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No, the working classes do not 'need' the middle classes | Ellie Mae O'Hagan

No, the working classes do not 'need' the middle classes | Ellie Mae O'Hagan | The EFL SMARTblog Scoop.it Page | Scoop.it
People can fight back against global elites themselves – they don't require the middle classes to act as some kind of buffer One of my favourite quotes on British society comes from Nick Cohen: "To say that class doesn't matter in Britain is like...

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Quite agree.

My experience of UK state education is that it is full of patronizing middle class Guardian readers "safeguarding" the workers and "saving them from themselves"  "Every Citizen / Child matters" being a prime example.

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Trench talk: a guide to first world war slang

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During the first world war, troops fighting in the trenches used slang to communicate. Here's a guide to its meaning
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Voice of America - Space Race is No More, 45 Years after Moon Landing

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Forty-five years ago, humans visited another world for the first time.  Two American astronauts stepped out of their spacecraft and onto the moon. This happened during a fierce competition in space technology between the U.S.
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The EFL SMARTblog: Real English: Monty Python "Dead Parrot" Sketch - Idioms for "Dead" and "Broken"

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London Celebrates The Monty Python Reunion By Putting A 50-Foot Dead Parrot In Potters Field Park

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Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Lovely plumage.
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The EFL SMARTblog: What is "traditional" Britain?

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The EFL SMARTblog: CN U TXT? (Texting, language and mobile phones)

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How Music Works with Howard Goodall - 01 - Melody (Full Show) - YouTube

Why does melody affect us so deeply, from the moment we are born? Tunes touch our deepest emotions, and are capable of inspiring love, sorrow, faith, and hop...
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Coins out, cards in: London buses go cash-free

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As of today, Londoners and tourists alike will no longer be able to pay for bus journey with coins or notes, as the capital’s bus network goes cash-free.
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Alison Rostetter's curator insight, July 10, 4:34 AM

Interesting and can be used with my tourism classes.  Not sure how yet, but we can do something with it.

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A layman's glossary for understanding Scottish referendum debate

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The EFL SMARTblog: Remember + -ing (Gerund) or Remember + To (Infinitive)?

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The EFL SMARTblog: Job Interviews: Body Language - Making A Good First Impression

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The EFL SMARTblog: Your City - Past and Present (a powerpoint project)

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FCE Speaking part 3 and the L1

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My FCE students sounded really stilted when they tried to do this speaking part 3 in class today (taken from the FCE Gold Plus student's book, page 87). If you don't know FCE, this part involves lo...

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The EFL SMARTblog: "Been there. Done that." - Present Perfect ...

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You are going to. practise the present perfect to talk about things you have done in your life; use the past simple to give extra details about when / where / why you did it; play a game to practise the present perfect/ past simple.
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Elvis Presley: 60 years since the start of rock's great revolution

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The King's first single was released 60 years ago, on 19 July 1954. It was the record that – eventually – changed everything.
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The science behind lying, 16/07/2014, Today - BBC Radio 4

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Sophie Scott and Kerry Daynes discuss why most people fail to detect lies.
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“Weird Al” Yankovic Releases “Word Crimes,” a Grammar Nerd Parody of “Blurred Lines”

When “Weird Al” Yankovic is in the zone, he can spin a parody that is better than the original. He took R. Kelly’s preposterous pop soap opera 'Trapped in the Closet' and turned it into 'Trapped in the Drive Thru,' one of the best portraits of everyday suburban ennui I’ve ever come across.
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VisitLondon virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of London with this incredible 360-degree interactive map

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ESLjokes.net - Jokes for learning and teaching English

ESL Jokes

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Alison Rostetter's curator insight, July 10, 4:38 AM

great little warmers here... and all graded!!  What more could you ask for on a Monday morning?!!

Marcelo Triviño's curator insight, July 14, 2:36 PM

ESL JOKES !

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VOA Learning English - Songs About Summer

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Eleven untranslatable words

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Norwegians have a word that means ‘to sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer’. BBC Culture meets an artist fascinated by languages’ unique terms.
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Bacteria or bacterium? The use of Latin grammar, 03/07/2014, Today - BBC Radio 4

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Oxford University's Dr Cressida Ryan looks at the use of Latin grammar rules in English.
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The Speech Accent Archive: The English Accents of People Who Speak 341 Different Languages

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Over the years, I've met with several foreign speaking partners. Through conversation, I learn their language — Spanish, Korean, Japanese — and they learn mine — English.
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BBC Radio 4 Today - Laurie Lee’s life remembered

It is 100 years since the birth of poet and author Laurie Lee. The BBC’s Heather Simons looks at his life
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Linking words of contrast (FCE Use of English and Writing)

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Here is a worksheet I put together to help my students with some of the linking words of contrast which commonly come up in FCE Use of English part 1, and which they can use in their writing. The f...

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