Happy New Year!
How do you feel about 2014? Do you feel excited and positive or cautious and anxious? In January, people often make New Years resolutions about themselves, something they may wish to change, or the desire to start a new hobby or course (You may wish to try a new course on futurelearn.org or coursera.org) or perhaps give up a bad habit (smoking, watching rubbish TV, or even cutting down on facebook time)
Last week in project, our students gave great presentations on their hopes and predictions for the new year 2014.There were a diverse and very interesting range of topics from Electoral Referendum in Catalonia, Swiss unemployment, Climate Change, Social Media and Kuwait. Some students also spoke about their personal hopes and predictions for 2014.
Whatever you may wish for and are looking forward to for 2014,we hope you have a great year ahead.
Click on the image below and listen to a really interesting Ted Talk on about trying something new for 30 days.What will you try?
Now this is what I call a lucky escape! Two planes collide in mid-air but everybody survives! Both aircraft were carrying skydivers who were about to jump when disaster happened…… take a look and be prepared to be amazed!
This is going to be the last blog post for a while.
However, that doesn’t mean OISE Bristol is changing and you can read all about our courses for 2014 here (and 2013 if you wish to study this winter).
Also, please remember you can always contact the school if you have any questions or suggestions for future blog topics. We would love to hear from you. Plus, if you want to challenge yourself and test your English, you can try one of our quizzes.
Check back regularly to see any new developments and click on the picture below to listen to a song in English. Some see it as optimistic and others as pessimistic – doesn’t that sum people up quite well?
See you soon!
(photo credit the BBC test card)
Are you a full-blooded flat white or perhaps a little cortado?
How do you drink your coffee (if you drink it at all) and does that say anything about your personality?
Where would you place yourself on the chart below (from the excellent Mashable site)? Then click on it for a song.
I am always interested to read new articles about how to deliver engaging presentations. There are still too many occasions when we all have to sit through life-sapping talks given by people who have either spent too little time planning, or given too little thought to their audience.
Good presenters learn their craft, put in the time to become experts, plus continue to learn and improve. Some of the best ways to do this are to accept advice and watch other speakers.With the availability online now of TED Talks, for example, there is no excuse for not knowing what a good talk looks, sounds and feels like.
Click on the image below for some more top tips and think about which ones you use already and which ones you could start to work with.
…but they will never forget how you made them feel.
What you say is important, but don’t underestimate how you say it as well.
It doesn’t matter if you know your subject inside out and can quote every fact and figure. If the goal is to engage people, provide them with knowledge and ensure they remember it, then simply telling them is insufficient. In fact, even if you are not providing key data and only speaking to them in quite broad terms, it is still not enough to just talk.
You have to think about your audience, think about your topic and then think about your delivery. If the message is sombre or sad, then adjust your voice and mannerisms accordingly, if the message is upbeat and happy, then raise your game to match the theme with your enthusiasm and passion.
Consider what you want to provide your audience with and what you want them to take away from the presentation or speech. That doesn’t just mean raw data – how do you want them to feel?
Click on the image below to watch someone speaking with passion. Did you smile?
What price can you put on the feel good factor?
If what you do makes people feel positive and happy, does that not have a value in itself? Of course, if one of the effects of this is that people then buy your product or service, then that is probably even better.
It can be the little things that count, things that might not be essential, but just make life a tiny bit better.
Click on the image below to watch a video that went viral. It has been viewed around 47 million times (roughly the population of Spain).
How does it make you feel?
The technology I watched as a child on science fiction programmes like Star Trek are starting to become reality. The predictions of Tomorrow’s World are beginning to take shape.
The ability to make any flat surface an interactive screen fascinates me. To have the opportunity to treat a sheet of glass as I would my iPad screen is what Captain Kirk could only have dreamed about. That moment has arrived.
Please click on the image below to learn more.
Northern Norway can be a cold place and for centuries a region that remained largely disconnected from much of the world. It had its own culture, customs and language.
However, in the modern world, nowhere now is remote and as English spreads, older languages are fighting to survive.
Click on the image below to listen to Nils Rune Utsi, a rapper from Maze, talking about his efforts to keep his language alive and relevant for future generations.
I was made aware, by Susan Wilkinson (thanks for all your hard work with Prépa this summer, Susan), of a video on Vimeo made by some very talented Spanish fans of the city - Moisés Pérez and Adrian Cabello.
I wanted to share it as I think it is extremely good and I have also included it on our Visuals section of this blog.
Please click on the image below to watch this short film. Have you got photos or videos of Bristol that you would be happy to share? If you have, please contact me at email@example.com