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Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.

Direct download: 190-mixdown-4.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 3:29pm UTC

A listener wondered if we could do a lesson on the basis of a traffic accident. So that’s what we’ve done : we’ve simulated a discussion on the basis of a minor accident that did actually occur recently at our end. Let’s start with a conversation: then we’ll look closely at the vocabulary.

Direct download: 189-accident-de-la-route_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 10:28am UTC

The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Accord on climate change caused consternation worldwide, not least as almost all countries signed up to its terms in 2016. Let’s talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. We’ll discover how to make use of a whole range of interesting vocabulary. C’est parti!

Direct download: 188-final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 3:37pm UTC

In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.

Direct download: 187a-diplomes-universitaires.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 4:16pm UTC

It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

Direct download: 186-spiral_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:32am UTC

The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

Direct download: 185-recifs.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 10:55pm UTC

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit ? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

Direct download: 184-tablettes-tactiles_mixdown-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:22am UTC

This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.

Direct download: 183-la-norvege-final_mixdown-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 182-centres-dappel-final_mixdown-1.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:42am UTC

A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated. In this conversation, we talk about when to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’… and how to ‘make the switch’ between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 181-tu-ou-vous-final_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:33am UTC