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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

English Gateway Newsletter #8

The mounds of snow are getting smaller with each day and migratory birds are coming back. With warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and..yes, lots of muddy puddles, the winter is gradually giving way to spring!

In this issue:

New Exercises:

City Streets Collocations

Describe the urban landscape of your city. Have there been any changes or additions to the look of your city, such as pedestrian scramble, traffic lights countdown timers or speed bumps?

Love Collocations

Use these word combinations to describe romantic love, love between parents and children, or people and pets. Think of examples from the movies, literature or your personal experiences that are related to the new phrases.

New Lesson Plans:

Shopping for Bed Linens (High-Intermediate)

Shopping for bed linens is yet another cultural difference. Students talk about the topic through reading, vocabulary building exercises and conversation questions.

Workplace Skills (High-Intermediate)

“What skills do you possess that make you a successful candidate for this position?” - is  the most frequently asked question at job interviews. Students read newspaper advertisements and create one of their own to highlight workplace transferable skills.

ESL Student Blog

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

Job, Occupation, Profession - What’s the Difference?

Flag Day

ESL Teacher Blog

Toronto Turns 175

Wake Up, Class!

Idiomania: Idioms in Quotes of Famous People

While accepting the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, American singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder said:

"What is truly exciting for me today is that we truly have lived to see a time and a space where America has a chance to again live up to the greatness that it deserves to be seen and known as, through the love and caring and the commitment of a president — as in our president, Barack Obama."

What does live up to mean?

When something (or someone) meets our requirements or expectations, we say it lives up to them.

Examples:

Emily, our real estate agent, has certainly lived up to our expectations when we met her in person. She was very informative and professional, and not pushy at all!

We booked a five-star hotel on our trip to Hawaii. The pool area was dirty, the food was mediocre and there were no English speaking channels to watch! The hotel just didn’t live up to its rating.

Happy March Break,

English Gateway Team

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:39 PM
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