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World Water Day

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A multiple choice esl reading skills test about water economics for Upper Intermediate and advanced English language learners and IELTS students. Scan an infographic to find the answers to a series of challenging questions. Part of a comprehensive collection of quizzes and activities for IELTS students and other English learners at all levels of English.
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The History of Saint Patrick's Day - Intermediate English

The History of Saint Patrick's Day - Intermediate English | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An esl listening and vocabulary lesson about the history of St Patrick's Day for adult English language students and young learners. Learn about this fun festival celebrated by Irish people around the globe, and complete some follow-on activities. Includes speaking practice activities for the GESE grade 5 B1 SELT 'Life in The UK' Test.
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No Smoking Day (March 13) - Giving Up Smoking

No Smoking Day (March 13) - Giving Up Smoking | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it

A free mobile friendly online English lesson for esl learners and IELTS students about giving up smoking. Includes a simple definition of the phrasal verb to 'give up', a dictionary skills activity with a printable worksheet, and a gap fill reading and writing exercise. Part of a comprehensive collection of English lessons about word origins, phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions that are commonly used by English speakers.

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English For Beginners - Pancake Tuesday

English For Beginners - Pancake Tuesday | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An easy Pancake Tuesday speaking and listening game, which uses picture flashcards with built-in audio. Listen to a male British English speaker pronounce some simple, high frequency words, speak the words, and then flip each card to check how the word is spelt. Includes picture prompts and IPA phonetic transcription
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St David's Day - Pre-Intermediate English Reading

St David's Day - Pre-Intermediate English Reading | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A Pre-Intermediate English reading lesson about Saint David's Day, for adult ESOL students and elementary esl learners. Includes reading and listening activities with feedback.
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Winter Weather - Elementary ESL Word Search Puzzle

Winter Weather - Elementary ESL Word Search Puzzle | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
Learn and practise spelling English words for winter weather. A medium difficulty online word search game for adult esl learners and kids. An easier winter weather word search puzzle is also available.
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Intermediate English Listening - Martin Luther King Jr.

Intermediate English Listening - Martin Luther King Jr. | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it

 Watch a short biographical video about Dr King, and then complete a multiple choice listening comprehension test.

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Chinese New Year | ESL Teaching and Learning Resources

Chinese New Year | ESL Teaching and Learning Resources | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
Free esl classroom resources for teaching and learning about the Chinese New Year. Includes vocabulary lessons, graded readers, listening activities, word games, self-study activities for ELLs and printables.
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The BAFTA Awards

The BAFTA Awards | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A free online English reading activity for adult English language learners and IELTS students, about the British Film and Television Awards, which take place in February each year. Practise scanning for information by reading a text about the BAFTA awards, and complete a self-marking multiple choice quiz.
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Learn English With Songs - "Cupid" by Amy Winehouse

Learn English With Songs - "Cupid" by Amy Winehouse | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A Valentine's Day themed listening exercise on the song Cupid, by Amy Winehouse, for adult English students and young learners. Inmprove your grammar and test your listening skills with this fun quiz. Browse our free self-study English lessons, games and quizzes for students, and check out our free lesson resources for teachers.
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Computer Safety Day (Feb 5)

Computer Safety Day (Feb 5) | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An online word puzzle to learn and practise spelling English words for online safety. Suitable for adult English students and young learners.
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Making and Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Making and Keeping New Year's Resolutions | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An integrated skills lesson about how to make and keep New Year's resolutions, with related vocabulary, a dictionary skills exercise, a listening comprehension and a speaking and listening activity. Suitable for flipped classroom use. Browse our site for more online lessons, quizzes and games, worksheets and other resources for teaching English students at all levels.
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An online reading and vocabulary lesson about the Cherry Blossom Festival, for intermediate English students and IELTS learners. Learn about the history of the famous Washington D.C. cherry trees, practice and revise some useful vocabulary, and practise your reading skills.
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International Happiness Day

International Happiness Day | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A listening and vocabulary lesson about happiness and how to cultivate it, for IELTS students and Advanced English learners. Watch a short video with tips on how to cultivate happiness and stay happy, and then complete a multiple choice quiz to test your understanding. Part of a free series of life skills lessons for English language learners, with interactive quizzes.
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Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate Change and Global Warming | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An English vocabulary list of useful words and phrases to talk about global warming, the greenhouse effect and other issues that relate to climate change, with clear and simple explanations and examples for illustration. Part of free series of lessons about environmental issues for English language students. Browse our site menus for more online lessons for English learners from beginner to advanced level.
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Elementary English Reading - Pancake Tuesday

Elementary English Reading - Pancake Tuesday | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A simple English reading activity about Pancake Tuesday for adult EFL students and young learners. Browse our site for many more quizzes and activities on festivals and celebrations, teaching resources, and free English language courses.
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Reading for Information - The Venice Carnival

Reading for Information - The Venice Carnival | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A graded reading text about the Venice Carnival, for Upper Intermediate and Advanced English learners. Part of a free online collection of challenging graded reading texts and stories for English language students.
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Saint David's Day - Free Teaching and Learning Resources

Saint David's Day - Free Teaching and Learning Resources | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
Online activities and printable classroom resources for teaching and learning about St David's Day, the Welsh national holiday to celebrate the birth of Dewi Sant, the patron saint of Wales. Activities include reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar .
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Chinese New Year - ESL Word Search Puzzle

Chinese New Year - ESL Word Search Puzzle | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
Practise spelling high frequency English words commonly used at Chinese New Year, with this medium difficulty online word search puzzle for adult English students and young learners. There are twenty English words connected with The Spring Festival hidden in in this online word search puzzle. Can you find them all? All the words go across or down. There are no backwards or diagonal words. Part of a free series of online lessons for English students about world festivals and celebrations.
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Chinese New Year - ESL Picture Vocabulary

Chinese New Year - ESL Picture Vocabulary | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
Learn about Chinese New Year. An esl picture vocabulary lesson for Elementary level English learners and adult English language beginners, to learn and practise simple high frequency words to talk about the Chinese New Year / Spring Festival.
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The Chinese New Year - Intermediate English Reading

The Chinese New Year - Intermediate English Reading | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
An Intermediate English reading lesson on The Chinese New Year (农历新年) for adult esl students and young learners. Part of a free online collection of interactive lesson activities about the Lunar New Year celebrations, also known as Spring Festival, celebrated by Chinese people around the world. Includes a self-marking reading comprehension test.
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Listening for Information - The History of Valentine's Day

Listening for Information - The History of Valentine's Day | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
English listening comprehension activity for adult IELTS students and Intermediate English learners. Watch this short video about the history of Valentine's Day and then complete a self-marking multiple choice quiz, with feedback.
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The Chinese New Year - ESL Crossword Puzzle

The Chinese New Year - ESL Crossword Puzzle | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it
A Crossword activity for English language students and young learners about about the Chinese New Year (农历新年). Part of a free series of lessons about world festivals, celebrations and special events. Use the clues provided to solve the crossword puzzle. Mobile friendly, and suitable for flipped classroom use or self study.
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Pre-Intermediate English - Burns Night

Pre-Intermediate English - Burns Night | Topical English Activities | Scoop.it

A free online English lesson about Burns Night, a Scottish winter festival celebrated on January 25 to mark the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. Suitable for self-study at home or use in the classroom.

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