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August 17 to August 30, 2018
Nineteen worldwide news articles with a more in-depth report about exhuming General Franco. Even in death he is a divisive figure. The Spanish parliament recently voted to exhume his Franco's from a national mausoleum. In this issue, we cover his rise to power and how Spain became a parliamentary democracy after Franco died 43 years ago.
Where appropriate, stories feature relevant background and history. Our text is written and edited in an easy-to-understand style. The aim is to encourage students to become more interested in, and more aware of, international news and current affairs.
Articles featured reflect no political or religious bias. Stories are reported factually and every attempt is made to feature all sides of any situation in which opinions differ.
Other reports include:
Giant squid surprise*
Prague Spring remembered*
Rickets in the Roman Empire*
Australia changes its prime minister (again)
Ancient shell-less turtle fossil*
Kerala’s monsoon floods*
Pilgrimage to Mecca*
Waterloo weather explained
Korean family reunions
Earth flips and geomagnetic reversals
Ship’s bell returned to South Africa
Venezuelan migrant numbers increase*
Air pollution and intelligence
UN Rohingya report*
Great Dying new theory
+ Glossary Crossword and Wordsearch Puzzle
Those with an * show the articles that have accompanying basic and advanced activities/worksheets.
Several issues prevent many students from taking an interest in current affairs: number of news outlets, presentation, article selection, and language are all examples.
As "the news" is perceived by many younger people to be adult territory, it’s easy for them to think it irrelevant.
These easy-to-read articles are also popular with teachers who
instruct ESL / EAL / ELL / EFL students