RoPeCast

missing image

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.

0 Likes     0 Followers     1 Subscribers

Sign up / Log in to like, follow, recommend and subscribe!

Website
https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/ropecast_nav.html
Description
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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-11 17:43
last episode published
2019-03-10 12:00
publication frequency
26.58 days
Contributors
Dr Roger Charlton& Dr Peter Tischer owner   author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
145
Rss-Feeds
Detail page
Categories
Education K-12 Higher Education Language Courses

Recommendations


Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
10.03.2019

127. A journey to the centre of the universe

Why not join Roger and his colleague Ginny on a journey to the centre of the universe? Ginny shares her impressions of what it's like when you first come to China as a westerner, when English eventually fails as lingua franca and so does standard Chin...
3.02.2019

126. Of eastern people in the west

Some time back we dealt with English as a lingua franca. Today we are revisiting that topic with a narrower focus: Chinese students are travelling the world and attending western universities, in America, Britain and also Germany. Today's guest is Ro...
14.01.2019

125. Of leaving unions and the "backstop"

Roger's explanation of the finer points of the current Brexit situation continues. Today Peter will get an answer to his question from last episode: He'll finally get to know what the so-called "backstop" is actually about and why so many Brits consi...
2.01.2019

124. 100 days hence

Political language can sometimes be rather cryptic. Currently, that is definitely the case with all the issues surrounding the "Brexit". We will solve the problem ... Well, that is, we'll clear up the language-related parts. We leave politics and the...
22.12.2018

X15 - Redecorating for Christmas

After two busy but not overly productive months, the RoPeCast tech departments sends out apologies for a delay in production and some issues with the MP3 podlog. Roger and Peter wish you a pleasant and relaxing festive season.
29.09.2018

123. Phonetically challenged

Carry is back in the studio with some more insights on phonetics. Today she and Roger focus on pronunciation problems typical for learners from a certain area and what teachers can do about those. Be aware, while the episode takes reference to Germany...
16.08.2018

122. Feel the rhythm

Carrie and Roger continue their discussion about the quirks and pitfalls for non-native speakers when dealing with English. Today they dive deeper and come to the conclusion that phonetics and accent are not the biggest problems to overcome for a stud...
1.08.2018

121. Listen before you speak

You may have recognised the title as a modified version of the saying "Think before you speak!" We have changed it into a good piece of advice for English learners, based on what today's guest tells Roger about her research on phonetics for foreign lea...
23.03.2018

120. Studying gender

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 interd...
19.02.2018

119. Our gender issue

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 d...
6.01.2018

118. A Jazzy New Year!

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. ...
12.12.2017

117. A special guitar

You probably remember our Christmas specials about holiday traditions and music from the past years. This December we thought we'd make music our topic again (this time as a regular episode) with a focus on some music vocabulary. Peter's guest today ...
21.11.2017

116. Of excellence, elite and eminences

Roger and Neil continue their discussion of the "Teaching Excellence Framework" that has been established in England and Wales to judge the quality of teaching in higher education. Neil illustrates how increasing competition between education institut...
6.11.2017

115. Measuring university

Roger is talking to his brother Neil, who's back for another episode. This time they look into ways of measuring the quality of university teaching, the approach taken in the UK and potential problems affecting the "measuring process". Can the result...
20.10.2017

114. Of proverbs' value

After last episode's discussion about cultural values in fixed expressions, our two hosts return to a topic they've already delved into a long while ago: Proverbs. Peter mentions a new cool proverb that he's come across but Roger reminds him, that pro...
4.10.2017

113. Of cultural values in expressions

Did you ever wonder where the Rolling Stones got their name from? Peter did and asked Roger about it. Roger suspects it's derived from an English language expression, which he explains to Peter. That explanation leads to a discussion about how much ...
16.09.2017

112. Things that don't exist at school

Last time we dealt with culturally specific concepts that do not easily translate, because they are missing their counterparts in other languages. This time our two hosts find a bunch of peculiar things in the American school system, that don't exist ...
2.09.2017

111. Words that don't exist

When Peter arrives late for the recording of this episode he has a very good excuse: He was looking for a word. A word that doesn't exist. You wonder how that's possible and why Peter still made it for the recording? Well, Roger saves him some of the ...
17.08.2017

