Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hedgehog in the Fog

Wonderful Russian animated short from 1976


Classic Russian animated short film from 1975. Based on a story by Sergei Kozlov, directed by Yuri Norstein. In 2003 "Hedgehog in the Fog" won the "№1 Animated film of all the time" at "All time animation best 150 in Japan and Worldwide" contest in Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

TItanic - Listening

This short talk about social class on Titanic has reached 1000 plays on audioboo.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Technology Terms: FAQ



What is a meme?
16 Oct 2011
A fascinating discussion about new online vocabulary has been taking place on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog. It has got me thinking that the Internet has brought us many wonderful things but a beautiful vocabulary is not one ...
02 Mar 2011
To ping is to end a packet to a computer and wait for its return (Packet Internet Groper). For those outside of IT that doesn't help much. In practical terms to ping is to notify a website(s) that you have updated your site with new ...
24 Feb 2011
An internet troll is someone who joins a group or message board with the aim of causing problems. This might be achieved by provoking genuine members of the group with ridiculous, provocative or abusive comments.

27 Mar 2013
The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 107. ISBN 0-521-29681-1. A key concept in contemporary design. It starts from the idea that we are more receptive to something new when it is in ...
17 May 2012
Top ten most quoted lines of poetry on the Internet? A very surprising list compiled by the Inky Fool. He analysed the Google Search result data and came up with the following: 10. Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never ...

20 Oct 2012
Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which ...
What is Big Data?
What is showrooming?

Friday, 5 April 2013

Drama for young learners and teenagers

Event on Pre-Conference/Associates Day (Monday) gets my attention - my Fred & Rita series mines this territory:

Fred & Rita are college students. Their conversations are a fun starting point for language learning activities. Here Rita is looking for a phone for her ten-year-old sister.

More about Fred & Rita with samples here. The Fred & Rita Teaching Pack contains all the scripts, plus reading, listening and speaking activities.

Tthis short screencast explains how the teaching pack can be used with students


Download the Fred & Rita Teaching Pack (£2.25)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

What is Moore's Law? Are robots taking over the world?


The observation made in 1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuitshad doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future source
We are all aware that computers are getting faster and (relatively) cheaper with each passing year. The phones we carry in our pockets are far more powerful than the ones that sent the Apollo astronauts to the Moon.

 What is under appreciated is the impact this exponential increase is having as we move approach half a century of the integrated circuit - fascinating discussion about this on the BBC In Business Podcast - Race Against the Machine (March 30).

Sunday, 31 March 2013

How fast is the English language growing?

It has doubled over the last century. For language learners this poses an obvious hurdle ('why are there so many words!) but it also demonstrates the increasing internationalisation of the language. All of the new verbs are regular and much of the vocabulary shared via the Internet. 

In other words, L1 and L2 speakers share the same struggle to deal with the flood of new vocabulary