The power of parks

The power of parks

[National Recreation and Park Association]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • A  place where people of all backgrounds can gather to talk, exercise, learn or relax
  • The economic value of park systems is vast
  • Parks have environmental power
  • Protect and conserve biodiversity
  • Parks have health power
  • Aids in the control of obesity
  • Can increase life expectancy
  • Parks have community power
  • Socialize with one another
  • Form lasting ties
  • Parks have safety power
  • Reduced crime and violence
  • Strengthen communities,  transform lives and protect the future
  • Parks are the most powerful aspect of every community
CaMLA Speaking Test – ECCE oral exam – 
Do you like climbing trees?

Do you like climbing trees?

[Londonist Ltd]

 Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • I’m an obsessive tree climber
  • Probably 200 or so trees across the city
  • I’ve distilled that into my book
  • The tree climber’s guide
  • Central London
  • All the emails, the phone calls and the spreadsheets
  • So I stepped out into a park with a sandwich
  • A pine tree
  • 60 Feet above London
  • The view was just amazing
  • Start at the end of your road
  • Local green space, a park or garden
  • Start on a low branch
  • Until your confidence builds
  • Take a friend to help you out
  • With a friend you can get into 100 more trees than you would on your own
  • Work your way up
  • Risk-averse (opposed to taking risks) age
  • Councils are terrified about being sued
  • If you’re cautious and respectable
  • There is no reason you shouldn’t explore trees across the city
  • It grows up to 60 or 70 feet high
  • You can get all the way to the top
  • Maybe one day we’ll come back
Learn English with short videos – Short videos for the classroom –  English Langauge Schools – English collocations
I didn’t do my homework because…

I didn’t do my homework because…

[The Story Book Factory]

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An interesting article from Good Schools on homework  : 

There’s a long-running debate on the benefits of homework. The purpose of homework is to bridge the gap between children’s learning at school and at home, but just how relevant is it to the modern generation? We cover the advantages and disadvantages of homework below.


  • Children develop time management and study skills: Homework sets children up to manage their time and plan out study schedules, which are very useful skills to have when they enter senior high school years, tertiary study and eventually the workforce. Completing homework early in the schooling years ensures that it becomes a habit — not an inconvenience.
  • Students can engage with their studies: Even with the whole day spent at school, allocated class time is not always sufficient when it comes to engaging students with their school work. Setting homework allows students to revise content learnt during the day with a fresh set of eyes and a clear head, away from their friends and other schoolyard distractions. This also provides parents with an opportunity to get involved in their child’s school work, providing assistance and additional insight when needed.

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Down South

Down South

  [Jeremy Loops]

Jeremy Hewitt, (born 4 March 1984), known by his stage name Jeremy Loops, is a South African  singer and songwriter.

Down South

I didn’t want to, to leave you down south
When I said that I will call you, squeeze you a little bit of love
I didn’t want to but it’s good to see you
Tell me how you’re doing
I didn’t want to, to leave you down south
When I said that I will call you, squeeze you a little bit of love
I didn’t want to

And in the light of day
I didn’t know this
And everything she was
I didn’t show this
And in the light of day
I didn’t know you
But I wanted you to stay and I didn’t wanna go
I wouldn’t take it away from you, no no

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Make life easier

Make life easier


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • 10 ways to use rubber bands
  • Make you look super smart
  • Sliding down your nose
  • Wrapping them around the arms
  • Rubber bands
  • Digging around in batter
  • Prevent mixing spoons from sliding into bowls
  • Super hero
  • A simple trick
  • Container lids
  • For extra grip
  • A handy trick
  • As tidy as a kindle
  • A rolling technique
  • Securing ends with a rubber band
  • Slice and dice
  • The cutting board is slipping all around the counter
  • Your board will stay put
  • Door handle
  • Let the door shut
  • Wobbly table
  • Screwdriver
  • Swiping your brush on it
  • Wrap a band around the can horizontally
  • What was your favorite hack?
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
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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No other volcanic creation on Earth can match Santorini

No other volcanic creation on Earth can match Santorini


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Stunning views
  • 300m above sea level
  • Greece’s most popular tourist destination
  • Holiday apartments
  • Preserving the original style
  • In ancient times
  • A cable car connects Fira to the old port
  • Excursion boats
  • The Geological Institute
  • A neighboring island
  • It has a bay with a hot spring
  • You get used to it
  • Main island
  • Its volcanic heritage
  • Santorini wines enjoy an excellent reputation
  • Many restaurants serve both locally sourced vegetables and wine
  • Sea side restaurant
  • A contemporary modern twist to it
  • Spectacular landscape
  • Fine wine
  • Couples who come to say “I do”
  • 2000 weddings take place every season on Santorini
  • A Nuptial Package
  • A wedding planner
  • An ideal destination for the romantically inclined
  • It entices tourists every evening
  • The legendary sunsets
  • Enjoyed by the young and old alike

Map of Santorini

santorini day tours ]
Visit Greece @ Santorini or Municipality of Thira