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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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This lovely short film for H&M directed by Wes Anderson has got to be my favourite Christmas ad so far this year. See below for ideas on using it in class and some background articles. LESSON IDEAS 1. Stop the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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The death of Fidel Castro makes a good topic for class discussion. Was he a brutal dictator, which is how Donald Trump described him, or a revolutionary hero? It's also an opportunity to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
Here's an ad for the new MacBook Pro that would be great to use in class. DESCRIPTION An ambitious new ad bridges humans' discovery of fire with space travel and smartphones using a classic symbol for the power of imagination—the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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It's Thanksgiving Day in the USA tomorrow, and US book publisher Scholastic has a wonderful guide to Thanksgiving which includes videos, slideshows, timelines, a virtual field trip and an excellent set of teacher resources. ALSO SEE • Thanksgiving Day Crossword... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at The English Blog
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, and here's a great video from History.com that I'm going to use with my EM Normandie students. You can find a series of True/False questions, a transcript, and an English-French glossary in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at The English Blog
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Thanksgiving Day always falls on the the fourth Thursday in November in the USA, which is three days from now. I've done crosswords for most holidays and festivals at some time or other, but never got round to doing one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at The English Blog
The Christmas ads are coming thick and fast now. This one is for the Sainsbury's supermarket chain. It tells the story of Dave, a hard-working and devoted Dad, who realises that the greatest gift he can give people this Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at The English Blog
Last week UK department store John Lewis released its eagerly anticipated Christmas ad, which, to be honest, was a bit of a letdown in comparison with previous years (notably 2014's classic Penguin ad). This one for Milka chocolate is much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times relates to yesterday's visit to the White House by president-elect Donald Trump for a meeting with President Obama. COMMENTARY Obama and Trump are in the Oval Office. Trump has a portrait of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at The English Blog
I've already posted some resources about Movember in previous years (see here), but only recently came across this great interview with a Movember spokesperson. For a lesson on Movember with my EM Normandie students, I produced a version of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a slide presentation I put together for a class with my EM Normandie students featuring editorial cartoons relating to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA. You can download the original PowerPoint presentation here.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at The English Blog
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Yesterday saw the election of a new president of the United States. So, to mark the occasion, I've done a special souvenir Trump crossword. You can either do the interactive online version or download the PDF. Happy Puzzling! Related articles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The English Blog
After a bitterly divisive campaign, a surprisingly gracious, if rather rambling, victory speech from President Elect Trump. If he does half of what he promises, he'll go down as one of the great US presidents. But don't hold you breath... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The English Blog
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It's not official yet but there can no longer be any doubt that Donald Trump will be the next president of the USA. It will come as a major surprise/disappointment/shock for many, but after the UK's Brexit vote, we should... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a great video from The Guardian explaining how the US electoral college work. Click here to see the rest of The Guardian's US election coverage. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Chappatte from the New York Times sums up many people's feelings about the 2016 US Presidential Election. You can see all Chappatte previous cartoons about this election (and the last one in 2012) here. COMMENTARY The results... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The English Blog
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The BBC News website has one of the best guides to the US Election including a game and a glossary. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The English Blog
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With the US election just one day away, here are a couple of somewhat similar cartoons that sum up what has been an extraordinarily dirty campaign, even by American standards. The first is by UK cartoonist Brian Adcock from The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at The English Blog
Remember, remember the 5th of November: Guy Fawkes is one of Britain’s most infamous figures. Who’s the man behind the mask made famous by V For Vendetta and the protest group Anonymous? Siobhan Thompson explains. ALSO SEE • Bonfire Night... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at The English Blog
It's still only November 1st but the Christmas ads have already started to appear. This one is for Temptations cat treats. You can find some interesting information about how they made the ad on Adweek. And see below for some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The English Blog
The Halloween we know today—a holiday in which fun-seekers don costumes, knock on strangers’ doors for candy and embrace all things spooky—was born out of ancient traditions meant to appease the dead. Historians say Halloween, celebrated every year on Oct.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at The English Blog
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Editorial cartoons often combine two current topics, but this one by Patrick Corrigan of the Toronto Star manages to use three: Donald Trump, Halloween, and the scary clown craze. COMMENTARY The cartoon is set in a costume rental (you could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at The English Blog
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Here's a Halloween Quiz I created for my EM Normandie students. If you use it with your class, why not get some sweets as a prize for the winning team? Related articles Cartoon: Hot Halloween Cartoon: Halloween Apple Pay The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a topical slideshow from the National Retail Federation that would be great for using in class. Top 2016 Halloween Trends from National Retail Federation LESSON IDEA Print out hard copies of the four most interesting slides (in colour if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a Halloween ad for Kit Kat that could be used in class. You can find an analysis of the ad on Adweek. LESSON IDEAS 1. See if you students can find any references to classic horror movies. 2. Put... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at The English Blog