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Saturday, October 18, 2008

English Gateway Newsletter #4

Walk or drive through Canadian neighborhoods these days and you won’t miss them - pumpkins, spider webs and scarecrows are everywhere.  And with trees decked out in their brilliant fall colors, no wonder October is the most beautiful month of the year!
 
In this issue:
 
New Exercises This Month:
 
Corporate, medical, government, law or post offices surround us at ever turn. Can you describe an office that you've recently visited?
 
Office Collocations (Workplace English)

Find more office collocations in our workplace related lessons.

Canadians have just casted their ballots in the Federal Elections. Can you describe the election process in your country? Read this blog post about the structure of the Canadian government.
 
Elections Collocations (Day to Day English)
 
New Worksheets This Month:
 
Help your students brush up on idioms related to school days.
 
Higher Education Idioms (ESL High-Intermediate)
 
With Halloween around the corner, talk about the ways to describe the feeling of fear through the language of idioms.
 
Fear Idioms (ESL Advanced)
 
Blog Updates
 
ESL Student Blog
 
The Cutting Verbs
Describe Your Perfect Fall Leaf
Canadian Government in a Nutshell
 
ESL Teacher Blog
 
Using Subway Maps
Turning a Technical Problem into a Teachable Moment
Thanksgiving and Elections – Is there a Connection?
 
Idiomania: Idioms in Quotes of Famous People
 
This is what Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., said on hiring:
 
“Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview.”  
 
What does the bolded idiom mean?
 
A needle in a haystack is an object or person which is very difficult or nearly impossible to find
 
Consider this example:
 
Searching for the tourist gone missing in the vast area of the Amazon River rainforests was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
 
Have you ever been searching for a needle in a haystack?
 
Happy Learning and Teaching,
 
English Gateway Team
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:50 PM
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