ropecast — 21.02.17, 12:00:00

98. Living on borrowed ideas

Do you know what a metaphor is?

And if you do, do you know how important a role metaphors play in everyday language?

They are really worth investing some time into: If you know the central metaphors of a culture and language, a lot of words and phrases revolving around those central concepts can be logically explained and then memorised a lot more easily!

Listen as Roger and Peter share some insights about metaphors in language.

This Wikipedia article explains the metaphor in detail.

This site gives you a very brief overview about "Metaphors we live by", the book that inspired this episode.

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ropecast — 07.02.17, 12:00:00

97. Training the New Learner

No, this is not about Karl Marx! Instead we are thinking about how teaching and learning can be more effective and more fun for both the teacher and the student.

Based on what we read in "The gardener and the carpenter" we conclude this double episode with thoughts on how things need to change for and between teachers and learners.

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ropecast — 20.01.17, 12:00:00

96. Of teachers and coursebooks

One of Roger's book recommendations "The Gardener and the Carpenter" was picked up by Peter recently and so the two start thinking about a language teacher's gardening and woodworking - figuratively speaking.

And so Roger recounts some experiences with English teachers he visited at school and tells us what he thinks made a great language class.

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ropecast — 11.01.17, 14:00:00

95. Teaching tips and presidential presentations

Roger and Peter are glad to welcome you to a new year of RoPeCast and English learning opportunities.

To start off with, they make another new year's resolution concerning tips for teachers.

Peter then starts with a tip for people into training their own or their students' presentation skills: When it comes to rhetoric, watch and learn from president Obama!

Obama's farewell address
A prime example of his brilliance as an orator.

An annotated transcript of the speech
If you want more detailed information.

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ropecast — 28.12.16, 00:00:00

94. What a year!

Time for a very short summary of the past twelve months and some new year's resolutions. It's just a few days before New Year's Eve.

Your RoPeCast team wishes you and your loved ones all the best for 2017. Stay tuned!

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