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Love is in the air this month or maybe it isn't!
We bring you a selection of resources on the wedding of Prince William of Britain and Kate Middleton at the end of April. Your students can read about the preparations Buckingham Palace and the British Police are making. (Preparing For A Royal Wedding - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson) and answer the question, "Which would you rather go to: William and Kate's wedding ceremony or a recording session of your favorite television reality show?" A new survey shows many Britons would probably choose the recording session. Which would you choose? (I'd rather Watch "X-Factor" - Advanced Instant Lesson)

And in a situation where love obviously did not blossom, we look at neighborliness and gun control in the Elementary Instant Lesson "Kiss Me or I'll Shoot You" in which a nonagenarian, spurned by her much younger neighbor, got so angry that she shot bullets at his house. The man has decided to move out of his house. '"I just don't need the stress or the hassle," he said. "I thought this only happened to younger people."'

For anyone not interested in the wedding, our new resources also include a new Anna Grammar worksheet looking at how we use the structure "I'd rather", a weekly warmer on radiation poisoning and the next in our series on the Academic wordlist, "Max Vocab AWL 5 - Faces affect kids' eating" (which also gives tips on how to get kids to eat their vegetables.)

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The English-to-go team


New Resources this Month

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 Newest resources in the Teachers· Room include:
- Kiss Me or I'll Shoot! - Elementary Instant Lesson
 
An elderly woman shot her at much younger neighbor when he refused to give her a kiss. Bizarre stories, crime, so and but, gun control, neighbors.
- Meeting and Greeting - Intermediate Instant Lesson
 
In business, the first thing we do when we meet someone is shake hands. But how do we greet people from other cultures in a business situation? Business English, matching information, cultural etiquette, cases studies, word search, role play.
- Preparing For A Royal Wedding - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
Buckingham Palace staff and British police are both preparing for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. This lesson looks at what they are doing. Royalty, wedding, security issues, catering, England, wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
- I'd rather Watch "X-Factor" - Advanced Instant Lesson
Elsa Hardcastle used to love to dress up as a princess and read stories about young women swept off their feet by a prince charming. Now, the 10-year-old would rather watch a blockbuster episode of reality TV talent show "X Factor" and meet one of its pop singer judges than see Kate Middleton become a real-life princess when she marries Britain's Prince William. (Royalty, fame, X Factor, would rather.)
- Disasters - Radiation Poisoning - Weekly Warmer
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills.
- Max Vocab AWL 5 - Faces affect kids' eating - Max Vocab Worksheet
A vocabulary worksheet suggesting that if you want your kids to eat their broccoli, you might try smiling when you eat your own veggies.
- Meeting and Greeting - Instant Workbook
Listen to someone discussing meeting people in Britain and read two articles about meeting people from other cultures and about first impressions when meeting someone at a job interview.
- Anna Grammar Worksheet - Would Rather - An Upper Intermediate Anna Grammar Worksheet
The structure "I would rather / I'd rather", its forms, uses and exercises.

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Featured Lessons

A Royal Wedding, April 29th 2011

Featured Resources include:  
Preparing For A Royal Wedding - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
Staff at Buckingham Palace have lifted the lid on preparations for Prince William's wedding, giving an insight into what guests can expect and the amount of work needed to make it a success.

An Intermediate Vocabulary Worksheet - Weddings - Max Vocab Worksheet
A look at some words to describe some people at a wedding.

Famous Cities - London - Weekly Woman  
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to learn more about tourist activities in London.
 

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Free Lesson

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- Teacher's Critical Blog Private? - Intermediate Instant Lesson
A high school English teacher who was suspended from her job after she blogged that her students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners." (Free speech, teaching and students, adverb ' still '.)


This month's Point of Interest

This month's Point of Interest comes from the Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson " Preparing For A Royal Wedding":

The kitchen staff usually create on average 550 meals a day for the most junior staff to the Queen herself, with much of the produce sourced from the monarch's estates around Britain.

Edward Griffiths, the Deputy Master of the Household who is responsible for hospitality, catering and housekeeping at the palace, said he had been working on plans since the couple announced their engagement last November. " It's a very joyous occasion and preparations are going very well ," he said.

The palace handles receptions, lunches, dinners, and parties for some 50,000 people a year and Griffiths said the 60 staff on duty on April 29 would be well-drilled in their duties, which would range from serving food to opening car doors.

"Like all receptions, people will be given a drink and served food (from trays) from the moment they arrive and at the reception we will serve champagne, wine and soft drinks."

While the guests -- royalty, family, friends and dignitaries -- tuck into the food and drink, they will be able to enjoy the surroundings of one of the most opulent buildings in the world, said Jennifer Scott, assistant curator of paintings at the Royal Collection.

Buckingham Palace from freefoto.com"The 19 state rooms, which are used during state functions, drip with opulence. They really are intended to make people think 'wow, this is an incredible palace'," she said.

The focus of the reception will be in the palace's picture gallery where the wedding cake is likely to be on display surrounded by paintings by the likes of Canaletto, Rembrandt and Rubens which the monarchy has collected over centuries.
Thomson Reuters 2011
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