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If you’ve got ‘that Friday feeling‘ you are ready for the weekend and in the mood for fun and relaxation. This is the kind of thing you could say when you get into work on a Friday morning – it means you are happy because work will soon be finished and it’s time to celebrate the fact that two days of holiday (the weekend) is on the horizon. However, not everybody might share or appreciate your cheery demeanour:
Jeremy: Morning, Carol.
Carol: Morning, Jeremy. What are you so happy about?
Jeremy: It’s Friday! It’s nearly the weekend! I can’t wait. I’m going to a massive party with my mates in Cornwall! What about you, Carol? Have you got anything planned for the weekend?
Carol: Not really. I’ll probably do my ALDI big shop tomorrow.
Jeremy: Oh, cheer up, Carol! It’s Friday!
Carol: So you keep saying. I’ve got to get all these accounts finished by four.
We say ‘It’s just one of those things‘ about a situation that we don’t like but that we can neither explain nor change. It often refers to something trivial, rather than life-or-death serious. We often accompany this sentiment with a slightly confused shrug of the shoulders:
‘Why did the train have to be late? Today of all days! I really needed to get to work on time.’
‘I don’t know. It was just one of those things, I suppose.’
‘Why is our broadband reception so poor?’
‘Don’t ask me. I guess it’s just one of those things.’
‘No! I’m going to change our supplier!’
‘Why does the toilet paper always tend to run out just at the worst possible moment?’
‘I haven’t got a clue. It’s probably just one of those things.’
What does it mean to be English?
This is a lesson plan for Intermediate to Advanced level learners of English, EFL, ESL, and ESOL.
Let’s talk about the topic of Englishness. What does it mean to be English? Why are English people so… well, you know. Right? Here are the 40 vocabulary words and phrases that best describe Englishness.
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Free podcast featuring new ideas for teaching English as a Foreign Language for summer 2017!
Can you teach an old dog new ELT tricks?
Yes, you can in my case! Here are some of the new lesson ideas that I tried out while working at a language school in the UK this summer. Feel free to try them yourselves – they worked really well for me! If you need any further information about the activities, please contact me here or via Twitter @purlandtraining
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Here is the full list of activities mentioned in the podcast:
- Rank five things in order of importance
- What did you do last night?
- 29% of English words come from French
- Create your own country
- World tour – plan a 25-day trip
- Group quiz with Jenga blocks
- Talent show
- Haiku – writing poems with 3 lines: 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables
- Introducing English slang words and phrases
- What to do and say at the airport
- House prices quiz
- Find a thing starting with the letter…
- Create your own bakery (see here: http://purlandtraining.com/2017/07/16/free-podcast-create-your-own-bakery-free-lesson-plan/)
- Is British English better than American English? (see here: http://purlandtraining.com/free-lessons/podcasts/is-british-english-better-than-american-english/)