A bar chart race is an animated bar chart that shows changes over time.
For example, the top 10 countries by CO
2 emissions per capita from 1800 to 2014:
More examples from LivelyData
The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018 (with audio commentary):
You can make your own bar chart races at
Economics in Action
Oxford University Press has a YouTube channel,
Oxford Academic, with videos on many topics.
For example, there are some
Very Short Introductions to human evolution, behavioural economics, fungi, William Shakespeare, Iran, Buddhism, neoliberalism, etc.
Here is Professor Jones of Norwich Business School on branding:
As many of our students know, SPSS is a computer program (aka software application) used for statistical analysis. UEA Library has
several ebooks about SPSS, including:
INTO Resource Centre has a print copy of
Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics by Andy Field.
There are also
YouTube videos, such as the SPSS for Beginners series.
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection, which consists of 1,222 talks, 53 of which have been published so far this year.
The lectures are accompanied by slides. Some have transcripts and subtitles, while some include questions.
Tesco: how supply chain strategy supports retail success by Prof. Leigh Sparks of the University of Stirling. This is a “Bite-size Case Study” and lasts about 10 minutes.
A podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics! Make your boring commute or chores feel like a lively, nerdy, language-y dinner party with real linguists! Gretchen McCulloch (
All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne ( Superlinguo) bring you into fascinating and hilarious half-hour conversations about the patterns behind language which you never realized you were already saying.
A new episode comes out every month. You can listen to the podcasts and/or read the transcripts. There is (so far) a single video episode,
Why do we gesture when we talk?
Some recent topics:
You heard about it but I was there – Evidentiality
The verb is the coat rack that the rest of the sentence hangs on
Words for family relationships: Kinship terms
This, that and the other thing – Determiners
Talking and thinking about time
English teachers and students of a certain age may remember
The Lost Secret, a BBC Education video course from 1986.
It tells the story of a man who has lost his memory and who encounters a gang, led by the sinister Professor Sline. The cast includes
Miranda Richardson and Vladek Sheybal.
The course is aimed at lower-level students. There are 11 episodes of 13 minutes, each focusing on particular language points.
The videos are currently available on
archive.org and YouTube.
Kanatip Soonthornrak, aka Loukgolf, is an English teacher from Thailand with a YouTube talk show called
Loukgolf’s English Room. He chats to his celebrity guests mainly in English.
The Cambridge ELT blog,
World of Better Learning, has an interview with Loukgolf: Part One and Part Two.
Smithsonian Channel is a collection of short educational videos on science and other subjects. For example:
Baby hedgehog quills don’t harden right away
How the CIA turned the tables on Soviet industrial espionage
Is sibling rivalry an important survival tool for lion cubs?
The astounding length of seaweed in the Sargasso Sea
This ingenious system brings water to the Chinese desert
This prehistoric fish makes a great white look like a goldfish
Why beetles are such an evolutionary success
Why Wales is the place to see amazing Roman forts
The videos have subtitles. There are other video categories at the Smithsonian’s main
Learn English with Cambridge is a new YouTube channel, with videos presented by five youngish teachers.
The videos so far:
3 phrasal verbs to express excitement in English
American vs. British English vocabulary differences
Asking for and giving directions in English
Common travel expressions in English
Common mistakes with modal verbs in English
Dietary requirements in English
How are you? Common British English greetings
How to ask someone out via text in English
Reacting to bad news
If you’ve heard of
flipped learning but not understood what it involves, here is a one-minute explanation from the University of Texas:
Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) has
more information and there’s also a Wikipedia article.
Do you know what the preposition
above means? And how it is different from on? What if you needed this information to defuse a time bomb?
Watch this video from Utrecht University:
All Things Linguistic
Did you know that blind people gesture when they speak? Or that blind Turkish speakers gesture like sighted Turkish speakers – but differently from English speakers?
In this video linguists Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch discuss why we gesture when we talk:
Lingthusiasm blog post includes the links mentioned in the video, such as Blind people gesture and Gesturing in a second language.
Studying Economics offers advice, help and information for economics undergraduates. Besides the tips on study skills, careers, etc., there are some distractions – links to economics-related videos, songs, games, etc.
For example, there’s
a catchy song from the Bank of Ghana about their new currency unit and a video of Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., a “stand-up economist”, in which he simplifies Gregory Mankiw’s 10 Principles of Economics for a general audience:
We The Economy is a series of 20 short films which you can watch online. The films look at economics in general and the US economy in particular, and try to answer these questions:
What is the economy?
What is money?
What is the role of our government in the economy?
What is globalization?
What causes inequality?
Told through animation, comedy, musical, non-fiction, and scripted films, WE THE ECONOMY seeks to demystify a complicated topic while empowering the public to take control of their own economic futures.
For example, the film
Cave-o-nomics (pictured) asks:
How did the economy get started?
Meet Ugg, Glugg and Tugg, three enterprising cave men who accidentally invented trade, marketing and the base elements of the modern market economy.
The films were produced by Morgan Spurlock (director and star of
SuperSize Me) and Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.
principal lecturer in law at the University of Greenwich has made seven YouTube videos about the criminal law, using Lego.
Actus Reus and Mens Rea:
Other topics include theft, robbery, burglary, offences against the person and involuntary manslaughter.
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are popular science talks given around Christmas each year. The first one was in 1825.
They were started by the scientist
Michael Faraday. They have been televised since 1936.
You can watch the more recent lectures online: for example, Carl Sagan’s
six lectures on the planets (1977) and last year’s lectures on genetics.
LyricsTraining is “the new way to learn English and other languages through music and the lyrics of your favourite songs”. You listen to songs and complete gaps in the lyrics.
For example, you might choose “
Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Pick a level from Beginner to Expert. You then get a YouTube video of the song with subtitles, which are missing random words:
Is this the real life?
Is this **** fantasy?
****** in a landslide, ** escape from reality
Open **** ****
Look ** ** the skies and see
Type in the correct words and the song will continue.
It is probably fun for a while, but how much it improves students’ listening skills remains to be seen.
Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”.
Also available as a video:
Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, more usually known as the Royal Society of Arts or the RSA, was founded in 1754. Even the internet didn’t exist then! Now that it does, the RSA has taken advantage of the fact by publishing videos of talks, some with animations.
For example, you can listen to South Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang on Economics is for Everyone:
You can watch the videos on
the society’s own website or on YouTube.
CrashCourse is a collection of YouTube videos on various subjects, including biology, chemistry, computer science and sociology.
Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel!
TED-Ed is a category of TED videos. TED-Ed has short lessons on a wide range of subjects.
How to use a semicolon (3:35 min) or Just how small Is an atom? (5:27 min).
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection.
The lectures are accompanied by slides and some have transcripts.
To celebrate, here are some random BoB playlists I made earlier:
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If you’re seeing
404 Not Found at the main BoB page, it’s because the TV recording website is “currently undergoing essential maintenance”.
It should be back by 10pm on Wednesday 13 June.