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ESL Exercises: Real Estate Collocations
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ESL Lesson Plans: Super-Duper - Talking About Fashion (based on the song “Putting on the Ritz”)
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ESL Lesson Plans: Super-Duper - Talking About Fashion (based on the song “Putting on the Ritz”)
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ESL Worksheets: Sleep Idioms
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'Onto' vs. 'On To'
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'Onto' vs. 'On To'
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ESL Exercises: Real Estate Collocations
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ESL Teacher Blog: The New Words of the 2000s and 2010s
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ESL Worksheets: Weather Collocations
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ESL Worksheets: Describing Nature Collocations
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

ESL Student Blog: Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free - Talking About Dietary Restrictions

Most people go on a diet to lose weight and look and feel better.
 
A balanced diet is a diet that includes all 4 food groups: fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and alternatives, and grains. Whole unprocessed foods (apples vs. apple juice, brown rice vs. white rice, whole-wheat bread vs. white bread etc.) are considered the most beneficial to our health.
 
But today many people also adopt a diet due to newly-diagnosed allergies and food intolerances; or, simply because they want to benefit animals and our planet. Yet some people are drawn to a diet just because it’s all the rage and/or followed by celebrities.
 
Here are some other common diets you might hear about in the media or your community:
 
- vegetarian (no meat/fish products consumed)
- vegan (no animal products consumed e.g.: no eggs, butter, honey etc.)

- raw (based on consuming raw plant-based foods that haven’t been heated above a certain temperature)

- Paleo (no grains, refined sugar, coffee, alcohol - a diet similar to what our ancestors ate many years ago)

- gluten-free (gluten is a protein found in some grains, especially wheat)

- allergy-free (avoiding common allergens: nuts, milk, soy, seafood, etc.)

- alkaline (mostly consuming alkaline foods vs. acidic to balance the body’s pH)
 
There are also Mediterranean, South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watches and probably dozens of others that include or rather exclude certain foods.
 
To argue for or against a diet or dieting in general, you can use the following words and expressions:
 
-whole foods
-processed/unprocessed foods
-minimally processed
-refined sugar
-a balanced/healthy/wholesome/plant-based diet
-anti-inflammatory diet
-heart-healthy
-nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals
-nutrient-rich
-low-carb
-low-fat
-low-sodium
-low in saturated fat/trans fats
-high protein
simple/complex carbs (carbohydrates)
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 5:02 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Friday, February 15, 2013

ESL Teacher Blog: Vocabulary Activities for the Year of Snake

Here’s a number of activities to honor one of the most powerful creatures in Chinese mythology:
 
1. Review common adjective suffixes and ask to think of adjectives that describe snakes:

-less

-ous

-ive/-tive

-y/-ory

-al

harmless

legless

limbless

lidless

poisonous

venomous

carnivorous

vicious

indigenous

intuitive

contemplative

seductive

elusive

aggressive

defensive

deceptive

slimy

scaly

slithery

solitary

glossy

sneaky

creepy

silky

predatory

nocturnal

beneficial

2. Describe physical characteristics of snakes: skin patterns (stripes, rings, spots, diamonds, speckles, blotches, cross-bands; camouflage coloring) body movements (bend, glide, slither, coil up/around, twist, arch, lurch); name unique parts of their bodies (a forked tongue, vertebrae, fangs).
 
3. Discuss the meaning of the idioms containing the word ‘snake’:
 
speak with a forked tongue - lie
snake in the grass - an enemy who pretends to be a friend
snake oil - a product that claims to cure an ailment (which it doesn’t cure)
 
4. Talk about the conflicting views associated with snakes (beneficial or harmful, having a bad or good reputation, a creature that fascinates or scares).
 
5. Discuss snake qualities that can describe human character traits: wisdom, patience, deception, betrayal, mischief, trickery and deceitfulness. Retell the biblical story about a sly serpent that lured Eve into eating forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. 
 
6. Talk about healing properties associated with snakes. Refer learners to the web to explore why a snake wrapped around a rod has been a long-time medical symbol.
 
7. Share stories/experiences about snake encounters in the wild, observing snake charmers and keeping snakes as exotic pets.
 
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:06 AM   1 Comments  Add Comment

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