The Handamaid’s Tale: The opening

11 10 2020

1. Listen to the audio recording of the first chapter. Read along as you listen HERE

2. Watch the trailer and list any dystopian elements you can spot (consider the voiceover, images and dialog). 

3. Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a dystopian regime has captured readers’ imaginations since its publication in 1985. What explains its success? Try the QUIZ.




Creating a stress free workplace

20 09 2020

Your task: create a questionnaire on stress at work. Write 10 questions.

1. What are the main causes of stress at work? Use this PAGE to check your comprehension. 

2. What makes employees happy at work? Study an article on a similar topic HERE.




The Power of Words

6 05 2020

Your final project: 

CHOOSE A BRAND / PRODUCT AND CREATE YOUR OWN ADVERTISING SLOGAN

1. Click  below to learn more about the real story of this WWII poster. Take the QUIZ. Read more HERE.

2. Click on the pic. Do you recognize any of the slogans featured? Do you know the brand or product they advertise? Which one do you think is the best / the worst? What are its strengths / weaknesses? 

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3. Choose one slogan and explain why you think it is so effective. What do you think are the “golden rules” for a good slogan?

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4. Watch the clip. What makes a good slogan? Sum up the recipe for success.

5. Click on the pic to do a reading comprehension and some grammar exercises about advertising slogans. You will also find out more about your final task. 

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The big business of pets

6 02 2020

1. What’s new in the pet food sector? What’s craft pet food? Learn more HERE

2. How expensive is pet food? Find out about your task HERE.




How can you motivate, retain and manage employees?

24 01 2020

1. How can you be a better leader? Read more HERE

2. You want to improve team effectiveness. Discuss the pros and cons of this video.

 

3. To each their own. How do generations differ as regards employment benefits? Find out more HERE.

4. What makes today’s employees tick? Click on the pic to find out.

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5. What did Peter do wrong? Do you think Peter likes his job? Why or why not? Explain. Read more HERE.  




Welcome to the synthetic world!

11 01 2020

1. Who are the main characters in this story? Explain their relationship. Study the colors. Why do you think the red is predominant?

2. Can new gadgets help solve old problems?

3. Who is Sally? What can she do to help the family? Can she cause any problems? Explain how. Read more HERE.

4. What are the new ‘Synthetic Humans’? What is the goal of this marketing campaign? Learn AI vocabulary HERE.

5. Your Task: “Create a leaflet for promoting your new emotional robot or AI.” Find some help HERE.

 

6. Why do we get attached to robots? Is this dangerous for human relationships?  

 

 

 




Electric cars vs petrol cars

6 01 2020

1. Which is cheaper, a new car or a used one? Compare the two options.

2. Compare electric cars to gas-powered vehicles and fill in a table. Read more HERE.

3. Learn more about the Tesla Model 3. Find a practice exercise for your final exam HERE.  

 

 

 




Sound like a native

21 12 2019

1. Some very useful advice to sound as if you were born with the language!

2. Be careful though not to mimic these native speakers’ common mistakes!

3. Listening to the news is a very good way to improve your English. Read more HERE.

4. Watching movies can be great help too.

5. The speaker identifies 4 ‘secrets’. What are they? What is your secret? Find HERE a few tips on how to a better communicator.




Exam Preparation

15 12 2019

1. Prepare for the written exam. Find more help HERE.

2. Seven mistakes you should try to avoid repeating.

3. A very rich site by another English teacher. Do not hesitate to browse around!

4. For those of you who would like to go a little further, this is a very interesting video on the sentence in English.

 




Wanting to break free

11 12 2019

1. What were women’s roles in 1950s’ America? Read more HERE.

 

2. Analyse and discuss this 1961 ad. How are gender roles portrayed? Click on the pic for some help.

3. What makes the scene important in the story? Read more HERE.