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Resources Hub.

We have a database of lessons and materials for your use and to provide a sample of what we can deliver.  At this time some elements are still under construction.

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General English Resources

Pre-Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

A Scary Story

The writer was going home from his friend's house one day when there was a scary storm.  This article tells the story of that adventure.  It is described as a scary story, but it is not too scary and is suitable for all ages. The resource includes Comprehension questions, Speaking exercises and a Writing task.

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Intermediate

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When Truth is Stranger than Fiction...

A meeting with ET? - No something more ordinary, but just as unexpected. The author had decided to go home early because he was tired and when he was on his way he had a very strange and unexpected encounter.  It was such a surprise that you probably had to be there to believe it. In this resource student(s) can read for themselves what happened and check their understanding with the comprehension exercises before sharing some unusual stories of their own.

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Upper Intermediate

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Journey to Fushe-Arrez

In this article the author shares a true story of an unusual journey that he took into the Albanian mountains in 1995 while he spent a year working there as a volunteer.  It was quite an adventure from the first moment he entered the bus.  Relive his journey with him as he describes unusual encounters, scary moments and unpredictable situations.  New vocabulary is introduced and then comprehension questions follow the article before students are invited to share their traveling experiences in the speaking exercises.

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Photographs - Why Bother?

This article is all about how changing technology has changed how we look at photography.  The change over from analogue to digital had made photography too convenient and has reduced our respect for photos and changed our attitudes in how we take and store our photos.  As part of the discussion the issues of self promotion in social media and the rise of the selfie are also touched upon.  The author writes quite strongly in order to provoke a reaction for the speaking exercises.

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Four Keys to Parenting Teens

Based on another article, this resource looks at the issue of how to successfully raise teenaged children.  As well as vocabulary building it discusses both liberal and tougher approaches and the expectations of both parents and teens.  Although primarily aimed at teaching English it is a resource that can be used by anybody who is interested in raising teens.

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Lego and Gender

Lego is a favourite toy for many in all over the world both male and female and is not just restricted to children.  However, in 2017 Lego were accused of the kind of sexism that would set back gender relationships to the 1970s.  This article discusses whether this is the case or not and further looks at how much childhood play has an influence on our understanding of male and female roles as adults.

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Advanced

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Gender Conflict and Differentiation

Anthropologists Allan and Barbara Pease wrote a series of books in which they discuss gender issues and put a lot of gender conflict down to the fact that modern life ignores our biology a confused assumption that EQUALITY and SAMENESS are identical.  They draw on many stereotypes to illustrate this while explaining what our original biology demands of us.  The article summarises their ideas and then following comprehension exercises a number of discussion questions follow.

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Cyber-bullying

This article contains mature themes and tutor's should check it before using it with their students.  Cyber-bullying is a 21st century problem that arrived unsuspectingly on us with the advent of social media.  This article examines the differing types of cyber-bullying and the effects it can have on its victim.  It raises a number of discussion points and provides possible solutions to those who are the victims of cyber-bullying. It is advised that a tutor handles this material particularly sensitively.

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Family Relationships

Based on a newspaper article the discussion centers on the role of children in the family.  Has modern parenting made children too dominant.  Is there confusion in how we understand the difference between we do everything for the children and we do what the children want.  Are older sentiments like children should be seen and not heard still relevant and were they ever right?  The article raises all these points and stimulates discussion and includes the usually comprehension and vocabulary work.

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Jeremy Clarkson - Undone by a Foolish Fracas

British TV Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, most famous for presenting Top |Gear, is no stranger to controversy.  Outspoken, he seems unable to keep himself out of trouble and then he went too far when he had an altercation with a TV Producer.  Some suggested that he should be immediately sacked and others, including then Prime Minister David Cameroon thought it would be a shame to lose him from our TV sets. This article looks at the issues surrounding his behaviour and the wider context, not only within the BBC, but also in broadcasting in general.

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Proficiency

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Are Wonga Wrong'a?

Wonga are one of the best known of the new kind or loan companies, that are often known as payday lenders.  Many have criticised them for taking advantage of the poor and using unethical business practices in their pursuit of profits. This article and the questions that follow look at these issues in greater depth.

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The World is Spinning Faster - Are We Heading for Disaster?

It is an undeniable fact that technology is having an ever increasing impacts on our lives. We move faster then ever before and are in constant communication. Social media has changed relationships, but at what cost. Read more here to find out more.. This article and the questions that follow look at these issues in greater depth.

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Do Genes Influence Personality?

Our personality is still something of a mystery.  It is the main thing that makes us individual and yet we still have little understanding of where it comes from.  Thinking on the subject divides roughly into two main arguments that can be summarised as Nature and / or Nuture.  This article, based on the latest academic research, introduces new vocabulary, and examines the debate, before inviting students to express their own views through a series of discussion questions. Use of this resource requires at least a high school level of knowledge about Genetics and DNA.

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Has the Dream Future of our Past Passed?

As a child I read the book whose cover is featured on the left and was inspired by it aobut the Future.  It promised a future that would only get better and better.  War and famine would pass as would all the world's problems.  Not only would the world's problems be solved but we would terraform and colonise Venus and expand throughout the universe.  Now as an adult I feel somewhat cheated as many of these promises have failed to come to be.  However in some areas we are more advanced than predicted - so not all is doom and gloom.  This article explores many of the ideas discussed in the book.

