Friday, 22 July 2011

CBC TV - Take 30 (Program) - McLuhan predicts 'world connectivity' 1965

Listen to Professor McLuhan talking about future world connectivity. While you are watching, do the listening comprehension test below. In order to visualize the test, you'll need to have Java and Malted Web 2.0 installed in your computer.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Gino's Trattoria

For you to practise various tenses, revise the use of Present Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous, here you are this yummy lesson where you'll also learn what to say at a restaurant at the same time as you learn vocabulary about cooking.
This lesson requires JAVA and the Malted Plugin.

The importance of consonants

If you want to prevent misunderstandings such as the one taking place in this embarrassing situation, remember: it is important to pronounce your consonants properly and make a difference between these two sounds.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Hugh Laurie: British accent vs American accent

Watch Dr. House playing this brilliant game onTV and learn some differences as regards British and American English.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Monday, 18 July 2011

Narrative tenses: used to and would

Plain English Campaign. Online Grammar Quiz

Click on the image below and do the quiz to check if you know word categories in plain English.

Have fun!

An interview with Stephenie Meyer

Listen to this interview from Time magazine with the well known author of the Twilight Series.


While you are listening, answer the questions from this comprehension test. Then, check your score and if you need further help, read the transcript of the interview.

An interview with Catherine Sanderson

You are going to hear part of an interview with Catherine Sanderson, the author of a book titled 'Petite Anglaise'. From Penguin podcasts.

Listen and choose the best option for each of the following questions.When you are done, you can check your score using this answer key sheet.

CNN news update

Listen to the news update from CNN below.


While you are listening, do this listening comprehension test. Finally, check your score using this answer key sheet.

Eat the passive burger

Oscar's big winner: The King's Speech

 Watch this video where Oscar's big winner is saying thank you for his award and think of the message he is implying when talking.

What's the message? You can say your thoughts out loud just leaving a comment here, if you feel like it.

First Born Advantage

Watch Dr. Kevin Leman talking about his book The first-born advantage. Recommended for Second Year Advanced ESL Students.


 While you are watching it, try and answer this set of comprehension questions. You can check your score later using this answer key sheet.
If you are interested in the topic, you can also read this text and o this questionnaire. Leave your comments about both here, if you feel like it.

Media blackout

Listen to this podcast from BBC Learning English.

Dan and Alice talk about an experiment at Bournemouth University in England to see how students react if they don't use any media for 24 hours. The people who volunteered were asked to unplug their media devices, such as laptops, phones and TVs for a full day.


While you are listening, try and answer these comprehension questions.
Then, check your score using this answer key sheet. Finally, you can read the transcript for further help.

Treating the root cause naturally

Wtach this video from iHealthTube. You need to be an Advanced ESL learner to try and understand the interview.

Dr. Hyla Cass explains what natural treatments she uses to treat depression and insomnia, before turning to prescription medications.

Health Videos - Treating the Root Cause Naturally

While you are watching, here you are some comprehension questions for you to work. After answering them, you can check your score with this answer key.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Tips On Dieting

First of all, get your worksheet and think of the introductory questions it proposes. You can leave your comments about them here if you feel like it.
Then, click on the link below and watch the video that gives various tips on dieting as part of a general nutrition series of video clips. 

While you are watching, do the comprehension tasks you'll find in the worksheet. No cheating, OK? First try, and then check.
If in trouble, you can also read the summary below, extracted from Videojug, that will help you with your understanding.

Quick Tips On Dieting : Quick tips on dieting. Ever dreamt of looking like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie- well here's your chance. Videojug provides quick and easy tips to get that dream figure.Quick tips on dieting. Ever dreamt of looking like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie- well here's your chance. Videojug provides quick and easy tips to get that dream figure.
  1. Step 1: Don't go on a diet change your diet

  2. all you have to do is eat less, eat better and do more.
  3. Step 2: Change the way you shop

  4. Instead of buying a lot of ready made meals, try fresh ingredients and cook yourself, it's fun
  5. Step 3: Eat smaller portions

    The important thing is to have moderate portions of food, say about the size of the palm of your hand
  6. Step 4: Try something new

    biscuits and chocolate are out, but seeds and nuts are in, once you get used to it it's brilliant, no more guilty feelings.
  7. Step 5: Get help and support

    The BBC website has a really sensible section on losing weight, I've learned a lot and it helps give me the confidence to know I can actually change my relationship with food, that means my life is changing too
  8. Fruit and veg is the best thing to eat, they say you should eat five portions of a day
  9. Step 6: Get moving

    You don't have to go to a gym, you can exercise anywhere, walk rather than drive, walk rather than taking the bus
  10. Step 7: Don't skip meals

    It's important to eat regular meals, especially breakfast, because if you don't your energy levels will drop and you will be tempted to eat the wrong things at the wrong time.
  11. Step 8: Drink plenty of water

    Drink plenty of water, at least 6 glasses a day. Sometimes when you think that you are hungry, you might really be just thirsty. Keeping body's water levels up stops you from craving food when you are not really hungry.
  12. Step 9: Cut down on alcohol

    Booze is fun but it contains lots of calories which the body store as fat, so, limit your drinking.
  13. Step 10: Breaking your diet is normal

    You are allowed to indulge yourself once in a while eat healthily most of the time.
  14. Step 11: Reward yourself

Are you an innocent drinker?

Innocent drinks, the smoothies that make workers and drinkers happy forever. Join them, find about their work policy and see why the grass is always greener working innocently.

While you are listening, try this set of comprehension questions and check how much you understand.
Finally, check your score with this answer key printable sheet.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Two: Rodrick Rules. Trivia Quiz

See how much you know about the second book in the series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Just click on the link below and play the trivia quiz that will open. You'll find ten online questions that you will challenge you to show that you are a real expert when it comes to Greg.

Tips on writing an article

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Shall we talk about travelling?

Now that you are surely enjoying your summer break, why not talk about your ideal place to spend your vacation?
Here you are a couple of tips to think about what to say when asked what your ideal holiday might be like.
Click on the photo folio below and if you feel like saying something in English about it, just leave your comments!

Social Spotify

For you to learn English and practise your listening skills while listening to some great hits, I've compiled a playlist on Spotify; it is called For ESL Lessons and you can open the list on Spotify whenever you like by clicking on the link below, or use the Social Spotify widget that I have placed at the bottom of this blog.