A2 · B1 · Listening

6 signs that show you’re turning into your mum

Six signs that confirm your suspicion that you and your mum have much more in common than you thought. 😉

B1 · Listening

I would like to have an argument, please

Of all the things you can get for money, it had never occurred to me that arguments could be available. This old sketch by Monty Python is hilarious!

A2 · B1 · Grammar · speaking

Have you ever…?

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This application from Wheel decide is great fun for practising ‘Have you ever’ structures.

All you have to do is click on the wheel and answer the question that come up. Some of them are quite tongue-in-cheek, but telling fibs is also a way to spice up an English class.

Click for wheel decide

B1 · Listening

Deadly California wildfire forces thousands to evacuate

Listening to the news in English is a must for language learning, even if this means news such as the one I have prepared for the listening activity.

A2 · B1 · Listening

Strange ‘wildfires’ in California

Horrified by the news of another wildfire in California, I set myself to prepare a listening activity for my students so they could get into the habit of watching news in English.  It was then, when I happened to ‘bump into’ some terrible facts that seem to make some of these fires different from the ones we are, unfortunately becoming more and more familiar with. Some of these fires don’t seem to behave like any other fire. The video is from The Watchman Reporter on Youtube, and I don’t agree on his theory about a divine intervention behind these fires, but I agree that the issues he mentions in his video, make one wonder if they have been caused by other means rather than accidents or arsonists. Watch the video and reach your own conclusion, as this may be true or not.

A2 · Listening

The Girl Who Hated Books

Do you like books? Do you like reading? Here’s a beautiful animated story for beginners, and maybe children too, about a girl that didn’t like reading at all.

B2 · C1 · Listening

Can you eat just one?

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Have you ever felt that you couldn’t control a a strong drive to eat something? Are you one of those people that have to fight against themselves in order to avoid buying certain products on display at the supermarket? Do you often find yourself visiting your refrigerator, at late hours (while everybody is fast asleep), hoping, wishing and keeping fingers crossed that there is still, half a jar of chocolate spread left?

If you identify with these situations,  you could be suffering from the effects of a behavioural addiction called food addiction. This addiction is characterised by a compulsive consumption of high fat and sugary foods that activate the reward system in humans, making them want more and more of the same thing. This doesn’t happen to be a coincidence as the food industry is well aware of this, and consequently, creates food that will be highly palatable for the great majority, despite the adverse consequences that this has on people’s health.

Here you have a listening activity from The National CBC News programme.