Number one for English language teachers

Culture

Speaking and reading activities that encourage cross-cultural learning. These reading and speaking activities help students to understand more about how people live and their social customs in different parts of the world.

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  • The History of Money

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Staff Room

    Did you know that historians believe the Chinese were the first to use paper money, or that cocoa beans served as currency in ancient Mexico? In this lesson plan, students work in pairs to learn about money, from its earliest forms to the bank cards we use today, including the origin of the word itself.

  • Reading: The Amish

    Author: Katherine Stannett Staff Room

    A worksheet with reading and comprehension activities on the origins and lives of the Amish people.

  • Reading: How English is English?

    Author: Katherine Stannett Staff Room

    A worksheet with reading and vocabulary activities on the topic of the English language and its origins.

  • Reading: Django Reinhardt

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A reading worksheet about the life of the virtuoso jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Student exercises focus on comprehension and discussion.

  • Taking a chance!

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    Students read an article about the lottery in Britain and the chances of winning it. The exercises focus on comprehension checking and mathematics.

  • Poor Persephone!

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A reading worksheet on the Greek myth that explains why there are different seasons during the year. Student exercises focus on comprehension and discussion.

  • Natural Materials

    In this lesson plan, students learn about the properties of silk, cotton, wool and leather, how these materials are produced and how they are used. A matching exercise helps students to learn new vocabulary such as ‘cocoon’, ‘crop’, ‘synthetic’ and ‘unravel’. Includes teacher’s notes with a list of useful websites for further study.

  • Angkor, Cambodia

    Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students read the article about the historic and sacred site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The exercises focus on comprehension checking and word definition.

  • Winter wonderland

    Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students work in pairs and discuss Harbin, China’s ice lantern festival. Through the activity, students practise their speaking skills and the present perfect continuous tense.

  • Unusual laws from around the world

    Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students pose questions about unusual laws and discuss which ones they think are true. The exercise focuses on reading and speaking skills.

  • The History of the UK Parliament

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    In this lesson plan, students read about the history of the Houses of Parliament and find out more about the two assemblies at the heart of the UK political system: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Includes vocabulary exercises, true/false questions and related websites to explore.

  • The History of Basketball

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    When a Canadian teacher was trying to think of a way to keep his students fit during the winter months little did he know that he was about to invent the most popular indoor sport in the world: basketball, now played in over 150 countries. In this worksheet students learn all about the history of the game, when it was invented and the rules of play. Comprehension-check questions, project ideas and useful websites help students consolidate their knowledge and learn new sports vocabulary.

  • Great Composers

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    This lesson plan will help to encourage an appreciation for classical music by introducing students to three great composers: Mozart, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Working together in pairs or in small groups, students learn about the composers’ lives and legacy through information gap, reading and matching exercises and also have an opportunity to share their own musical interests and experiences. Includes recommended web links for further reading.

  • Charles Dickens

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A worksheet about the life of the famous English author Charles Dickens, whose novels include Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist.

  • Cooking

    Author: Adrian Tennant

    Cross-curricular materials for teaching English through the topic of cooking

  • Shakespeare

    Author: Adrian Tennant

    Cross-curricular materials for teaching English through the topic of Shakespeare

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