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Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words - ESOL Game

Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game

Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game

This is a fun ESOL game inspired by the recent Twitter hashtag: #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words

Method:

  1. SS (students) work in pairs or small groups. They access the hashtag on Twitter and select ten (or more, or fewer) tweets. T (teacher) monitors and helps.
  2. They write the four-word phrases onto a sheet of paper, then delete one of the words from each phrase. SS could focus on deleting words from a particular word class, e.g. verbs, adjectives, or prepositions, etc.
  3. Next, SS exchange their paper with another pair or group, who have to complete each gap with one word only – or more than one word, if you want the game to be easier. Then both pairs of groups come together and compare their answers with the original tweets.
  4. Twist: SS have to suggest more than one word that could possibly fit, e.g. five words – the funnier the better!
  5. The whole class come together and different groups present their work to the class.
  6. Final quick-fire round #1: T (or a student) collects all of the four-word phrases and reads them to SS going round the whole class in a circle. The reader omits the final word and the student has to say the first thing that comes to mind, e.g. “I would buy…” “Sausages.” / “Bread.” / “A pizza.” – and so on. You could make it competitive by putting a five-second timer on each student – if they can’t think of anything, they sit out, and the game continues until there is one student as the winner!
  7. Final quick-fire round #2: T (or SS) collect a number of four-word phrases from the hashtag on Twitter. Play the quick-fire round, as above, but this time SS must come up with the real final word from the tweets. You could play it competitively too, as above.

By the way, don’t forget to follow Purland Training on Twitter! [Click here.] and let us know how it goes!


Example (with tweets below):

Education gives children __________.    e.g. headaches

Pledge to go __________!    e.g. green

Learn to love __________.    e.g. homework

__________, then laugh more.    e.g. eat

Laugh whenever it’s __________.    e.g. raining

Think about others __________.    e.g. sometimes

Go to bed __________.    e.g. late

Watch the Penguin __________.    e.g. film

A Weekend In __________.    e.g. Grimsby

Read more, sing __________!    e.g. less


#Education gives #children choices #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words pic.twitter.com/yOYzPDNfAR


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Valentine’s Day Action Game

Valentine’s Day Action Game

Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven


Valentine’s Day Action Game

Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in the classroom with our fun action game for English students!

Why not follow us on Facebook and let us know how it goes? 

How to do it:

  1. Clear a big empty space in the middle of the classroom.
  2. All SS (students) stand in the space.
  3. Designate three corners of the space: TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN means that we do not know the answer: it could be true or false, e.g. “Saint Valentine was terrible at maths”.
  4. T (teacher) or a student reads out a statement from the list below. SS run to the corner which represents their chosen answer: TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN.
  5. The person reading gives the answer. If SS are correct, they go back to the middle. If they are wrong they have to sit down.
  6. The game continues, with the group in the middle getting smaller,  until there is a winner, or you run out of questions, in which case all the remaining SS are winners.
  7. If there is a winner after, say, a handful of statements, you could start a new game with the remaining statements.

TIP: you could give a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to the winning student(s)!

  1. Saint Valentine lived in Rome under Emperor Claudius, who banned young people from getting married.
  2. He had green eyes.
  3. In general, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
  4. He was killed on 18th February 269.
  5. He had black curly hair.
  6. He is celebrated on 14th February every year.
  7. He always had three eggs for breakfast.
  8. Every year, more than 1 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the USA alone.
  9. He lived in the fourth century AD.
  10. He enjoyed classical music.
  11. There are fourteen churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. He is the Patron Saint of happy marriages – and also beekeepers.
  13. His favourite colour was red.
  14. He tried to stop Christian couples getting married in secret.
  15. He had a housekeeper called Martha.
  16. He helped persecuted Christians in Rome.
  17. He performed a miracle when his judge’s foster-daughter was healed of blindness.
  18. More than 9 million people buy a special gift for their pet to show them they are loved on Valentine’s Day.
  19. February 14th was officially named as St Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Queen Elizabeth I.
  20. Valentine’s Day is a special day dedicated to getting married.
Valentine’s Day Action Game - I Love You

Valentine’s Day is the day when you can show your true feelings to the one you love.

Answers:

  1. True.
  2. Unknown.
  3. True.
  4. False. He was killed on 14th February 269.
  5. Unknown.
  6. True.
  7. Unknown.
  8. False. It is more than 36 million boxes.
  9. False. He lived in the third century AD.
  10. Unknown.
  11. False. There are no churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. True.
  13. Unknown.
  14. False. He helped Christian couples to get married in secret.
  15. Unknown.
  16. True.
  17. True.
  18. True.
  19. False. It was officially named by King Henry VIII.
  20. False. It is a special day dedicated to love and romance.

Further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
http://www1.cbn.com/st-valentine-real-story
https://www.1800flowers.com/blog/flower-facts/valentines-day-fun-facts-2017/
https://www.womansday.com/relationships/a4702/10-fun-valentines-day-facts-103385/
https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/valentines-day-facts-194345

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200 Top English Idioms

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Idioms, Learn These!

200 Top English Idioms

Here are 200 of the most common everyday English idioms that native speakers use all the time. Check how many you already know, then make a conscious effort to learn the rest.

