Thursday, May 30, 2019

CAE listening comprehension sample tests galore

https://engexam.info/tag/cae-listening-test/

Friday, May 03, 2019

Some beginner videos that are definitely going to help you with your writing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTMV8JRCg44
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIY6DK8IWjI
Cool BBC Learning English Channel focusing on English at work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN2jyw6D1ak&list=PLcetZ6gSk969oGvAI0e4_PgVnlGbm64bp&index=2

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autonomous Learning Resources



Crashcourses (15 min presentations with pretty accurate closed captions available)
https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Full semesters organized by subject (Higher learning. Verbatim closed captions available)
http://oyc.yale.edu/courses
https://www.youtube.com/user/YaleCourses/playlists

Long articles on a variety of issues available as downloadable audio files
https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read

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)
https://www.youtube.com/user/OUlearn

In-depth documentaries (full transcripts available)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/topics/

In-depths investigative reports (full transcripts available)
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/episodes/

Debate sites (Closed captions available)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY
https://www.youtube.com/user/IntelligenceSquared

Animated interviews with 20th century personalities.
https://www.youtube.com/user/blankonblank

Grammar contents
http://rafamoreno.com/wordpress/





2018-2019 C1 VIDEOS ORGANIZED BY TOPICS

GAME -CHANGER
( trailblazing ice-breakers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLgBDp3l-r8


(trailblazing philosopher)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2v8TywXjLA
(climbling trailblazer )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRVZ4SW7WU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-wjmIFlnNo
( Is collaborative consumption AKA access economy AKA cooperative capitalism AKA hippienomics capitalism's latest fancy trick? )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTqgiF4HmgQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh9ELeeRKc8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A15OorfLGk4
(the business of trust, algorithms, China's citizens' score system and the west's surveillance capitalism)
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2018/jan/19/digital-dystopia-the-changing-face-of-trust-podcast

LEARNING
(language acquisition)

PROSPECTS
( job-hunting)
INFLUENCE
(breaking out of one's echo chamber)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ijh_LMw08
(social media and relatioships)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5GecYjy9-Q
(facebook's the filter bubble)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csvsyf
(persuasive techniques)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk_SMBIW1mg
(persuasion and influence)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXhLmkrN0-I
(correlation and causation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtV-VYdNt_g

CULTURES
(TCKs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quS_pMGIlec
(where are you a local?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYCKzpXEW6E
(Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en
(mixed race )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8sY29iN0-c
(super grub)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMOUNNDtnA8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJoNL6Rk84o

CLASSICS
(alternate endings)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gksxu-yeWcU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n70PtKIhitA
(classic film review)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r9J60GTrZ0
(classic album review)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf6Fx8TXuRc
(poetry)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q89MLuLSJgk
(what's literature for?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RCFLobfqcw
(more on film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUhe6h6vnE4&list=PLRoNIkmOtWKSnspJbwTXL5sXrUuwgUfuD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V-k-p4wzxg&index=17&list=PL2w4TvBbdQ3sMABf317ExCob_v6rW2-4s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jonkduDdc5k&list=PLtDQTpmZVt5q14WIt9Mjgu_H7_uBTSMaq&index=120
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL5kBJmBUVFLYBDiSiK1VDw
(strange events)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWwDeqorbH0&t=83s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkcVEQDStPM

CHOICE
(choices that change your life)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s9ACDMcpjA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnMs_qLwaes
(free to choose?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvysy11716g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s9ACDMcpjA




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?