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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

English Gateway Newsletter #17

The lead-up to the holidays is always exciting and many of us feel the lightheartedness that comes with the season. Let’s add a little spark to these days with inclusion of holiday lesson plans and acknowledging holiday traditions around the world.
We at English Gateway thank you for another wonderful year with us and hope you enjoy the spirit of the season!
Site Updates (Member Content)
New Worksheets

Describing a Process: How to Decorate an X-mas Tree (ESL High-Intermediate)

Students learn the names of Christmas tree decorations, review time-order signal words and explain the steps of decorating a Christmas tree.

Soft Skills, Hard Skills - Two Parts of the Same Coin (ESL High-Intermediate)
Students define the difference between hard and soft skills and identify these skills in common occupations. This worksheet was part of English Gateway workshop at Hamilton, ON LINC Learner Conference this November.
Taxis of the World (ESL High-Intermediate)
Students learn vocabulary related to using a taxi while sharing personal experiences and cultural knowledge about taxis around the world.
Food Service Jobs (ESL High-Intermediate)
Less common occupational titles related to food service are introduced. Exercises focus on describing work environment of food service personnel and common varieties of food and drinks associated with food service professionals.
From the Archive (Holiday-Related)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (based on the poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore)
Naughty or Nice? (Based on the song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town")
Personality and Gift Giving
Recent Blog Updates
Teacher Blog
The New Words of the 2000s and 2010s
English Mad Minutes
Citizenship Test - Can ESL Teachers Play a Role?
Famous Movie Dance Scenes
A New Tool to Assess Canadian English
Student Blog
Laugh At/Laugh With/Laugh About
Words with the Suffix -en
Idiomania: Idioms in Quotes of Famous People
A holiday-related quote by Norman Vincent Peale:
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
What does it mean to ‘wave a magic wand’? To wave a magic wand is to find a fast and easy solution to a problem.
If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change?
Season’s Greetings,
English Gateway Team
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:27 AM
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