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Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class - Video Class

Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class – FREE Worksheet

** Join Matt for a free Facebook Live class on this topic on 29th August at 8.15pm CET! **

Using an Object for Discussion Practice:

Work with a partner or small group. Both of you choose a different object that you would like to discuss.

Download and print the free worksheet below and get 20+ great ideas for using an object in a discussion class. Let’s get our students talking!

Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/using-an-object-for-discussion-practice-1.pdf

Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class - FREE Worksheet (Update)

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Purland's Word of the Day! Haughty

Purland’s Word of the Day! Haughty

Purland’s Word of the Day! Haughty

Increase your word power with Purland’s Word of the Day!

Are you haughty? Do you know anybody who is haughty? Let’s hope not!

A haughty person is somebody who is proud and arrogant and acts in a disdainful and stuck-up manner. You get the feeling that they think they’re much better than you – and everybody else, for that matter.

If you are haughty you believe you are superior, but in reality you are just too big for your boots – you have too high an opinion of yourself and could be described as vain or even an egomaniac!

If you know anybody who is haughty – or if you are haughty – please tell us about it in the comments below!


‘Terry’s boss is so haughty. She storms around the office all day barking orders at people. It’s really not on!’


adverb: haughtily

abstract noun: haughtiness

opposite adjectives: humble, unassuming

sounds like: naughty (in British English), body (in American English)

tone: formal / literary English

stress: first syllable

origin: 16th century French


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Do YOU know the days of the week in English?

Do YOU know the days of the week in English?

There are 7 days of the week in English:

Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday   |   Saturday   Sunday

Monday is the first day of the week. Monday to Friday is the typical working week. Saturday and Sunday together are known as the weekend.

Find out more here:

https://purlandtraining.com/free-lessons/elementary-english-course/unit-1-0-learning-english/lesson-1-2-days-months-and-seasons/

FREE VIDEO! 25 Idioms in English to Sound Like a Native

FREE VIDEO! 25 Idioms in English to Sound Like a Native

Watch this fabulous video from linguamarina to learn 25 really useful idioms in English, like:

  • best of both worlds
  • blessing in disguise
  • can’t judge a book by its cover
  • in the heat of the moment

…and many more!

You can find more from Marina on:

40 Quantifiers - Discussion Words

40 Quantifiers – Discussion Words

Practise working with quantifiers in English with this handy FREE cut-out worksheet featuring 40 common quantifiers, like some, any, most (of), and a few:

Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/40-quantifiers-discussion-words.pdf

40 Quantifiers - Discussion Words

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Learn Animals Vocabulary with this Free Word Search (PDF)!

Learn how to spell 20 animals in English with this great free word search (pdf).

Can you find the bear and the gorilla? What about the hippopotamus? Where is the tiger hiding? Check it out – and print it out – below. Full answers included:

Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/word-search-find-20-animals.pdf

Learn Animals Vocabulary with this Free Word Search (PDF)!

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Idiom of the day - It's up to you

Idiom of the day – It’s up to you

The English idiom it’s up to you means:

  • it’s your decision
  • it’s your choice
  • you can decide

We use it when we want to let another person take a decision, without us getting involved in the decision-making process.

It may be that we can’t decide ourselves, or we don’t have an opinion. It may be that the decision is particularly difficult and we don’t want to get involved – and get the blame if it goes pear-shaped (goes wrong)!

You want the full responsibility for the decision – and all of its consequences – to lie with the person whom it will most affect. Maybe because your help could backfire: if you make the wrong decision for your friend it could negatively affect your friendship:

Alex: I’m thinking about applying to Exeter University.

Sue: OK.

Alex: But I can’t decide. I really like Edinburgh.

Sue: I don’t know.

Alex: But what do you think? They’re both great universities. Come on. You must have an opinion.

Sue: It’s up to you, Alan. I really don’t want to tell you what to do.

FREE Live Class on Facebook (22.08.18)

FREE Live Class on Facebook (22.08.18)

Notes: https://purlandtraining.com/free-lessons/elementary-english-course/unit-5-0-food-and-drink/lesson-5-6-future-simple-and-future-continuous/

Kahoot quiz: https://purlandtraining.com/2018/05/16/new-fun-kahoot-quiz-future-tenses/