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Are you an advanced learner of English? These podcasts from Saarland University offer challenging listening opportunities and fascinating topics to do with the English language and culture. Get your new enhanced five-minute episode once every two weeks.

Are you an advanced learner of English? These podcasts from Saarland University offer challenging listening opportunities and fascinating topics to do with the English language and culture. Get your new enhanced five-minute episode once every two weeks.
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Are you an advanced learner of English? These podcasts from Saarland University offer challenging listening opportunities and fascinating topics to do with the English language and culture. Get your new enhanced five-minute episode once every two weeks.

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English


Episodes

120. Studying gender

3/23/2018
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Heike is back with Roger for a more detailed look into gender studies. They are discussing what this particular field of social sciences is about, who does and who maybe should study it, and what aspects there are in terms of research topics and interdisciplinary facets. The UdS Gender Studies Certificate If you want to read up on Saarland University's gender study course, follow this link for more information.

Duration:00:07:15

119. Our gender issue

2/19/2018
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This time Roger invited Heike, an expert for gender studies. She is going to explain to us, how the term gender evolved from a mere grammatical phenomenon to what may very well be the most discussed topic of social and linguistic sciences in the last decades. We'll hear about many facets: From the influential heads that started the discussion up to the current situation and influences on our everyday life.

Duration:00:08:09

118. A Jazzy New Year!

1/6/2018
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Peter is back in jazzy 2018 for another episode with Saul Rubin, his guitar teacher from New York. Today Peter asks about the jargon of Jazz music and how that differs from other styles' vocabulary. Talking about music is not an easy task afterall. Finally, Saul can solve the mystery of the Real Book's name for Peter. Just listen in to learn how that name came about and why you could be faking a song if you play it from the Real Book. Please note: We recommend watching this episode as...

Duration:00:08:47

98. Living on borrowed ideas

2/21/2017
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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 those central concepts can be logically explained and then memorised a lot more easily! Listen as Roger and Peter share some insights about metaphors in language. Metaphor This Wikipedia article explains the metaphor in...

Duration:00:07:10

97. Training the New Learner

2/7/2017
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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 things need to change for and between teachers and learners.

Duration:00:05:54

96. Of teachers and coursebooks

1/20/2017
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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 thinks made a great language class.

Duration:00:05:19

95. Teaching tips and presidential presentations

1/11/2017
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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 it comes to rhetoric, watch and learn from president Obama! Obama's farewell address A prime example of his brilliance as an orator. An annotated transcript of the speech If you want more...

Duration:00:04:05

94. What a year!

12/27/2016
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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!

Duration:00:03:07

91. Illegally good

12/3/2016
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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 A middle-aged lady in Botswana opens a detective agency and helps people deal with their problems. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes has to solve a mysterious case involving a gigantic dog. E.C. Diskin: The...

Duration:00:07:10

90. Fantastic Reads

11/26/2016
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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 guest is Christoph Klein, who brings along some good (or should we say fantastic) reads. And if you can recommend more English fantasy novels, why not share it in below as a comment?...

Duration:00:06:33

X14 - Why Trump won and what it means

11/9/2016
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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 elected the 45th US president - and what this may mean for the future of "God's Own Country". RoPeCast Special #X10 Our review of the BrExit vote on "The day after".

Duration:00:13:32

X13 - 'Cause of the caucus

11/4/2016
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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 - the U.S. electoral system Listen also to this episode if you want to learn more about the presidential elections in general, before hearing about the primaries.

Duration:00:09:05

X12 - Ropey-Leaks

10/31/2016
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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.

Duration:00:05:08

89. Veritably charitable vegetables

10/14/2016
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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 United Kingdom. In other words: three starting points for finding gardens to visit on your trip to Britain. Gertrude Jekyll An article about the influential "arts & crafts"...

Duration:00:10:03

84. Of almshouses and slave traders

8/2/2016
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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 This Wikipedia article about the city has detailed information about its history and the involvement in the slave trade. History of Slavery If you want to read up on how slavery has affected the world, have a look at this article.

Duration:00:08:55

83. Talking guns

7/14/2016
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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" A book by historian Pamela Haag that looks into how the American weapons' industry "implanted" society with its love of guns. Second Amendment to the United States Constitution Wikipedia has detailed information about the constitutional character of...

Duration:00:08:17

82. Focus on football

7/4/2016
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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 football (i.e. soccer, asSOCiation football) on the British Isles. [URL following shortly] As a little gimmick for this year's open day at university, we've prepared a multilingual football glossary that...

Duration:00:08:43

X11 - There better be no more Troubles!

6/29/2016
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Roger is back interviewing his brother Neil in the wake of the British EU referendum. Today they're looking into the special case of Northern Ireland and the sneaky influence media have had in the British decision. The Troubles A Wikipedia article on the background of the Northern Irish conflict, to read up on history, as Neil recommended. Debunking years of tabloid claims about Europe The Economist has looked into the propagation of EU-myths in British newspapers.

Duration:00:07:58

X10 - The day after

6/24/2016
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Today Peter has a special guest to discuss the result of the British EU referendum. Neil Charlton, political scientist and British civil servant for many years joins this special episode to give us some highly up-to-date insights into what happened in Britain the other night. How did UK end up voting to leave the European Union? The first of three articles from the Guardian having an even deeper look into the circumstances of the referendum. Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish referendum...

Duration:00:11:35

81. That breax it

6/14/2016
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Today, we'll have another look at the EU-referendum, which is going to take place next week in the United Kingdom (on June 23rd). Roger has invited Dan back into the show and the two are discussing facets of the general public opinion, and they'll look into the possible consequences of a potential "BrExit". Information on the referendum The BBC has compiled a webpage to inform the public about all aspects of the referendum

Duration:00:05:22

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