Thursday, 1 March 2018

ECPE Challenge Unit 7: Science and Technology Videos

1. Watch this video by the Irish Stem Cell Foundation, offering a simple introduction to stem cell research.

2. And this on the biotechnology behind 'clean' meat and fish, and the future battle to win over the hearts and minds of the eating public

3. Looking forward to the essay, here's a BBC Newsnight report and debate on the pros and cons of GM crops:

4. Finally, we have read of the claim that GM crops are needed to help solve the problem of hunger in developing countries. Here are Greenpeace's objections to that argument.


ECPE Challenge Unit 5: Capital Punishment

Click here  for a BBC Radio 4 documentary on the death penalty in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and prospects for its abolition.

Videos, slides and extra reading on the concept of tolerance

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Vocabulary: Negative prefixes and body parts

ECPE CHALLENGE, Unit 4 Workbook, Vocabulary activities 7, 8 and 9

Activity 7 

Parts of the body: chin, heel, jaw, spine thigh, vein

Problems: ailment, choking, fracture, rash, stiff, neck, tumor

Solutions: heal, immune system, plaster, recuperation, remedy, vaccination


  1. Show = display (δείχνω)
  2. Disorder= chaos (χάος, έλλειψη τάξης)
  3. Mislead= give the wrong impression (παραπλανώ)
  4. Misconception= a mistaken idea (λανθασμένη αντίληψη, ιδέα)
  5. Malnourished= underfed (υποσιτισμένος)
  6. Disembark= get off (αποβιβάζομαι)
  7. Mislay= lose or forget where you put sth (τοποθετώ σε άλλη θέση, ξεχνώ πού το έβαλα)
  8. Discount= a reduced price (έκπτωση)
  9. Mispronounce = say sth wrongly (προφέρω ή λέω κάτι λάθος)
  10. Mishandle= deal with sth badly (διαχειρίζομαι κάτι λάθος) 

Remember: mis= indicates a mistake / mal= indicates sth bad / dis= the opposite of sth else


  1. Get out of hand = get out of control (Common expression: The situation got out of hand)
  2. Head in the right direction = walk towards somewhere
  3. Put your feet up= relax and enjoy
  4. Have my hands full OR have my plate full= be very busy, have lots to do
  5. Keep my head= keep cool, never lose temper or control, always be calm and ready to act
  6. Have the cheek (συνήθως: μάγουλο, αλλά εδώ: θράσος) = have the nerve to say sth rude (mischievous= naughty, boisterous)
  7. Hand sth down to the next generation= pass it on, give it to your descendants
  8. The foot of the mountain = lower parts of the mountain (πρόποδες)
  9. Foot the bill= pay the bill (πληρώνω τον λογαριασμό)
  10. I’ve got to hand it to you= hats off to you= I give you the credit of doing good work

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Amazing Christmas videos and ideas for New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, 1 December 2017

My favourite artist

 Hallo guys I am a former student of this brilliant school and a ECPE proficiency holder.Today I will talk to you about my all-time favourite artist who is a rapper called Lil Pump.What -in my opinion- differentiates Lil Pump from the other atrocious immitations of him is that while he is rapping about virtues that could make the world a better place he also has a rather catchy and uproaring beat .I ll justify my opinion with examples regarding the meaning of some of Lil Pump's rhymes.In his song ''Boss'' he says:''Yall came here with the sauce''.Now for those wondering what ''sauce'' means in modern literature it refers to the feeling of confidence which encourages an individual or individuals to do something they would not otherwise do if they did not have the ''sauce'' eg Ask a girl out.This verse encourages people to believe in themselves and not let golden opportunities pass them by,as he also means that too much ''sauce'' will lead you to the opposite results.The last verse I'd like to analyze is the:''Spread their racks on new chains''.Racks refers to currency(in our case dollars) which has been spread on new chains,chains being in pural exerts the teaching of not being stingy and of sharing our money if we have spare,that even an artist of Lil Pump's caliber does.