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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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One of the most difficult aspects for learners of English 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 5 hours ago 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 6 days ago 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
Here's a slideshow featuring a selection of British and American newspaper front pages about Donald Trump's inauguration. Trump Inauguration Front Pages from Jeffrey HillRelated articles Country singer chosen to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration 'The Work Begins' - Donald Trump's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at The English Blog
President Donald Trump gave his first speech after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump told the gathered crowd that ‘protection will lead to great prosperity’ and that America would be protected by God before... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at The English Blog
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Here's a great infographic from MailOnline about Donald Trump's inauguration. Click on the image to enlarge. ALSO SEE • When is Donald Trump's inauguration and what time does it begin? Everything you need to know (The Telegraph) • Donald Trump's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at The English Blog
Today is Inauguration Day in the USA. Here's a collection of cartoons I put together for my EM Normandie students relating to Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. The cartoons provide plenty of material for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at The English Blog
Did you know? Trump is a word that means several things in #English. This is one way to use it in a sentence.#learn pic.twitter.com/RIpFkBWHnd— BBC Learning English (@bbcle) January 19, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at The English Blog
Tomorrow is Inauguration Day in the USA, when Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. This video from USA Today looks at the history and traditions behind Inauguration Day. See below for a LearnClick quiz. LESSON IDEAS... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at The English Blog
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I showed this cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times to a group of adult students this morning. Of course, they knew it was a cartoon about Brexit, but not one of them was able to identify the main reference.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at The English Blog
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Following yesterday's Brexit speech by Theresa May, here's today's Matt cartoon from The Telegraph. THE CARTOON A workman, standing on a ladder, is bricking up the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. He tells a bystander, "Mrs May's Brexit is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at The English Blog
This cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent relates to today's speech by UK Prime Minister Theresa May in which she laid out her vision for Brexit. Mrs May said that her government’s priorities for crunch negotiations with the other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a video I used with my EM Normandie students as part of a lesson about entrepreneurs. You'll find a LearnClick gap-fill quiz below (but wait until you've watched the video before looking at the quiz, otherwise it's too easy!)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at The English Blog
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This is the video for Lesson One of the "Essential Business English" course, available on our school's free app "SmartEnglish by EM Normandie" Over 10 lessons, you will learn useful phrases and vocabulary for everyday business situations in English such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at The English Blog
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Here's an amusing cartoon from Itchy Feet, the travel and language comic by Malachi Ray Rempen that nicely illustrates different nationalities attitudes towards punctuality. Can you identify the various countries shown (the flags should help!)? You'll find the answer below.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at The English Blog
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The New Year provides cartoonists with an opportunity to look back at the past year and forward to the next one. In many such cartoons (see the New Year 2017 collection on Cagle.com and this one by Chris Riddell in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at The English Blog
Thanks Gustavo, it's nice of you to say so!
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