Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Family Tree Worksheet

Family Tree Worksheet 

Macmillan Straightforward Series
Resource prepared by Mark McKinnon

Read  the clues and make up the family tree using this PDF Resource from the Macmillan Straightforward Elementary Series.

The answer key and ideas for putting this resource into an action can be found at

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

English Grammar – MUCH, MANY, A LOT OF (quantifiers) · engVid

English Grammar – MUCH, MANY, A LOT OF (quantifiers) · engVid

Click on the title link and watch Valen from engVid give this video lesson on quantifiers. The lesson is followed by a quiz to test your knowledge on what you have learnt. 

If you have studied nouns (countable and uncountable) previously the lesson should make sense.

However,  if you haven't go to :- 

or visit Valen's lesson at

Learning English - Express English - Dreams


3 Communicative Resources from the BBC Learning English website on the topic of dreams.  The level of the resources vary, starting with elementary/pre-intermediate and getting more difficult.

Learning English - Express English - Dreams

Express English Series
What do you dream about? Watch a short video. 
Register for 'Express English' and make comments online.
Download audio (MP3) and PDF text files.


Talk About English Webcast
"This programme is about dreams and the language of dreams. Why do we dream? What are dreams? A listener tells us about a dream that changed her life and our sleep expert talks about the latest research into dreams". 

Scientists Hope to Record Dreams

From 'Words in the News' Series
29 October 2010
"US researchers say they want to record dreams electronically. Writing in the journal Nature, scientists in California developed a system that can record a higher level brain activity. The lead researcher believes that it could possibly be used to study dreams".Reporter: Pallab Ghosh

BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips

BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips

5 Pronunciation Quizzes from BBC Learning English at different levels from easy to medium easy.  The quizzes focus on listening to and reading phonetic symbols/spellings of words improving your English pronunciation.

Learning English - Words in the News - Football ticket tension in Naples

Learning English - Words in the News - Football Ticket Tension in Naples 

from  the BBC

16 October 2012
Hardcore football fans in Naples, known as ultras, have sent a warning to the owners of the club against selling tickets online. Many of these ultras are involved in crime syndicates which sell tickets at inflated prices, which could be threatened if tickets can be sold online.
Publish PostMark Duff

  • Click on the title link.
  • Learn and listen to the new vocabulary: cauldron, spiritual home, unfurled, diehard, ultras, make a killing, eager, face value, thugs, empty handed. Links to online dictionaries are below.
  • Listen to and read the newspaper report. 

World Food Week | WFP | Feed a child, Feed a dream

World Food Week | WFP | Feed a child, Feed a dream

A lovely page! Click on the red cups on the interactive map and listen and watch children from around the world describe their dreams. The short videos have subtitles in English so you can practise reading English at the same time.  There is also a box for you to write a sentence of two of what your dreams were when you were a child. Nice, simple English activities that help a good cause!

Take This Short Hunger Quiz -- and you’ll feed a child!

Take This Short Hunger Quiz -- and you’ll feed a child!

Today is World Food Day so take this short hunger quiz.  Simply, click on the title link and answer five questions on hunger. It only takes a couple of minutes, it will help you practise your English and a child somewhere in the world will be given a hot meal!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Becoming a Diné Navajo Medicine Man

Becoming a Diné Navajo Medicine Man

"Join Clayson Benally as he shares the importance of Medicine Men within Navajo culture and explains the complexity of their practice".

A video from

This Week In History

This Week In History

A resource from with a vocabulary activity (Wordchecker), an article to read, a video to watch and then a quiz to complete testing your understanding of the task.

17 October 1961

Protesting Algerians Shot Dead In Paris

French police kill up to 400 people marching in support of Algeria's independence.



Information from Learn English and an Exercise from the British Council

Determiners are small words used in front of nouns in English. They indicate whether you are referring to something specific (definite) or something more general (and indefinite).

Determiners are explained further in the title link; they are subdivided into two types general and specific.  

  • We use a specific or definite determiner when we know exactly what we are referring to:
Examples of specific determiners are:
the definite article : the
demonstratives : this, that, these, those
possessives : my, your, his, her, its, our, their

  • We use general determiners to talk about nouns without saying exactly who or what they are:
Examples of general determiners are:
the indefinite articles : a, an
a few
a little


Click on the title link, read through the information.  Then sort a list of determiners into two groups.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases

Noun phrases can be made up of nouns, quantifiers, determiners and adjectives. 

Find out more with this grammar resource provided by the British Council.

  • Firstly, check that you understand what each type of word is.  Match each type of word with some examples.

- noun                                some, all, both

- quantifier                        older, taller, younger

- determiner                     some, a lot of, many

- adjective                        dogs, house, people

  • Secondly, you need to understand that noun phrases are made up in different ways.  For example:

- you can have just a 'noun' in a noun phrase

- or you can have a 'determiner + noun'

- or a 'quantifier + noun'

- or a 'determiner + adjective + noun'

- or a 'quantifier + determiner + noun'

- or you can have all 4 types of word - 'quantifier + determiner + adjective + noun'

  • Finally, click on the title link.  The exercise in the task matches the noun phrase in brackets to the patterns.

Business and Ethics

Business and Ethics

Manchester is a city in the North West of England which has been renowned for it's cotton mills for many years. The trade is part of it's people's history and roots!

This resource comes from the British Council Learn English website.  

"The primary goal of a company may be to make money but some companies nowadays also recognise that they have a responsibility towards the society in which they operate".

Read the case study of a current Manchester company set up in the 1920's called James Carston. Today this company have evolved their business plan to the current day and make their shirts from 'fairtrade cotton'.  This is sourced from an organisation of Indian farmers.

  • Read about ethical business and choose the correct company profile from 3 choices.

  • Decide whether the statements in the comprehension activity are true or false.

  • Finally, match newly acquired business words and expressions to their correct definitions.