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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, taking photos, blogging
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Here's an ad for Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10, which launches globally in 190 countries on 29 July 2015. LESSON IDEAS 1. Although the ad is subtitled (yay!), teachers could always hide the subtitles and do some comprehension/gap-fill activities... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Buckingham Palace was last night braced for new embarrassment as turmoil continued over leaked footage showing the Queen performing a Nazi salute as a child. An explosive Channel 4 documentary is set to reveal details of how Prince Philip's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The English Blog
Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND US conservatives have lined up to condemn the deal reached between major world powers and Iran. The agreement limits Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of crippling international economic sanctions. The US Congress has 60 days in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at The English Blog
Comedian Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) gives viewers a tour of his “pizza farm” where trees grow pizza, fish fingers and taquitos (deep-fried tortillas with meat filling) in a public service announcement produced by the American Heart Association and Funny... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Iran has struck a deal with six major world powers over its nuclear programme. The country has agreed to important concessions to reassure the international community that they do not seek to make a nuclear bomb, in return for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at The English Blog
Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND As part of the agreement reached with the the rest of the eurozone on Sunday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Tsipras pledged to implement radical reforms to ensure the Greek oligarchy finally makes a fair contribution. The tax status... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at The English Blog
This is one of a series of five ads for the Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner which could be used in classroom for various activities (see below for some ideas). Each one is based on a situation which requires the Neato... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at The English Blog
Small unimportant detail: Such a traditional stein mug would be REFILLED, you wouldn't get a new one each time you get a new beer. Normally you don't get such mugs with a lid (?) anymore at all as a normal customer. Only old locals have their own "personal" mug stored in a special cupboard e.g. in the Munich Hofbräuhaus. (Thanks to Jochen for this info)
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This cartoon by Gary Barker from The Times relates to the ongoing Greek Debt Crisis. In the left-hand panel, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is shown holding a gun to the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This was the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at The English Blog
Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Adams from the Daily Telegraph shows Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a German bierkeller with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a busty barmaid. Tspiras has already had too much to drink but he's calling for yet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at The English Blog
It was a big day for Le Havre as the sixth stage of the Tour de France finished here. The weather was perfect and I took lots of photos. Here's a selection. Related articles Tour de France: day six highlights... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND George Osborne has announced that families who have a third child will not receive more child support than they would for two children. The Chancellor announced in his emergency budget that families who have a third child, or subsequent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The English Blog
Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail shows a couple of British tourists eating at a Greek taverna. They are surrounded by the cook and a couple of waiters, who all look longingly at the man's plate. The woman... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at The English Blog
Here's a new ad from McDonald's which could form the basis of whole lesson (see below for some ideas). SPECULATION 1. Show the first three seconds. Ask students to speculate what the man and woman are going to do. 2.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times relates to Sunday's referendum in which Greeks are being asked to vote on whether to accept a proposal by the country's creditors for more austerity to keep aid flowing. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at The English Blog
Following on from Monday's Jurassic World crossword, here's a clip from the movie I used with my EM Normandie students. There aren't any dinosaurs in it, but there is a lot of useful language (vocabulary, expressions, grammar). In fact, certain... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at The English Blog
Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at The English Blog
It's 'La Fête du Cinéma' here in France so I was able to see Jurassic World for only 4 euros (instead of 11) at the weekend at my local Gaumont in Le Havre. I really enjoyed it, even though I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at The English Blog
Thanks Debbie, that's a good question! The short answer is 'yes' it would be possible to have 'real voices', but I would need to find native speakers, record them, edit the recording into sentences, etc. I realize the 'synthetic' voices are not ideal (though they can sound suprisingly natural at times), and that's why I added the 'Listen and Repeat' section at the end. I don't really agree about them only being suitable for 'weaker students'. I would have thought weaker students need a good pronunciation model more than more advanced ones who can accept the 'robotic' voices for what they are. One day, when I have more time and resources, I may go back and add real voices, but for the time being that's just not feasible.
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Animated English is a series of ten animated video lessons for learners of English which I created using GoAnimate for Schools. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The English Blog