Thursday 28 April 2016

Bizarre Ways to Help You Fall Asleep

Sleep is probably the thing we humans do more than anything else our entire lives. You think will all those hours of experience we’d be better at it, huh? For some reason sleep deprivations, restless nights and lack of shut-eye can happen to us all.
I would always value my sleep, and I believe it helped me; especially in school. Instead of the classic ‘all-nighter’ I’d make sure to go to bed very early. After a good night’s sleep I’d then study for a shorter amount of time, but with a fresh mind. I believe this helped me comprehend and remember my new knowledge.
Sleep does happen differently to everyone. Some of us fall asleep deep and fast. Some of us are very light sleepers. REM cycles differ from person to person.
Take a look at some of these innovative ideas for hitting the hay. I know I’ll be trying them out.

Thanks to Daily Infograph

Sunday 24 April 2016

Prince Charles plays Hamlet

Prince Charles joined some of the greats of British theatre on stage as they marked mark 400 years since William Shakespeare's death.
Shakespeare Live! from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, featured performances that celebrated Shakespeare's legacy.

Saturday 23 April 2016

Insults by Shakespeare

(You can select subtitles in English to solve your doubts about what you are listening)

“You’re a fishmonger!” By taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s words--specifically his insults--we see why he is known as a master playwright whose works transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world.

Try this test to know if you have understood and learnt about Shakespeare's plays.

Quiz: how well do you know Shakespeare’s language?

Our friends in Children’s Books have put together a tough little quiz about the language of Shakespeare, so we wanted to share it and test OxfordWords readers. How will you do?

Click on the image to enter

William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest writer in the English language. His vast collection of work includes sonnets, comedies, historical plays, great tragedies, and tragicomedies, all of which have been translated into every major modern language. His most renowned plays include Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Merchant of VeniceHamletOthelloMacbeth,King LearAntony and CleopatraThe Tempest, and Cymbeline.

Miguel de Cervantes: 400th Anniversary

Thursday 21 April 2016

'Why are some people left-handed?'

Today, about one-tenth of the world’s population are southpaws. Why are such a small proportion of people left-handed -- and why does the trait exist in the first place? Daniel M. Abrams investigates how the uneven ratio of lefties and righties gives insight into a balance between competitive and cooperative pressures on human evolution.

After watching the video try the test to know how much you have learnt.

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Saturday 16 April 2016

Oral Reading Fluency 20 - "The Best Way to Work" - Vocabulary & Pronunciation

This is one of the videos which will help you to pronounce fluently, subscribe JenniferESL and you will feel confident when reading aloud and finally speaking.

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Friday 1 April 2016

April Fools' Day

April Fool’s Day is an informal holiday that occurs every year on April 1st. On that day, it is common for people to pull pranks (jokes that make other people look silly). Have you ever wondered how that tradition started?
Watch this video to find out the history of April Fool’s Day. As you watch it, see if you can answer the comprehension questions below. This video would work best with an advanced ESL learner, because the speaker talks very quickly. I hope you enjoy this ESL listening activity!