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LISTENING (B2/C1): "In Our Time" from BBC Radio 4

Here is a great listening resource from BBC Radio 4. It's a discussion programme called "In Our Time" whereby the host, Melvyn Bragg, chairs a discussion between experts on a particular subject. This could be in the field of science, history, religion, culture or philosophy.

Here's a link to the homepage, there are lots of programmes so have a good look:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl

In class we recently discussed vaccinations (immunisation). Here's the "In Our Time" programme:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003c19q

Enjoy!
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LISTENING (B2/C1): How language shapes the way we think (TED Talk)

Here's a 14-minute talk about how the language we speak determines to an extent the people we are.

What do think? Do you agree?

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/KtbxLxGWxkQFwSNWgcVbVKDPBJGJxxBBdV?projector=1
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LISTENING (B1/B2): Indirect Questions

We have seen in our FCE classes recently that there are two ways to make a question in English: a direct question and an indirect question. For example:

Direct question: What time is it?
Indirect question: Could you tell me what time it is?

The indirect question form is important because it allows us to be more polite, formal and professional.

Here's a short video from Anglopod that explains why and how we make indirect questions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvkAIvW2zk4
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Happy Halloween!

If you think of Halloween, you probably think of scary carved pumpkins, all kinds of fancy dress and children asking for sweets. And if you think of a country that celebrates Halloween, you probably think of the United States first. Americans and Canadians have adopted Halloween in a big way, but Halloween traditions actually come from 16th-century Ireland, Scotland and England.

The tradition of Halloween on the 31st of October comes from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain was the Celtic New Year and they celebrated it on 1 November because that was the end of summer and harvest time (life) and the beginning of winter (death). It was also the time for ghosts to return to earth for a day. People lit a big fire, wore special clothes made of animal skin and hoped to be safe from the ghosts and the winter. In AD 609, the Catholic Church put the Christian celebration of All Saints Day on 1 November. In AD 1000, the church added All Souls Day on 2 November, and All Hallows Eve – or Halloween – moved to the night of the 31st.

Below are links to a few listening and reading resources on the subject of Halloween.

2. LISTENING (B1/B2/C1): Here's a short presentation that explains some aspects of Halloween:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGuPss01TXs

2. LISTENING for vocabulary (B1/B2/C1) with BBC Learning English. Here's a short clip with some good idiomatic expressions for being "scared" e.g. "to shake like a leaf", "to be scared stiff" and more...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74M-r_gXarI

3. LISTENING B2/C1: Various programmes for "Fright Night" on BBC Radio 4.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03328l0

4. READING (B2/C1): 10 Scary short stories:

https://jezebel.com/10-of-the-spookiest-scary-stories-youll-ever-read-1452658773

Whatever you get up to Happy Halloween!
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LISTENING (B2/C1): Autumn Desert Island Discs Schedule

We've just started our autumn term and for those who want additional listening practice we have a programme from BBC radio 4's Desert Island Discs interview series for you to listen to each week, As is tradition at The English Ascent we start with Paco Peña (1999), the Spanish flamenco guitarist:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00942dc

For more information of our recommended "focused listening" technique please have a look at the Listening Practice page of TEA website:

https://www.englishascent.com/listening-practice/

Happy listening!
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LISTENING (B1/B2/C1): "A Brief History of English"

We are about to start our courses at The English Ascent and we'll be talking a lot about Cambridge exams and ways to practise all aspects of English in the first week. But perhaps we should also take a moment to ask ourselves what this marvellous language of English is? And how did it become the world's number one language for communication?

Here are some links to resources that help to answer these questions:

1. LISTENING (B1/B2/C1): Here's a short video that gives you a brief idea of how English has evolved (3 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNizPIZjV2M

2. LISTENING (C1): Here's a humourous description of English's evolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JojjsE6Ox0

3. READING (B1/B2/C1): Here's a short article describing some of the main events in the history of English: https://www.ef.com/blog/language/a-short-history-of-the-english-language/

We still have places on our B1, B2 and C1 courses at TEA, so if you'd like to join us on our amazing journey in English have a look at our website: www.englishascent.com

For any questions you you can contact us at englishascent@gmail.com
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LISTENING (B1/B2/C1): BBC Learning English - The Grammar Gameshow

Comparative language is an essential part of the PET, FCE and CAE Speaking Tests. In the FCE and CAE you are asked to compare two photographs in Part 2 of the test.

Simple comparatives, such as: "The man in picture 1 looks happier than the woman in picture 2", are fine, but for more points you should "qualify" your comparative. For example: "The man in picture 1 looks much happier than the woman in picture 2". Make sure you practise this in class!

Here is a good resource from BBC Learning English. It's called The Grammar Gameshow (programa concurso) and tests the contestants (concursantes) with grammar questions. Here's the episode on "Comparatives" (9 mins):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGfF6jIl_dU

For more episodes on other grammar points:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/tgg
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LISTENING (B2/C1): Desert Island Discs Schedule for Spring Term

The Spring Term schedule for Listening Practice is now available at:

https://www.englishascent.com/listening-practice/

Our first guest is the polar explorer, Ben Saunders. The programme can be found at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0709v49

You can also listen to Ben giving a TED talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/ben_saunders_skis_to_the_north_pole?language=es

Happy listening!
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LISTENING (B2/C1): Ken Robinson TED Talks

In both our FCE and CAE classes we have been talking about education recently. For those who are interested in this subject here are 3 interesting TED talks from the world renowned educationalist, Sir Ken Robinson:

1. Here's the homepage with some background information on Ken Robinson along with links to the 3 talks:

https://www.ted.com/speakers/sir_ken_robinson

2. Talk 1 (2006): "Do schools kill creativity?"

https://www.ted.com/…/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creati…

3. Talk 2 (2010): "Bring on the learning revolution!"

https://www.ted.com/…/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolut…

4. Talk 3 (2013): "How to escape education's death valley"

https://www.ted.com/…/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_…

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The new Desert Island Discs Schedule for 2018!

A very Happy New Year everyone!

We're about to start our winter term and our new Desert Island Discs schedule is ready and waiting at:

https://www.englishascent.com/listening-practice/

Our first guest for next week is the Chief Executive of easyjet, Carolyn McCall. To listen to her story go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c2c2p

Enjoy and happy listening!
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