*Staff’s Film Selection* The Godfather

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What is your favourite film of all time?

Our staff’s selection this week: The Godfather (1972)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton.

Ranked the second-greatest film in American cinema (behind Citizen Kane) by the American Film Institute.

Joe: “It is the perfect movie! Even though it was made before I was born and set years before it was made, it has stood the test of time. I’d also recommend the book!”

A clip from the movie:

Also see The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990):

 

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Travel vocabulary – air travel

Hello all,

It’s the summer holiday season! Are any of you going to go travelling? Are you flying anywhere? If so, let’s brush up your holiday English with a little dialogue at check-in.

 

Complete the following dialogue with the words in purple.

 

aisle          passport      laptop      allowed       boarding pass         check in           exit          gate          pack         left         available         busy

 

Check-in clerk: Good morning.

Passenger:  Hello. Is this where I ______________ for flight BA 563?

Check-in clerk: Yes. Can I see your _______________ please? Thank you. Did you _____________ your bags yourself, sir?

Passenger: Yes. Excuse me, but apart from my _____________ I only have this small bag. Is it okay if I take it on as hand luggage?

Check-in clerk: Well, officially, you’re only _______________ one piece of hand luggage, but it’s not a large bag, is it? So, that’s all right, I suppose.

Passenger: Thanks very much. Could I have an ____________ seat, please, near the front? Or a window seat?

Check-in clerk: I’m sorry, the flight’s quite ____________. There are no window or aisle seats _____________.

Passenger: Oh…. could you show me where the __________ seats are?

Check-in clerk: Yes, sir. Here, here and here.

Passenger: Right, I’ll take the one up front near the _____________ on the left.

Check-in clerk: Okay. Here’s your ____________. The flight will be boarding at _____________ number 23 in 30 minutes. Have a good flight.

Passenger: Thanks. Goodbye.

Check-in clerk: Goodbye.

 

 

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Key:

check in – passport – pack – laptop – allowed – aisle – busy – left – available – exit – boarding pass – gate

英語教授法ワークショップ#7 英語タスク型教授法

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【英語教師の方、英語教師を目指す方必見!】

ネイティブ講師に学ぶ英語教授法ワークショップ vol.7

今回は英語の先生にむけて、英語の発音の教授法を教えます。
第2回目ですので、初回を受けられた方も、また受けていただける内容です。
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WS#7 – 英語発音教授法

前回も大変ご好評いただきました、発音教授法の第2回目となります。
今回もCELTA資格を保有するネイティブとノンネイティブ講師が
『発音』をどのように教授するのか実践的な内容を伝授したします。

今回も日本人がはまりがちな英語の落とし穴の解説や
授業で使える教授法、アクティビティやゲームなどを
実際に体験していただけるワークショップ形式で構成しております。

30分程度のランチタイム休憩を含みます。
3時間セッションの後、懇親会を予定しています。

コミュニケーションを重視した新しい英語指導のヒントにぜひご参加ください。

当日のスケジュール概要
ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー
“How to teach teach English pronunciation”
(英語発音教授法)

Section 1: The sounds of English
Key Problems for English learners at school
Typical l/r and v/b pronunciation and many more.
セクション1:英語の発音
よく問題とされるL・RやV・Bの発音から
他にもたくさん「日本語にはない」発音

Section 2: Teaching Strategies
セクション2:実際の指導法
小学校から中学校までレベルに応じた指導法

Section 3: Putting it into practice
セクション3:学んだことを実践で体験!
生徒になって教室で使える手法を体感してください。
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Pronunciation Problems 3 – ou and oo

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English pronunciation can be difficult!

 

Last time we looked at the letter combination AE, which had 6 different ways of pronouncing it.  Click here if you have not read it yet.

 

Today let’s take a look at another couple of tricky letter combinations, OO and OU.  How many different ways can they be pronounced?

The 5 most common pronunciations

/ɑʊ/ or “ow”

This is the sound from now and brown.  You can see it in words like count and out.

/ʊ/ or “uh”

This is the short “uh” sound, it’s made in the centre of the mouth.  It’s in words like woman and put.  You can see it in words like cook and wool.

