New Businesses in New York (Business Vocab and Conversation)

Viewpoint: Why New York City is best for small businesses   Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18020624   Words & Phrases: to draw ( 3 meanings) vitality a blueprint to access to assess pro-bono to enrol the red tape obstacle to fill out (paperwork) to streamline to oversee to thrive     A recent study commissioned by Citigroup, and […]

Google Art Project

Source: The Guardian National Gallery joins Google Art Project’s virtual culture tours Ten British galleries join likes of Palace of Versailles and the White House as online museum grows to 30,000 objects Google’s Nelson Mattos unveils the latest Art Project updates in Paris     1. What’s the difference between wander and wonder? 2. What are […]

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 […]

TED – Erik Johansson: Impossible Photography

Ted.com Erik Johansson: Impossible photography Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.   1. Questions: What do you think of Erik’s photography? Do you […]

TED – Looking inside your brain.

Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain You are going to view a presentation from Ted.com.   Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use to show brain activity — thoughts, emotions, pain — while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.     1. Questions: Just […]

Medical Apps for iPad & iPhone (for Doctors)

NY Times – October 15 2011 Those Scan Results Are Just an App Away http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/business/medical-apps-to-assist-with-diagnoses-cleared-by-fda.html?_r=3   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, […]

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 […]

Odysseus’ Gambit (Using chess terms in everyday English)

Odysseus’ Gambit on Vimeo – Using chess terms in everyday English Note: The Bob Dylan song is optional depending on the class and time. Intro Questions: Do you play chess? Do you know the rules? The names of the chess pieces? What is a gambit?   In this video the character tells us about his life. […]