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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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Here's a cartoon I used with my class as part of a lesson on Cyber Monday. It's by Steve Nease and is part of a collection of Holiday Shopping cartoons on The Cagle Post. You can find more cartoons by... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The English Blog
Here's a humorous Christmas-themed ad from UPS that nicely illustrates the difference between wrapping and packing. TRANSCRIPT You deal with the wrapping. Let the UPS Store deal with getting it there. Come in today and ask our certified packing experts... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
Good news for more advanced English learners - today BBC Learning English is launching its brand new Upper Intermediate Course! COMMENT This new Upper Intermediate course follows the same format as the earlier Lower Intermediate and Intermediate course. That is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
BACKGROUND The crucial COP 21 global summit on climate change started today in Paris with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the city's terror attacks. Shortly afterward, French President Francois Hollande acknowledged the magnitude of both events.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
BACKGROUND In just a few days time, the COP21 climate conference will take place, in Paris, the biggest such event since COP15 in Copenhagen six years ago. The event offers the world a desperately needed opportunity to reduce its carbon... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
DESCRIPTION GeoGuessr is an addictive online game in which students have to guess the location of random Google Street View images from around the world. When they're ready to guess, students drop a pin on a map next to each... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, so to mark the occasion here's a cartoon by Dave Granlund from The Cagle Post. COMMENTARY The cartoon shows a family about to eat their Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, what else?). Many Christian families... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
Here's a quiz I created using FlipQuiz, a free online tool that provides educators with a quick way to create gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom using an interactive whiteboard or videoprojector. Click here to see a live... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Do you ever feel you're stuck when learning a language, despite all the hours and hard work you put in? Find out from Britain's most multilingual student, Alex Rawlings, how you can get better at languages. COMMENT If you found... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at The English Blog
THE CARTOON This cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows French President François Hollande studying a map of the Middle East with his military advisors. In response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the French government... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at The English Blog
The Job Interview is a topic I do with nearly all my EM Normandie students at some time or other, and I'm always on the lookout for videos which show job interview situations. Up until now, this is the best... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at The English Blog
Too much sugar is bad for you, everyone knows that. In fact, sugar’s reputation is such that more than half the people in Britain are now in favour of a tax on sugary food and drink. But, argues Guardian data... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at The English Blog
BACKGROUND Undercover wardens will be given night vision goggles to sniff out dog fouling culprits who leave their pet's mess 'under the cover of darkness' in the winter months. Stafford Borough Council will equip wardens with the high-tech £200 devices... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at The English Blog
This Mr Bean sketch (like many others) can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom (see below for some other lesson plans), but I decided to use it to practice the past simple tense. My EM Normandie... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at The English Blog
As one might expect, the newpapers' editorial cartoons are dominated by the Paris terrorist attacks. This one is by Chappatte from NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich. COMMENTARY The cartoon shows an exploding Eiffel Tower. Of course, the Eiffel Tower was not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at The English Blog
Click in the box below the video to do a textivate 'Separate the words' activity. Click here for lots more activities based on the video transcript. By the way, that should be 'outside our solar system' and not 'in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at The English Blog
BACKGROUND The Bank of England has warned that up to 15m jobs in Britain are at risk of being lost to an age of robots where increasingly sophisticated machines do work that was previously the preserve of humans. Andy Haldane,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at The English Blog
Click in the window below the video to access a textivate ordering activity based on the transcript. Click below to access the activity. (Opens in a new window on touch devices.) Your browser does not support iframes... Click here to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at The English Blog
BACKGROUND Tata Steel has announced that it will cut around 1,200 jobs in the U.K., mainly at its plants in Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire and Lanarkshire in Scotland. The company blamed inexpensive Chinese imports for the falling prices of steel.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at The English Blog
To make this video a bit more interactive, I've created a textivate activity below. You can change the number of gaps by clicking on the '20 gaps' button and create new gaps by clicking on 'Restart'. And click here to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at The English Blog
BACKGROUND Hundreds of British tourists stranded in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh waited anxiously Friday for flights home as budget carrier easyJet said the Egyptian government had disrupted some of its flights out of Sinai, the site of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at The English Blog
COMMENTARY This cartoon by Adams from The Daily Telegraph consists of two panels. On the left, we can see a bare-chested Russian President Vladimir Putin saying, "Ha! Now the West is looking up to Russia in the Middle East". We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at The English Blog
The beginning of November is the time when the big UK retailers traditionally launch their highly-anticipated Christmas ads. The upmarket UK department store John Lewis's Christmas ads have become world famous (see last year's here), so there was great excitement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at The English Blog
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It's November 5th and the night is full of fire and explosions, but don't worry. This is the annual British event called 'Bonfire Night' (aka 'Guy Fawkes Day'). So what's the story behind the pyrotechnics? Well, we have to go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at The English Blog