Weekly English Practice

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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Have You Ever Flopped (perhaps in flip-flops)?

Have You Ever Flopped (perhaps in flip-flops)? 03/02/22 / Keyword: flop The word flop has several different meanings. For example, Boris Johnson has famously floppy hair. ECP coach Rob Hextall explores some other examples Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary flop: a completely unsuccessful performance (or performer) to flop: to be completely unsuccessful; to fail totally (for other definitions see page 2 of…

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How Clean Is Clean Enough?

How Clean Is Clean Enough? 27/01/22 / Keyword: clean ECP coach Alison would like to get into the habit of keeping her home cleaner this year, but will a SMART approach to goal-setting be enough? Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary hoovering: vacuum-cleaning chances are: probably / it is likely that… sparkling/spotless: very clean grime: a layer of dirt stuck to a surface pursuit: the…

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The Charming Story Of How Irish Coffee Came To Be

The Charming Story Of How Irish Coffee Came To Be 20/01/22 / Keyword: Irish coffee The origins of genius inventions often come from mundane or even accidental circumstances, but the story behind the origins of the Irish coffee is anything but. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary cheeky: showing a lack of respect or politeness in a way that is amusing…

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10 New Year’s Resolutions For Learning English

10 New Year’s Resolutions For Learning English 13/01/2022/ Keyword: Learning Coach John looks forward to 2022 and the English learning journey of ECP students. He uses ten verbs to give advice and ideas to help everyone achieve their goals. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary to jot down: to make notes and write down ideas and information to improve: to make progress…

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New Zealand To Ban Smoking For Next Generation

New Zealand To Ban Smoking For Next Generation 23/12/21 / Keyword: Smoking Legislation will mean people currently aged 14 and under will never be able to legally purchase tobacco with the idea of outlawing the habit by 2025. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary NZ: New Zealand to outlaw something: to make something illegal; to ban or prohibit…

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