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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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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 50 minutes ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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The cover of the latest issue of Private Eye ("the UK's best-selling news and current affairs magazine") features several English idioms relating to parts of the body. 1. If something costs and arm and a leg, it is very expensive.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Greece will immediately be in arrears to the International Monetary Fund if it fails to make a $1.7 billion debt repayment due June 30, an IMF spokesman said Thursday as bailout talks remained gridlocked. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at The English Blog
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 25, 2015 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Adams from The Telegraph is inspired by the story of a cat which stowed away on an ultra-light aircraft and suddenly appeared on the wing during a flight. The video of the incident went viral earlier this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at The English Blog
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 23, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Holidaymakers heading to Greece over the next few days are being advised to take plenty of cash with them amid fears the country’s cash machines could be shut down if a resolution to the crisis is not found. As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The English Blog
Here's an animated video ad I created for my two crossword puzzle books, which were published last week (see earlier post for full details). It won't win any awards (the ad, that is), but I'll try and do a better... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at The English Blog
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The cover of the latest issue of Private Eye shows beleaguered/embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter showing his hands, which appear to be covered in oil. The speech bubble has him saying, 'My hands are clean!' EXPLANATION The cover illustrates a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at The English Blog
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Regular readers of The English Blog will know that I am a big fan of crosswords and often post my own creations on this site (you can find 55 here!). Well, the big news is that I've just published not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at The English Blog
To promote the return of General Mills’ beloved French Toast Crunch cereal — which returned this January after being discontinued in 2006 — a campaign entitled "The Tiny & The Tasty" has just been launched. A series of ads parodies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND If you’re making a phone call today, there’s a chance the NSA might not know about it. The spy agency was forced to halt its collection of bulk telephone metadata early Monday after the Senate failed to extend three... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at The English Blog
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 2, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Sepp Blatter has been returned to serve a fifth term as the head of FIFA. The 79-year-old defeated Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in the presidential contest in Zurich Friday. His victory came despite a week marked by arrests... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at The English Blog
In this video from BBC America's Anglophenia Channel, former children's presenter Kate Arnel presents some common British swearwords and explains their origin. WARNING Learners of English should use swearwords very sparingly, and probably not at all. They risk sounding silly... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail links the so-called Hatton Garden Heist (in which thieves broke into an underground bank vault and stole millions of pounds worth of property from safe deposit boxes), and the Barclays Libor-rigging scandal... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at The English Blog
WARNING: You'd better have some tissues handy when you watch this ad - it's a real tear-jerker! DESCRIPTION This public service announcement for an Argentinian liver transplant foundation shows a day in the life of an elderly man and his... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at The English Blog