A2 · B1 · Listening

Why countries don’t use purple on their flags

Ever wondered why purple doesn’t appear on flags, or why there are always four strawberry flavoured yogurts in a packet of eight? I can’t explain the second question, but here’s a really interesting video that explains the reason why countries traditionally didn’t use purple on there national flags. The video is from After Skool Youtube channel. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

B1 · B2 · Grammar · Grammar activity

‘Although, though, even though’, ‘despite’ or ‘in spite of’ ?

Hello! Here’s a video from bitable that explains how to use these linking devices.

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B1 · B2 · Listening

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness? A question we ask ourselves again and again. Some say yes, some say no, but as a matter of fact, it does help, especially in situations where one finds himself/herself unable to cover basic needs. Money does contribute to make people happier, or at least more comfortably situated in life, but not everything can be purchased, or can it? Feeling moved by a scenery, a particular song or a kind gesture from a stranger, cannot be provided by paper notes or a piece of plastic slotted through an electronic device. Whatever happiness is, or however we think we can reach it is undoubtedly something quite personal and depends heavily on how each one of us sets our priorities. Meaning by this, that it’s up to you, or maybe not. I’ll leave that one for you to ponder upon.

Here’s a listening activity from Youtube channel After Skool to get you thinking about this particular issue.

B1 · B2 · Listening · phonetics

Benjamin Zephaniah’s Talking Turkeys

Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem on animal rights and Christmas, is not only thought provoking, but is also put in such a humorous and clever way, that you actually can’t help admiring him as one of Britain’s  top post-war writers.

Zephaniah, a dub poet and Rastafarian, once mentioned that his mission was to fight the dead image of poetry and take it to the streets with messages that concerned the daily lives of ordinary people; like you and me.

As an ESL teacher, having the  opportunity to introduce students to the culture of my native UK and to  poets such as Zephaniah, is really something awesome.

Enjoy!

 

B1 · B2 · phrasal verbs · Vocabulary

The Eco-friendly vocabulary quiz

carbon

A2 · B1 · Listening

Pahoa – Hawaii volcano eruption

Here’s a new listening activity for Basic and Intermediate levels.

A2 · B1 · Listening

6 signs that show you’re turning into your mum

Six signs that confirm your suspicion that you and your mum have much more in common than you thought. 😉