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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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Idiom of the day - What am I like?

Idiom of the day – What am I like?

Idiom of the day – What am I like?

The English idiom ‘What am I like?’ is a rhetorical question (one we don’t need anybody to answer) that we ask ourselves out loud when we do something a little bit silly – usually in a public place. It has the same sort of meaning as when Homer says ‘Doh!’ in The Simpsons.

For example, at the supermarket you have paid and you’re walking away from the checkout, when the customer behind you calls you back and tells you that you’ve left a potato on the bagging area. You hurry back and collect your errant potato. To cover your embarrassment you say quickly, ‘Oh, thank you! Thanks. What am I like?’ The other customer smiles, but there is no need for them to reply. For example, we wouldn’t hear an exchange like this:

A – Hey! Excuse me! You’ve forgotten a potato.

B – What? Oh no! Thank you. Thanks so much. Oh, what am I like?

A – Well, it seems that you are rather forgetful, careless, and possibly living in a world of your own.

B – Er, thanks again.

We say ‘What am I like?’ in situations where we potentially look silly or odd in a public place. It puts a voice to our feeling of foolishness and awkwardness, and acknowledges publicly that we have done something ‘unusual’ and that we know about it – we are aware of it. To say nothing would be to create an unreal situation where there is an elephant in the room – an unacknowledged error or problem. This would be very uncomfortable for the typical English person, who tries to avoid awkward public situations. Making a joke about it – and making ourselves the butt of the joke – lightens the mood and takes the heat off – making it seem less awkward.

The typical English response to ‘What am I like?’ would be to smile and perhaps say ‘No problem’ or ‘Yes, I’m always doing that too!’ (showing empathy) if you are feeling more friendly. In any case, phatic (non-essential) communication – also called ‘small talk’ –  eases the awks!

Note: this is not an investigation into your true nature: ‘What am I like?’ It’s unlikely we would ever need to ask this question about ourselves, unless we had lost our memory, or we were particularly vain and wanted to hear people eulogising us! In our version, we put more stress on ‘like’ and the intonation is downward at the end, rather than up, as in a normal question.

Other times when you could say ‘What am I like?’:

  • You get to work and realise you haven’t brought your lunch box
  • The waiter gives you the bill and you realise that you’ve forgotten your wallet – oops
  • In the supermarket you try to get a bag of flour down from a high shelf but it lands on the floor, making a huge mess
  • You are rushing to prepare dinner and you drop your favourite blue dinner plate, smashing it on the floor
  • You get home and realise that you have left the TV on all day by mistake

See if you can use this idiom in your daily life today! Leave a comment to tell us how you used it!

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The Businessman and the Fisherman

Free Reading Pack – The Businessman and the Fisherman

This is a great reading comprehension pack for advanced-level learners of English. Based on the modern fable of The Businessman and the Fisherman, this free ESOL material will have you and your students discussing the time-old concepts of work-life balance and how to find true contentment:

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The Businessman and the Fisherman (PDF)

 

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

ELT Books for Young Learners of English

You won’t want to miss this exclusive FREE children’s book for ELT students!

Listen and download the free MP3 lesson: ELT Books for Young Learners of English (24 MB, Google Drive)

In the latest podcast I have the great pleasure of chatting with Zuzana Miyahara Kratka, who is founder & publisher of the Elliot’n’Gina books. With popular titles such as Tidy Space Pirates and Spencer’s Air Adventure, the Elliot’n’Gina series is aimed at young learners of English as a Second or Foreign language. Each book comes complete with its own set of activities, plus answer key (see below)!

Zuzana Miyahara Kratka

Zuzana Miyahara Kratka

We have a very special exclusive here on PurlandTraining.com – you can download the PDF version of Spencer’s Air Adventure absolutely free – along with 4 pages of language activities based on the vocabulary in the book and the answer key! With text by Deborah Lee and Patrick Wallace and wonderful colourful illustrations by Samuel James, this full colour 32-page book is a fantastic read, with a wacky story and endearing characters. Click below to download the FREE material now:

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure (PDF – 5MB )

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

 

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure – Learning Material (PDF – 3 MB)

Elliot & Gina, Spencer's Air Adventure Activities

 

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure – Answer Key (PDF – 3MB)

Elliot & Gina, Spencer's Air Adventure Act Answer Key 20170307

 

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FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure

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