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November – Movember

6 listopada 2017, poniedziałek,

Have you noticed men’s faces looking a slight bit hairier in the month of November? This is not just your imagination. This is a result of an annual month-long initiative known as „Movember”. The general idea behind the Movember campaign is that men of all ages agree to not shave for the entire month of November in order to grow the fullest and most impressive moustache possible. The word Movember itself is a blend, combination or Portmonteau of the words ‚moustache’ and ‚November’.

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Trick or Treat – facts and myths

30 października 2017, poniedziałek,

Well it’s that time of year again. The temperature is slowly dropping and the leaves are fighting to hold fast to their branches and once again it is time for Halloween.  English teachers across the country are dusting off their Halloween crafts and trying to remember in which file they hid their best Halloween activities.

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Inevitably the history and background of Halloween will be discussed.  I am always surprised to hear when teachers claim that modern day Halloween and the concept of Trick-or-Treating dates back to pagan Ireland or old medieval England somewhere.  Mainstream Trick-or-Treating and the celebration of Halloween as a dress-up holiday was not practised in the UK until late in the 20th century and even the term ‘Trick-or-Treat’ only became popularized in the UK in the 1990s. It does seem however, that there is a distant, foggy relationship between the modern day holiday and some 15th century traditions. Czytaj całość »


Black History Month

23 października 2017, poniedziałek,

Are you crazy about history? Well, here are some facts about some special people you might not have heard about before. It’s popular in Britain to celebrate Black History Month – the achievements and contributions to history made by people from diverse[1] ethnic backgrounds. Black culture isn’t all about rap singers and sportsmen and women! No, sir. Let’s take a closer at some of those extraordinary folks who helped shape history[2] and make us what we are today!

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Top Tips for IELTS

16 października 2017, poniedziałek,

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year. IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

The IELTS is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

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Mental Health Week

10 października 2017, wtorek,

Many health problems or other social issues which can potentially encumber or burden an individual or group of people are visibly evident.  That is to say that we can see that there is a need or medical issue and we can respond appropriately.  Unfortunately mental health issues are not always evident and it is for this reason that it is very important to raise public awareness of these problems.

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May 8th to May 13th is Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom with several events and programs aimed at achieving this goal. Czytaj całość »