Jaw transplant made by 3D printer (for doctors)

  BBC Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16907104 An 83-year-old woman is fitted with a jaw made by a 3D printer in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind. A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman’s face in what doctors say is […]

Skype Class – Work emails

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 Work Emails in the workplace.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/2012/01/120111_6min_english_work_email.shtml Please prepare the vocabulary and listen to the news report… Some words need to be changed into the correct […]

Texting

Texting In how many ways can you / do you send messages? How often do you text? How much money do you spend each month texting? How much time per day? With whom do you text generally? What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it? Did you ever laugh out loud […]

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 […]

Time & time idioms

Time Intro: What time is it? How many devices do you have that tell the time? What do you think the term  o’clock means? (As has been noted, “o’clock” is short for “of the clock”) The Sutton Clock Shop Source: Inside of New York City’s Sutton Clock Shop The Sutton Clock Shop on New York’s Upper […]

Volkswagen : Cars, ads & technology

Volkswagen’s 800-Vehicle Car Towers in Germany Source: http://twistedsifter.com/2012/01/volkswagen-car-towers-in-germany/   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

BBC.com 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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16480712 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 […]

The English we speak: “Cheesy”

The English We Speak: “Cheesy” Intro: Cheesy has a few different meanings in English and is a great word to add to your vocabulary.   1. Let’s listen to the BBC’s take on it, before you start what do the following words mean?   Vocab: crackers flavour a festive mood cheerful pantomime snobbish blushing   […]

Can you understand Siri?

Can you understand Siri ? Listening Comprehension and discussion.   1. In this task I would like you to write down what Siri says!!   http://www.apple.com/iphone/videos/#tv-ads-santa Santa: How do I get to Charlie Grants house?   Siri:   Santa: Is it cold in Santa Fe?, Rolli? Cleveland tonight?   Siri:   Santa: Find that email […]