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Happy April everyone! Looking forward to some sunny weather and Easter holidays!
It's time to start practising for this year's exams. Take a look at the worksheets to get some ideas for speaking practice and plan a piece of creative writing. Practise your reading skills and pronunciation by reading aloud the text below.
Easter facts and traditions in the UK
Easter is a spring festival of new life. As a pagan tradition, it is the beginning of new life after the cold, winter months. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring – Eostre. For Christians, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Christians attend special church services at Easter time. Easter celebrates life and rebirth, which is why we see lots of symbols of new life and fertility at Easter, like eggs, chicks and rabbits.
Unlike Christmas, Easter isn’t on the same date each year. It takes place on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Schoolchildren and students in the UK have about a two-week holiday at Easter time, which is almost as long as the Christmas holiday. It’s also the first public holiday after Christmas and everyone looks forward to their Easter break as a moment to relax, have a short holiday or visit family and friends.
For most British children, Easter means chocolate Easter eggs. The shops are full of bright Easter displays decorated with chicks, rabbits and flowers.
There are other special foods too. Chocolate Easter cakes and hot cross buns which are spiced bread rolls with raisins and they always have a cross shape on top. They are delicious toasted with butter.
The weather is starting to look good! Spring is coming! Yesterday I had a lovely conversation with one of my students about the flowers we can see growing now in gardens and in parks. Everywhere looks so pretty, doesn't it? Do you know the names of any of the flowers? You could pick up extra marks in an oral exam if you learn a few. These are daffodils on the left and primroses on the right. So pretty! Look up the names of more flowers - they could get you extra marks in your speaking exams...... Her's a few to get you started Rose Tulip Daisy Dandelion Buttercup Iris Lilly
Take a look at the worksheets on holidays. There's so much to talk about. Travelling, transport, holidays, destinations, activities, entertainment and, of course, the weather! It's the perfect time for learning new vocabulary and improving your conversation skills. Let's get talking!
Prepare for a SKYPE session on grammar using DO in different tenses. Read the examples. Make at least five of your own of each one. What does he do? He's a doctor. What do they do? They're students. What is she doing? She's making lunch. What are the children doing? They're playing games. What do you do when it rains? I use my umbrella! What does she do when the baby cries? She picks him up. What did he do at the weekend? He went out with his friends. What did they do last week? They studied English. What were you doing at the airport? I was waiting for my father's flight from Spain. What was he doing in Spain? He was visiting friends. What would you do if you won the lottery? I would buy a house. What would they do if they knew the truth? They would not be happy.