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20:25 

Discussion points - Health

Health

Given all the evidence that cigarette smoking is harmful, why do people continue to smoke cigarettes? Explain why you do or do not smoke.
How much do you think people influence their own health through their attitudes and lifestyles?
Russian people are fast becoming the one of most overweight people in the world. To what do you attribute this trend?
Are people overly concerned about being thin nowadays?
What do you do to cope with stress?
What is the difference between "good" and "bad" stress?
Would you choose to be an organ donor?

@темы: Discussion points, English, Health, Vocabulary

22:09 

Discussion points - Personality&Character

Explain what it means to be an honorable person.
Are you motivated more by external rewards (such as money or grades) or internal rewards (such as self-esteem or integrity)?
Explain why people sometimes continue to do things that are harmful to them.
Do you think of yourself as a "goal-oriented" person?
Discuss what people reveal about themselves by the way they drive.
"Self-discipline is the most important ingredient for success." Attack or defend.
Name someone you consider to be a modern hero or heroine and explain why.
How does your public image differ from your private self?
What are the essential characteristics of an effective leader?
Do you think that sports help develop good character?
Is high school a good place to find out who you really are?
Discuss the most important characteristics an elected official should have.
If you could have a conversation with a famous person (living or dead), whom would you choose?
Which do you think has a greater effect on a person -- heredity or environment?
What characteristics do you regard as important in a person you would choose as a friend?
What are the essential characteristics of a good parent?
What are the characteristics of a good college student?
Do you think that you have the qualifications of a good parent?
Is it possible for anger ever to be beneficial?
What are the most important skills and/or values that children learn from their parents?
Whom would you identify as a truly wise person? What makes him or her seem wise to you?
How are you different from your best friend?
What are the best ways to meet new friends?

@темы: Discussion points, English, Personality&Character

22:08 

Discussioon points - Education

Should the school year be extended to include longer hours and more days required to obtain a high school diploma?
Nearly all students have had classmates who they wished were anywhere else but in that particular class. What kinds of students do you find most annoying?
If you could participate in only one extracurricular activity, which would you choose?
What are some possible reasons for the decline in the reading skills of high school students?
What can be done to prevent violence in public schools?
What could be done to make students more interested in learning about science?
Is it harmful for children to be in day-care centers all day?
How do you expect your college education to change the rest of your life?
Is it better to know a little about many subjects than to know a lot about one subject?
Is too much emphasis placed on grades in our educational system?
Explain the chief reasons why students drop out of universities.
Is high school a good place to find out who you really are?
Is it beneficial for a high school graduate to work full-time for a year before entering college?
How great a role do you think "knowing the right people" plays in getting ahead in school or in work?
What advice would you give to an entering college freshman?
Which courses that you did not take in high school do you now wish you had taken?
What are the characteristics of a good college student?
Should high school students have complete freedom to choose their own courses?
How should public high schools deal with students considered to be constant troublemakers?
Why are so many people over the age of twenty-one entering college?
Should students be required to learn a second language?
Should college students be required to take physical education courses? Why or why not?
Should prison inmates be allowed to take college courses? Explain why or why not.
Should a graduating college senior be required to pass a comprehensive examination in his or her major before receiving a degree? Why or why not?
Is an academically competitive atmosphere helpful or harmful to you as a student?
In what areas should all college graduates be required to have some competence?
What can parents do to prepare their children for school?
How can parents promote good reading habits in their children?
Knowledge can be gained from books and scientific observation. What are some other important sources of knowledge, and why are they valuable?
What steps should be taken to improve the quality of education in our public schools?
Suicide among high school and college students is on the rise in this country. Discuss possible reasons why young people take their own lives.
Discuss some of the pressures on high school students.
Explain what motivates students to strive for good grades in school.
What types of students do you like to have in your classes?
What advice would you give to a student just beginning high school?
What pointers could you give to help students with poor study habits?
Is it an advantage or a disadvantage to have a job while attending school?
Should high school students be required to wear uniforms?
What can high schools do to lower the number of dropouts?
Should schools establish dress codes?
With the widespread availability of calculators, is it necessary for students to learn arithmetic?
Is there anything that teachers can learn from students?

@темы: Discussion points, Education, English

22:00 

Discussion points - General/What if...

