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Welcome to Language for …, a series of lessons based on the Macmillan Dictionary red words series, focusing on common situational topics using communicative activities with a functional output. 

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    Language for ... online shopping

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Video materialPrint material

    This lesson focuses on common words and expressions used for online shopping and contains detailed teacher’s notes, worksheets and a video of authentic interviews with native speakers.

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    Language for ... visiting the doctor

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Audio materialPrint material

    This lesson focuses on common words and expressions used when visiting the doctor and contains detailed teacher’s notes, worksheets and audio files.

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    Language for ... informal conversations

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Audio materialPrint material

    This lesson focuses on types of informal conversations and key phrases within them, and contains detailed teacher’s notes, worksheets and an audio file.

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    Language for ... weather

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Print material

    This lesson provides students with language to understand weather forecasts and describe weather conditions.

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    Language for ... crime

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Print material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for talking about crime and how to prevent it.

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    Language for ... recipes

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for using and sharing recipes.

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    Language for ... air travel (how to avoid delays at the airport)

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed to check in for a flight and pass through airport security.

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    Language for ... learning languages

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed to discuss language learning.

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    Language for ... eating out

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for ordering in a restaurant.

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    Language for ... sports

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed to discuss a new sport.

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    Language for ... hobbies

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for talking about hobbies.

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    Language for ... train travel

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for booking train trickets.

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    Language for ... film and TV

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed to discuss film and TV viewing.

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    Language for ... using money when travelling

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson provides students with the language needed for using money abroad.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • Hi Licia,

    We're happy you like the series! What would you like more of for this series?

    Thank you for pointing out the difficulty level. What do you think it was about the listening your students found tough? Was it also the exercises?

    Let's see if we get some more comments about the level. It would be great to hear from other teachers about it to compare.

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  • Very good set of lessons and very good idea. I'm a bit doubtful about the level of Language for.. learning languages. You rate it Pre-Intermediate, but I personally find it too difficult for that level. Listening expecially is very challenging. I've used it with Upper intermediates and they had some problems in understanding part of the dialogues too.
    Is it just my students?
    Thank you for all the resources!
    Licia

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  • Hi McKenna,

    Thank you for your feedback! I've taken a look at the lesson, and I think I see where the confusion is. If a word is bold and black (rather than red) that means it's important to the exercise, but isn't a red word in the dictionary. Our authors do occasionally include key vocabulary that aren't red words in these lessons, if they think it will be useful to students in a particular scenario.

    I hope that makes sense! If you think I've misunderstood, please give me an example and I will look into it further.

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  • Hello. This is a very nice series.
    There is a small mistake in the lesson about air travel.In the vocabulary lesson, not all the words are correctly formatted - they need to be red, but some are black.
    Hope you understand what I mean....

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  • Hi there,

    Many thanks for the positive feedback. Apologies if the level of the language in the video was a bit difficult for your students. All the answers in both the audio and video resources in this series are authentic and unscripted, taken from native and non-native speakers. The idea of basing the content on authentic answers if to directly reflect how students will encounter the language in everyday life.

    Please do let us know if there are any other topics that you'd be interested in seeing new lessons on.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hi
    Very good resource! I have used this lesson in two of my classes and they enjoyed it.
    The video is just a little hard to understand, otherwise, tops.
    Thanks
    Maya

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  • Hi Muhamed,

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback. It's great to hear that you are finding this series so useful. As it happens, the fourth lesson in this series is on language to use at the airport and lesson 7 is about food and eating out.

    Your feedback has been passed on to the authors and we will look at incorporating some of your suggestions in future lessons.

    Keep up the good work and best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I love this series. This is exactly the kind of situational contexts that foreign language learners might end with when going abroad.

    Please can we have more of such situations? Such as: being at the airport, going through college brochures or syllabuses, buying tickets at stations, or even going to a restaurant.

    It makes our job as teachers more stimulating and helps keep the learner motivated to learn more.
    Thank you.
    Mo Hassan

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