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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, taking photos, blogging
Recent Activity
Following my earlier crossword publications, I'm pleased to announce the appearance of a new one: 50 Business English Crosswords. The crosswords in this collection cover 50 common business themes such as Accounting, Recruitment, and Marketing. There are also crosswords on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a new ad that would make an excellent classroom discussion starter on topics such as the ageing population, the problem of loneliness, and robot workers. It was created by the agency CLM BBDO for the Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at The English Blog
Donald Trump took the gloves off in the second presidential debate on Sunday night, with a steady stream of personal attacks against Hillary Clinton. The pair locked horns over familiar topics such as Trump’s treatment of women, Clinton’s emails, immigration... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at The English Blog
I was intending to post this crossword nearer the date of the US presidential election (November 8th), but things are moving so fast in Trumpland that it may be out of date by then! So, here is my interactive 2016... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at The English Blog
The American election is now just a few weeks away, but how much do you know about the actual election process? It's a lot more complicated than you would think. To find out more, check out this lesson I created... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at The English Blog
I've been meaning to do a crossword on golf for a while now, and with the recent death of golfing legend Arnold Palmer and the start of the Ryder Cup tomorrow, it seemed like as good a time as any.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at The English Blog
This cartoon by Chappatte relates to the first Presidential Debate, which took place on Monday. When Hillary Clinton said that her Republican rival Donald Trump had paid no federal income tax in some years, Trump didn't deny it. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a short video I made to present my Crossword English website, where you'll find dozens of free crosswords for learners and teachers of English. TRANSCRIPT Hello, Jeffrey Hill here. If you enjoyed doing the crosswords in this course, check... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at The English Blog
I was delighted to see that BBC Learning English has a new course called English at University, aimed at students going to study abroad, since that's a challenge all of my EM Normandie students have to face at some time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at The English Blog
How important are the forthcoming presidential debates? Todd Graham, director of debate at Southern Illinois University, says they could just decide the election. Graham breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of both candidates, and what they need to do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a short video I made to present our school's free app: SmartEnglish by EM Normandie. TRANSCRIPT If you'd like to improve your listening and speaking skills in English, be sure to download our free app: Smart English by EM... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a quiz I created using Learnclick for my EM Normandie students. It's based on this VOA News article about the launch of the iPhone 7. Related articles From the Archive #8: Business Words App (2011) From the Archive #10:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at The English Blog
Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm a big fan of crossword puzzles. So, following on from my previous crossword books, I'm pleased to announce the publication of a new one: 60 Easy Crossword Puzzles for ESL, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at The English Blog
It's never been so easy to learn a language online, and sites like Duolingo and Babbel have become very popular with literally millions of learners. However, you need a lot of motivation to teach yourself a language, and the activities... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at The English Blog
I always look forward to Apple Events, not because I'm interested in buying the latest Apple gadgets, but because they are invariably a great source of lesson material for my business English students. Wednesday's event was no exception and here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The English Blog
With over 16,000 free worksheets and nearly 2,000 articles, BusyTeacher has become one of the top online resource sites for ELT teachers. I've always thought their e-books were attractive, full of practical ideas, and good value at $10 each. However,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at The English Blog
Great news for the start of the school year: our free app "SmartEnglish by EM Normandie" has just added a new course entitled Get Around Town in English. Over 24 lessons, you will learn how to deal with everyday situations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at The English Blog
After an extended break for the holidays, I've now started posting a daily crossword puzzle again on my Crossword English website. Today's crossword is based on a recent BBC News article about a giant lobster found by a diver off... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at The English Blog
For teachers, it's that time of year again when the holidays are almost over and thoughts inevitably (if somewhat reluctantly!) turn back to teaching. Students too will be joining new classes, or even new schools. Many teachers will already have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at The English Blog
The summer period is sometimes referred to as the 'silly season' in the press, when there's not a lot of news and the newspapers are full of less serious stories. You might be forgiven for thinking that the ban on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a new crossword to mark the opening of the Summer Olympics in Rio tomorrow. Click here to download a PDF version or here to do online. Happy puzzling! Related articles Team USA has more medals in the Summer Olympics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at The English Blog
If, like me, you spend most of your day sitting in front of a computer screen, you should be interested in new research which suggests that the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle can be offset by doing one hour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The English Blog
July and August are a pretty quiet time for blogging, but although I haven't posted many articles recently, I have been working on some new projects, including a new book of crosswords. However, this crossword is more of an experiment,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at The English Blog
Thanks Michael (not THE Michael Howard, surely?) Good comments!
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Today's cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times shows the scene at new UK PM Theresa May's first cabinet meeting. COMMENTARY The cartoonist plays on the double meaning of the word 'affairs'. Boris Johnson's official title is 'Secretary of State... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at The English Blog