Sunday, 22 April 2012

Global Teen - Unit 5 - Ask Zac Efron.

You are going to interview Zac Efron for the school newspaper.

Ask Zac his full name.
Ask him his age.
Ask him where he was born.
Ask him his parents' names.
Ask him if his father is a doctor.
Ask him what his father does.
Ask him if he has brothers or sisters.
Ask him his brother's age.
Ask him if his brother is an actor, too.
Ask Zac's date of birth.
Ask him if he can drive.
Ask him if he would like to visit Brazil.
Ask him if his girlfriend lives in Los Angeles.
Ask politely if you can ask him a personal question.
Ask him if he could sing when he was a kid.
Ask him if he is shy.
Ask him if he was shy when he was a little kid.
Ask him his best friend's name.
Ask him if his best friend liked High School Musical.
Ask him when he met his best friend.
Ask him what young actors should do to be famous in Hollywood.
Ask him if he had a dream when he was younger.
Ask him what his mother thought when he decided to be an actor.
Invite Zac to visit your country.
Ask him when he came to your country.
Ask him how often he travels abroad a year.
Ask him how often his girlfriend calls him a day.
Ask Zac what book he is reading.
Ask Zac what his hobbies are.
Ask Zac how he will celebrate if The USA team wins the football world cup.
Ask Zac where he will spend his honeymoon if he marries his girlfriend.

Face2Face Int to Upper Int - Telling a story.

Background: Struck - A Short Film

On his way to work one day, Joel (Bodhi Elfman) is struck by an arrow. But it doesnt harm him. And it won't come out. So Joel has to learn to deal both with the arrow and his own painful loneliness. He tries to go to work, to date women, but no one seems ready to accept his problem. Little does he know, his life is about to change forever...

Tell the story using your own words.

Face2Face Int to Upper Int - NARRATE A STORY.

Tell the story as you watch the film.

The plan.


1) What was the plan?
2) Why do you think Mitch left Claudia?
3) What impression did you have of Eve? What does she have in common with Mitch?
4) Why do you think Claudia kept calling Mitch?
5) Why did Eve write on the back of the picture, "Now, we're even!"?
6) How do we know Eve liked Mitch?

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Global Teen - Unit 5 - Dictogloss

Reading: The best of me - by Nicholas Sparks - Upper Int to Advanced

The Best of Me

 “Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen.”

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

Optimism helps the heart.

Global English - Unit 3

Past Continuous Tense, Describing Past Activities.

There was a blackout last night.
What were you doing when the lights went out?

McDonald's profits on value meals

McDonald's serves up hamburgers, Parisian style, in a McBaguette at restaurants in France - as it adds regional cuisine to its core menu. It's a strategy that seems to be paying off, particularly in hard-hit Europe, its top revenue market. 
 "You are seeing some macroeconomic measures and austerity measures impact results in Europe and other markets as well, but at the same time I think McDonald's, given that they have so many structural advantages between lowest cost from suppliers a wide advertising budget, I think the resiliency in the numbers here is really the story here and I would expect that to continue. I think McDonald's is positioned to thrive in just about any macroeconomic environment." McDonald's, the world's biggest hamburger chain, reported higher quarterly profit, thanks to the growing popularity of its low-priced value menu around the world, restaurant makeovers, and expanded hours at established restaurants in the U.S. and Europe, where it continued to outpace rivals Burger King and Wendy's.
"The company is firing on all cylinders at this point the only criticism would probably be that they have been a little bit slow to address the China market where they are a clear number two competitor to YUM brands but I think we are starting to see a solid game plan." This summer marks a significant change for the company when CEO Jim Skinner retires. He'll be replaced by COO Don Thompson, considered the mastermind behind recent product successes and this summer's new offerings.
 "They've got a couple of premium products on the menu too that will do very well on the slate later for this summer you know English pub burgers being one of the them, couple other beverage extensions." McDonald's forecasts a 4 percent rise in global established restaurant sales in April. Just a taste of what many analysts expect to see under the new CEO's leadership.
Jill Bennett, Reuters

Friday, 20 April 2012

Employees prepared to work longer for less.

Survey shows that one in five works longer hours since the onset of the recession, while 16% have seen their salary reduced.

UK employees are increasingly accepting the business argument that they should work longer hours and accept pay freezes or even cuts in the aftermath of the recession, a survey of workers' attitudes for the Guardian suggests.

The poll of 5,002 working adults reveals that one in five work longer hours since the onset of the recession, with 16% saying their annual salary has been reduced.

Pessimism was revealed about the likely pace of economic recovery, with almost a quarter saying they did not expect to receive a pay rise in the next three years despite soaring consumer inflation. Only one in 10 said they expected a promotion at work during the next 12 months.

