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Festivities and Famous People
A 1.5 million dollar art installation for your swimming pool? A $15,000 life size playhouse made out of gingerbread? These are two of the gifts on offer in the 2010 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog. Students can read about these and look at how this year's catalog differs to that of 2009 in the Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Try Wrapping This'. Continuing the Christmas theme, we have a lesson on the recent 'Santa of the Year' competition held in Sweden. (Elementary Instant Lesson 'The World's Best Santa').

For students interested in famous people, our Intermediate Instant Lesson 'The Ups and Downs of Child Stars' looks at how the lives of Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, stars of the "Harry Potter" movies, have been changed by their stardom. 'Watson, 20, [said] that she was 17 or 18 years old when she had a "money conversation" with her father. "By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get ... serious. I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional. It was a real shock," the actress told Vogue in the interview. Until then, she had been living on an allowance of about 50 pounds a week. She took a money management course and she now has an estimated fortune of about 20 million pounds.'

We also have a warmer on newly-engaged Prince William of Britain and Kate Middleton. Students complete a biographical table of information and then conduct an interview using the information they have gathered.

And for students who have no interest in festivities or famous people, there is a new worksheet on Abstract Nouns ('Max Suffixes 3 - Max Vocab Worksheet) and going to/will and reading exercises in the online Instant Workbook 'Hot Bodies'.

We'll be taking a break over the holidays - making this the final English-to-go Newsletter for the year. Our next newsletter will come out in February.

Wishing you a very happy festive season and a wonderful 2011.

Best wishes,
The English To Go Team

Newest Resources
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resources in the Teachers' Room include:

- The World's Best Santa - Elementary Instant Lesson A Colombian is the winner of the Santa of the Year for 2010. Santa, superlatives, competitive games.
- Peach The Police Dog - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson Japan's newest police dog is a Chihuahua called Peach. Guessing games, animals who help, animal associations.

- The Ups and Downs of Child Stars - Intermediate Instant Lesson Life of Harry Potter stars, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, advantages and disadvantages of being child stars, books and movies.

- Try Wrapping This - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson Neiman Marcus 2010 gifts return to the extravagant, displayed in the retailer's annual Christmas catalog. Christmas, very expensive gifts, role play, vocabulary work, summarizing.

- Famous People: Prince William and Kate Middleton - Weekly Warmer Completing a table of information about newly engaged couple, Prince William of Britain and Kate Middleton.

- Max Suffixes 3 - Abstract Nouns – Max Vocab Worksheet A worksheet on suffixes added to make abstract nouns. Suffixes, pair crossword.

- Hot Bodies - Instant Workbook
Power usage and heating, will vs. going to. 5 online exercises for Pre-intermediate to Intermediate level students.

For access to these and more than 1,700 other resources:

Featured Lessons
Click here to access this month's featured lessons for the Christmas season.
Christmas Resources include:

- Christmas In Different Countries - Weekly Warmer - Pre- Intermediate - To practice reading for understanding, asking and answering questions and to learn about the Christmas customs of different countries.

- Work Dos - Intermediate Instant Lesson -
Almost a third of British office workers actively hate the annual office Christmas party, new research has suggested. The poll suggested that the biggest problem with the office Christmas bash was that it forces them to socialize with people that they have nothing in common with other than work. (Office social functions, brainstorming and problem solving, writing memos.)
Free Lesson

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- The World's Best Santa - Elementary Instant Lesson Santas from Sweden, the Netherlands, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Colombia, Japan and Canada competed in tree decorating, porridge-eating and reindeer-racing to find out who was the best Santa for 2010. (Class vote, discussion, ordering questions, comprehension, true or false.)

This Month's Point of Interest
This month's Point of Interest comes from the Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson "Try Wrapping This":

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus published 'The Christmas Book', its 2010 holiday gift catalog on Tuesday, marking a return to excess after a recession-mandated frugality.
Items for sale include a $1.5 million privately commissioned art installation by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly for the bottom of a swimming pool. Spending $250, 000 gets you a his-and-hers luxury houseboat.
In 2009, Neiman Marcus offered a more modest catalog in deference to tough times. But as the wealthy gain more confidence, they spend more money on luxury goods.
"There's a segment of the population that has gotten even wealthier: Goldman Sachs bankers, Silicon Valley venture capitalists," said Milton Pedraza, chief executive of consulting firm Luxury Institute. "They have so much money, they don't know what to do with it. They're in the mood to spend and that's what Neiman Marcus is tapping into."
Neiman Marcus Group [which includes Bergdorf Goodman]...is enjoying a rebound. In the most recent quarter, combined same-store sales at both chains rose 6.5 percent.
Department store rivals Saks Inc and Nordstrom also reported a sales resurgence in recent months.
Other standout items in Neiman's Christmas Book catalog include an edible, life-size gingerbread playhouse with a price tag of $15,000. A private party by celebrity event planner Colin Cowie, where premium Tequila Avion liquor will warm up the guests, goes for $125,000. Photography [fans] can own a Leica M9 Neiman Marcus camera for $17,500. For $75,000, car lovers can drive a 2011 Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro convertible.
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I have found your site invaluable over the last year, especially Anna Grammar, and I used
quite a lot of the weekly warmers for my groups. Many thanks!
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