Saturday, June 19, 2010

And a little farewell...

Well, the course is over, and I thought I'd say good-bye with a song (the artist is a not very well-known, but I think he has potential).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Amazing coincidence

Here's one those stories you never believe until you hear the facts. Watch the brief video and aswer the questions that follow.

1. What type of volunteer work does Kevin do?
2. What organization has Kevin been involved in(apart from the answer to question no. 1)? What life-saving skills did he learn there?
3. What happened to Kevin as a boy? How did Penny know Kevin? How did Penny help Kevin?
4. What amazing event, involving Penny and Kevin, happened several years later in a restaurant?
5. Did Kevin recoginize Penny at first? How did Kevin discover who she was?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

How they handle fame

Listen to U2 singer interview superstar George Clooney and answer the questions below:

1. What is the mistaken idea, according to Bono, that people have of celebrities?
2. What does Bono admire about George Clooney?
3. What other famous person does Clooney refer to in his family? Did she remain successful?
4. What helped Clooney handle the pressure of fame?
5. According to Clooney, what can famous people not do anymore, and why not?

10 travel faux pas

In the previous post you can listen to an explanation and the proper pronunciation of the expression faux pas. You can also call them "no-no's" or "don'ts" (often accompanied by its opposite, "do's"). Check out these travel faux pas at this website and answer the questions that follow:
First, read the faux pas here:
Now, answer these questions:
1. Were you familiar with all of these faux pas? Which ones are common sense?
2. Why is it improper to pat (remember that word?) someone's head in Thailand?
3. Are there any faux pas you would recommend for a foreigner visiting Spain?

That's a no-no!

There are hundreds of words and expressions of French origin which are commonly used in the English language. Check out this one:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Listen to the man in this video and answer the following questions:

1. What kind of schooling has this parent decided to give his children? What is his opinion of conventional schooling?
2. According to the man, how is a day "best spent" for a child who wants to learn?
3. What famous person (an American author and poet) has influenced the man's ideas? What did this famous person used to do and what purpose did it serve?
Discussion questions:
1. Have you ever heard of "unschooling?" Do you think it's a good idea?
2. To what extent can school have a negative impact on children?
3. Do you think children can motivate themselves to learn useful things without the need to attend school? Can an "unschooled" person prepare himself/herself for life as an adult? Why or why not?

Monday, April 26, 2010

FPIQ (20?)

Let's see if you can work this one out. Hint: she's changed her hair, too.