Yet far from feeling embittered or disengaged, 72% said they were happy in their jobs and only 27% considered it unlikely they would still be working for their current employer in five years' time. The survey also highlights the financial pressures faced by many workers. One in three respondents said they thought they could only survive for a month or less without their salary, with half saying their savings would last a maximum of three months.

Attitudes towards retirement were also revealing. Two-thirds said they expected to retire by the age of 65, yet less than half that proportion feel they have made adequate financial provision for old age. Recent research from Scottish Widows claimed UK workers need to save an extra £58 a month on average to prepare adequately for retirement.

The trend towards acceptance of austerity measures in the workplace comes despite a recent analysis by the High Pay Commission showing how executive salaries were once again rising fast and that the pay gap between rich and poor was spiralling out of control. A separate survey, also conducted by ICM, revealed that 72% of the public thought high pay makes Britain a grossly unequal place to live.

"Average pay growth was slowing before the recession, wages took a real hit during the recession, and we're now seeing very slow wage growth coupled with high consumer inflation," said Nicola Smith, chief economist with the TUC. "There are real issues of fairness at a point when workers are facing the greatest squeeze in living standards for decades."

Is 35 really the best age to be?

A survey claims that by 35 people have reached certain milestones but have good years ahead of them.

What's the best age to be? Carefree 16 or a young-enough-to-have-fun but old-enough-to-leave-home 21? Or maybe a wise 65? No – it's 35, according to research by insurer Aviva.

It asked more than 2,000 adults from across the age ranges what they thought the best age was to be, and the average came out as 35. By 35, those questioned said they expected people to have reached milestones like buying a house, finding a partner and having a first child, but have several years to go before reaching the peak of their career at age 39. According to the same survey, 35 is also an age when you can be at or around the peak of your earnings. When Aviva asked people about their household income it found that those aged 25-34 had most coming in, earning an average of £27,444 a year.

However, these groups said they needed the most extra money to feel financially secure. Among 25-34-year-olds an extra £627 a month was considered necessary to feel comfortable; while 35-44-year-olds felt they would like an extra £596 to live on. Among the over-65s the figure was just £23 a month.

In 2010, research by relationship counselling group Relate suggested 35 was the beginning of the misery years for some, with work and relationship pressures taking their toll on many.

So how about you? Has 35 been a golden age or do you look forward to reaching it? Or do you look back with a shudder and feel glad the 30s are behind you?

A beautiful day for record stores.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

"Did you know?"

Dealing with love in the workplace.

38% of workers say they have dated a co-worker at least once. Alison Kosik tells you how to avoid compromising your job.

A lesson from Germany.

Key Vocabulary:

on the outskirts
sleepy town
to avoid
niche market
at the cutting edge
to outsource
vocational training
one of a kind

Global Teen - Unit 4 - Dictogloss

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Good news for US economy.

TRANSCRIPT: Retailers got a pleasant surprise from the American consumer in March. Total retail sales rose 0.8 percent last month, which far exceeded economists forecasts, and that follows up a slightly downwardly revised 1.0 percent gain in February. The rise defied expectations of a slowdown in spending caused by higher gasoline prices. Some economists note those higher gasoline costs were offset by lower home-heating bills due to unusually warmer temperatures. A stronger consumer is a positive indicator of economic growth, which gets two-thirds of its strength from shopping activity. Therefore, economists are fine-tuning expectations as the data suggest the economy may not have slowed down as much as feared in the opening months of the year.


1) What was the pleasant surprise mentioned in the report?
2) What does this suggest, "which far exceeded economists forecasts" ?
3) Why did economists expect a slowdown in spending?
4) Why were unusually warmer temperatures good news for the economy?
5) Why is a strong consumer a positive indicator of economic growth?
6) What does the last sentence suggest?

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Market Leader - Upper Int - Unit 6

Face2Face Upper Int Unit 2 - Get used to

"get used to" indicates that you have adapted or become accustomed to something you may or may not like. At first you don't like something, then you "get used to it."

Video - New York City - 10 Things You Need To Know

Video - Dinner for two.

Video - About London

Friday, 13 April 2012

Super foods.

Reporter Mary Ellen Hopkins tells us how eating smart can help us lose weight and fight disease.

Havaianas flip-flops

Global Teen - Lisa in London - Beginner Level

Global Teen - Unit 3 - Reading: Lisa in London

Where is Lisa from?

What is Lisa’s last name?

Where is she going to study English?

How long is she going to stay in London?

Where is she going to stay in London?

When she arrives in London, does she know which school she is going to study?

Who gives her a tip about a good school in London?

What is the name of the school?

Where is the school?

Why does the secretary of the school say, “Sit down. Michael is coming.”?

