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    Celebrate a summer of culture

    Celebrate a summer of culture and share your top travel tips with us!

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    Lesson Share: A carnival story

    Catherine Zgouras wins the lesson share competition with this fun-filled lesson for young learners.

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    Summer solstice

    In this lesson plan, pupils match sentence halves, number a series of pictures and identify words hidden in a picture to describe the ways people celebrate the longest day of the year. The worksheet includes fun colouring and drawing exercises and helps pupils practise forming sentences and reading aloud.

  • Photo of Carnival characters or photo of children wearing Carnival costumes.


    This lesson plan inspires creativity while consolidating important verbs such as ‘sing’, dance’ and ‘wear’. Students match phrases to pictures, learn a fun rhyme, and draw and describe a Carnival costume.

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    Live from Oxford: Ideal summer - audio

    This month the onestopenglish reporters are in Oxford, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We walked around the university and asked people about their ideal summer plans. 

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    Teen Talk: Summer blockbuster movies

    Lindsay Clandfield brings some Hollywood action and glamour into your class of teenagers.

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    Summer stories

    In this speaking lesson by Lindsay Clandfield, students prepare and tell each other an anecdote relating to the summer.

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    Festivals: American Day of Independence (4th July)

    This is considered to be the birthday of the United States of America and is celebrated each year with fireworks displays, parades, family gatherings and concerts. At the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 (a conflict mainly about trading rights between Great Britain and France in the ...

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    Festivals: Summer solstice (20th June)

    This is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has been celebrated for thousands of years. Solstice actually means a stopping or standing still of the sun. Many different cultures and religions have been fascinated by the sun or have worshipped it throughout history as it ...

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    Festivals: Notting Hill Carnival

    Groups of people from all over the world emigrated to the UK after the Second World War. Included in this were immigrants from the Caribbean. The carnival tradition was very strong in this part of the world, especially in Trinidad. During the 1950s, living conditions, the lack of work ...