The Pearl Report has some great issues relevant to Hong Kong.
January – The Beauty industry in Hong Kong. Note, these shows are only available on line for a limited time.
Using Media articles
1. Listen without the text
2. Listen while reading the text
3. Listen for a third time and read aloud along with the tape and the text
In a speaking / listening journal, note down two things you learned (see) , what you think abut this issue – esp the examples discussed in the program and what you wonder about the future. (see – think – wonder)
Identify vocabulary you don’t know
1. BBC Learning English – Six Minute English
Six minute English – There are some general stories that have themes like those in the Form 6 exams as well as some themes that are a bit more general.http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/
suggested episodes include
* Stand up straight August 10 2010
* Social Networks May 26 2011
* Social Mobility April 14 2011
* Scam Mail Feb 3 2011
* Shark Fin Soup Feb 10 2011
* Men and health Nov 11 2010 (this one has a few interesting phrases as well).
* Dress codes for work Oct 28 2010
* Plastic pollution – again, a 2010 episode – and one that regularly appears on exam papers.
There’s a lot more there – but that would be a good start – one each week!
You can download the audio as well as the text so you can follow it. – this can then be played several times. / download as a podcast
2. BBC Video words in the News : There are many episodes you can watch in a reasonably relaxed way. Follow the same procedure as suggested above.
3. elllo.org . Some of these are video episodes, some are listening and text.
Winning at sports This one is good for looking at some different expressions you can use in a discussion.
Go to the Form 5 page for some examples of video presentations you can learn from