Very Quiet World News

Very Quiet World News is a news aggregate site that compiles the latest news stories from a variety of sources. Its simple layout can help you focus just on finding a story that interests you. There are 47 sources, inlcuding everything from Yahoo and Google to the BBC and NYT to the Daily Mail and…

Room for debate

Room for debate is from the New York Times.  New topics Monday through Thursday, debated by “knowledgable outside contributors.” The most recent topic: PG-13 Blockbusters and the Sugarcoating of Violence Is it dangerous to depict violence without its gory consequences? Read the background and 4 different opinions and see who you would side with. Although I think…

Japan in Focus (podcast) & Overcast (app)

This is an updated post from last October. In some classes this week, we’ll be finding short listening excerpts to focus on. Japan in Focus is a weekly podcast by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Each episode is about 15 minutes and includes usually two or three topics about Japan. The host summarizes the topics and…

The Cagle Post

The Cagle Post is a website filled with editorial/political cartoons. It’s a great place to keep up with current events and think about English-language humor and satire. Here are a couple of recent ones: There are several ways to browse the site. One is the topic/theme categories: And there’s an index on the left side…