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English Modules: Contents

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The ICT4LT website is a collection of training modules in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Language Teachers. It was initiated with funding provided in 1999-2000 by the European Commission and has been regularly updated ever since.


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50 Phrases overused by English-speaking bosses... and that their employees just hate

50 Phrases overused by English-speaking bosses... and that their employees just hate | The English briefcase | Scoop.it

When you're a boss, you sometimes talk a lot.

The problem might be, though, that you talk a lot of gibberish.

This can annoy your staff to the point at which they think you're not worth listening to. Which might just affect your ambitions.

Here, then, is a new survey in which  British employees declared their 50 most annoying phrases that come out of bosses' mouths.

It was commissioned by SPANA, an organization that offers free veterinary care for animals in developing countries.

As we first run down the list of the worst 10, please spend your day monitoring how many of these phrases you use. Then repent.


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A New survey asks employees which pieces of business speak they hate most. There are a lot.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, January 15, 3:14 AM

This is surprising, we all use the words, cliches in fact: thinking out of the box, touch base, going forward, heads up, its on my radar, and even game changer! And we think these words are cool! The truth is that these words cosntitute what is called 'gibberish'. It is surprising that using such high sounding terms might annoy staff into thinking that their boss is not worth listening to! Well if a large number of British employees wrote these words and expressions in their list of fifty most annoying phrases used by their bosses, then there must be some truth in this!

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Even people in business are annoyed at these. Why can't anyone stop using them?

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Les Français sont nuls en anglais: peuvent-ils s'améliorer?

Les Français sont nuls en anglais: peuvent-ils s'améliorer? | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
[3/3] Troisième partie de notre série sur le problème de la France avec l'anglais.
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London’s Autumn Season 2015 – a cultural season like no other - YouTube

http://www.visitlondon.com/autumn The change of the season marks the beginning of London’s most exciting programme of arts, performance and culture. Watch ou...
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I’m an American in London. Here’s What I Learned from the British About Bad Behavior.

I’m an American in London. Here’s What I Learned from the British About Bad Behavior. | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I moved to China to write a Western etiquette book for Chinese. It featured advice on such topics as the non-negotiable issue of personal hygiene, the rules of a handshake, making sense of foreigners, and what Westerns consider bad behavior.Truth be told, nothing about what constitutes bad behavior in the West is entirely clear, except that there seems to be a trend toward forgiving it. What were once the hallmarks of acceptable behavior have shifted in a number of ways: with ou
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Lovely, humorous reading, a good distraction indeed! I especially love the pancake-flipping contest, not much to be seen, but the author's suggestiveness and your own imagination will fill the blanks!

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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader | The English briefcase | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 2015 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 2015 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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Fluids (part 1) Cours de physique gratuit en ligne sur les fluides, par la célèbre Khan Academy

Fluids (part 1) Cours de physique gratuit en ligne sur les fluides, par la célèbre Khan Academy | The English briefcase | Scoop.it

What a fluid is. Difference between liquids and gasses (both fluids). See also next parts...

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J.K. Rowling adresses Harvard young graduates about career choices, failure, and the power of empathy

J.K. Rowling adresses Harvard young graduates about career choices, failure, and the power of empathy | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
Harry Potter's author defines the concept of failure in the first ten minutes by telling her own story, then addresses the power of imagination. An inspiring 2008 classic. Full text here on Harvard...
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This new website publishes videos aiming at helping students improve their English by watching interesting videos most of them enclosing subtitles. 

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The most important challenge for a CMO - YouTube

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. We are the trusted advisor to the leading businesses, governments, and institutions.
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Nik's Daily English Activities: 10 Habits for successful English language learning

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Niveau d’anglais : les Français derniers du classement européen

Niveau d’anglais : les Français derniers du classement européen | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
« Elèves moyens, peuvent mieux faire » : les années se suivent et se ressemblent pour les Français et leur niveau d’anglais. C’est ce que confirme l’étude EPI menée par Education First.
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Home - English Stress Rules

This website provides a detailed approach for EFL/ESL learners to learn about and master Word Stress in English. Teachers will also find useful materials.
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Des exercices intéressants et bien conçus sur la prononciation. A faire !

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MIT Engineering K-12 Video Pilot

MIT Engineering K-12 Video Pilot | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
These videos were produced by MIT students to highlight the Institute and its students as super-qualified sources for hands-on projects, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments.
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Faces of Change: From Dinner Tables to Diplomas

"It meant a great deal to Jess Montejano, a second generation Mexican American, that President Obama supported students with legislation like the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Because of this tax credit, Jess was able to receive an extra $1000 when he filed his 2009 taxes. With this extra financial support, he was able to pay his bills and focus more on his studies."

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TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge : quel test d'anglais choisir ?

TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge : quel test d'anglais choisir ? | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
Difficile de s'y retrouver dans la jungle des examens d'anglais. Tous ne se valent pas, n'évaluent pas les mêmes compétences et ne sont pas reconnus par les mêmes établissements
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Les différences de conversation entre les Français, les Britanniques et les Américains

Les différences de conversation entre les Français, les Britanniques et les Américains | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
Pamela Druckerman, une journaliste américaine mariée à un Britannique et résidant en France, a raconté dans un article pour le New York Times avoir passé la majeure partie de sa vie d'adulte à décoder les règles de conversation des trois pays. Elle explique avoir eu une révélation...
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Decoding the Rules of Conversation

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The French love to land zingers. The British live in the land of irony. And Americans? It’s all about reassurance.
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Vidéos anglophones - English videos

Vidéos anglophones - English videos | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
Enjoy the riches of the web and improve your English!
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A new website for self-learners sorting out video resources that are interesting and (most often) subtitled . A few key words are given with an explanation and a nice quiz helps remember and share the fun. Register today and stay updated!

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Udacity - 21st Century University - Landmarks in Physics

Apprenez des notions d'anglais technique (bases de physique) avec ce cours en ligne gratuit de Stanford University (l'Université où Steve Jobs prononça un discours célèbre...).

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How to Troubleshoot Your Water Heater

How to Troubleshoot Your Water Heater | The English briefcase | Scoop.it

ANGLAIS TECHNIQUE. Comment vérifier le fonctionnement de votre chauffe-eau... Fiche technique à destination des usagers, - en Anglais. 

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Do you fancy troubleshooting something and checking your practical English knowledge? Have a try here! This is a document I used in my English classes learning HVAC.

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Structures to help build marketing and IT bridges - YouTube

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Idioms for the New Year - Free English Speaking lessons - YouTube

Idioms for the New Year - Free English Speaking lessons New Year’s Day has come and gone, and most of us are still adjusting to having to remember the year i...
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Londres se veut la Silicon Valley européenne - La Tribune.fr

Londres se veut la Silicon Valley européenne - La Tribune.fr | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
La capitale britannique a mis le cap sur la technologie et l'innovation il y a quatre ans, en favorisant l'implantation de start-up dans les quartiers est.
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Comment préparer au mieux son implantation aux Etats-Unis

Comment préparer au mieux son implantation aux Etats-Unis | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
Si l'environnement économique et réglementaire américain est très favorable aux investissements pour les étrangers, il ne faut pas sous-estimer l'ampleur des règles à connaître avant de s'implanter aux Etats-Unis.
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VIDEO. Les Anglais savent créer le buzz autour des courses

VIDEO. Les Anglais savent créer le buzz autour des courses | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
La passion des Anglais pour les courses hippiques n'a pas d'équivalent dans le monde. Quand ils mettent leur humour au service de la promotion de...
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Khan Academy - The physics page

Khan Academy - The physics page | The English briefcase | Scoop.it
With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
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