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What does the future hold?

What does the future hold?

What does the future hold? An often-asked question, many of us would like to know what the future holds. Although it would be nice to know Saturday’s winning lottery numbers in advance, one thing we can say for certain is that the English language will continue to be important in business, international relations, science and … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

Nearly there … hasn’t the year gone quickly by?! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017 to all. For the benefit of distance learning students, here is a photograph of this year’s Christmas tree.  Students who attend for face to face lessons will have seen this splendid example already. Usually the colour scheme … Continue reading

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Telephone English for busy people

Here is an amusing and slightly irreverent ‘conversation’ (watch it and see why that’s in single quotation marks!) with some good ideas for telephone English for busy people : There is also a transcript below and on the page you can click to.  Many thanks to Vicki Hollett for her kind permission to share this … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

Today, Sunday, is Easter Day – Happy Easter, everyone! Enjoy the rest of your holiday (or short break). It won’t be long till May Day in the U.K., and the Spanish public holiday of el día del Trabajador, so we can enjoy another long weekend very soon!          

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Happy Halloween! (New game)

Happy Halloween! Originally a pagan or Celtic festival called “All Hallow’s Eve”, Halloween grew in popularity especially in the United States of America with the widely known ‘trick or treat’.  In Britain, this spread more during the second half of the twentieth century, although historians consider it to be based on some other earlier customs.  … Continue reading

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(From an English newspaper): what do YOU think of this?

We don’t normally talk much about politics in English language lessons, as different people often have very different views! However, in the (hopefully) relative safety of this electronic forum, you might like to read the news article below about Gibraltar. As I read and watch the news (and current affairs and discussion programmes) both on … Continue reading

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Guy Fawkes night

  Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night)   This is a popular event in Britain and is usually celebrated on 5th November – and sometimes the nearest weekend to the actual night of the fifth.   Click the above title  for more information (MS PowerPoint viewer required).   Guy Fawkes was born in Yorkshire in 1570. … Continue reading

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