Weekly English Practice

Are You A Boomer, A Gen Xer, A Millennial Or A Zoomer?

Are You A Boomer, A Gen Xer, A Millennial Or A Zoomer? 14/04/22 / Keyword: Cohort At ECP, we have a baby boomer, three Gen Xers and a millennial, three different generational cohorts. ECP coach Rob tries to clarify what all these monikers mean. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary cohort: a group of people with a shared characteristic moniker: a name for something behaviour: the…

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What Harm Can One Drink Do?

What Harm Can One Drink Do? 07/04/22 / Keyword: harm Alcohol is portrayed as necessary for a vibrant social life, but this has diverted attention from the harms of even moderate alcohol use. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary widely: commonly, extensively, in many places disease: an illness or disorder briefing: a meeting or press conference widespread: found over a large area or among…

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In Defence Of Being Beautiful

In Defence Of Being Beautiful 31/03/22 / Keyword: Beautiful Do good-looking people really have easier lives than everyone else? Maybe being beautiful isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. ECP coach Darren investigates. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary not all it is cracked up to be: used to say that something is not as good as people say it is wherein: in…

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Friday I’m In Love – My Lockdown Song

Friday I’m In Love – My Lockdown Song 24/03/22 / Keyword: Friday Coach John shares one of his favourite lockdown songs (literally!) and tells the story of the Cure’s biggest hit. Find out what Robert Smith thinks about his song. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary naïve: showing a lack of experience, wisdom or judgement to hone: to refine or perfect (something)…

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‘Blatant Misogyny’ In Indian English Exam

‘Blatant Misogyny’ In Indian English Exam 17/03/22 / Keyword: Exam Nationwide exam for teenagers included passage indicating female independence was undermining discipline in the home. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary blatant: very obvious outcry: a strong expression of public disapproval or anger to undermine: to reduce the effectiveness, power or ability of something pedestal: used in reference to when someone is uncritically admired…

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What On Earth Are NFTs And Blockchains?

What On Earth Are NFTs And Blockchains? 10/03/22 / Keyword: NFTs It’s easy to copy images and video clips from the internet. So how can a digital artist prove that a work of art is theirs and then sell it? ECP coach Rob attempts to explain what an NFT is. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary blockchain: a system in which…

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Getting Things Wrong Is Good For Science

Getting Things Wrong Is Good For Science 03/03/22 / Keyword: science Who do you trust more — someone who’s certain they’re right, or someone who’s willing to be proved wrong? ECP coach Ali asks if anything in science can be set in stone. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary dwarf: very small to be set in stone: to be permanent, unchanging to…

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Padel Takes Off In Italy

Padel Takes Off In Italy 24/02/22 / Keyword: padel When Covid stopped contact sports, Italians took to padel, a sport popular in Spain, similar to tennis with a dash of squash.  Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary to halt: to suspend movement or activity, typically temporarily a dash: a small quantity, usually, of a liquid added to something else. to smash: to hit a…

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No To Sportswashing! Reclaim The Game!

No To Sportswashing! Reclaim The Game! 17/02/22 / Keyword: sportswashing ECP coach John Hird recounts the moral dilemma he faced when his beloved football team, Newcastle United (NUFC), were bought by a bloody, theocratic, dictatorship. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary takeover: the taking control of a corporation through the purchase or exchange of shares flogging: a punishment in which the victim…

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Australian Asks Neighbour To Take The Bins Out

Australian Asks Neighbour To Take The Bins Out 10/02/22 / Keyword: bins Carl Stanojevic got a text asking him to take his Queensland neighbour’s bins out. So the photographer took wheelie bin number 6 for a spin around town! Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary bin: a receptacle for rubbish to the letter: to do something exactly as specified, adhering to all…

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