What is your favorite word ?

What is your favorite word ?

[hiho kids]
I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world

I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world

[The Great Big Story]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
  • Being in a Bald Eagle nest is surreal
  • Take your time
  • I’m a Forest Canopy Ecologist
  • A Wild Life Biologist
  • I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world
  • Capture and work with chicks
  • Get blood samples
  • Environment contaminants
  • The Bald Eagle’s food source
  • To grab a hold of you
  • A whole 360 degree view
  • Nesting on the sea cliffs
  • A host of different sea birds
  • Our research, it may look invasive
  • Our primary concern is the safety of these young birds that we are handling
  • We go to great lengths to ensure that we don’t injure them
  • The Bald Eagles are national birds
  • Take in the view
  • For that moment in time

Want to work in the ‘green economy’?

There are many reasons why we should all keep an eye on the ‘green economy’. You could be passionate about environmental issues or just interested in which jobs might emerge in the coming years. Whether you’re a committed green or not, one thing’s for sure, over the coming years we’re going to hear more and more about environmental issues. But why are they important? And how will they affect your working life? We try to answer some of your questions below.

Why do we need a green economy?

There’s been lots of research into the effect that human activity is having on our planet. This includes:

  • industries that use a lot of fossil fuels like coal and produce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, which can bring about climate change
  • continuing to extract and rely heavily on fuel sources that will eventually dry up – oil and coal, for example
  • upsetting the natural balance of our ecosystem by destroying places where plants and animals live
  • using up more fuel than we need to in activities like transporting food from one side of the world to the other.

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Which jobs will grow and which skills will be in demand?

Here are some of the job opportunities that are predicted to come from the move towards a green economy.

Renewable & Sustainable Energy

The drive to find new ways of creating energy from resources that will not run out could create jobs for people involved in wind energy, solar power, fuel cells, biofuels, wave power, hydro power, geothermal energy.

Energy efficiency

As our natural fuel sources (such as oil) will eventually run out, we will need to make sure we don’t waste any of the energy they produce. This could mean jobs for people involved in energy-efficient lighting, voltage optimisation, energy management, low power electronic equipment, and insulation.

Resource efficiency

Every product we make, from a yoghurt carton to a wooden chair, takes resources and energy to produce it. So we need to make sure the production methods are efficient and that the product gets used again if possible. This could create jobs for people involved in recycling materials, less energy-intensive manufacturing methods, reducing packaging, sustainable agriculture, low-carbon materials.

But it’s not just jobs that are directly related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and cutting down on waste that will be in demand in the green economy. There are many existing jobs that will be needed in the green economy, such as PR officer, community liaison and jobs in administration or information technology.

Read more

[National Careers Service UK]

 

 

Lexical Chunks #2

Lexical Chunks #2

 lexical-chunks2 

Read more @ British Council
Where do you store your winter food supply ?

Where do you store your winter food supply ?

LabofOrnithology

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • One of the most interesting birds that I have every photographed is Acorn Woodpecker
  • I found a population of woodpeckers in a Suburban Park, in Southern California
  • Thousands and thousands of holes in it
  • They are among the busiest birds
  • This is where they store their winter food supply
  • It’s a tree that has been used over the generations, multi generations
  • We don’t drill them all at once
  • Each winter they drill a few more
  • And add some more acorns to them
  • That makes Acorn Woodpeckers pretty special in the bird world
  • They’ve got glossy blue-black back
  • They’ve got red and pale yellow and black markings around their heads and faces
  • Their eyes really stand out
  • You can tell the males from the females
  • They’re highly social birds
  • They live in social groups year round, up to a dozen individuals or more
  • Dramatic and very wonderful wing-spread display
  • I really like to go watch them and photograph them
A place of miracles

A place of miracles

singita.com
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • Singita’s philosophy is to protect large tracks of land for future generations
  • To preserve and to protect them
  • Nature has evolved over millions and millions of years
  • One of the golden rules in conservation management is that you can’t reverse a process in one day
  • You are seeing business today being run with a much shorter time frame
  • With less strategic thinking than ever before
  • We have built this business block by block
  • To ensure that nature is left to itself, that man does not interfere
  • We have to intervene very quickly, to ensure that areas are protected for the long-term
  • It so incredibly authentic to come to Africa
  • People say to me that they go home looking at life very differently
  • It impacts on you on a spiritual basis, on a physical basis, on a sensory basis
  • There is a  sense of well-being
  • We will only take on new projects if they are as good, if not better, than our existing product offering
  • We look for these painstakingly
  • They are rare they are difficult to find
  • We are building a legacy
  • And that legacy we hope will endure for a long time
A map of the region :

