Month: January 2012

Medical Apps for iPad & iPhone (for Doctors)

NY Times – October 15 2011 Those Scan Results Are Just an App Away   EVEN in the vast world of apps, Dr. Patrick J. Gagnon has one with an unusual distinction: it had to be cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gagnon, a radiation oncologist, uses the app when […]

Baltasar Garzón: judge on trial

Baltasar Garzón: judge on trial The Guardian What is your understanding of the Garzón case? What do you think about Garzón? Do the Spanish media present him as a hero or a villain? Words & Phrases: Discuss the meaning of the following words: on trial, to allege, wire taps, to ban, to twist, polemic, wilful, […]

Frank Sinatra – That’s Life – some practical advice.

Frank Sinatra – That’s Life – some practical advice.    How do you say “that’s life” in French? Tell me one typical thing that everyone always says? Which team is riding high in the Spanish league now? Which famous manager was shot down in the media recently? It’s January, new year resolution, Im going to […]

Volkswagen : Cars, ads & technology

Volkswagen’s 800-Vehicle Car Towers in Germany Source:   The Autostadt is a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, pavilions for the Volkswagen Group’s major brands (VW owns Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti) and two incredible Car Towers.   Each tower […]

New Tech – voice and gesture controlled TV Samsung’s ‘future-proof’ voice-controlled television A “smart” internet-connected television that has the ability to have its hardware upgraded every year has been unveiled by Samsung. Source: Samsung was one of many companies that unveiled new connected TV facilities at CES Q: There is always a lot of unveiling at trade shows. What does unveil […]

How revolutionary were you in 2011? An Interactive Quiz

How revolutionary were you in 2011?   In this exercise we “find out” how revolutionary who were in 2011. For Upper Intermediate students:  Interactive quiz:  Whether it was the thousands in Tahrir Square demanding the removal of President Mubarak or the crowds rioting London’s streets, many of the key stories of 2011 had an undercurrent of […]

Task Based English – Using English in real situations

Task Based Learning is great fun…  AND  extremely useful for your English skills.   This is just an example: tasks change week to week.  30 minute conversation with coffee:  This is an opportunity for English learners to practice their English in a REAL situation using practical English. You can speak English in the classroom, but […]