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07/11/19 UK Government Announces Fracking Moratorium

England joins Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in suspending fracking. But will the measure become permanent?

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WEP Fracking

England joins Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in suspending the controversial practice. But will the measure become permanent?

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

issue: an important topic for debate

watershed:  a moment marking an important change in a situation

compelling: not able to be refuted

to warn: to inform in advance of a problem

to rule out: to exclude something as a possibility

to trigger: to cause an event to happen/start

to breach: to break / not observe a law, agreement or code of conduct

greenwash: disinformation disseminated by an organization to present an environmentally responsible image (from ‘brainwash’)

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Fracking is highly controversial all around the world but there is an added complication in the United Kingdom in that it is a devolved issue. While regional authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have had measures in place against fracking for some time, in England the central government had been encouraging and subsidising development of the extractive technique.

In a watershed moment for environmentalists and community activists, the government announced that it had halted fracking in England “until compelling new evidence is provided” that proves fracking is safe.

The decision was taken after a new scientific study warned it was not possible to rule out “unacceptable” consequences for those living near fracking sites. The report, undertaken by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), also warned it was not possible to predict the magnitude of earthquakes fracking might trigger.

Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping water, chemicals and sand underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release trapped oil and gas.

The UK’s only active fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire was halted earlier this year after fracking triggered multiple earth tremors that breached the government’s earthquake limits.

The decision was welcomed as a “victory for common sense” by green groups and campaigners who have fought for almost a decade against the controversial fossil fuel extraction process. Craig Bennett, the chief executive of Friends of the Earth, said: “This moratorium is a tremendous victory for communities and the climate. Local people across the country have fought a David and Goliath battle against this powerful industry. We are proud to have been part of that fight.”

However, the government’s Business Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, clarified that the moratorium was only in place “until the science changes”. When asked why the ban wasn’t permanent, she replied: “Because this is a huge opportunity for the UK.”

The decision has coincided with the start of the general election campaign and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, described the move as “greenwash” and electioneering. “Fracking could come back on 13 December, if they are elected back into office,” he stated.

Adapted by ECP coach Rob Hextall from The Guardian

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

Are there any fracking projects near where you live?

What are the positive and negative effects of fracking?

Would you ban fracking? Why/Why not?

Have you ever participated in protests? If so, what against?

How do energy policies affect election campaigns where you live?

 

 

31/10/19 The Killer Clown At Halloween

In 2016, the sighting of a killer clown began a craze that made it the scariest Halloween ever.

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Halloween Killer Clowns

What would you do if you were walking home late at night, and suddenly a clown jumped out at you? Well, in 2016, this might just have happened to you…

Before you read the article, find this vocabulary in the text:

sighting: an instance of seeing something, typically unusual or rare

incongruous: out of place

creepy: scary

to roam: to walk aimlessly (with no aim)

to claim: to say

then: at that time

a publicity stunt: a planned event to attract public attention

to lure: to tempt someone to go somewhere or do something

nearby: close by, in the area

a craze: temporary widespread enthusiasm

armed: carrying a weapon

trick-or-treating: going from door to door asking for sweets at Halloween

an assault: an attack

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In 2016, police all over the world received reports of multiple sightings of people disguised as evil “killer” clowns in incongruous settings, such as near forests and schools, first in the United States and Canada, and later in several other countries.

The first incident to be reported took place in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where a creepy clown was seen roaming an empty car-park under a bridge in the centre of town at night.

Five photos of him started going viral on 1st August, 2016, and a Facebook page was created shortly afterwards, claiming the clown was named ‘Gags’. In the days that followed, the pictures ended up being discussed on numerous important news channels. Suspicions of the character being related to a horror film were confirmed when a Wisconsin filmmaker Adam Krause announced the pictures were a publicity stunt for a then unreleased short film entitled Gags. A full-length film was produced based on the short film and premiered in 2018 with a wide release planned for September 2019.

The phenomenon later spread to many other cities in the US, most notably Greenville, South Carolina, where a 9-year-old boy told his mother that two suspicious men dressed as clowns had tried to lure him into the nearby woods. By mid-October 2016, clown sightings and attacks had been reported in nearly all US states, 9 out of 13 provinces and territories of Canada, and 18 other countries. British communities were described as “horrified” and a lot of pressure had been placed on police resources.

