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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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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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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This cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent relates to the Panama Papers scandal, which has exposed the use of offshore tax havens by public figures, business people and celebrities. THE CARTOON The cartoon shows (from left to right) a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at The English Blog
'Travel', 'Trip' and 'Journey' are three words my students often muddle up, which is not surprising since many languages have just one word to cover the concepts ('voyage' in French, for example). So why do we have to have three... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at The English Blog
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Many of today's editorial cartoons focus on the so-called 'Panama Papers' leak (see previous post). This one is by Adams from The Telegraph. BACKGROUND 1 A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at The English Blog
The story dominating the international news headlines today is the 'Panama Papers' leak. This video from euronews provides a good overview of a story that looks set to run and run ... TRANSCRIPT Over 11 million leaked documents from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at The English Blog
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Last week I posted a review of VOA's great new video course for beginners: Let's Learn English. There are plenty of other excellent resources on the VOA Learning English website for learners at all levels, but one particularly useful one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at The English Blog
I won't even try to fool you with this April Fool, but I've seen a lot worse ... Watch the video and try the quiz below. TRANSCRIPT You love your pet ... but accidents do happen. That's why SunLife pet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The English Blog
Forget about the crisis in the UK steel industry, this is the story that everyone is talking about today. TRANSCRIPT Drinks brand Pimm's have this morning announced a landmark deal to display their logo on Big Ben. Yeah well, there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The English Blog
The first of April is April Fools' Day, a day to try and fool your friends with jokes and a day to have some lighthearted fun. In this video, we learn about April Fools' day in the UK. Click here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Mac in the Daily Mail was inspired by the story of the British man whose 'selfie' with EgyptAir hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa has been widely shared around the world. BACKGROUND A British man who was pictured with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at The English Blog