Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April 2018


Should schoolchildren have jobs?

For some, it’s a way of learning valuable lessons about with world of work and earning a bit of money; for others it’s a distraction from the important business of education. Schoolchildren in part-time work is something which divides opinion. It used to be normal in the UK but the trend is changing.

Neil and Dan discuss the issue while sharing their own experiences of delivering newspapers and serving fish ‘n’ chips. You’ll also learn six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

What is the youngest age at which children are allowed to work in the UK?

  1. a) 12
  2. b) 13
  3. c) 14

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March 2018


Pedestrianisation – is it good for cities and towns?

Norwich was the first city in the UK to ban cars from parts of the city centre. Planners wanted to protect pedestrians from cars and to reduce pollution in its old and narrow streets. That was 50 years ago. There’s a fresh interest in keeping cars out of cities now for the same reasons. Rob and Neil talk about pedestrianising streets and teach you new vocabulary.

This week’s question

What’s the average speed of a bus travelling along Oxford Street? Is it:

a) 4.6 miles per hour,

b) 14.6 miles per hour or

c) 46 miles per hour?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March 2018


Ethical coffee

It’s one of the most popular drinks on the planet and something many people have for breakfast. Coffee is a widely exported product. However, how much of that money does the coffee farmer actually see? And is there a way to make things a little fairer for everyone? A new report from the UN suggests so. Dan and Catherine discuss the issue and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

The specialty coffee, Kopi luwak, is made from coffee beans which have already passed through an animal’s digestive system. But which animal?

a) an elephant

b) a cat

c) a weasel

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March 2018


Transport of the future

Since the days of the horse and cart, the way we travel has been developing and improving with a desire to move faster. One new idea – called Hyperloop One – is to travel at high speed in a pod through a metal tube. But will it catch on?

Rob and Neil discuss the future of transport and explain some useful items on vocabulary on the journey.

This week’s question:

According to the Guinness World Records, in which country has the fastest ever speed of a train been recorded? Is it…

a) China

b) Japan

c) France

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March 2018


Goldfish, brains and phones

Are fish able to focus for longer than humans? In this programme, Neil and Catherine discuss how our brains are being affected by technology. They also teach you six items of useful vocabulary.

This week’s question:

How long do we look at our mobile phones for in a day, on average?

a) Around 30 minutes

b) Around two and a half hours

c) Over three hours

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.