Map of Singita

For further information visit Singita HERE
Meet Iceland’s wild horses

Meet Iceland’s wild horses

Peter Warner

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Icelanders call these captivating creatures their Viking treasures

  • You won’t see scenes like this anywhere in the world

  • These are wild Icelandic horses

  • Some of them have never been touched by the human hand before

  • It takes patience to win their trust

  • Iceland is a nation that thrives on Myths and Fairy Tales

  • It’s tapping into the countries natural resources to attract travelers with an adventurous spirit

  • They are trustworthy

  • It’s not just the beauty of the beast

  • An extra two riding styles

  • It’s like sitting on a sofa

  • The specialist Icelandic Horse Riding School

  • Local and international students

  • With an average 20% increase in tourists every year

  • They see these creatures as their most compelling ambassadors

  • Why it’s worth venturing off the traditional tourist trails

  • And though they may not strike you as the typical souvenir

  • Only here will you see them unaffected by civilization

I do what I love every single day

I do what I love every single day

[Cannon Australia]

View Abraham’s work here

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m a cinematographer
  • I have the absolutely best job in the world
  • I do what I love every single day
  • A camcorder
  • I felt very blessed that I fell into it at a young age
  • He’d been shooting films across Australia
  • Work for him as a cameraman
  • In the wildlife nature field
  • Recording this amazing world of ours
  • One of the joys of being a cameraman
  • Being able to share that vision with other people
  • May never actually get to see an elephant in the flesh
  • I can see improvements that I’ve made
  • Technically and also creatively
  • You should never stop pushing yourself
  • You can combine your love of those crafts with your personal interests
  • The great outdoors
  • We’ve only got one life
  • You might as well be doing what you love
  • I feel so blessed that I can go out there every day and do what I love

Job Profile  –  Cinematographer 

A cinematographer or director of photography, also known as DP or DoP, is the head of the camera and lighting crew working on a film or TV set. As a cinematographer you will be responsible for the development, look and feel of the images which will make up the final film.

To do this job you need to have a passion for film and photography. You also need to be a good communicator. If you are creative, have leadership skills and want to work in the film or television industry, then this career could be for you.

A common way into this career is to get experience of camera work by working your way up from a camera operator role. If you have a portfolio of photography or a reel of film work that you have produced yourself, then you could market this to get yourself known.

Your main tasks  would include :

  • visit a location (known as a recce) before filming to check  its suitability, access to facilities and lighting and sound potential
  • order filming and lighting equipment
  • test equipment such as lenses and filters to check their effect
  • manage all aspects of the filming, sometimes operating the camera
  • supervise the camera crew to decide on any special camera moves
  • work closely with the lighting team to decide on lighting techniques
  • review film footage with the director

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a cinematographer, you will typically need :

  • a passion for film and photography
  • knowledge and experience of camera equipment and lighting techniques
  • creative ability with a camera colour
  • colour-normal vision
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to work with a wide range of people
  • the ability to lead and motivate others
  • an eye for detail, and a steady hand
  • the ability to work well in a team and also independently
  • good IT skills”
Read more @ [National Career Service ]

 

Teaching Lexical Chunks

Teaching Lexical Chunks

 “A Lexical Chunk is a unit of language which is made up of two or more words.

Here are a few examples of lexical chunks :

Good morning.
Nice to see you!
What’s the time?

Other lexical chunks can include phrasal verbs‏‎, idioms, collocation‏‎s and so on.

Lexical chunks are the common coinage of English. They’re the bread and butter, the everyday and the mundane. They’re the reliable standards around which we can hang poetic and emotive language.

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What are Language Chunks?

What are Language Chunks?

Language chunks are definitely one of the main ingredients of successful transition to the advanced levels of English. They’re what sets apart one language from the other, what makes each language distinct and unique. Noticing language chunks is a skill that needs to be well-developed by the intermediate level of English. If a student is unable to recognize common phrases and word combinations, s/he’ll stay at his/her current level and will never make it to the advanced stages.
 
