Do you know why March is called for March? or why October is the tenth month of the year? If not, it might be interesting to watch a video that tells about
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What comes to your mind when you think of Australia? Most people would say kangaroo, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, aboriginals. They are definitely right, but Australia is much more than that! Let’s have a look at some facts about Australia:
1. Australia is an island continent and the world’s sixth largest country (7,682,300 sq km).
2. Canberra is Australia’s capital city and is roughly half way between the two largest cities Melbourne and Sydney.
3. The first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.
4. New South Wales was settled as a penal colony – a place where Britain could send convicted criminals because her prisons were overcrowded. Pome is originally an acronym for the status of inmates sent to Australia: ‘Prisoner of Mother England’.
5. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the natural world – it is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem. It was declared a World Heritage area in 1981.
6. The Australian National Flag consists of three parts set on a blue field. The first part is the Union Jack, the historical link with Britain. The second part is the Southern Cross (a constellation of stars only visible in the Southern Hemisphere), which represents the geographical location in the world. Finally, the Commonwealth Star represents Australia’s federal system of government. Originally, the Commonwealth Star had six points (for the six states), but in 1908 a seventh point was added to represent the Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.
7. Australia’s primary emergency call service number is Triple Zero: 000 for police/fire/ambulance services in Australia.
8. Desert landscapes are regarded as the ‘outback’ of Australia. Royal Flying Doctor Service (informally known as “Flying Doctor”) is a health service for those who live, work or travel in outback or regional Australia.
9.The phrase “the lucky country” has been used to describe Australia’s weather, lifestyle and history.
10. Uluru (Ayers Rock – Mount Olga) National Park, features spectacular geological formations which is located in central Australia.
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Shamrock and harp, Celtic cross and St Patrick’s Day, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, Guinness Storehouse and Irish coffee – these words come up to the mind directly when we speak about Ireland. With its stunning and breathtaking views, popular and attractive heritage which attracts substantial numbers of tourists, it is hard not to fall in love with the many charms of the beautiful country. With popultion over 4.75 million (July 2013), Irish is one of the brightest and most colorful English-speaking nations in the world.
Did you know that?
Ireland (or the Republic of Ireland) is called Éire in Irish.
One of Irish most popular music export groups is U2.
The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway.
Saint Patrick’s Day is Irelands official national holiday. The 17th of March holiday is celebrated not only in Ireland but also embraced by many other countries around the world.
Ireland is the only country in the EU where abortion is still illegal.
Gaelic football and hurling are traditional sports of Ireland and remain the most popular sports in the country.
In 2002 Ireland was the first country in the world to have an environmental tax for plastic shopping bags and in 2004 it was the first to introduce a public smoking ban.
Shamrock (type of clover) is the national symbol of Ireland and along with the harp it is a registered trademark of the country.
Watch the video and find out even more interesting facts=)
When speking about London, it’s hard to forget about the pace of the city.
Is it fast or slow? Do people love or hate it?
The answer is in the bbc programme (follow the link below)
While listening/ reading try to find out the answers to the following questions:
Last week we watched a video about India and discussed why English is used in the country. Click on the link below to watch the video
After/ while watching the video answer some questions:
1. What are the official languages in the country?
2. What is India famous for?
3. What is the population of India?
4. What does CTC tea mean?
5. How much tea does the country export every year?
6. Why is reading English newspapers a class thing in India?
7. What is Oak language? Where is it used?
8. What is the currency in India?
9. Why is English used in the country? Who brought the language to India?
Learning English goes hand in hand with studying about English-speaking countries.
The first country we begin to discover is Ireland. It may be one of the smallest English –speaking countries; Ireland is well – known for its outstanding natural beauty, old family traditions and rich cultural life. It’s called an emerald island because of its ever-green landscape. Spectacular coastline and glorious scenery, clear fresh water and towering cliffs, the northern isolation of Connemara and the magnificent beauty of Glendalough – these are just a few words to describe Ireland.
I find the video below useful to watch because of its overview of so many picturesque places and some interesting facts of Irish historical past.
While watching the first part of this video, answer the following questions.
How would you describe this picture?
The first week at school we started with describing places. Every description means saying what someone or something is by giving some details about them. Sometimes you compare two things when describing them:
The first mountain is higher than the second one.
Using adjectives is one of the first strategies when you describe something. Click here to know more about the comparison of adjectives.
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The first day at school is always full of expectations, enthusiasm and motivation. It’s a very special day both for students and their teacher as it’s the birth of something new. It’s a bright moment in everyone’s life, a starting point for a long journey.
I heard once: “A new language means a new life” and it’s so true! Studying a second language is a kind of new start and it may change one’s living in far more ways than the learner could expect it from the beginning. Learning a new language will make you feel free when traveling abroad and communicating with locals. You start understanding the news on the net, enjoy watching a film in another language and just feel more confident every time you meet people from different countries.
Since English is a global language learning it can influence your life in many directions. It can be compared to a universal key that opens many doors in people’s lives. Entering the University or a college, finding a better job (why not in another country?)or just making new friends all over the world and understanding their cultures can be some of the first improvements.
So, when you come home, inspired and delighted after your first day at school, make a plan for your studies. Remember, that setting clear goals for learning, finding some time for regular studies and a lot of practice will be the first step to your renewed life.
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– Mummy, I’m going to build a house for you on the Mercury, when I grow up, – my son interrupted me when I was reading a new book about sun system for him.
– You’re so cute, my sweetheart:) I’ll be happy if you build it on the Earth instead.
– Really, I love you so much, so I can build one on the Earth and one on the Mercury:)
Have you ever thought about the future? I’m pretty sure the answer will be yes, even if we think in different ways. Small boys will venture into space and fight against the aliens while small girls will probably become princesses. Teenagers will become adults and adults will reach their goals (if they have some). They will go on the round-the-world trip, move to another country, get a better job, 3 children, a dog, a car, a new flat, etc. We will definitely do something different in 5 years.
The task for this lesson is to think about your future and write down your thoughts. How do you see it? It can also be really amusing to write a letter to your future self and find it a couple of years later. It’s always fascinating to see if your dreams have come true or not by then. Click on the link below to repeat grammar.
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In this tutorial we’re going to focus on how to write an argumentative essay.
First of all choose a hotly debated topic/ question, for example ethnic adoption, cosmetic surgery, abortion, genetic cloning, the death penalty, TV commercials or overweight.
Write a headline that would state your point of view.
The structure (introduction – main body – conclusion) is important!
Remember! The main aim of this type of writing is to persuade the reader to accept some thesis by providing convincing reasons.
These linking words and phrases can help you to make a point: