Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Listening Comprehension Intermediate or Advanced Level

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Listening comprehension exercises
with trailers of English-language movies

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 Blood diamond  (Edward Zwick)
 Braveheart   (Mel Gibson)
 Cashback   (Sean Ellis)
 Fantastic beasts and where to find them  (David Yates)
 Girl with a pearl earring  (Peter Webber)
 Keeping mum  (Niall Johnson)
 The King’s speech  (Tom Hooper)
 The Martian  (Ridley Scott)
 The mission  (Roland Joffé)
 Perfume  (Tom Tykwer)
 Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides  (Rob Marshall)
 The secret life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)
 Shakespeare in love (John Madden)
 The sixth sense (Night Shyamalan)
 Titanic (James Cameron)

Listening Comprehension through movie trailers


Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Click on the video you want to watch below.

  2. Watch the video, and pay attention to it! (You can pause and rewind the video.)

  3. Answer the listening comprehension questions below the video.

  4. Check your answers.

Anger Management

500 Days of Summer
500 Days of Summer

Shutter Island

A Beautiful Mind


Reading Comprehension Intermediate

No purchase needed to sit in Starbucks cafes

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The cafe chain Starbucks has made a new policy about who can use its cafes. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has announced that anyone can enter a Starbucks cafe in the USA without needing to make a purchase. That means people are free to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms. Mr Schulz has asked all Starbucks staff to treat every person entering the cafe as a customer. He said: “Any person who enters our spaces, including patios, cafes and restrooms, regardless of whether they make a purchase, is considered a customer.” This means people can simply use Starbucks to sit down, relax and use the Internet. The new policy applies to more than 8,000 cafes in the United States.

The new policy will also make it easier for store managers and baristas to do their job. There have been high-profile cases recently of managers asking real customers to leave a cafe or telling them they cannot use the bathroom. On April 12, two black men were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks in handcuffs for waiting for a friend to arrive before they ordered. A week later, another black man was told he could not use the bathroom because he hadn’t bought anything. He posted a video online of a white man using the bathroom in the same cafe without buying anything first. Mr Schultz said he didn’t want to make Starbucks a public bathroom, but the new policy was “the right thing” to do.

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Korean boy band BTS No.1 in US album chart


Korean band got to number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time. The band BTS debuted at No. 1 with their new album. They released it album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in a week. It is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first was also by BTS. The group thanked fans by tweeting: “We will keep doing our best.”

BTS started in 2013. They became a big success in Korea, Japan and the USA. They won many new artist awards. They have many followers on social media. They broke the record for the most retweeted artist and the world’s most tweeted about celebrities. BTS’ new album is in Korean, but they sold out tours in the USA.

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STEP 1 – Read the following article:

 Using Real Animals in Moviesapes

At the premiere of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, a clutch of impassioned animal activists gathered on Hollywood Boulevard. But they weren’t there to throw red paint on fur-coat-wearing celebrities. Instead, one demonstrator — dressed in a full-body monkey suit — had arrived with a sign complimenting the filmmakers: “Thanks for not using real apes!” 

The creative team behind “Apes” used motion-capture technology to create digitalized primates, spending tens of millions of dollars on technology that records an actor’s performance and later layers it with computer graphics to create a final image — in this case, one of a realistic-looking ape. 

Yet “Apes” is more exception than the rule — in fact, Hollywood has been hot on live animals lately: The nonprofit American Humane Assn., which monitors the treatment of animals in filmed entertainment, is keeping tabs on more than 2,000 productions this year, 100 more than in 2010. Already, a number of high-profile 2011 films, including “Water for Elephants,” “The Hangover Part II” and “Zookeeper,” have drawn the ire of activists who say the creatures featured in them haven’t been treated properly. 

In some cases, it’s not so much the treatment of the animals on set that has activists worried; it’s the off-set training and living conditions that are raising concerns. And there are questions about U.S. films made overseas, which sometimes are not monitored as closely as productions filmed stateside. 

STEP 2 – Answer these questions (choose the best answer):

Quiz Planet of the Apes

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