The following are commonly referred to as language chunks :
Collocations are phrases that consist of words that recurrently co-occur together (derived from Latin locare ‘to locate’ and cum ‘together; introduced in 30s by John R. Frith).
 
dual citizenship but double occupancy
above zero but over 10 years (experience)
shipwreck but car accident
cut
hair but trim hedge
other terminology: 
‘prefabricated chunks’, ‘phraseological units’, ‘multi-word combinations’
 
Idioms are expressions which meaning cannot be understood from the meanings of its component parts (derived from Latin ‘idioma’ – special property).

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Fold, Roll or Bundle

Fold, Roll or Bundle

  [Heathrow Airport]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Expert advice
  • Cabin crew
  • Fly 24/7
  • You know a thing or two
  • How best to get it all in
  • To make the job easier
  • Eliminate about a third
  • The truth is like your wardrobe you never use as much as you take
  • Stuff underwear or socks inside
  • Fill awkward gaps with very soft items
  • Bulkier items
  • Minimize creasing and maximize space
  • One by one fold the garments back in
  • Throw a bag from the dry cleaner on top of your packing
  • Next up non clothing items, such as toiletries, books and cameras
  • Double back your toiletries
  • Stain free clothes and gunk free cameras
  • Rather than stuffing the inside pockets of your case with all the bits your forgot to pack

 

Create your own style

Create your own style

  [Birchbox Man]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Slightly wet
  • Towel-dried hair
  • A dime sized amount
  • Work it in from roots
  • Once every 2 to 3 days
  • Rinse it on other days to keep it healthy
  • Dry Shampoo absorbs oils
  • On in-between shampoo days
  • For added volume use a comb and blow dryer
  • One for hold and one for texture
  • Soft beach like texture

 

A big fat Greek-Italian wedding on a plate

A big fat Greek-Italian wedding on a plate

  [Jamie Oliver]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A hot summer’s day
  • My big fat Greek-Italian Wedding on a plate
  • BBQ Lamb
  • Lamb chops
  • Heavy on the black pepper
  • Pound the hell out of it
  • Sprinkle this  over
  • Throw it on the grill
  • A wood fire
  • The wood oven
  • Simple roasted carrots  with some onions
  • With tin foil over it
  • I’m going to add loads of bay leaves
  • I’m going to hit it up with some honey
  • A nice big handful of pistachios
  • This goes back in the oven
  • Fast cooking cut of meat or a slow cooking cut of meat
  • Some bits of charcoal
  • Fat facing down
  • Bulgur wheat
  • I’ve trashed the tin
  • We taking lamb to another level
  • This is a Greek-Italian love fest
  • Viva food tube

Job Profile  –  Chef

“Chefs prepare food using a variety of cooking methods. In large kitchens they usually work as part of a team. The head chef runs the entire kitchen.

You will need to have a keen interest in food and cooking, and be able to do several tasks at once. You’ll be able to show off your creative side by presenting dishes in imaginative ways.

If you love food and really enjoy cooking, this could be the perfect career for you.

You may not need any academic qualifications to start work as a trainee chef, although it may help if you have a good general standard of education including GCSEs in subjects like English and maths.

Your main tasks as a chef would include :

  • preparing, cooking and presenting food in line with required standards
  • keeping preparation at the right level
  • making sure that food is served promptly
  • monitoring food production to ensure consistent quality and portion size
  • stock control
  • following relevant hygiene, health and safety guidelines.

Skills, interests and qualities

To become a chef, you will need to have:

  • a keen interest in food and cooking
  • strong communication and leadership skills
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • high standards of cleanliness and hygiene
  • the ability to do several tasks at once
  • creativity and imagination for food presentation
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • good organisation skills”
[National Career Service ]

 

