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Monday, 17th August, 2009
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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day!
5) HPE English Packs

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1) Today's Video Analysis

An interviewer tells a wrestler that the sport is fake (not real). Watch the reaction and answer the questions.

 

Q1) Complete the following sentences:

"I asked Schultz --------- that I assumed all wrestlers ---- ---- asked dozens -- -----." ???

"Why is it a good business?"   -   "Because ---- --- ----- -------." ???

"I'll ask you the -------- --------, you know."   -   "The -------- --------?"  -  "I think this -- ----." ???

Q2) True or false?

   a) the interviewee has a beard ???
   b) the interviewer has blond hair
???
   c) the interviewee hits the interviewer
???

Q3) Put these sentences in order: ???

   a) The interviewer falls down
   b) The interviewer says wrestling is fake
   c) The interviewee hits the interviewer
   d) The interviewer introduces the interview
   e) The interviewee says that wrestling is a good business


Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Vidcast

Watch the podcast and answer the questions.

 

This video corrects a very common error students make in English.

Q1) Find some mistakes in the sentences below:

a) I live in Australia since 6 months. ???

b) We have been here for half an hour.
???

c) She is in Canada since Tuesday.
???

d) We work for Microsoft since 5 years.
???

e) They visited Rome and the Vatican last year.
???

Q2) Name the verb tenses in the following sentences:

       present simple / past simple / present perfect

   a) I lived in Australia when I was a boy. ???
   b) Britain has been a member of the European Economic Community since 1973.
???
   c) My parents live in North London.
???

Q3) Which sentences below are in the present perfect tense? ???

   a) Michael Jackson has been dead for several weeks now.
   b) Madonna is now divorced.
   c) Italy are currently the world football champions.
   d)
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   e) I've been writing this lesson for 3 hours!


3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
interview with Obama children's education
coveted interview school lunches
presidential campaign got to admit

Listen to and read this news story from the BBC and answer the questions.

Slow
Version
Fast
Version

Florida's boy journalist lands interview with Obama

A boy journalist from south Florida finally landed his coveted interview with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Damon Weaver became an Internet sensation during the 2008 presidential campaign and has long sought an interview with Obama.

In the interview, which was filmed at the White House and posted on YouTube.com on Thursday night, the 11-year-old asks Obama about bullying, how parents can improve their children's education, and if the president could make school lunches better.

"I remember when I used to get school lunches, sometimes they didn't taste so good, I've got to admit," Obama said.

Weaver then pitched his own plan.

"I suggest that we have French fries and mangos everyday for lunch," he said.

At the end of his latest interview, Weaver asked Obama if he would also like to be his homeboy.

"Absolutely," Obama said.

Q1) To 'land an interview' means: ???

   a) to obtain an interview  /  b) to fail an interview  /  c) to get a job

Q2) Which expressions mean 'very much desired'? ???

   a) long sought  /  b) pitched  /  c) coveted

Q3) President Obama remembers that school lunches were: ???

   a) always delicious
   b) not always great
   c) never good

Q4) At the end of the interview: ???

   a) Weaver and Obama don't like each other
   b) The boy interviewer and the president are friends
   c) Not everyone is happy


4>4) Today's Song

A stunning song from a group called Cold Play. I didn't like them before Violet Hill, but this song is exceptional!

Listen to the words and do the exercise below.

NOTE
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Violet Hill  (lyrics)
(by Cold Play)

Some of the words in the song below have been changed!

Listen, read and try to correct them.

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)


Was a long and dark November
From the treetops I remember
There was no
White snow
???

Clearly I forget
From the doorways they were marching
While we froze
Up above
???

When the past is architectured
By a circus of idiots on show
You'd better hide or go
???

If you love me
Won't you let me know?

Was a short and warm December
When the banks became nationalised
And the log
Became Dog
???

Imams clutched onto Korans
Hollowed out to fit their knives
And the crescent was held aloft
???

Bury me in the garden
When I'm dead and reach the sky
A love back home flies by
???

If you love me
Won't you let me know?

I don't want to be a sailor
Who the skipper of some sinking boat
Would hide, far inside
???

So if you love me
Why'd you let me go?

I sent my love up to Violet Hill
There we stood in snow
All that time she was crying still
???

So if you love me
Won't you let me know?

If you love me,
Won't you let me know?

 

 

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