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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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Strikes and industrial action in protest at a new labour law (see earlier post) have led to petrol shortages all over France. In this cartoon from The Daily Mail, Mac imagines how it might affect British motorists going to France... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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France is currently in the throes of an ongoing confrontation between the government and hard-line left-wing unions (and students) over the Socialist government's new labour law, with street protests (some violent), strikes, blockades, and, of course, the obligatory burning of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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You have to look carefully at today's cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail to 'get' the joke. Do you? (Click on the image to enlarge.) THE CARTOON A couple are working in their garden. The husband is mowing the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to news that a Cornish resort could become the UK's first commercial spaceport. BACKGROUND Tourists could soon be blasting off for the stars from a Cornish spaceport. Plans to open Britain’s... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The English Blog
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Last summer I published a couple of books of crosswords but found the whole process to be rather frustrating (and long!). So, having created a lot more crosswords in the meantime for this blog and for my students, I thought... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The English Blog
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I'm very pleased to announce that the EM Normandie, the school where I work, has just launched a new app for learning English. It's called SmartEnglish and you can download it FOR FREE (no in-app payments either). Click here for... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at The English Blog
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DESCRIPTION EnglishWaves est une radio généraliste, comme les grandes radios françaises d’information, mais… elle parle anglais, 100% anglais ! Avec EnglishWaves gagnez du temps, écoutez les infos françaises ainsi que les magazines d’actualité sur vos thèmes préférés et… progressez en... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to a government report published on Monday that says tips in restaurants, hotels and bars should go to workers and not their employers. After an eight-month review of tipping practices, the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at The English Blog
I know it's got nothing to do with learning English (though it does have English subtitles!), but I thought I would post the EM Normandie's latest promotional video all the same, as I think it's pretty impressive. I wasn't responsible... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at The English Blog
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If you're a teacher, you probably use classroom quizzes with your students from time to time. Of course, you can always create a quiz using PowerPoint, but there are several online solutions available. The best one I've come across is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at The English Blog
This ad for Loctite glue may be only 20 seconds long but it has a lot of possibilities for use in the classroom. TRANSCRIPT PRESENTER: And now, next year's sales forecast. TECHNICIAN: Sorry guys, I need a minute. VOICEOVER: When... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at The English Blog
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Following on from last week's review of the eBook version of English Grammar in Use, readers of The English Blog now have a chance to win an EGIU eBook. All you have to do is complete the crossword below and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Bob from The Telegraph relates to President Obama's visit to Britain last week, during which he made a strong case for Britain remaining in the EU, attracting an angry response from those supporting Brexit. CARTOON The cartoon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today sees the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. So to mark the occasion, here's a cartoon by Chappatte from Swiss newspaper Le Temps. Of course, the joke is that Twitter posts only allow 140 characters (but I'm sure you knew... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The UK's ability to fight terrorism would be "more effective" if it sticks together with its European allies, the US President Barack Obama has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph Mr Obama also said being inside the EU magnifies... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent relates to Donald Trump's victory in the New York Republican primary. THE CARTOON The cartoon is a parody of the the King Kong movies at the end of which the eponymous giant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The English Blog
Today, 21st April, Queen Elizabeth celebrates her ninetieth birthday. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history. TRANSCRIPT REPORTER: It was business as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The English Blog
It's now less than ten weeks until Britain's destiny (and possibly that of the Europe Union) will be decided in the EU referendum. In case you're still unsure what is at stake, this video from BBC News provides a good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The English Blog
TRANSCRIPT Don't go to Paris. Don't tour Paris, and please don't 'do' Paris. Live in Paris. When you Airbnb in Paris, you have your own home. Make your bed. Cook. You know, the stuff you normally do. Don't go to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at The English Blog
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These days, every self-resepecting ESL/EFL publisher has its own self-study grammar book series, but back in the eighties, in the early days of my own teaching career, there was no such thing — until a little book called 'English Grammar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at The English Blog
To coincide with International Women's Day 2016, Australian bank ANZ launched a social case study highlighting the gender pay gap in Australia by capturing the reactions of brothers and sisters doing the same chores but not receiving equal amount of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at The English Blog
This ad for French optician's Krys contains a lot of useful vocabulary for describing personality types, a slogan with a double meaning, and grammar point. Watch the video, and try the gap fill activity below. COMMENTS 1. Of course, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at The English Blog
We've all heard about the amazing perks some companies offer their staff. But how much do you really know about a company before you sign on the dotted line and turn up for your first day? Seek's new company reviews... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at The English Blog
Following on from yesterday's lesson about travel vocabulary, here another nice video from Simple English Videos. You can also watch another video that explains a couple of the verbs used in the song. LESSON IDEA 1. Use the video to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Chappatte in NZZ am Sonntag, Zürich relates to the UK's ongoing EU referendum campaign. The cartoon seems simple enough, but what does it actually mean? THE CARTOON A man and a woman (his wife, one assumes) are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at The English Blog