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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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Photos are a great way for promoting discussion in the ESL classroom, and here's a selection I put together for my EM Normandie students. The original idea was to use the photos to practise Part One of the TOEIC Listening... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
This is the official video for the Artists For Grenfell's charity single "Bridge Over Troubled Water". You can find a full list of all the artists involved here. Related articles Simon Cowell to release Grenfell Tower charity single on Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
Thanks for your comment. It does seem like a useful tool - and it can only get better, one imagines.
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DESCRIPTION Write & Improve is a free service from Cambridge English for learners to practise their written English. Submit your written work and receive feedback in seconds, covering spelling, vocabulary, grammar and general style. There are a number of free... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
Here's a promo video for my new Learn English Online site. DESCRIPTION Learn English Online (http://www.learnenglishonline.net) is a directory of the best resources available on the internet for learning English as a second or foreign language. You will find over... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
Here's the third lesson of my Everyday English for ESL course. You can download the PDF file for this lesson here, and view the course description below. COURSE DESCRIPTION Do you already have a basic knowledge of English, but want... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times relates to the the tragic fire disaster in a London tower block, and illustrates a common English idiom: to play with fire. COMMENTARY The cartoon shows a number of tower blocks (or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a great video from Simple English Videos that I'm adding to my Learn English Online website in the How To Learn English category. You can find the resources mentioned in the video, including free Readers and Audiobooks, here. Related... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The English Blog
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When I began teaching English at the end of the 1970s, the internet as we know it today did not exist. English teaching and learning materials were almost exclusively physical, i.e., books and audiocassettes, though of course we did have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The English Blog
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Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm a big fan of editorial cartoons and often use them as a starting point for discussion and/or to illustrate language points in my classes. Anyway, the big news story in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The English Blog
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Newspaper headlines often feature puns, wordplay, and idioms and provide an excellent source of material for language discussion. The shock outcome of the UK general election has had the headline writers working overtime and the results can be seen in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's the second lesson of my Everyday English for ESL course. You can download the PDF file for this lesson here, and view the course description below. COURSE DESCRIPTION Do you already have a basic knowledge of English, but want... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a good video from the Financial Times that explains the UK General Election, scheduled to take place on June 8th. Related articles Theresa May has promised to boost the rights of workers more than 'any Conservative government in history'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at The English Blog
Here's a new promo video for SmartEnglish by EM Normandie, our school's 100% free app for learning English. Download it today! Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at The English Blog
I hope it goes well!
Toggle Commented May 29, 2017 on Ad of the Day: Renault Tyres at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent relates to Donald Trump's first foreign trip as U.S. president. THE CARTOON In the left-hand panel we see Trump on a plane (Air Force 1, one supposes). A secret service agent whispers... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at The English Blog
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A few weeks ago I started a project called "100 Ways to Improve Your English" and posted the first six ways on this blog. Well, I didn't quite make it to a hundred, and the original idea changed somewhat. The... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at The English Blog
I always like to show my EM Normandie students how the British press reacts to major events in France. It's guaranteed to get a good discussion going. So, here's a selection of editorial cartoons I put together relating to the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at The English Blog
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Expanding your vocabulary is one of the most effective, and easiest, ways to improve your English. The following resources will enable you to do just that. RESOURCES 3,000 Core Vocabulary Words — Merriam-Webster's list of English words that are most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at The English Blog
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As part of the BBC World Service, BBC Learning English has been teaching English to global audiences since 1943, offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world. The BBC Learning English website, which was launched in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at The English Blog
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For more advanced learners, listening to online radio stations can be a really effective way to develop your English listening skills by getting used to the speed, intonation and varied accents of native English speakers. What's more, it's something you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at The English Blog
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Language exchange websites are places online where people who want to learn a new language can go to meet native speakers of their target languages. For example, imagine that you are a French speaker who wants to practise your English.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The English Blog
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If you’re not familiar with podcasts, here’s a definition : "a podcast is a digital audio recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer". I spend a lot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The English Blog
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I've started putting together a guide for learners of English called '100 Ways to Improve Your English'. I'll post each 'way' to the blog as I finish it, but any feedback or suggestions would be welcome! The first article is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The English Blog
I'm pleased to announce that my new 'Everyday English for ESL' course is now available on the Udemy e-learning platform. You can get a good idea of what's in the course by watching the video and reading the course description... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The English Blog