This is the video about Hungry House, the online takeaway business we watched in class. If you want to see the second part, go to Part 2, and yes, they got some funding!!
BTW, this is their web page: http://hungryhouse.co.uk/
For more info on the aftermath of the project, click here!
Following the Dragons' Den program, today in class we will talk about "Setting up a business" in groups of 4. You will have to:
• Decide what kind of business you want to set up: manufacturing a product, or offering a service such as in education, tourism, beauty
• Set out your goals
• Put together a comprehensive business plan
• Define your market
• Work out how to get financial backing
• Write down the questions to ask your potential financial backer
• Decide how much to charge for your product or service
• Design your name and logo
Finally, we will plana short joint presentation to give an overview of your business plan, working out who will say what.
We will be voting for the best idea, as well as for the best presentation.
Dragons' Den is a venture capitalist television programme that originated in Japan where the format is owned by Sony and partially Microsoft and Taimoor. The format, which is now broadcast internationally, consists of entrepreneurs pitching their ideas in order to secure investment finance from business experts—the "Dragons". Dragon's Den first transmitted on BBC Two in January 2005 and aired its seventh series in the summer of 2009.
Today March 22nd, we will talk about formal letters, precisely about Cover letters. As homework assignment, we will write a cover letter for the position we choose in one of these newspapers links!
Today we'll be discussing about "helicopter parents". Do you know what that is? Do you know any helicopter parent? What's your opinion about it?
Find questions on the text here!
The Independent: Can you hear that low whirr above our school playgrounds? Can you smell the tang of fuel permeating our university campuses? They are the after-effects of Britain's helicopter parents, who hover over their kids, ready to swoop when any risk or stress or spontaneity strikes.
I believe it's a great idea to analyze the way native speakers carry out the task we did in class yesterday. How do they speak about the different crimes committed in the office?
VOCABULARY from written text: Chutzpahnoun./ˈhʊt.spə/n[U]approving unusual and shocking behaviour, involving taking risks but not feeling guilty. Syn.: Audacity, insolence Rustling:noun . [U]the crime of stealing farm animals Hijacknoun /ˈhaɪ.dʒæk/n[C or U] (also hijacking)
when someone uses force to take control of an aircraft or other vehicle. The hijack ended with the release of all the plane's passengers unharmed.
Listen to the Report on the Oscars Awards we did on Thursday 11th again.
Report, 8 March 2010
The prize for best film at this year's Oscars, has been won by a film about American troops in Iraq, The Hurt Locker. Its main rival, the multi-billion dollar blockbuster, Avatar, didn't pick up any of the major awards.
This a slapstick type of comedy that has become a cult film in Germany and other countries. It is played on television for New Year's Eve every year. The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, who hosts a dinner every year for her close friends Mr Pommeroy, Mr Winterbottom, Sir Toby, and Admiral von Schneider to celebrate the occasion.
Thanks to my colleague Gabriel!
Hey! What do you think of the Oscars' Awards ceremony? Which language do actors use in their acceptance speeches? Do you agree with the awards given? Can you spot these words in the video? Trailblazer:one that blazes a trail to guide others, pioneer, pathfinder and To forgo: to give up the enjoyment or advantage of : do without
I believe it's a great idea to listen to some of the podcasts in Splendid Speaking site. You can polish the way you present your ideas and boost your speaking skills in general by concentrating on for instance:
After our marathonian evening on Friday 5th, I think we need to consider one important aspect when giving short monologues, and that's signposting. Signposting comes from signs posted on street corners, which tell travelers where they are and where they are going. In presentations, Signposting is informing the listener as to what things are going to be talked to about, and when sections have been completed and new sections are opened. I suggest you listen to this audio by Sylvia, a Romanian English learner, and learn how to signpost short talks.
Another useful podcast is this one. Vana, a German student, speaks about a teacher who influenced him a lot.
Useful language shows the listener, for instance, how you'll organize your speech:
I've divided my topic into three sections/parts, they are....
This presentation can be divided into the following subtopics, ...
The first point is... First, / First of all... The next point is ...
Second,/ Secondly... Next, we come to... Third, / Thrirdly
Show your listeners that you're about to finish both by using entonation and the right language as well: