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Leer, escuchar, escribir y hablar. Habilidades esenciales para comunicarse en inglés. Cada semana, English Coaching Projects te enviará nuestra exclusiva revista digital - WEEKLY ENGLISH PRACTICE (WEP) - para que puedas practicar estas habilidades. Incluye un artículo con su audio (5 voces distintas), definiciones del vocabulario y preguntas que estimulan la opinión y el debate. Puedes escribir tus respuestas, y incluso grabarlas, para enviarlas por correo electrónico a tu coach. En la segunda página hay más actividades prácticas e información sobre los eventos que organizamos en English Coaching Projects para que puedas practicar tu inglés en situaciones sociales.

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16/01/20 10 Easy Tips To Improve Your Life In 2020

Do you want to improve your life in 2020? Sleep better, get fit, be kinder and look after the environment with these simple solutions.

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Before you read the article (and improve your life), find this vocabulary in the text:

kind (adj): being friendly and generous

to demand (context): to insist on having s.t.

to fast: to stop (avoid) eating and drinking

device: a piece of electronic equipment

scrolling through: moving pictures or text up or down

smoothie: a thick, smooth drink of fresh fruit pureed with milk, yogurt or ice-cream

dairy: containing (or made from) milk

carbon footprint: the amount of CO2 produced because of a person’s activities

beyond: further than, past

cutlery: knives, forks and spoons (for eating)

workout:  a session of physical exercise

accomplishment: something achieved

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Sleep better, get fit, be kinder & look after the environment with these simple solutions

As we enter 2020, perhaps our New Year’s Resolutions should be new decade resolutions. Maybe this is the right time to make some serious changes to your life. Hopefully, this little guide can help you to achieve this.

Relationships with other people

Be kind

Know what your partner likes and use that information to be kind. Take time to speak and listen. Being kind can simply mean showing interest, even when you’re not that interested. 

Give people space

Remember that people need a little bit of separate space. No-one has a right to expect instant responses. Give people time to reflect and don’t demand instant answers.

Sleep

Dine a little earlier
Eating tells your brain it’s still time to be awake. It helps to leave a couple of hours between eating and sleeping. We’re designed to do our eating within a 12-hour period each day, then fast for the following 12. But most of us eat over 15 hours.

Dim all lights an hour before bed

Light affects your sleep. Reduce the brightness on your TV, phone or iPad. It’s about proximity as well. One of the problems with these devices is that we hold them really close and direct them straight into our eyeballs.

Diet 

Separate mealtimes from screen time

If you’re watching TV, scrolling through Instagram or checking your emails, you’re not paying much attention to what you’re eating. The result: you are more likely to eat more, but will feel less full.

Make smoothies

For those who struggle to eat enough vegetables, a green smoothie that has at least two portions of veg and one of fruit is a great way to top up your intake. (See page 2)

Environment

Make meat a treat

While going vegan is ideal, even reducing your meat and dairy consumption can have a big impact. Beef and lamb are the worst offenders. Dairy products are likely to have substantially higher carbon footprints than vegetables.

Avoid anything single-use

Think beyond plastic. In a lot of cases, people are changing from single-use plastic to unnecessary single-use wooden cutlery, paper straws or aluminium cans. But those materials will also have an impact on the environment.

Exercise

Make “if… then…” plans

If I’m going to work, then I’ll pack some fruit in my bag. Or, if it rains on a running day, then I’ll do a home workout instead. Plans like this prevent you from giving up.

Make exercise social
Let others know you are trying to be more active. Share your accomplishments on social media. Find an activity partner or walking group.

Adapted from The Guardian by ECP coach Kez Kurien

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

  1. What would you like to improve about your life? 
  2. Describe how you could do this, or what the obstacles might be.
  3. Do you think you need more exercise or to lose weight?
  4. If so, how will you achieve this? 
  5. Which of the topics mentioned is the most important? Why?

 

 

09/01/20 Why We Can’t Get Enough of Audiobooks

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? In this week’s Weekly English Practice, ECP coach Darren talks about audiobooks and how they might help him be more efficient with his time.

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WEP Audiobooks

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

rocketed: increased very rapidly and suddenly

bothered: concerned, troubled or annoyed

harbinger: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another

commuters: people who travel some distance to work on a regular basis

oft-cited: it literally means “often cited”. “Oft-” is just a shorter way of saying “often”. So, if something is “oft-cited”, it means that it is frequently cited or referenced by other people

recall: the action or faculty of remembering something learned or experienced

bolstered: supported and strengthened

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In this time-poor, podcast-friendly world, audiobooks are booming. So what is the science behind them – and do they change our relationship with the written word?

Are audiobooks the new books? It was recently revealed that audiobook sales rocketed by 43% in 2018, while those of print books declined (by 5%) for the first time in five years. Can people no longer be bothered to read for themselves? Is this, rather than the ebook, the harbinger of the slow death of print, about which we have been warned for so long? And if so, what does that mean for literary culture?

