“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

22 May 2017

EXAM LISTENING


Choose a level, listen to the audio or watch the video and take a quiz. These lessons take just a minute to do and are designed for ESL students. For example, lesson 1027 Countries United.


Listening Quizzes (easy, medium, difficult). Why don't you have a go at this quiz? Job hunting (multiple choice).

Choose C1 level and practice, practice, practice. Try tackle War's Silver Lining, a gap fill lesson.

11 May 2017

WRITING REVIEWS


Steven Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema in style – with a gripping psychological thriller about big pharma and mental health that cruelly leaves you craving one last fix.
(Side EffectsThe Guardian review)

Side Effects is an old school psychological thriller (you never quite know who to trust...) directed by Steven Soderbergh. It stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum. It was released in the US on February 8th, 2013. An edge-of-your-seat thriller!!



How to write a review 1: Hints and useful language
How to write a review 3: positive and negative adjectives


C1 2016-17 required reading: 
Notes From a Big Country by Bill Bryson


10 May 2017

HOW TO AGE GRACEFULLY



 Conditional sentences practice

"Had any of these things happened differently, the end of Daisy’s afternoon would have been another one"


04 May 2017

27 April 2017

DOCTOR, DOCTOR, I'VE GOT TWO THEIK





Connected Speech radio programme (BBC Learning English)

Link it All Together (exercises)


In a dictionary, words are given in isolation. In natural speech, however, words are connected into sound groups:

18 April 2017

ALL YOU NEED IS ...

Cleft sentences: emphasis exercise
Cleft sentences: multiple choice exercise
Cleft sentences: rephrasing exercise
Cleft sentences: grammar quizzes
Cleft Sentences: The Karate Kid (movie segments exercise)


BBC English Masterclass: Giving emphasis using 'what'




BBC Masterclass: Giving emphasis

06 April 2017

I've been thinking about what to include in this pre-Easter holidays post for a while but I couldn't make up my mind. In the end, I thought that some exam tips would do. Enjoy!


Now, on a more serious note:

Reading (comprehension exercises)


22 March 2017

THE BIG ROBOT QUESTIONS

Artificial intelligence: helpful and dangerous (podcast).

Robots (listening + quiz).

Do you fear artificial intelligence? (BBC Learning English video).

The ethical dilemma of robotics (BBC Learning English reading)


Artificial Intelligence and the future | André LeBlanc | TEDxMoncton:




Sci-Fiction?


Humans (2015-) UK/US is a science fiction television series based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans (Äkta människor)The series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called "synths".





And when/if things get out of hand, you'll need a:



"A blade runner's job is to hunt down replicants, manufactured humans you can't tell from the real thing".