Japan – Endless Discovery

Japan – Endless Discovery

  [Lonely Planet]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Social Communications Manager
  • Culture and Historical Activities
  • There is a real contrast between the old and the new, the hyper-modern and super traditional
  • Top Travel Bloggers
  • A really memorable trip
  • A unique cultural experience
  • Busy financial hub
  • A studio, a café and a shop all combined into one
  • The place where the best artists get together to showcase their work
  • I’m going to step back 600 years to experience some authentic Japanese culture
  • Big bold dramatic moves
  • But what struck me was the concentration
  • I don’t quite know how to put it into words
  • It was just mesmerizing
  • Goes back, since well before the 2nd world war
  • Huge frantic city
  • Natural mineral pigments
  • Working in this particular medium, this is Mecca
  • Brightly colored minerals
  • Grind them down into different particles
  • Over a thousand years of tradition
  • It brings a new level of respect
  • The perfect blend of old and new
  • A walk back in time
  • Focusing on the challenges ahead
  • The tea ceremony
  • No ordinary person would be allowed in; it was a very special place
  • They are worth Splurging and spending money on
  • Once in a lifetime experiences that you have to sample when you come to Japan
  • A bond they have with nature

Job Profile –  Travel Blogger  :

“As a writer or author you would produce a variety of types of creative work, including novels, children’s books, poetry and, travel and technical writing. If you’ve got excellent writing skills, and you’ve got the determination and the self-motivation needed to make it in this career, there could be opportunities for you as a writer.

As a writer you could work for yourself writing novels, short stories, plays and poetry. You may wish to choose a writing specialism such as writing children’s books, travel or technical writing. You could also write features for newspapers, magazines, radio, film or television. You may also write for social media, websites or blogs. Depending on your role your work could include:

  • choosing your subject based on personal interest or on a commission given by agents or publishers
  • coming up with themes, ideas or plots
  • researching information using the internet, libraries and personal interviews
  • submitting your draft to a publisher, either speculatively or through an agent
  • revising your work if necessary, after getting feedback
  • pursuing publishing opportunities
  • developing an understanding of copyright law

You may be interested in working as a travel writer, creating guide books, features, hotel reviews or travel novels. Writing travel blogs, articles for websites and updating travel links on Facebook and Twitter could also be part of your job.

Skills, interests and qualities

To become a writer, you should have:

  • excellent writing skills
  • self-discipline and motivation
  • the ability to develop creative ideas
  • perseverance and determination
  • a willingness to work alone for long periods
  • the ability to accept criticism
  • drawing skills, if you wish to illustrate your own work
  • excellent research skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • IT skills
  • the ability to market and promote your work”
[National Career Service ]
Bird listening or bird watching?

Bird listening or bird watching?

  [The Brain Scoop]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Bird calls of Amazonia
  • An Ornithologist
  • We follow the pre-opened trail
  • We do this at a slow pace
  • Keep in mind
  • The most complex landscape in the world
  • Recording equipment
  • A field guide
  • I do a lot of recordings, primarily for learning
  • The most indicative like rainforest bird, noise
  • Bird watching in real-time
  • Telling insects from birds
  • Bird like calls
  • Different species
  • Haven’t been explored that deeply
  • We can upload them on systems online
  • A cacophony of sounds
  • A flock of ant birds following a swarm of army ants
  • A little over an hour
  • They should call it bird listening not bird watching

Amazonia Map

As an Ornithologist, you could be involved in:

  • fieldwork and research
  • conservation and habitat management
  • consultancy
  • education
  • campaigning and policy development.

Your work would vary depending on the particular job, but typically you’ll:

  • conduct surveys
  • monitor bird species in a particular habitat
  • track bird movements and biological processes
  • collect, analyse and evaluate data
  • prepare reports, management plans and presentations.

To be an ornithologist you should have:

  • a keen interest in birds and their habitats
  • an accurate and methodical approach to surveying, recording and reporting
  • enthusiasm about wildlife conservation
  • good analytical and mathematical skills
  • the ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • the ability to produce clear reports
  • a willingness to work flexibly
  • IT skills.

You could be employed as an ornithologist by a number of organisations, including:

  • observatories
  • ringing stations
  • nature reserves
  • local authorities
  • conservation charities, including international projects
  • wildlife trusts
  • ecological consultancies conservation organisations
[National Career Service ]

 

Change the world with kindness

Change the world with kindness

 [random acts of kindness]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m 6 and 3/4
  • I just turned 7
  • Doing a charity project
  • Raise food for the food bank
  • We all want life to be good for people
  • It feels great,  just because it feels great  to help a lot of people
  • Children are basically good people
  • They become better people
  • We pass it on
  • If you be kind to somebody, they’ll be kind to you back
  • To show a good example

When was the last time you were kind to someone?

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