Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States of America. This special day originated as a harvest festival to celebrate the crops produced in the Pilgrims’ first harvest. Throughout the USA people will be attending parades and sporting events and enjoying a special meal with friends and family. Although Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Britain, many people still celebrate the harvest festival at this time of year. Join us to explore Thanksgiving and learn more about its cultural significance and related vocabulary. Continue reading

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Kicks Off!

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 The UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 is currently playing in the Netherlands, giving us the perfect excuse to move on from tennis after the excitement of Wimbledon and into some fresh football vocabulary! The Euros group stage began on 16th July and the final will take place on 16th August. Join us for a soccer-themed language and culture lesson as we explore the fascinating history of women’s football and dive into the latest footy action with the Euros 2017! Continue reading

Wimbledon EFL Lesson – Game Set and Match!

Wimbledon is here! This is one of the world’s biggest tennis tournaments and the most prestigious of the Majors, so we could not let this opportunity pass without exploring some tennis vocabulary. These few weeks of Grand Slam tennis offer a great chance to prepare a sporty EFL lesson with a traditional UK flavour. The event runs from 25th June until 16th July 2017, so grab your racket and let’s explore the traditions of Wimbledon and learn some useful tennis vocabulary! Continue reading

It’s Freezing Out There! Useful Cold Weather Vocabulary

thermometer - cold weather vocabularyHave you been enjoying the cold snap? With the thermometer diving towards zero over the past few weeks, it’s time to think about winter vocabulary. There are many ways to describe a cold day – certainly useful when living in a northern climate! From cool to chilly to freezing, whether the wind is breezy, blustery or gale-force – with or without a downpour – cold weather vocabulary is always handy at this time of year. Read on to explore the English vocabulary you need to talk about the cold weather. Continue reading

Exploring Remembrance Day

poppy-dayRemembrance Day, also called Armistice Day, is an important day in British culture. November 11th is the day that everyone remembers the sacrifices made by the service men and women during the world wars. Traditionally there is a two-minute silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – the moment in 1918 when the armistice became effective in Britain.

The main ceremony of remembrance takes place on the nearest Sunday, which means that this year it falls on Sunday 12th November. This day is called Remembrance Sunday. People wear red paper poppies at this time of year to show their support. Read on to learn more about this important day in British culture and explore new vocabulary in our Remembrance Day EFL Lesson through two famous war poems.
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Do the Monster Mash This Halloween!

monster mashHalloween is an exciting holiday occasion and the perfect time to learn some new vocabulary – so why not learn with a classic song! Monster Mash is a fun Halloween-themed pop song by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, recorded in 1962. It contains lots of spooky vocabulary and is a great way to expand your knowledge of idioms – and enjoy some Halloween-flavoured language fun. This is great listening material for the EFL class. Will you do the Monster Mash?     Continue reading

Jump on Stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

music concertThe curtain comes up on Tuesday for the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017! This colourful, over-the-top, cheesy and fabulous international music competition is broadcast across Europe, Asia and Australia to millions of fans and ironic supporters. The event will also be broadcast in the USA for the second time as each country battles it out to be crowned champions!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final on 13th May is sure to be an evening of fun, excitement and perhaps questionable musical taste. We’re getting nervous already for the UK’s performer, Lucie Jones! Explore the ballads, pop songs and other tuneful entries from some of the hopeful nations right here. Plus, join in our discussion of how Eurovision can add a melodious edge to your next EFL lesson. Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo – Join the Fiesta!

cinco-de-mayo-dressCinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is a celebration day in the US and Mexico when people celebrate Mexican culture, heritage, food and music with street festivals and parades. The day commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. This is an ideal time to think about using this seasonal event in a vocabulary and culture lesson. So come and spread some guacamole on your tacos while you enjoy our Cinco de Mayo EFL lesson, complete with gap-fill exercise. Olé! Continue reading

Pancake Day EFL Lesson Ideas

Pancake Day - pancakes with strawberries

Pancake Day is just around the corner, which means everyone in the UK will be preparing to make delicious crispy pancakes! The proper name for Pancake Day is of course Shrove Tuesday, the day when people traditionally used up all their luxury foods – milk, sugar and eggs – to make pancakes before they began fasting for Lent.

Shrove Tuesday falls on 28th February this year. Read on to find out all about this mini celebration day and its religious origins. We’ve included an easy pancake recipe, plus we have some great ideas for Pancake Day EFL lessons!   Continue reading