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Sunday, February 07, 2010

English Gateway Newsletter #13

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s also one of the busiest and most special on the calendar. From the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games to Chinese New Year and to Valentine’s Day, there’s certainly no shortage of events and celebrations to look forward to.
 
Membership Content Additions
 
Valentines’s Day Lesson Plan:
 
Happily Ever After (ESL High-Intermediate)
 
Students summarize popular fairytales and talk about the reasons people keep reading and watching their childhood favorites over and over again.
 
New Worksheets:
 
Olympic Dominoes (ESL Intermediate)
 
Practice Olympic collocations to celebrate the 2010 Olympic Winter Games that kick off on February 12.
 
Comfort Foods (ESL Intermediate)
 
Not only is food essential, it’s also a source of comfort. Familiarize your students with popular North American comfort foods, often consumed to satisfy psychological needs of being stressed, anxious, frustrated etc. or as a reminder  of happy childhood moments.
 
Collocations With ‘Give’ (ESL Intermediate)
 
This high-frequency verb (‘give’) collocates with a large number of words. The worksheet practices the most common combinations with less obvious meanings of ‘give’.
 
Recent Blog Updates
 
Teacher Blog
 
Collocations and “Find Someone Who...” in the Olympic Spirit

Collocations As Carriers of Culture in ESL Classrooms
 
Student Blog
 
Hear Vs. Listen

Weather-Related Small Talk
 
Idiomania: Idioms in Quotes From Movies
 
This quote comes from Avatar, the new movie directed by James Cameron, that has made history by setting a worldwide box-office record.

This is what Jake Sully, a Marine infantryman, says to the Tree of Souls:
 
“I may just be talking to a tree, but if you can hear me I need to give you a heads up”. What does ‘give a heads-up’ mean?
 
If someone gives somebody a heads-up, s/he gives a warning message or an advance notice of a situation that will require attention.
 
Going over the sample interview questions will give you a heads up on what to expect at your real interview.
 
Happy learning and teaching,
 
English Gateway Team
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 5:15 PM
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