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St Andrew's Day - November 30

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Reading and listening lesson about St Andrew's Day and the life of St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Browse the menu for more lesson activities about Scotland and other important Scottish festivals such as Hogmanay and Burns Night.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, November 28, 2013 11:05 AM

Thank you for sharing.

In Poland, Andrzejki, or St. Andrew's Eve is observed on the night of November 29th (St. Andrew's Day is on the 30th of November). This tradition has its roots in the past and is focused on superstitions and fortune telling. Poles who take part in Andrzejki rituals do so for fun rather than to gain insight into their futures, but for those traveling to Poland or those who are interested in Polish culture, the traditions are worth knowing about.

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World Tourism Day (Sept 27)

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This free interactive lesson about environmentally friendly ways to explore England's capital city is designed to help advanced English learners improve their vocabulary, practise their listening skills, and prepare for the Life in The UK Citizenship Test. Watch a short video about green tourism in London, learn and review some useful English words and expressions, and complete an IELTS style multiple choice listening quiz. Practise your English with our free series of mobile friendly online lessons about British life, history, places and people.
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As this year's theme for World Tourism Day is sustainable tourism, I thought this lesson about environmentally friendly city breaks in London might come in useful! 

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September Festivals and Events

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An intergrated skills lesson about the month of September for English language learners, with vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing activities, and conversation questions. practise using prepositions of time, including in/on/at, to talk about festivals and events that happen in the month of September.
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September birthdays: Beyonce (Sept 4)

September birthdays: Beyonce (Sept 4) | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An English listening comprehension exercise about the popular African American R & B singer Beyonce, to practise general English listening skills and predicting words from context. Watch a music video, and then complete a multiple choice listening quiz. Part of a free series of online listening activities designed to learn and practise English by listening to short video clips about famous people and pop culture. Browse our site for hundreds of free English language lessons, games, and teaching materials for ELT and literacy teachers.
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Elvis Presley - Intermediate English Listening

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Intermediate listening lesson for adult English students and young learners about the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Watch a short biographical video about Elvis, and then complete an online quiz to test how much you have understood. Part of a comprehensive collection of online resources for teaching and learning English.
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Elvis Week (11 - 18 August)

Elvis Week (11 - 18 August) | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An English reading lesson about Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, for adult English students and teens. Part of a free online integrated skills lesson for English learners about the world's first rock star. Suitable for classroom use or self study. Browse our site menus for hundreds more free English exercises, games, and quizzes for learning English, and free ELT teaching resources materials for TEFL tutors.
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Predicting British Summer Weather

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A listening comprehension activity for adult English language students and young learners on the topic of weather predictions. Watch a short video clip about weather predictions for England in the summer, and then complete an online listening comprehension test. Part of a free series of mobile friendly online listening activities that are suitable for classroom use or self-study.
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Summertime

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Free English teaching and learning resources about summer weather and clothes, and things to do in summertime.

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Bastille Day - Prepositions Gap Fill

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A gap fill grammar and writing exercise for Elementary English language learners. Choose the correct preposition of time to complete some simple sentences about the French national holiday, Bastille Day. Part of a free online lesson about Bastille Day and US Independence Day celebrations. Suitable for self study or classroom use.

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July Crossword Puzzle

July Crossword Puzzle | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A crossword puzzle about the month of July for elementary students, adult English beginners, and young learners. Test how many English words you know for July festivals and events. Part of a free series of online lessons and games for students at all levels of English.
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Learn English With Songs - Firework

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Intermediate English gap fill listening activity on the song Firework, by Katy Perry. Listen to the song and complete in the gaps in the lyrics by typing in the missing words. Browse our site for many more free English language lessons, quizzes, games and worksheets for esl learners at all levels.
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Intermediate English Listening - The Tour De France

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A vocabulary and listening lesson for English language learners and IELTS students about the Tour De France, the world's most famous cycling tournament. Watch a short video clip about the Tour De France, and complete a follow-on online quiz. Suitable for classroom use or independent study.