110. Of tongues, threats and tools

We are back with David Erent and English as a lingua franca. David and Peter are going to look at how the use of English outside of its native territories affects other languages and speaker communities such as the French, the Finns, and the Swedish-s...
1.08.2017

109. A Frenchman in Finland

French? - Finnish? - Swedish? - Arabic? - Hungarian? - Croatian? - I thought we were here to learn English? We are indeed! And today's guest, David Erent from Helsinki, is going to explain to Peter and to you how English comes into play to resolve the...
15.07.2017

108. The labours of Maybot

As promised last time, Neil Charlton is back to explain what happened in this year's general elections in Britain. Peter wants to know what factors played the biggest role for the surprising results they had.
1.07.2017

107. A year after

Does that title ring a bell? Yes, we are referring back to our special episode number ten that we recorded on -the day after- Britain voted to leave the EU. Today Neil Charlton is back, almost exactly a year after those events, and he is telling us ab...
15.06.2017

106. Figuratively baking

While our last two episodes dealt with the specific vocabulary for bakery products in Britain and the United States, Roger and Peter are looking into a figurative use of these words in proverbs, idioms and other fixed expressions this time. Would you ...
1.06.2017

105. Of springy and holey bread

Roger and Peter are looking into bakery products again, while focussing on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean this time. Peter explains to Roger how Americans tackle the bread and butter issue. Cereals This web page offers additional information on ...
15.05.2017

104. A bread and butter episode

Peter is hungry. So he takes the liberty to eat away at a croissant while recording. This gets our two hosts involved in a conversation about the peculiarities of British bakery products, and Peter learns a lot about scones and cream tea, buttered cru...
1.05.2017

103. The problem with soccer

Roger received some feedback by other native speakers concerning his usage of the word soccer: They sad he wasn't using proper English (as in British) English there. But Roger being the experienced linguist did some thorough research on the topic and ...
17.04.2017

102. The problem with dictionaries

This episode's title refers to a remark that Roger made in episode 100. Today our two hosts are elaborating on why using dictionaries can be problematic and what exactly Roger had in mind. Of course, they will also let you know how to avoid the worst t...
31.03.2017

101. One-oh-one 101

No, we have not switched to binary language, and April the 1st is only tomorrow. This is really all about the meaning of the number 101. Our 101st episode is all dealing with its rather peculiar ordinal. And it can mean quite different things, dependi...
14.03.2017

100. And the award goes to ...

This is a very special episode for three reasons: ▸ First of all, it's our 100th. ▸ Then its the first that we have video-taped in front of a live audience. ▸ And lastly, it's special because we received an award. What award that is and how to translat...
3.03.2017

99. More time comes along ... or around?

Again, Roger and Peter are looking into metaphors for time. Peter noticed that time is not always money in the English language and together they try to put things into frame for you. And more questions arise out of this ... Is time linear? No, this i...
21.02.2017

98. Living on borrowed ideas

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 phra...
7.02.2017

97. Training the New Learner

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 ...
20.01.2017

96. Of teachers and coursebooks

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...
11.01.2017

95. Teaching tips and presidential presentations

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...
27.12.2016

94. What a year!

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!
17.12.2016

93. Not always comical

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 A group of somewhat different superheroes has to dea...
10.12.2016

92. Thrilling non-fiction

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 sh...
3.12.2016

91. Illegally good

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 m...
26.11.2016

90. Fantastic reads

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 ...
9.11.2016

X14 - Why Trump won and what it means

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 ...
4.11.2016

X13 - 'Cause of the caucus

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 ...
31.10.2016

X12 - Ropey-Leaks

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 onYouTube.
14.10.2016

89. Veritably charitable vegetables

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 im...
30.09.2016

88. Of bridges, temples and other follies

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 Engli...
15.09.2016

87. From Roman box tree to English capability

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...
1.09.2016

86. Teddy bears and caramel wafers

... 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 l...
15.08.2016

85. Eat, Play, Cycle

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 eat...
2.08.2016

84. Of almshouses and slave traders

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 trad...
14.07.2016

83. Talking guns

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 h...
4.07.2016

82. Focus on football

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...