Thursday, May 30, 2019

CAE listening comprehension sample tests galore

Friday, May 03, 2019

Some beginner videos that are definitely going to help you with your writing.
Cool BBC Learning English Channel focusing on English at work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autonomous Learning Resources

Crashcourses (15 min presentations with pretty accurate closed captions available)

Full semesters organized by subject (Higher learning. Verbatim closed captions available)

Long articles on a variety of issues available as downloadable audio files

It may sound dreadfully pretentious but the purpose of this channel is to provide useful lessons for life. (CC's are pretty much verbatim) 

15-minute talks on a variety of subject matters including technology, education, design, business, science and global issues. (full transcripts and subtitles in several languages)

Short clips organized by topic. (clowny approach)

In-depth documentaries (full transcripts available)

In-depths investigative reports (full transcripts available)

Debate sites (Closed captions available)

Animated interviews with 20th century personalities.

Grammar contents


( trailblazing ice-breakers)

(trailblazing philosopher)
(climbling trailblazer )
( Is collaborative consumption AKA access economy AKA cooperative capitalism AKA hippienomics capitalism's latest fancy trick? )
(the business of trust, algorithms, China's citizens' score system and the west's surveillance capitalism)

(language acquisition)

( job-hunting)
(breaking out of one's echo chamber)
(social media and relatioships)
(facebook's the filter bubble)
(persuasive techniques)
(persuasion and influence)
(correlation and causation)

(where are you a local?)
(Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
(mixed race )
(super grub)

(alternate endings)
(classic film review)
(classic album review)
(what's literature for?)
(more on film)
(strange events)

(choices that change your life)
(free to choose?)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

1.Are we better off or worse off than we were in 2008?

2. Is the Italian debt likely end up jeopardizing the future of the EU? 

3. Google knows what you're looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. Are we doomed to witness the end of privacy?

4. Data from the World Resources Institute (WRI)suggests that global population will increase by 34% by 2050 - an extra 2.3 billion people. To consider that the entire global population was 2.5 billion in 1950 gives an idea of the challenges which lie ahead.  Should international regulations be put in place?  Should sterilization be incentivized,  one-child policies implemented?

5. AI will lead to a technological singularity, a point when machine intelligence will overpower human intelligence. Some think this is the end of the world; others see more positive possibilities. While arguing that the virtually unregulated development of machine learning and AI pose a very serious risk to the survival of the human species, Nick Bostrom concedes that  superintelligence could also help us solve issues such as disease, poverty, and environmental destruction, and could help us to “enhance" ourselves. Does AI pose a real threat to human existence or should we be mostly  optimistic about it? 

6. What are the main drawbacks and upsides of virtual reality?