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Current affairs: nice lesson plan
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July Birthdays: Nelson Mandela

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Intermediate ESL video quiz about Nelson Mandela's life and achievements. Watch a short biographical video about Nelson Mandela, and then complete an online multiple choice test. (image credit: http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/ via Wikipedia)

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Black Music Month: Aretha Franklin

Black Music Month: Aretha Franklin | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it

Practise English prepositions with this simple grammar gap fill quiz for English language students, featuring the popular song "Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves", by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox.

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The Northern Lights

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A listening and vocabulary lesson about the northern lights for adult English language learners, IELTS students, and teens. Activities include speaking and listening practice, and a vocabulary and grammar review.

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May be useful if you are looking for topical ideas to use in class.

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The Great North Run (September 9)

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A reading skills activity for English language students about The Great North Run Marathon road race. Skim read and scan a short factual text for specific information and complete some follow-on activities to test how much you have understood. Part of a free online series of lessons for English language learners about life in the UK, British culture, festivals and popular UK Sporting events.
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Intermediate English - Hurricanes

Intermediate English - Hurricanes | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A listening and vocabulary lesson about hurricanes for English language learners, with example sentences and a listening and writing activity to illustrate how to use the word in context. Browse our site for many more free online English word games, vocabulary quizzes, lesson activities and worksheets for learners at all levels of English, and free lesson resources for ELT and literacy tutors.
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Edward Russell's curator insight, September 8, 4:52 AM
seems appropriate...
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August birthdays: Alfred Hitchcock

August birthdays: Alfred Hitchcock | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
English listening comprehension exercise about the famous British film director Alfred Hitchcock, to practise your English listening skills. Watch a short video about Hitchcock and the restoration of some of his silent movies, and then complete a multiple choice quiz to test how much you have understood. Part of a free series of online lessons for English language students about famous people and events.
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In The News: The World Dog Surfing Championships

In The News: The World Dog Surfing Championships | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A fun online English listening lesson about a dog surfing contest. Watch a short video clip about surfing dogs, review some useful vocabulary, and complete an quiz with built in feedback. Browse our site for more free TEFL resources for teaching English students at all levels.
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Learn English With Songs: Summertime

Learn English With Songs: Summertime | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it

Pre-Intermediate gap fill listening activity on the song Summertime. Listen to the song and complete in the gaps in the lyrics by typing in the missing words.

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Wimbledon Tennis

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Free online games, quizzes and worksheets for English language learners about tennis and popular tennis tournaments and events.

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Rock Festivals

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An online word search puzzle about rock festivals. Find the words connected with music festivals in this word search for adults and young learners.  All the words are either across or down.

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Bastille Day

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Free online English activities and printable worksheets about Bastille Day, France, French culture, festivals and celebrations, for English language learners and kids.

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4th July Fireworks

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A listening comprehension activity for adult English language students and young learners about Independence Day, celebrated in the United States on the Fourth of July. Watch a short video clip about the part that fireworks play in the celebrations, and then complete an online quiz to test how much you have understood. Part of a quality collection of online resources about US people, places, history, and culture written by ELT professionals. Suitable for classroom use or self-study.
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World Chocolate Day (July 7)

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An English listening comprehension exercise about how chocolate is made, for Intermediate English learners and IELTS students. Practise your general listening skills and decoding unfamiliar vocabulary in context. Watch a short video about how chocolate is made, and complete a multiple choice quiz to test how much you have understood. Part of a free series of mobile-friendly listening lessons for English learners and IELTS students.

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How To Celebrate The Summer Solstice

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A multiple choice listening comprehension about the summer solstice for upper intermediate English language students and young learners. Part of a free series of online listening lessons for English students on a wide range of different topics. Suitable for self study or classroom use. Watch a short video about celebrating the summer solstice, and then complete an interactive multiple choice quiz. Browse our site for many more worksheets and quizzes, teaching resources and free English language lesson activities for learners at all levels of English.
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Edward Russell's curator insight, June 20, 5:11 AM
nice materials (free) from See Lyon-Jones on the topical / seasonal summer solstice theme
Sue Lyon-Jones's comment, June 21, 3:28 AM
Thanks for sharing this, Ed! :-)