Let us first retain some historical perspective by noting that Homer’s Iliad was essentially an audiobook before it was ever written down. Oral literary culture long precedes the book and there are many reasons for its rising popularity. Some people use audiobooks to send them to sleep after a stressful professional day; others listen while walking, or looking after a baby, or as an alternative to TV. Parents say they are great for keeping children occupied in the car, and commuters use them on their journeys. 

But is there really a measurable difference between reading with the eyes and “reading” with the ears? According to an oft-cited 2016 study, 91 subjects were found to display no significant difference in either comprehension or recall after two weeks, whether they had read a non‑fiction passage or listened to it, or done both simultaneously. However, this investigation used ebooks for the reading part, and other studies have suggested that reading comprehension and recall is lower for reading on screens versus print. 

Since the 1980s, cognitive psychology has consistently established that recall is indeed better after reading (printed) text instead of listening to it, a conclusion bolstered by a 2010 study, which found that students did worse on a test if they had listened to a podcast of a scientific article on child cognition rather than reading it.

Books have the advantage that you can rapidly re‑scan a sentence visually if you didn’t take it in the first time; and you can mark passages in pencil or turn down page corners to mark specific places to return to.

Audiobooks, by contrast, exploit our “echoic memory”, which is the process by which sound information is stored for up to four seconds while we wait for the next sounds to make sense of the whole.

Nor can audiobooks reproduce one of the most thrilling features of print, which is its creative ambiguity: the line of poetry, or the sentence, that is exquisitely balanced between two possible meanings. The actor in the studio has to choose just one, and that is the one that is forced on the reader.

In their favour, it might be that the particular cadences and timbre of an actor’s voice in audiobooks provide musical information that helps longer-term recall, just as the visual and tactile information of where a passage lies in a printed book can.

Adapted from The Guardian by ECP coach Darren Lynch

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

  1. Have you listened to an audiobook? How was it?
  2. If you haven’t listened to one, do you like the idea of it? Why/not?
  3. Do you believe it will spell the end of printed books? Why/not?
  4. What are the main pros and cons of audiobooks?
  5. Should audiobooks cost the same as a printed book?

 

 

19/12/19 Weekly English Practice 2019 News Updates

News Updates! During 2019, English Coaching Projects published 37 issues of its Weekly English Practice. ECP coach Rob provides updates on some of the stories we covered.

 

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News update

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

plaudits: praise, acclamations, applause

bartender: a person who works behind a bar 

to grind to a halt: slow down and then stop

to pan out: develop and conclude (a process)

plot twists: unexpected events in a story (plot)

fossil fuels: fuels such as gas, diesel and petrol

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News Updates! During 2019, English Coaching Projects published 37 issues of its Weekly English Practice. ECP coach Rob provides updates on some of the stories we covered.

24th January 2019: New Alcohol-Free Bar to Open in Dublin

Original WEP article: WEP 240119 – Alcohol-Free Bar To Open In Dublin

Nearly a year later, The Virgin Mary, Dublin’s first alcohol-free bar is still open and is winning plaudits and acclaim. In fact, it won Ireland’s prestigious ‘Bar of the Year’ award as the country’s most innovative bar. One reviewer on TripAdvisor left this comment: “The bartenders were fabulous, you can tell they love what they do. I had an imitation cucumber gin drink, and let me tell you, I didn’t miss the gin at all!”

7th March 2019: Women’s Football Is On The Rise But What Are The Issues To Be Tackled?

Original WEP article: WEP 070319 – Women’s football and the ACFF

Negotiations to improve working conditions eventually ground to a halt and led to the players calling a strike in November. Ainhoa Tirapu, goalkeeper for Athletic Bilbao and Spain, explained their reasons to The Guardian: “It’s clear to anyone who follows football that it takes total commitment to reach the level that we’ve achieved. We spend long hours training, travelling and playing. Players shouldn’t be treated as part-time workers.”

23rd May 2019: ¡Sicansíos! The Precarious Job of Dubbing Series into Spanish

Original WEP article: WEP 230519 – Sicansíos (Dubbing Game of Thrones)

The hysteria surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones highlighted the ridiculous demands placed on translators and voice actors in Spain. And on top of the dubbing mistakes, many fans were unhappy with the way the final season of the biggest TV series of the last decade panned out. ‘Rushed’ and ‘poorly written’ were common complaints while plot twists and deaths involving major female characters angered many others. 

7th November 2019: UK Government Announces Fracking Moratorium

Original WEP article: 07/11/19 UK Government Announces Fracking Moratorium

Similar restrictions to those announced by the British government are in force in the Basque Country, but that doesn’t mean that the exploration for, and the extraction of, gas (and other fossil fuels) isn’t going ahead in the north of Spain. In 2020, the Basque Government will use conventional methods to begin exploring for gas in Subijana, Alava. Critics say that the money spent on this project should instead be used to invest in social and technological innovations that will create a new, sustainable framework for current and future renewable energies.

Let’s chat about that!

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  1. Will/Did you drink much alcohol over the festive period? Why/not?
  2. Will you go to watch any women’s sports events in 2020?  Why/not?
  3. What kinds of TV shows are you going to watch in 2020?
  4. Will you reduce your personal energy consumption in 2020? How?

 

 

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