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Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan
ESL Lesson Handouts - Valentines-day-gift-giving-in-japan
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
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
Updated

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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Antonio’s Restaurant Menu
ESL Lesson Handouts - Antonios-restaurant-menu
Level
Intermediate: B1
Target
Discussion, Reading
Tags
Food and Restaurants, Travel
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Your students review a restaurant menu and practice making recommendations. Menu items on this menu are quite descriptive so this handout is suitable for students Intermediate and above. Understanding how to read menu items will help your students picture the dish before they order.

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Devastating Wildfires
ESL Lesson Handouts - Devastating-wildfires
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Environment, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Wildfires in Australia and climate change.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In 2019, wildfires were frequently in the news. From the Amazonian rain forests to the suburbs of Australia, raging fires seem to be getting worse. What is the cause of these fires and is climate change to blame? Man-made or naturally occurring, wildfires need three conditions to be present- fuel, oxygen and a heat source.

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Discussion Cards (Business Culture)
ESL Lesson Handouts - Discussion-cards-business-culture
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Discussion
Tags
Business, Games
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Close the business textbooks and have interesting and relevant discussions. Engaging business-oriented topics and questions allow students to put their vocabulary and grammar skills to practical use and build English speaking confidence. These discussion cards are suitable for High Intermediate and Advanced level students studying business English. You might consider using just the cards as an activity in a business class; 30, 60, 90 minutes depending on how many cards are used and how invested your students are in the conversations.

Example Question Cards (2 pages):
What is important when doing business in your culture?  Consider things such as greetings, exchanging gifts, and gestures.
When you travel overseas, what do you miss the most about your country and culture?  Consider the food, the people, and the customs.

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My best year. My worst year.
ESL Lesson Handouts - My-best-year-my-worst-year
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
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
Updated

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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Greta Thunberg Calls for Climate Strike
ESL Lesson Handouts - Greta-thunberg-calls-for-climate-strike
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Environment, Politics, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Collins dictionary has chosen ‘climate strike’ as its word of the year for 2019 and Greta Thunberg calls for Climate Strike.

‘In the News’ Current Events Intro:
Greta Thunberg became famous in 2018 when, at age 15, she started protesting outside the Swedish Parliament holding a sign that said, in Swedish, ‘School Strike for The Climate’. Due to extensive media coverage other students around the world joined her protest.

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

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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Japan Encouraged to Go Cashless
ESL Lesson Handouts - Japan-encouraged-to-go-cashless
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Lifestyle, Technology, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Japan’s recent tax increase and government encouragement to use cashless payment systems.

‘In the News’ Current Events Intro:
In October the Japanese government increased consumption tax from 8% to 10%, at the same time, they started a scheme to promote the use of cashless payments. Cashless payments include credit and debit cards, as well as IC transit cards, virtual wallets and payment apps that use QR codes. Japanese customers now have a bewildering number of different ways to pay for items

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Get Free or Full Access and download our easy-to-teach Handouts in your Online or Traditional classes!

Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan
ESL Lesson Handouts - Valentines-day-gift-giving-in-japan
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
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
Updated

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
Antonio’s Restaurant Menu
ESL Lesson Handouts - Antonios-restaurant-menu
Level
Intermediate: B1
Target
Discussion, Reading
Tags
Food and Restaurants, Travel
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Your students review a restaurant menu and practice making recommendations. Menu items on this menu are quite descriptive so this handout is suitable for students Intermediate and above. Understanding how to read menu items will help your students picture the dish before they order.

Read More
Devastating Wildfires
ESL Lesson Handouts - Devastating-wildfires
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Environment, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Wildfires in Australia and climate change.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In 2019, wildfires were frequently in the news. From the Amazonian rain forests to the suburbs of Australia, raging fires seem to be getting worse. What is the cause of these fires and is climate change to blame? Man-made or naturally occurring, wildfires need three conditions to be present- fuel, oxygen and a heat source.

Read More
Discussion Cards (Business Culture)
ESL Lesson Handouts - Discussion-cards-business-culture
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Discussion
Tags
Business, Games
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Close the business textbooks and have interesting and relevant discussions. Engaging business-oriented topics and questions allow students to put their vocabulary and grammar skills to practical use and build English speaking confidence. These discussion cards are suitable for High Intermediate and Advanced level students studying business English. You might consider using just the cards as an activity in a business class; 30, 60, 90 minutes depending on how many cards are used and how invested your students are in the conversations.

Example Question Cards (2 pages):
What is important when doing business in your culture?  Consider things such as greetings, exchanging gifts, and gestures.
When you travel overseas, what do you miss the most about your country and culture?  Consider the food, the people, and the customs.

Read More
My best year. My worst year.
ESL Lesson Handouts - My-best-year-my-worst-year
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
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
Updated

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
Greta Thunberg Calls for Climate Strike
ESL Lesson Handouts - Greta-thunberg-calls-for-climate-strike
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Environment, Politics, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Collins dictionary has chosen ‘climate strike’ as its word of the year for 2019 and Greta Thunberg calls for Climate Strike.

‘In the News’ Current Events Intro:
Greta Thunberg became famous in 2018 when, at age 15, she started protesting outside the Swedish Parliament holding a sign that said, in Swedish, ‘School Strike for The Climate’. Due to extensive media coverage other students around the world joined her protest.

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

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
Japan Encouraged to Go Cashless
ESL Lesson Handouts - Japan-encouraged-to-go-cashless
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Lifestyle, Technology, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Japan’s recent tax increase and government encouragement to use cashless payment systems.

‘In the News’ Current Events Intro:
In October the Japanese government increased consumption tax from 8% to 10%, at the same time, they started a scheme to promote the use of cashless payments. Cashless payments include credit and debit cards, as well as IC transit cards, virtual wallets and payment apps that use QR codes. Japanese customers now have a bewildering number of different ways to pay for items

Read More
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