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TBRCP129 - GO3 students introduce themselves
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March 21, 2013 01:33 PM PDT
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Topic: Personal Introductions

In this show, adult students in an English for Everyday Use language course at pre-intermediate level (G03) introduce themselves.

We hear interviews with:

Ahmed (U.A.E.)
Mengyao (Sunny) (China)
Jabir (Qatar)
Rashid (Qatar)
Roman (Ukraine)
Cristian (Argentina)
Miho (Japan)
Guillermo (Argentina)

Please listen to our interviews and add your comments on our blog page at bardwellroad.podomatic.com.

Preparation for this introductory show: Geoff (the group's second teacher), gave each student a copy of a template script for the start and end of the show (the "intro" and "outro"), and a list of personal topics. The students took turns interviewing each other, responding without a script, i.e. spontaneously.

This show was recorded in class, on the teacher's Apple MacBook Pro computer with Apple's Garageband application and a Samson Meteor Mic. The Garageband jingle used is Vino. After editing in Garageband and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the audio volume was levelled using the program Levelator (www.gigavox.com/levelator), and the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP128 - GO1 students talk about makeup
March 15, 2012 02:42 PM PDT
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Presenters: Elizaveta and Isabela
Topic: Makeup

In this show, adult English language students in GO1 class talk about makeup. Elizaveta, from Russia, and Isabela, from Brazil, host the show. They chose the topic, prepared the questions, introduce the show and interview their classmates.

We hear interviews with:

Macarena (Argentina)
Isidora (Chile)
Pauline (Belgium)
Dimitri (Belgium)
Gabriela (Venezuela/Spain)
Alessandro (Italy)
Quinten (Holland)
Stijn (Holland)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)
Girls
1. Do you use make-up? If yes, how often? How much time do you spend on it?
2. Who taught you to use make-up?
3. Do you think make-up is good or bad for your skin? Why? Why not?
4. Do you prefer basic make-up or strong?
5. How do you think make-up could be considered as fake beauty? Why? Why not?
6. Could you completely change your appearance with make-up?
7. Could you date a boy who uses make-up?
Boys
1. What do you think about girls who use make-up? Do you prefer girls with make-up or without?
2. Can you tell when the girl is using make-up or not?
3. Have you ever used make-up?
4. Do you know that every man eats 3 kilos or more of make-up during his life only by kissing? Do you like it?
5. If the girl with whom you fell in love is ugly without make-up, what would you do?
6. Do you think is it acceptable for men to use make-up? Why? Why not? What about famous actors and pop stars?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the GarageBand app and a Samson Meteor Mic microphone. The GarageBand jingle used is Greasy Wheels. After editing in GarageBand and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP127 - GO1 students talk about alcohol
March 08, 2012 02:04 PM PST
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Presenters: Macarena and Stijn
Topic: Alcohol

In this show, adult English language students in GO1 class talk about alcohol. Macarena, from Argentina, and Stijn, from the Netherlands, host the show. They chose the topic, prepared the questions, introduce the show and interview their classmates.

As a class, we had watched a BBC Horizon Science documentary "Is Ecstasy worse than Alcohol?", with expert testimony from scientists charged by the UK government to evaluate the relative harmfulness of the most commonly used drugs in the UK. This podcast is an extension of the discussion following that. Before listening to the interviews, please note that some of what you will hear is clearly intended to be "tongue-in-cheek" (ironic).

We hear interviews with:

Isabela (Brazil)
Yana (Russia)
Isidora (Chile)
Dimitri (Belgium)
Quinten (the Netherlands)
Elizaveta (Russia)
Gabriela (Venezuela/Spain)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

1. Do you like alcohol?
2. When did you start drinking?
3. How often do you drink?
4. Which is your favourite drink?
5. How many drinks does it take to get you drunk?
6. Have you ever vomited from alcohol? Why?
7. From what age is it legal in your country to drink?
8. Do your parents drink?
9. Do they allow you to drink?
10. Do you have bad hangovers?
11. How often do you go to the club?
12. What do you think about clubbing in oxford?
13. What do you think about binge drinking?
14. Do you know that alcohol is worse then marihuana for you? What do you think about that?
15. Alcohol causes serious brain and liver damage, what do you think about that?
16. Can you have a good night clubbing without alcohol?
17. Have you ever had bad experiences with alcohol?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the GarageBand app and a Samson Meteor Mic microphone. The GarageBand jingle used is Electric Rodeo. After editing in GarageBand and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP126 - GO1 students talk about sport
March 01, 2012 11:36 AM PST
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Presenters: Carolina and Dimitri
Topic: Sport

In this show, adult English language students in GO1 class talk about sport. Carolina, from Brazil, and Dimitri, from Belgium, host the show. They chose the topic prepared the questions (with the teacher's help), introduce the show and interview their classmates.

