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Reading and Vocab: Charles Dickens

Average: 4.1 (19 votes)

This month sees the release of a new film, 'The Invisible Woman', about the life of Charles Dickens directed by Ralph Fiennes. The film focuses on the writer's relationship with Nelly Ternan, but how much do you know about Charles Dickens? Read the following text and match the words in orange to their definitions.

In the news: The BAFTAS

Average: 2.9 (15 votes)

Hollywood A-Listers including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett _1_ the 2014 BAFTAs held at London's Royal Opera House.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAS) are an annual film awards ceremony which reward the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year. They are often considered Britain's _2_ of the Oscar's.

Find the missing words

Average: 3.3 (45 votes)

Peanut Allergy

Thousands of people suffering from peanut _1_ could be saved from possible fatal allergic reactions thanks to a new therapy started by British doctors.

Doctors say the treatment for peanut allergy has _2_ the lives of children taking part in a large clinical _3_.

Reading and Vocab Lesson: HUGE blue diamond found in South Africa

Average: 3.7 (17 votes)

Read this article about a recent discovery in South Africa. Do you know the meaning of the orange words? When you have finished reading, match the words to their meanings.

A rare blue diamond has been found at a South African mine famous for being the location of some of the most valuable gems ever unearthed.

Movember at EC!

Average: 3.8 (28 votes)

Movember is a moustache growing event held during each November that raises funds and awareness for men's _1_, you'll probably start to notice more and more men sporting moustaches as the month goes on.

Upper Intermediate Reading: Africa

Average: 3.8 (31 votes)

There are many wonderful places to visit in Africa, this place is definitely one I would recommend.

Read the passage below and find the definitions of the words underlined from the list below.

Lesson by Jean, teacher at EC Cape Town English school


From the story THE HAPPY PRINCE?
Q-why do you think the lead heart of the statue broke ? Why did it not melt in the foundry ?

Q-the happy prince thinks that the suffering of the people in his city is more marvellous than any sight which the swallow has seen. Why do u think the prince thinks so ??

Springtime? It’s travel time!

Average: 3.9 (56 votes)

Even though spring starts with the months of March and April, May can be seen as the peak of this fresh and delightful season.

Most flowers are in bloom, the birds sing in the trees and many of us can finally sit outside without our jackets.

In the News: Margaret Thatcher

Average: 3.5 (43 votes)

Margaret Thatcher, the British female prime minister, has died after a stroke aged 87.

She was elected Prime Minister in 1979 and served for 11 years until she was forced to step down by her party in 1990.

A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

David Beckham Preposition Quiz

Average: 4.4 (34 votes)

You don't have to be a football fan to try today's lesson. Read this short David Beckham biography and decide which words have been taken out. Most of the missing words are prepositions.

David Beckham is _1_ English footballer who currently plays in France _2_ Paris Saint-Germain.