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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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Expanding your vocabulary is one of the most effective, and easiest, ways to improve your English. The following resources will enable you to do just that. RESOURCES 3,000 Core Vocabulary Words — Merriam-Webster's list of English words that are most... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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As part of the BBC World Service, BBC Learning English has been teaching English to global audiences since 1943, offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world. The BBC Learning English website, which was launched in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at The English Blog
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For more advanced learners, listening to online radio stations can be a really effective way to develop your English listening skills by getting used to the speed, intonation and varied accents of native English speakers. What's more, it's something you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at The English Blog
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Language exchange websites are places online where people who want to learn a new language can go to meet native speakers of their target languages. For example, imagine that you are a French speaker who wants to practise your English.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The English Blog
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If you’re not familiar with podcasts, here’s a definition : "a podcast is a digital audio recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer". I spend a lot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The English Blog
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I've started putting together a guide for learners of English called '100 Ways to Improve Your English'. I'll post each 'way' to the blog as I finish it, but any feedback or suggestions would be welcome! The first article is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The English Blog
I'm pleased to announce that my new 'Everyday English for ESL' course is now available on the Udemy e-learning platform. You can get a good idea of what's in the course by watching the video and reading the course description... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a slide presentation I put together based on the illustrated idioms which regularly appear on the BBC Learning English Twitter feed. Learners can use the slides for self-study purposes, but I've given some suggestions below as to how teachers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at The English Blog
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Today is St Patrick's Day, so to mark the occasion here's an interactive 'cloze' crossword I created for my EM Normandie students. It's based on an article from the Belfast Telegraph. COMMENT Over the years, I've posted a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Dave Brown in The Independent relates to the announcement by Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon that she plans to call a second referendum on Scottish independence. The first minister’s intervention had been timed a day ahead of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a lesson I created using EDpuzzle for my EM Normandie students. I think EDpuzzle is a brilliant tool as it allows you to make a interactive video lessons using YouTube videos or ones you upload yourself. It's really easy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Chappatte from the New York Times relates to the claims by Donald Trump via Twitter that Barack Obama tapped his Trump Tower phones during the presidential election. You can read Trump's tweets here. THE CARTOON The scene... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at The English Blog
It's a pleasure Iddy!
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There's no shortage of sites on the internet for learning about idioms, but what makes the newly-launched Idiomic blog stand out are the amusing illustrations featuring Iddy, an extraterrestrial who, like many learners, struggles to understand English idioms. In each... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at The English Blog
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One of the most difficult areas of English for learners is phrasal verbs (put up with, look after, give in, etc.). So, if you're having trouble telling the difference between take on, take up, take after, and the like, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a new ad for Hula Hoops, the popular UK snack brand, which would be great for teaching a couple of English idioms, and can also be used for some classroom activities (see below for ideas). TRANSCRIPT BANK ROBBER: Stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The English Blog
The BBC Learning English site continues to add excellent new resources. The latest one is a drama called 'The Race', which tells the story of Phil a writer living in London. His life isn't that interesting – but it's about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The English Blog
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It's Valentine's Day today, but how much do you know about the saint who gave his name to the day? You can find out more by doing this 'cloze' crossword. And if you enjoy doing crosswords, why not sign up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Adams from the Telegraph relates to North Korea's recent ballistic missile test, which is being seen as a direct challenge to President Trump. COMMENTARY The cartoon shows Trump reacting angrily to the missile test, saying "I will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at The English Blog
Valentine's Day (14 February) is always a good topic for a lesson (see here for resources), and I always like to show my EM Normandie students a few Valentine-related ads. I thought this new one for Galaxy chocolate was particularly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at The English Blog
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It's hard to believe that Donald Trump has only been president for just over two weeks. It already seems like an age — and we've got four more years of this to look forward to! Anyway, this cartoon by Graeme... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at The English Blog
I'm not the least bit interested in American football, but I do enjoy watching the Super Bowl ads, and usually show the best ones to my EM Normandie students. This ad for Budweiser is getting a lot of attention as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The English Blog
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British Prime Minister Theresa May, while she was in Washington, D.C. last week, extended an invitation to Donald Trump on the Queen's behalf to make a state visit to the UK later this year, and he has accepted. However, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The English Blog
On Sunday the Dutch comedy news show Zondag met Lubach released a YouTube video introducing President Trump to the Netherlands. It has since been viewed over nine million times. A voice over (Greg Shapiro) describes the Netherlands in speech patterns... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at The English Blog
The New Year is a time when many people make resolutions about doing more sport and getting fit. This new ad from Reebok would make a good discussion starter for that topic. See here for a list of questions. TRANSCRIPT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at The English Blog