Failure can often teach more than success can. Has failure ever taught you a valuable lesson?
Are there situations in which lying is appropriate? Discuss.
If you wrote a book about your life, would it be a comedy, a tragedy, or a combination of the two?
If you had to live life as an animal, which animal would you prefer to be and why?
If your doctor told you that you had only a few months to live, how would you alter your way of life?
Each year, many teenagers run away from home. What do you think are the chief causes?
Discuss one cause for which you would be willing to risk your life.
If you had the power to change any event in history (outcome of an election, who won a war, etc.), which would you choose to change, and why?
How great a role do you think "knowing the right people" plays in getting ahead in school or in work?
If you were to be deprived of one of your five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing) which one would you most hate to give up?
Apart from chronological age, what are some major differences between an adolescent and an adult?
Do you function best in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Explain.
What do you hope to accomplish within the next ten years?
If you could ban anything in the world, what would it be and why?
If you could live in some other historical period, which would you choose, and why?
What do you consider the most important event of the past decade?
Most people consider themselves part of a particular generation. Discuss what you consider the most important values of your generation.
In your view, what would most impress (favorably or unfavorably) a foreign student spending his or her first weekend in an American home?
If you could make one scientific discovery in your lifetime, what would it be? Why?
Archaeologists have learned much about the lives of first-century Romans from the excavations of houses buried by lava at Pompeii. Suppose that your home were preserved just as it is now. What conclusions about modern life might this evidence lead future archaeologists to draw?
Which of the four seasons of the year appeals to you the most? Why?
What is the best advice you ever got?
If you could change one thing about your childhood, what would it be?
If you had the power to do one thing to improve the world, what would you do?
What is your most prized possession? Why? (Do NOT write about a person.)
Is increased life expectancy a blessing or a curse?
What is your favorite piece of furniture?
Explain why people sometimes continue to do things that are harmful to them.

@темы: topics, English, Discussion points

01:18 

Voiced or voiceless sounds


@темы: English, phonetics, videos

22:50 

Ted talks - Sport





link to the TED website, tag SPORT - www.ted.com/talks/browse?topics%5B%5D=sports&so...

@темы: English, Sports, TED, links, videos

22:30 

General links

1. english-zone.com/


2. www.manythings.org/

Vocabulary Lists with Games and Puzzles
Crossword Puzzles
Matching Quizzes
Pronunciation
Daily Listen & Repeat - Updated Every Day
Quizzes Based On VOA's Special English Programs
Matching Quizzes
Listen & Read Along
American Stories
Links, links, links)
запись создана: 14.06.2014 в 21:30

@темы: ESL, general links

23:57 

Podcasts - Travelling&Tourism

Space Tourism
What does weightlessness feel like? According to Chris Hadfield, Sally Ride, and Dennis Tito, it’s a feeling of freedom that is difficult to explain.
www.esl-library.com/blog/2014/03/05/podcast-spa...

One-way ticket to Mars
A company from the Netherlands is planning to send a group of people on a one-way trip to the planet Mars.
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/gene...

Dark Tourism
Have you heard of 'dark tourism'? This is travel to places that are connected with bad or sinister things. Destinations like the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the site of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in present-day Ukraine, and Ground Zero in New York, are all popular places to visit.
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/gene...

Cruise ships
Footage from the Costa Concordia disaster may have tourists questioning their upcoming vacation plans. While a disaster like this is unlikely, there are other dangers related to cruising that people should think about before booking.
www.esl-library.com/blog/2012/01/25/podcast-cru...

Is there more of the world to explore?
There are many famous explorers - people who have travelled to and discovered new parts of the world. Nowadays, it seems that every corner of our planet has been explored. Technology and modern transport means we can get to the most remote parts. So does this mean there is nowhere left to explore?
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/gene...

ESL Lesson Plans On Air and Space Travel - www.esl-library.com/blog/esl-lesson-plans-on-ai...

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www.google.com/custom?hl=en&client=google-coop-...

@темы: Podcasts, Listening, English, ESL, 6 minute English, Travelling and Tourism

19:19 


@темы: videos, English

21:37 

Horrible Histories - Kings and Queens Song sing along) love it!

20:31 

Материалы - Worksheets

18:29 

Tongue Twisters

14:20 

TED Talks - The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance - Hugh Herr



Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

TED website link:
www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_tha...

@темы: English, Medicine, Science&Technology, TED, people, videos

14:07 

TED talks - the danger of a single story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
TED website link:
www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger...

@темы: videos, topics, TED, Stereotypes, Listening, Human

22:32 

vocabulary - collocations

to feel like a million dollars - чувствовать себя прекрасно
be in two minds - быть в нерешительности
be on the rampage - быть вне себя
change of heart - перемена в отношении к чему-либо
feel like oneself / feel oneself - чувствовать себя в своей тарелке
keep one's chin up - не вешать нос
take offence - обидеться
frame of mind / state of mind - внутреннее состояние
beside oneself with - вне себя от какого-то чувства
hold one's temper / kee one's temper - держать себя в руках
make a point of - придавать большое значение
pull oneself together - взять себя в руки

@темы: Vocabulary

22:30 

vocabulary - short phrases

Shame on you! - ай-ай-ай!
Yippee - ура!
God forbid! - Боже упаси!
gee! - ух ты!
you bet - еще как; да, конечно;
no way! - ни в коем случае!
Yippee - ура!
Phew - фу!, уф! (выражает нетерпение, омерзение, дискомфорт, усталость)
Gosh - боже!, чёрт возьми! by gosh! - чёрт возьми!
Cheers -1) за ваше здоровье!, будем здоровы!
Brilliant - очень хорошо, здорово, отлично, восхитительно!
Tut-tut - вот ещё!, ещё чего не хватало
You're kidding! - да ладно!
gee! - ух ты!
dammit! - черт побери!
Shame on you! - ай-ай-ай!
Watch out! - берегись
Yuck! - тьфу, ошибся

Oh, my God! - О, Боже мой!
What a good chance! - Какая удача!
I don't know what to say! - У меня нет слов!
Oh, damn! - Черт возьми!

