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#131 Chinese New Year Activities

Published on January 20, 2009

English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere, E-textbook — Issue #131 Contents => News: Chinese Consider New Zodiac Animals => The Year of the Woodpecker: text => The Year of the Woodpecker: Creative writing activity => Chinese Zodiac Animal Songs on English Teachers Everywhere.com ————————————————————– News: Chinese Consider New Zodiac Animals ————————————————————– The Chinese new year […]

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#129 Halloween Stuff 2008

Published on October 24, 2008

English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere, E-textbook — Issue #129 In this issue you have a new poem, with audio, about a monster called Paul.  Also you’ll find some activities from past ETs in Russia issues included below. Contents => Paul the Monster Crashes a Party (poem with audio) => Ghostly Unfinished Sentences (speaking and […]


#128 2 Quick Riddles & Kasha Malasha Translation

Published on July 29, 2008

English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere #128 Contents => 4 Riddles: Easy C-Test Activities => Kasha Malasha Translation Activity => Riddle Answers Quick Riddle C-Test Activity In a C-test, half of every second word is missing. An apostrophe counts as a letter. In the four riddles below, students will figure out the missing letters and […]


#127 The Paper-Wrapped Surprise Game

Published on July 3, 2008

English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere #127 Contents => The Paper-Wrapped Surprise Game => In the Next Issues The Paper-Wrapped Surprise Game This game was explained to me — in English — by 10-year-old Dana Yastremskaya of Minsk, Belarus. Thanks, Dana. (Oh, incidentally, you can hear a recording of Dana’s song “The Bee” at ETsEverywhere.com.) […]


#126 The Great Song Translation Activity

Published on June 2, 2008

English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere E-textbook — Issue #126 Contents => The Great Song Translation Activity => Where to find songs? => Lyrics to Cole Porter’s “True Love” => In the Next Issues The Great Song Translation Activity This activity has many steps, but that’s what makes it good. Students are challenged to use […]

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#125 Scavenger Hunts

Published on May 27, 2008

Contents => Word Origins: Scavenger & Scavenger Hunt => 3 Scavenger Hunt Ideas => In the Next Issues ——————————————————– Word Origins: Scavenger & Scavenger Hunt ——————————————————– Scavengers are animals that find and eat dead animals. These include vultures, beetles, and raccoons. Scavenger comes from a Middle English word, skawager, which was, actually, a customs collector. […]


#123 Tapering Dialogues – a pair writing activity

Published on November 25, 2007

Contents => Tapering Dialogues – a pair writing activity by Mario Rinvolucri => Following up Tapering Dialogues => In the Next Issues ——————————————————— Tapering Dialogues – a pair writing activity by Mario Rinvolucri ——————————————————— This activity was created by Mario Rinvolucri. (See “Unleashing Writing Creativity in Students,” English Teaching Forum, Volume 43, Number 4, 2005). […]


#122 Good Fortune Cookies

Published on November 4, 2007

Contents => What’s a Fortune Cookie? => Quick Fortune Writing Activity => Funny Fortune Cookie Contest – and a poem? => Three Quotations About Fortunes – gap-fill => In the Next Issues Fortune cookies are those things that you get at Chinese restaurants after your meal, and usually along with your bill. You won’t find […]


#121 Birthday Card Activities

Published on September 19, 2007

——————————————————— Birthday Card Activity ——————————————————— Below, you can see the familiar format of the birthday card: a partial sentence on the outside of the card, followed by an ellipses (that’s three dots, like this …). Then the birthday boy/girl opens the card to reveal the (often surprising) finish of the sentence. Outside of card     […]


#120 Crossfire Dictation

Published on August 22, 2007

Contents => Crossfire Dictation – a multi-listening/writing task => In the Next Issue ——————————————————— Crossfire Dictation ——————————————————— I tried this activity in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It’s a listening/writing task that is, well, pandemonium. Chaos. But the teachers in Dushanbe seemed to like it. Here’s what I did: I gave each teacher a picture of a US […]