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Dressing Up, Dads
and Dining In the Dark
difficulties continue, we're looking for ways to cheer
ourselves up and apparently one way, according to two of our
latest lessons, is by dressing up ourselves and our pets...in
fancy dress! 11.5 percent of American shoppers will dress up
their pets this year according to a recent survey and many
plan to spend more money this year on Halloween costumes.
Experts say this increase in spending may be due to a desire
to 'escape' from the economic doldrums...for an evening.
(Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
As well as dressing up pets for Halloween, people are now
buying appropriate attire for their pets to wear at weddings.
A German retailer sells festival clothing for dogs and wedding
clothes. 'Male dogs going to weddings can wear dinner
jackets, female dogs can wear wedding dresses.' Make sure
you do this lesson so you know what's now expected at
weddings! (Elementary Instant Lesson 'Fancy
On a more serious note, our latest Advanced Instant Lesson
looks at the 'Iku-men' in Japan, a small but
growing number of men who become stay-home dads. " When I
decided to take leave, my parents told me that it was the end
of my working life,"a product developer who took a month off
for paternity leave last April, said. "When I told my boss
and my colleagues, it felt like everyone around me was saying
'that's the guy who's going to take leave'," he said.
looking for something to do with a class, why not be inspired
by our latest Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Blind
Date' and set up a restaurant in the dark? A second
restaurant with the same idea of serving food in the dark with
blind waiters as staff has now been set up in London. Our
lesson looks at what makes this latest restaurant special and
then suggests how you and your students can recreate the
experience in your
Resources this Month
Click here to access the
Fancy Pooch - Elementary Instant
Lesson Dog owners are dressing up their dogs for
weddings, festivals and costume parties. (Fancy dress,
shopping habits, dogs, will for future facts and deciding
something at the moment of speaking.)
- Blind Date - Intermediate Instant
Lesson Dining in a completely dark room, unaware
what's on your plate while sitting next to a complete stranger
may not sound like an ideal restaurant experience but it's
certainly an intriguing way to spend a rainy night in London.
(Food, blind, London, the five senses.)
- Halloween - Upper Intermediate Instant
Lesson Whether it's ghosts or goblins or candy and
costumes, Americans are ready to spend far more on Halloween
this year than last, an estimated $5.8 billion, and they
aren't leaving their pets out of the fun. (Halloween,
consumer spending, fancy dress costumes.)
- Japan's "Iku-men" - Advanced Instant
Lesson There is a tiny but growing number of Japanese
men opting for paternity leave despite the risk to their
careers. (Stayhome dads, parental leave, Japan, employment
- Top ten most mustache-dense countries -
Intermediate and above Weekly Warmer This warmer
encourages discussion and practice scanning as students answer
a quiz about the countries where mustaches and beards are most
- Acad Word List 3 – Max V Worksheet The
Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most
often used in English-language academic writing.
- Blind Dates - Instant Workbook This
intermediate online lesson has 8 exercises about 'Eating
Blind' around the world.
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
Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson
'Whether it's ghosts or goblins or candy and costumes,
Americans are ready to spend far more on Halloween this year
than last, an estimated $5.8 billion, and they aren't leaving
their pets out of the fun ." A survey by National Retail
Federation (NRF) showed the single largest expense will be on
costumes for children, adults and pets.
people are expected to embrace Halloween with even more
enthusiasm," Matt Shay, the chief executive of the NRF
said in a statement, noting that the pagan holiday has given
Americans a welcome mental break from the stress of the
Two out of five Americans plan to wear
a costume this year, up from one-third last year, and about
11.5 percent of shoppers will dress up their pets.
Americans will spend an average of $66.28 on Halloween,
including $23.37 a costume, $20.29 on candy and $18.66 on
"Costumes do allow you to have escapism
-- for one night you are able to be whoever you want to be
," Detzi said.
Although spending on Halloween is
small compared to the Christmas holidays and back-to-school,
it will give a boost to U.S. retailers, who are still
struggling with sluggish consumer spending.
showed that many people are still spooked by the state of the
economy. About 30 percent said economic concerns are affecting
their spending plans, with cuts most likely in candy but not
"Americans are excited about Halloween but
are still being frugal," said BIGresearch executive vice
president Phil Rist.'
Thomson Reuters 2010