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Conservation And Coffee Drinking

Our new resources feature two subjects close to our hearts this month: conservation and coffee drinking. In the Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Protecting The Animals' students will learn about the latest threat facing the Bengal tiger. Poachers are now not only taking adult tigers, they are choosing to capture cubs as well. The lesson looks at why and what the authorities are doing to try and stop this.

The lesson then turns to another part of the world for a look at a conservation project producing exciting results. Some passionate New Zealanders are working hard to help Kiwi birds thrive. Students will also learn some amazing things about Kiwis: Do you know who takes care of the eggs once they've been laid? 

Do the lesson and find out!

Our Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Crazy For Coffee' highlights a growing craze in South Korea--coffee drinking. Coffee shops are experiencing such strong growth that the government is considering regulating the expansion. The lesson looks at this trend and also asks students to imagine running a coffee shop. Doing this lesson with your students could result in your class having a cafe for an afternoon--serving coffee, of course!

There are also new resources on parasites and climate change: 'Nasty Parasites' - Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson, Indirect speech - Anna Grammar Worksheet and a lesson looking at different elephant escapes. Have you ever seen two elephants walking down a busy road during rush hour? Well, people in Denmark have. (Elephant Escapes - Elementary Instant Lesson)

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Newest resources in the Teachers' Room include: 
- Elephant Escapes - Elementary Instant Lesson
An elephant trainer has taken two elephants back to the circus after they walked along a busy Copenhagen street. (Elephants, zoos - benefits and disadvantages, present perfect).

- Protecting The Animals - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Endangered animals and the efforts being made to protect them. This lesson looks in particular at Bengal tigers and New Zealand kiwi. (Reading an interview, present perfect simple).

- Crazy For Coffee - Intermediate Instant Lesson
These days, when you are walking along the streets of southern Seoul, you are just as likely to smell the fragrance of fresh-brewed coffee as that of kimchi or more traditional Korean foods. (Planning a restaurant, advertising, talking about coffee).

- Nasty Parasites - Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson

Parasites look set to become more virulent because of climate change, according to a study showing that frogs suffer more infections from a fungus when exposed to unexpected swings in temperatures. (Parasites, climate change, frogs, reported questions).

- Spooky Hotels, Weekly Warmer - Intermediate and above
This warmer is a fun way for students to learn about different hotels worldwide that are supposed to be haunted.

- Anna Grammar Worksheet - Indirect Speech
A worksheet on frogs and parasites with exercises that looks at reported speech and direct speech.

- Asia's Nobel Winners - Pre-Intermediate Instant Workbook
A Taiwanese vegetable seller is one of six winners of Asia's Ramon Magsaysay Award - an award similar to the Nobel prize.
Skills: Reading comprehension, Grammar - present perfect and for and since. There are six exercises to do.

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- Protecting The Animals - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Endangered animals and the efforts being made to protect them. This lesson looks in particular at Bengal tigers and New Zealand kiwi. (Reading an interview, present perfect simple)

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This Month's Point of Interest

This month's Point of Interest comes from one of this month's new lessons, the Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson, 'Protecting The Animals'.

English-to-go.com's nine-year-old reporter, Anna, interviewed Todd Hamilton of the Whangarei Heads Landcare Forum. Todd and Helen Moodie run the project Backyard Kiwi, helping kiwi to return and live safely in the Whangarei Heads, in the North Island of New Zealand. The project has had exciting results. In September, 2012 Anna asked Todd about his work.
Read the interview:
Anna: How many kiwis do you save or work with in a year?
Todd: I have radio transmitters on 16 kiwi that I keep a close eye on. At the Whangarei Heads we only had 80 kiwi 10 years ago but by killing the stoats and keeping dogs away from them we now have about 400 kiwi.
Anna: Do you ever raise or look after baby kiwi and then let them out into the wild?
Todd: It is the kiwi dads that sit on the eggs after the mums have laid the eggs. I follow 7 kiwi dads and once they hatch the chicks I move them to an island that has no stoats, cats or dogs. When the kiwi get to 1200g in weight I release them at the Whangarei Heads.
Anna: Have you ever had a favorite kiwi?
Todd: Yes, I used to follow a kiwi called "Johnny" who was good at hatching eggs until he got killed by a dog.
Anna:  What do you like best about the job?
Todd:  Being outside in the bush.
Anna:  When did you decide to do your job?
Todd:  I started as a trapper 10 years ago.
Anna:  What type of kiwi do you help?
Todd:  Northland Brown Kiwi
Anna:  What can kids do to help?
Todd:  Wandering dogs are the main killer of our kiwi so it is really important that people with dogs don't let them wander near kiwi.
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Just have to say how brilliant your resources are. They are great for my one-to-one adult students. The good thing about news stories is that truth is indeed stranger than fiction and the quirkiness can really help make a lesson stimulating and fun. I also appreciate the fact the lessons are instant - it saves me so much time.

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