Thursday, August 28, 2014

Video: the superlight car project

(A2), B1, B2

You are going to watch a video about a European project to produce a  "superlight car" Video time: 4 minutes and 5 seconds. Activity time: 10 to 30 minutes

Task: Watch the video and answer the questions

1 What are the European Union’s emission goals for 2015? What does this correspond to in terms of fuel consumption?
2  What was the aim of the “Super Light car” project?
3  What did the project achieve?
4  How did the new body perform in virtual crash tests?
5  What’s the weight difference between a VW Golf I and a VW Golf VI ?  Why?
Check your answers here.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Video: "Helping" Africa

(B1), B2, C1, C2

In recent years, "one for one" campaigns have become very popular. Typically, you buy one product and another product (or an equivalent sum of money) is donated to Africa. This spoof video imagines a  new one-for-one campaign. It takes a humorous look at the attitudes of people in the West to people in developing nations. You will learn and have the chance to practise  some new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.  Video time: 2 minutes 57 seconds. Activity time: 10 to 30 minutes

Task: 1 Watch the video below

2  Do the vocabulary exercises. The worksheet is here.
3  Check your answers here.

Video: Feeling good about our work

B1, B2, C1

In this talk from TED, behavioural economist Dan Ariely talks about what motivates us to work.  He describes the results of interesting experiments he has conducted to test workplace motivation, and talks about the experiences of people working for different companies. Video time: 20 minutes and 26 seconds. Activity time: 40 minutes to 1 hour

Task:  Look at the worksheet (see the link below). There are some questions to answer (1-3, 6, 11-13) and some illustrations to explain (4-5, 7-10). As you watch the video

- answer the questions
- think about how you would explain the illustrations to somebody who has never seen the video

You can see or print the worksheet here

To check your answers, you can see the complete videoscript here (also available in other languages)

To watch the video, click on the "Play" button above
  Dan Ariely.pdf - Google Drive