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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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Can you tell the difference between a Cockney and a Glaswegian accent? Take this test to see if you can identify popular British accents and slang. The Accent Map by Expedia.co.uk COMMENT Even though I'm British, I was still quite... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The English Blog
Can you guess which 2 creatures of the zodiac are the most important symbols of Chinese New Year? Get the full history of the holiday by watching this video. TRANSCRIPT Every winter, a sixth of the world's population, including more... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND North Korea has successfully launched a satellite into space, its state-run TV said, an action immediately condemned by the United States as "destabilizing and provocative." Though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and "peaceful purposes" -- adding... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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Today (8th February) marks the start of the Chinese New Year, so to celebrate the occasion here's a crossword I made using words associated with China. Click here to do the crossword online, or here to download a PDF version.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The prospect of a UK interest rate rise has receded further after the Bank of England cut its forecasts for growth, wages and inflation. However, the governor, Mark Carney, warned borrowers against getting too comfortable with rock-bottom rates. Read... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
Never mind the ongoing terrorist threat, the disastrous unemployment rate, or the escalating European migrant crisis, the big talking point in France at the moment is ... spelling reform. OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but not that much. This is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
The Shakespeare Speaks series is a co-production between BBC Learning English and The Open University. Shakespeare Speaks is a 20-part series about the life, times and language of William Shakspeare. It is available as an animated and radio series and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
PayPal, the future is now. That's the theme of the e-commerce company's Super Bowl commercial, which is set to air during the first quarter of Sunday's CBS telecast. The 45-second spot marks the brand's first big-game appearance. Read more >>... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND David Cameron stood accused of delusion and selling the country short last night after he hailed his deal to keep Britain in the EU. The Prime Minister claimed he had secured 'substantial change' to the UK's relationship with Brussels... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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ESOL Nexus is a British Council site with videos, listening activities, texts and grammar exercises for ESOL learners at every level. COMMENTS You may be confused by all these acronyms relating to English teaching, so here's a brief overview. ESOL... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Here's a short video about a dying breed: the milkman. LESSON IDEAS This is a nice little video which could be used in different ways. With lower-level learners you could remove the captions and use it as a listening comprehension... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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The slogan for this ad for Renault tyres illustrates a less common use of the word 'but'. 'But' can be used especially after words such as ‘nothing’, ‘everyone’, or ‘anything’ to mean ‘except’. • She does nothing but grumble all... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
If you've been following the nomination campaigns for the US Presidential Election, you'll probably know that after a lot of televised debates things get really serious today with actual voters placing actual votes in the Iowa caucuses. But do you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND President Dilma Rousseff has called on the whole of Brazilian society to help combat the spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. Ms Rousseff said national mobilisation was needed to eliminate the mosquitoes that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The English Blog
I reviewed the excellent Newsela website last April (see here), and they've just released a free app for iOS. This is great news for learners of English, who can now use the service to improve their reading skills by reading... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND David Cameron has been condemned over his response to the refugee crisis in Europe after describing people in a camp in Calais as a "bunch of migrants". The Refugee Council said Mr Cameron's comments were "disappointing" and called on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The English Blog
Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, but if you won, what's the first thing you'd do? That's the subject of this great ad from the Irish National Lottery. LESSON IDEAS I've used this ad a few times in class with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at The English Blog
If you're familiar with the movies of Jason Statham (notably the 'Transporter' series), you know what a Cockney accent sounds like. So why not watch this video to learn about the various features of the Cockney accent, and even take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The English Blog
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Here's a quiz I created for my EM Normandie students on the topic of 'Health and Illness' with FlipQuiz. FlipQuiz is a free online tool that provides educators with a quick way to create gameshow-style boards for the classroom using... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The English Blog
Read the introductory 'blurb', watch the ad, and see what you think. Then read my comments below. INTRODUCTION The first ever start-up whose employees will go to all your meetings in your place, in all 43 destinations nationwide where Widerøe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND A woman in Worcester claims she bought the unclaimed £33million Lotto ticket everyone is searching for – but put it in the washing machine. You can see the winning numbers, but the date and barcode have been scrubbed off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The English Blog
This 60-second video illustrates how a modern car (in this case a Vauxhall) is manufactured in just 8 hours using an efficient and largely automated production line. COMMENT This video would be ideal for teachers who want to illustrate the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a Quizlet flashcard set on the topic of Transport and Logistics I created for my EM Normandie students. There are 100 items in all with the French translation. Click on 'Choose a Study Mode' (bottom right) to change the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The north-eastern United States was hit by a massive blizzard on Sunday, bringing Washington DC and New York among all major cities in the region to a standstill and killing at least 19 people. An estimated 85 million people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The English Blog
Today is the birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet. Rabbie Burns, as the Scottish people call him, was born on January 25th, 1759, and every year on Burns' Night, Scottish people all over the world celebrate his birthday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The English Blog