/u:/ or “oo”

This is long sound, your lips should be rounded.  It’s in words like rude or who.   You can see it in words like boot and soup.

/ɔ:/ or “or”

This is another long sound, like in bored or corner.  You can see it in words like  floor and poor.

/ʌ/ or “u”

This is short sound, like in up or company.  You can see it in words like cousin and young.

Activity – Sorting words by pronunciation

Here are some common words with ea.  You need to divide them in to the different pronunciation categories.

found could country boot bought touch food foot house mouth good group southern  touch moon would school wood through you blood  flood

Sort them into the categories below
You can see the answers at the bottom of the page.

ɑʊ ʊ u: ɔ: ʌ
found

.

.

The answers

ɑʊ ʊ u: ɔ: ʌ
found

house

mouth

sound

could

foot

good

look

wood

would

boot

food

group

moon

school

you

youth

through

 

bought

door

four

 

country

touch

flood

blood

 

*Staff’s Film Selection* Once Upon a Time in America

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What is your favourite film of all time?

Our staff’s selection this week: Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Mike: “My favourite movie is Once Upon a Time in America, directed by Sergio Leone, because I personally think Robert de Niro gives his best performance in it, and because it’s a mafia classic, my favourite genre of movies.”

Check out the trailer here:

 

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Monty Python’s Galaxy Song – Numbers Listening exercise

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Monty Python: The Galaxy Song

Having trouble with big numbers? Feeling depressed about English or the annoying little things in every day life? Boost your English and raise your spirits with this Monty Python classic.

大きな数字に問題がありますか? 毎日の生活の中で、英語や厄介なことについてうんざりしていますか? このモンティ・パイソンの古典であなたの英語力を高め、精神を高めましょう。

This song contains some easier, moderate and longer numbers – see how well you can do. Numbers in English can be particularly hard for Japanese students as the counting units are a bit different.

数字の単位が少し違うので、英語の数字は日本人学生にとって特に難しいかもしれません。英語で一万がありません。

Listen to the song and complete the lyrics below

The first paragraph is a nice little warm-up… The second one is more hard-core with bigger figures, so you might need to listen to it a few times!

(spoken)
Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, 
And things seem hard or tough, 
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft, 
And you feel that you've had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough, 
 
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving 
And revolving at (a) ________ miles an hour. 
It's orbiting at (b) ______ miles a second, so it's reckoned, 
The sun that is the source of all our power. 
Now the sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see, 
Are moving at a (c) _____________ miles a day, 
In the outer spiral arm, at (d) ____________ miles an hour, 
Of a galaxy we call the Milky Way. 
 
Our galaxy itself contains a (e) __________ __________stars; 
It's a (f) __________ ___________ light-years side to side; 
It bulges in the middle (g) ___________ __________ light-years thick, 
But out by us it's just (h) _________ ___________ light-years wide. 
We're (i) __________ __________ light-years from Galactic Central Point, 
We go 'round every (j) ______ __________ ___________ years; 
And our galaxy itself is one of (k) __________ of billions 
In this amazing and expanding universe. 
 
(waltz) 
 
Our universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding, 
In all of the directions it can whiz; 
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know, 
(l) __________ ___________ miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is. 
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure, 
How amazingly unlikely is your birth; 
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space, 
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth! 






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(a) 900
(b) 19
(c) million
(d) 40,000
(e) hundred billion
(f) hundred thousand
(g) sixteen thousand
(h) three thousand
(i) thirty thousand 
(j) two hundred million
(k) millions 
(l) twelve million

Business Idioms

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Business English Idioms ー ビジネス諺

ここであなたの仕事について話すのに使うことができるイディオムの選択です。

 

To bite the bullet – to force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult, or to be brave in a difficult situation.

歯を食いしばって頑張るんだ。

You’re just going to have to bite the bullet and make the best of it.

 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained – if you don’t take risks, you’ll never achieve anything.

