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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Analysis
4) Song of the Day

5) HPE Lesson Packs!


1) Today's Video Analysis 

Watch this funny McDonalds drive thru video and answer the questions below...


Q1) Put these events from the video in the correct order  ???

   a) the young man asks if she is listening
   b) the girls start singing
   c) the young man starts singing
   d) the car drives up
   e) the woman repeats the order
   f) the woman asks if she can help
   g) the people in the car cheer
   h) the young man says his order is complicated

Q2) What does the man order?  ???

Q3) True or False?

  a) The man's car is red  ???
   b) The man sings very well  ???
   c) The McDonalds employee laughs at the end of the song  ???
   d) The people in the car clap  ???
   e) The McDonalds employees are friendly  ???

Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast 

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
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Blog : Podcast 50 : 'Food Fest'

  [Listen to the podcast] 

Q1) According to the Hatter in the quotation...  ???

   a) you can take more than nothing
   b) you can't take less than nothing
   c) you can take less than nothing
   d) you can't take more than nothing
   e) more than nothing is nothing

Q2) True or false?

   a) On average, Hispanics are more overweight than black people  ???
   b) Asians are, on average, the least obese
   c) More than one in five Americans are unhealthily heavy

Q3) According to the McDonalds joke...  ???

   a) Employees are supposed to be friendly
   b) All McDonalds participate in promotions
   c) Service should be fast
   c) McDonalds is the best restaurant

3) Today's News Analysis 

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
risk larger waistlines the start of the study
reduce muscle fitness result in an extra 7.6mm of waist
tracked the TV habits decrease the distance

Listen to and read this news story from the BBC Website and answer the questions.


TV habits 'can predict kids' waist size and fitness'

Children who increase the number of hours of weekly television they watch between the ages of two and four years old risk larger waistlines by age 10.

A Canadian study found that every extra weekly hour watched could add half a millimetre to their waist circumference and reduce muscle fitness.

The study, in a BioMed Central journal,
tracked the TV habits of 1,314 children.

Experts say children should not watch more than two hours of TV a day.

Researchers found that the average amount of television watched by the children at
the start of the study was 8.8 hours a week.

This increased on average by six hours over the next two years to reach 14.8 hours a week by the age of four-and-a-half.

Fifteen per cent of the children in the study were watching more than 18 hours per week by that age, according to their parents.

The study said the effect of 18 hours of television at 4.5 years of age would by the age of 10
result in an extra 7.6mm of waist because of the child's TV habit.

As well as measuring waist circumference, the researchers also carried out a standing long jump test to measure each child's muscular fitness and athletic ability.

An extra weekly hour of TV can
decrease the distance a child is able to jump from standing by 0.36cm, the study said.

Q1) Find expressions which are similar to:

   a) make them fatter  ???
   b) reduce the amount
   c) may get fatter  ???
   d) recorded amount of television watched  ???
   e) beginning of the research  ???
   f) make them weaker  ???

Q2) True or False?

   a) Too much TV can make kids fat.  ???
   b) Fifteen in a hundred 4-year-olds watch more than 14 hours of TV per week.  ???
   c) More than 2 hours of TV per day is considered too much.
   d) Watching a lot of sport on TV makes kids physically fitter.  ???
   e) Over one million children took part in the study.  ???
   f) At the beginning of the research the children were already watching over 10 hours of TV per week.  ???
   g) The children's parents were also involved in the study.  ???

Q3) Grammar & Vocabulary Challenge:

    a) Find five examples of modal auxilliary verbs in the article.  ???

   b) Find words (one per paragraph) which are similar to:

 guess well / make bigger / make less / monitored / knowledgeable people
 scientists / arrive at / said / mean / distance around / additional  ???

4) Today's Song  

A great favourite of mine, a classic song, a brilliant George Harrison composition... While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles!

Enjoy the track and see how much you can you can understand.

Watch the video, listen to the song, and do the exercises below...  



While My Guitar Gently Weeps  (lyrics)
(by The Beatles)

I've taken out the words which rhyme from each verse: sorry!

The missing words are at the top.

Listen to (and then sing!) the song correctly...

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)

inverted ~ told ~ sweeping ~ perverted ~ learning ~ controlled
sleeping ~ turning ~ sold ~ alerted ~ diverted ~ unfold

I look at you all see the love there that's _______
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs _______
Still my guitar gently weeps.


I don't know why nobody _______ you
How to _______ your love
I don't know how someone _______ you
They bought and _______ you.


I look at the world and I notice it's _______
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be _______
Still my guitar gently weeps.


I don't know how you were _______
You were _______ too
I don't know how you were _______
No one _______ you.


I look at you all see the love there that's _______
While my guitar gently weeps
Look at you all...
Still my guitar gently weeps.









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