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RoPeCast

by Dr Roger Charlton & Dr Peter Tischer · · · · 4 subscribers
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
94\. What a year! Dec. 27, 2016
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!
93\. Not always comical Dec. 17, 2016
This episode concludes our pre-Christmas series of book recommendations with comics respectively graphic novels. Peter has brought a selection of his favourites: [Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons: Watchmen](http://www.isbnsearch.org/isbn/9781401248192) A group of somewhat different superheroes has to deal with a murder case at the brink of World War III. [David Small: ...
We're back already - as promised - with the third installment of pre-Christmas book recommendations for your personal wish- or shopping-lists. Roger is back with some really interesting non-fiction works, and of course Peter has one to add from his shelf. [Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run](http://www.isbnsearch.org/isbn/9781471157790) The autobiography of the ...
91\. Illegally good Dec. 3, 2016
We are back with the next batch of our Christmas book recommendations. Sylke Loew is in the studio to share her expertise on today's genre: Crime stories. Have a look at her recommendations: [Alexander McCall Smith: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency](http://www.isbnsearch.org/isbn/9781447925705) A middle-aged lady in Botswana opens a detective ...
90\. Fantastic reads Nov. 26, 2016
This year - instead of broadcasting one long Christmas special - we decided to produce a special mini-series dealing with book recommendations that could inspire some of your Christmas shopping. In each episode we will pick out one particular genre of novels. This time we're looking into fantasy stories. Our ...
It really does feel like the BrExit vote all over again - For the second time in a year, the decision of voters has led to a more than surprising and unsettling result. Peter and his special guest David Nott from Iowa discuss how Donald Trump was able to be ...
Have you also wondered how the American people came to choose between two presidential candidates who are both rather unpopular? Who voted for them in the first place? In this episode you get an inside view on how the system of the American primaries works. [26\. Vote till you drop ...
X12 - Ropey-Leaks Oct. 31, 2016
A candid(ate) special! Listen in to the plans we have for our podcast in the coming months. To fully appreciate the contents of this episode you may want to watch it on [YouTube](https://youtu.be/KFrEaGX_f24).
In this third and last instalment of our mini-series on English gardens, Roger and his guest Peter bring their account of English gardening history to the modern day. Apart from learning about new interesting gardens, "gardeners" and concepts, three important societies are presented, that care for public gardens in the ...
And we're back with more insights on English gardens. Roger and his guest Peter (again not our host of the same name), continue looking at what makes a park and garden typically English. This time they talk about the later elements of the typical English landscape garden, leading to the ...
You probably know box trees: Small and hard leaved trees that are often used to create shaped bushes or symmetric hedges in many green areas around the world. Romans were already quite fond of them, when they created the first instances of what we call 'gardens' today. Roger's guest is ...
... these are by far not the only things students in the United Kingdom are concerned with, but they may play a little role for some as you will learn. In this episode Roger and his guest conclude the series on Bristol by having a look at university life in ...
85\. Eat, Play, Cycle Aug. 15, 2016
We are continuing our topic from last episode: The city of Bristol. This time we focus more on the current conditions and what makes Bristol an attractive place to visit or live in. Learn about the central feature of the city: Diversity! Be it the eateries in Gloucester Road and ...
Today Roger is joined by a guest from Bristol to talk about the history of that famous port city at the west coast of England. [Bristol](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol) This Wikipedia article about the city has detailed information about its history and the involvement in the slave trade. [History of Slavery](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_slavery) If you ...
83\. Talking guns July 14, 2016
A meadow turned over by wild boars triggers a chain of association that - via hunting - leads to Roger and Peter discussing gun "culture" in the U.S. and the different approaches in the U.K. and Germany in comparison. ["The Gunning of America"](http://pamelahaag.com/book/) A book by historian Pamela Haag that ...
82\. Focus on football July 4, 2016
Have you ever wondered why the United Kingdom as one nation has four different national teams competing in international events? - Well Peter has, not only since three of them made it into the current European Championship. Roger fills him in about the reasons, which lie in the history of ...