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Useful phrases for your covering letter

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Applying for a job takes time and thought. Your CV is a summary of your education, achievements and job history for prospective employers and so it should be carefully prepared. A CV is usually sent with a covering letter.

A covering letter is usually the first direct contact between a candidate and an employer, so it has to be well-written and presented.

Some useful vocabulary:

advertised
made known to people

Phrasal Verbs: CALL

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Today we're going to look at phrasal verbs with the word 'call'. Read these definitions and examples, and then try to complete the activity below.

Call someone back: Return a phonecall to someone who tried to phone you.

It's Party Time!

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Friends, music, food and fun… these are the main ingredients of a good party! Today we're going to 'celebrate' a few of the different types of parties you can enjoy.

Housewarming Party: When you move into a new house or apartment, you throw a housewarming party to celebrate your new home and show it to your friends.

In the News: Germany crowned World Cup Champions

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Yesterday, Germany became the first European country to win the World Cup in South America.

With neither team _1_ in the first 90 minutes, the match went into _2_ time and Mario Gotze scored a winning goal for his country just 7 minutes before the end of the match.

The Argentinian team seemed devastated after losing the game, with Lionel Messi looking _3_ as he collected his medal.

Many commented that Messi was not at his _4_ during this match, and missed many opportunities to score.

How to express positive emotions

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Do you remember our lesson about how to express negative emotions? Let's talk about positive emotions today :)

Here is a mix of adjectives you could use with the verbs 'to feel' or 'to be', some examples, as well as their meanings:

- to be ecstatic/elated = to feel or express ecstasy; intense happiness; joyful excitement.

I was ectastic when my sister told me she was pregnant!

Show us your true colours! - Colour Idioms Part 2

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There are lots of colour idioms in English, and in a previous lesson we looked at 10 of them. Here are a few more for you to learn and practise.

Colour idioms and their definitions:

(to) catch red handed: To catch a person in the middle of doing something wrong, or committing a crime.

golden opportunity: An amazing opportunity that you only have once chance to take.

out of the blue: Something very unexpected.

Summer Vocabulary

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The year can be separated into four seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall in American English) and winter. Which is your favourite season of the year?

It's easy to have a good time in the summer when the sun is out. We can spend more time outside and the warm weather puts everyone in a good mood. From barbeques to hiking in the mountains, summer provides more opportunity to do fun stuff.

Word of the day: Moving

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moving

This month's cartoon is based on the word moving.

Moving (adjective)

When something makes us have strong feelings of sadness or sympathy, it is moving.

"She wrote him a very moving letter."

"I was moved by a story I saw on the news."

Choose the correct verb form

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Yesterday I _1_ the strangest dream; I dreamt that I could fly. It felt so real _2_ high above the streets, up with the birds and clouds. Even stranger was none of my friends _3_ interested when I showed them I could suddenly fly. They didn't care or pay me any attention.

In the news: Lego, Shell and Greenpeace

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Lego is "letting kids down" by putting sales above the environment because of its _1_with Shell, say Greenpeace, the environmental organisation.

The charity is launching a global _2_ to get Lego, the children's toy manufacturer, to drop the oil giant, Shell.

More than 16 million Shell-branded LEGO sets have been sold or given away at petrol stations in 26 countries. Greenpeace believe Shell is using Lego to _3_ its image.