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Days When It All Goes
There are days when teaching goes
really well: Your explanations of tricky points raised by
students are clear and helpful, the jokes you make are funny
and each part of the lesson flows seamlessly into the next
part as you adroitly guide and facilitate the students'
Then there are other days: You feel dull headed
and uninspired, the students yawn continually or look out the
window, you can't find the one resource you desperately need
when feverishly searching through your desk back in the
teachers' lounge and then the copier breaks down just when you
were about to do some last-minute copying of a fun activity
for that tricky class you have last thing on a Wednesday
I well remember the day that I knew I was
under prepared and would have to pull something out of my
'emergency resources' to copy last minute and a new teacher to
the school managed to melt plastic transparencies on both of
the department's large and expensive copiers. She did it
on one machine and then went and repeated it on the
other. As well as causing an expensive repair, she seemed
oblivious to the other teachers silently glaring at
her. I remember desperately wondering what I could teach
instead and thinking that yes, it was typical that it would be
the day when I had that class of particularly sleepy and
unmotivated students. I can't remember what I taught. I
expect it went okay but I still dream of that feeling of
frustration from time to time.
We're asking you to
tell us about those days: The ones when something
went wrong in the classroom or staffroom. What happened? How did
you feel? Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "May Competition" in
the subject line and tell us in less than 120 words what
happened. We'll publish the best stories and the winners
will receive a refund of a month's membership if they are
already members of ETG or a month's free
membership if they are non-members.
In the meantime, we hope you'll enjoy our latest resources.
There's a great story in the latest Elementary Instant Lesson
(Knock, Knock ... Who's There?)
about police who dressed up as doctors in order to test people's
gullibility. You will be surprised at the results. After doing
the Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson " Use
It or Lose It" everyone at ETG is out exercising madly
and while the recession is still gripping parts of the world,
pet owners spend more money
on their pets. (Lucky Pets
- Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson). We also have worksheets
on conjunctions, crime vocabulary and an online Instant Workbook
with great listening exercises on the Internet and health
We hope that your
teaching is smooth sailing this month.
The English-to-go team
Click here to access the newest resources
Newest resources in the Teachers’ Room include:
- Knock, Knock ... Who's
There? - Elementary Instant Lesson
Be careful when
you are opening your door! This is what police in Turkey are
telling people. Police wore doctors' white coats and
stethoscopes. They knocked on people's doors and said
they were doctors. Home security, police, truth or lie game.
Pets - Pre-Intermediate Instant
Americans may be trying to spend
less money, but when it comes to their pets, they're spending
more than ever. Pets, costs, economy, benefits of having a
- Use It or Lose It - Upper
Intermediate Instant Lesson
Experts say for those
65 and over staying active and fit can spell the difference
between independence and frailty. "It's all about moving." The
phrase 'use it or lose it' works here."Aging, exercise and
- China To Age
Before It Gets Rich? - Advanced Instant
The harsh logic of China's one-child policy
is starting to unravel... Demographers worry that without
change, China will become the first country in the world to
age before it gets rich. Aging population, one child policy,
China, family size, census results.
You Marry Me? - Weekly Warmer
married? Take the quiz first. A British family law firm is
urging couples to take a "compatibility quiz" before getting
married or deciding to live together. This warmer is an
enjoyable way for students to practice brainstorming,
discussion and crafting questions.
- Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Crime -
An Upper-Intermediate Vocabulary Worksheet
A vocabulary worksheet
looking at words to do with justice, crime, law and order.
- Web Doctor - An Upper-Intermediate
help means people are now becoming more proactive. But who
uses the Internet for health information more - men or women?
Do some people use it too much and imagine they have diseases?
Listen to Lucy - a "cyberchondriac", someone who searches
intensively throughout the Internet for health information.
There are 7 online exercises.
- But, So & And - Elementary
Anna Grammar Worksheet
Try this Elementary Grammar
Worksheet which looks at 3 of the most common coordinating
conjunctions: and, but
For access to these and more than 1,800 other resources
Click here to access resources on World No Tobacco Day, May 31
- Smoking in the Movies -
Intermediate Instant Lesson
may be influenced to start smoking through exposure to
movie characters who smoke, researchers suggest.
Hollywood,children, movie stars as role models, smoking,
marketing, predicting, choose the best answer,
crossword, verb + to + infinitive or verb + -ing, 'what
would you do?' quiz about lying, expressing
Brainstorming Debate - Weekly
An activity to encourage students to
debate current issues and to provide them with the steps
to achieve this. .
|This month's Point
This Month's Point of
Interest comes from our free resource, the
Intermediate Instant Lesson, "Meeting &
While the western handshake is accepted, it is performed
with a lighter grip and a pumping motion. Chinese also
lower their eyes slightly as a sign of respect when
meeting someone. Staring into their
eyes can be perceived as a sign of
JAPAN - Both handshaking and bowing
are accepted forms of greeting in international business
circles so take your lead from the person you are
meeting. If shaking hands, do so lightly. If you are
greeted with a bow, respond by bowing in
RUSSIA - Russians usually use a firm
(sometimes very firm) handshake when meeting a guest. If
you've met the person before don't be surprised if the
greeting includes a hug. Russian men customarily kiss
their guest's cheeks (men and women alike) while women
reserve such intimacies for other Russians and simply
shake hands with foreigners.
FRANCE - Shake hands
with one brisk stroke upon arrival and departure and
make sure to shake hands with everyone.
AMERICA - Latin Americans use a light, lingering
handshake (about twice as long as an American handshake)
and pulling away too soon is interpreted as rejection. A
man may offer his hand to a woman, and he may "kiss" the
top of a woman's hand.
EUROPEANS - While their
handshake is the western style, eastern and western
Europeans re-shake hands whenever they are apart for a
period of time. For example, it is considered polite to
shake hands when you leave for lunch and when you
ARAB COUNTRIES - Male friends may embrace
and kiss each other on both cheeks following a light and
lingering handshake. They also stand very close to one
another when talking. If you are a non-Arab woman
traveling to an Arab country, let the man offer his hand
first because some Muslim men do not shake hands with
women. Many Arab business women who often travel to
Western countries shake hands with men and women. Let
her offer her hand first."
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