Cinco 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 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 Tuesday 13th 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
Burns Night is a celebration dedicated to the life and works of the great Scottish poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns. On 25th January, many people will be throwing a Burns Night supper, featuring all the traditional elements of the night. The traditional celebration includes a piper to welcome the guests, speeches, prayers to bring in the food, a special address and toast to the haggis, lively entertainment, a ‘toast to the lassies’ and many other fun elements.
How will you be celebrating Burns Night in the EFL class? Read on to discover more about this fascinating Scottish tradition and how you might use it to create a fun, Scottish-themed EFL lesson.
Happy Chinese New Year! The Year of the Dog begins on Friday 16th February. This loyal, friendly and honest creature should imbue your EFL teaching and learning with extra diligence this year, as Chinese tradition dictates there will be a hard-working and responsible flavour to 2018.
The Chinese New Year is a great time for a seasonal EFL lesson and as learning about other cultures and traditions is always interesting and a great way to learn more English, we’ve prepared a fun comprehension exercise for your next EFL lesson relating to Chinese New Year! Continue reading