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The Cave - Mumford & Sons

Average: 4.2 (11 votes)

I chose this song for a listening lesson as I think it has some interesting vocabulary.

I hope there will be a mixture of words you know very well and perhaps some that are less familiar.

Listen to the song and then see if you can put the words in the correct gaps.

I've written the meanings of the missing words to aid your understanding.
Lesson by Caroline

Conspiracy Theories Reading Comprehension

Average: 2.4 (8 votes)

Though I never believe them, I can waste hours when I should be studying, reading about conspiracy theories. Here is a selection of my favourites! Read the article carefully and then try and answer the true or false questions below. Do you know of any other conspiracy theories? Do you believe in any of them?

Good luck. May the force be with you!
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Listening to a speech

Average: 3.5 (44 votes)

Randy Pausch was an American professor who sadly passed away in 2008.

He was an extremely inspirational person, and through this video is very emotional I hope it will remind you of what is important in life.

Listen to the interview and try and fill in the gaps in the sentences.

I strongly recommend his lecture, ‘achieving your childhood dream’, which you can also find on youtube.
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Note: In English, 'the grim reaper' is another word for death.

Word of the day: Smell

Average: 4.6 (14 votes)

rub it in

This joke is based on two uses of the word smell.

Smell can be used to describe something that has a bad or unpleasant odour:

The Royal Wedding

Average: 4.4 (15 votes)

There is much anticipation for William and Kate's Royal Wedding, which is taking place tomorrow.

It is the wedding of our future king, as well as the first royal wedding for eleven years. Read this article, which tells us the facts we need to know about the day and see if you can fit the vocabulary into the correct gaps.

Study Tip: Do you ever try and guess how the vocabulary relates to the story. How do you think the royal wedding could be related to a turkey?!

Relationship Verbs

Average: 4.3 (22 votes)

A few weeks ago I wrote a lesson about relationship idioms.
This lesson is a bit simpler and focuses on some of the verbs we often use when talking about relationships.

Try and put the correct verb in each sentence.

Be careful though, make sure you put the verb in the correct tense!
Lesson by Caroline Devane

What is Slam Poetry?

Average: 3.9 (12 votes)

Read this article about the history of slam poetry and see if you can answer the true or false questions after. Then, why don’t you try and write some of your own slam poetry? There are slam events happening in most major cities in the world. Whilst your studying it would be a great idea to attend one, and maybe even perform!
Lesson by Caroline

Pronunciation - Silent Sounds

Average: 3.8 (17 votes)

Pronunciation is very important when we are trying to communicate with other people.

Incorrect pronunciation can make a simple word difficult to understand!

There are many silent letters in English words. For example when we say walk we don't pronounce the "L".

Can you find the silent letters in the words below?

Quick Preposition Quiz

Average: 4.1 (20 votes)

In English we use prepositions with certain verbs and nouns.

Examples:

"I love swimming in summer."

"I am writing my final exam on Thursday."

Complete the sentences and insert prepositions if and where they are needed.

Two sentences are perfect just as they are so be careful! Use "-" when no preposition is needed.

Present Simple Tense Sentence Construction

Average: 3.3 (12 votes)

The Present Simple is learned when we first begin to study English and is used all the time.

Remember that for I/you/we/they the verb doesn't change but for he/she/it you add an 's' on the end!

For example: (never/Shawn/soccer/play/at school) = Shawn never plays soccer at school.