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Olympic Vegetables

This month's resources preview the Summer Olympic Games with a lesson looking at a Japanese table tennis star who is forcing himself to eat green peppers and other vegetables in his bid for Olympic success ("Eat Your Vegetables!" - Elementary Instant Lesson) and a historical look at a love story started at the 1948 London Olympics when the founders of the Missoni fashion empire met for the first time ("An Olympic Love Story" - Advanced Intermediate Instant Lesson). Our Featured lessons have some interesting Olympic content amongst them and our free lesson looks at what athletes can expect from their accommodation in the Olympic Village ("Olympic Accommodation" - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson.)

For students more interested in births or lifestyle, there's a lesson on the most popular names for babies ("What's In a Name?" - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson) and which cities rate as the best places to live in the world ("The Best Place To Live" - Intermediate Instant Lesson). There's a new vocabulary worksheet on the human body ("The Human Body" - Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Elementary) and a new warmer on Los Angeles ("Famous Cities - Los Angeles", Weekly Warmer - Pre- Intermediate and above.)

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- Eat Your Vegetables! - Elementary Instant Lesson
Japanese coaches are telling a Japanese table tennis player to eat more vegetables before the London Olympics. Koki Niwa, sport, diet, vegetables, the Olympics, quantifiers.

- What's In a Name? - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Move over, Isabella. Sophia is the new top baby girl's name in the United States. Names, famous people, retelling and comparing, word order.

- The Best Place To Live - Intermediate Instant Lesson

Vienna's excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, a global survey says. Zurich was second, Auckland third and Munich fourth. Cities and quality of life, ranking items.

- An Olympic Love Story - Advanced Intermediate Instant Lesson

Mention the name Missoni, and most think of a fashion empire that revolutionized textile patterns, spawned the no-bra look on the catwalks, and is now a global brand. But none of it would have happened had it not been for the 1948 London Olympics.

- Famous Cities - Los Angeles, Weekly Warmer - Pre- Intermediate and above

This warmer is a fun way for students to practice their reading and speaking and find out about the city of Los Angeles.

- The Human Body - Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Elementary
A worksheet with exercises on the human body.

- A Different Taste in Music - Intermediate Instant Workbook
Vocabulary, memory game and rebuilding an article.


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Featured Lessons
The 2012 Summer Olympics
- Punching For Gold - Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Teenage Afghan sisters fighting for women's rights as they join the Olympics as their country's first female boxers. The Olympics, Afghanistan, sport. women's sports, past simple tense: regular and irregular verb forms.

Olympic Mini-Lesson - Olympic Discussions
Get a discussion on the Olympics going with this Intermediate and Above Olympic Mini-Lesson!

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- Olympic Accommodation - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
In the Olympic village, no more than two athletes will share a bedroom in the 2,800 apartments. A good night's sleep is very important and organizers have put in full length black-out curtains to help athletes sleep. The Olympic Village, London, treatment of athletes, hosting an international event, sport.


This month's Point of Interest

This month's Teaching Point comes from one of this month's new lessons, the Elementary Instant Lesson, 'Eat Your Vegetables!'

B: Completing A Summary
Choose the correct options in these sentences. The answers are in the article below.
Niwa likes/doesn't like eating vegetables.
Japanese coaches say Niwa eats/doesn't eat lots of vegetables.
He likes/doesn't like eating healthy food.
He likes/doesn't like eating carrots.
He likes/doesn't like eating noodles and meat.

I Don't Like Tomatoes
TOKYO, Fri May 11, Eat more vegetables! Japanese coaches are telling a Japanese table tennis player to eat more vegetables before the London Olympics.
Koki Niwa is 17 years old. He is a table tennis star. He is not interested in healthy food. He especially doesn't like tomatoes and carrots.

But Niwa is listening to his coaches. He is meeting with a nutritionist. "My favorite foods are noodles and meat," said Niwa. "But I'm going to try eating green peppers."

Niwa is 160 centimeters tall and weighs 52 kilograms.

He won the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and he won the World Junior Table Tennis Championships in doubles in 2010 and in singles in 2011.

Thomson Reuters 2012

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