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Listening

A Time to Travel: Brazil: Lost in the rainforest

In this lesson, students will learn about the Amazon rainforest have a discussion about places they would like to visit.

A ghost's guide to London: Episode 1: Camden

Lord Jeffrey, the Ghost of London, takes students on a thrilling audio tour of Camden. In this lesson students will: learn about Camden, past and present; practise listening for gist and reconstructing audio stories from memory; compare and contrast standard forms of English with colloquial expressions and then practise these expressions in a personalized speaking task; prepare personalized anecdotes about a favourite concert or club night.

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Children

Amazing world of food: Lesson 1: Where food comes from

In this lesson children identify food that is imported from other countries and describe where imported food comes from and how far it travels to get there. 

Amazing world of animals: Lesson 1: How to classify animals

In the first lesson of Carol Read’s Amazing world of animals, children learn to recognize the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates, classify animals into groups and identify and describe key features of animals in each group. Step-by-step teacher’s notes and student worksheets are included.

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Teenagers

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Beyond: Knowledge: The brain

In this three-part lesson, students do a quiz about the human brain and test their memories, discover which side of their brain is dominant and find out about Albert Einstein.

Owl Hall: Episode 1: Arrival

In the first episode of this brand-new spooky serialization we meet Kara, her brother, Martin, and their mum, Janet, who are all travelling to the mysterious Owl Hall. You can download the mp3 file for Episode 1, plus a lesson plan (with student worksheets, full transcript and answer keys) written by Lindsay Clandfield.

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CLIL

Roots: Geography

Keith Kelly provides a comprehensive lesson plan with both a language and content focus accompanied by an alphabetical list of root words used to form words commonly used in geography.

Biology vocabulary

What makes an animal an invertebrate? What happens in the process of photosynthesis? A comprehensive reference sheet illustrates key vocabulary for biological processes, cell and plant structure, and basic animal anatomy. Matching, translation and sentence completion exercises enable students to practise what they have learned.

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Games

Top Trumps: Baby animals

Baby animals is a cute, fun and friendly Top Trumps game with text adapted by Carol Read for primary and lower secondary children learning English. You can download the full pack of cards in our special cut-out-and-keep format now and take a look at FOUR accompanying lesson plans by Carol Read, designed to fully exploit the classroom and language potential of the cards.

Mom's Pie Video

A song and interactive games on the topics of family and fruit!

Games and activities: Dinosaur fact file

Read the information and fill in the gaps in the dinosaur fact file.

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First steps into ... tips and lesson ideas: Using digital to support students who are learning at different paces

Students learn at different paces. Daniel Barber introduces the benefits of using digital to support mixed-level classes and suggests some practical tips.

Tech Tasks: Three tasks that work with technology

In this article, Tom Walton suggests three tasks that can be used with technology to improve writing and speaking skills.

Macmillan Readers

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Sherlock: The Norwood Builder: Chapter 1

In Chapter 1, McFarlane bursts into Holmes’s apartment on Baker Street and begs him for help. The police are chasing him but he has just enough time to pique Holmes’s interest before Inspector Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, rushes in.

The Prince and the Pauper: Chapter 1

The audio and activities for this elementary-level Macmillan Reader are now available to all onestopenglish users. In Chapter 1, we learn about Tom’s life of poverty near London Bridge and his dreams of a better life.

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More skills-based resources

Topics: Crime

Students are introduced to the topic of crime in this lesson, which gives practice in reading, listening and speaking skills.

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Business and ESP

Business Basics: Ordering a service or product

In this lesson by Rosemary Richey, students practise language related to describing products and services in a sales context. Exercises include: completing information from an IT website, asking and answering questions, and writing a service profile.

Selection and recruitment

Students are introduced to the topic of selection and recruitment in this instalment of David Baker’s HR management series. Students read a text about the crucial role of recruitment and selection and listen to a conversation two colleagues from a Human Resources department about modern recruitment practices.

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Grammar and vocabulary

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Dictionary skills: Integrating dictionary work into class

In this introductory article, Tim Bowen considers ways to integrate the use of monolingual learners' dictionaries into the classroom.

Grammarman: Episode 1: Introducing Grammarman

In this first episode, we are introduced to Grammarman and his friends. Help our correction-crusading hero by finding the eight mistakes in the story. The answers can be found in the downloadable worksheet to the right of the page. This episode is free to all onestopenglish users.

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