The World Clown Association president Randy Christensen spoke out against the current trend of people dressing up as clowns to frighten others. Naturally, circuses and other clown-related businesses were affected. In fact, in October 2016, McDonald’s decided that Ronald McDonald would keep a lower profile as a result of the incidents. A sociologist referred to 2016 as “a bad time to be a professional clown”. While some shops even banned the sale of clown costumes, the killer clown craze saw a significant increase in sales of clown suits in and near Glasgow, Scotland.

To make things worse, news reports warned of a series of clown-initiated attacks to take place on 31st October that same year.  During Halloween, some Floridians decided to go armed while trick-or-treating.

Thankfully, there were no widespread assaults as threatened, but one family from Florida were attacked by a group of approximately 20 people in clown masks. However, no arrests were made.

pastedGraphic.png  Adapted from wikipedia.org by ECP coach Alison Keable

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

  1. Did you find this article funny or disturbing?
  2. Do you think the publicity stunt for Gags was a success?
  3. Why do people find clowns so scary?
  4. If you saw a clown at night, would you report it?
  5. What’s the scariest film you’ve ever seen?

 

 

 

24/10/19 Does Alava Have A Problem With Tourism?

Does Alava have a problem with tourism? How many tourists visit every year, and how many of them are foreigners? Read and listen to this week’s Weekly English Practice to find out!

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Giving tourists directions

Almost half a million people visited Alava in 2018, and around 30% were from abroad. Could you give them directions in English?

Before you read the article, find this vocabulary in the text:

abroad: a different country

to flatline: to stop increasing/to remain static 

to quote: to repeat someone’s statement

to be taken aback: to be surprised/shocked

‘hidden gem’: a wonderful place that hasn’t been found/discovered by others

to fast-forward: to move rapidly forward

to wield: to hold and use (e.g. a weapon/map)

proud: deep satisfaction felt as a result of actions, achievements or association

to approach: to move nearer to something

issue: an edition of a publication

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A few months ago, I read an article in the local paper that claimed that, according to figures from 2018, tourism in Alava had flatlined and it quoted a local politician who was insisting that more public funds needed to be spent on marketing the territory.

I was a little taken aback by this claim – tourism had in fact risen by around 1% in 2018.

In total, nearly half a million people had visited Vitoria and Alava (461,329 to be precise) with just under 800,000 overnight stays in hotels and rural accommodation. (The figures didn’t include numbers for day-trippers or people staying in AirBnB or other places.)

It didn’t seem to me that Alava has a problem with tourism – quite the opposite in fact.

When I came to Gasteiz in 1994, one of my first impressions of the city was that there was no tourism – and I loved it. Vitoria was a ‘hidden gem’ and, as far as I was concerned, the longer it stayed that way the better.

But if we fast-forward 25 years and admire the evolution of the city – the bike lanes, the tram, the new neighbourhoods and the proliferation of street art – one thing that stands out for me is the amount of map-wielding tourists you see, particularly in the town centre. Luckily, the city is far from saturated and I can’t help feeling proud of my adopted home town. Whenever I see someone is lost or unsure, I willingly offer help and advice. When they return home I want them to tell their family and friends how friendly Vitorianos are.

And as nearly 30% of these visitors are from abroad (that’s 138,000 foreigners exploring the province), you can reasonably expect to be stopped and asked directions to a museum, restaurant or public space such as a park or square in English.

So, how would you react if someone approached you and asked for directions in English? Could you help them get where they want to go?

In a recent ‘Coffee Saturday’ event (see details and future dates on page 2) a couple of ECP students asked us if it was possible to dedicate a future issue of the Weekly English Practice to giving (and receiving) directions. Here it is 😉

Watch the introductory video (click on the link in the WEP email) and practice the dialogues. Then go to page 2, look at the examples and do the activity.

So, don’t be shy. The next time you see a tourist who looks lost, give them a helping hand!

pastedGraphic.png  Written by ECP coach Rob Hextall

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

  1. Are there too many/too few/enough tourists in your area?
  2. What are the positive and negative effects of tourism?
  3. Are you a good tourist? Really? In what way?
  4. Do you know how to give directions in English? Why/not?
  5. Describe 2 typical tourist sights in your area (and how to get there)

 

 

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