Who is Michael?

Why did Michael confuse the school with the studio?

Who is Miranda?

Who is Mr. Craig?

Why does Mr. Craig want a model?

Why doesn’t Mr. Craig accept Miranda as the model?

What color is Lisa’s hair?

Why did Mr. Craig like Lisa so much?

How does Michael try to convince Lisa to be a model?

What would Lisa like to be after studying English in London?

Who helps Michael to convince Lisa?

Why was it safe to take the photos near many lions?

How long does Michael need to take all the photos for Hairspray?

What two gifts does Michael take to Lisa to convince her?

What idea did Michael have to finally convince Lisa?

Why is Hong Kong mentioned in the story?

When does Michael tell Lisa that he loves her?

Why can’t Lisa stay in London with Michael?

What two facts were important for Lisa to accept that she can be a model?

What was the end of the story?

The lucky one - Face2Face Upper Intermediate


When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet.

Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, The Lucky One is Nicholas Sparks at his best—an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.

Watch the trailer of the film based on the novel.

Discussion Questions

1. After Thibault finds the photo of a girl wearing a shirt that says lucky lady across the front, his best friend Victor convinces him that the photo is his lucky charm. Do you believe in lucky charms? Do you think the photo is Thibault’s lucky charm, or is his good luck just a coincidence?

2. Do you find it strange that Thibault walked across the country to find the girl in the photograph, a woman he knew next to nothing about? Why is Thibault so determined to find this woman?

3. Thinking about how difficult marriage is, Beth remembers her grandmother’s saying: “Stick two different people with two different sets of expectations under one roof and it ain’t always going to be shrimp and grits on Easter.” Do you agree? Do you think marriage is worth the hardship that often accompanies it?

4. Compare the main male characters in the novel - Thibault, Clayton and Drake. How are they different and how are they similar?

5. Thibault, we learn, was a soldier in the Iraq war, but when we meet him he looks and acts nothing like a soldier. How has the war affected Thibault and in what ways are his actions in this novel determined by his time spent in Iraq?

6. Victor seems to think that Thibault is in love with Beth even before he’s met her. Do you think it is true that Thibault fell in love with Beth before he ever met her?

7. Beth is somewhat guarded and she doesn’t allow herself to fall in love with Thibault easily. What, besides her past romantic failures, makes her initially afraid of Thibault?

8. What role does Nana play in bringing Thibault and Beth together?

9. Why doesn’t Thibault reveal the truth about himself to Beth earlier? Do you think he acted dishonestly and do you think Beth is right to be upset when he finally tells her the truth? Should she have forgiven him?

10. Do you think Thibault and Beth are destined to be together? Do you believe in fate?

11. What do you make of Clayton? Do you dislike him? Do you understand why he behaves the way he does? Is he a good father to Ben? Does your own opinion of him change by the end of the book?

12. What role does Zeus play in this story?

13. Describe Ben and Thibault’s relationship. How does Ben change as he and Thibault become close?

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Physical attractiveness and careers.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

Attractive women should not include a photo with a job application.

Mar 31st 2012

AT WORK, as in life, attractive women get a lot of the good chances. Studies have shown that they are more likely to be promoted than their plain-Jane colleagues. Because people tend to project positive characteristics onto them, such as sensitivity, they may also be at an advantage in job interviews. But research by two Israelis suggests otherwise.

Bradley Ruffle at Ben-Gurion University and Ze’ev Shtudiner at Ariel University Centre looked at what happens when job hunters include photos with their curricula vitae, as is the norm in much of Europe and Asia. The pair sent fictional applications to over 2,500 real-life vacancies. For each job, they sent two very similar résumés, one with a photo, one without. Subjects had previously been graded for their attractiveness.

For men, the results were as expected. Handsome men were more likely to be called for an interview if they included a photo. Ugly men were better off not including one. However, for women this was reversed. Attractive females were less likely to be offered an interview if they included a picture. When applying directly to a company (rather than through an agency) an attractive woman would need to send out 11 CVs on average before getting an interview.

At first, Mr Ruffle considered what he calls the “dumb-blonde hypothesis”—that people assume beautiful women to be stupid. However, the photos had also been rated on how intelligent people thought each subject looked.

So the cause of the discrimination must lie elsewhere. Human resources departments tend to be staffed mostly by women. Indeed, in the Israeli study, 93% of those tasked with selecting whom to invite for an interview were female. The researchers’ unavoidable conclusion is that old-fashioned jealousy led the women to discriminate against pretty candidates.

So should attractive women simply attach photos that make them look ugly? No. Better, says Mr Ruffle, to discourage the practice of including a photo altogether. Companies might even consider the anonymous model used in the Belgian public sector, where CVs do not even include the candidate’s name.

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