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5 TED-Ed Lessons for book lovers When did novels stop being novel? Do comic books belong in school? How do you make a pop-up book, anyway? Webquest: St Patrick's Day: History and traditions What is the history of St Patrick’s Day, and who was he? Find the answers in this webquest, and learn about how 17th March is celebrated around the world. On the 17th March, the whole world becomes Irish.

Oxford City Council praised for introducing gender neutral 'MX' title on paperwork One of the country’s biggest councils has been praised for introducing gender neutral titles on forms. Oxford City Council told The Independent it has approved plans to include ‘Mx’ as an option on paperwork, alongside traditional terms such as Miss, Ms, Mrs and Mr. The change was made following recommendations from the council’s Equality and Diversity Group as a means of making the council more trans-inclusive; including non-binary people who can prefer the ‘Mx’ title as it does not denote a gender. Councillor Tom Haynes, Vice-Chair of Oxford City Council Scrutiny Committee told The Independent: “The council’s workforce has been changing to look more like the diverse communities that it serves. Good policies have helped to bring this about and tackle discrimination but further improvements are possible.

Quick lesson – Housemates Speaking lesson – describing people and personalities This activity has been made for a strong intermediate or upper-intermediate class. Below you will find everything you need including the worksheet, full instructions and some additional ideas. Before the lesson print and cut out the worksheet (click here to download). You’ll need one worksheet for every group of four or five students. The ideal group size for the activity is five, but you can use it with four by leaving out one of the characters from the worksheet.

Murder in the Classroom - Murder Mystery Game - Education of 21 Share Murder in the Classroom - Murder Mystery Game Description This is an activity for the ESL classroom though it can alo be used in other contexts. The slide deck is adapted from “Murder in the the Classroom” a lesson plan on One Stop English and you can find that via the link below. Language in pictures from Macmillan Dictionary Are you looking for a new way to learn or teach vocabulary? Our monthly series of infographics can be used to consolidate vocabulary in a more visual way. Each infographic is based on a theme – from the universal theme of love and relationships through hairstyles to special events such as World Book Day, Easter and Earth Day. 33 ways to speak better English If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to speak better English and communicate in a more confident and competent way. When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure.

25 maps that explain the English language by Libby Nelson on March 3, 2015 English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century.

Fall in Love with This Teacher’s Text-Marking Activity Editor’s Note: Kim O’Bray’s colorful text marking activity is a key part of her close-reading process. Students engage deeply with the text by using colored pencils to mark everything from figurative language and unfamiliar vocabulary to central ideas and text structures. I really like this text-marking approach because it gets everyone on the same page and encourages students to ask questions and make their own connections. The full transcript of Michelle Obama's powerful New Hampshire speech My goodness! You guys are fired up! Well, let me just say hello everyone. I am so thrilled to be here with you all today in New Hampshire. This is like home to me, and this day – thank you for a beautiful fall day.

The 10 Best Places to Find ELT Listening Materials – Teach them English If, like me, you find that one of the most commonly heard requests from your learners is to provide them with additional listening materials to study with outside of class, this post is definitely for you. I’ve trawled the internet and the result of my extensive labors is the list of ten great resources you see below… enjoy! 1) Link Eng Park 5 ESL Emergency Lessons Picture this: It’s 8am Monday morning, you’re fast asleep, snuggled in your duvet, enjoying a rare day off. Life is wonderful! Suddenly you are jolted back into reality by a phone call…from work… asking you to sub a class in 30 minutes. I’m sure this has happened to everyone and I’m sure you remember the panic it causes trying to plan a lesson, brush your teeth and get dressed instantaneously. Well fear not, here are 5 ESL emergency lessons that don’t require any prep or photocopying, that you can use in just these instances.

idioms Unless you’ve been living in a separate galaxy in the last few weeks, you will have noticed that many people, including English Language Trainers, have been preparing for Halloween. So not wanting to feel left out I thought I would join the crowd and make my own contribution towards this pagan feast. What better way than to share with you 10 idioms with a Halloween theme! Halloween is associated with scary and spooky images like witches, black cats, blood, skeletons, ghosts, bats, weapons (knives, daggers) as well as less scary images like pumpkins and owls.

The Spookiest Attic This Passage & Question Set and related Vocabulary materials align to the following Common Core Anchor Standards: Passage & Question SetCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10 Vocabulary MaterialCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.6 Full Standards Descriptions

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