If you only ever learn 200 English idioms, learn these!

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Idioms, Learn These!

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Talking about... Christmas in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

Talking about… Christmas in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

Talking about… Christmas in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

Get your students speaking together and enable them to learn 40 new helpful vocabulary words about Christmas with this great FREE printable worksheet.

You could use this worksheet with any of the activities on this page.

Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/discussion-words-christmas-.pdf

Talking about… Christmas in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

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A Tour of 17 Different British Accents by Region [Video]

A Tour of 17 Different British Accents by Region [Video]

A Tour of 17 Different British Accents by Region [Video]

Join Siobhan Thompson from Anglophenia for a FREE video lesson, as she gives us an hilarious tour of the accents of the British Isles – and the celebrities who use them!

Her accents include:

  • Received Pronunciation / RP (BBC English)
  • West Country
  • Southern Welsh
  • West Midlands
  • Lancashire
  • Geordie

…and many more!

15 Top Business English Idioms

15 Top Business English Idioms

15 Top Business English Idioms

Are you up to speed with the latest business English idioms? Here are some of the top English idioms that you could use in a business context. How many of them do you know?

Let’s get the ball rolling!


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1. To get something off the ground = To begin or launch something

To get something off the ground = To begin or launch something

  • I can’t wait to get this project off the ground!
  • I can’t wait to begin this project!

2. To get the ball rolling = To start, e.g. a meeting or debate

To get the ball rolling = To start, e.g. a meeting or debate

  • Let’s get the ball rolling.
  • Let’s start.

3. To think outside the box = To think in an original or left-field / lateral way

To think outside the box = To think in an original or left-field / lateral way

  • Try to think outside the box.
  • Try to think in an original or unique way.

4. In a nutshell = In short

In a nutshell = In short

  • In a nutshell, I just don’t feel that Martin is right for the position.
  • In short, I just don’t feel that Martin is right for the position.

5. ASAP = As soon as possible (acronym)

ASAP = As soon as possible (acronym)

  • I need that report ASAP!
  • I need that report as soon as possible.

6. To stand your ground = To have complete confidence in your position or idea

To stand your ground = To have complete confidence in your position or idea

  • If we stand our ground, they will sign the contract!
  • If we stick to our position, they will sign the contract!

7. The bottom line = The most important thing / the main priority

The bottom line = The most important thing / the main priority

  • ‘What’s the bottom line?’ ‘We must send the orders today!’
  • ‘What’s the most important thing?’ ‘We must send the orders today!’

8. The elephant in the room = The uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to acknowledge

The elephant in the room = The uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to acknowledge

  • The elephant in the room is that we know their sales forecasts!
  • The thing that nobody wants to mention is that we know their sales forecasts!

9. To corner the market = To become the leading seller of a product

To corner the market = To become the leading seller of a product

  • Since 2012 we have been able to corner the market in toothbrush holders.
  • Since 2012 we have been able to become the leading seller of toothbrush holders.

10. To climb the corporate ladder = To be focused on gaining promotion within a company

To climb the corporate ladder = To be focused on gaining promotion within a company

  • John only cares about climbing the corporate ladder.
  • John only cares about trying to get promoted.

11. To hit the glass ceiling = To reach an artificial  limit of promotion, usually due to race, or gender

To hit the glass ceiling = To reach an artificial limit of promotion, usually due to race, or gender

  • Alison feels she has hit the glass ceiling at work.
  • Alison feels she can’t be promoted at work any further, because she is a woman.

12. To be in the red = To be in debt / To be in the black = To be in profit or solvent

To be in the red = To be in debt / To be in the black = To be in profit or solvent

  • No, the company is still in the red, but it could be in the black next month.
  • No, the company is still in debt, but it could be in profit next month.

13. To get the sack = To lose your job

To get the sack = To lose your job

  • Billy got the sack yesterday.
  • Billy lost his job yesterday.

14. To throw in the towel = To quit

To throw in the towel = To quit

  • I’m just about ready to throw in the towel!
  • I’m just about ready to quit!

15. To go / get back to the drawing board = To start again

To go / get back to the drawing board = To start again

  • OK, let’s go back to the drawing board.
  • OK, let’s start again.

 

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How to Improve your Reading Skills

How to Improve your Reading Skills

How to Improve your Reading Skills

Follow these great tips from British Council Learn English and improve your reading skills today!

Including:

  • Read as often as possible
  • Read things you’re interested in
  • Practice scanning for specific information

Watch the video below to find out more!

The Ultimate Tardigrade Quiz! - printable PDF worksheet

The Ultimate Tardigrade Quiz! – printable PDF worksheet

Check out our online tardigrade quiz here, or get the printable PDF worksheet version below.

Work with a partner or small group. Print this page onto card, cut up the cards, then lay them face down on a table and mix them up.

Take turns to draw one, read it out loud, and say whether the statement is TRUE, FALSE, or OPINION.

If you get it right, keep your card. The one with the most cards at the end is the winner! Or work alone and sort the cards into the three groups, then check the answers.

Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/the-ultimate-tardigrade-quiz.pdf

The Ultimate Tardigrade Quiz! – printable PDF worksheet