Alas! - Увы!
Really? - Действительно?
What a pity! - Как жаль!
I can't believe it! Невероятно!

I hope so. - Надеюсь, что это так.
I feel ill (sad, disgusted). - Мне плохо (грустно, противно).
I feel good. - Мне хорошо.
Vice versa! (Just the opposite!) - Наоборот!

Not a bit! (Nothing of the kind!) Ничего подобного!
That's nice (sound, all right, fine) (with me). - Все в порядке (хорошо).
No way! - Ни в коем случае!
With (great) pleasure. - С (огромным) удовольствием.

It is none of your business! - Это Вас не касается.
That's too much! - Это чересчур!
Wonderful! - Замечательно!
That's wonderful (superb, marvellous)! - Это прекрасно (великолепно, чудесно)!

My feelings are hurt. - Мои чувства задеты.
My hope is betrayed. - Мои надежды разбиты.
Absolutely! - Безусловно!

Exactly so! - Именно так!
Who knows! - Кто знает!

Catch me later — Поговорим потом, при случае, другой раз
Clear the way! — Освободите дорогу! Дайте пройти!
Come back anytime — Приходите в любое время, мы будем рады
Come right in — Заходите, вам здесь рады
Could I call you? — Сейчас я занят, можно перезвоню позже?
Could I join you? — Разрешите к вам присоединиться? (например - сесть за столик в кафе)
Don't push (me)! — Не давите на меня! Не наезжай!
Enjoy your meal! — Приятного аппетита
Guess what! — Угадай, что я хочу сказать! (способ начать разговор)
I doubt that. — Сомневаюсь, что это так
I had a lovely time — Мы отлично провели время.
I spoke too soon — Я ошибся, сказал, не подумав
Keep in touch. — Пишите, звоните, не забывайте, держитесь на связи
Leave it to me. — Предоставьте это (сделать) мне.
Make it two. — И мне того-же (говорится официанту при заказе)
No can do. — Я не могу сделать это.
No way! — Ни за что!
Pull up a chair. — Присоединяйтесь к нам.

и на поругаться от души

@темы: Vocabulary

22:23 

Vocabulary - Nuts and seeds

Орехи и семена

Almond - миндаль
Cashew - кешью
Pistachio - фисташки
Peanut - арахис
Brazil nut - бразильский орех
Coconut - кокос
Chestnut - каштан
Hazelnut or Filbert - фундук
Pine nut or Cedar nut - кедровый орех
Pecan - орех-пекан
Walnut - грецкий орех

Sesame seeds - семена кунжута
Sunflower seeds - семена подсолнечника
Macadamia - макадамия
Fennel seeds - семена фенхеля
Hemp seeds - конопляное семя
Pumpkin seeds - семя тыквы
Flaxseeds - льняное семя


@темы: Food&Cooking, Vocabulary

22:19 

vocabulary - friendship & relations

Английские выражения на тему: «Дружба»

to get on well together – хорошо ладить друг с другом
to hit off with smb. –найти общий язык, подружиться
to be thick as thieves — быть закадычными друзьями/ водой не разольешь
a friendship of old standing — старая дружба/многолетняя дружба
to have something in common – иметь что-то общее
fair-weather friend – друг, который рядом только в благоприятных ситуациях, а при возникновении сложностей и проблем – он «пропадает».
friends in high places– друзья в «высших кругах», занимающие важные посты, которые могут содействовать в решении проблем.
circle of friends – круг друзей.
to get on like a house on fire — быстро сблизиться, подружиться
to go back a long way — быть старыми друзьями или знакомыми
to be on friendly footing with smb. — быть на дружеской ноге с кем-то
to fall out with smb over smth – поссориться с кем-либо из-за чего-либо
to rely on smb – положиться на кого-либо
to give a helping hand – помогать
to make peace – мириться
to count on smb. – рассчитывать на кого-либо

@темы: Vocabulary

23:16 

Ellen and accents)








@темы: videos

23:00 

English Is Crazy!))



We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes.
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese.
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
When couldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot - would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular is this and plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be nicknamed kese?

Then one may be that, and three may be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.
We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.

The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim!
So our English, I think you will all agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see. I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt).

A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.

And then there's dose and rose and lose --
Just look them up -- and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.

And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five.

And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

@темы: Vocabulary, Writing, videos

Living environment - Warehouse 14

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