  3. What is the connection between the daffodils and the twinkling stars?

  4. In the last lines (1:20 in the video), how does the memory of the daffodils change the narrator’s mood?

  5. Does the poem suggest that loneliness is a good thing or a bad thing?
    Explain your answer.

Extra words assignment
  1. The cloud “floats on high o'er vales and hills”.
    Explain what the underlined expression means.

  2. Wordsworth uses all sorts of “happy” words.
    Write down all the happy words you recognize.


vrijdag 23 maart 2018

March for Our Lives

"The March for Our Lives" on March 24, 2018 was organised after last month's school shooting in Florida. In this shooting 17 students and teachers were killed with an automatic rifle.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • assault rifle - a gun that can shoot many bullets quickly
  • campaigner - a person who does all kinds of activities to reach a particular result
  • banned - forbidden
  • devastated - very shocked
  • stance - opinion
  • to reinforce - to make stronger
  • to exercise your rights - to make use of your rights
  • to voice your opinions - to say out loud what you think of something
  • restrictions - rules that give people less freedom in having or doing specific things
  • comprehensive - including a lot of things
  • high-capacity magazines - magazines (magazijnen) that can hold more than the standard number of rounds (patronen)
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How do the teenagers in the video use guns?

  2. What effect has the recent school shooting had on their stance on guns?

  3. Are they planning to join the other students in the march?

  4. Which actions for better gun control do they support?

  5. What good could “a good guy with a gun” do?