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Title: A Sporting Cheer Up
Date:19 September 2019
Topic:Elderly people in Japan do social activities like cheerleading or playing rugby. There are around 10,000 older rugby players in Japan. Rugby keeps players fit and helps them meet other people. These women are elderly, but they love cheerleading. They are 60 to 70 years old and think cheerleading is fun. (Hobbies, rogby, cheerleading and adjectives.)
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Title: Message In A Bottle
Date:5 September 2019
Topic:On a beach in Alaska, a man found champagne bottle with a letter inside. “Warm greetings from the Russian Far East fleet,” the letter began. It was a hand-written note, in Russian, dated 1969. Forty-four years after it was thrown from a ship into the Indian Ocean, a bottle with a message has turned up in New Zealand, the new home of the author. (Strange stories, message in a bottle, transport, phrasal verbs)
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Title: City Slickers In The Country
Date:20 September 2019
Topic:A French court ruled that Maurice the rooster could keep crowing despite complaints from neighbors. Maurice’s case highlights tensions around city dwellers who buy summer homes in the countryside without being ready to cope with the realities of rural life. An English millionaire moved to the countryside, then took a local farmer to court because he was irritated by mud, sheep and lowing cows! (The countryside, using infinitives to express purpose)
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Title: You Cannot Have My Food And Not Have Me
Date:9 October 2019
Topic:When Asma Khan first arrived in Britain from India in 1991, the racism was so bad she had to learn to cycle fast to avoid being hit by the bottles lobbed at her. Now, the award-winning chef is using her success in London - where her restaurant has a celebrity clientèle and a month's-long waiting list - to help other immigrant women overcome the twin barriers of racism and sexism. (Cooking, chefs, migration, racism, non-defining relative clauses.)
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Title: That's Just Not Cricket
Date:1 May 2019
Topic:During a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket. Cricket is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team. (Cricket, sport as a unifying force, Afghanistan.)
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instant workbook
Date: 19 February 2019
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Instant Workbook
Feeling stressed out? Find out how some people around the world are dealing with their anger. There are 6 exercises for you to do.
anna grammar
Date: 5 September 2019
Anna Grammar - Multi-word Verbs - SeparableView PDF
Multi-word verbs can be separable (the verb and particle can be separated by other words) or inseparable (the verb and particle must stay together). This worksheet helps you practice phrasal verb.
weekly warmer
Date: 1 July 2019
What Insect Am I?View PDF
This warmer is a good activity when the group is relatively new and still learning about each other. It helps student practice listening for instructions and to share ideas.
max vocab
Date: 30 March 2019
??What's The Weather Like??View PDF
This vocabulary worksheet looks at ways to describe the weather and weather forecasts.