We hear interviews with:

Stijn (Netherlands)
Isabela (Brazil)
Gabriela (Venezuela/Spain)
Alessandro (Italy/USA)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

WATCHING SPORT
How much time do you spend watching sports? (Which one(s)? Why?)
How often do you go to live sporting events?
Do you prefer team sports or individual sports? (Why? Can you give examples?)
What's the most exciting sport to watch, in your opinion? (Why?)

DOING SPORT
Do you do any sports yourself? (Which one(s)?)
How long have you been doing it(them)? (How good are you?)

MONEY AND SPORT
What do you think about people like David Beckham that earn so much money from sports?
Do you think that they deserve to earn this money? (Why (not)?)
Are sports superstars born or made?

DRUGS IN SPORT
Do you know anyone that uses steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs?
What do you think about the use of drugs in sports?
How much of a problem is it in the sports you enjoy?
If you were an athlete, would you use such drugs?
Why do some athletes risk their careers by taking drugs?
Do you think performance-enhancing drugs should be legalised?
If an athlete is caught using drugs in the Olympics, what should the punishment be?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the GarageBand app and a Samson Meteor Mic microphone. The GarageBand jingle used is Fireside. After editing in GarageBand and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP125 - GO2 students talk about friendship
January 26, 2012 01:18 PM PST
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Presenters: Emiliano, Florencia, Javier
Topic: Friendship

In this show, adult English language students in GO2 class talk about friendship. Emiliano, Florencia and Javier, all from Argentina, volunteered to host the show. They chose the topic, prepared the questions (with the teacher's help), introduce the show and interview their classmates.

Emiliano, Florencia and Javier introduced an interesting change to the format of the show. They invited all the guests to sit with them around a table and got them all to respond to each question, before moving on to the next. This was a very successful strategy, and created a show of great cohesiveness. Respect!

The guests are:
Gisella (Argentina)
Dimitri (Belgium)
Alessandro (Italy/USA)
Sol (Argentina)
Gabriela (Venezuela/Spain)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

1) Some people say they have a close friend that they have always met on the Internet (e.g. Facebook), but never in person. Is this possible?
2) Do you think that you can have many real friends or just a few?
3) Some people say that their best friend is a pet, e.g. a dog or a cat. What would you say to somebody like this?
4) What do you usually do with your friends to have fun?
5) Could you be close friends with someone who had very different political or religious ideas from yours?
6) Can men and women ever truly be "just friends"?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer using the GarageBand application and a Samson Meteor Mic microphone. The GarageBand jingle used is Island. After editing in GarageBand, Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence) and Levelator (to equalise volumes between different speakers), the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP124 - GO2 students talk about their cultures
January 19, 2012 12:50 PM PST
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Presenters: Gisella, Macarena and Victoria
Topic: Students' cultures

In this show, adult English language students in GO2 class talk about their cultures. Gisella, Macarena, Victoria, all from Argentina, very kindly volunteered to host the show. They chose the topic prepared the questions (with the teacher's help), introduced the show and interviewed their classmates.

We hear interviews with:

Arkadiy (Russia)
Javier (Argentina)
Alessandro (Italy/USA)
Maria (Russia)
Gabriela (Venezuela/Spain)
Dimitri (Belgium)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

1) How do you introduce yourself when you meet someone? (Do people usually shake hands when greeting? Do they kiss?)
3) How much body contact is socially acceptable? (When can people touch each other, if at all?)
4) Can you give any examples of special gestures used by people in your country?
5) What do (young) people in your country usually do for fun (entertainment)?
6) What traditional dishes do people eat in your country?
7) When you are in another country, do you try the local food?
8) Can you tell us about traditional music in your country?
10) Can you tell us about sports in your country? (What sports are popular? Can you describe any traditional sports?)
11) How do people in your country celebrate birthdays?
12) What do students in your country usually do after high school (secondary school)? Do they leave home or stay with their parents?
13) When you meet an important person, what do you do?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the GarageBand app and a Samson Meteor Mic microphone. The GarageBand jingle used is Fifth Avenue Stroll. After editing in GarageBand and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP123 - GO2 students introduce themselves
January 12, 2012 11:09 PM PST
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Topic: Personal Introductions

In this show, adult students in a general English language course at upper intermediate/advanced level (G02) introduce themselves.

We hear interviews with:

Alessandro (Italy/USA)
Dimitri (Belgium)
Maca (Argentina)
Victoria (Argentina)
Gise (Argentina)
Flor (Argentina)
Maria (Russia)
Javi (Argentina)
Gabriela (Venezuela/Spain)
Sol (Argentina)
Arkadiy (Russia)

We would like to give a special thanks to Arkadiy for doing the intro and outro - and in front of a big class, without any noticeable nervousness!

