Get On the Starting Line… It’s the London Marathon!

London Marathon EFL Lesson - starting lineIt’s the London Marathon tomorrow! This big race is held annually in the spring and this year we’ll see over 40,000 people take to the streets of London for the 26.2 mile course. The heat this weekend has raised some concerns about health and safety of the runners, but it hasn’t deterred thousands from lacing up their trainers with over 75% running to raise money for charity. Read on to learn more about this long-distance race and explore vocabulary and conversation topics in our fun London Marathon EFL lesson.  Continue reading

Mother’s Day EFL Lesson Ideas

Mother's Day EFL LessonMothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which falls three weeks before Easter. This day was originally a religious day when people would visit their ‘mother’ church, but later it also became a day to celebrate motherhood. Mothering Sunday is now intertwined with the secular celebration, Mother’s Day and the two names are often used interchangeably. Join us to explore the origins of the day and enjoy our ‘correct word’ exercise and gap fill games. Continue reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day EFL Lesson - Women's History Month - International Women’s Day falls on 8th March every year and coincides with Women’s History Month. This special day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day also highlights areas where action is still needed to achieve gender parity around the world. An International Women’s Day EFL lesson can engage with these issues in a highly relevant way. The concept of access to education as a basic human right is reflected in language learning, as a great way to empower people through knowledge. Read on to get inspired! Continue reading

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, 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