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The History of Valentine’s Day

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ESL Lesson Handouts - The-history-of-valentines-day
Level
Advanced: C1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Reading
Tags
Passive Voice, Seasonal
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

An article about the history of Valentine’s Day offers a challenging reading and comprehension task. Students review how to form and when to use the passive voice as well as how it differs from the active voice.

  1. We use the passive voice when we want to express what is done to someone or something. The subject of the sentence does nothing. Rather, something is done to it.
  2. We use the passive voice when who or what causes the action is unknown, unimportant, obvious, or ‘people in general’. The person or people performing an action are referred to as the agent. It is often omitted if the agent is not important for understanding. This is especially useful in business as the focus is placed on a product.
  3. The passive voice is constructed: Passive subject + to be + past participle + the agent (if relevant).
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Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Valentines-day-gift-giving-in-japan
Level
Advanced: C1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Current Events, Seasonal, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Handout and Listening Topic:
Valentines Day gift-giving in Japan differs from most countries. White Day is a holiday introduced in Japan in the late 1970s.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In Japan, Valentine’s Day is slightly different. Women giving chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift became popular in the 1950s.In 1978, White Day was created by a small confectionery shop in the Hakata region of Japan so that men could buy women gifts in return. The marketing campaigns made sure that men were f. to spend more than the value of what they received!

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Expressing Wishes and Regret

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Expressing-wishes-and-regret
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

This handout has students practice using ‘if only’, used to express a strong wish that things could be different; to emphasize a regretful decision. It can be used to talk about past, present and future unreal conditions.

A regret is when you feel upset (sad or angry) about something you did or didn’t do in the past. When English speakers want to express a regret, something we wish would have been or happened differently in the past, we can use the third conditional. Commonly formed with two clauses, the IF clause and the RESULT clause. The IF clause uses the past perfect, and the result clause uses the modal verbs ‘would’, ‘could’, or ‘might’ + have + past participle.

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My best year. My worst year.

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ESL Lesson Handouts - My-best-year-my-worst-year
Level
Advanced: C1, Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students are introduced to common phrases and how to talk about things they regret, things that led them to where they are and how their lives might have been different. The Third Conditional is reviewed.

Collocations reviewed in this handout:
to graduate: to complete studies, to land: to obtain or get, to get engaged; to to agree to get married, to get caught: to be discovered or found out, to be sentenced: to go to prison, to get involved with: to become a part of.

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Making Resolutions

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Making-resoultions
Level
Elementary: A2
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Phrasal Verbs, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students are introduced to common resolution collocations and how to talk about things they want to do/would like to do. Rules and examples show usage and gap fill activities allow students to practice the language.

Collocations introduced in this handout:
do a course, go on holiday, save money, lose weight, quit smoking, eat/drink more/less, see a doctor, buy a house, join a gym, go on a diet, give up junk food, start a new hobby, make new friends, spend time with friends.

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Christmas Customs

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Christmas-customs
Level
Advanced: C1, Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Game, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Games, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students can read about general Christmas customs in English speaking countries. Of course these vary between countries, cultures and families but this description of Christmas customs may be enough to satisfy your students.

A challenging Christmas quiz encourages your higher level students to discuss the possible answers and decide in pairs or groups which one is best. You may ask them to justify their choice to encourage a class discussion.

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Halloween Crossword

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Halloween-crossword
Level
Beginner: A1, Elementary: A2
Target
Game, Vocabulary
Tags
Games, Seasonal
Teaching Time
30 minutes
Included
1 Student Page, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students can learn words used at Halloween by doing a crossword. This would make a great homework or quick classroom activity.

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The History of Valentine’s Day

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ESL Lesson Handouts - The-history-of-valentines-day
Level
Advanced: C1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Reading
Tags
Passive Voice, Seasonal
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

An article about the history of Valentine’s Day offers a challenging reading and comprehension task. Students review how to form and when to use the passive voice as well as how it differs from the active voice.

  1. We use the passive voice when we want to express what is done to someone or something. The subject of the sentence does nothing. Rather, something is done to it.
  2. We use the passive voice when who or what causes the action is unknown, unimportant, obvious, or ‘people in general’. The person or people performing an action are referred to as the agent. It is often omitted if the agent is not important for understanding. This is especially useful in business as the focus is placed on a product.
  3. The passive voice is constructed: Passive subject + to be + past participle + the agent (if relevant).
Read More

Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Valentines-day-gift-giving-in-japan
Level
Advanced: C1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Current Events, Seasonal, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Handout and Listening Topic:
Valentines Day gift-giving in Japan differs from most countries. White Day is a holiday introduced in Japan in the late 1970s.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In Japan, Valentine’s Day is slightly different. Women giving chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift became popular in the 1950s.In 1978, White Day was created by a small confectionery shop in the Hakata region of Japan so that men could buy women gifts in return. The marketing campaigns made sure that men were f. to spend more than the value of what they received!

Read More

Expressing Wishes and Regret

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Expressing-wishes-and-regret
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

This handout has students practice using ‘if only’, used to express a strong wish that things could be different; to emphasize a regretful decision. It can be used to talk about past, present and future unreal conditions.

A regret is when you feel upset (sad or angry) about something you did or didn’t do in the past. When English speakers want to express a regret, something we wish would have been or happened differently in the past, we can use the third conditional. Commonly formed with two clauses, the IF clause and the RESULT clause. The IF clause uses the past perfect, and the result clause uses the modal verbs ‘would’, ‘could’, or ‘might’ + have + past participle.

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My best year. My worst year.

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ESL Lesson Handouts - My-best-year-my-worst-year
Level
Advanced: C1, Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students are introduced to common phrases and how to talk about things they regret, things that led them to where they are and how their lives might have been different. The Third Conditional is reviewed.

Collocations reviewed in this handout:
to graduate: to complete studies, to land: to obtain or get, to get engaged; to to agree to get married, to get caught: to be discovered or found out, to be sentenced: to go to prison, to get involved with: to become a part of.

Read More

Making Resolutions

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Making-resoultions
Level
Elementary: A2
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Phrasal Verbs, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students are introduced to common resolution collocations and how to talk about things they want to do/would like to do. Rules and examples show usage and gap fill activities allow students to practice the language.

Collocations introduced in this handout:
do a course, go on holiday, save money, lose weight, quit smoking, eat/drink more/less, see a doctor, buy a house, join a gym, go on a diet, give up junk food, start a new hobby, make new friends, spend time with friends.

Read More

Christmas Customs

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Christmas-customs
Level
Advanced: C1, Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Game, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Games, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students can read about general Christmas customs in English speaking countries. Of course these vary between countries, cultures and families but this description of Christmas customs may be enough to satisfy your students.

A challenging Christmas quiz encourages your higher level students to discuss the possible answers and decide in pairs or groups which one is best. You may ask them to justify their choice to encourage a class discussion.

Read More

Halloween Crossword

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Halloween-crossword
Level
Beginner: A1, Elementary: A2
Target
Game, Vocabulary
Tags
Games, Seasonal
Teaching Time
30 minutes
Included
1 Student Page, Teaching Notes

Handout Objective

Students can learn words used at Halloween by doing a crossword. This would make a great homework or quick classroom activity.

Read More
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