Listening · songs

Henry VIII and his six wives

Divorced, beheaded and died. Divorced, beheaded and survived…

Henry VIII is one of the most famous kings in English history. He was most famous for his six wives and for having caused a breach with the Church of Rome.

This is a famous song about his six wives that talks about what happened to each one of them.¬†The song is¬†quite humorous even though, I agree on the fact that none of Henry’s six wives may have found the song particularly amusing.

Here’s a link to the song by Horrible Histories and if you are interested in learning some British history, I have also included a link from the BBC website.

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B1 · Listening

B1 Listening ‘Changing the toilet roll’

Do you help at home? Do you do your share of housework? Have you ever had a problem or more than one with a flatmate or an untidy brother/sister of yours?

This dad surely had a little domestic problem and decided to get it sorted out using a very innovative strategy.  What would you think if a relative of yours uploaded a video of this type?

Watch the video and choose the best option.

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B2 word formation · Listening

B2 Listening ‘Sustainability’

How sustainable are you?

Do you do anything to look after the environment in some way? Maybe you walk or cycle to work or commute using public transport. You might even be one of those people (like me), that makes the most of the dog’s walk carrying ¬†bags around to the recycling bin, which can be quite horrible¬†and¬†embarrassing, when your dog starts pulling at the lead and all the plastic bottles start falling out of the bag, one by one, clonk, clonk, clonk. ¬†Anyway, it doesn’t matter what you do. Doing our¬†bit is important, isn’t it?

Here’s a listening activity on this topic which is related to one of the topics that students of the EOI should cover throughout the year. See how it goes ūüėČ

B2 word formation · Listening

B2 Listening Banksy is Back

  • Do you know who Banksy is? What do you know about this artist?
  • What do you think about graffiti? Do you think it is an art or an act of vandalism?
  • Are there laws against graffiti in your country?
  • The artist we are going to speak about is a street artist. What do you know about street artists? Do you think this is a serious career or is it a mean of support for unemployed people in your country?

Here’s a listening activity on this very well-known street artist.

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