Media Listening – Small Groups & Prezi Vocabulary Update

Below are links to the vocabulary sections from our CNN Listening book. The vocabulary is taken from the book and I’ve given you some additional meanings and different ways in how to use it. You’ll find them al on Prezi.


Also, here is the link to Thursday’s group discussion topics – please listen, answer the questions, and bring them to Thursday’s class.




Synthetic Drugs

  1. What are synthetic drugs, and what may cause them to be more dangerous than other drugs?

  1. Why is the U.S. so concerned about synthetic drugs, and what event concerning these drugs recently occurred in the U.S.?

  1. Brainstorm some ways to educate people about the dangers of synthetic and other drugs (in the U.S. or in Korea).

Federal Reserve

  1. What is the Federal Reserve, and what are its (two) primary concerns?

  1. Using examples, explain ways the Fed tries to keep prices stable.

  1. How might the Fed’s actions affect ordinary citizens?

South African Election

  1. Why is South Africa’s Liberation Party (the ANC) historically and currently significant?

  1. Is the Liberation Party likely to win the next election? Give reasons why it may or may not win.

Brunei and Beverly Hills

  1. What kind of law was recently instituted in the country of Brunei?

  1. What is Brunei’s connection to the Beverly Hills hotel, and why has that caused some celebrities to boycott the hotel?

  1. What are some potential side effects of boycotts, and do you think boycotts are effective or ineffective? Why?

Finally, as we’ve had a chance to give some feedback, I’ve put together a small handout with advice on how to improve your listening skills.

You can download it here ESL Listening Advice 2014

For the past 6 months I’ve been a regular, weekly guest on TBS Efm radio, here in Seoul. Every Wednesday between 5 and 6pm myself and the host talk about music.

I pick 3 different artists, different styles of music, we play some of their music and in-between – we talk…no script, just a few notes for me and we see what happens. The music is always good if you don’t like the chat ^^

If you want to hear the episodes, they are all here

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