虎穴こけつに入らずんば虎児を得ず;思い切ってしなければ何も得られない。

I’ve decided I’m going to ask that girl out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

 

To cash in on something – to get money or gain an advantage from a situation; to capitalize on

His hotel is now cashing in on the fact that a famous actor stayed there for one night.

 

 

Fill in the sentences with the correct idiom:

 

Employee 1: “Should I ask the boss for a promotion?” — Employee 2: “Go for it. ____________________”.

This is a good year for car stocks, and you can  _____________ it if you’re smart.

They decided to _____________________ and pay the extra to get the apartment they really wanted.

 

 

 

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Answers:

Nothing ventured, nothing gained – cash in on – bite the bullet

 

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Prepositions – a First Certificate exercise

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Prepositions in Use – prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate

Who doesn’t find prepositions difficult? However it’s the little things that really start to make a difference at higher levels and if you are preparing for the PET, FCE or CAE you will be expected to be proficient in this area of language. Let’s do a quick revision together.

前置詞は理解しにくい。より高いレベルでは非常に重要なので、一緒に学びましょう。これはケンブリッジ・ファースト・サーティフィケートの練習です。

Let’s practice!

Fill in each space in the following sentences with the correct preposition.

  1. I was tired …………. being a chef — I needed a change.
  2. The party has known ………….. the scandal for months.
  3. Why are you staring ……….. me like that?
  4. On Thursday we had a nice long discussion ………….. the wording of the proposal
  5. We’d like to discuss our contract with you and agree …………… new terms, if possible.
  6. It’s hard to see the difference …………….. the conservative and the liberal party.
  7. Sam is afraid ………… the dark.
  8. He’s an expert ………… rock music.
  9. The two brothers differed ………….. each other in many ways.
  10. I was ashamed ………….. having lied to him.
  11. I don’t think George is capable ………….. committing murder.
  12. My mother disapproves ……………. every girlfriend I bring home.
  13. I’ve applied ………. a new job but haven’t heard back from the company yet.

 

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  1. of
  2. about
  3. at
  4. about
  5. on
  6. between
  7. of
  8. in
  9. from
  10. of
  11. of
  12. of
  13. for

 

 

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*Staff’s Film Selection* Metropolis

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What is your favourite film of all time?

Our staff’s selection this week: Metropolis (1927)

German expressionist epic science fiction drama directed by Fritz Lang

Olga:

“My favourite movie of all time is Metropolis. I like the early 20th-century aesthetic and the political and societal topics raised.”

The famous film critic Roger Ebert noted that “Metropolis is one of the great achievements of the silent era, a work so audacious in its vision and so angry in its message that it is, if anything, more powerful today than when it was made.”

Check out the trailer here for this astonishing and unique movie:


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Best apps for English learners

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Hello all,

Today we’d like to present a selection of free mobile apps to learn English on the go. We all spend some time in transportation or waiting around, so why not take 5 minutes to boost your English?

1. Duolingo

Duolingo is one of the best free apps out there and makes learning really fun, it’s like a game and quite addictive! According to the forum, some teachers introduced it to their high school students to learn English and gradually the teenagers stopped playing Clash of Clans and were all on Duolingo at recess.

You can learn English and other languages on Duolingo. It’s got a very clever algorithm to make you revise words you might be forgetting or were weak on. Gradually you consolidate vocabulary, language chunks and grammar and you can quickly start reading and listening to content in your target language.

Overall Duolingo is an excellent app for beginners. I’ve learnt two languages from scratch with Duolingo so I can vouch for its effectiveness!

2. Memrise

Memrise is an app to help you learn vocabulary. It uses creative and funny ways to make you remember words and if you use it regularly it’s highly efficient. Again, I’ve tried, tested and loved it, and have been using it for the past 3 years. You can use it to learn many different languages as well as other subjects, such as art, history, science and so on.

3. LearnEnglish Grammar (British Council)

This app is specifically for English and is designed to improve your grammar through a series of interactive exercises. Available for different levels from beginner to advanced, this app has over 1,000 exercises for you to practice your English grammar on the go, and it’s completely free.

 

Which apps do you use? What’s your experience with paid apps? Which would you recommend? We look forward to hearing about your experience in our Comments section!

 

 

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