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How Urbane Farming Saved a Dallas Community

I’m so grateful to have found this video by Freethink, that will not only provide my students with the opportunity to speak about community problems, but it is also witnesses an inspiring approach to dealing with poverty, famine and the feeling of hopelessness. It also proves that WE as CITIZENS CAN rethink how our system is harming people and set out to make great changes, above all, now in times of the pandemic, where many people, who were already living with hand to mouth, are desperately in need of solutions.


Before watching the video below, let’s do a couple of pre-listening activities.

  • What types of problems are common in your community? Here’s a quiz to help you remember some vocabulary. Click on the button below, read and flip the cards.
  • How many of the words on the cards address problems that affect your community and in what degree?

video from Freethink
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B2 Flavour vocabulary

What’s your favourite type of food? Do you like savoury dishes or do you have a sweet tooth? I particularly go for savoury, but I also sometimes crave for chocolate. Here’s another of my tacky videos (sorry, I don’t have a good video editor, but I’ll finally get round to it. Promise!). This video covers intermediate vocabulary for flavours and some types of food. I hope you find it useful.

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B2 Vegetable vocabulary 3

The last of a series of videos that cover vegetable vocabulary. Which is a sort of relief because I’m pretty tired of the music that I’m using to cover the horrible white noise that I can’t get rid of when recording an audio. I’m also tired of hearing my voice over and over again and even feel a bit embarrassed. But there’s such a lot of vocabulary to cover, that I think it’s better to put the words into small chunks with the pronunciation, the images and even the phonetic transcription. Anyway, I hope the effort was worth it and you find these videos useful. (fingers crossed!)

ps. You can always turn the sound down!

Below this video you’ll find a link to a crossword or you can download with keys.

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B2 Vegetable vocabulary 2

As I think that too many words together in one video is a bit too much, I’ve divided the vocabulary in three different videos. In post Vegetable vocabulary 3, you’ll find a crossword that will help you to fix some of these words in your memory and focus on how to spell them.

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B2 Seafood vocabulary

Here’s a short video with pictures and the opportunity to hear these words. You can also check your memory and spelling in the crossword you will find in this post. You can also download the paper version and keys.

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B2 Cooking vocabulary 1

Is it bake or roast? Grilled or fried? Why do the English say both, roast potatoes and baked potatoes? Is it the same dish? Here’s a video with an opportunity to see pictures and hear these different cooking adjectives and nouns. In the video you have a short quiz to check your memory for these words.

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B2 Cooking vocabulary 2

Hello. In this post you’ll find a short video with pictures and a short quiz for basic cooking vocabulary for intermediate levels of English. Cooking vocabulary 2 covers more advanced verbs. If you’d like to check your memory and spelling, you can do the crossword that you’ll find in this post.

Serena’s blog

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B2 Cooking vocabulary 3

Hello! Here’s a tacky video quiz that presents nearly all the cooking vocabulary for intermediate 2. If you want to practise your spelling, you’ll also find a crossword in this blog entry. By the way, the video says it’s the second in a series of two, but it’s actually number three. The thing is that I can’t stand having to get it sorted out right now. Sorry!

from Serena’s blog