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Work with a partner to discover what the idiom means.

  1. To egg someone on
  2. To put all your eggs in one basket
  3. To walk on egg shells
  4. You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs easter
  5. Like a rabbit caught in the headlights
  6. To be like a rabbit caught in the headlights
  7. To pull a rabbit out of the hat
  8. A goose egg
  9. To have egg on one’s face
  10. Pull a rabbit out of a hat
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How Many Words can You Make from “Happy Easter”?

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Advanced Easter Conversation Discussion Prompts

happy easterThese conversation prompts are perfect for an Easter themed discussion lesson. The questions are easily scaled to any level of speaker and they allow all to be involved, whether in small or large groups or presentation format. Happy Easter! 

 1) Do you celebrate Easter in your country?

2) How do you celebrate Easter in your country?

3) Do you have any special family traditions?

4) What do you do to celebrate it?

5) Do you consider it an important holiday? Why or why not?

6) Do you think it used to be more important than it is today? Why or why not?

7) What are the 40 days before Easter called?

What special activities or events happen in those 40 days?

Do you observe these 40 days?

8) What is the Sunday before Easter called?

What is it remembering?

9) What is the Friday before Easter called?

What is it remembering?

10) Do you think most people consider Easter time a religious celebration? Why or why not?

11) How do you think the Easter bunny and hiding colored eggs came to be part of the celebration of Easter?

12) Do you think it is wrong to associate religious holidays with other types of things, like Easter and the bunny? Christmas and Santa Claus?

 

Restaurant ESL

Taking your young adult ESL learners to a restaurant, or at least talking about restaurant culture, is an important step in acclimatizing them to life in a new country through a very “typical” English experience. As you probably know, restaurants are the perfect way to introduce a number of different subjects to your students:

• Food
• Table etiquette
• Manners
• Asking directions
• Common restaurant expressions

Exposing students to the above subjects is an important step in building confidence for life outside the home. Restaurant experiences are often spontaneous, so they require students to be ready and comfortable with the language.  James from Engvid provides several great teaching points you can incorporate into your classroom lesson or class trip to a restaurant. Here are some things he highlights:

• The differences between fast food, casual and fine dining
• Using “May I have…” or “Can I have…”
• The meaning of “Party of” or “Table of/for”
• What’s in a menu?
• What is a drink order?
• The differences between appetizers, main course, pls sides or substitutes, and dessert
• What is a “Special”
• Paying for the meal; cheques, bills, taxes and tips
Check it out below!

While “role plays” have their place in the classroom, there’s nothing better than experience to really cement something in a students mind. That’s why taking them out to a restaurant for the real thing is invaluable.

Go over the above points during one or two classes and get your students comfortable. Then take them out for a meal and coach them through the experience. They’ll be nervous and make mistakes, but with you there they’ll begin to build up their confidence.

Good luck and good teaching.

Question: What is your favourite kind of restaurant? (Leave a comment below):

Valentine’s Word Find

How many words can you make out of Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine’s Conversation Starters

  • What is Valentine’s Day?
  • What is the origin of Valentine’s Day? (Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?)
  • Is Valentine’s Day celebrated in your country?
  • How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in the United States?
  • How do children celebrate Valentine’s Day in school?
  • What do you usually do for Valentine’s Day?
  • What do you plan on doing this Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you make any special food for Valentine’s Day?
  • On Valentine’s Day, is it more common for men to give gifts to women or for women to give gifts to men?
  • What are common gifts that people give on Valentine’s Day?
  • What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  • What is your Valentine’s dream? If you could do anything or receive anything on Valentine’s Day, what would it be?
  • Do you know anyone that has become engaged or married on Valentine’s Day?
  • Would you want to get engaged or married on a holiday? Why or why not?
  • What is a “valentine”?
  • Have you ever gotten a valentine or love letter on Valentine’s Day?
  • What is Valentine’s Day like for singles? (What do single people do on Valentine’s Day?)
  • Do you think Valentine’s Day makes single people feel lonely?
  • Do you think Valentine’s Day is too commercial or consumerist?
  • What are common gifts that people give?
  • Do you know anyone that has gotten engaged or married on Valentine’s Day?

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I Like / I Don’t Like

Write “I like” or “I don’t like” in the blank space.

______________________ Valentine’s Day

______________________ the colour red

______________________ chocolates

______________________ going on a date

______________________ candlelight dinners

______________________ surprises

______________________ holding hands

______________________ heart-shaped balloons

______________________ going out to eat

______________________ romantic music

______________________ going to the movies

______________________ red roses

______________________ choosing a Valtentine’s Day card

______________________ talking on the telephone

______________________ going for romantic walks

______________________ stuffed animals

______________________ watching “romantic comedies”

______________________ love poems

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Valentines Word Scramble

Unscramble the letters to discover the words!

ucdip          ________________________________

eolv            ________________________________

erhat          ________________________________

locctohea     ________________________________

oramtnci      ________________________________

sreo            ________________________________

saospni         ________________________________

sweheertat    ________________________________

rehat           ________________________________

faftecion       ________________________________

Cupid

Love

Heart

Chocolate

Romantic

Rose

Passion

Sweetheart

Heart

Affection

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Saving Cupid

The news came over the radio.

“Emergency! Cupid is all out of arrows. Valentines Day will probably be cancelled!”

I knew we had to act fast as soon as I heard. I gathered my equipment and headed out the door.

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The Box of Chocolates Mystery 

Someone stole all the chocolates from the chocalate box But who?…You finish the story.

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