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Upper Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

The Smart Home

In this video taken from the BBC's Gadget Show we are presented by a Smart Home that has been filled with technology to make our day to day lives more comfortable and improve our interactions with the home by making its systems easier to manage. This lesson comprises of listening comprehension followed by a number of speaking tasks discussing issues raised by the home.

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Proficiency

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The Great Dictator (1940)

Considered to be one of the greatest speeches in history, this clip from the end of Charlie Chaplin’s The Dictator spoke into the times when it was made, as a parody of Hitler, and to us in modernity.  Chaplin rejects the ideology of dictatorship for the virtues of freedom and democracy in a passionate speech at the end of the film.  This resources tests the student(s) ability to listen and comprehend before discussing the issues raised within the speech.

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Pre-Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

This lesson contains four pictures of things that people are typically afraid of. The student(s) is required to describe the pictures and the feelings that they associate with them before going on to discuss other issues around the subject of phobias.  Questions include discussion on how to deal with fear and whether Fight as well as Flight are fear responses and what we can do about them.

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The Mist Lizard

Most people have a favourite book from their childhood. This resource looks at The Mist Lizard, a book that could fit in this category. After discussing it student's are then invited to discuss a book from their childhood.

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Intermediate

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My First..?

In this short article the author writes about the first computer he ever had and how limited it was, even comparing its memory to that of modern computers.  The questions that are followed by a number of questions about computing, before a general discussion on the subject of 'My First..?'  This discussion is not limited to computing and as suggestions students can talk about their first car or house or even an open subject as the student wishes.

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Scientific Progress (Speaking with Pictures)

This lesson uses pictures to discuss a few areas of scientific progress.  The student(s) will be required to describe the pictures and how they affect modern life.

As a warm up task student(s) will also be required to demonstrate speculative skills and use vocabulary to suggest ideas.  Although set at Intermediate level this could be quite challenging and it is advised that vocabulary be pre-taught.

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Upper_Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

Can Violent Films Turn People into Killers?

Many believe that media, and in particular violence portrayed in film and music has a major influence on the behaviour of people.  This resource, not suitable for all students, explores these issues and looks at three case studies before exploring in greater depth the real causes of violence and whether it is fed by the media or not.

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Pre-Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catologue.

Present Simple & Present Continuous

With simple rules, each with a simple example use this resource with a teacher or to teach yourself how to use the present simple and present continuous correctly.

Then complete the practice exercise at the end to check your progress.

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Upper Intermediate

Conditionals - Practice.

Use this exercise to practice 0, I, II, III, and mixed conditionals.  An answer key has been provided as part of the resource.

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Proficiency

A Childhood Memory

This lesson contains an article in which the author shares a favourite memory from his childhood.  There is some comprehension work followed by text analysis before students are asked to write about their own childhood memory.

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Business English

Pre-Intermediate

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Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

Welcome to the Office

Up until relatively recent times people have always had to go to work. Now with the internet and much of our work being online it has become possible to work from home at least for part of the working week. This article discusses the advantages of homeworking. There are questions included with the text

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Upper Intermediate

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The Half Moon Theory of Retention

The half-moon theory is based on two key principles. The first of which is that contracts are cyclical rather than linear and the second principle is that of ‘re-recruitment’, which means a highly level of engagement with the client once the contract reaches its midpoint. This means that each contract term does not actually have an ending but simply returns to its start point and the cycle repeats itself.

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The Principle of Marginal Gains

Marginal Gains is an efficiency drive that look to make small seemingly insignificant refinements to a process that results in an over all cumulative effect.  This article provides an overview of the principles of Marginal Gains before looking at case study in which the British Cycling team were turned from average performers into world beaters.

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Microfinancing Transforming Lives One at A Time

This article discusses the principles of how Microfinancing works, especially when designed to help in the developing world.  It then looks at a case study in post- Communist Albania from the 1990s.  Students are required to read and understand the material before analysing the case study and drawing their own conclusions.

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Advanced

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Proficiency

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Pre-Intermediate

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Upper Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

An Introduction to Good Delegation Practice

This lesson centres around a podcast in which Antony Shave talks about how to delegate well. He speaks about the reasons why to delegate as well as some of the mistakes that many make as well as the advantages that come with delegating effectively.

His English is not particularly difficult or challenging, but the difficulty is with accurately recording a lot of information in a short time. It tests both close listening and the ability to make notes efficiently.

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Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

The Customer is always right...

This business speaking lesson uses a cartoon to illustrate a stereotyped understanding of  what the customer means to a business.  First the student(s) will be required to describe the story and what it says about the customer before going on to do some speaking around the theme of whether the customer is actually always right and in what situations it could be that the customer is actually wrong.

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Upper Intermediate

Please feel free to use the following FREE resources. We only ask that you share a backlink to our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for please either contact us directly or consider our catalogue.

Perceptions of HR

This business speaking lesson discusses what the Human Resources department represents to many employees.
Based on some research carried out by Omega in 2017 it brings together many of the different ideas that were raised. It also provides a good introduction on the power of perception and how it often defines reality - rather than the other way round.
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