Category Archives: Cultural differences/ cultural training

New Xmas worksheets

Updated 12 January 2017 More seasonal cheer for specific language points: Xmas and New Year negotiations – NEW Describing Japanese and British Xmas and New Year – NEW Seasonal trends meetings practice (language of trends tied in with festivals and … Continue reading

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Seasonal pages just updated

Just in case 43 articles and worksheets on the topic of Xmas and New Year wasn’t enough for you, have added one more plus a link to my festivals and celebrations page in case you want to mention the time … Continue reading

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Complete guide to British body language and gestures

Updated 13 February 2017 … or at least I hope it’s a full guide, given how I’ve just finished writing about over 100 gestures etc in three articles and over 10,000 words on the topic: 80 British gestures British body … Continue reading

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New small talk games/ worksheets page

My Business English students often complain that the most difficult part of using English in their jobs is not making presentations or chairing meetings but the networking, chatting and bumping into people in the lift that can happen before and afterwards. There … Continue reading

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EFL taboo topics games (TEFLtastic classics Part 21)

Cultural training, loads of useful real-life speaking, and in one version a great way to contrast tenses. Students rank some questions and/ or topics from 1 point for great even with complete strangers to 5 points for completely taboo. They then ask each other … Continue reading

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The Xmas activities I most use

I’ve had really nice feedback on my Xmas and New Year worksheets over the years, including from people I work with, but I have to admit that I wrote so many of them for UsingEnglish that there are some I’ve … Continue reading

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Worksheets on the topic of festivals and celebrations

Should your heart sink as much as mine does on another lesson just on the topic of Xmas, here is the perfect solution: Festivals/ celebrations/ ceremonies photocopiables Should you be happy to do just Xmas, a link to the 42 … Continue reading

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42 worksheets and articles on my new Xmas and New Year page

Page with all my stuff on Xmas/ New Year worksheets, flashcards, videos, songs and teaching ideas suitable for both young learners and adults.  

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Cultural awareness games/ worksheets page updated

This is a bit of a chosen specialist subject of mine: ELT cross-cultural training photocopiable materials For details of how to find my other 900 or so worksheets, see here.

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Cultural training worksheets page tidied up

My EFL cultural training worksheets section  much easier to navigate now it has pages for: Taboo topics worksheets (classic speaking activities with just enough spice!) Body language and gestures worksheets (teaching them foreign gestures while practising language like body parts … Continue reading

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