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Advanced Level Reading: Brainy Teenagers

Average: 3.1 (14 votes)

Here's an interesting article about how the brains of teenagers and adults function differently. Read the article and fit the vocabulary into the correct gaps. Do you agree with the article and think that teenagers find it more difficult to concentrate than adults? Or do you, like me, think it may be something to do with the increased amount of coffee we drink as we get older!
By Caroline Devane

Mixed Collocations

Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

Collocations are words that usually appear next to each other in sentences.

For example, make + a noise are a collocation because we often use them together, "This is a library so please do not make a noise."

We say 'make a noise' not 'do a noise' or 'have a noise'.

Want to lose weight?

Average: 3.4 (9 votes)

Is anyone still following a post-New Year diet? I certainly am not and decided to boycott it this year and continue eating chocolate and sweet things. This article is about a man who decided to try a ‘junk food diet’! Read the article and see if you can answer the true or false questions at the end. Good luck!
By Caroline Devane

Verb Tense Practice: Throw

Average: 3.5 (26 votes)

Take a look at the irregular verb throw.

Throw is the present simple tense

Threw is the past simple tense

Thrown is the past participle

Throwing is the progressive form.


Now use the correct form of the verb in the following tenses:

Plant and Flower Idioms

Average: 3.6 (18 votes)

Have you come across these idioms before, which are all related to plants and flowers?

See if you can decide which idiom fits in which sentence and then post below what you think the idioms mean.

Do you know any other idioms that are related to flowers and plants?

Plant and Flower Idioms

Barking up the wrong tree - to be wrong about the reason for something.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Average: 4.1 (10 votes)

Lots of young people have grown up with Harry Potter, and this winter brought the first part of the final film- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Have you been to see it? If not, then maybe you should leave this lesson until you have, because there might be some spoilers!
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Advanced Level Reading - Greenland

Average: 3 (7 votes)

Climate change is a huge issue, and in Greenland they are feeling the effects. This article is about the many changes that Greenland is experiencing and also gives the reader an insight into the local culture. There is a lot of rich vocabulary some beautiful imagery. See if you can decide which word fits in which gap and then let me know if there is any other vocabulary in the article which you would like explained.
Lesson by Caroline

How does it taste? Food Adjectives

Average: 3.4 (31 votes)

Food - One of my favourite things in the world. With most of us able to taste food from all corners of the globe, there needs to be a lot of adjectives to describe what we are tasting. In the following sentences, can you guess which adjective should be used?
Lesson by Caroline

Let us know what your favourite food is by posting your comments below...

Idiom of the day: Rub it in

Average: 3.6 (12 votes)

rub it in

This cartoon is based on the idiom, rub it in.

rub it in - if someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something or doing something that makes you upset or embarrassed.

"We all know she made a mistake, but you don't have to rub it in."

Why do we say 'Murphy's Law'?

Average: 3 (13 votes)

Murphy’s law?

This so-called ‘law’ says that ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong’.

The ‘Murphy’ in the expression is commonly believed to be a certain Captain Edward A. Murphy, who was an American aerospace engineer back in 1949.