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World Cup 2014

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What are the ten missing words we need to complete this text?

We are less than one week _1_ from the start of the 2014 World Cup.

This is the twentieth time the tournament has taken place and Brazil is the host nation for the first time _2_ 1950.

The _3_ competition was held in Uruguay in 1930 with the host nation beating Argentina 4-2 in the final.

World Environment Day

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World Environment Day ('WED') is _1_ every year on June 5 to _2_ global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect _3_ and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Storytelling - Simple Past Tense

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When we talk about past events we usually use the simple past tense. Read this famous children's story and change the simple tense verbs (in orange) to the simple past tense:

Jack and the Beanstalk

Once upon a time there _live_ a poor widow and her son Jack.

All they _have_ was a cow called Daisy.

When the cow _stop_ giving milk, Jack's mother _tell_ him to take their cow to the market and sell it.

Get Phrasal Verbs

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Check out this list of Phrasal verbs that begin with GET and find an explanation of each one with some examples:

Wonderwall - A tribute to EC Manchester - Listening

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Guess the missing lyrics!

Our new English school, EC Manchester, opened this month in a city famous for great music, including Britpop stars Oasis.

Listen carefully
and fill in the blanks to complete the lyrics of their hit song.

Follow-up: More Antonyms!

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This lessons follows last week's 'Opposite Meanings - Try These Antonyms'.

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. Choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters:

Summer Blockbusters

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(Paragraph 1) It's a Hollywood trend for major film studios to release big-budget movies in the summer.

(Paragraph 2) A blockbuster is a lavishly produced film that has or is expected to have wide popular appeal and financial success. They usually have well-known actors, the strong possibility of sequels and are heavily advertised for months before they are released.

(Paragraph 3) The top three summer blockbusters of all-time are Marvel's The Avengers (2012), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Expressions of quantity

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Expressions of quantity tell us how many or how much of something there is.

Compare these two sentences:

We get a little rain in spring.
Many people live in London.

We use a little with non-countable nouns like rain, snow, pollution etc. We cannot use a little with countable nouns.

We use many with countable nouns like people, cars, chairs etc. We cannot use many with countable nouns.

Personality Synonyms

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How would you describe your personality? What are some positive adjectives you would use? Are there any negative words?

Today we look at words that we can use to describe someone's personality.

Synonyms are words that have similar meaning, so when we describe someone as reliable we can also say trustworthy. Reliable and trustworthy are synonyms which we use to describe someone's personality.

How many of these personality adjectives do you know? Match the word to its closest synonym:

Opposite Meanings - Try These Antonyms

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Synonyms are words that have almost the same meaning.
Example: The words big and large are synonyms.

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings.
Example: The words easy and difficult are antonyms.

Antonym quiz: choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning: