Word, Idiom, Phrase of the Week

Word of the Week drawing noun 1. the act of one that draws; specif., the art of representing something by lines made on a surface with a pencil, pen, etc. 2. a picture, design, sketch, etc. thus made 3. a lottery Examples He has spent his time drawing pictures and playing cards with his family. (Times, Sunday Times (2016)) Try to keep the energy of your pencil drawing. (Times, Sunday Times (2011)) The images are not only wonderfully engaging in terms of colour and drawing. (The Sun (2012)) Is he turning into one of his drawings? (Times, Sunday Times (2016)) Idiom of the Week game changer a person, event or thing that significantly affects the outcome of something. Examples Netflix creating o

ESL Conversation Film - Game Changer

ESL Conversation Film TheCGBros Presents: "Game Changer" - A macho toy arcade prize is quick to judge a young girl who wants to win him, and goes on a life-changing journey in an attempt to stop her from winning enough tickets and taking him home. What does the idiom "game changer" mean? What does it mean in this film? What is a "stereotype"? What does "macho" mean? What does "life-changing" mean? Have you ever judged someone who surprised you? Have you ever had a "life-changing" moment in your life? Practice conversation with the Learn It Town Conversation Film series. Join Learn It Town and speak about this video with other students and English teachers from around the world. Sign up for

ESL Listening - Randy Pausch's Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

An Inspirational YouTube Video by Randy Pausch, He gives his last lecture about his life lessons and gives advice to students on how to achieve their goals and dreams. Practice your listening comprehension with the Learn It Town listening series. Join Learn It Town and speak about this video with other students from around the world. Sign up for a General English Class here. Lower Level English Upper Level English #Lessons #Listening #video #esl #comprehension #learnenglish #LearnItTown

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is an Idiom. Instructions: Step 1: You will listen to an article about Black Friday, or one of the busiest shopping days. The article is about four minutes long. Listen only, and don't worry about understanding everything. Step 2: Read and understand the questions, then listen again. As you are listening, try to answer the questions in your head. Don't write the answers yet. Next, listen again and write the answers this time. Check your answers with a partner. Step 3: Read the article. Check in your dictionary any unknown words. Now listen again. Can you understand more? Step 4: Listen! Listen! Listen! Listen to the article on the train or in your free time. Each time you lis

ESL Holiday - Thanksgiving Vocabulary

Happy Thanksgiving from Learn It Town. What are you thankful for? Vocabulary words for Thanksgiving. How many do you know? Conversation Starters: What are you thankful for? What holidays do your family celebrate together? Do you have special meals? What foods do you make for your holidays? Share the recipes. Do you have parades? Does your family watch sports together? What sports do they watch? Who were the pilgrims in America? Talk about these subjects and many more with Learn It Town teachers and students from around the world. Sign up with Learn It Town today! #currentevents #esl #Lessons #food #holiday #Events #English #vocabulary #Thanksgiving

ESL Holiday - What is Thanksgiving?

Transcript Hi! Welcome to Learn It Town. What is thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is a family holiday. Friends and family come together from all over the country, from all over the world to share the holiday. This happens in November. The Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in the United States and Canada. Young and old will gather together for a Thanksgiving dinner. A traditional Thanksgiving meal is roasted Turkey and dressing. Family favorite foods are served and many desserts. After the meal, everyone is very full. They say they are "stuffed." The dishes will be cleaned. Then the family members will watch football, play games and share stories. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. People ar

ESL Conversation Film - Reflections

ESL Conversation Film TheCGBros Presents "Reflection" - When a high school girl tries to give up what she loves in order to fit in, her reflection comes to life to remind her of her true self. CONVERSATION STARTERS: What does the word Reflection mean? What was the reflection in this movie? What were it's feelings? What did the girl try to give up in order to fit in? Who was her true self? What do you love? Did you ever give up something in order to fit in? Why? Practice conversation with the Learn It Town Conversation Film series. Join Learn It Town and speak about this video with other students and English teachers from around the world. Sign up for a General English Class here. Lower Level

ESL Listening - Failure is not falling down, but failing to get up after falling

ESL Listening Comprehension Falling doesn’t mean failure. When you don’t give up, you can never fail! Derek Redmond shows what going through the pain barrier to complete an Olympic race is really like. Practice your listening comprehension with the Learn It Town listening series. Join Learn It Town and speak about this video with other students from around the world. Sign up for a General English Class here. Lower Level English Upper Level English #Lessons #Listening #video #esl #comprehension #learnenglish #LearnItTown

IELTS Vocabulary Practice - California Fire

Vocabulary ash - the residue that remains when something is burned dialed - If you dial or if you dial a number, you turn the dial or press the buttons on a telephone in order to phone someone. fax - A fax or a fax machine is a piece of equipment used to copy documents by sending information electronically along a telephone line, and to receive copies that are sent in this way. imperative - If it is imperative that something be done, that thing is extremely important and must be done. initially - Initially means soon after the beginning of a process or situation, rather than in the middle or at the end of it. scramble - to move hurriedly - The friend scrambled after them sheriff - the princi

ESL Writing - What is the story?

What’s the story behind this photo? Use your imagination. What story could this image tell? Use your imagination to write the opening of a short story or poem inspired by this scene and post it in the comments. Then read the related article below to find out the real story. Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs? By Alex Williams Dec. 11, 2017 New York Times Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children’s books they devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I asked Toby why children like robots so much. “Because they work for you,” he said. What I didn’t have the heart to tell him

Accent Reduction - ill or eel

The way we pronounce a word can immediately tell the listener where we are from. This is because of our "accent." I grew up in Texas. When I was young, I had a very strong accent. When I spoke, people knew I was from Texas. This caused problems when I started college and wanted to be in theater. I was cast in a Noel Coward production. I didn't have much trouble until it came to the word "ill". As much as I tried to say "I feel ill." The sentence came out "I feel eel." My director tried to help me. We did so many exercises. But after weeks of work, "I still felt eel." Even today, if I am not careful, I can feel eel. So the director changed it to "I feel sick." I am not the only one with this

News: ‘Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics’

Do you have any favorite Marvel comic books, movies or characters? Chances are that Stan Lee, who died Monday at age 95, had a hand in creating them. Comprehension: Watch the video and answer the questions. • Why was reading so important to Mr. Lee? • What were some of the books and authors he read as a child? • How did these books and authors influence his writing and work at Marvel Comics? Writing Exercise: Pick one character that Mr. Lee helped create and write about how and why this hero or villain made a lasting impression on you. You can see a list of some of his most popular characters below. Heroes created by Stan Lee Ant-Man Ancient One Avengers Beast Black Panther Black Widow C

ESL Conversation Film - One Small Step

ESL Conversation Film TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams. Conversation Starters: Did you have dreams when you were young? What were they? Did your parents support your dreams? What problems did you face following your dream? Practice conversation with the Learn It Town Conversation Fi

ESL Listening - Get Back Up, Nick Vujicic

Nick is by far the most motivational and inspirational person. Nick, born with no limbs, shows us how to find something few people ever find in their entire life. Practice your listening comprehension with the Learn It Town listening series. Join Learn It Town and speak about this video with other students from around the world. Sign up for a General English Class here. Lower Level English Upper Level English #Lessons #Listening #video #esl #comprehension #learnenglish #LearnItTown

UNESCO Holiday - Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead held on November 1st and 2nd are Holidays celebrated in the Southern United States, Mexico and other countries. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make off

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