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How To Get Your Sleep
one of those teachers who can't switch off at night? You toss
and turn teaching the same class over and over, thinking of
the clever or correct response to that supercilious student's
questions or lie awake thinking of the papers you still have
to grade or that delightful but dozy student who shows no sign
of making any progress although she should already hold a
degree in texting her boyfriend.
If you do find
it hard to get to sleep, then our latest Intermediate
Instant Lesson could be of help. Not because it's
boring but because it gives advice for insomniacs. A
study done recently found that people who got up when they
couldn't sleep could improve the quality of sleep they did
get. (Help For Insomniacs To Get Their Zzzs -
Intermediate Instant Lesson)
You may like to get your students to debate the topic of
whether the printed book is dying. Our Upper Intermediate
Instant Lesson "Long Live The Book" has
plenty of fodder for discussion, looking at book reading
habits in different countries and how the e-book and the
Internet can benefit readers. '"Digital e-books have
created a space for discussion. Books now have websites and
forums, and so reading books on electronic devices has created
communities and interaction...."'
Included in our latest rather eclectic offering of
resources is a lesson on what the strong Swiss franc is doing
to Swiss tourism (Elementary Instant Lesson: "Strong
Money") and the bizarre, but true Instant Lesson on
animals shooting people or other animals
(Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson: "Strange
Stories".) Sports fans can read about Roger
Federer's plans for 2012 and the London Olympics
(Advanced Instant Lesson: "Grand Slam
For teachers needing new resources for teaching vocabulary
and writing, two of our latest resources include an
Anna Grammar worksheet on
"Subordinating Conjunctions" and
a Max Vocab worksheet "Max Vocab AWL 4 · Wake Up
Following the advice in our Insomniacs lesson and knowing
that you have access to the lessons above and to our extensive
libraries of lessons should help you get your sleep.
Resources this Month
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Newest resources in the Teachers· Room include:
Strong Money - Elementary Instant
Swiss holidays are too expensive in 2011
for many tourists from other countries because the franc is
too strong. Vacations, Switzerland, money, adjectives.
- Strange Stories - Pre-Intermediate Instant
Foxes shooting people, dogs shooting people
and cows shooting cows. Guns, accidents, definite and
- Help For Insomniacs To
Get Their Zzzs - Intermediate Instant Lesson
short visits with a nurse may be enough to help sleep-deprived
people learn how to sleep. Insomnia, health, sleep treatments.
- Long Live The Book - Upper Intermediate
Books may be in decline in other
parts of the world but the book industry is thriving in India.
Future of books, printed books and e-books, reading habits of
different nationalities, India.
- Grand Slam
Champion - Advanced Instant Lesson
six Wimbledon trophies already packed on to his mantelpiece,
Roger Federer would like nothing more than to win a singles
gold medal on the hallowed turf when it hosts the Olympic
tennis event in 2012. Ambitions, ordering questions,
completing a table, vocabulary.
Cities - London - Weekly Warmer
This warmer is an
enjoyable way for students to learn more about tourist
activities in London.
Conjunctions - Anna Grammar Worksheet
Subordinating conjunctions join a dependent or
subordinate clause to a main clause. This worksheet has
explanations and exercises.
AWL 4 - Wake Up Doc! - Max Vocab Worksheet
More words from the academic word list.
- A Bomb Dog -
In Sydney, a
police dog trained to detect bombs ran away after being scared
off by fireworks. There are four exercises to do.
Skills: Grammar - passive, have/get
For access to these and more than 1,700 other resources
|This month's Point of
This month's Point of Interest comes from the
Intermediate Instant Lesson "Help For Insomniacs
To Get Their Zzzs ":
'A mental health nurse practitioner in a regular doctor's
office [looked at] how to restrict time in bed and set regular
sleep-wake schedules, while also discussing the biological
rationale behind the strategy, including the body's daily
cycles of physical, mental and behavioral changes.
" This (therapy) has the effect of compressing your
sleep into a more solid block," Buysse told Reuters Health in
an e-mail. "More consolidated sleep is more refreshing."
"A lot of insomniacs spend a lot of time lying in bed
worrying about their sleep, among other things. They expect to
have insomnia," Dr. Thomas Neylan of the University of
California, San Francisco, who wrote an accompanying
commentary in the journal, told Reuters
"Generally, the most expedient thing to do
is just prescribe a sleeping pill ," noted Neylan.
In the meantime, Neylan offers
insomniacs some advice: " If you're not ready to fall
asleep, don't lie down in bed and try to force yourself to
sleep. And if you wake up in the middle of night and don't
fall back asleep easily, get out of bed." "You don't want to
have any linkage between the experience of lying in bed and
being awake ," he said.'
Thomson Reuters 2011