St David’s Day EFL Lesson – Exploring Welsh Culture

Happy St David's Day - Red Dragon FlagSt David’s Day falls on 1st March each year. Saint David is the patron saint of Wales and the Feast of St David commemorates the day he died in 589 AD. This special day has been celebrated since the 12th century and although it is not a national holiday in the UK, it is regularly marked with celebrations.

On Saint David’s Day it is traditional to eat Welsh foods and celebrate Welsh culture. This is an ideal time to explore all things Welsh in the EFL classroom, introduce students to Welsh culture and learn some new vocabulary. Join us in exploring the Welsh flag, national symbols, language, accent, foods and traditions for a fun St David’s Day EFL lesson! Continue reading

Writing a Christmas Card in English

Writing a Christmas card in English is one of the top December activities for EFL learners. At this time of year, many people are thinking of writing to loved ones and friends to wish them a merry Christmas or a happy holiday season. But what should you write in the card? Read on for a discussion of traditional Christmas messages and images, along with advice on how to write a Christmas card in English using appropriate greetings, messages and closing words. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving! Now Get Ready for Black Friday!

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 vocabularyAre you enjoying the cold snap? With the thermometer diving towards zero across the UK and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to think about winter weather 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