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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, taking photos, blogging
Recent Activity
How important are the forthcoming presidential debates? Todd Graham, director of debate at Southern Illinois University, says they could just decide the election. Graham breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of both candidates, and what they need to do... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
Here's a short video I made to present our school's free app: SmartEnglish by EM Normandie. TRANSCRIPT If you'd like to improve your listening and speaking skills in English, be sure to download our free app: Smart English by EM... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
Here's a quiz I created using Learnclick for my EM Normandie students. It's based on this VOA News article about the launch of the iPhone 7. Related articles From the Archive #8: Business Words App (2011) From the Archive #10:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at The English Blog
Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm a big fan of crossword puzzles. So, following on from my previous crossword books, I'm pleased to announce the publication of a new one: 60 Easy Crossword Puzzles for ESL, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at The English Blog
It's never been so easy to learn a language online, and sites like Duolingo and Babbel have become very popular with literally millions of learners. However, you need a lot of motivation to teach yourself a language, and the activities... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at The English Blog
I always look forward to Apple Events, not because I'm interested in buying the latest Apple gadgets, but because they are invariably a great source of lesson material for my business English students. Wednesday's event was no exception and here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The English Blog
With over 16,000 free worksheets and nearly 2,000 articles, BusyTeacher has become one of the top online resource sites for ELT teachers. I've always thought their e-books were attractive, full of practical ideas, and good value at $10 each. However,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at The English Blog
Great news for the start of the school year: our free app "SmartEnglish by EM Normandie" has just added a new course entitled Get Around Town in English. Over 24 lessons, you will learn how to deal with everyday situations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at The English Blog
After an extended break for the holidays, I've now started posting a daily crossword puzzle again on my Crossword English website. Today's crossword is based on a recent BBC News article about a giant lobster found by a diver off... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at The English Blog
For teachers, it's that time of year again when the holidays are almost over and thoughts inevitably (if somewhat reluctantly!) turn back to teaching. Students too will be joining new classes, or even new schools. Many teachers will already have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at The English Blog
The summer period is sometimes referred to as the 'silly season' in the press, when there's not a lot of news and the newspapers are full of less serious stories. You might be forgiven for thinking that the ban on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a new crossword to mark the opening of the Summer Olympics in Rio tomorrow. Click here to download a PDF version or here to do online. Happy puzzling! Related articles Team USA has more medals in the Summer Olympics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at The English Blog
If, like me, you spend most of your day sitting in front of a computer screen, you should be interested in new research which suggests that the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle can be offset by doing one hour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The English Blog
July and August are a pretty quiet time for blogging, but although I haven't posted many articles recently, I have been working on some new projects, including a new book of crosswords. However, this crossword is more of an experiment,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at The English Blog
Thanks Michael (not THE Michael Howard, surely?) Good comments!
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Today's cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times shows the scene at new UK PM Theresa May's first cabinet meeting. COMMENTARY The cartoonist plays on the double meaning of the word 'affairs'. Boris Johnson's official title is 'Secretary of State... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at The English Blog
This weekend saw the start of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France, the world's greatest bike race. To mark the occasion, here's a special Tour de France crossword that will test your knowledge of cycling vocabulary. Related articles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at The English Blog
There have been many reactions to Britain's vote to the the EU (aka Brexit), but this bitterly ironic poem by English poet Luke Wright expresses what many 'Remain' voters are feeling. He reads it brilliantly too. WORDS It’s Great to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at The English Blog
Today's cartoon by Chappatte illustrates the phenomenon of so-called 'buyer's remorse' in relation to Brexit. Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at The English Blog
The world's editorial cartoonists have wasted no time reacting to Britain's referendum vote to leave the EU, aka Brexit. This one by Dave Granlund shows UK PM David Cameron being forced to walk the plank. THE CARTOON The cartoon employs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at The English Blog
To be more accurate, England and Wales voted to leave the EU. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. Now the fun begins ... Chappatte's cartoon sums things up perfectly. COMMENT I went to bed confident of a victory for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at The English Blog
And so, after a long, ugly, and bitterly divisive campaign, we finally come to EU referendum day. Which way will Britain vote? We should find out in the early hours of Friday morning but I'm cautiously optimistic that 'Remain' will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at The English Blog
COMMENT Having lived outside the UK for more than 15 years, I'm not entitled to vote in the EU referendum. However, I'm still a Brit at heart and have kept my British nationality. Viewed from across the Channel, the ugly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at The English Blog
On the eve of the UK's EU referendum, Chappatte's latest cartoon highlights one of the possible consequences of a Brexit. CARTOON The cartoon shows a man lowering a barrier with the words 'Keep Out' on it (a clear metaphor for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at The English Blog
On 23rd June Britain will decide by a referendum whether it will remain in the European Union or if it will leave – the so-called Brexit option. The opinion polls show the race is a close one as the national... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at The English Blog