Please listen to our interviews and add your comments on our blog page at bardwellroad.podomatic.com.

Preparation for this introductory show: The group teacher, Geoff, gave each student a copy of a template script for the start and end of the show (the "intro" and "outro"), and a list of personal topics. The students took turns interviewing each other, responding without a script - spontaneously.

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the program Garageband. The Garageband jingle used is Vino. After editing in Garageband and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the audio volume was levelled using the program Levelator (www.gigavox.com/levelator), and the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP122 - GO3 students talk about ideal people
December 07, 2011 02:00 PM PST
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Presenters: Ana and Gabriella
Topic: Ideal people

In this show, adult English language students in GO3 class talk about ideal people. Gabriella from Italy and Ana from Spain chose the topic and prepared the questions (with the teacher's help). They introduce the show and interview their classmates.

We hear interviews with:
Estel (Spain)
Serif (Turkey)
Micky (Hong Kong)
Medyan (Jordan)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

1. How would you describe your ideal girl / boyfriend or romantic partner? (Describe him / her.)
2. Tell me about your best friend. Describe their personality.
3. Can you describe your own personality?
4. Are romantic relationships between English people different to your own country? How?
5. When you meet a member of the opposite sex, what is the first thing you notice?
6. If you want to chat somebody up, what do you say or do?
7. Can you tell us about your funniest or most romantic experience (love story)?
8. If you don't want to talk to a person, what excuse do you make up?
9. If you could have dinner with Angelina Jolie / Brad Pitt, what is the first topic you would talk about?
10. In your country, how do you say: "You are very beautiful / handsome"?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the program Garageband. The Garageband jingle used is Roll Credits. After editing in Garageband and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the audio volume was levelled using the program Levelator (www.gigavox.com/levelator), and the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP121 - GO3 students talk about their countries and cities
November 30, 2011 12:50 PM PST
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Presenters: Estel and Micky
Topic: Countries and cities

In this show, adult English language students in GO3 class talk about their countries and cities. Micky from Hong Kong and Estel from Spain chose the topic and prepared the questions (with the teacher's help). They introduce the show and interview their classmates. Micky also answered the questions.

We hear interviews with:

Ana (Spain)
Gabriella (Italy)
Micky (Hong Kong)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

YOUR COUNTRY AND CITY
Where are you from?
How far is your country from England?
Do you know what the population of your country is, more or less?
Is it easy for people to buy a house in your country? Is accommodation cheaper or more expensive?
What are some traditional dishes in your country? (e.g. paella, spaghetti bolognese)
What's your favourite (national) dish?
Are restaurants more expensive or cheaper than England?
Describe your favourite music from your country. How is it different from music in England?
Can you tell me about your language? How similar is it to English?
Can you give any examples of superstitions in your country?
What is the thing that you miss most from your country?
Who is the leader of your country? Do you support him/her?
If I go to your country, do you have any recommendations for places I must see or visit?
How do people spend the weekend in your country?

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the program Garageband. The Garageband jingle used is Dewdrops. After editing in Garageband and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the audio volume was levelled using the program Levelator (www.gigavox.com/levelator), and the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

TBRCP120 - GO3 students talk about travel and holidays
November 23, 2011 11:35 AM PST
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Presenter: Tahar
Topic: Travel and holidays

In this show, adult English language students in GO3 class talk about travel and holidays. Tahar, from Tunisia, chose the topic and prepared the questions (with the teacher's help). He introduces the show and interviews his classmates.

We hear interviews with:

Gabriella (Italy)
Medyan (Jordan)
Charles (Switzerland)
Serif (Turkey)
Ana (Spain)

Interview questions
(If you are listening in class, you could ask a partner the interview questions, then choose one or more of the speakers and note their answers.)

Travel and holidays
1. Why do you think people travel?
2. How much holiday do you think people need every year?
3. Do you prefer a relaxing holiday or an activity holiday?
4. Do you prefer to travel with your friends or your family? (Why?)
5. When you go on holiday, do you prefer hot or cold countries?
6. Where are you going to go next time you travel? Who are you going to go with?
7. What's the most beautiful place you've ever been to? (Please describe it.)
8. What's your best (or worst) holiday experience?
9. Has the airline ever lost your luggage? (What happened?)

This show was recorded in class, on group teacher, Geoff's, Apple MacBook Pro computer with the program Garageband. The Garageband jingle used is Travel! After editing in Garageband and Audacity (for noise removal and deletion of unnecessary silence), the audio volume was levelled using the program Levelator (www.gigavox.com/levelator), and the file was converted to MP3 format. The photo was edited in Pixelmator.

This show was produced at the Bardwell Road Adult Centre, St Clare's, Oxford, UK.

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