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Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the year of the monkey, with a special hello to all you lucky monkeys out there!

Hot Topic: Chinese New Year
Seeing as it's the year of the money how about doing a lesson or two about animals? Browse the Animals section on the Library page, and you'll find, among many others the Instant lessons: "Rats Rats Rats" - Pre-Intermediate; "Bengal Tigers" - Elementary; "Pass the Pit Bull, Please" - Pre-Intermediate ('Pet snake eats pet dog!'); "A Baby's Name" - Elementary ('Man names child after horse!'); "Cyber Lambs" - Elementary ('Sheep on the Internet?'); "Monkey Business" - Advanced; "A Loving Animal" - Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate ('Chicken comforts people!'); "Shelter Pup Finds Career" - Intermediate ('Dog goes from stray to Top Job!'); "High Flyer" - Intermediate ('A pig that flies!').

Featured Lessons - Chinese New Year
January 22 is Chinese New Year's Day. Here are some lessons featuring China and things Chinese..
Visit the featured lessons page here.

Teacher Tip: My students don’t hand in homework!

  • Get them to work on projects together. If they don’t do it, they let their partner down.
  • Get them to present information to the class.
  • Make homework meaningful. Set them real questions which require thoughtful research.
  • Save repetitive exercises for speed drills.

Here are this week's new resources:

Elementary Instant Workbook - A Very Long Ride
A rollercoaster fan. Strange but true, human interest, sport and leisure.
Skills: Listening, grammar. Past participles.

Intermediate Instant Lesson - These Music Lovers Are Turkeys
Britain's farming union has released a chill-out album of different sounds to help turkeys keep calm in the understandably stressful run-up to being eaten. (Farming, animals, meat, scanning, true or false, working out unfamiliar words, summarizing, Farm Animal Sounds Game, Completing a Picture game, zero conditional, discussion.)

Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson - Athletes At Risk
Teens and young adults who regularly train and compete in sports are more than twice as likely to experience sudden death than non-athletes, according to a new study. (Athletes, heart conditions, prefixes: under-, non-, predicting, scanning, brainstorming, survey - leading a healthy lifestyle, vocabulary mime game - sports, information exchange.)

Anna Grammar - Some "If" Clauses
"I need to explain why - "If it didn't rain, I would have played tennis" - is wrong."

Weekly Warmer - Vocabulary Crossword
Hi, I am an English teacher from Brazil. This activity is great for stimulating students to think about and remember the vocabulary they have already learned.

Click here to access this week's new resources.

Quote of the week:
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true."
- James Branch Cabell.

Have a great week teaching!
The English-To-Go Team.
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