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

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 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

Raise a Glass to the Haggis – it’s Burns Night!

Burns Night BannerBurns 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.

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Easter Vocabulary: From Bunnies to Hot Cross Buns

Easter Bunny - Easter Vocabulary

Easter is a special time across the world where people commemorate the crucifixion and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This spring time festival has many traditions associated with it in the UK, from the sharing of chocolate Easter Eggs to attending Church services, taking part in street parades and eating hot cross buns. Find out more about Easter and explore some of our Easter vocabulary with our Easter EFL lesson ideas for beginners. Continue reading

EFL Lesson Ideas for Chinese New Year

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