about IoT

Make  up your opinion on this hot new topic, the Internet of Things.

Some articles  from The Guardian and The Economist

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/23/smart-devices-solve-crime-murder-internet-of-things

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/14/data-generation-insights-internet-of-things

https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21721656-data-economy-demands-new-approach-antitrust-rules-worlds-most-valuable-resource

And some videos

 

 

English on the go

 

 

Now we have a little bit more time to practice your English in a fun way  on your mobile devices, so I selected a few games, apps or websites where you can compete against yourself or other learners all over the world.

First to come is an app called Quiz your English, an excellent way of practicing your grammar and vocabulary skills, it’s fun and not that easy.  A lot of it is is free and I think it’s an excellent way to prepare exams.

Then, another app and website called Memrise, it focuses on vocabulary and enables you to learn, discover and make lists.

Battaking, is another app to help you learn new words by matching them to images. This one is simpler, but simple is not bad and there are words you may not know.

Games to learn English offers a variety of games.

The British Council offers courses, exercises and games  to improve your language skills.

Have fun and enjoy your holidays.

Working on your oral comprehension

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Understanding the news, a movie, a song is one of the skills that stresses most students. Nothing strange about that, once you’ve heard it, it’s gone, you have to be quick, to make sense of a few or more words to get the meaning of what is said and in many situations, there is no way to rewind.

However, it is a part of all our language exams, so here are a few sites where you can train, practice and improve your listening and understanding skills.

I’ll start with two sites which provide “slower” news, and scripts.

VOA (Voice of America) provides many ways of improving comprehension and learning vocabulary. There’s also a YouTube Channel, Listen and read along based on VOA news with a script you can follow.

Same thing for News in levels.

If you like karaoke, music, singing along or just another way to practice English, try Lyricstraining.

One website I like a lot because, there are many videos and audios, different levels, interesting subjects, and the speakers are not always native speakers, is Elllo.

CNN10 is obviously a reference, international news for students in 10 minutes, quizzes to check your weekly news and scripts.

BBC  provides so many excellent services to help students learn English that I can’t even begin to list them. I encourage you to browse through the BBC Learning English, section especially 6 Minute English and take your time, you can search by level or by programmes.

If you feel comfortable I would advise listening to the BBC Global News, 30 minutes of news and reports.

Last but not least, there’s the Ted.com website, talks about so many subjects that you will necessarily find one that will appeal to you.

There are also zillions of YouTube channels to help you, and here is one:

California Land Surveyor Association

We worked on the following  video:

And here are some follow-up exercises, first some vocabulary that you can learn and test yourself on HERE

Then a simple exercise to check your knowledge of relative pronouns HERE

And finally, if you want to know a little bit more about the four United States Presidents represented on Mount Rushmore, three out of which were considered to be surveyors. You can read this short article:

http://www.kingslandsurveying.com/uncategorized/who-are-the-famous-surveyors-at-mt-rushmore-who-was-left-out/

Who was left out?