Month: February 2012

Spain and the Blame Game

Spain and the Blame Game http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carles-boix/spain-economy-catalonia_b_1297516.html?     Do you have a deficit with the bank? Do you always comply to the rules or sometimes break them? Do you have any debt on your credit card? Could you help me to shift all my stuff to my new apartment this weekend? Who do you blame […]

The afterlife of implants: Medical terms for Doctors.

Melting down hips and knees: The afterlife of implants Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16877393   As people live longer and medical technology improves, more and more of us will have a surgical implant before we die. We are also getting cremated in larger numbers – and so there is often some expensive metal left among the ashes. Where […]

Labour Market Reforms – The language of strikes

BBC News – 19 February 2012 Huge Spain rallies against labour market reforms The main unions – CCOO and UGT – mobilised people across Spain   Vocab & Phrases mass protests reforms The trade unions the turnout severance pay flexibility the motto inefficient useless for jobs to lay off sector-wide collective bargaining arrangements job-seekers   […]

Skype Class – Cyber Attacks

Introduction: Skype classes are designed to help with listening comprehension and conversation skills. They will include different and diverse subjects for expansion of vocabulary.   Today’s subject is cyber attacks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/2012/02/120216_6min_english_cyberwar.shtml   Please prepare the vocabulary and listen to the news report… Some words need to be changed into the correct tense.   Exercises: hacker […]

(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding (Understanding Contractions)

Contractions in English: I can’t, I won’t , I wanna etc…   (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper lyrics as recorded by Otis Redding December 7, 1967, just three days before his death in a plane crash outside Madison, Wisconsin. #1 for 4 weeks in 1968 Exercise 1: […]

TED – The true face of Leonardo

  Ted.com   Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo You are going to view a presentation from Ted.com. Technology Entertainment Design. Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques […]

Les Bluecars – Ecological Electric City Cars

The Guardian.com New car-sharing scheme that could put Paris streets ahead Les Bluecars are clean, green, chic and cheap. But Parisian pedestrians need to watch – and listen – out Vocab & Phrases: Do you know these words? Discuss their meaning.   Put (something) streets ahead.. Chic Watch out ! Listen out  !   zipping […]

A Day Made of Glass 2 : Using technology vocab

A Day Made of Glass 2 Upper Intermediate + : conversation and comprehension class   Vocab building: general, technology & educational. Skills: using common / colloquial expressions & phrases Comprehension exercise: understanding company presentations Grammar: 3rd Conditional Discussion: speaking practice. Duration: 120 minutes Source: Corning/ YouTube   Structure: There are 7 parts to the class […]

Skype Class – US Film

Introduction: Skype classes are designed to help with listening comprehension and conversation skills. They will include different and diverse subjects for expansion of vocabulary. Today’s subject is US National Film   Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/2012/01/120119_6min_english_films.shtml   Please prepare the vocabulary and listen to the news report… Some words need to be changed into the correct tense.   […]