- What Washington Politicians Are Really Saying - Text + Audio + Video - 9 October 2016
"Officials in Washington, DC often use their own language. Two authors wrote a book trying to explain the real meaning of these Washington words.
For example, when elected officials call other elected officials “my good friend,” they might really mean “my enemy.”
- Common French Words in American English - Text + Audio
"English is loaded with French words. Even if they mean something bad they sound so good. So read on to learn how to say them properly."
- April 23 Is English Language Day - Text + Audio
"Happy English Language Day! English Language Day is celebrated each year on April 23 – the date when tradition says William Shakespeare was born.
Shakespeare has been called the greatest writer in the English language.
His plays continue to be published, performed in theaters and movies."
English Pronunciation Poem - Listen to it. - Difficult
"I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough and through."
ACTIVITIES TO PRINT :
INTERACTIVE GAMES :
- How to speak like a true Brit
"With more than 50 regional dialects in Britain alone, this accent map proves how tricky understanding English can be.
Know your Cockney from your Geordie? Take the quiz to find out."
LESSON PLANS :
Learning a Language
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by Allegro, a Polish online shopping auction platform and the theme of learning a new language. Students discuss why they are learning English, come up with reasons why people learn a new language and the benefits of learning a new language, watch a short film and discuss ways to improve their language learning."
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 90 minutes
- I want to learn English because... - a lesson
"This EFL lesson is designed around a short video commissioned by OUP to promote their Q: Skills for Success series.
In the lesson students talk about their reasons for learning English and what they want to do with English in the future.
They also watch a short video and answer comprehension questions."
Language level: Elementary (A1) –Intermediate (B1)
Time: 60 minutes
Language: Infinitive to express purpose, vocabulary related to reasons for learning a language
- Being bilingual may delay dementia - a lesson plan with AUDIO (November 12, 2013)
"A new study shows that being bilingual may delay dementia by five or more years. This is according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland."
Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's and boost brain power
"Research suggests that bilingual people can hold Alzheimer's disease at bay for longer, and that bilingual children are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking."
- ''Omnishambles'' is Word Of The Year (November 15, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen the neologism - new word - ''omnishambles'' as its Word Of The Year for 2012."
British Culture 3: The History of the English Language by Laurence HAQUET (Ac. Rouen)
"Les élèves sont amenés à remplir des minibooks qui sont téléchargeables en haut de chaque page.
Les élèves mettent en commun à l'oral ce qu'ils ont trouvé et compris et ils utilisent ensuite leurs notes pour réaliser une trace écrite.
A partir de la webquest N°3, il y a des documents audio et/ou vidéo."